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March 18 2009

Bear Mountain Lodge, Silver City, NM

Things to do…

Spend your days hiking and biking. Bring binoculars — more than 300 kinds of birds are found here. Enjoy a tour of The Nature Conservancy’s nearby Gila and Mimbres river nature preserves. The resident naturalists offers activities and hikes that examine the area’s abundant wildlife. Nearby Silver City also offers colorful shops, galleries and a wealth of history.

Accomodations …

Bear Mountain Lodge offers eleven luxuriously furnished rooms, hardwood floors, handcrafted southwestern and Mission-style furnishings, private baths and a delicious home-cooked breakfast. The rooms are housed in three distinct buildings. Six rooms are in the two-story Lodge,four are housed in the adjacent Myra’s Retreat (named for the former owner, Myra McCormick) and The Wren’s Nest guesthouse offers a private getaway with an efficiency kitchen. Enjoy the comfort of our conservation-minded furniture,which was locally crafted from small-diameter sustainably harvested trees from nearby forests.

We stayed in the Wren’s Nest, it had a queen bed, small bath, and a kitchenette. We wanted the kitechentte to be able to prepare some of our ownmeals, mainly due to dietary restrictions, but it wasn’t really necessary, as the lodge provided really good meals. Our friends stayed in one of the rooms in Myra’s Retreat.  They had a king bed, large bath, and the retreat has a common sitting room, with a firplace and morning coffee.

Information …

At Bear Mountain Lodge you can relax under a star-filled sky, discover Silver City’s galleries and historic buildings, bike high mountain trails and savor the mouthwatering meals. Come to explore, learn or just to relax at this unique bed and breakfast.

Breakfast is provided, sack lunches and dinner available at additional cost. We ate dinner there 3 of the 4 evenings and they were great.  Good food, local produce, much of it organic, well prepared. We didn’t try the sack lunch, but the menu looked good.  We usually snacked or got our lunch on the road.

Snacks are available all day and consist of cookies, coffee, tea, etc.  The lodge is open and provides a very well stocked library, and a PC for internet access.  They also have wireless available in the lodge.

We did make all the hikes on the property, mostly to work off the snacks, and they are a great way to view the natural beauty of the area. A day trip to the Gila Cliff Dwellings, another to search out used book stores in Silver City, other than that, it was jusst relax, read, and rejuvenate.

This is a great place to come, enjoy nature, and recharge your batteries.  Enjoy excursions in the area, enough to keep everyone’s interest up and yet not over stimulate…

April 20 2008

Stephanie Inn – Cannon Beach, OR

bed_5This is a great place to stay. Its our favorite weekend getaway or anytime to get away for that matter. Located in Cannon Beach, Oregon, right on the Ocean its a peaceful and luxurious time. The rooms have queen and king beds, fireplace, jacuzzi for 2 in a large bathroom, siting areas, dvd, cd players, and small refrigerators. They are comfortable and nicely decorated. Rates are seasonal and run from $175-$600 depending on the room. They have special packages and special rates at different times of the year. Rates include breakfast and an evening wine tasting. Cookies and coffee are always out for guests. There is a resturant that has a 7 course meal, reservations recommended. We usually get a first floor ocean side room, they usually run around $300-500 a night. The staff are exceptional. We compare all other places to the professional, courteous, and helpful attitude of the staff at the Inn, nobody comes close. They give the word customer service new meaning. Cannon Beach is an artsy community, lots to look at down town in all the shops and art galleries, but let’s face it, your not going there to see Cannon Beach. The Inn will provide a log and wine for a fire and drinks on the beach at sunset, so give it a try. I highly recommend this for your next romantic getaway. 5 out of 5 Web site link

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Red Setter Inn – Greer, AZ

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April 20 2008

Blue Lantern Inn – Dana Point, CA

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April 20 2008

Hotel 1000 – Seattle, WA

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April 20 2008

Riverplace Hotel, Portland, OR

bed_4The Riverplace Hotel in Portland is rapidly becoming our favorite place to stay in that city. We have been 2 or 3 times already and never been disappointed. It is located on the river front right at the end of a walking area that has numerous resturants, galleries, and shops. It is within walking distance of downtown and the weekend market. When we go, we just have the valet park the car in the garage and that’s it for the weekend, walk everywhere else. A very nice resturant in the Hotel, plus a bar and coffee shop. During good weather you can sit on the patio, drink wine and beer, read a book, and people watch. Its a nice relaxing time. A wine bar and bistro just a few doors down for some nice wine and appetizers and a McCormicks and Schmicks at the end of the block. We have been lucky enough to get some good speicials on the Internet and the Hotel has upgraded us to a suite on both trips, nice. 4 out of 5 Web link to Riverplace Hotel

April 20 2008

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bed_3We stayed at the Inn at Sonoma during a trip between AZ and WA in 2005. We spend 2 nights here while visiting the Sonoma Valley. The Inn was nice and a great place to stay. We had a standard room and it was very adequate for us. While the accomodations were great, we were disappointed in the activities in Sonoma Valley, at least in Sonoma itelf. We travelled to other small towns in the area and found better resturants and shopping than in Sonoma. But if your going to Sonoma, this is a quality place to stay. 3 out of 5 Web link to Inn at Sonoma