Wednesday, July 20, 2011

101 North: Forestville, Case Ranch Inn

Case Ranch Inn 7446 Poplar Dr., (877) 887-8711, (707) 887-8711. 3 rooms, 1 cottage. 1 kitchen. Afternoon snack; full organic breakfast. No pets. Located on a spacious 2-acre plot in a quiet rural residential area, this robin’s-egg-blue 1894 Victorian farmhouse boasts a wrap-around sitting porch, a front yard with fountain, and plenty of places in the gardens to relax a spell. Beds are fluffy and white, and it has WiFi plus a guest computer is provided in the parlor near the fireplace. Owner Diana says, “We think of our inn as the geographic center of the earth.” An all-organic breakfast using many items grown in the inn’s garden is served to all guests at the same time in the dining room. Homemade cookies are always available. Owner Allan makes the bed frames and night stands. The property is certified green and uses all-cotton sheets and towels. Cooling is by ceiling fan, with an AC option. Cozy attic rooms have angled ceilings and mix clean lines with some antiques. Jam made from the property’s concord grapes and fresh-pressed apple juice from the orchard’s trees are sometimes served at breakfast, and wine made from the property’s grapes is sometimes an afternoon treat. The cottage has a private hot tub. This just in: The Case Ranch Inn is the only B&B to have completed Sonoma County's rigorous Green Business Program and has now added the ultimate in "green" amenities--an electric vehicle charging station. Guests can plug in their vehicle to recharge . . . while they recharge on a comfortable, pillow-top mattress.

image c2011 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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