On the far reaches of California’s north coast a small fishing village hides tucked away in a cove. Trinidad is one of few places that has ocean view property, surfing, fishing, hiking, and excellent restaurants, but no crowds.
A visit to the North Coast would be incomplete without seeing Trinidad, but because of its location it stays hidden from the tourism radar. Many people traveling north on Highway 101 drive right by without even knowing it.
Trinidad Bay Bed and Breakfast holds a place of honor directly across the street from the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse, a memorial to the many fisherman who have died at sea. It’s owned by Michael Morgan and managed by Jason Richie since April, 2006.
In the 1950s the Cape Cod style Bed and Breakfast was the site of Harbor Light Building Supply until the 1960s, when it became the private residence of Roland Johnson, owner of Harbor Light. He sold it to Paul and Carol Kirk in 1985. When the Kirk’s wanted to turn it into a B&B they were met with local opposition. But it has turned into a point of pride for many in Trinidad, a lovely spot to house out-of-town guests.
Jason runs a tight ship. While gazing out over the Pacific Ocean his guests are well fed with his typical three-course breakfast which includes daily baked fruit, fresh breads and muffins, and a rotating selection of hot main courses that could include Brie and Egg Strata or Smoked Salmon Scramble. Fresh berries, organic coffee and a selection of teas round off the morning spread.
The rooms are named to reflect local attractions: The Tide Pool, Redwoods, Trinity Alps, and Crab Pot. Out of respect for the comfort of other guests, pets are not allowed inside. Crated pets may stay overnight in the garage.
The Tide Pool room has a separate entryway, two club chairs in front of a fireplace, large windows with an ocean view, and a private porch with chairs; a favorite room for newlyweds or special occasions, where breakfast can come to the room. But this is a busy B&B, and reservations need to be made well in advance in order to request a special room.
Rates: $160 – $250
Trinidad Bay Bed and Breakfast