The Unique Features & Amenities of Independent Properties

    1906 Lodge provides thoughtfully appointed amenities to not only enhance overall guest experience, but to create lasting memories. Guests can wake up to a complimentary homemade breakfast buffet served daily from 8am to 10am, alongside bottomless mimosas on the house. A few favorite breakfast dishes include the popular Adella Chili Bake, Baked Spinach Florentine, and the Mushroom and Three Cheese Strata. After a bountiful breakfast, guests can choose to explore Coronado Island with golf cart rentals or use complimentary beach bikes to cruise along the scenic bike path along Coronado Beach. After a full day of sightseeing and exploring the beauty that Coronado Island has to offer, guests can come back and unwind to complimentary Happy Hour hosted daily from 5pm to 6pm; where wine and hors d’oeuvres are served with savory bites such as Italian Caprice Skewers or Orange Avenue Chicken Salad on toast rounds.

    Black Bear Lodge offers a cozy mountain retreat like no other. Located in South Lake Tahoe, the lodge is ideally situated between the shores of Lake Tahoe and the slopes of Heavenly Mountain. Vacation in your own private mountain cabin or stay in the main lodge, which has river rock gas fireplaces in each room. The great room showcases a 32-foot river rock fireplace. It is one of the tallest in Lake Tahoe and a stunning feature of the space. The log beams that hold up the building were hand-hewn on the property during construction.

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    L’Auberge Carmel’s Aubergine Restaurant received the coveted Michelin One Star in June 2019. The Michelin guide selects the best restaurants and hotels in the 28 countries it covers. Backed by its rigorous selection method and longstanding knowledge of the hospitality industry, the Michelin guide provides customers with unique expertise that enables it to offer them a true quality service. Chef Justin Cogley’s cuisine showcases the finest ingredients with a razor-sharp balance of deference and innovation. The menu, served six nights per week, highlights the best ingredients of the season, enhanced by skillful technique and an eye toward varied textures and flavors. Desserts, masterfully prepared by Pastry Chef Yulanda Santos, are irresistible complements to Chef Cogley’s savory courses.

    Groveland Hotel is the Yosemite area’s oldest lodging. It features a Provisions Taproom & Bourbon Bar in the 170-year-old adobe building. The original Douglas fir wood flooring still shows evidence of earlier barstools nailed down to keep the cowboys and gold miners from falling over! The Taproom offers about three-dozen fine bourbon, scotch, whiskey, and ryes. Guests can also imbibe ten craft beers, a Radler, a hard cider, a sauvignon blanc, and a prosecco on tap. The cold cases contain many varieties of Northern California craft beers, hard ciders, and hard kombucha. Wine drinkers aren’t left out as the bar offers an extensive wine list, many from the hotel’s historic wine cellar. Beverages can be accompanied by artisanal cheese or charcuterie boards, cheese paninis and house fermented veggies while sitting outside on the leafy tiered patio. Provisions hosts music on weekends when the weather is nice (mostly year-round).

    Haydon Street Inn is a stunning 1912 Queen Anne Victorian boutique hotel in the friendly, picturesque town of Healdsburg in Sonoma County, California. Back in 1912, Andrew and Rose Passalaqua picked Haydon Street to build a family home with a covered wrap-around curved porch, a popular Victorian design touch. The house then changed hands in the 1940s and for a time it was a convent for the Irish nuns who taught at St. John’s Catholic School nearby. In 1983, the new owners of the property decided to convert it into an inn. They discovered beautiful fir floors under linoleum and lovingly restored them. Then they filled the home with antiques to evoke its early history. “Haydon House” opened for business in 1984. John Harasty and Keren Colsten purchased the inn in May 2006 to fulfill their dream of owning their own business and living in beautiful Sonoma County. Haydon Street Inn has a wood-fired pizza oven that is used most Fridays for guests at wine hour. John Harasty makes his own dough, sauce, sausage, and churns out the most delicious pizzas.

    The Monkey Tree Hotel offers guests a hydrotherapy experience like no other in Palm Springs. Spend the day cycling through the newly built dry sauna and hot and cold plunge pools. By alternating between hot and cold in the centuries-old Nordic tradition, the body will first retain the heat then release it during the cold portion of the cycle, leaving you in a state of complete relaxation. The skin’s pores will be forced open then closed, helping flush the body of toxins. Whether you spend the day hiking in the mountains, shopping downtown, or training for your next triathlon, The Monkey Tree Hotel’s Scandinavian cycle is a perfect way to end the day!

    A massage therapist and Ashiatsu practitioner massaging a male client’s back.

    Purple Orchid has established a training studio focusing on barefoot massage techniques. DeepFeet Bar Therapy teaches a barefoot Swedish massage while the therapist uses an overhead bar system for balance and support. The Purple Orchid currently has six staff members who have gone through the training with DeepFeet and have gotten certified by DeepFeet to practice this style of massage. The benefit to the client is more sustained and broad pressure throughout the entire massage. A deep state of relaxation is achieved as the client is more able to relax while receiving the deeper massage strokes that are applied with the feet vs the hands/forearms/elbows. Currently, Purple Orchid hosts a DeepFeet Basics course each quarter and the advanced DeepFeet courses twice a year. Purple Orchid owners have embraced the idea of educating massage therapists past their initial training from school. The owners have adopted this course to help staff members stay in the industry longer than the five-year mark and to help them learn new and different approaches to massage therapy, pain management and overall wellness for the customers.

    Redwood Riverwalk Hotel is settled in among giant trees on the iconic Redwood Highway (Hwy 101), near rugged California coast and national parks. The hotel lobby features wainscot repurposed from an old redwood water tank purchased from a local wood mill. Behind the front desk is a great piece of art created from hundreds of old motel keys made into a mural, a nod to Redwood’s “motel roadside” roots. The desk was crafted with a stack of local alder wood. Hanging over you, as you enter, is a wooden vintage kayak, that connects you to the Eel River, one of the famous six rivers in the area, which is only a two-minute walk from the hotel.

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