We are excited to announce that we have purchased another cabin in Wrightwood. Renovations are in progress and we hope to have it up and rent-able by the fall, if not sooner. It's rustic and vintage, built in the 1930s, with a good location that's just a 10-minute walk to the shops & restaurants and just around the corner from the Wash where people hike and sled. We'll post more before-and-after shots as the work progresses. Now for a name... any suggestions? It's very cottage-y so we plan to keep Cottage in its name.
We are fans of bamboo flooring due to its environmental sustainability and it's beauty. We've installed bamboo floors in both the Hideaway and Little Pines cabin. So it was a real treat to get to visit a bamboo floor factory nestled the bamboo-covered hills of rural Zhejiang province in China during our travels over the summer. This manufacturer sells to Home Depot and Lowe's, so it's possible that our flooring actually originated here.
After a successful shopping venture at the Wrightwood Farmers Market, we decided to drop our bags of organic sprouts, just-laid-yesterday fresh eggs, and multi-colored heirloom tomatoes for an alfresco dinner at Blue Ridge Inn. I realized that we had only eaten there during cold months when their wooden interior, fireplace, and dim lighting made the place cozily inviting for a warm and romantic meal. But sitting outside by the lilac bushes on a summery evening was quite delightful! I ordered the special, a lightly seared tuna with a ginger sauce -- perfectly done, the kind of meal you remember fondly for a long time. Blue Ridge is the most expensive restaurant in town, and well worth every dime. I highly recommend it, whether for a pleasant alfresco meal in the summer or a warm and cozy date in the winter.
This weekend, Memorial Day, is the annual town-wide garage sale event in Wrightwood. Many houses all around town will be selling their secondhand treasures, and some will add grilled corn on the cob or hot dogs to their offerings. We love the sense of community and fun that permeates the town -- one of our favorite weekends of the year!
Since I had a promo code to get a free photo book from Shutterfly, I threw together a quick project from some of my pictures of Wrightwood that I had handy. Check it out:
After driving past Squirrely's BBQ for the 8 months that they've been open here in Wrightwood, we finally stopped in tonight to give it a try. Wow. So good! We got 2 half-pound plates, which gave us a quarter pound each of shredded chicken, beef brisket, pulled pork, and sausage. Our 4 sides included deep-fried Mac n cheese, blue-cheese bacon potato salad, cole slaw, and hand-cut French fries. We also sampled 5 kinds of BBQ sauce. There was a lot of oohing and awing and mmming as we tried everything, and one of my sons proclaimed it one of the best meals he's ever eaten. Total price: $32, and just the right amount for 4, including two teenage boys. And now that I know they deliver, I see more BBQ in our future! Don't wait like we did; try it today! (I'd post a photo but there's nothing left!)
Stopped in a thrift shop the other day, hunting, looking for a come-up. I found this irresistible little park bench perfectly sized for preschoolers, and a fun addition to our cabin deck. At $15, it more than met the budget of the $20 in my pocket. (And yes, these are Macklemore references).
A neighbor was throwing out these old beams, and we couldn't resist the temptation to re-purpose them into a mantle for Little Pines cabin. As with all such projects, it turned out to be much more difficult than we expected, but they are now successfully installed. We'll put some pieces of birch limbs into the holes, which will stick out and make great little hooks for hanging gloves to dry after skiing at Mountain High, and of course for hanging Christmas stockings!
Frosty the Door Man was a jolly happy soul... Ok, so maybe he can't actually get the door for you, but he will welcome you to the Hideaway -- if you come in the next day or two! Thanks to Hideaway guests Annie and Andy for our latest snowman.
We love it when guests leave a little someone behind! This one could use Frosty's hat to help his (her?) unruly hair. :)