A Notable Visit near Julian, CA
Shadow Mountain Ranch
After getting a little lost, we finally found our B&B just outside the old mining town of Julian. We parked and wandered the property in search of our hosts. The office, within the family home had a closed sign. We began walking towards the back of the house and paused to take in this view of the pine and oak covered mountains. Then we heard voices.
The family on the patio below us seemed to be rushing to set up for some kind of event. A young man looked a bit panicked when he spotted us. He moved towards us with a rather frazzled looking woman who seemed to be in charge, but spoke little English.
I Want My Waterfall!
I had seen pictures of the waterfall shower and the rock sink. You can barely see the face on this internet photo, but the sink had one. I was even willing to put up with the impractical wooden swinging saloon doors that shield the toilet. What a hoot that the carved figures of Mr.and Mrs. Gnome have to cease their smooching when you pass through!
Cleaning the Gnome Home
We had a stressful 5 minute conversation with lots of translating by younger folk. The woman's face seemed very apologetic as she explained in broken English, that there had been a glitch of sorts. She said the owners were out of town and she hadn't expected guests. They were preparing for a family party that night, but they would honor our reservations. She shooed three of the young people to go clean the Gnome Home for our stay. They rushed off and returned with sheets and cleaning supplies, then stumbled towards our funny little 2-room getaway, dropping the vacuum twice. Our worried woman, who must have been the caretaker, apologized again and begged us to please let her know if their party got too loud that night.
Behind the Gnome Door
It suddenly seemed stupid to pay $150. for this experience. I rushed back and told the fretting woman that I was concerned, since our stay had included afternoon tea and full breakfast in the family home. She shook her head sadly to let us know there was no way that was happening. When we told her we had decided not to stay, she looked incredibly relieved.
Not a Notable Night
My New Year's Resolution for 2014 was to start documenting some of the memorable overnights I've had in some very odd and curious motels and hotels. Like the adventures in my Dining Blog, I have learned to enjoy the surprises that happen when you step out of the comfort zone, far away from the well-known chains.
I began with a few entries recalling my very first home away from home memories from my youth. Then, I started sharing about some of the quirky and unforgettable motels, hotels and inns that my husband and I have discovered in recent years.
The best part about this challenge was making some lists with Don and getting on the road in search of new overnight adventures. I gave myself a 2-year goal to write up 90 stories and the goal was met. Now we just keep on adding!