About Us

Kate & Ken Taylor, owners, Joshua Grindle Inn MendocinoKate and Ken Taylor purchased the inn in January 2019 after falling in love with Mendocino. We are former Pittsburgh (PA) residents, lived in California since 1994 and first-time inn owners. We have many years of experience in education, business and information technology. Before buying the Joshua Grindle Inn, Kate was a teacher/principal and currently oversees seven private elementary schools in California. Ken worked at IBM Storage Division prior to spending time at several Yosemite area lodges. We are very excited to welcome guests to this beautiful location.

The Joshua Grindle Inn is Mendocino’s first bed and breakfast (opened for business in 1978). The original Victorian farmhouse was built by Joshua Grindle in 1879 after receiving the property as a gift from his new in-laws (who just happened to live on a farm directly adjacent).

We are situated on a knoll overlooking the town of Mendocino on California’s beautiful North Coast. We are 160 miles north of the Oakland Airport, 180 miles north of San Francisco International Airport, 100 miles NW of Sonoma County Airport.

The Main House is the stately Victorian Farmhouse with a wrap around veranda featuring 5 guestrooms featuring antique furniture, each with it’s own upgraded modern bathroom. Also housed in the Main House are the Parlor (complete with historic photographs of Joshua and Alice Grindle) and a spacious dining area featuring a vintage pine table and chairs..

The historic water tower is a 3 story replica of the original tower featuring 3 unique guestrooms and “widow’s walk” at it’s peak.

A “saltbox” Cypress Cottage offers two additional guestrooms shaded by giant Cypress and amidst a canapé of rhododendron.

We are within easy walking distance to the fine restaurants, shops and galleries of the historic village of Mendocino and the breathtaking coastal Mendocino Headlands which makes the Joshua Grindle Inn the perfect portal for your exploration of the Mendocino Coast.

Private parking lot on the premises. The inn has been through three sets of loving hands over the years and it has enjoyed an abundance of admiring guests who have felt it’s magic.

“Couldn’t have picked a more wonderful place to stay.  Our room was awesome, close to town, and my wife loved it. If you get a chance stay. Breakfast was very good. Wish we could have stayed longer. Can’t wait to return. Thanks for the wonderful time.”
Gus Cooksey, Sacramento CA


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Mendocino Coast Calendar of Events

Present day Mendocino has a strong commitment to the arts with the focal point being the Art Center, three blocks from the Inn. The Center and its Showcase gallery on Main Street display the works of the students and graduates of its programs. Offering a wide variety of classes, workshops, festivals, fairs and entertainment to the public, the Center is the cultural hub of the North Coast.

Mendocino hosts numerous private galleries as well, which offer a wide selection of local artists and media, including paintings, wood carvings and furniture, wire sculpture, ceramics and weaving, to mention but a few.

The performing arts also play an important role in the life of the Mendocino community year-round. The Mendocino Theater Company, Gloriana Opera Company, Mendocino Dance Series, and The Mendocino Music Festival are a few of the groups providing a wealth of entertainment and cultural activity.

There are many fine restaurants in Mendocino which offer creative and gourmet meals. Food for every taste is offered in a variety of interesting and intimate settings, from French to California cuisine. A person could spend a full week in Mendocino and eat at a different restaurant every night, each with a wonderful selection on the menu. The Joshua Grindle Inn has a book complete with menus from all the best restaurants in the area, and our innkeepers are delighted to make lunch or dinner recommendations and reservations.

Mendocino is not only a special place because of its fine galleries and restaurants, but also known for the jewel-like quality of the scenery and its “small town” culture.

The village is set on the edge of a rugged coastline overlooking a wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean. To the west, the view is of the headlands and ocean, and to the east is dense redwood forest.

Mendocino has been called a “magical… gentle place” (San Diego Union-Tribune, June 8, 1992). The small-town atmosphere is both relaxing and reassuring. People on the street are happy to recommend a favorite restaurant, to tell you about a great place to shop or even, where to watch the seals.

If you are returning ... welcome back! If this is your first venture to Mendocino, you will most certainly be amazed!