20 years after meeting at Half Moon Bay’s Shorebird Restaurant, with a 10-year side trip in the hotel business, Kevin & Sandy VanderBes decided to take their passion for hotels, food & wine a step further. In June 2011, Samir Tuma introduced them to this wonderful inn on the coast he was restoring and by the end of the weekend it was clear that this was a match for the ages.
Kevin & Sandy treat Circa ‘62 as an extension of their home, where they raised a half dozen or so kids, entertained friends and grandkids by preparing seasonal and simple, well-made food raised in the neighborhood. It is all about bringing family and friends together to celebrate life. Circa ‘62 is a tribute to the “Great American Breakfast” coupled with an eye for fun and unforgettably warm hospitality.
In 1862, just ten years following the arrival of the first settlers on the Mendocino Coast (and a year before Lincoln's Gettysburg Address), mill owner and rancher Charles Perkins, built the Inn's historic Ledford Farmhouse. In 1888, Perkins built a mansion on the hill to the south of the Inn and, in so doing, renovated the farmhouse to give to his daughter as a wedding present. The coffered old growth redwood ceilings you see while dining at Circa '62 were added for the wedding and were quite the statement of affluence and style for the time.
Since Circa ‘62 opened we have done our best to live up to the beauty of Mr. Perkins home (yes, some of our guests and staff believe he's still here) by serving a great breakfast that shows off the best local stuff, has a sense of fun and is really just an extension of our own home... We (he) can't wait to meet you!