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22702 Ave. 344, Woodlake, CA 93286   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Woodlake B&B and Inns
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“The Real Thing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Wicky-Up Ranch bed and breakfast is the real bed and breakfast experience, and in the five days since my husband and I stayed there we have stayed at other bed and breakfasts that by contrast underline what an exceptional place Wicky-Up is--from the beautifully maintained California fourth-generation owned ranch house to the warm hospitality that the owners Monica and Jack extend to their guests.

The gardens are maintained with an eye to the pleasure of the guests, with the fragrance of orange trees and other plantings, the trickle of fountains, and the cooing of their resident doves all contributing to a sense of place that could make Wicky-Up a destination of its own. The fact that it is a beautiful and easy drive to Sequoia National Park only adds to this.

With the help that resident owners of a bed and breakfast can offer, we also experienced the exceptional Botanical Gardens in the town of Woodlake two miles down the road, where you can not only stroll through carefully curated plantings designed, installed and maintained by a local man with a PhD in horticulture whose experience of being a migrant worker in his youth has led him to want to involve the young people in his community in what is clearly a communal work of love.

The bed and breakfast owners, Monica and Jack also suggested the three mile walking trail around the lake next to the gardens, which we took and were able to see the amazing views of the Sierra Nevada at sunset the whole walk around.

We also ate twice at the restaurant called New China--I think--where the steamed fish with julienned fresh ginger and scallions rivaled the best of Chinese in any big city.

I would give Wicky-Up five stars--they even had vases of fresh flowers around the house and sent us off on our way with fresh oranges. I had both quiet mugs of tea on their ample front screened porch, and engaging conversations with the hosts, and would go back in a second.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

In trying to find some place to stay while visiting relatives in the tiny town of Woodlake, CA, in February, we discovered a wonderful Bed and Breakfast at Wicky-up Ranch. A turn of the century home built by the owner's relatives in 1902, it is charming and comfortable. I could sit on the veranda for days! The breakfasts were gourmet -- all locally sourced and delicious. The hosts, Monica and Jack were so gracious and accommodating, plus they told us so much history about the house and area. It is close to Sequoia Nat'l Park and other beautiful spots. So much better than staying at a hotel!

Room Tip: Upstairs suite has two bedrooms and one bathroom. Good for a family.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

My husband and I recently stayed two nights in the Juliana suite and we very much enjoyed our stay. Located in Woodlake, California a short drive from Sequoia NP, this fantastic place is located in a working orange grove. We found our bedroom to be clean and quiet and the bed was very comfortable. Innkeeper Monica served us outstanding breakfasts... she is a wonderful cook !! Also, the fresh fruits and fruit juices were amazing. We really miss this place already and we're looking forward to a return trip to Wicky Up. Thanks to Monica and Jack for a great stay !

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Morgan Hill, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Just booked another stay at this adorable B and B. Stayed last year for my birthday and had such an enjoyable time, I'm booking again this year. We stayed in the Garden Cottage last year because it was the only room available. It's got a queen size bed with a twin bunk on top, so if you're looking for a romantic stay, I'd suggest the other rooms. But we really enjoyed the garden cottage with its private outdoor shower. The inn is in the middle of an orange grove just outside the Sequoia Nat'l forest. So it's stunning and quiet and at night the sky is so clear and the stars are amazing. There are wonderful gardens and ponds on the grounds, great for spending the afternoon with a book or even a picnic. The inn keepers are super friendly and the breakfast was a gourmet treat. The nearby town has a few restaurants and a deli. I'd suggest stopping in on the way to pick up some snacks and wine. We had dinner at Monet's which had live music while we were there and the food was amazing. I know we will be back here again...

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

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!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

I was reminded of scenes from `Gone with the Wind` when staying in this old family homestead and wished we could postpone our sightseeing of the National parks to investigate further the treasures that fill the home and garden.
Monica and Jack were warm friendly and welcoming and we felt totally spoiled throughout our 2 night stay. Our every wish was anticipated and catered for, the bed luxurious, the breakfasts a round of treats and our departure reluctant!

Room Tip: Have dinner at Monets in Exeter if you can!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Claremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Whimsy, relaxing walks and conversation, excellent food. Four friends stepped back in time to enjoy the ambience of working orange groves and grazing cattle. Monica and Jack are gracious hosts. Jack's sculptures are quite remarkable, sprinkled about the grounds and inside the house. Monica is the curator, well versed in the history of her family and the 100 year-old house in which she was raised. Amenities of the modern world were never very far away, but the sensation of isolation on a turn-of-the-century farm was real. Top it all off with walks, scenic drives, and morning breakfasts of uniquely prepared foods and drinks. When you do go for a walk, take Sweet Pea. She does not bark and is a great companion.

Room Tip: Only two rooms. Take your pick.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 22702 Ave. 344, Woodlake, CA 93286
Location: United States > California > Woodlake
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Woodlake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
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 

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