Catch the Tour of California from the Steps of a B&B
North America’s most spectacular professional cycling events, the Amgen Tour of California, will roll through California May 15-22, with world-class cycling teams racing nearly 800 miles from Lake Tahoe through the Central Valley, down the Big Sur coastline, and finishing in Southern California. Along the route, several CABBI-member bed and breakfast inns offer a front row seat to the action; some inns are also offering lodging specials just for the event.
On the west shore of Lake Tahoe, Tahoma Meadows Bed & Breakfast Cottages is located directly on the route for stage one on May 15, where the peloton will race past not once, but twice, as the riders make one-and-a-half loops around the 72-mile lake perimeter before climbing to the finish at Northstar at Tahoe Resort. Tahoma Meadows features charming red cabins nestled among the pines on West Lake Boulevard/Hwy. 89. All of the cottages have private entrances and baths, many with claw foot soaking tubs. Some also have fireplaces and views of the lake. For the Amgen Tour of California, Tahoma Meadows is offering special rate of $114 per night for two people with a three-night minimum stay. Other rates are available for shorter stays.
For stage two on May 16, the peloton will head over Donner Pass and then begin its 7,000-foot descent into Sacramento, where the riders will make two circuit laps through downtown and finish at the State Capitol building. Three downtown Sacramento bed and breakfast inns—Amber House, Vizcaya Pavilion and Mansion and Inn and Spa at Parkside—are all within blocks of the stage two route through downtown.
Later in the week, on May 19, the race will travel south from Seaside along the dramatic Big Sur coastline, through the enchanting seaside village of Cambria, and then through rolling wine country before finishing in downtown Paso Robles. The Ollalieberry Inn, a warm and inviting 1873 Greek revival, is located directly on the stage five route as it passes through downtown Cambria. The inn is offering an Amgen Tour special that includes two nights' accommodations (Wednesday and Thursday, May 18-19) and a gourmet picnic with summer sausage, cheese, apples, cole slaw, homemade French bread, olallieberry bars, chocolate, and the guests' choice of wine: merlot, chardonnay or white zinfandel.
The charming Danish village of Solvang will host stage six of the Amgen Tour on May 20 with the start and finish for the race just one block apart. Mirabelle Inn, Solvang Gardens Lodge, and Wine Valley Inn & Cottages are all within a just a few blocks of the stage six route in downtown Solvang. The route will also pass right in front of the Ballard Inn in the quaint town of Ballard as the riders wind through the orchards and vineyards of the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley.
cornelius daly inn
Southwestern Eggs & Chorizo Over Polenta
Makes 8 Servings
3¼ cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup polenta
1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 cup grated cheese (cheddar, pepper Jack or a mixture)
8 chorizo link sausages (removed from casings) or patties (optional)
1 tablespoon vinegar
Salsa, for serving
Sour cream, for serving
Bring water and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Add polenta, lower heat and simmer until polenta is very thick and coming away from the sides of the pan. Heat butter or oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook until soft. Stir cheese and mushrooms into polenta; cook until cheese is melted and combined.
Lightly spray bottom and sides of an 8x8-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Spread polenta into an ½-inch-thick layer and set aside until polenta is set (the dish can be prepared to this point the night before, covered and refrigerated).
Preheat broiler. Cook chorizo, if desired, in a skillet over medium heat until done; drain any grease. Bring a saucepan of water and vinegar to a boil. Add eggs and poach until done. Cut polenta into 4 (4x4-inch) squares, then cut each square into 2 triangles. Broil polenta (or cook in a little butter or olive oil) until lightly browned. Put 1 polenta triangle on each plate. Top with chorizo and one poached egg. Top egg with salsa and a dollop of sour cream.
This 1905 Colonial Revival mansion has four fireplaces, Victorian gardens, a TV room, a game room with an 8-foot billiard table, and is furnished with many turn-of-the-century antiques. The Cornelius Daly Inn is known for their wonderful breakfasts and making their guests feel at home amid a quiet, romantic atmosphere. Old Town Eureka, with its quaint shops,restaurants and boardwalk, is within walking distance. The majestic redwoods and the Pacific Ocean are only minutes away.
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Mother's Day Specials and Packages
Escape to the north coast of California with a special Mother's Day package at the in Fort Bragg. The two-night package includes dinner for two at the Mendo Bistro, a luxurious massage for mom at The Bamboo Garden (one of Mendocino County's premier spas within walking distance of the inn), and passes to the Mendocino Botanical Gardens, which is ablaze with color in May--especially with the rhododendrons in bloom--and features breathtaking views of the ocean.
At the in Calistoga, treat mom and yourself with the Mom & Me Mother's Day Special. The package includes a bouquet of fresh spring flowers for mom with a personalized note, a three-course dinner for two at Barolo Restaurant, two 25-minite hydrotherapy mineral baths, two 50-minute signature massages or classic facials, and continental breakfast in bed. The package is $280 Monday through Thursday and $310 Friday through Sunday and can be added to any room type. Room rates start at $129 per night, plus tax. The package is available May 1-30, 2011.
Save $20 on a relaxing, warm stone massage over Mother's Day weekend at the . Guests can enjoy the massage on site at the inn's mini-spa with a licensed and certified massage therapist. In addition, you can sweeten mom's stay with the Sweetheart Special, which includes spa therapy scented soaps, refreshing gels, sea salt soaks, and cleansing rubs for the deep-soaking tub or fine tiled shower, handmade chocolate truffles, and a bouquet of flowers with a personal note placed in the room prior to arrival. The Sweetheart Special can be added to any room rate for an additional $59.
Cozy up in a historic cottage for Mother's Day weekend with a three night stay for the price of two at south of Lake Tahoe. Order up a massage, soak in nearby Grover State Park Hot Springs or fire-up the on-site wood-fired sauna. For an additional charge, you can also treat mom to Sorenson Resort's popular Mother's Day brunch on Sunday, May 8. The brunch is served 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; reservations are recommended.
The in Mendocino County is offering three Mother's Day specials. The Mother's Day Brunch Package includes brunch at Westport Hotel's Old Abalone Pub with a rose and glass of champagne, plus a ticket to Westport's local Rubber Ducky race. The brunch package is $40 per person plus tax. The Mother's Day Overnight Package includes all of the above plus one night's accommodations at the hotel. The Overnight Package is $190 plus tax per person or $225 for two people. The Shared Memories Package includes one night's stay, a fresh bouquet of flowers, stationary for mom, a split bottle of champagne and brunch at the Old Abalone Pub. The Shared Memories Package is $200 plus tax per person or $225 for two people. Massages can be added for an additional charge.