Soul Community Planet acquires Albion River Inn

Soul Community Planet (SCP), a holistic hospitality company dedicated to providing sustainable and wellness-focused hospitality experiences, has acquired the Albion River Inn, a luxury boutique hotel located in Mendocino County on the Northern California coast.

The property, to be renamed the SCP Mendocino Coast Lodge, marks the brand’s fourth coastal California property. The SCP Mendocino Coast Lodge will be operated in conjunction with the nearby SCP Mendocino Inn & Farm, which SCP acquired in June 2022.

The property will be reimagined as a chic, upscale coastal lodge. It also will feature a farm-to-table restaurant catering to the growing share of travelers who wish to maintain healthy, responsible, regenerative lifestyles while experiencing spectacular natural destinations on California’s Northern Coast.

“We’ve been inspired by the spectacular beauty and touched by the kind and welcoming culture of Mendocino,” said Ken Cruse, founder/CEO, Soul Community Planet. “We are honored to welcome the Albion River Inn to our growing family of destination lodges, inns and hotels. The inn, with its world-class oceanfront restaurant, manicured gardens and charming cottages, has been a beloved Northern California coast destination for more than forty years thanks to the care and dedication of the Healy and Wells founding families and the talents of the outstanding hospitality team. We will look to preserve the inn’s romantic warmth and character while introducing unique adventures and experiences catering to modern conscious travelers.”

Anchored by its commanding oceanfront, blufftop location, the 22-room lodge will undergo a comprehensive renovation and refresh. This will include upgrading the guest cottages and adding SCP’s trademark food and beverage offerings, including Terra Kitchen—a restaurant featuring a locally sourced, seasonal, plant-forward menu—and Provisions Market, which offers coffee, smoothies, drinks and picnic items, along with local crafts and sundries. Other planned upgrades support SCP’s commitment to sustainability and conservation, including the addition of EV charging stations, water-conserving fixtures and solar.

The property is steeped in local history that began when the original owners Flurry Healy and Peter Wells met in a local Mendocino bar called the Sea Gull. Wells had a lease on a property in Albion and was looking for a partner. Healy was looking for a new adventure and happened to have the right business connections to get a loan. Together they purchased the property in 1981 and the Albion River Inn was open for business in 1982.

Healy said, “We are pleased for Soul Community Planet to lead the Albion River Inn into its next chapter. Through this acquisition, the vision Peter and I had in 1982 to create a spectacular hospitality experience for our guests will continue into the future.”