History of the Bella Luna Inn
Myra and Frank Hazen House
Healdsburg Vernacular built in 1909
First Craftsman update in 1923
The serene elegance and gracious hospitality of Bella Luna Inn belies a surprisingly tempestuous past. The residence was built for Frank and Myra Hazen, a couple who arrived in Healdsburg in 1892 with a scandalous secret: they weren’t actually married. Frank opened Hazen’s dry goods store on the Plaza and became president of the Chamber of Commerce. Myra, a talented artist, presided over the influential Ladies’ Improvement Club and entertained frequently.
In 1906 they purchased this parcel and began construction of a nine-room house, which burned almost to the ground just before completion in 1908. Arson was suspected, but the couple had no known enemies, so it was a mystery. The house was rebuilt and completed in 1909.
Frank and Myra went from being the toast of the town to the talk of the town the next year when Frank’s wife Sarah tracked them down in Healdsburg, demanding money and child support. She also pressed a $20,000 lawsuit against Myra for alienation of affection. The juicy saga and settlement made headlines in the San Francisco papers. Frank and Myra returned to Healdsburg, married, with their heads held high. They resided here until 1917 when Frank moved out. Myra dramatically went to the newspaper, charging Frank with adultery and begging to reconcile so that she could keep her home. She did keep the home, but Frank filed for divorce in 1921 and moved to Fort Bragg with his new wife. Myra did some Craftsman-style updating to the house in 1923 with some of her settlement money. She lived here for the rest of her life and passed away in 1949.
The house had several owners over the next 50 years, including the Bors and Latson families. In 2008 the property was totally renovated for conversion to a health spa. Daniel and Stephen purchased the former Healdsburg Health Spa property in 2010 for a bed and breakfast inn. The present owners worked with local architect Kenneth Munson to redesign the entire house to be compatible with a Bed and Breakfast. Today Daniel is the full-time innkeeper and Stephen is part-time innkeeper/part-time registered nurse.