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Escape To an Oasis at a Boutique Hotel

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Osteria Drago serves Regional Italian Specialties

August 31st, 2013 • by Sandy Zimmerman

MUSSELS and CLAMS

Enclosed Terrace with Flower Baskets

Kevin Lepisto, the General Manager, is holding a bottle of Celestino Drago's own wine.

Chef Francisco Ielo

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The La Quinta Inn (LAX) Surprises Their Guests

August 25th, 2013 • by Sandy Zimmerman

The first impression of the La Quinta Inn & Suites (LAX) is their building, the second largest of the entire La Quinta Inn chain.

With 278 guestrooms and 11 suites, there is a wide selection for couples, families, business travelers and groups.

The large lobby flows from the front desk to the couches and continues to the bar and restaurant without walls similar to the Caribbean-style hotel’s designs.

Guests can see across the lobby from almost any vantage point.

After extensive renovation, the floor-to-ceiling windows brighten the areas.

The different shades of pink bring a fashionable touch to the lobby.

The La Quinta Hotel & Suites (LAX) experience offers the feeling of a smaller hotel atmosphere with a friendly staff.

Complimentary 24-hour business center in the lobby provides an Internet kiosk where you may find directions to hotels, restaurants and attractions as well as flight information.

Another feature of the La Quinta Inn includes free Wireless High-Speed Internet Access throughout the hotel and guestrooms.

Guestrooms have Samsung Flat-panel televisions with 30 channels of high-definition programming.

The hotel provides complimentary breakfast, local calls, data port phones with voice messaging as well as toothpaste, shaving cream and other toiletries.

La Quinta Inn’s guest laundry is a money saver on trips.

Children stay free in their parent’s room (ages 18 and under).

Bring your pet to enjoy the hotel with you.

Any special requests like the bed size, pets, handicapped access or smoking preference should be made with your reservation.

LQ Management LLC is one of the largest operators of limited-service hotels in the United States, with more than 80,000 rooms. La Quinta operates and provides franchise services to more than 800 hotels in the U.S., Canada and Mexico under La Quinta Inns and La Quinta Inns & Suites brands.

The La Quinta Inn & Suites (LAX) is located at 5249 West Century Boulevard, in Los Angeles. For information, call (310)-645-2200. www.lq.com










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August 19th, 2013 • by Sandy Zimmerman

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Award winning Sandy Zimmerman has been involved in producing television programs, TV commercials, and travel specials for 28 years.

Sandy is a syndicated Show and Dining Reviewer, travel writer, Health journalist, professional photographer and talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials.

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May 18th, 2013 • by Sandy Zimmerman

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A Cottage near Wild Animals

January 13th, 2012 • by Sandy Zimmerman

 

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

I really enjoyed the attractions of Point Arena, a small town in northern California.  This vacation was very different because I stayed in a cabin at the B. Bryan Preserve near the zebras and antelopes!  

Their guests and the public join the Preserve’s animal feeding tour once each day with reservations.  

 

Before or after the exciting tour, there was plenty of time to walk around and discover the 110 acre Preserve and the sights of the area.  Their accommodations are like small houses. The Chapel Cottage had beautiful stained-glass windows, antiques, outside hot tub, and a spectacular location facing the lake. Other accommodations included the Carriage House with a mix of antiques, 60’s rock posters and local collections. The Bridge Cottage, also on the pond, seemed to be hidden by the trees. All accommodations have fully-equipped kitchens.   www.bbryanpreserve.com

 

Pirate's Cove Restaurant, Point Arena, California

 


Stay Inside a Wildlife Preserve

December 27th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman) 

Northern California has so much to offer especially their animal experiences. I drove around three hours from the San Francisco airport to Point Arena to see the B. Bryan Preserve Wildlife Foundation. 

They are dedicated to the conservation of African hoof animals. Dr. Frank Mello, the founder, explained, “This is not a zoo but a private breeding conservation center where we focus on three species of zebra and three species of antelopes which are rare and endangered.

We can’t get close to the animals because they are all wild and we want to keep them that way.” Frank does stay away from the animals!

The preserve provides a lot of space similar to their native habitat. With 110 acres, each species of animals live in large fenced areas but only the zebras are allowed out at night to roam around the cabins and near the exceptionally large pond.


California Wild Animal Tours

December 7th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

Seeing all of the wild animals at Safari West is very exciting but you should take time-out to dine at their restaurant. 

Mark De Witt, Restaurant Manager, feels, “We have the only restaurant in Sonoma County without any wall paper you can just look out at 180 flamingos, 13 giraffes, and other wildlife.”

What a wonderful outdoor setting! Dine outside with nature all around you or in the dining room.

With a change of menus every day, their African dinners include an all-you-can-eat gourmet salad buffet, several BBQ entrées, vegetables, potatoes, rice and desserts.

The family-style 12’ long tables allows you to meet people and get together, for families and friends just like in the luxury tent camps in Africa.


Visiting an Organic Winery

November 30th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

Whenever you are near Northern California’s wine country it is time to visit one of the 350 wineries!

I stayed at the Farmhouse Inn, in Forestville, a great location for a quick 15- minute drive to the Michel-Schlumberger Benchland Wine Estate close to Sonoma.  Michel-Schlumberger is an organic winery with an entirely different approach to growing grapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Morris, Vice President of Marketing and Direct Consumer Sales, walked with me on a tour of the vineyards. “In organic farming everything is about building soil health and building nutrients in the soil naturally. Instead of using pesticides or herbicides, our winery uses nature in planting, farming and a lot of different ways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


From the Farm to the Table

November 4th, 2011 • by admin
Seared Diver Scallop with Mashed Potato and Squash Carpaccio (Photo by Farmhouse Inn) (Art by Sandy Zimmerman)

 My trip to northern California had so many surprises. I was impressed by the Farmhouse Inn, even breakfast was an event!  Yes, Inns are usually known for their breakfast but here they served a complimentary two course made-to-order gourmet meal. 

I had a first course of Donut Muffins and strawberries with golden balsamic vinegar. Then there was a choice from two second- courses. Either Huevos Rancheros (Eggs Rancheros) poached fresh eggs from their own farm along with black beans, chorizo, queso fresco, home- made salsa and fried tortillas or baked Blueberry French toast. The French toast was different from any other French toast I have ever tasted with their nightingale baguette, blueberries, salted pecans, Chantilly whipped cream, blueberry-maple syrup, and cherry wood smoked bacon.  It was so tasty and such a flavorful combination! Another breakfast featured Mascarpone stuffed French toast.

Lamb Chops with herb curry Couscous- (Photo by Farmhouse Inn) (Art by Sandy Zimmerman)

Catherine and Joe Bartolomei, the owners of the Farmhouse Inn, offer such great menus which change daily so you should be ready for spectacular taste treats.  Catherine feels, “A farmhouse is what everyone dreams a farm house could be. The experience we are offering is unique. Our food is wholesome and nutritious.  Most of the time, the eggs are from our own chickens and the produce from our gardens.”

Murals of five generations of the Bartolomei family. (Photo by Sandy Zimmerman)

Joe discussed their Executive Chef, “We have a Michelin Chef who spends half-a-day stopping at 4-5 gardens while getting from his home to work. He returns with boxes and boxes of produce and decides his menu each day. No menu stays longer than a day. The fruit you eat was on the vine eight hours earlier. It is that quick and that fresh.

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit- (Photo by Farmhouse Inn)- (Art by SZ)

 

 

 


Africa is in California!

November 2nd, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman) 

I found some very exciting attractions while touring northern California! Safari West is compared to the African Serengeti! The sounds of animals greet you at the entrance.  Safari West is not a zoo.     

Terry, one of the guides, drove me up to the mountains around the 400 acre wildlife preserve in an authentic Safari vehicle.  It was an eerie feeling when he got out to open the gate, drove in and closed the gate behind us. We were in the enclosure with the wild animals! The public must stay in the truck during the tour and are not allowed to walk around.  There were antelopes and giraffes close enough to take their pictures.

 We could see how the animals live in their environment. The rhinos sat sunning and rolling around in the mud but they were too dangerous to allow anyone to enter the gate.  Some of the other dangerous animals were the Cape Buffalos.

Terry discussed interesting background facts, (Continued)


Luxury in the Forest-Farmhouse Inn-#1-Northern California-

October 16th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman
  

The Farmhouse Inn (Art 3-D Photo by Sandy Zimmerman)

(Photos by Farmhouse Inn except where indicated.)

The couple’s Jacuzzi offered a windowed view of the private porch and forest while they bathe. There were more choices in the shower with either steam, or a regular shower, or both at the same time.  

  
 
 

Enjoy the fireplace in the bedroom or on the porch.

The fireplace worked either in the bedroom or on the private porch for romantic evenings. My suite had a weather vane on the dresser, farm implements and other interesting decorations. I was happy to see their television brought all of my favorite programs even though I was busy with so much to do around the area.     

(Art/ 3-D Photo by Sandy Zimmerman)

Joe Bartolomei explained, “We have a total of 18 cottages, main house rooms and barn suites on our six acre property. Our guests really get personal attention with six concierges and three bellmen for the 18 rooms.    

The Barn Suites

 


Casa Cody-Untouched by Time

January 16th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Casa Cody- Untouched by Time!”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Casa Cody)

I found the most wonderful inn in Palm Springs.

The Casa Cody Inn is different from hotels, motels, and other inns because it is a historic inn.

In addition to a 100 year old adobe,

the 28 one-story bungalows date back to the 30’s- 40’s all still preserved and maintained.

And the interesting mixture of interior and furniture themes range from Moroccan,

Indian, Sante Fe, and India.

Celebrities seemed to be drawn to the Casa Cody’s hacienda-style buildings, gardens,

and citrus-filled courtyards.

Colorful bougainvilleas hang over the

roof, seeming to cover the front of each

room.

During the 30’s,

Metropolitan Opera

baritone/movie star

Lawrence Tibbett

and Charlie Chaplin

entertained guests in

this house.

Other famous guests: “Papa John” Phillips (“Mamas and the Papas” and father of

actress Mackenzie Phillips), Herb Jeffreys (sang with Duke Ellington), and the celebrities

are still coming to the Casa Cody Inn today.

Frank Tyson, the owner, said, “Barry Manalow flies back every night after his

Las Vegas show to his home in Palm Springs. Perhaps the tourists love Palm Springs because it is

so totally like going stepping back in time.

We have a village atmosphere with restaurants, shops, entertainment,

mountain hiking, and everything within a few blocks. to your

bungalow there is no need to use a car.”



The James Bond Wine Table

May 15th, 2010 • by admin
When you visit Del Friscos, do not miss seeing the most amazing $1.2 million dollar James Bond table. Looking like a normal table at first, Jacque touched her remote control pad and the table suddenly opened to present the James Bond OO7 Films Wine Collection. Eighteen magnums of Cabernet wine from Napa Valley wineries each represent different Bond films. These one- of-a kind bottles are each laser-edged.

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