Shelter Cove Travel Guide

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Shelter Cove Things to Do

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    by bpwarne Updated Feb 2, 2008

    Sunday Mass is at 11AM and is open to the public. They also offer retreats, see their website for more info.

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    by bpwarne Written Mar 10, 2007

    Originally built in 1868 and located on Cape Mendocino, about 30 miles north of Shelter Cove. The Cape Mendocino Lighthouse Preservation Society moved the tower to Shelter Cove in 1998. It was dismantled and moved in pieces by helicopter to it's present site where it was reassembled and restored. The lighthouse was opened to the public in the summer of 2000.

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    by bpwarne Updated Mar 2, 2007

    The Avenue of the Giants begins about 10 miles north of Garberville off Highway 101 at he Phillipsville exit, about a 50 minute drive from Shelter Cove, a pleasant 1/2 day to all day diversion. The paved road is about 33 miles long, terminating near Pepperwood at the northern end. It meanders through Humboldt Redwoods State Park, alongside highway 101, crossing back and forth under it at numerous points. This state park is home to some of the tallest Redwood trees in the world. There is a visitor's center located just north of the town of Myers Flat with interesting exhibits and restrooms. There are numerous places along the Avenue to park and hike amongst the Redwoods.

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Shelter Cove Hotels

  • Inn of the Lost Coast

    205 Wave Drive, Shelter Cove, California, 95589, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Shelter Cove Restaurants

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    by bpwarne Updated Nov 19, 2008

    This place is a veritable icon of Shelter Cove, albeit a bit tired one of late. It could use a face lift. We use to eat at this place often when we first started coming to the Cove in the late 80s. Since then the place has undergone new management at least a couple of times. We seldom eat there anymore, as it is somewhat hit or miss when we do. With deep fried foods, if the temp is not right on the fryer, well, things can get oily.

    As for ambiance, it is outdoor dining on a cement terrace with picnic tables. When the sun is shining, a gentle breeze, the Seagulls circling, with the ocean as a backdrop, ahhh...it can be quite heavenly. When it's in the 50s and the wind is blowing, you're shivering even with your jacket on and the gulls are attacking you for your food, not so heavenly. Oh well, it is the ocean and it is northern California, so come prepared. At one time there were a few indoor tables but there are none this summer.

    Favorite Dish: Fish and chips (Local Cod), $9.50 as of June, 2008.
    Grill items start at $7.95 for a hamburger and fries.
    This place is marginally ok. When the fish is not too greasy and the fries are not too soggy, its good, other times it's not so good. We usually only go here when friends from out of town are here and they are buying!

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    by bpwarne Updated Jun 30, 2008

    First, let me say that this restaurant is not in Shelter Cove. However, due to the limited choices within the Cove and the fact there is no place to eat betwen Redway/Garberville and Shelter Cove, a 45 minute drive, I thought I would recommend this place as a dining stop on the way into or out of the Cove.

    This restaurant is the only one we frequent regularly in Garberville. Large selection of pasta dishes, soups, salads, deli sandwiches, burgers and other grill items. Wines, beers, and sodas, espresso drinks.

    You can dine here for less than $10/ea, but not if you order the pasta dishes. They start at about $12.

    Casual dining or take out. Catering service also avaiable. Atmosphere can vary, depending on the ratio of tourists to locals.

    Favorite Dish: Taco Salad or BLT and soup.

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    by bpwarne Updated Sep 8, 2007

    Costa Cocina opened in the spring of 2007, serving up pizzas and very limited (last time I was in there, spaghetti only) Italian dishes to go. There is no dining area within the cocina but there often are a couple tables set up on the porch outside the entrance during nice weather. Pizzas are very good. I suspect the dough is not made from scratch but rather from a commercially bought mix. None the less, the crusts are good and usually a bit on the thin side, a good thing by my tastes. Pies generally tend to be heavy on the cheese and light on the sauce so keep that in mind when ordering if your taste tends the other way, as mine does.

    This is the only Pizza shop in the Cove and it is certainly a most welcome addition. Prices are most reasonable for Shelter Cove where dining out tends to be on the high side. Pies are certainly good.

    Favorite Dish: Veggie or Combo Pizzas.

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