Visiting the Benbow Inn for Tea on the way home (Fort Bragg) from the Avenue of the Giants

I love redwoods. The best redwoods are those in the Avenue of the Giants just north of Garberville on Highway 101. The Avenue of the Giants is about two and a half hours from our home in Fort Bragg. We stop at Garberville on the way to the redwoods for brunch and then enjoy the redwoods till about 3.30 pm. Then we head south to the Benbow Inn. Where is it – here’s the map supplied by the Inn:

Map showing location of the Benbow Inn

Map showing location of the Benbow Inn

This is what you are looking for on the right hand side of the road just south of Garberville:

The Benbow Inn

The Benbow Inn

We aim to arrive at 4 pm. Why? They serve scones to die for and tea at 4 pm. Oh, those scones! For many, many years the recipe was a secret. Recently we found the recipe on the ‘Net and made some at home. Momma Mia!!!!!! Here’s what the Benbow Inn has posted about the scones:

“The Benbow Historic Inn is known far and wide for many things – It’s beautiful, remote location…It’s views of the towering Redwood tree’s and turqoise Eel River…And let’s not forget, the traditional ‘Benbow Scones’ that our guests have adored since the Benbow Inn was open to the public in 1926!

Due to popular demand, we have decided to make our ‘Secret Scone recipe’ not so secret. Now you can take this small piece of the Benbow Inn to your home whenever that hinkling arises!

Benbow Traditional Scone Recipe

This special recipe requires the following ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 Cup of sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of salt
  • 2 Teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of baking soda
  • 5 Tablespoons of un-salted butter
  • Approx. 1/2 Cup of cream
  • 1/4 Cup of orange juice
  • 3/4 Cup of orange zest (Grated)
  • 1/4 Cup of currants

Baking Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees
  • Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl and mix well.
  • Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add just enough cream and orange juice to form a soft dough.
  • Add currants and mix well until combined.
  • Turn out onto a floured board and roll out to 1 inch thickness.
  • Cut into heart and place on ungreased baking sheet.
  • Brush lightly with beaten egg white.
  • Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • ENJOY! “

As the recipe says the Inn opened in 1926. Here’s a very brief history……

Benbow Inn brief history

Benbow Inn brief history

Alas, the history doesn’t mention wife Sarah and Sister K who accompanied me on our last trip as among its famous visitors.