A $10 million expansion and improvement project for the Benbow Inn has begun and includes a three-story east wing and 10 additional guest suites.
The project was kicked off with a groundbreaking event last week and will also include installation of an elevator, two meeting rooms, improvements to the inn’s lounge and a new entrance and lobby.
The inn’s main kitchen will be renovated and a 150-person event center will open across the street from the inn, which is located two miles south of Garberville.
In a press release, John Porter, the inn’s co-owner and managing partner, said the project fulfills a vision that was charted when the inn was first built in 1924. The Great Depression put plans for the east wing on hold and they remained shelved.
Porter noted the assistance of U.S. Bank in reviving the project and added, “We are especially pleased that the hotel will now be more accessible to all our guests and we will be complying with the ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] laws.”
The new wing will be modeled after the inn’s existing tudor-style architecture. “We expect all interior and exterior of the expansion to have the same historical feel of the original design,” said co-owner Jack Macdonald.
The project is expected to be completed by May 2017 and the inn will be open throughout the construction and renovation period.