Just over a year ago, I proposed to my then-girlfriend in Montana de Oro State Park. The plan for that weekend, in her mind, had been to camp out and hike. But the weather turned very cold, so when she asked if we could stay in a cheap hotel instead, I agreed--just to keep the real plan on track. Even before the weather turned cold, I had reserved the Bay View Suite at the Estero Inn--which is anything but a "cheap hotel room". So after she became my fiancee just before a spectacular sunset on the coast, our very nice room was the perfect surprise to follow. The bed was comfortable, the fire in the fireplace was charming, and the up-close view of the bay and all of its boats and seals was just beautiful. And the owner and workers went above and beyond to make this a special weekend for us. I had asked for flowers and a bottle of champagne in the room, and those were there--along with rose petals strewn about, a bowl of expensive chocolates, and two towels on the bed folded into the shape of swans, which together formed the shape of a heart. After being stunned by the proposal, my fiancee was then stunned by our fantastic room and all of its special touches--and then stunned again by our delicious dinner at Shawn's on Main. The weekend was a total hit. And as an extraordinarily kind gesture to congratulate us on our engagement, the owner refused to let me pay for the flowers, champagne and chocolates.
Altogether, I was thoroughly impressed. The rooms were very clean and comfortable, the views were unbeatable, and the generosity and attention to detail by the owner and staff were off-the-charts impressive. We are planning to return in early 2013, soon after our wedding.
Thanks again for a perfect weekend.
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