A Pit Stop in Historic Orange California

 

Ruta's Bed and Breakfast in Orange

Ruta’s Bed and Breakfast in Orange

I’m on my way to the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point for the Mom 2 Summit, a conference for Mom Bloggers that I loved, loved, loved last year in Miami.

I added a day to my  trip for to help Cole find a new place to live for his senior year at Chapman University in Orange California. He’s been living with 4 other guys in a frat like atmosphere that was economically attractive but  inconducive to getting any work done. Cole kept driving 60 minutes to our apartment in Santa Monica to work on projects because his idiotic roomies were too busy damaging their brain cells.

Anyhoo….I wanted to be close to Chapman to make our get together as easy as possible and the only hotel I found in historic Orange was Ruta’s Old Town Inn, a 1910 California Bungalow with three rooms for let.

There is no on-line reservation system. You call the old fashioned way. Leave a message and someone gets back to you.

I was given a 4 digit code for the key pad, as there would be no one to greet me. I arrived 3 hours before check in time hoping to at least leave my luggage. As I climbed the steps of the  porch I heard someone call out: “Mrs. Woods, is that you??”  The waitress from the restaurant next door waved at me and told me to make myself at home.

I have the room at the back of the house called the Rose room. I have my own pink tiled bathroom. I also got the adjoining room with a TV which I could totally have done without.

The place is darling.  There are lots of roses in the front yard and a big porch where I will have coffee and people watch in the morning.

My room is furnished with old world antiques and an oldish mattress. It feels like someone’s grandma’s house. In a good way. Though it does smell a little like grandma too.

The home was recently renovated. So far, at 7pm I’m the only one here. Which is kind of weird. I have the whole house to myself.  I’m sitting at the dining room table typing and looking out the window at the late afternoon traffic and hubbub.

I’m glad I picked it over the DoubleTree. I mean you can stay at a DoubleTree anytime right? And tomorrow I’m heading to the Ritz  for my conference where I will  indulged in Egyptian sheets and Turkish towels. For now, its grandma’s house.

 

The Rose Room

The Rose Room

Antique Vanity

Antique Vanity

Private Bathroom

Private Bathroom

Kitchen

Kitchen

View through living room window

View through living room window

Entry

Entry

Votivo Candle, Honeysuckle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. It sounds so relaxing and I just love that area. From your description I think I can smell that room. Enjoy!

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