Having recently been traveling throughout the west and staying in B & B's, I decided I just had to write my appreciation of this wonderful place. First of all, getting there is a mini adventure as there are long stretches of road with few signs except to watch for cattle that might be on the road. The last few miles of the road to Unionville are gravel. This part of the road heads up into what appear to be baren mountains. As you approach the town (old ghost town really), you see lovely trees and soon a small stream is apparent. The Old Pioneer Garden is a group of buildings on the left as you proceed into the mountains. The grounds offer lovely shade and the goats, sheep and geese sing a lovely song as you approach the main house.
Innkeepers Mitzi and David offer good old farm style western hospitality. I stayed in the Field House and sitting on the front porch as the sun was setting, I was treated to a family of Jack Rabbits and another family of cottontails nibbling grass from a small verdantly green pasture. In the background was the creek song with quail (probably California Quail) lending a vocal tonality. The atmosphere was just perfect as was the temperature. Inside the house, a swamp cooler kept a very comfortable temperature. There was a fully appointed kitchen, a large living room with a wonderful trilobite fossil collection. Everywhere you look, there are tasteful and eclectic furnishings. Several small areas provided different seating opportunities to just relax and read a book or visit -- or just do nothing and take in the tranquillity.
The bedroom was country perfect with a 5 star hotel bed and linens. I had a wonderful sleep.
The next morning, I had Mitzi's famous breakfast with two other couples. As we were eating her amazing oatmeal, waffles, bacon, fresh raspberries and cherries (from their own garden), eggs (from their own chickens), and coffee, we were entertained by two brand new goat babies. What a delight!
After breakfast, I walked around the gardens and found myself amazed at all the flowers, vegetables, lawn, trellises, gazebos and trees. This is truly an oasis in the desert and I can hardly wait to return.
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