Avenue of the Giants | Award Winning Hotel

Our guest bedrooms are located in the historical or terrace buildings at the inn. Recently, renovations brought in ADA compliant guest rooms and newly themed Benbow founders’ rooms—each room themed after one of the original Benbow family members.

Benbow Historic Inn has an acclaimed restaurant & award winning wine cellar. A full service lounge, offers all classic cocktails and a fantastic single-malt whiskey selection. View our restaurant & lounge menus for available dining options.

Each year, the Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence honor, encourage, and recognize the most exemplary historic hotels, hoteliers, and leadership practices. The Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence are presented to historic hotels and hoteliers demonstrating innovative leadership, stewardship, and contribution to furthering the recognition, preservation, and celebration of these preeminent historic hotels and their histories. 

From more than 200 nominees, we are very excited to announce that the Benbow Historic Inn was the recipient of the award for the Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel and our very own Teresa Porter was the recipient for the Hotel Historian of the Year Award. We are honored and very excited to share this will all of you. Thank you to everyone for your support and love throughout the years.

The following amenities are available to our guests staying at the Benbow Historic Inn or Benbow KOA.

Restaurant & Bar
On-Site Parking
Complimentary WiFi
Gift Certificates Available
On-Site Venues
Business Facilities
Electric Car Charging Station
Newspapers
Luggage Storage
24-Hour Front Desk
Tour Desk
Gift Shop

The Benbow Historic Inn, a Garberville resort in the redwoods, was designed by architect Albert Farr, who was most noted for The Wolf House—the home he designed for author Jack London in Glen Ellen, CA. Farr was commissioned by the Benbow family to create the cornerstone for the resort community they intended to build in their 1,290 acre valley.

Home to the Stars On The Range

The combination of seclusion and elegant hospitality also served as quite an attraction for the early Hollywood elite. Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, Alan Ladd, Charles Laughton, Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, Joan Fontaine, Basil Rathbone were all patrons of the Inn.

Dignitaries such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and Lord Halifax also enjoyed the Benbow hospitality. Guests enjoyed all the amenities of fine dining and luxurious rooms, along with the best of the great outdoors: riding stables, golf course, hiking trails, swimming, boating and fishing in the Eel river.

Escape to Benbow

Welcome to the Benbow Historic Inn, a premiere North Coast Hotel, Golf Course and KOA RV resort located near Garberville – a small town in the heart of northern California Redwood Country near the Avenue of the Giants. Nestled on the banks of the Eel River in southern Humboldt County, California. Just 3.5 hours north of San Francisco.

Come Explore the Avenue of the Giants

Packages and special offers are available. Plan the ultimate California Redwood vacation!

Select Your Room

Recently remodeled the Benbow Historic Inn has a variety of rooms with soaking tubs, fireplaces and views of the Eel River. Select from our new Benbow Founder’s Rooms or stay in our Garden Cottage with a jacuzzi tub and outdoor terrace. We have a wide variety of rooms. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a weekend with friends or just want to escape from San Franicsco, we have the right room for you.

Benbow Inn Rooms

Pick the perfect room for your getaway.

Explore the Local Area

We’re excited to have you stay with us! In 2018, California’s Redwood Coast was voted the top place to visit in the US by Lonely Planet. We recommend visiting some of these hotspots while you’re exploring Humboldt and Mendocino counties.

Local Attractions

Explore the north California coast, redwoods, rivers and all the best of Humboldt County from the comfort of the Benbow Historic Inn.
Carson Manson
Avenue of the Giants road and redwood trees
Avenue of the Giants
5/5
Kimberly Seres-Szalai
Kimberly Seres-Szalai
Can't Wait to Go Back
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"We just returned from a two night stay at the Inn and can't wait to go back. What a charming place with an idyllic setting, fascinating history and friendly staff. Our view of the river and grounds from room 114 were beautiful, peaceful and refreshing and the room was clean and comfortable. We enjoyed all of our delicious meals in the Dining Room...where we felt like we were eating in a beautiful tree house...the ambience and view were so lovely. We also enjoyed nightly drinks in front of the fire in the lobby...where there were plenty of puzzles, chess sets, books and papers for us to enjoy. The Benbow Inn is a magical place, one where we were transported back to a simpler time and made to feel very special. We will definitely be visiting again soon."
Ren J.
Ren J.
Utter Delight
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"This place was an utter delight. Very 20s design architecture and fittings are interesting to these eyes. The Inn is a nice place to explore, and attempting to figure out how the new construction will be coupled with the old Inn. We had a very comfortable terrace room, appointed with antique furniture, nice bed, and terrific view of the Eel river. Next time, I will pay more attention to the fireplace offerings, as it was cold outside. We dined in the restaurant where we found everything to be delicious and well prepared; all was served and plated well. I recommend the lamb chops and the pappardelle pasta with smoked shrimp (the "smoked" shrimp were remarkable in that I've never seen smoked shrimp on a menu before). Next morning, the Eggs Benedict and stone-cut oatmeal were outstanding."