Just outside of Ukiah, California, lies a unique haven that many of the locals don’t even know about. It is no secret. There are signs everywhere. It has been there for over 160 years. Yet, it remains undiscovered by many Mendocino residents.
Vichy Springs is a heavenly escape from the demands of life. A variety of cottages and rooms provide accommodations for just about any traveler. Two of the cottages are handicapped accessible, equipped with roll-in showers. Each unit has an amazing view of the natural landscaping.
All cottages and rooms are just steps away from the relaxing soaking tubs. Guests staying in Creekside Rooms can enjoy the soothing sound of the creek all night as they sleep. Because the environment is designed to help guests relax and unwind, no televisions are provided. FULL STORY
A sweet stay awaits any traveler at the Gingerbread Mansion in Ferndale, California. The Victorian style bed & breakfast was built in 1895 by a doctor. After living there for several years, the doctor suggested that the house be converted into a much needed hospital. The house served as the local hospital for a few years and was then turned into an apartment building. At one point, it served as an orphanage. Over the years, it deteriorated and was looking rather shabby. Two men bought the house and began working to restore it. Two women helped greatly to bring the magnificent structure back to life. In the mid-1970s it became a bed & breakfast.
The beautiful building now has 11 suites, with the luxurious Empire Suite on the top floor. FULL STORY
The Old Lewiston Inn is located in a tiny town that was once bustling with miners. Situated just 17 miles east of Weaverville, the inn provides the perfect spot for vacationers wanting to escape to serenity. With four rooms overlooking the Trinity River, tranquility soon encompasses guests.
The rooms are spacious with all of the comforts of home. Each room has a refrigerator and coffeemaker. For guests who don’t want to make coffee, fresh coffee is served in the dining room each morning starting at 7:30. A hot breakfast is served each morning at 8:00. After breakfast lodgers can watch TV, relax on the deck, or walk down to the river—just steps from the inn.
There are many outdoor activities visitors can take part in. Many interesting sites are within walking distance of the Old Lewiston Inn. FULL STORY
Many visit Mt. Shasta each year, yet relatively few of these travelers are aware of the tiny town named McCloud, nestled near the top of the mountain. The town is named after the McLeod family, settlers who arrived in the area in the early 1800s. Alexander McLeod led a group of explorers and trappers to the heavily forested area in 1829. His wife, Mary, became the town matriarch and everyone answered to her.
“Momma McLeod” expected everyone in her town to maintain a high level of morality and respect for the community. Those who were disruptive or nonproductive were firmly invited to leave. The McLeod home was the center of all things in the tight-knit community. A nearby mercantile provided everything residents needed. Those who lived and worked in McCloud would pick up their necessities at the store. FULL STORY
The Glen Morey Country House Bed & Breakfast, located in Placerville, California, is truly a home away from home. It has all of the comforts of home—and the atmosphere to match. The house is encompassed by serene surroundings. Beautiful foliage provides a peaceful, private environment in which to relax and unwind.
The house, originally a square-framed farmhouse, was built in 1859 by Isaac Titus. Isaac was a prominent member of the community and eventually became Senator. The house was bought by Blacksmith Henry Morey in 1871, and he made major revisions to the humble abode. It remained in the Morey family until the middle of the century. Pictures of the Morey family still hang in the cozy bed & breakfast inn.
The house has had a diverse history, as can be seen on the inn’s website. FULL STORY
The Hope-Merrill House in Geyserville, California, is a quiet retreat from everyday life. The inn is set in wine country and is the source of award winning wines itself. One of the first things you notice as you drive up to the quaint bed & breakfast are the rows of grape vines growing next to the house. The owners of the inn hold an annual event, where guests can participate in the wine-making process. Wines produced by those taking part in this event are entered into competitions.
Participants of the wine making program form groups and harvest the grapes, work together to create wine labels, and blend the wine. All meals are provided during the four-day event. Those who take part in the special event also receive a souvenir T-shirt and two cases of the wine that they make. FULL STORY
People who stay at the Lake Marina Inn in Clearlake Oaks, California, feel right at home. Most of the 12 rooms are equipped with kitchens that have garbage disposals. The rooms are clean, spacious non-smoking units, many with amazing views. A handicapped room is available with ample space for wheelchairs and a roll-in shower.
The resort overlooks the largest fresh-water lake in California. Guests can spend hours lounging on the observation platform extending out over the lake. Boaters can head out to fish, ski, or tour the lake via the Inn’s boat launch. A game room is the perfect place to hang out during cooler weather. Others might choose to get a workout in while enjoying the view.
Clearlake is a popular fishing spot, and the Lake Marina Inn keeps avid fishers in the know by posting fishing news. FULL STORY
At the outskirts of Ukiah, California, lies a hidden treasure. A truly unique resort, Yokayo Ranch provides the perfect escape from the everyday norm. Two houses and two cabanas are available for special events, meetings, or just a quiet vacation.
The main house is equipped with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. A spacious kitchen enables guests to prepare meals in comfort. A combined dining and lounging area, complete with a wet bar, allows friends and family members to enjoy relaxing evenings together.
The bunk house has two bedrooms downstairs and one upstairs. A large kitchen is available in this house as well. An entertainment room contains a large projector that can be used to watch movies or for presentations.
Two cabanas are located next to the pool and hot tub. FULL STORY
Photography services are available for a wide range of occasions.
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Photo sessions can take place in formal or informal settings, indoor or outdoor. An awesome photo package is available. Customers will receive:
- An 11 x 14 inch wood panel OR an 11 x 14 inch
- Two 8 x 10 prints
- An 8½ x 11 inch photo book
- Twenty 5 x 7 inch prints
- One flash drive with all photos and/or videos
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Fees are $100/hour with a three hour minimum. A $150 deposit is required prior to session. To see samples of my work, click on the links below. Sessions must be scheduled at least two weeks prior to photo session. FULL STORY
I am planning a nationwide trip for the 2016 spring/summer seasons, and since I enjoy providing information for my readers I will be updating my blog with fun and exciting information about the places I visit. I will be traveling through 225 cities in 27 states. My stops will include many museums, 30 zoos, and over 34 gardens.
While I will be writing about popular destinations, my goal is to increase awareness of less well known places and activities. I look forward to promoting fun, educational, and interesting points of interest. My objective in undertaking this adventure is to inform readers about the awesome features various states contain, and hopefully encourage others to visit these great places.
I would like to give you an opportunity to sponsor this venture, and in turn receive publicity for your generosity. FULL STORY