I stayed at Rainbow Tarns by myself last November, just as the Sierra winter was beginning to make itself felt on the high peaks. After having normally crowded places like Rock Creek Canyon and Rainbow Falls all to myself, I returned each evening to this special hidden jewel just outside Crowley Lake. Rarely have I felt as comfortable, relaxed and appreciated as a guest in any hotel or B&B as Brock and Diane Thoman made me feel. I was there in the off-season, so I was the only guest for the four nights. I stayed in the Gemini Room, with a wonderful bathroom that has a great, open feel due to the greenhouse type windows and view up the rocky, wooded hill immediately behind the inn. The bed was extremely comfortable, nights were peaceful, quiet slices of heaven, and the grounds... are the definition of serenity. I was very surprised that it was so quiet outside, considering Highway 395 is quite close. I heard the occasional truck or motorcycle - but nothing that even caused me to feel disturbed.
I spent a fair amount of time in the late afternoons chatting with Brock (a fellow architect), and tossing toys with the dog... it was the perfect antidote for my often stressful daily routine. Breakfasts were simple and delicious, folksy and friendly. I would like to experience it when there are other guests about... I am sure it will be just as delightful.
Rainbow Tarns is definitely different from any other lodging I have stayed at in the area, and for anyone looking for a peaceful hiatus from the "real world" - this is it. I'm looking forward to my next stay!