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 Mendo Coast Critique

Day Trip to Leggett
By Cookie Arnett
May 14, 2016

If you are looking for something to do today, why not take a drive up the coast to the Chandelier Tree in Leggett. The beautiful scenic drive offers many opportunities for recreational opportunities along the way. So, pack a picnic lunch and head out for a refreshing day of fun.

As you leave town, you will pass through Cleone, a small “town” where MacKerricher State Park is located. MacKerricher holds a day of activities in itself, so don’t get sidetracked. But be sure to make plans to go there on another day, because it is a great place to hang out.

The next very small town you will pass through is Inglenook. It is an enchanting little area with cozy homes and farms lining the road. You can usually see cows grazing fairly close to the road. FULL STORY

The Gingerbread Mansion- Model ADA Inn
By Cookie Arnett
May 6, 2016

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

Livin' It Up at the Old Lewiston Inn
By Cookie Arnett
May 5, 2016

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

McCloud River Inn- A Hidden Gem on Mt. Shasta
By Cookie Arnett
May 4, 2016

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

At Home at the Glen Morey Country House B&B
By Cookie Arnett
May 4, 2016

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

Get Away to the Hope-Merrill House Bed & Breakfast
By Cookie Arnett
May 2, 2016

The Hope-Merrill House in Geyserville 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

Escape to Vichy Springs
By Cookie Arnett
April 21, 2016

Just outside of Ukiah 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

Photography Services
By Cookie Arnett
April 3, 2016

Photography services are available for a wide range of occasions.

- Engagements
- Weddings
- Anniversaries
- Graduations
- Retirements
- Just Because

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
canvas print
- 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
taken to reprint or share electronically as

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

Fort Bragg, California
By Cookie Arnett
February 28, 2016

Fort Bragg is a popular coastal town in Northern California. Many travelers have visited Fort Bragg during the summer for years. Recently, the area is becoming a desirable destination during all seasons. While many tourists vacation in Fort Bragg for the amazing natural environment, others visit for the unique shopping experience or the wide variety of entertainment.

Opportunities to observe animal life abound in Fort Bragg. Whale watching tour boats are available during winter and spring seasons. Seals and sea lions frequently bask in the sun on rocks and fishing docks. Resident swans and heron are frequently seen throughout the town. Herds of deer graze in fields everywhere. Sightseers may even occasionally spot a turkey hanging out at the bluffs. FULL STORY