I posted a video and a recipe from this B&B here:
Hubby and I did the blossom trail and stopped here for the night. We reserved the suite upstairs and arrived after dinner around 8PM. The fireplace was lit downstairs, complimentary water bottles and chocolate-orange cookies were waiting for us in the room as well as Ferrero Rocher chocolates. Monica was there to let us in, show us around, and even advise us regarding our morning trip. The dark-wooded common areas immediately struck me as rich with history.
There were plenty of things to do for a quiet evening. Trivial pursuit, scrabble, backgammon, cards, plenty of VHS tapes and VCR/TV in our room (mostly Hepburn-era and WWII movies), a huge selection of excellent books (including many vintage books).
If you reserve the suite, you basically have the run of the upstairs. The bathroom is down the hall from the room but it's all yours. There is a bonus room up there for children, just next to the bathroom, that is super adorable with a huge dollhouse to play with. There's a cozy reading nook and table up there as well, in case you don't want to fraternize with others downstairs. But IMHO, the common rooms are the most lovely to spend time in. The bed is soft and felt like it would swallow me up but we slept solidly. Robes, alarm clock, and cd player were also provided.
Monica is very friendly and easygoing. She served us breakfast and chatted with us while we were dining. In the past, we've experienced hosts that are overbearing, overly friendly, and too inquisitive as well as the other extreme of completely apathetic. Luckily, Monica was a pleasure to talk with.
The breakfast was excellent. It was the best omelet I've ever had- not over-fried, very thin and delicate. There was also fresh squeezed OJ, mineral water, tea/coffee, broiled grapefruit, and a blueberry muffin. We were full until dinner.
After breakfast, we walked the grounds from the house through orange orchards to a big red barn with a beautiful panaromic view of the area. Make sure to take your camera on this walk.
The house is in a very convenient location. We drove for about 20 minutes from the house along Dry Creek Rd, which has a beautiful view and plenty of wildflowers (this was March 14th). We decided to continue for another 40 minutes to King's Canyon and Grant Grove in Sequoia National Park. Gorgeous views! We then drove back on 180 through Fresno to get home to SF. This area is so beautiful, any extra driving around here is just a pleasure.
- 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