What a fun stop for us, after a long, long, long day of driving through the redwood trees. (Are we bad people if we said that we were ready to leave the forests?)
Last night, we stayed at the Featherbed Railroad Bed & Breakfast in Nice, California. We were delighted from the minute we drove in the driveway and saw about eight cabooses — real ones — on the property by the lake. Each of the train cars have names that go with their particular themes of decor; ours was the “Wild, Wild West.” Hilarious! It was fantastic.
Purchased when the caboose cars were retired from service by the railroads, the owners refurbished each one into a unique little world. Our car, with the Old West theme, had antique furniture, a bar with a mirror, a brass headboard on the bed, old fashioned wallpaper, a toilet with a chain flush handle, and a cool little upper compartment that you could actually sit in.
You can click through the photos (clicking on a shadowboxed picture loads the next one) and see for yourself. Awesome place!
There was a porcelain water pitcher inside a bowl on the antique dresser, and the bathroom even had a spittoon! So kitschy and fun. We enjoyed hanging out in it all evening. Truthfully, it was so hot (93 degrees at 7 p.m.), and the midges were so bad, we didn’t feel much like walking along the lakeshore, so we didn’t. We went out for salads, came back and stayed in, stayed cool, and enjoyed the personality of the place.
Today it’s off to Reno, and you know what that means — casino fun at Harrah’s. We will let fly with our little egg of gambling money, and hopefully it’ll last. On the road we go, and it’s important to note that this morning marks the beginning of the drive eastward; homeward. Yay!