Friday, November 24, 2006

Hidden Gems:

Bed and Breakfasts in Ukiah, California

Ukiah is one of the many little towns along California's Highway 101 that boast historic architecture, organic restaurants, and wineries nearby. It's not a destination per se, but
my friend Alex Baker's parents have a ranch there that we sometimes visit on the fourth of July. We roll up in DJ Ziplock's white mercedez with DJ Neel N. Kizmiaz and Alex meets us at the gate of the "compound," wearing army green khakis and matching kangol, riding an ATV. This is the scene in the movie where the drug deal goes bad.

Next cut to a montage of a bunch of wacked out hipsters training as undercover Hapkido action heroes. Then night falls and everyone is sitting by the lake strumming guitars in the moonlight. Rumour has it Alex's dad was in the CIA and underneath the lake is where you'll find the evidence to support the eyewitness accounts of Wukalars roming in them thar hills.

But Alas, they are selling the place, so when that happens, when we are in Ukiah, we'll stay again at one of the two B&B's below that are both well worth the visit.

The Sanford House is a charming old (circa 1904) Victorian, walking distance from the old downtown shops, restaurants and farmer's market. The breakfast is gourmet vegetarian faire- absolutely to die for. There is a three legged cat named popoki and a couple of cute little dogs too, and the owners are very friendly.

Robinson Creek B&B and Flower Farm is another old Victorian in Ukiah's sunniest section of town that doubles as a flower farm. The breakfast is excellent and includes fresh eggs from their chicken run, and on those hot summer days, you can wander down to the ol' swimmin' hole.

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