Grazing in the Grass

Grazing in the Grass
One member of our Deer Family

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

To be a B&B or not, that is the question!

Recent reviews of Fairview Manor lead me to believe that there are some guests who are not quite sure what a Bed & Breakfast actually is. The vast majority of Bed & Breakfasts are homes that have the owners/innkeepers living on the site. Whether they live in the main house or another house on the property. The concept started long ago with the Boarding House. Where the owner needed the extra income and rented out rooms and provided meals for those renting rooms.  Admittedly, I was in the dark about Bed & Breakfasts until I started traveling to Ireland and the United Kingdom, many, many years ago and found the Bed & Breakfasts to be a great alternative to hotels. I liked the informality and appreciated the hosts helping with my travel plans. This is what I try to do here.

Rarely are homes built to be just a Bed & Breakfast, they are existing homes that have been converted to individual rooms (most with ensuite bathrooms). Depending on the size of the house, the rooms can be quite spacious or small. There are some Bed & Breakfasts that do have a shared bathroom, but those Bed & Breakfasts note that in the description of the rooms.  When Fairview Manor went from a residence (1983) to a Bed & Breakfast, there were only three bathrooms for five bedrooms. In the conversion to a Bed & Breakfast, two additional bathrooms were added. Fairview Manor has been a Bed and Breakfast for 35 plus years. We enjoy what we do!

Since the Innkeepers live on site (many counties/states in the USA require this) they are available to assist the guests 24/7. We know the area and can offer suggestions, etc. We also try to make sure our guests are comfortable and enjoy the area, but we aren't mind readers. If there is a problem, it is best to address it immediately and not let it fester. Please don't presume that we don't care, because we do care, but, we can't help if you don't tell us. What might be good for one isn't necessarily good for another. 

The Bed & Breakfast industry has changed over the years. You will find well stocked amenities in the bathroom (unless I forgot to double check, but you can always ask for it), hair dryers and fluffy towels. Innkeepers go out of their way to make sure your dietary restrictions are adhered to.

I continue to travel and stay at Bed & Breakfast Inns. I enjoy meeting the Innkeepers, other guests and seeing how their Bed & Breakfast compares to mine. I am always looking for new ideas and love it when my guests offer their compliments and suggestions. 

So if you want to stay at a Bed & Breakfast, I say welcome to our home! 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Best Routes to Fairview Manor B&B

Guests have been asking about road closures and how they can reach us. Best news, roads leading to Fairview Manor B&B are open....However, the very best route coming from the North, would be the Coastal Highway (CA 1) to Highway 17 to Mt. Hermon to Graham Hill to Highway 9 and then onto to Ben Lomond...Coming from the south, I still would recommend Highway 1 ....
Highway 17 is operating, but on a limited basis. One lane road for about 5 miles, try and avoid during commute time! Highway 9 from Skyline (CA 35) is a good alternate for those coming from the Bay Area....
We are advising our Guests to turn onto Main Street versus Fillmore due to 2 pot holes on Fillmore..

Friday, February 17, 2017

We asked for rain!

After 5 years of not enough rain, the skies have opened and as of today Ben Lomond has received over 72.5 inches of rain for the season to date. The San Lorenzo River is the highest I have ever seen and we are ever so very grateful that the B&B sits at least 150 feet above the river, so there is absolutely no way it can raise that high. There were some very brave souls who tried kayaking in the river during a recent storm and fortunately the Ben Lomond Fire Chief is an expert in saving them from the river.
Our resident dog, Murphy has been running around the property in her purple rain coat trying to figure out why it just keeps raining. She is still chasing those pesky squirrels - I think she is bored and just wants to play with them.
Though Santa Cruz County has been hit with mudslides, our roads are clear. Spring is only a month away and fingers crossed all the bulbs that have been planted will start to bloom

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Wind Surfing/Kite Surfing Waddell Beach, Santa Cruz CA

While driving back from Half Moon Bay on Sunday, I was totally gobstruck by the kite and wind surfers at Waddell Beach! There were so many out enjoying the day, good winds and surf sets. The colors were incredible! The amount of people out on the water was awesome and parking was at a premium. So many out enjoying the three day weekend and glorious weather. If you are coming to the West Coast, you truly need to drive the Coastal Highway and spend some time at Waddell Beach. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Coming Soon in the Redwood Grove!

Jack has been busy putting together a beautiful new structure in the Redwood Grove!
Can't wait to post pictures .... stay tunes

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Top 12 Free Things to Do in Santa Cruz County

........... Courtesy of the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council ...........

1. Visit the "World's Best Seaside Amusement Park" - Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

2. Concerts and MOvies in California's Oldest Seaside Resort Town - Capitola Village

3. Year Round events - visit

4. Tour the Historic and Eclectic, free walking tours of Capitola, logging days in Boulder
     Creek, the Victorian Homes of Santa Cruz, Watsonville and Ben Lomond, The 
    Grateful Dead Museum at UCSC...and more

5. Wildlife Watching .......... Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf for elephant seals, weekly
    nature walks in the Wetlands of Watsonville and the tide pools of Santa Cruz.

6. Admission Free Museums: San Lorenzo Valley Historical Museum (5 minutes from
    Fairview Manor B&B), Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, Monterey Bay National Marine
    Sanctuary Exploration Center, and more

7. Fine Arts: Santa Cruz Mountain Art Center (a 5 minute walk from Fairview Manor B&B),
    The Pajaro Valley Art Council and the Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery at UCSC

8. Free Summer time concerts on the beach! Wednesday in Capitola Village and Friday
    on the main beach/beach boardwalk.

9. Hike the Redwoods: admission free-Quail Hollow (4 miles from Fairview Manor B&B)
    and DeLaveaga Park. Henry Cowell, Wilder Ranch and Big Basin charge a small fee.

10. With 29 miles of coastline, finding an admission free beach is easy!

11. People watch strolling down Downtown Santa Cruz!

12. Explore the magical gardens of the Bamboo Giant Nursery, Roses of yesterday
      and today, Sierra Azul Nursery and more .... The Mountain Feed Store just a
     block away from Fairview Manor B&B is an absolute must. So much more than
     a feed store, plants, gifts, kitchen needs etc

Monday, May 4, 2015

Another Day in Paradise!

Since the B&B is situated on 3 acres, thankfully not all level, the gardening is something that always needs to be done. Living on park-like acres means a constant raking, trimming, weeding and all the other fun stuff. Sometimes it seems like a never ending battle and other times it is therapy. There you are in the middle of the redwood grove imaging what the property was like 100 years ago. It is almost 100 years since Cody burned down his Ben Lomond Hotel. No one seems to know why he did it. Was it for Insurance monies? He didn't burn down his home which up until 2 years ago was the Bocci Sunglass Store. If you ever have the opportunity to go into Cody's old house, all you need to do is look up and see some of the most spectacular stain glass.
So the redwood grove has been raked for now. It will need more raking in a few weeks! Whoever knew that so much stuff could fall from these majestic trees. Okay, nap time!