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Livin' It Up at the Old Lewiston Inn

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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 also 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. On the corner is an antique store. Just around the bend is the Schoolhouse Museum. The school opened in 1958 when the Trinity Dam was being built. With a short, five-minute drive, you can see

Come Away to the Hope-Merrill House Bed & Breakfast

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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. The d├ęcor of the Hope-Merrill House is exquisite. Great effort is made to keep the ambiance of the house in its original form. The front door of the historical building is secured with a 140-year-old lock. Upon entering the

Virtual California Highway 1 Road Trip

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In 2017, I had the opportunity to make the drive down Highway 1 from Fort Bragg to Los Angeles.  It was the longest solo trip I had made at that point in my life- and it was amazing .   As I made my way along the very familiar path in Mendocino County, I encountered a few other travelers- including some bicyclists.  This route is popular with long-distance riders.   The first stop I made was in a little town called Manchester to pick up a few supplies at the local store.  I was pleasantly surprised at the bargains I got in there.  I expected to get gouged considering the remote area of the store, but this was not the case. My next stop was in Point Arena .   I like this cute little town.  I really enjoy spending time on the pier, where you can listen to the water trickle over pebbles & make a sound I have never heard anywhere else.  It is very calming. While I was there I ran into these two guys. As I passed through Anchor Bay, I stopped to take a picture of a house I had stayed in

My Thoughts On Hint Water & Global Cash Card

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I ordered some hint water.  You may have seen the commercials on TV.  Apparently, the woman who created it did so initially for her own personal use.  She then sold the water from her garage before going on to market it publicly. All of the flavors are shown on their website & small gifts have been sent with some orders.  I did see hint in the store one day, but only a few flavors were stocked.  If you would rather not make a large order just to try it, you can see if there is a store near you that carries hint by entering your zip code on their website store locater page. Another product that I did not choose to use is the Global Cash Card.  My employer uses it to pay their employees.  The card is a pain to use.  Since it is a "cash card" instead of an actual debit or credit card it has limitations.  One time, a postal worker even refused to accept it when I was sending packages & buying stamps. There have been several occasions where the card was declined - EVEN W

Pamper Yourself At The Beachcomber Motel & Spa

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The Beachcomber Motel & Spa has some great amenities. One of the best features of the hotel is its beachfront location. Direct access to the ocean is available just behind the hotel. The Beachcomber has an amazing view. Private balconies are available, where one can watch walkers and bikers traveling the path between the hotel and the ocean- and take in a full view of the ocean.  Awesome sunsets are a frequent sight from Beachcomber rooms. Guests can relax while watching the waves long after the sun goes down as well. The Beachcomber is a family-run business that has experienced great success through much hard work. The hotel was obtained in 1972, when it had only 9 units. All members of the family pitched in to run and expand the hotel, and it now has 71 rooms.  Features of the Beachcomber Motel & Spa include spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs, faux fireplaces, and Jacuzzi tubs. The hotel also offers special treats such as massages and wine tasting. The Beachcomber is even pe

Hidden Pines RV Resort and Campground

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Hidden Pines has been serving campers for over a decade. The campground is located on the main highway just south of Fort Bragg and sits on 10 acres. Hidden Pines has 10 spaces with partial RV hook-up facilities and 35 spaces with full RV hook-ups, as well as 12 tent spaces. Anglers love the fish cleaning station, conveniently located in the center of the campground. Showers and an indoor pool are also available for guests to use. For special occasions, or just a group barbeque, there is an outdoor party area that seats 30 and an indoor event room near the pool. Hidden Pines offers free vacation planning. Travelers planning a trip to Fort Bragg can call in and have Mike and Kim help them arrange their recreational and entertainment activities as well as lodging arrangements. A store is located at the entrance of the campground, stocked with items vacationers often forget- toothbrushes, shampoos, and the like. The store also carries a small selection of clothing items. Local artists a

A Sweet Retreat- The Gingerbread Mansion Inn

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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. To the left of the entrance is the game parlor. Also on the ground floor is a tea parlor, library, and dining room. Breakfast is served in the dining room between 8:00 and 10:00 each morning. Guests can also have breakfast delivered to their r