About Virginia Pier
My parents, Bill and Jade Pier, first came to Mendocino in 1956. They were among the first 'pioneers' from the Bay Area to spend weekends in or near the Village. One of my first memories of Mendocino is circa 1958. Bill Zacha took us on a tour of the property he had just bought on Little Lake Street. At age 4, I didn't understand what was so exciting about these old buildings, but they were soon to be transformed into the Mendocino Arts Center. 3 years later, I attended a concert at the Art Center. Joan Baez and Bob Dylan performed for a rag-tag audience of about 25. While I thought the concert was really good, it wasn't until a few years later that I appreciated whom I had seen. I spent summers in Mendocino, going mushrooming, blackberry picking, and swimming at the 'secret' beaches up Big River. In the late 1960's and early 70s there was lots of activity on Big River and Portuguese Beaches as people built drift wood shelters and camped for days. My friends and I would go down to the beach to roast hot dogs and marshmallows over a campfire - but what we really were doing was 'hippie watching'. I moved to New York City after I graduated from college, visiting my mother in Mendocino intermittently over the next 25 years. Every time my husband and I, and eventually our two children, made the journey to see 'Grandma Jade' I was awestruck by the beauty of the town and the tower with its windows looking out to sea. Now that my family and I are back in California we are able to enjoy the serenity of the tower in all the different seasons. Virginia Pier Jade's Tower
Virginia Pier purchased this Tower in 1969
Why Virginia Pier chose Mendocino
In 1969 - my mother bought the property on Albion Street with its small cottage. She began dreaming of a second space that could be a peaceful retreat for friends and family. She wanted this new place to reflect the beauty of the ocean and sky, which she did, by integrating architecture and art. Some time around 1975 her dream, now known as Jade's Tower, was completed. Over the last 35+ years the tower has weathered powerful Pacific storms, stood shrouded in summer fog, and basked in brilliant sunshine. It is now my privilege to share this beautiful space with others.
What makes this Tower unique
The large geometric shaped windows of the tower either face the ocean and/or the garden creating a constant interplay of light and color between the tower, garden, sky, and ocean. Inside the tower are built-in bookshelves and benches crafted from recycled 100+ year old redwood, and richly painted murals by Ray Rice, one of the first artists to settle in Mendocino. Over the years the tower has been updated with new furniture, beds, television and internet but its essential grace and beauty remains unchanged.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Family/friends welcome to visit. No parties.
No pets allowed. No exceptions.
Watch little ones on spiral stairs + near pond
Remove sandy and/or wet shoes before entering tower. No burning candles inside or outside the tower. Change diapers on waterproof changing pad.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Perfect getaway for a couple nights
Unique architecture in a fantastic location.
Better than Advertised
The property was very clean, and the amenities were better than expected. The views from the top floor are superb. Restaurants, shops, and grocers are a short walk, as is a very nice park on the ocean. We were very satisfied, and plan to highly recommend the property.
Rarely does a rental exceed expectations! Jade’s Tower did. From entering the gate into the beautiful gardens and seeing the tower for the first time to stepping inside to the immaculate and cozy interior I was thrilled. I look forward to a return visit
Jade tower was a unique stay for us in Mendocino. It was quite and relaxing.
We loved this place. It's both stylish and functional. The kitchen was very well-equipped. The grounds and location are excellent. And they even provided a gorgeous fresh flower arrangement. Everything was top-notch.
Beautiful, unique accommodation
Jade's Tower is (one of?) the best places to stay in Mendocino, which makes it one of the best places anywhere. A converted water tower, it is beautifully done and maintained. Sleeps up to 4, but if privacy is a big issue for you, maybe stick with two, as it's open access to the lovely upstairs bedroom by a spiral staircase. The view from upstairs is wo fearful in theee directions. The garden is outstanding, maintained by the onsite managers, who are open, friendly, and helpful. Hard to beat.
Location: Mendocino, North Coast, California, USA (In Mendocino Village historic district) 3+ hours north of San Francisco.
Accommodations: Tower, Queen size bed + Queen size sleeper sofa, 1 bathroom with shower, sleeps 4.
Keywords: Heart of Mendocino Village, self-contained tower guest house, large enclosed garden, spectacular ocean views.
If you love walking on the beach, building sandcastles or picking up shells, Portuguese and Big River beaches are just a few minutes walk away from Jade's Tower. From the Headlands you can watch the sun set behind the Pacific, then stroll to any of the local restaurants for dinner. If you prefer you can prepare a simple meal in the tower then relax and enjoy a video on the flat screen TV. In the late Spring you can see a host of films at the annual Mendocino Film Festival. For music lovers, July brings the two-week annual Mendocino Music Festival which offers opera, jazz, classical, and contemporary music. Garden lovers can take a 10 minute drive to the Botanical Gardens just outside of Fort Bragg, and whale watchers will want to be in Mendocino for the winter Whale Festival. In the upstairs bedroom you can see the whales as they migrate down the coast of California. The Mendocino Art Center has classes, exhibits, and a Repertory Theater on the premises.