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The 50 Most Powerful People in American Fine Dining

"At California’s Harbor House Inn, Matthew Kammerer is serving up hyper-local cuisine that’s earned him two Michelin stars and a whole host of accolades. Focused on seafood and vegetables that he and his team find within just a few miles of the Mendocino restaurant, Kammerer is one of ..." 

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14 Things to Do on the Mystical Mendocino Coast

"There will be no cell signal during most of your drive along the coast of Mendocino, and half the time, there won’t even be a radio station to tune in to. All you’re left to do is slow down and take in your surroundings...." 

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Photos by Fiona Chandra, Nicole LaMotte, Mar Vista Farm + Cottages, Visit Mendocino County

Four Talented Young Chefs with Michelin Green Stars

"Local Hero – Matthew Kammerer

Matthew Kammerer, executive chef at two-Michelin-star Harbor House perched on California’s Mendocino coastline, shares his passion for hyper-local ingredients....." 

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Michelin Stars Announced

"Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guide, told The Chronicle that the staffing crisis is one of the pandemic’s “long-lasting effects” around the world. Those that won stars “have managed to adapt to the situation ... without compromising the quality” of food and service, he said....." 

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The Best Holiday Destinations in October

"Try a true taste of Mendocino at Harbor House Inn, where the 25-seat dining room hosts an ever-changing, hyper-local menu that has been awarded the county’s first-ever Michelin star. Everything you eat here has been sourced from within a 30-mile radius......" 

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These Bay Area chefs and restaurants are James Beard Award semifinalists 


Ojai Valley Food Festival

"A new food and wine festival is coming to bustling Ojai this fall, running October 26 to October 29 at the Ojai Valley Inn. The multi-day Ojai Food + Wine will feature a ton of food and wine....." 

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How Chefs Are Saving California’s Reefs by Serving Sea Urchins

"We have this sustainable seafood abundance, and it’s something we should be harvesting,” Kammerer says. “It’s a tide pool in a bowl. No one else can make it, it’s all here......" 

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MICHELIN and Destination Vancouver announce the MICHELIN® Guide Vancouver

“When sourcing ingredients for our menu, we first look towards our farm and the surrounding area along our coast to search for unique and high -quality ingredients,” he explains......." 

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A Guide to All Green Michelin Star Restaurants in the US

"Perched on a clifftop in California’s Mendocino County lies Harbor House. Boasting two Michelin stars in addition to its Green Star, expect incredible food with breathtaking sea views to match......." 

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a michelin-starred dinner

"This dinner is your chance to experience a once in a lifetime meal—with wines to match courtesy of Wine Access—executed by some of the best chefs in the business. Trust us, by the end of the evening, you will be seeing stars......" 

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Harbor House: A world away

"The Inn has its own vegetable garden, but it has also recently purchased a 320-acre farm not far away, where more herbs vegetables will be raised, along with cattle and other livestock, honeybees, and more...." 

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"Announcing our 2020 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists! Read on for the semifinalists in all categories, from Outstanding Restaurant to Rising Star Chef ..." 

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Michelin Guide 2019, Harbor House

"You’ll drive along winding roads past sloping vineyards, apple orchards and sun-dappled redwood trees before arriving at this serene sanctuary set atop a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The historic property dates to 1916 but reopened in 2018 following a renovation infusing it with a laid-back luxury..."

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The Quintessential California Road Trip, Only Better

"A wiggly 45 minutes west, sunny terraced vineyards give way to chilly redwood forests and the Pacific-hugging Highway 1. In the teeny town of Elk, the Harbor House Inn [3] reopened last year after a total renovation..."

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F&W Best New Chefs 2019: Matthew Kammerer of Harbor House Inn in Elk, California

"It’s the salt you need to know about first. A taste so big and briny that to let a few flakes melt on your tongue is to feel sucked under a wave, tumbled about in the tide ..."

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12 Restaurants Worth the Drive from SF

"Perched on a cliff along the coast, Harbor House Inn was first built in 1916 and features an intimate restaurant with ocean views. This is hyper-local cuisine, with ingredients foraged from the property and tide pools prepared with..."

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Why a Saison cook left San Francisco to cook on the Mendocino Coast

"As you approach Elk, a Mendocino County town with a population of 208, from Highway 1 heading north, you take a tight turn and suddenly there’s a view of Greenwood Cove’s towering rock formations, with the town barely making a mark on the road above ..."

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Love at First Bite

"I haven’t been beachcombing since I was a child, but for Chef Matthew Kammerer, who launched his ambitious first solo project The Harbor House Inn in north California’s Mendocino County in May, a trip to the black-pebbled shoreline fronting the property is a daily undertaking..."

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A chef with serious kitchen creds turns a coastal hideaway into a must-visit

"In the remote Mendocino Coast town of Elk, with a population all of 200 and little more than shaggy-haired Highland cows as its closest neighbors, the newly reopened Harbor House Inn has managed to assemble ..."

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Tasting Mendocino, at the Harbor House Inn

"It was 5am and the night sky had only just begun to brighten. The wind and the wild birds sang in the eucalyptus trees, and from the deck of my cottage, I could make out the little flecks of white far below where, here and ..."

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The Most Important Ingredient

"From thawing food, to cooking, to washing, clean water is the lifeblood of a functioning kitchen — which also means it’s wasted and polluted more than anything else. We join Michelin Green Chef Matthew Kammerer in his kitchen...." 

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Savor the scenery: 10 restaurants with the most picturesque waterfront views in the US

"Situated in the Northern California town of Elk, the restaurant at Harbor House Inn features spectacular views of the Pacific that are meant to be shared with a special someone who can appreciate...." 

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To Help California’s Kelp Forests, Eat Sea Urchins

"At the Harbor House Inn, executive chef Matthew Kammerer turns the echinoderm into the Michelin-starred fare his restaurant is known for. After carefully cracking open their outer shells...." 

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These Tiny Country Inns Are the Ultimate Weekend Escape

"In the mornings, chef Matthew Kammerer can be found foraging for seaweed in tide pools just outside the inn’s doors, to be turned into a course on his tasting menu. What can’t be grown in the garden or plucked from nearby stands is sourced in and around the town of Elk....." 

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Mike Battey

Restaurant at Harbor House Inn

"I recently visited the inn’s intimate restaurant for lunch. For lunch we were seated at a table next to massive windows that frame the Pacific Ocean. Overall, the ambiance pairs well with the coastal cuisine served. The menu....." 

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22 Chefs Share the Best Thing They Ate in 2022

"The best thing I ate this year was a simple steamed rockfish soup. Ejler, a local woodworker in Elk, takes me fishing behind the inn in a small wooden row boat that he built 30 years ago. It’s an experience in itself, as the fog rolls in and out and the sun rises......" 

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Why are people in L.A. flocking to Mendocino? Two Words: Mushroom Season

"Death cap. Pine spike. Shaggy mane. Hideous Gomphidius.

No, these aren’t the names of punk bands from your local high school — they’re just some of the mushroom varieties that grow in Northern California......" 

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Highway 1 Road Trip: Six Itineraries Along California’s Iconic Coast

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You Should be Eating More Seaweed

"Kammerer and his crew are among a growing number of members in the culinary world who’ve recognized that seaweed — the moniker used to describe countless species......" 

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7 Epic California Road Trips to Take this Summer

"From kayaking to hiking to wine tasting, you can easily spend at least two nights in Timber Cove. However, if you want to switch things up, drive further and end in Elk at the Harbor House Inn for a cozier and more intimate experience......" 

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Going Green at
Harbor House

"Harbor House is the youngest restaurant among The MICHELIN Guide’s first class of sustainability distinctions in California. Though first established in 1916, after a series of ownership changes over the years, the property ...." 

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At Harbor House, Sustainability is an Imperative

"For Matt Kammerer, the Executive Chef of Elk’s One-MICHELIN-Starred Harbor House, this place is his muse. “I get to walk outside every day and be in nature,” he said. “For me as a chef and what I value, this is the best place I could be.”..." 

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Local Leaders - Natural Luxury at Harbor House Inn

"Does being “local” mean having been born and raised in a place, or at least having spent the majority of one’s life there? ..." 

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Michelin Guide California 2019 Selection

"Finally, Harbor House in Mendocino County, where executive chef Matthew Kammerer relies on the bounty of on-site gardens and diverse sea life found in a local cove and along California’s North Coast..."

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36 Hours in Mendocino County

"In the last two years, two long-awaited new hotels have opened on the Mendocino coast. The Harbor House Inn, in Elk, is a 1916 redwood home which was originally built by the local logging company and designed to showcase....."

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"We're thrilled to announce our 2019 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists! Read on for the semifinalists in all categories, from Best New Restaurant to Outstanding Chef. We'll announce the final Restaurant and Chef..."

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It List 2019: Our Editors’ Picks of the Best New Hotels in the World

"Every year, Travel + Leisure's editors reach out to our network of hospitality professionals, trusted writers, and hotel addicts in search of the finest new (and newly reimagined) properties around the globe..."

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Harbor House Inn. Elk, California, United States

"Propped on a clifftop on the rustic Northern California coast, this historic inn’s sensational setting is only part of its charm. The small restaurant punches well above its weight with an astonishing journey through local ..."

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Sea-to-table: Mendocino coast inspires Harbor House chef

"Since opening in May, the novel concept has been a hit with diners, Kammerer said, with guests traveling from all across the Bay Area to dine at his 25-seat restaurant. Some stay overnight in the nine-room inn, and..."

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Suite Spot: Harbor House Inn, Mendocino

"The Harbor House Inn's commanding view of the Three Sisters, a group of sea stacks on the Mendocino coast, hasn’t changed in the 102 years since a lumber company built the structure to showcase the beauty of its milled ..."

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