The Inn was built from old growth Redwood in 1912 as a private residence by two brothers from an illustrious local family. From the outset it was recognized as an architectural jewel in the Arts & Crafts style. Now there are 10 guests rooms, all shapes and sizes. From a romantic room overlooking the garden for two to a family style with room that comfortably fits six.
According to family lore, the brothers feuded for a time as the finishing touches were being added - one brother took the crew and the plans, and constructed a scaled-down version of the house across town. The feud was eventually resolved and the family tradition of large, festive gatherings continued. There are local residents who can still remember the grand socials that made vivid, lasting impressions on their youthful spirits. Lawn parties were particularly renowned.
The residence was converted to a hotel in the 40s and purchased by the current owners in 2015. The Living Light Inn (formerly the Colonial Inn) is the oldest continuously operating inn in Fort Bragg. In its lifetime it has hosted many distinguished guests including a former American President, several diplomats, artists, writers and musicians and a number of world-famous athletes, as well as visitors from every continent and throughout the U.S. It has been featured in several publications on historic architecture and inns, and many visitors and guests are drawn by advance word of its beautiful and unique features.
Over the Independence Day holiday in 2000, the Inn hosted the family reunion of the descendents of its first occupants.
We are closely affiliated with the premiere raw food culinary school - Living Light Culinary Institute. For 20 years, Living Light has been training thousands of people from more than 60 countries in the techniques of gourmet plant-based nutrition and meal preparation at our state-of-the-art facility in downtown Fort Bragg.
We offer tours of the facility upon request. Contact our front desk staff to set-up a time.