Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles

When someone mentions the California Wine County, I’m sure Napa Valley is the first place that comes to mind for most people. However as some wine lovers are aware, there has been a quiet evolution going on in California’s Central Coast for the past decade or so that is offering a viable alternative to Napa […]

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Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn ~ Sonoma, CA

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, located in the Sonoma Wine Region of California, is a unique property that sits atop a natural, thermal mineral spring that was discovered by the Native Americans in the early 1800’s. The Native Americans considered this site sacred healing grounds and as word spread over the years, a hotel was […]

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Exploring The Russian River Valley

Napa Valley and Sonoma are world-renowned for its wines, fine restaurants and luxury accommodations. A person could spend weeks and weeks exploring this region and only scratch the surface. So with as many times as I have been to the Napa Valley wine region, it was refreshing to discover yet another sector that I have never visited…the […]

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Farmhouse Inn ~ Forestville, CA

There is a reason I titled my site No Ordinary Resort, it was my intention from the beginning to feature distinctive, boutique style hotels that offer personalized service, unique locations and experiences, and represent a one-of-a-kind property. And although I do have larger properties listed on my site, The Farmhouse Inn represents my initial concept precisely. This property may be small […]

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Gold Rush Country, CA

On a recent visit to the Gold Rush country in Northern California, I visited a few quaint towns and thought I would share the charm of this historic area. Murphys Murphys is a tiny town being called “the next Napa” due to all the vineyards and wineries that have infiltrated this area. The quaint main street has become a […]

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Brewery Gulch Inn ~ Mendocino, CA

While reading Travel and Leisure’s 2014 World’s Best List, I came across something that caught my attention. The #20 on this world’s best list is a 10 room inn located in Mendocino, CA ~ The Brewery Gulch Inn. Being familiar with the small town of Mendocino, I was intrigued by this achievement and felt that I had to explore this quaint inn. […]

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Bardessono, Yountville

The Bardessono resort is located in the charming town of Yountville, CA in the Napa Wine Region. The resort is named after the Bardessono family who resided on property at one time and currently still own the land. The Property This property has the distinct convenience of being steps from downtown Yountville. Several shops, restaurants and the […]

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Calistoga Ranch, Calistoga

From the moment you drive up to this tranquil resort, it is clear that it is all about the gorgeous property it occupies. Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort, boasts a 157-acre site in the pristine Napa Valley off of the Silverado Trail. I immediately felt a serene welcome as I passed through the canopied, majestic oaks at […]

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