One of the tools in her bag of tricks in this regard has been to sneak in a B&B here and there on our travels. I always whine a little when she first brings it up as an option - suggesting instead some big - anonymity maintaining - chain hotel where we can use points, save money, and never have to interact with other guests. But I don't always win that battle - and I'm becoming increasingly less resistant as time goes on.
Eureka California is the hub of the North Coast (as locals refer to it) and as such, the best location for treks to the area's several, stunning, old-growth Redwood forests. And after conducting the requisite internet search and making a few phone calls - we settled on a B&B called The Daly Inn as a two-day base for our explorations.
It has five bedrooms - each completely unique - as well as several common rooms where guests can mingle and lounge. And directly across the street is a companion property - also a Victorian mansion - called the Iris House which has an additional four, completely unique bedrooms.
Breakfast is served each morning at 8:30 by the owners and hosts, Bob and Donna, and is absolutely excellent. In-fact, I had one of the best soufflés of my life while there. The dinning room is as lovely as the rest of the house - and you will be treated to a very full breakfast. Scones, bacon, eggs, jams. jellies, delicious breads, fruits, juice - it's all there. And even for a semi anti-social type like me, I found the other guests to be friendly, interesting folks that I truly enjoyed sharing a meal with.
There's even a complimentary late afternoon wine tasting each day in the large living room. Guests are welcome to sample a selection of local wines over cheese and crackers while sharing stories of travel and local discoveries. The owners, Bob and Donna, are both very nice people, helpful with tips on local attractions, and they know how to be engaging without ever seeming intrusive.
I loved everything about our stay there and wouldn't even consider another place on a return visit. Yep - I think my wall of resistance to B&B's is near collapse.