Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa in Santa Rosa

When I travel, I always look for unique hotels to try during my stay. So during my recent trip to Santa Rosa, I chose to stay at the historic and mid-century modern spot known as the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa. With a history that includes being a playground for celebrities in the mid-1900’s, and as the largest holder of Peanuts states (8) in Santa Rosa, the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa is a fun and well-priced place to stay in Sonoma County.

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Details

  • Book Here
  • Location: 2777 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Getting There

After getting off Highway 101 on 3rd St, you will want to make your way to 4th St. The Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa is on the corner of 4th St and Farmers Lane. You can’t miss it as there is a large neon flamingo sign that beckons you in.

The Hotel

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The hotel is in the shape of a circle, with rooms in different buildings around the circle and a big pool in the center.

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I really liked that they had enclosed breezeways that you could walk through to get to each part of the hotel. It was a nice touch, especially on cold winter nights.

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The lobby of the hotel has images of famous Hollywood actors hanging out by the pool in the 50’s and 60’s, as well as a newspaper article from when the hotel opened. It was only $8 to stay!

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The hotel lobby also has a couple of Peanuts sculptures since the home base of Peanuts is in Santa Rosa (read more about that here). It is fun to see the sculptures and exploring Peanuts history in Santa Rosa is an excellent way to spend a day.

The Rooms

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The hotel just went through a massive multi-million dollar renovation, and you can see that come through in the rooms.

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I had a corner room, and it was awesome. The room featured a large living area with a couch and TV.

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There was a smaller room connected to it with the King sized bed and the attached bathroom.

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There was also a nice patio that overlooked the pool and the center area of the hotel. The hotel has a fantastic health club that you can use as well, which has weight rooms, yoga classes and a lap pool for swimming.

All in all, I was impressed with my choice of the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa while in Santa Rosa. It was a great jumping off the point for Sonoma County, and I recommend you give it a try if you are in the area.

Disclosure: This hotel was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own.

Point Reyes Hostel: A Great & Cheap Place to Stay in the Park

When researching places to stay in Point Reyes, I kept coming across the HI Point Reyes Hostel. Having stayed in hostels a lot across Europe, I figured I should give an American hostel a try. Upon arriving, I knew it would be a good time when I came into the lobby and four people were singing John Denver together on the communal couches. I immediately joined in, cause why wouldn’t I, and made a few new friends while standing at the check-in desk. When was the last time you did that in a hotel? Here is all the information so you can visit yourself.

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Details

  • Cost: $30 – $100 depending on shared or private rooms
  • They send an email out when you book with all the details for your stay that you should read
  • No wifi or phone service here
  • Location: Point Reyes National Seashore, 1390 Limantour Spit Rd, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Getting There

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The hostel is located right in the middle of Point Reyes National Seashore; it is one of the best spots you can stay in the entire park. The location is pretty remote though, it is about 7 miles from the main road, and at night there is very little traffic or people on the way out. There are signs that lead you to it when you are near the visitors center, or you can put the above address in your GPS.

The Hostel

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The hostel itself has three building, one is the main common area with the dorm style rooms and the other two have private rooms.

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You will check in to the main building to get your room assignment. This is also where the large communal living room is with books, games, and a guitar.

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There is a good sized kitchen right behind the check in desk so you can cook any food you bring. They do not sell any food here though.

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The outside of this building also has a BBQ and outdoor seating. It truly is a great place to make some new friends and just hang out without the internet.

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As a reminder, there is no cell reception or internet here. I found this to be peaceful as it allowed me to take a short digital detox and just enjoy the area.

The Rooms

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I originally planned on being in the shared dorm, but when I got there a private was available, so I ended up opting for that.

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The private room I stayed in was great. It had four beds set up in two bunk bed style layouts.

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The room also had lights for each bed and a chair to sit in.

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The room shared a bathroom with the other private room that was in my area of the building. I heard people in the other room but never saw them so sharing a bathroom was a comfortable experience. There was also a shower room that we shared as well, but I didn’t use it.

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Sleeping here was quiet and uneventful, mainly due to the earplugs that they give me at check in. I enjoyed being here as it was peaceful and a perfect place to use as a base for exploring the national park.

If you are visiting alone, grab a spot in the shared dorm, or if you are visiting with a family consider a private room for your group. All in all its a great place and I have no problem recommending it.

Cottage Inn and Spa: A Beautiful Hotel in Downtown Sonoma

Located in the heart of downtown Sonoma, just blocks from the historic Sonoma Plaza, Cottage Inn and Spa is a fantastic place to spend a few days. From the moment you arrive at the quaint little hotel you will be taken care of. This includes warm pastries delivered to your door in the morning and a room so nice you won’t want to leave. Here is all the information.

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Details

  • Book Here
  • Notes: No kids or pets
  • Location: 310 1st St E, Sonoma, CA 95476

Getting There

When driving along Sonoma Plaza on First Street, you will pass the northernmost California mission on you right, and Cottage Inn and Spa is just a block past that on the right. There is no dedicated parking lot, but there is lots of street parking.

The Hotel

The hotel itself fits in well with the surrounding historical buildings. It has a white adobe look and is very peaceful and quaint. The check in area is right where you enter, along with umbrellas you can borrow and bikes you can check out.

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Proceeding on you will see one of my favorite parts of the hotel, the relaxation area. Complete with large plush chairs, a fountain and a glass ring where they have a small fire, my wife and I spent a lot of time relaxing here. Since this room is enclosed, it is always warm, and it feels like a peaceful refuge in this hotel.

The Rooms

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Every room in this small nine room hotel has a different look and feel. The one we stayed in was called the East Suite.

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The room was large and inviting with a king sized bed, small table, large bathtub, and outdoor patio.

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Each element has been thought out to create a warm and relaxed atmosphere while you stay.

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I was also impressed with the fresh orange juice and milk in the fridge for breakfast or whenever you wanted to make coffee. The hotel was full when I went, but I didn’t see or hear anyone else while I was there which was fantastic.

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The breakfast here is continental, but not in the traditional sense. They bring pastries around to your room at 8 AM in the morning, and you can eat them at the in-room table along with the orange juice, coffee and a collection of jams, butter, and cereal that they have in the room as well. Again, it is designed to allow you relaxation without even having to think about it.

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The last thing that was included with the stay was the wine pass. The pass allows you to taste wine at a few dozen spots around the area for free or for buy one get one free price. It is a huge add-on that most people will take full advantage of in the city and that does save you a lot of money.

All in all, the Cottage Inn and Spa is one of the better hotels I have stayed at in recent memory. Everything was taken care of without even having to think about it, which allowed my wife and I to relax and just to enjoy our time in the beautiful Sonoma Valley. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.

Disclosure: This stay was provided for me free of charge, all opinions are my own.

Hotel Palomar in San Diego: Staying in Luxury in the Gaslamp District

One of the things I love most when I am traveling is finding a way to connect adventure with travel in unique and fun ways. So when Kimpton told me about their kayaking the sea caves of La Jolla Package with Everyday California, I was excited to give it a go. This is especially remarkable when it is the end of the summer season, as that is when hundreds of leopard sharks come to give birth in La Jolla, making it a fun way to connect with these animals in the water. Here is all the information on the hotel and the package so you can do it yourself.

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Details

  • Book Here
  • Leopard sharks are generally there during September

Getting There

The hotel is located right in the heart of the Gaslamp District on 5th Ave in San Diego. You can park in the structure across the street or pay for valet with the hotel.

The Hotel

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Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego is one of the most loved boutique hotels in Southern California. I can easily say that my wife and I fell in love with it when we were there as well. Everything from the location in Gaslamp to the beautiful rooms made it feel like an excellent jumping off point for exploring the city.

We headed down there on a Sunday night, left our car with the valet and got checked into the hotel. Upon arriving, you will see just how awesome the location is. You are in walking distance from hundreds of restaurants, bars, and attractions. The House of Blues is even right next door.

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The check in process was smooth and we were on our way up to our room on the 17th floor in no time. We did stop by the rooftop pool on the 4th floor before heading up though.

The Sky View King Room

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The room itself had a beautiful large king sized bed and two walls of windows that looked down on the city. I was immediately impressed with the style and layout of the room.

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The bathroom was also lavish with a large soaking tub and walk in shower.

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The best part of the room though was the patio that overlooked the city, with views this good it was hard to want to leave.

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As you can see, it is pretty hard to beat, especially at night time.

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We had a large lunch so we grabbed room service chips and salsa / guacamole to enjoy on the patio before heading down to try some of the food at Saltbox (connected to the hotel).

Saltbox

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At Saltbox we just stuck with the appetizers, but the maple bacon popcorn was pretty fantastic. It had a nice smokey flavor with delicious caramel popcorn and small pieces of bacon.

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My wife got the brussels sprouts and proceeded to clean the plate as well.

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If you are staying in the hotel, then consider getting reservations at Nobel Experiment (speakeasy) which is a half mile walk for fun after dinner drink.

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Also, plan to visit Donut Bar, one of the most popular donut places in Southern California, for breakfast (.2 mile walk).

Everyday California Kayaking

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After donuts, we headed out to La Jolla to meet up with Everyday California for the kayaking part of our package. After the 20 minute drive, we were at Everyday California, checking out their clothing line and getting ready to check in.

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We did the hour and a half kayaking trip, but I also grabbed snorkel gear so that I could see if I could find some of the leopard sharks that were out in the water. You can read about the kayaking trip here and about snorkeling with the leopard sharks here.

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As you can see, this is an awesome way to spend 24 hours in San Diego. Be sure to check out this package if you are looking for a fun adventure and let me know what you think in the comments.

Marriott Coronado Island: Spa, Wellness Center, Biking & Kayaking at a Fantastic Resort

Coronado Island is one of those places that I really enjoy exploring. It is a small town, but it has a great bike path, lots of history and fantastic places to stay like the Marriott Coronado. This post is specifically about the hotel itself and you can read all of my recommendations for what to do on the island here.

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Details

  • Book Here
  • Highlights: Netflix in the rooms, bike and kayak rentals, located on the boardwalk, wellness center with yoga, lap pool, tennis courts
  • Location: 2000 2nd St, Coronado, CA 92118

Getting There

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When crossing over the Coronado Bridge from San Diego, you will want to take the first right on Glorietta Blvd which will lead you directly to the hotel. You can also take the ferry over from downtown San Diego, and it is about a 10-minute walk from the ferry landing to the hotel.

The Hotel

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From the moment you walk in you will notice the relaxing atmosphere they create at this spot. While the Hotel Del is amazing and historic, it is always busy with massive amounts of people. This is what makes the Marriott so nice, when you arrive there you will feel like you have found a beautiful secluded part of the island for yourself.

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The lobby always has different fruit infused water as well with blackberry mint and pineapple mint being types I saw while I stayed there.

The Rooms

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Of course, all of this wouldn’t matter if they didn’t have nice rooms, and that is something that they have spent a lot of time upgrading over the last year.

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The room I stayed in had a large king sized bed, small table with two chairs and a full couch.

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The bathroom had both a shower and a large bathtub for relaxing.

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The patio was my favorite part though as it overlooked the pool and the Coronado Bridge.

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Lastly, there are outlets all over which is important for a techie like me and they have Hulu and Netflix on their TV’s which you can plug in your login information to and watch movies in the room. I could see this becoming a big thing in the hotel industry over the next five years.

The Activities

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By far the best thing about the hotel for me is the activities though. I took advantage of a lot of them while I was there such as the below things.

Biking

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Included with the resort fee is a daily bicycle rental. I took the bike out on the boardwalk and took my time completing the 6-mile bike ride around the island.

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This is such a great addition, as the trail is paved and flat and it takes you all over including Hotel Del and even downtown if you desire. I most enjoyed being able to get under the Coronado Bridge for some photography.

Wellness Center

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Also included with the resort fee, the wellness center across the parking lot from the hotel is a great spot to spend some time at while at the hotel.

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I went over there a couple times to work out and to take a yoga class.

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They also have a lap pool and tennis courts, making this one of the best wellness centers I have ever seen at a hotel.

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Also, look out for pop-up yoga classes on the lawn. They had one when I was there and it was a great way to have a relaxing morning while looking out over the water.

Kayaking

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Kayaking is an additional charge, but it is a beautiful place to do it, and they have rentals right out on their pier. I hopped in a kayak and took it down to the Coronado Bridge to see it from this unique angle. You could also go along the shore to over too Ferry’s Landing as well.

Spa

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While I don’t consider myself too much of a resource on spas, I did get a chance to check it out while I was at the hotel.

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I opted for a 50-minute deep tissue massage and my therapist Grace was fantastic. I left feeling completely rejuvenated and relaxed.

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I especially like that the spa has a beautiful outdoor seating area with a relaxing waterfall and pond that you can hang out at before or after your service.

Food

Not to be outdone by the amenities, the food options here are also on point, making it harder to want to leave and go into town.

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When I was at the spa, I opted for a Bento Box (~$20) which I enjoyed near the water area I mentioned above and which had seared ahi, fresh fruit, and veggies.

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For dinner, I went to the restaurant they have in the hotel called Current. I was impressed with the food here as Chef Michael Poompan is doing some unique things with the menu.

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I got the special they had that night which was a “surf and turf” with braised beef short ribs and scallops. It was mind blowing.

One of the last things I enjoyed about my time at the Marriott was that the property is connected to the boardwalk, so it is a great spot just to go for a walk whenever you choose. I did this at night and loved being able to marvel at the San Diego skyline from across the bay.

All in all, this is a great spot for a relaxing vacation in Coronado. I will certainly be back as I find myself on the island at least once a year. If you have been to Marriott Coronado, be sure to let me know what you think in the comments.

Disclosure: This hotel was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own.

Roughley Manor Bed & Breakfast: 29 Palms Historic Hotel

Roughley Manor is the perfect example of something you would not expect to find in the California desert. This beautiful and historic bed and breakfast is a fantastic spot to stay at with lots of eclectic, fun touches and a beautiful property you can explore. All of this, along with the fact that it is just minutes from the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, makes its an easy recommendation for a pleasant stay in the desert. Here is all the information.

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Details

  • Book here
  • Amenities: Flat screen TV, Kitchenettes in some rooms, pool, outdoor chess table, gardens

Getting There

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Heading through 29 Palms on Highway 62, you will get off at Utah Trail then proceed down to Joe Davis Drive, which is a dirt road that will take you to the manor.

History

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Here is the history from their site, which you can read more about here

The original Campbell’s Ranch was established in 1925 as a 160 acre Homestead by Bill and Elizabeth Campbell.  They came to the area because Bill had gotten Mustard Gas damage to his lungs during WWI.  Due to the dry climate, Bill healed from the lung damage and they lived a full life in the desert.  Bill eventually passed away in 1944 and Elizabeth sold the Homestead to Ali Wrubel.  Ali was a songwriter from Hollywood who wrote Zipity Doo Da, Gone With The Wind, Lady From Twentynine Palms and numerous other famous songs from that era.  The house changed hands two more times before Jan & Gary Peters purchased it in 1994 with the idea of turning it into a Bed & Breakfast. The property now consists of approximately 25 acres.  The name “Roughley” was Jan’s family name.  Gary retired from the Marine Corps two and a half years later after 32 years, and they have run the Manor together ever since.

The Manor

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The main building of the old homestead is where you will check in and have your breakfast. It is a beautiful and historic stone building with a large dining area complete with a fireplace.

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The upstairs holds two rooms, one of which is called the Magnolia Suite and which features a nice living area and a separate bedroom. I stayed in another building on the property, but I was able to peak my head into this room as there was no one staying there that day.

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Behind the main house, there is a pool and spa, as well as a few small gardens you can stroll through.

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In front of the manor is a fun old bed and breakfast hut as well as a large bird feeder that I saw dozens of birds at while I was there.

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Near the entrance to the manor, there is stone seating with a chess set and stone chess pieces on top. It was well shaded and provided a great place to sit for a game of chess.

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There is one more garden across the dirt road which has a gazebo, flag pole and a lot of beautiful flowers.

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I went and explored the back of the property as well where there was a fun old stone pool that is no longer in use.

The Rooms

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My room was immaculate with its vaulted ceilings, a king sized bed and two overstuffed chairs.

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I even had a set of robes and a small kitchenette I could use with a sink and a microwave.

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The bathroom was large as well and it had a spa tub and lots of soaps and lotions.

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I loved being in the room as it did not feel like you were out in the desert, it had a peaceful and beautiful charm that makes it one of those places I could easily see myself going back to. I used this spot as a way to explore Joshua Tree National Park and return to plush comfort after a day of exploring.

The Breakfast

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Of course as a bed and breakfast you have to hope the food is good as well. I can easily say that it was as I was greeted with amazing Eggs Benedict, complete with a fresh homemade hollandaise sauce. The highlight for me was that there was a basket of fresh apricots and a plate of cookies there as well, I indulged in both.

All in all, I highly recommend Roughley Manor as it is just a great place to relax in luxury in the desert. I really enjoyed my time there and I am sure I will be back. Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.

Disclosure: This hotel was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own.

The Lodge at Big Bear Lake Hotel Review

Big Bear Lodge is a Holiday Inn property in Big Bear City that has become the premier hotel in Big Bear. The property is designed to look like one of those lodges that you would see in a National Park, complete with wood hewn bed frames and antler chandeliers in the lobby. I got a chance to stay there recently, and it was a great home base to exploring the area. Read all the information below.

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Details

  • Book here
  • Amenities: Patios with chairs, Wifi, flat screen TV

Getting There

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The lodge is located right off Highway 18 on Big Bear Lake Dr. There is a large parking lot to accommodate the hotel’s guests. They are located about 5 minutes walk from downtown Big Bear, which is a perfect spot for exploring the city on foot.

The Lodge

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As soon as you pull up, you will see the lodge is designed to look like a big rustic cabin. It is a lot of fun and does make you feel like you are staying in a mountain town. The lobby itself has the aforementioned antler chandeliers as well as a half dozen couches to relax at.

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They have a restaurant on the property which I went to for breakfast, and the meal was above average for a hotel restaurant. You can also go to Grizzly Manor in downtown Big Bear as well though which is a personal favorite of mine.

The Rooms

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My room at the lodge was large and inviting. It had a king-sized bed and a separate chair and foot stool for relaxing. There was a flat screen TV and a Keurig for coffee.

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The room also had a sliding door and a patio with two chairs on it and a walkway to the pool.

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The bathroom was a common bathroom that you would expect at a hotel.

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I stayed here for only one night, but I really enjoyed it as it was quiet and close to the town. I walked to the town on multiple occasions just to look at a shop or grab an ice cream. If you are looking for a good place to stay in the area, then be sure to check it out. Let me know if you have visited and what you thought in the comments.

Disclosure: This hotel was provided for me free of charge, all opinions are my own.

The Lodge at Big Bear Lake Hotel Review

Big Bear Lodge is a Holiday Inn property in Big Bear City that has become the premier hotel in Big Bear. The property is designed to look like one of those lodges that you would see in a National Park, complete with wood hewn bed frames and antler chandeliers in the lobby. I got a chance to stay there recently, and it was a great home base to exploring the area. Read all the information below.

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Details

  • Book here
  • Amenities: Patios with chairs, Wifi, flat screen TV

Getting There

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The lodge is located right off Highway 18 on Big Bear Lake Dr. There is a large parking lot to accommodate the hotel’s guests. They are located about 5 minutes walk from downtown Big Bear, which is a perfect spot for exploring the city on foot.

The Lodge

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As soon as you pull up, you will see the lodge is designed to look like a big rustic cabin. It is a lot of fun and does make you feel like you are staying in a mountain town. The lobby itself has the aforementioned antler chandeliers as well as a half dozen couches to relax at.

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They have a restaurant on the property which I went to for breakfast, and the meal was above average for a hotel restaurant. You can also go to Grizzly Manor in downtown Big Bear as well though which is a personal favorite of mine.

The Rooms

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My room at the lodge was large and inviting. It had a king-sized bed and a separate chair and foot stool for relaxing. There was a flat screen TV and a Keurig for coffee.

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The room also had a sliding door and a patio with two chairs on it and a walkway to the pool.

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The bathroom was a common bathroom that you would expect at a hotel.

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I stayed here for only one night, but I really enjoyed it as it was quiet and close to the town. I walked to the town on multiple occasions just to look at a shop or grab an ice cream. If you are looking for a good place to stay in the area, then be sure to check it out. Let me know if you have visited and what you thought in the comments.

Disclosure: This hotel was provided for me free of charge, all opinions are my own.

29 Palms Inn: Stay on a Desert Oasis Near Joshua Tree

If you are looking for a fun and eclectic place to stay near Joshua Tree National Park, then look no further than 29 Palms Inn. This hotel is a series of small houses spread out on a property that circles an actual palm tree oasis. It is truly unique, and I had a great time eating and staying on the property. Read on for all the information.

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Details

  • Book Here
  • Location: 73950 Inn Ave, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

Getting There

29 Palms Inn is located right off Highway 62 on National Park Drive. The rooms of the hotel are on a maintained dirt road, and you can park near your individual room.

The Inn

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After pulling into the property that houses the 29 Palms Inn, you will feel as if you have been transported away to a magical spot that only you know about in the desert.

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The women who checked me in was more than happy to explain the property layout, get my keys and provide a map that lead me to my room. Yes, I said map as all the rooms are spread out and you need a map to find them. Each room features a spot to park your car on the dirt path that winds through the property.

The Rooms

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The room I had was called “Golden Bush” and it was a relatively standard hotel room with a large sleeping area, small TV, and a fireplace.

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There was also a closet and a very old bathroom where the sink came up to about my knees. This adds to the fun charm of the eclectic place though.

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The room also had a small patio complete with two lounge chairs to hang out on.

The Property

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After dropping off my stuff, I set out to explore the property, which is the main reason you stay here.

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The oasis itself is truly beautiful as it is surrounded by palm trees and features a peaceful serenity in the middle of the dessert. There are turtles in the water and birds in the trees. I took a lot of pictures as it was incredibly beautiful, especially with the old boat that used to be a room for the owners children, in the middle of the water.

Pro tip: There is a room called “Old Frame” that overlooks the oasis and that is a fantastic spot to stay at on the property.

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They also have a full garden here where they grow vegetables and herbs that they use at the restaurant.

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Next to the oasis is an old fireplace that sits out on the grass and that is beautiful to photograph at sunset.

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Also of note is the “Irene’s Adobe” room which is actually a full house. The room has a full kitchen, living room, dining room and bunk bed area. Outside there even is a courtyard that could hold a small wedding it is so big. This is a great spot to stay if you have a group of people that you are staying with as it is big and provides lots of spots to sleep.

The Food

The hotel also features a pool and a full-service restaurant which I ate at for dinner and breakfast.

Dinner

Here is what I got for dinner.

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Artisan pizza – The toppings for the pizza change daily but mine had Gorgonzola and apricots, and it was fantastic.

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Mushrooms – They call these their famous mushrooms and it is easy to see why. The mushrooms are melt in your mouth flavorful, with garlic and olive oil.

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Scallops and shrimp over risotto – This is the dish I got for dinner, and I was really impressed. For a desert location like this, it was fantastic. The dish had a gGreat creamy garlic sauce with seared scallops and a large fresh shrimp.

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Breakfast

The continental breakfast was a great addition in the morning. It had coffee, oatmeal, juice, and a homemade plum apricot tart. It was nice to have a relaxed meal here while overlooking the pool and palm trees.

All in all, I really enjoyed this hotel, it was eclectic, fun and comfortable. I would not hesitate to stay here next time I visited Joshua Tree as well. Let me know if you have been in the comments and what you thought.

Disclosure: This room was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own.

The Carlton Hotel: Atascadero’s Historic Boutique Hotel

The Carlton Hotel in Atascadero is a historic luxury hotel that opened in the late 1920’s. I got a chance to stay there recently, and it is a beautiful spot to stay in the small Central Coast town. I would told it is the most popular hotel in the city, as people love the quaint charm and history it provides. It is within walking distance of many of the downtown restaurants, has a lovely courtyard on the balcony and a restaurant that is currently undergoing renovations. Here is all the information so you can check it out yourself.

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Details

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  • Location: 6005 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422
  • Amenities: Some rooms include access to the courtyard and/or large spa tubs, flat screen TV’s and free parking

History

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As mentioned above, the hotel was built in 1928 and opened in 1929 as a luxury hotel. It was ran this way until the 80’s when it fell into disrepair. It was bought in 1999, renovated, and opened again 2004.

Getting There

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When you get off the 101 freeway and pull up to the hotel, you will instantly fall in love with the historic facade, complete with an old neon sign that says Carlton. The hotel has parking across the street and you walk by its restaurant, that is not currently open, to get to the lobby.

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The lobby is large and inviting with a big check-in desk and a massive staircase that leads to the second floor. The hotel does have an elevator as well in case you can’t use the stairs.

The Rooms

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I stayed in a room that opened to the courtyard, and it was a great home away from home. The rooms were historic looking with modern amenities, which gave them a nice ambiance.

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The main room itself had a king size bed and lots of space between the bed, TV and small tables and chairs.

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I loved being able to pull back the curtains and look into the courtyard, or even to grab some coffee and go out there to drink it. The bathroom was great as well with a big spa tub, stone shower, sink and separate toilet.

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I was impressed with the room as it never felt cramped like some hotels can feel. The hotel is also within walking distance of places like Streetcar Ale House, the city hall and Bru Coffeehouse.

All in all, it is fun to stay in a historic hotel, especially one with modern amenities. This hotel is a great jumping off point for exploring the town of Atascadero or venturing out to Morro Bay or Paso Robles, and I can’t wait to visit again. Let me know if you have been in the comments.

Disclosure: This hotel was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own.