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Weddings at the Hill House Inn

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Here is a slideshow of a wedding in the outdoor tent. We can handle a reception of up to 350 people in the tent, or up to 120 inside.


Personal Event Planner

Jamie Buckner is our Wedding and Event Planner (she is also a licensed minister):

Historic Property

Bette DavisThe 19th century Hill House Inn is known as the location where many Hollywood notables found comfortable accommodations. One of the first stars to stay here was Bette Davis while she was filming “Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter” in 1979. For nostalgia, you can stay in the Bette Davis Suite. The photo gallery in the Inn lobby has a collection of signed photographs of many celebrities that have visited us here on the rugged Mendocino coast.

The Hill House Inn gained national recognition when the weekly CBS television show, Murder She Wrote, was filmed here from 1984-1996. Mendocino became Jessica Fletcher’s—played by actress Angela Lansbury—town of Cabot Cove, Maine for several weeks. These are only two of over one hundred movies filmed here.


Hill House Inn is a distinguished lodging establishment located in Mendocino with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Situated among lush Victorian gardens, towering rustic water towers and magnificent cypress trees its 44 spacious and recently renovated ocean and garden suites maintain the warmth of a cozy bed and breakfast but offer much more to the discriminating traveler. The Hill House Inn enjoys the reputation of having “the largest private and public spaces available for weddings, meetings and retreats on the North Coast” with a banquet restaurant that features local, sustainable and organic products. The wine list offers selections from Northern California, including unique and highly-rated Mendocino, Sonoma and Napa wines. Wedding guests or visitors enjoying a weekend retreat are literally steps from unique shops, galleries, the Mendocino Headlands, the Pacific Ocean and Big River where one may enjoy boating, fishing, horseback riding and kayaking.

Why Select the Hill House Inn?

An Ocean-View Wedding at Hill House

The Hill House Inn is located in the historic village of Mendocino: unspoiled, uncrowned and undiscovered! Whether you're thirsting for great California wines, hungry for delicious organic cuisine, magnificent Redwoods or the Pacific Ocean the Hill House Inn is the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony, reception, wedding dinners and elegant accommodations for your guests. Arrive by limousine or private car and enjoy ample parking for your entire guest party and be just steps to the hotel. Enter the lobby and experience the warm ambiance of Oriental carpets and a selection of antiques, then continue to the venues that you have chosen for your special event: the expansive lush Victorian lush gardens with a bluff overlooking the ocean and followed by a reception an the ground floor Bar and Lounge; or ascend the spiral staircase to the second floor and a ceremony in our intimate private Chapel, followed by a reception and dinner in the Bay View Lounge with a spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific.

Other Reasons to Select the Hill House Inn

You enjoy the attention of your very own Personal Event Coordinator to plan the event of a lifetime. We offer a complimentary Bridal Consultation with our experienced wedding coordinator, Jamie Buckner. This is a relaxed but informative session, which lasts approximately one hour, and is an excellent way to familiarize you with our facilities, along with the Mendocino coast and us. You will receive information about vendors in the area including lists of resources available to you. Your Personal Event Coordinator will assist you with the design of your menu, wine and other beverage selections, music, photographers and flowers-all within the budget you choose.

Then return and join us in a Comprehensive Bridal Consultation, and enjoy two days and one night at the Hill House Inn and Restaurant. You will be upgraded to the best available room and we will arrange for you to meet with our Executive Banquet Chef, to review menu options and wedding styles. In addition to our own staff we will arrange for you to meet photographers, officiates, musicians, florists and other vendors that you may wish to provide services for your wedding. Finally, you will enjoy a full three-course wedding dinner for two with wine. The rate for this consultation is $250 plus taxes and gratuity with no further costs or obligations.

Happy CoupleBEST VENUE: The Hill House Inn is the premier wedding and event facilities on the North Coast. The property hosts more weddings and other events than any other facility on the North Coast…and without the need and additional costs of a tent. We can accommodate up to 120 people for a lovely in-door reception or dinner, and if requested up to 350 in an outside tented reception. Here are more details of the meeting rooms.

FULL SERVICE: The Hill House Inn and our sister property The Mendocino Hotel are the only full service properties in Mendocino overlooking the Pacific Ocean; including 24/7 hotel front desk services.

LARGEST CAPACITY: The Hill House Inn and Mendocino Hotel are the largest wedding and events facilities on the Mendocino coast with a combined guest count of 600, and accommodations for 300 guests. Here are more details of the meeting rooms.

PAMPERED GUESTS: The two hotels have a staff of over eighty, an Executive Chef, a dedicated Banquet Chef, a Beverage Manager, Executive Rooms Director, Two Event Planners and other support and professional staff which offers the highest staffing ratio of any lodging establishment on the Mendocino coast…all important ingredients that will combine to make your day come alive with an experience you and your guests will talk about forever. Here are our Banquet and Hors D’Oeuvres Menus.

HIGHLY RATED: “Highly Recommended” by Frommer’s 2006, and the Executive Chef has received sensational national reviews for a “California menu that’s right on the mark” ZAGATSURVEY 2007 and international reviews:

Rehearsal Dinners

Chapel for $750 • accommodates 50
Ocean View Dining Room for $2,850 • accommodates 80
Bay Room and Lounge for $3,450 • accommodates 150

Setup Fees

There is a $250 set up fee for the Ocean View Dining Room, or a $300 fee for the Bay Room and Lounge. This includes the use of our own inventory of required tables, chairs, linen, flatware and stemware. The cake-cutting fee is $150. Events held in a tent or outside the building will be subject to additional costs.


A non-refundable $1,000 deposit is due when the contract is signed. The balances of the room rental and set-up fees are due 45 days prior to the event. Payment for the food invoice is due 45 days prior to the event. Liquor, wine, beer and other beverages will be priced according to the wine and beverage list and the quantity consumed. The payment will be due at the end of the event. There is an $18 corkage fee. These charges can be paid by check or cash on the day after the event provided that there is a pre-approved credit card on file before the start of the event to guarantee payment. A final guest count, including meals, is due 45 days before your event.

LODGING: The rooms at the Hill House Inn are tastefully decorated and comfortably appointed. Our spacious guest rooms feature brass beds with cozy comforters, lace curtains, elegant furnishings, and striking views. All rooms offer garden views, and ocean view rooms are available upon request. Lodging for wedding guests are available at regular rack rates with discounts available subject to the size of the wedding party, season and availability. Holiday rates are not discounted. In order to block rooms for your guests, there will be a $500 deposit for each wing of 22 rooms due at the signing of the contract.

45 days before your event the block will be removed and the rooms that have not been reserved and paid for by your guests will again be made available to the public. However, your guests may continue to book at the Hill House Inn or Mendocino Hotel but only on an “as available” basis.

Our Accommodations: 44 Rooms

We have 4 Suites:

We have 6 Deluxe Ocean View Rooms: These beautifully decorated rooms each have a king size bed, gas fireplaces, most have balconies; some have Victorian love seats. Each of these rooms can accommodate up to three guests with rollaway.

We have 7 Ocean View Rooms: These spectacular Pacific Ocean view rooms are available with one king bed or two doubles. Some feature decks, along with in-room sitting areas. Each of these rooms can accommodate up to three to five guests.

We have 27 Garden Rooms: These are spacious garden-view rooms offering one king or two double beds. Many of the rooms offer foldout sofas or can accommodate a rollaway bed for additional sleeping space. Each of these rooms can accommodate up to three to five guests.