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Our Story  

Thank you for so much for your interest in The Andiron | Seaside Inn & Cabins!

We purchased the Inn in May 2009 - its 50th anniversary year! The Inn was built in 1959, and was known as The Andiron Lodge for quite a while, until the past owners renamed it "Pacific Mist Inn" after the mist that rolls in and out of the meadow. We returned the property to its original name and set about redecorating and refurbishing.

People have asked us about how we ended up here. The truth is, we don't have a background in hotels or hospitality. Far from it! Scott has been a banker and was in academia until becoming our full-time Innkeeper. Madeline is Creative Director at a national marketing firm and works during the week in San Francisco, and spends her weekends in Little River. We've been married for more than 20 years and visiting the North Coast for most of those years.

Not long ago, we began thinking about how to build a life around entertaining people, putting our crazy vintage collections to work, and keeping our hands and heads busy...ta-da, buying a funky, old-fashioned lodge and cabins on the coast was just the ticket.

What are we trying to do here? Well, we're pretty simple and little nostalgic, and we're trying to create an unpretentious place that is both. Old-time summer vacation fun combined with kindness and wit and being good stewards of the earth. Our cabins reflect that, that's for sure! You can't miss our love of everything vintage, salvaged, recycled, and rehabbed, like: unusual furniture; old toys and games (like bakelite Viewmasters); unique lamps; and mid-century fabrics. Every cabin is entirely unique and each tells a story.

It's been a great ride so far, and it's just the beginning. Our plans for the property include removing the dead trees and planting native trees, flowers, and shrubs; putting in an organic vegetable garden and building a chicken coop (both for guest enjoyment); creating a space for outdoor music; replacing all the small plastic bottles and paper packages in favor of more ecological dispensers (check!); building a fire pit; and so much more.

Please come say hello if you come visit, or drop us a line right here at scott@theandiron.com

Thank you!

Scott Connolly and Madeline Stanionis

and our staff - Kate, Judith, Juliana, Matt, Veronica, Sandra, Ana, and the many others who help make our place special