Friday, February 24, 2012

Kate Stanton Inn

Don and I needed some "us" time after our vacation in Death Valley before he went to his meetings in Riverside California so he found this nice B & B in Encinitas CA.  It is the Kate Stanton Inn, the remodeled home of Liz Clarke, the innkeeper.  Liz is an amazing woman who had a desire to run a B & B because she loves people and having them in her home. She named the Inn after her grandmother who also loved people and making the best of what she had to make others feel welcome, well fed, and loved. 
We enjoyed our stay immensely.  Our room was decorated in white and blue.  The bed was very comfy and was situated in front of a warm fireplace.  There is ample room in the closet to hang clothes and put luggage.  There is a lanai with a table and umbrella just outside a french door.  Nice to sit and enjoy the day, read, or drink tea or coffee that is always available.

In the evening Liz offers a small bite to eat such as homemade cookies or chocolates along with wine, tea or coffee, or soda.  We sat in the main seating area by the fireplace.  The kitchen and seating area are open as well as the dinning area so the feeling is spacious yet still cozy.  We sat at the kitchen bar and chatted with Liz and her friend Carol, who also helps with the Inn, while Liz made muffins for breakfast.  We laughed a lot and shared stories and recipes.  It was like we had known them for years.  Just wonderful!

Carol, Liz, and Inn mascot!

Don and I started going to B & B's a few years back.  We were skittish at first because it seems odd to go to some one's home you don't know and stay there.  But this is exactly what the experience should be and is most of the time.  We have wonderful accommodations for a very reasonable price. We meet wonderful people that have interesting stories.  Most of all we make new friends. We highly recommend you try it.  Here is a good place to start:

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