by Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
With such a beautiful setting for a ranch by the ocean, you can expect the unexpected. I have visited ranches but nothing compares to the Inn at Newport Ranch.
Their complimentary made-to-order breakfast is a feast! You may think, “It is only breakfast,” but Executive Chef Creighton Smith with his wife, Cindi, Inn Co-Managers, have a sincere wish to make their guests happy.
Chef Creighton explained, “There is magic here on the west coast, the Inn is a stunning place, really remarkable.
We tailor everything to suit our guest’s special diets or health concerns, food cooked certain ways, all part of our culinary culture. We grow our own organic vegetables and herbs.
I buy brie from a local cheesemaker and add it to the omelets for breakfast to surprise the guests. Another favorite is our local smoked ham, fine herbs, fine rich crispy arugula and fresh fruit.”
Chef Creighton surprises guests with upscale touches to his meals. Of course if the guests just want a typical, traditional breakfast without indulging in a gourmet meal, that’s all right!
The rooms are as dramatic as their surroundings with accessories to match. Cindi Smith, Co-Inn Manager, personally takes guests on a tour to see each room.
The Captain’s Quarters luxurious setting offers the Inn’s largest room with a full wall of windows 180 degree view of the ocean and practice steering on an authentic nautical navigator adjusting the speed settings. You have a decorator Rain Shower, usually experienced in spas, large enough for 6 people.
The Ranch Room offers a private stairway to the sleeping loft.
The Chute Room has a large fireplace, ocean views and is next to the Outdoor Hot Tub which holds six guests.
For information, call (707)-962-4818. The Inn at Newport Ranch is located at 31502 N. Highway 1, coastal road, Fort Bragg, California 95437. www.theinnatnewporanch.com
GETTING THERE: You can fly from Las Vegas to Santa Rosa Sonoma County Airport to see some of the most beautiful sections of northern California- the Redwood Forest, wineries, coastal villages, Mendocino, Fort Bragg, Little River and Santa Rosa. At the Santa Rosa Airport, the Sixt Car Rental has a unique Mercedes Smart Car-for-two, with a choice of electric or gas cars. It was amazing away from the big cities, Sixt offers luxury and economical cars. The Mercedes Smart Car was easy, perfect for driving in the Redwood Forest and along the coast. For information, call 1-707-523-1676. Sixt of Santa Rosa Sonoma County Airport, 2200 Airport Boulevard, Santa Rosa, California.
If you wish to fly from Las Vegas to San Francisco or Oakland take the Airport Express shuttle every hour for a quick relaxing trip to the Santa Rosa Airport (special rates for seniors).
Award winning Sandy Zimmerman is a syndicated columnist featuring Show and Dining reviews, travel, cars, health, luxury and more. Sandy is talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show programs and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. If you want to suggest topics for articles or have questions please contact Sandy at (702)-731-6491. firstname.lastname@example.org