Last week of April 2013 drove through the dry Mojave desert, then up the distant mountains which grew ever greener and changable as we reached higher levels, until several thousand feet above the desert (about 3,700ft above sea level), up in the Tehachapi Mountains, we found a small community at Tehachapi followed by an even smaller community of Stallion Springs and there we arrived at our destination, Stallion Springs Resort.
The location is a wonderful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The air is clear, clean and fresh, the sky was an endless blue with only occasional puffy white clouds during the time we were there and the temperature a surprisingly warm low to mid 70s at midday most days. The resort is small and situated near a local golf course which is so close we found several "lost" balls below our unit which we have kept as useful souvernirs of our lovely time there. The unit had two good size bedrooms and 2 bathrooms plus a washer/dryer off the main bedroom with a tub of free detergent (very much appreciated). The sitting room area was large and had a gas fired log effect fireplace which we used in the evenings as the days cooled down a bit after the midday warmth. The was an attractive patio off the sitting room with large round table and patio chairs and we spent some time each day just, "whiling away our time" sitting out there enjoying the view and a good cup of coffe, or something stronger in the early evenings!
The only downside and unfortunately it was a big downside, was the kitchen. It wasn't just small or tiny it was minute, hopelessly organised and badly laid out. It was basically a wet bar with a fridge and mini dishwasher that was useless to use as there was not enough room, so we gave up and wahed everything up by hand, although just a difficult because of the ridiculously tiny sink and lack of drying up area. There was almost no food preparation area and any space there was was filled with gadgets, and other kitchen stuff. We had to put most kitchen items away into a drawer in the sitting room before being able to start using the kitchen. Then worse was to come in the form of the very high dining table and high chairs which were very uncomfortable indeed. We ended up leaning against the table with our plates of food just inches away from our chins.
Although small or partial kitchens are not uncommon in resorts, this was exceptionally minute and very problematic, made worse because of the remote location of the resort. It wasn't as if you had many or any (apart from one at the golf club and maybe one in the town) restaurants or cafes or any other eating establishment within 10 miles of mountain roads or more. So cooking your own meals was essential unless you made do with sandwiches on a daily basis.
Having said all that, if they could replace/renovate/rebuild the kitchen entirely, top to bottom, then that resort could be one of the nicest we have been to. The staff are very helpful, polite and accommodating and they were a delight to know and who were a mine of very useful and helpful information. We were taken on a local wine tour at no cost (unless you bought lunch or wine or gifts etc) by staff from the resort. Although there is no swimming pool, there is a nice hot tub on site which we used most evenings and we understand that during the summer months, use is made of the swimming pool at the golf club nearby at not cost.
This resort is probably more suited to couples or groups of adult friends rather than families with young children as there is little available for young children to keep them occupied and interested. Having said that, it was great for us to find a resort with such a peaceful and beautiful situation without the need to have loud music or noisy activities invading the quiet surroundings.
- Also Known As:
- Stallion Springs Hotel Tehachapi