Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel, CA

Many of us know Carmel, California for its beautiful coastline, storybook-style architecture, fine art community and abundance of hotels, restaurants, and shops. The beauty of this area draws people from around the world and is perhaps one of the most beautiful places on earth. What many people don’t realize is that there is an entirely different side of […]

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Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara

Discretely nestled in the foothills overlooking Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean you will find an enchanting hideaway called the Belmond El Encanto. This property exudes glamor and elegance in an understated manner and offers a sophisticated comfort that is captivating from the moment you arrive. Property The property has a vast history with the original craftsman-style cottages […]

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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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Saratoga, CA: Memorial Day Celebrations

I’m constantly sharing places that I visit but today I thought I’d share my town with you. In my opinion, I have the best of both worlds. I live in the midst of Silicon Valley ~ high tech capital of the world ~ and yet the town I live in, Saratoga, CA, is still reflective of small […]

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Elk, CA

Don’t blink when you drive through the very quaint town of Elk because you might miss it. Seriously. But what’s the saying ~ tiny but mighty ~ and that is exactly true about this town. What once was a bustling lumber town in the late 1800’s with over 2,000 residents, is now a tiny town left with a rich history and […]

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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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Solage, Calistoga

The Napa Valley is a world-renowned destination for wine lovers and general travelers alike. This California wine region is scattered with too many to count wineries, eateries and luxury resorts. In this saturated market of quaint hotels, charming B&B’s and luxury properties, I have to hand it to Auberge Resorts for establishing not one, not two […]

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Nick’s Cove Cottages – Marshall, CA

An hour north of San Francisco is a small grouping of cottages located in Marshall, CA called Nick’s Cove and Cottages. These are a small settlement of 12 unique cabins built mainly in the 1930’s, some on land and 5 on pilings over the beach of Tomales Bay. These are a charming group of cottages with vintage accessories scattered […]

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The Perfect Escape ~ Montage Laguna Beach

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