One of the reasons we dreamed of owning a bed and breakfast is that we love to travel and share in unique experiences. But it’s also a great learning experience and we always make note of things we love, and things we don’t. And those are just part of the things we use when we work to continue to improve the guest experience at the Featherbed Railroad.
But we've been in the customer service business all our lives. Coming from San Diego, our previous role was in the hair care world where we had direct one-on-one relationships with customers who returned to us regularly. As we said when we moved up here, we simply traded our scissors for spatulas and kept doing what we always did, listen to our guests.
The best part of owning a Bed & Breakfast for June & Paul are the people. With guests coming from all over the world, it’s an amazing chance to meet wonderful people who bring their journeys to share. Recently a lot of motorcycles brought a lot of wonderful people including Ed and Robin.
One of the questions we hear frequently is “how did the rail cabooses get here?” But one of the things that’s never asked is what did the cabooses look like when they arrived. The answer to that is “full of graffiti.”
When June and Paul knew that they would be taking the reigns of the Featherbed Railroad they envisioned some new ideas for the landmark including a fresh concept for one of the rooms. Today you can make your reservation in that vision as Midnight in Paris is now a reality.
Where the former Lovers Caboose once stood, Midnight in Paris takes its place and offers a fresh, clean and stylish way to spend a wonderful vacation in Lake County. But Midnight in Paris isn't simply a paint job, it's a whole new vision from floor to ceiling for this former caboose from the Southern Pacific.
The 2016 Lake County Wine Awards Competition hosted by the Lake County Winery Association (LCWA) at Langtry Estate wrapped up yesterday. Ten professional wine judges tasted 129 wines during the two day competition. At the end of the judging, six wines were awarded the coveted Sweepstakes awards, the “best of the best” red, white, pink, and dessert wines.
This is a fast and easy way to wow even a large crowd with something rich and a little bit fancy, with very little effort.
Orange Pecan Baked French Toast is a wonderful breakfast that is perfect for when company comes over. It's definitely something most people won't make for themselves and you can make it ahead of time, which is another plus. Enjoy this delightful recipe.
Of course, like most things, it goes great with bacon!
The weather is starting to turn into an invitation to spend some time outdoors and we have quite a selection of things to do under the sun and the stars in Lake County. However, not many people know how many equestrian options there are here.
While we're not ones to brag, we would like to shine the spot light on one of our neighbors, Gene Kirkendall, who recently won first place at the 6th Annual Art of the Cowboy Makers Contest in Las Vegas, a national competition for contemporary crafters of bits and spurs, boots, rope cans, chaps, hats, rope bags and saddles as reported in the Record-Bee.
Lake County's wineries brought home 91 awards in the 2016 SF Chronicle Wine Competition. The Chronicle competition is the largest and most prestigious wine competition in North America. This year, over 7,100 wines were entered for judging. Lake County scored 4 Best of Class awards, 2 Double Gold, 19 Gold, 45 Silver and 21 Bronze medals.
Looking for medal winning wines to try? Check out our Best of Class, Double Gold, and Gold medal winners and look for us at the SF Chronicle Public Tasting on February 13th at Fort Mason. For tickets and more information, click here.
Don't forget about Lake County's Wine Adventure passport event with almost 30 wineries opening their doors for a weekend of fun, great wines, music, food and more.
Every tourism destination craves attention in a crowded field, especially today with so many messages coming at us from all over. But the three devastating fires that we had in September weren’t exactly the national media exposure we wanted only because there are over 1300 people who would probably prefer that their homes are still intact. But a question that we get is very simple: why should I come to Lake County and spend my valuable vacation time? Isn’t most of everything burned down?
The simple answer is: no. The fact is all of the businesses and services a visitor to Lake County could be interested in are still standing. None of our wineries burned down, only a very few restaurants at the south end of the County were damaged and there are still many thousands of acres of beautiful wild lands for those seeking an incredible outdoor adventure.
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