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Best B&Bs to Pop the Question
Best B&Bs to pop the question
Three years ago in Santa Barbara, Eagle Inn innkeeper Paul Bullock emerged from the ocean at sunset in full scuba gear—like a creature from the deep—and shuffled along the sand to an incredulous couple standing on the beach. Bullock, the owner and manager of
The Eagle Inn Santa Barbara presented the couple with a large sea shell.
“I told them I’d found this unusual shell and that they should have it as a souvenir,” said Bullock. “The man made a big deal of it, shook it, passed it to his girlfriend and said, ‘it looks like there’s something inside.’” The girlfriend opened the shell, and inside, she found an engagement ring. “I produced a bottle of champagne and left them to gaze into the sunset and their new life together,” said Bullock.
CABBI innkeepers like Bullock pride themselves on the individualized service they can provide their guests, and since innkeepers tend have an eye for the romantic, they make great partners for pulling off memorable engagements.
Last spring, a U.S. Marine stationed in Afghanistan contacted the Casa Laguna Inn & Spa, Laguna Beach to request help with his engagement plans during a surprise visit home. He had arranged for the best friend of his girlfriend to bring her to the inn for a girls’ weekend getaway. Casa Laguna’s staff upgraded the Marine’s reservation to the best room in the inn and suggested the property’s bell tower as the best place to propose.
The staff decorated the bell tower room with flowers and candles and set out a bottle of champagne. After the two women arrived, the best friend told the marine’s girlfriend that she needed to use the restroom and asked her to meet her up in the bell tower to see the view. Mounting the stairs, the girlfriend nearly stopped short because she was afraid the flowers and candles were for someone else, but the inn’s general manager, Kathryn Mace said, “When her Marine stepped out into view, we could hear the girlfriend’s screams echo across the Casa Laguna grounds.”
The Mount View Inn & Spa in Napa added several personal touches to a couple’s recent engagement, including filling the Jacuzzi tub and adding silk rose petals to the bath, placing a plate of truffles beside the tub, putting a bottle of Champagne on ice, lighting candles, tuning up a personalized iPod playlist, and leaving a dozen roses in the foyer with a note. Hotel Manager Cassi De Trinidad said, “When everything was set, we let them know their cottage was ready and sent them on their way.” The woman read the note on the roses, which asked her to turn around, and she found her boyfriend waiting on bended knee.
The Napa Inn has assisted with dozens of engagements over the years, ranging from convincing a local restaurant to bake the ring into a raspberry soufflé to arranging an early morning hot-air balloon ride. Innkeeper Brooke Boyer said, “It makes us feel so special to be part of such a big event.”
Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Makes 24 cookies
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped pecans
In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Beat in eggs, water and vanilla. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to butter mixture and mix until well blended. Stir in oats, chocolate chips and pecans. Cover and chill dough for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll dough into balls, using
about two tablespoons of dough per ball. Bake on a non-stick cookie
sheet for 10-12 minutes.
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Congratulations to Robert Riley of Ashburn, Virginia. He is our most recent winner of a two-night stay at a CABBI inn courtesy of Sandpiper House Inn in Elk, CA near Mendocino.
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