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“Plant Your Feet Here When Visiting Sequoia/Kings Cyn”

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Plantation Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 1 Lemon Cove B&B and Inns
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“Plant Your Feet Here When Visiting Sequoia/Kings Cyn”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

The most prominent thing about the Plantation B&B is its "Gone With The Wind" motif, a theme that is played up quite a bit though not overdone ( and I say this as someone who never got into the novel or movie.) As you might have guessed, our reason for staying here was more for the location, which seemed to be a good jumping point to visit both Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and close enough to larger towns if we found the more local dinner options unappealing. Also, the theme itself evokes romance, which is definitely the vibe we were going for our two nights there.

Lemon Cove isn't the biggest of towns, and it's easy to pass by this two-story building if you're not paying attention. Parking for your cars can be found on the south side against the fence of the dirt and pebble-lined driveway. The rear of the property has ample lawn space to roam around amongst the trees and flowers, or engage in a game of croquet or Frisbee. Between the building and the lawn sits the swimming pool, hot tub, garden courtyard and patio area where breakfast is served. The parlor downstairs has a TV, couches and a selection of movies for viewing as an entertainment option as well.

The guest rooms similarly follow the B&B's theme - we stayed in the Rhett Butler on the second floor. Positives to this room include a nice view of the mountains (and the requisite sunrises/sunsets) to the east. A noticeable quirk, which may be a negative in some people's minds, is that the floor near the window slopes slightly downward toward the window. As a result, the bed is up on blocks on one side to level it - a person of shorter stature will find it is a little harder to get up into bed from this side than the other, and the slope in general is noticeable while walking on this side of the bed. This room is adjacent to the common area, in which you'll find a refrigerator, microwave, computer, brewed coffee, and other guest-oriented accoutrements.

Breakfasts were solid - fresh fruit and freshly squeezed orange juice, a delicious parfait plus yogurt, baked goods and a hot entrees (in our case, variations on frittatas) provided a tasty start to our travels.

The owners were very hospitable and helpful; one particularly nice tip we received warned us to take a nearby county road to avoid the majority of super-curvy State Route 245 (which can probably make even the most hardened of roller-coaster riders feel nauseous) on the way up to Kings Canyon and the Grant Grove in Sequoia NP. (For what it's worth, we went all the way to the much straighter State Route 63 on the way back and drove into Visalia for dinner.)

I'd say if you're intent on doing strictly Sequoia National Park and leaving Kings Canyon alone, there are a few B&B's that might be better located. If you're allergic to the theme in some way, this might not be the place for you again. However, if those aren't a concern for you, this B&B, which has some very reasonable prices for what you get in return, should be on your list of places to consider.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Excellent location to Sequoia and Kings Canyon NP's. Good variety of rooms available for price and size. The one we stayed in was very comfortable and clean. Nice pool in the back and the owner is out there at 6 am keeping it clean. The breakfast - wow was it good. Bought their cookbook in hopes to replicate. Coffee available by 6 am. The back yard was like an oasis to sit out in the evening to enjoy the weather and the stars. A few towns within 15 minutes to get dinner.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Apple Valley, Minnesota, United States
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Great place to stay. The hosts were perfect. They gave us plenty of space...I have been to some bed and breakfasts that watch every move you make. The room was nice and clean. The pool and hot tub was very nice. Breakfast was incredible. Pleasant music playing in the background. Fresh herbs as garnish. If you are in the area consider staying at the plantation bed and breakfast!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Placitas, New Mexico
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

After a long day's drive, we began to look for a place to stay before visiting Sequoia National Park. Places were filing up fast.A nice woman overheard my conversation about needing a room, and suggested "The Plantation". What a grand place! The property is very lush and romantic.
Marie is a chef so breakfast was remarkable. After a great rest here, we traveled on to see the giant sequoias the next day. This place is exactly what travelers need.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

This place is themed on Gone With The Wind. We stayed in Scarlett's room, and we made the right choice, it was fine, but some of the other rooms are very small. some might say it's kitsch, but a theme is a theme and it's all down to personal taste and we like it.

Scott & Marie are around in the mornings for breakfast, which is the main event and then they don't intrude at all, which is exactly right.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Hartmannsdorf, Germany
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We arrived here after a hot day in Kings Canyon/ Sequoia National park and an even hotter drive in the car. So it was just wonderful to be able to just check in and get into the outdoor pool straight away. They provide bath robes (in your room, which is handy) and towels are next to the pool. There are lounge chairs around the pool, you get a really nice view of palms, a cute garden, and the mountains... all in all, really nice!

The "different" touch is that the whole hous is "Gone with the wind"-themed, which -no matter if you've seen the film or have liked it- is something to look at for sure.

The couple who own it have put a lot of love and detail into this place - there is the above theme, nice paintings on the walls, self-made photos, self-made breakfast.

Now, the breakfast seems to be generally hyped there, but ours was... well, average. However, it was fresh and contained of fresh fruit and a self-created recipe which tasted nice. I think they have something different every day, so I am sure you can get really lucky with that, as they seem to like cooking.

On the other hand, the bathroom door (ensuite) didn't close properly (or maybe that's an American thing, that there's always a little space in between doors for no privacy), the fan didn't work (still had air-con, though) and there was supposed to be wifi, which my friend couldn't get to work.

All in all, though, I think I would recommend this place as the hosts are very nice and welcoming and the place is so cute (see photos).

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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northridge, ca
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

The Plantation Inn was a pleasant place to stay on the way up to the big trees. The Sequoia National Park entrance is a short drive, however, it is 90 minutes before you will reach big trees. The staff was kind enough to allow us to drop our baggage on our way, even though our room was not ready. Upon our return in the evening, we had the house to ourselves and enjoyed the peace of the large back yard. Nice pool and hot tub with trees full of humming birds nearby. There are a few drawbacks to the property. The furnishings and bedding seemed to show some age, I was wishing I had remembered my own pillows. Although the air conditioner was set at 66, it was never quite cool enough in the room. Admittedly, it had been a very warm day and we were sunburnt from hiking. They redeemed themselves with breakfast. It was amazing and plentiful. We sat out on the patio were we were waited on while chatting with other travelers. Deliciously refreshed we were off again.
For a one night stay on a journey it was okay, just not a destination in of itself.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Plantation Bed & Breakfast
Address: 33038 Sierra Dr, Lemon Cove, CA 93244-1700
Location: United States > California > Lemon Cove
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Lemon Cove
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Plantation Bed & Breakfast 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 16 miles from the main entrance of SEQUOIA National Park, with seven romantic "GONE WITH THE WIND" theme rooms. Swimming pool and Jacuzzi hot tub open 24 hours. A full gourmet breakfast is prepared by Chef Marie and served outside in the garden courtyard. AAA 3 diamond rated. ... more   less 
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