Captain’s Inn at Moss Landing- Bed & Breakfast Stay – April 7, 2015

Out of my many experiences, The Captain’s Inn is one of the most charming Bed and Breakfasts I have ever stayed in. There is a theme running through the Inn, it is all Maritime with a bit of whimsy and fun.

Most of the rooms have waterfront views with lots of wildlife watching including birds, seals and glorious sunsets.  Each unique bed is crafted from a boat with a theme. My room was the Pelican Beach, and my bed was a catamaran. They have fireplaces, nautical décor, antiques, plush beds, robes, feather pillows, chandeliers, soaking tubs, and private bathrooms. Their special home cooked breakfast served every morning is to die for.

The Captain’s Inn is within walking distance to many attractions here in Moss Landing. It sits right on Elkhorn Slough and there are beaches close by as well as dining, and the harbor. There are 10 guestrooms with private baths and individual décor.  The Captain’s Inn is located in a quaint, historic fishing village in Central Monterey Bay just off scenic Coast Highway One.

History of the Building:

The Pacific Coast Steamship Company building was built in 1906 following the San Francisco earthquake. This property has many well-known names associated with it. The Castro family received the property in a land grant. Later in 1868, the property was owned by Charles Moss, the town’s namesake, and Donald Beadle (both in shipping). The Pacific Coast Steamship Company purchased the property in 1881 and the PCSC owned the property when the current two-story building was built. The Pacific Coast Steamship Company was sold in 1917 to the Pacific Steamship Company run by John Scudder. The Capurro Family owned the property in the mid 1900s and used it as a family residence. The York family established the Moss Landing Harbor Chapel here and regularly held church services in the building. In more recent years, the building has been home to countless Moss Landing Marine Laboratories students.

This building was originally built as an office building with 6 individual offices and a parlor. In later years one office became a kitchen, a dining/laundry nook was added, and a narrow bathroom fit in. The simple colonial revival style is in vernacular pyramid cottage form used just after the turn of the century mostly in “company towns”. The porch front is simple Tuscan order. The two downstairs front windows are Queen Anne cottage style. The simple fireplaces include bricks salvaged from damaged buildings in the 1906 earthquake made by the Sante Fe masonry.

This building has been fully renovated and recently opened as a bed and breakfast in by Captain Yohn and Melanie Gideon. The effort to save this building has been awarded a historic preservation award from the Moss Landing Chamber of Commerce.

In the back, a boathouse with guestrooms has been added. This building takes advantage of views of wildlife and the marshlands.

There are lots of Boats in the Shipyard; The White Little Dipper, a section located in the back shipyard, was a fishing troller.  The upright wood boat against the Boat House was a fishing Dory, once used by whaling harpooners. The white bow of the boat in the backyard belongs to a fishing skiff. The grey blue boat located against the fence in the backyard is a liberty skiff.  The white and red Sailing Dory, located in the driveway against the house, was used as a leisure boat.  The blue Thistle class sailing boat from 1945, located in the driveway by the fence, is a very sea worthy sailboat. Last but not least, the yellow and red boat that is part of the deck is a purseiner skiff.

I really loved my stay here; everything here is so creative, down to the last detail. It is whimsical and restful at the same time. Looking out of the windows from my room amazed at how close the wildlife is, I can’t help but feel as though I am almost out there camping with the animals. I would definitely make a special visit to come back for an extended stay. Overall, I really enjoyed everything about this experience.

Captain’s Inn at Moss Landing

A California Bed & Breakfast

8122 Moss Landing Rd.

Moss Landing, CA. 95039

(831) 633-5550

* some content was taken from the Inn’s brochure.


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