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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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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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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