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.
- 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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