Grazing in the Grass

Grazing in the Grass
One member of our Deer Family

Friday, July 1, 2022

To Socialize or Not To Socialize

 It alway amazes me when guests tell me they aren't good with socializing. Why would you choose to stay at a B&B? Not that we force socializing on anyone. We are adults can make our own choices. 

This is going to be a very interesting weekend! Happy 4th to all

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

 Guests leaving today were telling me of their recent vacations and the "hidden" costs of traveling. They said that they were a bit taken back by the added on fees of hotels, mainly "resort and parking fees." They went on to mention that Rent A Cars and various other lodging choices also were adding fees. They were grateful that we here at Fairview Manor stick to our daily rates and taxes, both of which are prominently displayed on our web site. 

We admittedly did raise our daily rates but not by much. I know that when we travel I like to know the cost upfront and not be surprised when the final bill comes. 

So, my suggestion to all is, research the web site of the property you are interested in and before you hit the final button, make sure you know what you are paying.

Have a most excellent summer and if you find yourself in the Santa Cruz Mountains, you might want to give Fairview Manor B&B the opportunity to be your lodging choice. As the Irish say, Slainte.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

The Laguna Creek Trail is open in Bonny Doon

 The Laguna Creek Trail is 1.5 mile trail that connects with the Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve Trails. A beautiful drive from Fairview Manor to the trails. 

This Redwood forest, is a natural landscape and visionary conservation project. The Laguna Creek Trail is part of approximately 372 acres of Redwood canyons, restoration of invasive plant management, wildfire prevention and wildlife habitat enhancement are all underway. 

The Laguna Creek drains from Bonny Doon to the Pacific Ocean, with a watershed that covers almost 8 square miles.

Due to the endangered birds and sensitive ecosystem, dogs and bikes are not allowed. 

From Fairview Manor: up Alba Road, left on Empire, right on Pine Flat to Ice Cream Grade to Martins Road...975 Martins Road

More information can be found at 

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Reopening of Hearst Castle after a two year remodel

 Whether our guests are traveling from Southern California (SoCal) to Fairview Manor B&B or leaving us and heading south......You can't help but want to travel the infamous Coastal Highway to Hearst Castle. 

It is hard to imagine the opulence of Hearst Castle without visiting at least once. Hearst held nothing back in the creation of the Castle. Julia Morgans' design was brilliant. The attention to detail, the marble that was purchased in Italy and then sent by boat, to be loaded and trekked up the 5 miles to the Castle, fabulous! The water that was supplied to the Castle from the other side of the Mountain range, genius. Though the animals are long gone, Hearst's private zoo must have been a marvel. 

If you have the opportunity to visit or revisit Hearst Castle, make it so!

Monday, April 25, 2022

Spring, Glorious Spring!

 Springtime has finally arrived in the Santa Cruz Mountains! Not only are the flowers blooming and the trees spreading but the "babies" are also here. Watching the baby Blue Jays hop from tree to tree is great. Years ago we built nesting boxes under the eaves and they are full of activity. 

Murphy enjoys watching the baby squirrels chase each other around the lawn. She is a bit too old to be chasing after them now. So she is content to watch from a distance,  running after each others' tails. It seems like they have developed their own game of tag.

April will also bring on a new batch of fawns. In just a few more weeks they will be following their moms out on the meadow. They all seem to enjoy the mountain plums that fall. It is great for me, less raking to do!

The warmth of the summer will soon be here, so now is a great time to enjoy our Glorious Spring!