Of course you can only have one 5th anniversary per marriage. It's all in fun.
From the time I booked the Lotta Crabtree Room until the minute we checked out, Fran, the proprietor, was incredibly kind and helpful. When I called to reserve the room, she was at lunch in town and took my reservation over the phone anyway. When we checked in, she gave us the grand tour and showed us how to utilize all the room's features and then quickly leaving us to discover all the place has to offer.
About the home: It is a beautiful Victorian 2-story that is nicely kept up, while maintaining that elegance and antiquity that makes it special. There's a great porch area that would be nice for sitting if we had gotten around to it. The pool looked really nice too, but let's just say that sunbathing wasn't on the anniversary agenda.
We only glanced into the other empty rooms, but from a quick look they seemed to be as clean and comfortable as ours. The ones we saw were all very good sized.
But our room. Oh, our room. We will definitely be springing for the Lotta Crabtree again.
The living space was bigger than most NY City studios. There was a settee near the front window and a coffee table for relaxing. The large closet was also the resting spot for the TV. Spare pillows could also be found in here. The bed was very comfortable and the ceiling fan provided a nice flow of air. The air conditioning in the hotel made the room already quite cool, despite the 95 degree heat outside. The bathroom sports a great jacuzzi tub and separate toilet and bidet. The sloping roof makes the toilet slightly cramped, but there is still plenty of room to stand and I'm 5'10." The bathroom was very big, at least 12x10. Above the jacuzzi, there were automatic blinds! That was great!
She gave us some ideas on where to go for wine tasting downtown as there are a few tasting rooms. We ended up buying two bottles of wine and bringing one back to the hotel.
We slept very well that night and woke to a great breakfast of baked French toast, strawberries with mint, and other baked goods (we were way too full to have these). Fran offers you coffee, but will make tea at any request. I bought a bottle of wine and she stored it in the fridge and showed me how to find the corkscrew and ice bucket.
Also important is security. Grass Valley is very safe, but Fran doesn't take any chances. You get a key to the front door after you check in and a separate one to your room. She keeps it locked and only answers the door when you call her phone. At first this seems weird, but you realize that she has a handle on who she's expecting and no homeless people or any undesirables find refuge. Even the parking lot has a security gate.
Overall, this was a great place to stay. Grass Valley is such a quiet, small town but one can find lots to do with the right mindset. Fran made this special night extra special. Our only regret is that we stayed only 1 night. Be sure to give yourself ample time to just sit and relax at the VL Inn. We will surely be back, but for at least a couple of nights next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quiet Victorian home in shaded garden. Walking distance to restaurants,shops, movie and live theater with gated off street parking on site. One of the rooms is a two bedroom suite with private access to patio and pool. Many amenities including luxury linens and towels and pool towels. Two course breakfast is served in the dining room each day. ... more less