Monday, January 26, 2009

Calabash creek

Before John and Elizabeth (now age 7 and 4) came into our lives, we did a fair amount of traveling. Often we would take a few extra days either before or after a business trip and detour to a quaint bed and breakfast somewhere. It wasn't always a B&B, but when we would find one that that was a bit unusual then we would often find ourselves gravitating in that direction.

I thought it would be fun to dig up some of our favorites and return 'virtually' during the next few cold and somewhat dreary winter weeks!

This first one is located about 45 minutes north of San Francisco in the Sonoma/ Napa valley area. It is situated right on the main street in Glen Ellen Ca. hidden behind a row of impeccably manicured boxwoods carved to resemble sculptures. The grounds truly look as if each blade of grass has been hand trimmed. What impressed me most about this B&B was it's simplicity. Most of the rooms have fireplaces, granite soaking tubs and ours looked out over Calabash Creek. The rushing water and our own Japanese garden complete with a bamboo fountain made for a most relaxing and wonderful get away!

Just outside our door were lemon and orange trees! The lemons were so large and yellow they almost didn't look real. The pool also overlooked Calabash creek and we had it all to ourselves. Breakfast was served in the main house prepared by a gourmet chef. A little known fact about the tiny town of Glen Ellen (one red light) is that it housed some of the most famous restaurants in California. All in sleepy Glen Ellen! We could step out the front door of the Inn and walk a block or so and have so many choices of world famous chefs.

The Napa valley is filled with hidden treasures (other than wine) and there are amazing trails if you bike, or antique shops along the side of curvy roads and so many other fun things to do.

More eye candy can be found HERE if you want to continue this virtual vacation!

Next stop you don't want to miss!

Pack a virtual bag and join in! I'd love to hear about your favorite places either "off the beaten path" or right on it! Leave a comment with a link to your favorites!


Brittany said...

Susan, you would be a great travel coordinator!! These pictures look SO inviting!

Lynsay said...

Wow, at first I thought you had posted pictures of my house (um...right, in my dreams) but then I realized it was such a WONDERFUL looking place to rest my head for a few nights and sip some great wine!! Yep, it is for sure calling my name!!! Maybe next time we are home!!

Mom Of Many said...

I didn't get to read this post till tonight...but oh Susan - we love B&B's....we have been to lots in the last 20 years..but our all time favorite was this one...

We went many times while pastoring in was such a welcome little oasis from our not-so-dull lives..

It was gorgeous!! Since you were once in VA living...if you ever return you must go and tell them we sent you! =)

Sturgill said...

What a fantastic environment! Great photos. Now why can't my home look like this B&B? Oh wait I know...born without the graceful decorating gene...I need a decorator so bad.