Sunday, April 17, 2011

Simpson House Inn

Getting to Santa Barbara, California today was no easy feat. First, there was the three-hour flight from Houston's Bush Airport to LAX and then the 90-mile drive west on SH 101 (which took an unexpected three and one-half hours).

By the time I got to the  Inn, I could not have been  more ready to rest and relax.

I had read a lot about the Inn before I got here.  I knew it was built as a private home in 1874. I knew it was tucked away behind tall shrubs in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. I knew it was the only Five Diamond Bed and Breakfast in North America. And, I knew staying there was going to be more than a wee-bit special.

After being warmly welcomed by the Inn's general manager, I was escorted across the extensively landscaped backyard to the Weathervane Room, located on the second floor of what was once a barn.

What a joy it was to walk in and see this beautifully designed and decorated room with all the comforts of home.

The Weathervane Room features white wood plank walls and high ceilings, and both make the large spaces seem even more so. Multiple windows, french doors opening to a small balcony and skylights throughout flood the room with natural light and keep everything inside bright and cheery.

I was thrilled to see the finely dressed king-sized bed, large and luxurious bath, a dining table for in-room service and a sitting area with comfy seating, reading lamps and wood-burning fireplace. The room also came equipped with wireless internet access, cable TV with VCR/DVD player, mini fridge and wet bar. I liked that too!

Yes, staying here for the next three days and nights will be a treat — a very special one!

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