My hubby and I were in town last weekend for the 1000 Stair Climb. After reading many glowing reviews of this B&B, we booked a room for 3 nights.
The reservation process was very easy. We booked online, and then a few minutes later, John, who owns the B&B along with his wife, called to confirm our reservation. We booked several months ahead of time since we heard the Climb was so popular, and there was no problem doing that.
Upon checking in, John took us on a short tour of the place and shared some of the history of the building, which was quite interesting. We then went to our room, the Writing Room.
The room was very large. If you like pink, feminine, lacy, and stuffed animals, this is the room for you. My hubby and I like none of the above, unfortunately, nor did we care for green carpet with pink walls. It was a bit like visiting Grandma's house. Not a big deal, though, since we were only staying a few days.
We then checked out the bathroom. While the room was very large, the bathroom was very small. There was room for only one person at a time. There was also a big lack of surface area for your toiletries since there was only a pedestal sink, a toilet, and a shower/tub in the room. Also, there was only one outlet in the bathroom, which may bother some other people who need several hair appliances at a time. The bathroom was also in need of some TLC. There were several spots on the ceiling that were bubbling/cracking/peeling.
Our biggest problem with the room, however, wasn't the bathroom. It was the dust that was everywhere. The bathroom light fixture and the room's ceiling fan were coated in it. I went around the room and finger tested all the little tables. My finger came away dusty from all of them. The lacy curtains looked like they used to be white and hadn't been washed in quite some time. Suffice it to say that I did plenty of sneezing while staying there. I even had to ask John for an extra box of tissues.
For breakfast, I was expecting something akin to the spread Cracker Barrel puts out based upon the reviews I read here. However, the first day we were there we ended up eating oatmeal and half an English muffin. Since we were doing the Stair Climb that day, I did appreciate the light option. However, brown sugar was put on the English muffin. I think there's enough sugar in everyday foods as it is, I don't want any added, and I wasn't asked my preference. The next day was two small cinnamon pancakes with a cup of blueberries. The pancakes were good, but I could have done with a larger serving. (I love breakfast foods and am picky about dinner foods, so I love to eat a huge breakfast.) Our third and final breakfast there was fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, and a muffin. My hubby is allergic to eggs, so he ended up eating oatmeal again. I think the owners should ask about food allergies when you book your reservation so they can plan breakfasts accordingly.
The patio was fantastic-large, green, and melodic with the fountain merrily running. The wildlife was also great. Javelinas were spotted our first night there, and a bobcat was seen early on our third day there. The B&B was also very quiet, with the exception of creaky floors and squeaky doors. If you are an early riser, you should have no problem with that.
I would have appreciated an ice machine since we brought several gallons of water with us to drink, which we ended up drinking warm the whole weekend. Also, there are no TVs in the rooms. You can watch it in the living room area, but there are only public stations available. I found that out when I tried to watch a cable show on Sunday night. So make sure to set your VCR or TiVo at home!
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