Brewery Gulch Inn is a TOP 3 Resort in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards


Renowned Mendocino Coast Property Receives Top Honors from USA Today Readers in the “Best Destination Resort” Category

On Friday, August 9, USA Today announced the results of its 2019 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards, and the Mendocino coast’s celebrated Brewery Gulch Inn has made this list for the first time. USA Today readers ranked Brewery Gulch #3 in the “Best Destination Resort” category (introduced in 2016). Notably, it was one of only two California properties to be included on this prestigious list. USA Today’s 10Best Awards are held every year, with 20 nominees from across the country chosen by a panel of experts and 10Best editors in each category. Voting is open for four weeks, during which time readers are free to vote once per day for their favorite property.

We were honored to be included in the original list of 20 nominees and humbled by our final placement in the top 3 selections.

States Guy Pacurar, owner of the Brewery Gulch Inn

Constructed in 2001 from 150-year old redwood that was eco-harvested from the bottom of the nearby Big River, the Brewery Gulch Inn is an architectural masterpiece that is surrounded by serene gardens and restored wetlands. Its main building boasts a 15-foot cathedral ceiling in the Great Room, complete with a stunning, four-sided glass-and-steel fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling windows for guests to take in the dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean. Architect Caroline La Pere utilized these woods and more to create an environment that is expansive yet cozy, modern yet timeless, and light-filled yet earthy. Hummingbirds buzz and birds chatter outside the windows, while deer, turkeys, and other wildlife roam the meadow outside the Inn.

All of the inn’s 10 romantic guestrooms provide picture perfect views of Smuggler’s Cove, while many of them offer deep soaking tubs and private decks. Each guestroom offers soothing earth tones, feather beds cloaked in Sferra linens, state-of-the-art flat panel televisions, DVD players, charging stations and Bluetooth speakers. And in the bath, Molton Brown and Asprey products, Himalayan bath salts, and thick Abyss towels allow guests to indulge.

For 2019, the top ten winners in the “Best Destination Resort” category are as follows:

  • C Lazy U Ranch – Granby, Colo.
  • Ocean House – Watch Hill, R.I.
  • Brewery Gulch Inn – Mendocino, Calif.
  • Hidden Pond – Kennebunkport, Maine
  • Stephanie Inn – Cannon Beach, Ore.
  • The Broadmoor – Colorado Springs
  • The Resort at Paws Up – Greenough, Mont.
  • Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina – Ko Olina, Hawaii
  • Brush Creek Ranch – Saratoga, Wyo.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay – Half Moon Bay, Calif.

About the Brewery Gulch Inn

Perched high on a bluff top overlooking Smuggler’s Cove and the Pacific Ocean, the Brewery Gulch Inn is a one-of-a-kind bed-and-breakfast property that reigns cathedral-like over the dramatic Northern Mendocino coast. Constructed in 2001 from 150-year old redwood reclaimed from the nearby Big River, this architectural masterpiece boasts a 15-foot cathedral ceiling in the Great Room, complete with a stunning, four-sided glass-and-steel fireplace, 10 romantic rooms with all the modern amenities, three extraordinary acres of mature pines and redwoods, wooded glens, wetland ponds, gardens, and a full-time executive chef who will tempt your taste buds with an extensive array of culinary offerings, from a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, to an innovative dinner buffet highlighting locally-sourced, organic ingredients. 

For more information, visit the Inn’s website at or call 800.578.4454.

About USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards

The 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest launches new categories every other Monday at noon, revealing each category’s 20 nominees. After 4 weeks of voting, the contest closes on the 28th day at noon. On the Friday after voting ends, winners are revealed. Rules allow the public the right to vote online for one nominee per category, per day.

Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. The nomination panel for each award category is displayed on its associated contest page. All voting is digital and the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest is accessible on the website.

While the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest lives on – a standalone travel media site – it is promoted across USA TODAY Travel Media Group’s digital and mobile products, as well as via social media. Nominees are also announced and/or promoted across relevant USA TODAY departments, and through Gannett media outlets. provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. The core of the site’s uniqueness is its team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields – and their cities – but discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about so the content is constantly updated. averages 5 million visitors per month. It was acquired by USA TODAY in January of 2013.

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