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L'Auberge de Sedona - Sedona, Arizona

After being reassured that we are definitely in red rock country, we look around and are mesmerized by the stunning beauty of the resort and its landscape. We can't miss the majestic sedimentary rocks that were deposited millions of years ago and which form the famous red rocks that attract millions of visitors.

Everywhere we look we notice the lushness of the vegetation, reminding us that come early spring the lilacs will be in full bloom with their unmistakable scent.

We are informed that L'Auberge is patterned after a French country inn, as its original owner, Janot "Jean"Rocci, came to Sedona from Provence in the early 70s, and in 1982 began to build his home and cottages. In May of 1984 L'Auberge welcomed its first guests to its original 14 cabins...read more »

Coast Guard House Historic Inn - Point Arena, California

About a mile off the highway is the Arena Cove and perched on a hill overlooking the cove was the Coast Guard House Historic Inn, a popular bed-and-breakfast that figures prominently in this area's history.

The Coast Guard was preceded by the U.S. Life-saving Service which was established in the late 19th Century as a means of providing rescue to the many mariners who lost ships or got into trouble in the fog or on the stormy seas just off the point. In 1901, the Cape Code-style building now known as the Coast Guard House was built as a "life-saving station" -- a place for members of the Life-saving Service to live. Much like today's firehouses, the rescuers lived together and were available on short notice for emergencies. In those days, they rowed out to the stricken ships in long boats that seemed almost as hazardous as the ships they were rescuing.

Innkeeper Kevin Gallagher has turned this historic building into an especially charming inn that offers guests a choice between rooms in the main building or separate cottages just behind the building...read more »

Circle Bar B Guest Ranch - Santa Ynez Mountains, California

Folks don't visit the Circle Bar B to find the latest fashion trends or neuvo cuisine, but rather to cozy up in a cabin or guest room and enjoy ranch hospitality in a spectacular outdoor setting. Instead of inroom jacuzzi spas and chocolates on the pillows, it's bunk beds for the kids and a comfortable four-poster for Mom and Dad. Instead of Pheasant under Glass, it's Kathy Williams' killer baby back ribs. Instead of preppie valets and uniformed bellhops, it's a cast of colorful, seasoned cowhands and a family of owners who all help out with the chores.

Throw in a dinner theater that's been entertaining guests for 34 consecutive years, and you have the recipe for a most unusual getaway experience....read more »

Mission Inn - Riverside California

If you're like many California people, the most you know about Riverside is that it's a seeming metropolis that passes underneath the I-215 freeway in that vast extension of back-to-back cities that stretch eastward from Los Angeles. If you try to think about one distinguishing characteristic, you probably can't.

But get on down off the freeway and you'll find one of the most unique getaway experiences in the state - an experience that transports you to Early California through architecture and through the efforts of city fathers to preserve Riverside's past. Smack in the middle of it all is an inn so grandiose that presidents have married there, honeymooned there and even planted trees there....read more »

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

Lake Tahoe both Nevada and California is world renowned for a great mixture of terrains, scenery, resorts, nightlife, and quality of snow. People from all over the world travel to Tahoe every year to experience skiing, snowboarding, and backcountry skiing and shoeing for themselves… Tahoe boasts that not many are disappointed. With 7 resorts to chose from, casino’s and gambling on the Nevada side, and outlets, shopping and fine dining on the California side, South Lake Tahoe, paired with the beautiful scenery in absolutely every direction, it is pretty hard for any vacationer to loose. One of the most highly regarded resorts is Heavenly Resort who claims to be “Lake Tahoe’s premier winter playground.” Heavenly is the largest resort in California, but is bordering Nevada and Lake Tahoe making the possibilities for fun threefold...read more »

Lake Berryessa Houseboat Vacation

If you haven't rented a houseboat before, the first thing to understand is that these boats are far bigger and more spacious than regular boats. In our first houseboat articles we used to compare them to waterborne RV's, but the truth is houseboats nowadays are much bigger than even the most spacious RV's. On this particular trip to Northern California's Lake Berryessa, we rented a 70-foot Millenium — which is to a small power boat what a 747 is to a Cessna 150.

The 70-foot Millennium offered by Forever Houseboats has an open layout featuring a large living area in the front salon with a dining table and chairs. There is a breakfast counter and fully equipped kitchen along with four private bedrooms, six queen beds, two full baths, a wet bar, sun canopy and a hot tub on the top deck. Like most houseboat rentals, this also featured a waterslide on the top deck that kids find irresistible....read more »

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