We live 10 minutes away and spent our 4th anniversary here. This was our 2nd time staying at the Blossom Trail BnB- both times extremely relaxing. If you get tired of the hotel smell, the mass laundered towels and basic toiletries- then try this place, it feels like home! We stayed in the cheapest room (Magnolia) this time, the first time we stayed in the Rose Suite (most expensive). We have NOT stayed in actual victorian house, that is a 2 night stay minimum. The Ranch (Madsen) house is right next door.
Here are my tidbits/comparisons:
Rose Room in the Madsen House (most expensive)
-balcony (not exactly private, those staying in the Magnolia room do not have a balcony and will venture outside on the patio which is right next to this Rose Room balcony)
-end of the hallway in the ranch style house
-views of the sierra foothills
MAGNOLIA ROOM (cheapest)
-front of the house
-has a built in desk
-2 leather chairs
-good size bathroom with shower
-next to front door, you hear the foot traffic
My advice- if you are just staying a night, on your way to the mountains/passing thru- the Magnolia room is just fine! If you are looking for the relaxing bnb experience (a true vacation)- then book the Rose Room (can't beat the balcony, jacuzzi, and king bed).
The innkeeper met us to give us our keys and the Wifi hot spot (be sure to ask for it upfront). The living room has the most comfortable couches and the back patio is just off the living room. The view is gorgeous as you sit out overlooking the Sierra Foothills as you hear the fountains on the property. Absolutely NO traffic noise! If you are sensitive to sound- this is the BnB for you! Do you love lush green grounds? look no further! Do you absolutely love fruit- most of the served fruit comes from the grounds themselves and they will give you a bag to pick fruit as you make your way up the hill to the Sierras.
The first time we stayed in 2010, the owners themselves cooked for us. Judy's FRENCH TOAST was amazing, and I was looking forward to that breakfast again. Since then they hired an Innkeeper and her breakfast was a basic egg, potato, bacon, toast, fruit, medley. When we go back, we will be asking for Judy's French toast and Quiche!
The coffee bar was quite impressive, many flavored creamers to chose from. Coffee served at 7am, breakfast at 8am. (This is the ONLY reason the place got a 4 star. If breakfast was a higher quality-it would be a 5 star)
My advice: if you are BIG on Breakfast and expect gourmet- then this is NOT the place for you! (Or, just stay here because honestly the place is gorgeous- and make your way to the SchoolHouse Restaurant for brunch/lunch to make up for it- keep reading).
Where to eat- do not deviate from this- I promise: THE SCHOOLHOUSE RESTAURANT. 8 minute drive East- best food in the area (I live 10 minutes away- I know my food around here). It is pricey- but a nice couple from SF explained that their prices are not that bad- when you compare it to SF. Point taken. Everything is phenomenal, even the tavern menu items; awesome bar and atmosphere. We are not super impressed with their desserts, but the food and draft beer choices more than makes up for it!
Overall: If you are looking for a "home" feel, good prices, a relaxing/beautiful atmosphere with a decent breakfast- this is the BnB for you! We will be returning in the fall!