COVID-19 Updates

November 13, 2020

We are happy to say that the fires in our area are all fully contained and Mother Nature has sent us some rain this week.Humboldt County is still rated Yellow by the State for COVID-19 cases which is the lowest rating a county can get.

We are fully open and practicing all the COVID-19 procedures.  MASKS are required, so please bring yours and wear them in all common areas. Our staff has been trained in COVID-19 procedures both in the hotel and restaurant and we have hand sanitizer located throughout the hotel for guest use. We also provide a small hand sanitizer and alcohol wipes to guests upon check-in.

We have inside and outside dining available (our beautiful decorated tent) with ample heat and 1600 sq. feet of space. Dinner is served nightly beginning at 5 pm and we are serving complimentary breakfast burritos every morning to our guests along with orange juice and coffee. We also have coffee makers in guest rooms if you prefer to stay in. Guests also have coffee in their rooms if they prefer to stay in.  Humboldt County is beautiful this time of year with a lot of outdoor activities still available, including hiking, biking and don’t forget the Redwoods! 

Please enjoy a video message from our very own John Porter here. 

October 12, 2020

August Complex Fire Update:

We wanted to share the most recent fire update with you. The fire is currently 75% contained and not burning in Humboldt County.  We had rain this past Saturday and have clear skies. For more information please click the link below. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6983/

October 6, 2020

Humboldt Counties COVID-19 rating by the Blue Print for a Safer Economy has been lowered to MINIMAL, which is the lowest rating possible by the State of California.  Only seven counties out of 58 statewide are rated at MINIMAL and Humboldt is one of them.  Check us out at:  https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/#reopening-data

September 29, 2020

Restaurant Update:

We are serving dinner both on our beautiful outside terrace with views of the historical bridge or in our historical dining room.  Reservations are strongly recommended and we are serving both hotel and non-hotel guests.  For our hotel guests, we are serving a complimentary burrito, coffee, and juice from 8 am to 11 am for pick up in the cocktail lounge area.  We have suspended brunch service at this time.

July 13, 2020

As you already may have heard, we have once again been asked to close our indoor dining room. Our spacious and beautiful outdoor terrace remains open for Dinner service every night and for Brunch service on the weekends. Please visit our dining page for more info on hours etc. We have also started our live music on the patio for an even more enjoyable experience. Reservations are required.

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June 20, 2020

We would like to thank everyone for coming to the Benbow last night as we reopened the hotel and dining room. Although overall most of the night went quite well it is very clear that we are not ready to open the restaurant. With the new health guidelines and a shortage of staff, we have made the decision to only open the restaurant to guests of the Inn. Effective immediately we will be closing the restaurant to all non-hotel guests until we are better prepared.
We are working hard to get back to a place where we can serve you all and as soon as we do we will let you know.

June 17, 2020

As we prepare to reopen, we wanted to let you know that we are taking our cleaning and sanitization procedures very seriously. We are following all California Hotels & Lodging Association’s cleaning procedures and training. Please feel free to read more if you have questions about how we are preparing for your visit. If you still need more clarification, we are happy to answer any questions via phone or email. We hope to see you soon.

Click to read Benbow Historic Inn Cleaning Training

Click to read Covid-19 Employee Screening Information

Click to read CHLA Covid-19 Hotel Plan

 

June 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Benbow Historic Inn Reopens After COVID-19 Closure

Benbow Historic Inn located on the Redwood Highway at exit 636, US Hwy 101 will reopen on Friday June 19, 2020, at 3pm to receive guests.  The Inn closed on Sunday, March 22, 2020, due to the COVID-19 spread.  “We chose to close earlier than most lodging properties before the virus contaminated the Inn & staff”, stated, John E Porter, Managing Partner.  “It was the right decision at the right time and we feel now is the time to open since both Governor Newsom and our county have opened up non-essential travel”, Porter stated.   In essence, the Inn has been quarantined and will be implementing elevated sanitation, cleaning, and other procedures in order to protect guests, employees, and vendors. Starting on Monday, June 15, 2020, the Inn will be taking reservations and answering the phone from 9am to 5pm and on Friday the 19th the Inn will open.  The restaurant hours will be, Brunch 8am to 2pm Saturday & Sunday only and Dinner from 5pm to 9pm nightly.

Porter also announced the re-hiring of George Tannehill as Executive Chef.  “George was our Chef from 2008 to 2013 and is back to perform his food talents along with our culinary team”, Porter mentioned.  Porter and Tannehill have decided to start slow with limiting hours of service and streamlined menus.  All procedures will be closely monitored to ensure proper sanitation and cleanliness for the safety of guests, employees, and vendors.    All employees and guests will be required to wear masks and some employees will be gloved.  The Inn will have a team of public area employees who will constantly be sanitizing sensitive areas, elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, and the like.  “With our outside dining, we are able to give guests more than the standard 6’ social distancing separation”, mentioned Chef Tannehill.  For the safety of everyone, dining guests will be asked to keep their masks on except when they are seated at their table.  Culinary Gardner, Steve Soderquist is also back and will be working closely with Tannehill on fresh garden vegetables, herbs, flowers, and the like.  “Chef Tannehill and I are planning a garden which will produce fresh products for the kitchen, in addition, we are using local farmers, fishermen and ranchers to source proteins and other fresh products”, mentioned Soderquist.

Benbow Historic Inn first opened in July 1926 by the Benbow Family and has been serving the traveling public in Southern Humboldt County for over 9 decades, and is a part of Historic Hotels of America.

For more information, please contact John E Porter at 707 223-3150, e-mail john@benbowinn.com or visit Benbow Historic Inn website at www.benbowinn.com

June 12, 2020

We are getting ready for your visit! Our Garden Cottage now has the option to dine on your own private patio, we are cleaning and sanitizing all guest rooms and our patio is all set up for some amazing outdoor dining. Please enjoy a short video from our very own John Porter where he shows off the Garden Cottage.

May 26, 2020

Please enjoy a short video from our very own John Porter regarding the re-opening of the Benbow. We are working hard to make this a safe place for you and your family when the time is right. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

May 11, 2020

First and foremost, our hearts go out to any of our guests who have been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly.  Our thoughts are especially with those who are sick, to whom we extend our heartful wishes for a full recovery.  Here in Humboldt County, we are safe and in Southern Humboldt, we have had only three (3) cases all of whom recovered at home.  Fortunately, we have had no deaths from COVID-19 in our entire county.

The Benbow KOA & Golf Course are open, however, the Inn remains closed. In order for us to be better prepared for reopening, we have created a short three-minute survey (powered by Survey Monkey) with a few questions about your future travel plans and how you will be enjoying our amenities once we re-open.

It would be wonderful and greatly appreciated if you would take the time to complete the survey for us. This will help to give us some sort of idea of what to expect when we open our lobby doors again.  As soon as we determine an opening date you will be notified via our monthly e-mail communication, website, and other social media channels.

We wish you and your families the best and look forward to seeing you in Benbow Valley so you can enjoy the natural beauty of our area. 

SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED Click link for survey: Take Survey 

Best Wishes,
John & Teresa Porter and the Benbow Inn & Benbow KOA staff

 

April 29, 2020

To our Valued Guests:

Thank you for your support during this unprecedented time in our lives.  We hope you and your families are safe and in good health.  The Inn continues to be temporarily closed due to the county Shelter in Place orders.  We have a small staff keeping the property in order. Steve Soderquist our Culinary Gardener is working closely with our Executive Chef, George Tannehill in getting both vegetables and herbs in the culinary garden.  Juan is keeping the rose garden and other landscaping areas watered, weeded and detailed.  Our sister property the Benbow KOA is open and we can rent both cabins and RV spaces to Humboldt County residents and those from other areas who are essential travelers, which can include traveling to take care of a loved one, for example.  The golf course remains closed but again Dee Bass our Head Greenskeeper is keeping the course up and maintained.

As things change, we will keep you informed.  We do not want to make a guess as to when that will be open as we are not sure anyone knows, other than it will happen and when it does, we will greet you all with open arms.    

Stay Safe & Be well.

John & Teresa Porter & Benbow Inn/Benbow KOA staff

Please enjoy a video about John’s favorite spot on the property.

April 11, 2020

To all of our Valued Guests:

As you all know on Sunday March 22, 2020 for the safety of our guests, employees and vendors we closed the Benbow Historic Inn.  As a result of the uncertainty of the Corona-Virus impact on our area and America we will wait until we can be certain of a secured opening date.  Once we make a decision, we will communicate that information to you.

You can our switch board at 707 923-2124 to leave a message with any of our departments. Our guest services staff will be checking messages twice a week. Please feel free to reach out if you have any further questions.  You can e-mail us at confirmations@benbowinn.com.

On Monday March 30, 2020 an order was given by Humboldt County to close all golf courses and that campgrounds & RV Parks can only rent to Humboldt County residences.  As a result, we are closing the golf course and will have limited hours at the Benbow KOA store. 

We wish you all a Happy Easter and Passover and hope you are all well and safe.

We appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Be well.

John & Teresa Porter & Benbow Inn/Benbow KOA staff

 

Please view a special Easter message from John Porter below:

*Please note that we already have a winner for the Forest “Bathing” question.

April 1, 2020

To all of our Valued Guests:

We had previously communicated with you that we were closing on Sunday March 22, 2020 for the safety of our guests, employees and vendors with a tentative re-opening date of Good Friday, April 10,2020.  With updates we have been getting from local, state and federal governments it appears that our original reopening date was too optimistic and we will not be reopening on Good Friday, April 10, 2020.  As a result of the uncertainty of the Corona-Virus impact on our area and America we will wait until we can be certain of a secured opening date.  Once we make that decision, we will communicate that information to you.

Our guest services staff will be answering the phone Monday through Friday 10am to 2pm, in addition you will be able to leave messages which we will be checking. Please feel free to reach out if you have any further questions.  You can call us at 800 355-3301 or e-mail us at confirmations@benbowinn.com.

On Monday March 30, 2020 an order was given by Humboldt County to close all golf courses and that campgrounds & RV Parks can only rent to Humboldt County residences.  As a result, we are closing the golf course and will have limited hours at the Benbow KOA store.  We will be unable to rent RV spaces or cabins to non-residents of Humboldt County. 

We appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Be well.

John & Teresa Porter & Benbow Inn/Benbow KOA staff

View a video message from John Porter below: