Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Comments from our guests

Here are a few comments from our guests. You can see them all if you click on the "Guestbook" on the home page:

"The worst part of our stay at the Tides was that it was only one night. We were making a whirlwind trip through N. Calif. The room was great...clean and when Julie said right at the ocean, she wasn't kidding! It was practically in the room with us. We love sleeping to the sound of the ocean. This is not a place for those wanting some night life or a shopping mall. This is for peace and quiet exclusively. Julie was great and it was my birthday when we arrived so I was surprised to see a complimentary bottle of wine in the fridge. Great touch for sure. We loved it and would stay again for sure!"

"My husband and I enjoyed a restful stay. Shelter Cove and the Tides Inn takes you away from it all. A very nice studio with fireplace, but the best part of the room is the view - the Pacific is right there, part of living room! We slept with the sliding door open at night to take in the sea. Thank you Julie. "

Saturday, May 26, 2007

First view of ocean from Shelter Cove Road

This is one of the first views of the ocean from the road on the way down here from the King Range from Redway. It is BREATHTAKING!!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Weather for Memorial Day weekend

I was so disappointed this morning when I got up and looked outside. You couldn't see the horizon line because of the overcast skies. About 10:00 the overcast burned-off and it's a beautiful day AGAIN at The Tides Inn. This weekend is going to be busy and I was so hoping that all of our guests would enjoy the whole weekend of fun with sun and beautiful weather. Looks like it's going to happen. Very rarely does the Cove have bad weather and eighty degrees is a heat-wave! The picture is of Black Sand Beach - a beautiful site.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Here is one of our guests showing-off a red-tail that she caught out here. At The Tides Inn, you can do just about anything you'd like: fish, dive, surf, hike, whale-watch, play golf, sun on the beach, read a book, or do NOTHING (I think sometimes that's my favorite!)!! It's been a little windy here, a bit cool, but nothing bad. Might be pretty cold out on the water right now. BUT - the sun has been out and, as usual, it's beautiful here.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Tide Pools - again

I couldn't resist posting another picture or two of the Tide Pools right outside the doors of The Tides Inn. Click on the pictures to make them larger.


You probably thought I meant the "work-out" kind of muscles. No, these are muscles found is huge fields under the water. These are easily seen when the tides are really low. These pictures were taken this morning. Click on the pictures to get a better look.

Tide Pools

Another of the advantags to the tide being so low is that the Tide Pools are incredible!!! Take a look at these pictures taken just this morning.

Saturday, May 19, 2007


Saw some whales yesterday. The Mom's are pretty close to shore with their babies. Quite a site... No pictures, though. A fleeting moment. Camera not ready. I'm trying. If you'd visit us at The Tides Inn, you could see them, too...

Friday, May 18, 2007


Well, today a guest GAVE me an abalone! He cleaned it, showed me how to fillet it, and gave me his secret recipe for cooking it. I cannot WAIT(!) to get home and fix it. The ocean was at its lowest tide this morning. About 10-12 divers on our beach. The picture was taken early in the morning (not much sun) and shows the low tides and abalone divers getting ready to go in the water. Hard to imagine from this picture how beautiful it is. Every little nook and cranny in the dark rocks has sea life. The tide pools are incredible here. I'll get a better picture early morning tomorrow. In the meantime, click on this one, it will expand and make it easier to see.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Lowest Tide - Abalone Divers

Today and tomorrow are two of the lowest tide days of the year. The picture shows the tide at its lowest today. We have three groups of Abalone Divers staying with us at The Tides Inn now. There are abalone that measure eight and nine inches across. Goin' be some good food for dinner tonight!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Mornings at The Tides Inn

This is what I woke up to this morning. Can you beat it??? Are you jealous? Come and spend a couple two or three days with us here at The Tides Inn. You'll get to see this, too.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Avenue of the Giants

My last post referred to the Avenue of the Giants. This is a picture from The Avenue. It is just so beautiful. The tallest tree in the world(!!!) is in this group of Giant Redwoods. If you are in Northern California, you can't miss this Avenue of Giant Redwoods.

Little foggy today

As you can see, it is a little foggy today, but still as beautiful as you can imagine. This would be a great day to check out the Avenue of the Giants. It's always hot up there, but would be cooler today. The Avenue of the Giants starts about 25 miles from us. A beautiful drive with a very interesting Visitors' Center. Check it out on the Internet. One of the many side-trips when you're staying here, in the Cove - at The Tides Inn, preferably...

Monday, May 14, 2007

I'm back!

I got back late Saturday - just after sunset. The sky was still colored with oranges and purples. I wish the photographs could do justice to this beauty. Coming over the last hill and suddenly being able to see the ocean and unbelievable views made me realize just how much I truly missed this piece of paradise. I am very lucky to be living here right on the water and waking-up every morning to this beauty.

Yesterday, there were Abalone divers right outside my door. I saw a whale cruise by in the afternoon. Haven't seen the sea-otters yet, but I'm sure they're out there swimming around raising havoc with the Abalone but generally having a fun time.

I have a few notes from guests that you might like to hear:

"Everything was fresh and airy. Loved the view, the sound of the surf, and the rubber ducky (it's a keeper)!" To explain: There is a yellow patriotic rubber duck in every bathroom who wants to go home with our guests.

"...the sound of the ocean is the perfect sleeping aid at night. Awesome!" It's true. It was hard for me to sleep for the whole week that I was gone; I am so used to the lulling effect of the waves against the shore.

You are invited to spend some time here in Paradise. Just call us. Toll-free 888 998-4337

Friday, May 11, 2007

Mother's Day and Gift Certificates

The Tides Inn is wishing all Mothers a very Happy Mother's Day. Give your Mom the gift of a mini-vacation at The Tides Inn. What a wonderful way to show your Mom how much you love her. We have gift certificates for any reason. Give one to an employee for a job well done. Birthday? A night or two at The Tides Inn will certainly celebrate a birthday! Anniversary? Wow! What a gift! Impress her with a mini-suite with a romantic fireplace and balcony overlooking the Cove. Let the waves lull you to sleep.

Comb the beaches and explore the Tide Pools right outside your door. Watch for whales cruising by with their babies. Do some abalone diving or salmon fishing.

Take a look at our Guestbook and see what everyone says about our little peace of paradise.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Checking in from Fernley, Nevada

I'm in Fernley, Nevada right now anxious to get back to the Cove. I'm really missing the sound of the waves. I'm sure everyone is finding whales, diving for abalone, and celebrating the Avenue of the Giants Marathon winnings. We have a young man staying with us that won first place in his class with a half marathon. His Mom and Dad also ran. Everyone is so proud... This same young man just got back from Afghanistan in time to travel with his parents from England to The Tides Inn. (Thank you for your service) I've checked, and it seems they're having a great time. Might not have a chance to write anymore until I'm home (in Shelter Cove). I'll be back Saturday - the time is going pretty fast.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

I'm leaving for a week

I'm leaving the Cove for a week to go to doctors, dentists, and vets. My home in Nevada has a water problem, so I guess I'll take care of that, too...

Today at The Tides Inn, the sun is shining, it's about 65 out there. Beautiful! Bring your wetsuit and snorkel and get your limit of abalone or bring a fishing pole and fish off the rocks. Do some whale watching while you're here. A couple from England staying here saw four yesterday. One looked pretty young. The Moms and babies come very close to shore so if you're paying attention you can look them right in the eye.

The Avenue of the Giants Marathon is tomorrow and runners are lining-up. Are you one of them? We have an Inn-full.

The Chart Room will be open again (after their vacation) on Monday, the 7th, so we'll, once again, have a dinner house open every day of the week.

I'm sure there will be just hundreds of things to talk about when I get back. In the meantime, Sharon will be here. Guests from a year ago remember Sharon. She was here for a year and now replaces me for a week every once-in-awhile. So say hello to Sharon this week.

The picture today is of the Cape Mendocino Lighthouse. Check-out this link. The history of this lighthouse and how it ended up in Shelter Cove near The Tides is an interesting story.

See you in a week. ~~Julie

Friday, May 4, 2007

A sunny day in Shelter Cove

Well, the sun is shining, the horizon is a crisp line, the ocean is so bright you can hardly look at it. There is some wind, but not enough to keep the little planes from landing down here. This picture shows two of our guests enjoying the views...

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Welcome to the Tides Inn

Welcome to our blog. If you've stayed with us, we welcome your comments. If you would like to stay with us here in our little paradise, call us toll-free (888) 998-4337. If you have questions and would like to use our blog, we'd like to hear from you.