Hit the Trail: Several CABBI inns are just steps from great hiking and equestrian adventures
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Hit the Trail
Several CABBI inns are just steps from great hiking and equestrian adventures
HIGH SIERRAS AND THE FOOTHILLS
Just 30 minutes from Yosemite National Park, the Homestead Cottages is a luxurious base camp for some of the best hiking around. Start your morning with a stroll up the dirt road winding through the inn’s 160 wooded acres, and then head up into Yosemite to hike the world-renown Glacier Point and Yosemite Valley. Too busy in Yosemite? Nearby Nelder Grove in Sierra National Forest offers exquisite hikes and horseback rides through stands of giant sequoias. If you bring your own horses, you can board them at the inn, which has stalls for guests’ horses. If you don’t have your own horse, saddle up with Yosemite Trails Pack Station, which can take you for a half day ride through the sequoias.
From the front porch of the Black Bear Inn in Arnold, you can set off on various trails that wind through the Stanislaus National Forest, including the Arnold Rim Trail. Calaveras Big Trees State Park is just three miles from the inn on Highway 4 and offers hiking among two groves of giant sequoia. The North Grove features a gentle, 1.5 mile self-guided trail. The larger South Grove offers 3.5 mile and 5 miles hikes through an expansive forest of ancient sequoia. The area was discovered in 1852 by hunter A.T. Dowd, and has been a popular tourist attraction ever since.
Sequoia View Bed & Breakfast is located outside Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, which offer world class hiking and horseback riding without the crowds. Visit the famous General Grant tree and the Redwood Mountain Grove—the largest remaining sequoia grove in the world. Also explore Kings Canyon, which is one of the deepest canyons in North America and the start of the mighty Kings River. Unwind with a glass of wine after a day on the trail. Sequoia View B&B is home to Cedar View Winery, a boutique winery producing international award-winning wines, including the rare Alicante Bouschet.
With the Sierras as a backdrop, guests staying at The Inn at Locke House in Lockeford can experience the thrill of driving a team of Clydesdales and picnicking on one of Northern California’s most beautiful horse ranches. In addition to the Clydesdale experience, other equestrian packages are available. Popular hikes near the inn include trails along the Mokelumne River and the nature trail at Lodi Lake. Other routes will take hikers through farms and orchards—some with U-pick opportunities—and vineyards and ranches.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY
On the Mendocino coast near the Country Inn Bed & Breakfast in Fort Bragg, guests can canter horseback alongside the crashing waves at Ten-Mile Beach as it arcs north from Mackerricher State Park. Ricochet Ridge Ranch, which is located across from the park, offers daily trail rides along the beach, across cattle ranches and through the redwoods. The Country Inn Bed & Breakfast will gladly make arrangements for your ride.
Further south on the Mendocino coast in the seaside hamlet of Elk, Ross Ranch leads horseback rides on an unspoiled swath of sand and surf at Manchester Beach. This vast expanse of sand is strewn with driftwood and rocks, sea stacks rise from the ocean floor, and birds soar overhead. Perched on a bluff overlooking the ocean, the Elk Cove Inn & Spa is an ideal place for hanging your hat after a day of riding.
In the heart of Sonoma wine country, the Inn at Occidental offers a "Horseback Adventure through Giant Redwoods" special. The special includes a Pool Ridge Trail Ride through the majestic old growth forests of the Armstrong Redwoods State Preserve, overnight accommodations in a deluxe room with a fireplace and whirlpool soaking tub, and a complete wine country breakfast.
Case Ranch Inn in Forestville and The Honor Mansion in Healdsburg are also within an easy drive of the hiking and equestrian trails at Armstrong Redwoods State Preserve and adjoining Austin Creek State Recreation Area. Armstrong Woods Pack Station leads a variety of horseback rides through the redwoods, along the ridgelines and up to sweeping vistas within the parks. Triple Creek Horse Outfit also leads rides year-round through different regions of Sonoma and Napa Valleys.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DESERT AND MOUNTAINS
Near Palm Springs, there are three great hiking destinations: Indian Canyons, which features a desert oasis with palm trees and pools of water trickling over rocks; Joshua Tree National Park with its views that stretch to the Mexican border and otherworldly landscapes of rock outcroppings and Joshua Trees; and the alpine trails accessible via a 15-minute ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. After a day trekking through the desert, you can find relaxation at one of two inns: the glamorously hip, mid-century-inspired Rendezvous Bed and Breakfast or Las Fuentes Inn and Gardens, which is an intimate hideaway with a private Japanese spa, 60-foot saltwater lap pool and tranquil gardens.
High in the mountains above Palm Springs, the Strawberry Creek Inn in Idyllwild is surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest and a surprisingly pristine backdrop for your next hiking or horseback-riding adventure. At 5,300 ft. in elevation, you'll find cooler temperatures, scenic vistas and an ecosystem that is refreshingly distinct from the rest of Southern California. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails wind through this alpine paradise, and guided horseback riding excursions are also available for exploring the scenery. The inn offers a gourmet hiker’s picnic for you to enjoy on your journey.
Take in the beauty of shore birds in flight and waves crashing on the shore as you wind your way along lush sand dunes. Just a few minutes from Captain's Inn at Moss Landing, you can ride horses along the beach. The local equestrian center offers quality rides at the ocean with well-trained horses for beginner to expert riders. Captain's Inn guests receive a 10% discount on their ride when they stay two nights at the inn.
An easy, 17-mile scenic waterfront hiking trail runs immediately in front of the Martine Inn in Monterey. At nearby Point Lobos State Park, hikers will find otters, seals, deer, birds, hidden beaches, old whaling station, and wind-sculpted Cypress trees, all untouched by human development. More challenging hiking with great views are found at Jacks Peak Park and Garapata Creek on the road to Big Sur.
Located just footsteps from beautiful Moonstone Beach and stunning scenic vistas from bluff-top nature trails, the FogCatcher Inn in Cambria is located where beautiful coastal pine forests begin to appear on the rolling hills of the central coast. Staff at the FogCatcher Inn can suggest hikes and help guests make reservations to experience horseback riding through shaded canyons, sunny hillsides, grazing cattle scenic mountain outlooks on a private ranch or along trails with stunning ocean views.
Hanford House Bed & Breakfast Inn
Tahoe Brunch Casserole
Makes 8 servings
Plan ahead – this dish needs to be started the night before.
2-3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened, plus 1 stick bitter
12 slices white bread, crusts removed
1/2 pound mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
2 cups thinly sliced yellow onion
Salt and pepper, to taste
1-1/2 pounds bulk mild Italian sausage, browned
3/4-1 pound cheddar cheese, grated*
2-1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
Butter bread with 2-3 tablespoons of butter; set aside. Melt 1 stick of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and onions; cook for 5-8 minutes, until tender. Season with salt and pepper. In a 9x13-inch baking dish, layer 1/2 of mushroom mixture. 1/2 of sausage and 1/2 of cheese. Repeat layers. Combine eggs, milk, Dijon and dry mustard, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture over ingredients in baking dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The next day, preheat oven to 350°F. Uncover baking dish and sprinkle with parsley. Bake for 1 our, or until bubbly. Serve immediately with fruit salad and crusty rolls.
*Tip : For a smoother texture, substitute 1/2 cheddar cheese and 1/2 Velveeta plus 1/4 cup vermouth (optional) for the cheddar cheese.
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Lynn Upthagrove and
Innkeepers Lynn Upthagrove and Victor Niebylski were living on boats in the San Francisco Bay Area when they first met, Victor, who lived on his sailboat and Lynn, who lived on her houseboat, were both looking for a change.
Victor's background centered on the restaurant business: a family tradition from his roots in Argentina. Lynn had computer geek tendencies (and still does) with a focus on travel and tourism. They searched far and wide for the perfect inn in an ideal location.
They gave serious consideration to a B&B in the Northeast corner of the U.S. until they visited the area in the middle of winter, whereupon they quickly decided that they wanted to stay in sunny California.
Then they found the Hotel Charlotte, in the gold rush-era town of Groveland near Yosemite National Park, with its own in-house restaurant for Victor to work his culinary magic, and 10 individually decorated rooms for Lynn to promote to travelers around the world.
The clincher was the connection between Lynn's name of Upthagrove, and the town's name of Groveland, where all the locals say they live "up on the hill in Groveland.” It was meant to be: the perfect match of inn and innkeepers.
Lynn and Victor work hard… very hard. Running an inn and restaurant is a full time job, and then some. A B&B is not a venture to be taken lightly; nor is it a "retirement" activity--not if the owners want to be successful.
Lynn and Victor’s hard work over the past seven years has paid off with the Hotel & Cafe Charlotte being the venue most sought by locals and tourists alike in the Groveland area. Highly ranked by independent traveler reviews, it is the place where locals lodge their extra family and hold their special occasions. It's also the place to go when visiting Groveland and Yosemite.
Congratulations to Brisa Vergara-Cervantes of Oxnard, California. She is our most recent winner of a two-night stay at a CABBI inn courtesy of the Albert Shafsky House B&B in Placerville, California.
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