Heritage House foreclosure sale postponed - Mendocino Beacon

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Little River's Heritage House has won another last minute reprieve from a foreclosure sale on the courthouse steps.
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Former Employee

San Lorenzo, CA

#1 Oct 16, 2008
This is unreal! When will this circus side show end?
I cannot understand why this completely delusional owner keeps trying to hang on to a property he has so successfully ruined.
This guy needs to put his pride up his ass and do the right thing, which is to get rid of the high roller mentality and start taking care of his employees and the hotel.
At this point, the only way to do this is to allow someone else to come in, start over and establish an organization that will operate the way it should, focusing on improving employee relations, guest service, and operational profit.
There is no other good side to this story. It is what it is. David Wilk has used and manipulated people for far too long.
He has unethically mishandled the funds of the hotel and quite frankly needs to go away.
It will be the best thing for the entire coast
gimmeabreak

Mendocino, CA

#2 Oct 27, 2008
What kind of fools do they find to pay good money to stay there. I have never heard one positive thing about this place other than wonderful views.
Don't customers demand top customer service, fine dining, and great accomodations from a place that charges up to $800.00 a night? Stop the scams and sham and turn it into a State Park, maybe California can buy it from the bank on a short sale. Then they can have the owners work off back taxes by cleaning the bathrooms.
A friend of the Inn

Lafayette, CA

#3 Oct 29, 2008
I think the Inn should be given to Joanie James. She deserves it and if she does not want all of it then it should be donated to be an in-resident county funded residential treatment facility for Chemical Dependency. I was furious to read the county got bilked by David when the Beacon is screaming the need for Alcohol and Drug Treatment in the Court Report and on almost every page. I am a LMFT who is an expert in the field and know Joanie James and was raised next door to the Inn at Seawinds on Shorepine. Lauren bought the property on Frog Pond for the expansion of the Inn and for storage of staff and property of the Inn. Lauren Dennen and his wife wanted her there for life. She is to my knowledge not the owner yet I will drive right up 128 to hug her big time if she is by gift of the forces that run Karma. You try being a hostess, waitress, bartender and all else for all those years. Not easy huh Joanie. I hate it that the Inn is being bashed in the end as I saw the Dennen's build it and Gay try to live her father's dream. I wish someone would tell the real truth..... I will email the Beacon guy.
Loving Patron

Sacramento, CA

#4 Mar 12, 2009
If you haven't heard "one nice thing" I will give you plenty of them! We were regular "once a years" for years...saw this coming, unfortunately! This place was one in a million..can't ever change that. Of course, the views, but in the good years, THE best food, THE best wines, THE best Ramos fizz..THANK YOU Joanie, will remember you always, still have the recipe with your signature and will keep it always..the was NO better place on the coast (or on earth) to have a drink at sunset, a night cap by the fire..things were best when they were left alone, let that be a lesson to all..NEVER screw with perfection...the older decor, furnishings, the people, that's what MADE it amazing, and worth every penny we saved to make that trip each year. I cry when I think of it, all our pictures from our deck at carosel 2...will i ever see that view again? The thought BREAKS my heart!!!We will pray for that property, and yes, GIVE it to Joanie, or somebody with a passion for the history and that AMAZING piece of land and the Dennens' dream.I'd do it in a second, work it till I died if I could...
DeavonB

San Diego, CA

#5 Mar 16, 2009
This was our romantic getaway. Beautiful, serene, peaceful. Whatever has to happen to restore/retain the property, I hope and pray it happens!
PATTI

Whittier, CA

#6 Dec 12, 2009
I SAW THIS BEAUTIFUL PLACE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THE MOVIE SAME TIME NEXT YEAR. I LIVE IN SO.CA., BUT WANTED TO SEE IT JUST ONCE. HOPE I CAN..
Married under the Gazebo

United States

#7 Feb 22, 2010
We hope and pray every day that someone (Joanie?) will take over this property and bring it back to the way it used to be. Relaxing, pristine, no t.v.'s no phones, etc; Elegant, simple, a place to honeymoon. We were married there under the gazebo/ 1996. H.H. will always be a piece of Heaven to us.
Engaged in the Gazebo

Chico, CA

#8 Mar 12, 2010
Broke our hearts when the property was sold... no t.v's, no phones and NO remodel would have been the keys to success. I have the most beautiful memories staying in the Vista 3 and especially my November 2003 stay when my now husband proposed to me in the gazebo. I hope there will be a way for Joanie to wind up taking it over... didn't know her story but hope someone with a big heart makes that happen!
Lisa from SoCal

Northridge, CA

#10 Apr 1, 2010
My sweet husband took me on a surprise trip to Heritage House when our first son was old enough to be left with the grandparents. I had always wanted to go there after seeing the moving Same Time Next Year. We were young (1983) and in love. It was a wonderful surprise. I am so sorry to hear of the trouble the Inn suffered and that it is now closed.
All The Way From Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

#11 Apr 6, 2010
Just in case there is hope that the Inn can be returned to its glory days--we too were annual visitors who drifted away when the new owners tried to make it what it was never meant to be.

A TV in Vista 3? Hell No!

Round up Nelson and the rest of them and let's go back in time.
Lancaster TX

United States

#12 Apr 7, 2010
My heart is broken by all of this. I was married in the Gazebo in 2005...this was an amazing place. It takes my breathe away just thinking about the experience. I hope and pray that some day it will return to it's original state. The property was awesome, the view...unbelieveable, the employees...the best, the food...GREAT! Heritage House I will never forget you. You touched my life in a special way..please come back. We miss you.
michele mcginnis

Clearlake, CA

#13 Apr 19, 2010
i saw heritage house for the first time in 15 years last week it broke my heart i was the dennens chef for 10 years and i still have many merories of h.h. now i also have tears.
Michelle M

United States

#14 May 6, 2010
Did the Heritage House Close?I am so sad. I hope not! Loved that place!
SteveM

San Francisco, CA

#16 May 25, 2010
Went there the first time in 1979. It was at it's height then I think. I visited many times afterward and, over time, noticed it slowing sliding down hill. It was pricy and the hospitality industry was changing. The movie revived the place but in the end, it wasn't enough. My wife and I decided not return after our last visit in the early 90's, realizing there are many, many places in this world to visit. I haven't been in at least a dozen years. Too bad
Steve E

Milpitas, CA

#17 Jul 12, 2010
My wife and I Honeymooned at Heritage House in June 1978; before "the movie" and it was an amazing place. The rooms were perfect, the staff were courteous and the accomodations included breakfast and gourmet dinner. It had a formal charm, a classy place that you dressed up for to go to dinner. We returned for our 30th anniversary in 2008 and noticed the views hadn't changed but the charm had been lost. It seemed like a large B&B and not the Heritage House that we all became to love. I do hope things can be worked out and the Inn returns to its glory days!
Theo J

San Francisco, CA

#18 Jul 21, 2010
My wife and I loved this place and stayed every year on our way up to the Humboldt and Avenue of the Giants marathon races. Got turned off by the effort to "upgrade" it which destroyed the whole atmosphere and made it way too expensive. We would resume going back if it returns to its former serene and affordable self.
Bummed out

United States

#19 Aug 12, 2010
I went to the Heritage House in the mid 90's with my Mom and my daughter. We were enchanted by the place. Recenly I was planning a romantic get away with my fiance and immediately thought about heading up to the Heritage House. I was saddened to find that it no longer exists. I hope someone steps in to put this once beautiful and magic place back as it was.
Tony Newport Beach CA

Newport Beach, CA

#20 Jan 31, 2011
My wife and I were married in the Gazebo in 1991 and I was planning a surprise 20th anniversary trip to the Inn this summer. I saw something in the web indicating it s re-openning late this summer. Does anyone have any information?
N Ryan

El Cajon, CA

#21 Apr 15, 2011
I just found out that Heritage House has closed. Hazel and Don Dennen, my aunt and uncle, worked so hard to make it a fabulous place .... and it was just that while they owned it. I worked there one summer, while in high school, and didn't want to leave. So many customers returned year after year. They never had to advertise. The quality was five star all the way. Needless to say, I am disappointed that the place changed so much. Obviously, the changes weren't for the better. How very sad to think that the Dennen's legacy, an important aspect of the Little River/Mendicino history, will be gone. I am still finding it hard to believe that this could happen.
Bob and Lenore

Honolulu, HI

#22 Apr 29, 2011
N Ryan...The Dennen's became good friends as we visited a week at a time 3 times a year. Do you know where Gay is? Is she still in the Bay Area? We attended Hazel's funeral and visited her memorial down by the Gazebo. We will never forget this wonderful place we visited from 1978 thru 1996. After the Dennen's sold we predicted it would not last. Unfortunately, we where right.

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