Sac Historic House Profile: The Sainte Claire

Recently, I watched the documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor and the film got me thinking about the scarcity of luxury and quality in this modern world. There is something so inspiring in a beautifully designed evening gown or a multi-course meal prepared with care and forethought or a luxury hotel that is actually… luxurious!


Flower Farm Inn, Loomis, CA

Today we went for a cup of tea and a stroll around the Flower Farm Inn in Loomis. This is a great venue for weddings, with a red barn for the reception and cute farmhouse B&B for the bride and groom. Little chickens running around the enclosed garden area. It was charming and lovely!


Sac Historic House Profile: The Claremont Hotel & Spa

Nestled in the green hills of Berkeley, overlooking the expanse of the bay and San Francisco beyond, stands the historic Claremont Hotel. Built in 1915, the landmark hotel/resort has long been a favorite of bay area residents and visitors from further afield. It has the look and feel of an old world spa – […]

Day Trip Along Russian River’s Highway 116

If you are in the need of a relaxing Fall day trip, then scoot on over to Highway 116 for a lovely drive through the Russian River valley. We took this trip a couple of weekends ago and it was just the thing to revitalize us after a stressful week of worrying about jobs […]

Foreign Office & India Office – Open House London

There were so many great things about our recent trip to England but one event that stands out was Open House London. Over the two days I managed to see the Foreign Office & India Office, Marlborough House, the old Turkish Baths and my favorite… the Reform Club.

The Reform Club is a private gentleman’s […]

Holiday in England

Hey cats and kittens. We are off to England for a holiday. I will be meeting up with a house historian and visiting old buildings during Open House London. So, there will be some interesting things to report upon our return.


Sac Historic House Profile: Dan Flynn

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

This week I was lucky enough to catch up with the very busy Dan Flynn, author of my favorite Sacramento guidebook Inside Guide To Sacramento (Embarcadero Press). This is not a flimsy one page, Capitol-Crocker-Old Sac, day trip from San Francisco type of guidebook… there is real care, local knowledge and […]

The House Historian of England

I think most of my readers know by now that I do house history research here in Sacramento. So I was quite thrilled to be-friend the lovely Melanie Backe-Hansen, who is the first in-house historian to be employed by a UK estate agency. Translation: she’s a supersleuth of houses in England who regularly runs […]

An Ever-changing Wish List

I’ve talked before about Mondo Beyondo lists (title courtesy of Superhero) and writing it down to make it happen but there’s something new to this process that I’m discovering. It seems when looking at my gloriously long things to do in life from 2006 that I had a lot more… what’s the word… energy […]

Sac Historic House Profile: The Citizen Hotel

Authentic, influential, surprising, eclectic, and all-American. These are the five words that developers of the Citzen Hotel in Sacramento gave to designers Candra Scott & Anderson when they decided to transform the neglected Cal Western Life building into a 198-room, boutique hotel. They felt the words characterized the typical Sacramentan and they wanted the […]