|Red Chair Travels||
Lauren, of the Jabberwock Inn in Monterey, and the Red Chair spent quite a bit of time planning out all of the amazing things they were hoping to do while Red was visiting for those very short few days. Both then agreed it would be so much fun to have a pretend bridal photo shoot at Lovers’ Point. Posing for pictures with a wedding veil in a scenic spot was just what Red wanted to do. This beautiful location is where many engaged couples choose to host their wedding ceremonies, and Red thought it was just perfect. Maybe someday, when the Red Chair finds that right piece of furniture, they will come back and hold their ceremony here too!
While visiting the Vagabond's House Inn in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA the Red Chair Travels decided to try out how it felt to sit at the head of city council (the mayoral "seat" once held by actor Clint Eastwood one of Red's favorite actors!) After banging the gavel a few times, we think the authority went to Red's head. It started decreeing that people need to take more vacations!
Although Red would make a great Mayor, Red did not think it could give up the luxurious life of travel it currently has (lucky chair!) so it was on to visiting the next spot on Innkeeper Thomas's list.
Red's original plan to end the first day visiting the Bed and Breakfast Inn at La Jolla was to try a little hang gliding and para gliding at La Jolla's Torrey Pine Glideport, however conditions for gliding that day were poor due to the un-seasonally hot and dry Santa Ana winds. Instead the next best thing the Red Chair could do was to spend a few minutes admiring the breathtaking view from Glider Cliffs. Although not the same, it still was one of the best spots the Red Chair has ever seen!
The Red Chair loves meeting other red "items"! It is especially exciting when they are super old and full of history just like the Red Chair itself. While visiting the Ballard Inn and Restaurant in Ballard, CA the innkeepers took Red to visit the Ballard Little Red Schoolhouse, the first school established in Santa Barbara County in 1882 and is still in use today! Sounds like the Red Chair and the Schoolhouse have a few things in common besides their color!
Don't you just love when you can wake up first thing in the morning to a stunning view and the delicious smell of breakfast cooking in the kitchen? The Red Chair did during its stay at the Malibu Bella Vista in Calabasas, CA! Red often hung out on the railing or by the greenhouse at the back of the property during those beautiful morning light hours. Those views were just absolutely breath-taking, not only in the morning but also through out the day too!
The Red Chair modeled for students from the Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) on the grounds of Laguna Nursery -- arranged with the assistance of the LOCA director Mike Tauber, Laguna Nursery owner Ruben Flores, and Ashley Johnson from Visit Laguna Beach. The class members had a blast doing watercolors of Red and didn't want to let Red go. Red loved the challenge of sitting still for so long and would totally do it again!
The Red Chair Travels received nothing less than royal treatment from the entire town of Coronado, CA. From the amazing staff at the 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach all the way to the local residents and visitors Red met while out and about in the surrounding area. With so many kind and interesting people all around it was nearly impossible to say good bye to such a captivating atmosphere. When it did come time for the Red Chair to move on to the next beautiful destination, Red's wonderful hosts are all about the pampering and provided Red with one of the most rejuvenating Spring-cleanings it has ever had! The Red Chair felt more than ready to greet the next leg of the journey.
After a delicious breakfast at the Strawberry Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast, the Red Chair decided to head back into town where it ran into a couple of very interesting Pacific Crest Trailhikers. Red learned all about this 2,650 mile trail that runs from Canada to Mexico across some of the most beautiful landscapes imaginable (including the area in and around Idyllwild). Hikers would often quit their jobs, give up their housing, and spend six months or so of their lives completing the trail. The Red Chair can definitely relate to that.
This is one lucky chair! Red was just spoiled by the Innkeepers of the Inn at Europa Village for the past few days, and of course Red was loving every second of it! A signature feature of this amazing Inn is Innkeeper and Executive Chef Dean Thomas. Every morning Chef Dean takes his guests on an international breakfast "experience" as well as cooking for all dinner or special events that the winery hosts. Red says this is one special touch you just have to experience for yourself!
When the Red Chair visited the Innkeepers of the Serendipity Ranch Bed and Breakfast, they sat for hours talking about this wonderful, small little town of Oak Glen. One of the interesting places, they mentioned, was the Oak Glen School Museum. The first Oak Glen School was a wooden structure, replaced in 1927 with a more modern rock faced structure. Many of the current Oak Glen residents actually attended school in this one room building!