Book this place for a little get away for my husband and I. The hosts were wonderful even before we arrived making suggestions for us for dinner after we arrived from a long flight. The restaurant recommended was a hit! We arrived at the location and was a little surprised at the surroundings, but stepping out of the car, we felt like we were home. The walk way up to the front door was so inviting. At the urging of Monica, we watched a video about the Sequoias and listened to her recommendations for sites to see in the Park. Our accommodations were WONDERFUL! So comfortable and so inviting. We took their advise and took a hike up the hill to watch the sunset. So beautiful and so relaxing. We even enjoyed a couple of oranges (with permission) right off the tree. Breakfast was WONDERFUL! The attention to detail was beautiful. The food was locally made/grown and was so flavorful. The conversation at breakfast was so enjoyable. Monica placed our order for a packed lunch at a local deli and gave us directions of how to get in the mountains. She even timed our departure so that our wait going in the park through the construction zone would be minimal. (She was spot on - we waited 2 minutes after pulling into the line!).
Would I go back - YES! In a heartbeat......
Recommend to someone else - YES! You must stay here if you are going this way.
We hope to one day get back there with our family. Thanks Monica and Jack for all the attention to detail and making our stay so WONDERFUL!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jack and Monica Pizura welcome you to join them on a working orange ranch and to step back in time as you enter their gracious turn-of-the-century iconic home now celebrating its 17th year anniversary. Designed in 1901 by an architect for Monica's ancestor, Illinois State Senator Fred E. Harding, the incomparable two-story Craftsman/Victorian-style home shows exterior elements of a British Colonial style found in India and Africa. A must-stay for lovers of history, antiques, architecture, original art, oriental rugs and a perfect idealic retreat to explore the majestic Sequoia park and other local attractions.Choose the peaceful country-feel of the Juliana Suite with private shower/bath and stunning views of trees, mountains and sunsets; the more formal Lucy Harding Room with its unique cedar panels, vintage queen-size bed, private shower/bath with sounds of the Pond Fountain or the brightly-decorated Garden Cottage with stacked beds (the top a twin, the bottom a full-size feather bed), intimate enclosed garden shower and private patio entrance. Whatever room you choose, you will be immersed by the charm and delightful environment of this historical inn.Wicky-Up is a member of the Slow Food movement, growing its own fresh herbs and tomatoes and buying fresh, organic and locally whenever possible. A candlelight breakfast of culinary delights, served on Villeroy and Boch china, features fresh-squeezed Heirloom Washington navel orange juice from the ranch and blended organic rain forest coffee in a dining room appointed with 19th century antiques. Classical music quietly plays in the background. On the menu, some favorites are baked French Toast Naranjo, Fiesta Soufflé, Omelets with Roasted Rosemary Potatoes (Sundays only), Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Lavender/Honey Glazed Grapefruit and Poached Pears in a Cranberry-Lemon reduction.Our in includes Wi-Fi, Port wine and a variety of beverages to be enjoyed on the verandah, in the garden, or by the fireplace; fresh cut flowers; fluffy bathrobes; bedside chocolates; gardens with cooing doves; a detailed tour of the historic home and unforgettable, old-fashioned hospitality.We welcome and endeavor to make your visit and experience here a truly memorable one.*Wireless Internet access (WiFi) available. ... more less