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Carolands Historic Chateau

Carolands History Chateau

Hillsborough, CA

Oh my stars. This place is majestic to say the least. If you are a Downton Abbey lover, you need to visit this beautiful chateau. This beauty is nestled in the town of Hillsborough – you’d never know it was there. As you approach the gates, which are lined with tall shrubbery and trees, you turn to enter the gates and your breath will be taken away as your eyes feast on all the gorgeousness in front of you. I’m not kidding. My heart skipped a beat. Touring the mansion is free! You need to get on the tour list early (or now, because it could be months before you get your name on the list, and they do have monthly lottery drawings).  I would love to visit at Christmas time – they go all out on the holiday decor, and they have a holiday charity event (which I would LOVE to attend, but it really is not in my budget to do so – one day, one day!). Photography is not allowed inside, however, once outside the doors – it’s free reign, so I took as many as I could. 😉 I would dig deep into my photographic memory to tell you all about the inside, but really, you need to go and experience it for yourself. It’s been restored with authentic, historical details that make my heart swoon; milk glass ceilings (oh my!), the hardwood staircase in the library, gold embellishments, the ballroom (this is not your standard hotel ballroom I must say), and the gardens – which you will see for yourself below.

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Can I just say that when we turned the corner of the garden walkway, and I saw THIS, I wanted to cry at it’s beauty. *sigh* I was born in the wrong era. I mean, really – it’s BREATHTAKING! I’m certain angels began singing – at least in my head they did. Oh! You hear them too? I knew it!

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Farewell Carolands…until next year, because I will be back – maybe for Christmas. <3

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To view more of this majestic chateau, located right here in Northern California, check out their website here: Carolands Foundation

After my daughter and I visited the chateau, we took a mini adventure in Half Moon Bay – see my blog post here: Staycation in Half Moon Bay

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Simple Pleasures – Half Moon Bay Staycation

Simple Pleasures – Half Moon Bay Staycation

My parents are here visiting from Arizona, and decided to book us some rooms at the Maverick’s Inn in Half Moon Bay. This little place only has six rooms, and is a complete GEM of a find! They are pet friendly too (there was a sweet black lab downstairs – I only heard him bark once as he was outside, and I’m sure he was probably excited about the pelicans flying overhead!) The Inn is like a home away from home – super cozy (the bed was so great I did not want to get up), gas fireplace, flat screen tv, snack bar complete with cookies, trail-mix, popcorn (yes there’s a microwave), a personal Keurig coffee maker with coffee pods and hot cocoa, ice machine downstairs, mini-fridge with some water, and the bathroom was completely stocked with fresh white towels, soaps, shampoos, etc. I didn’t really photograph the inside, as it was a bit dark and I was excited to get out and explore a bit! Take my word for it though – it’s inviting, comfortable, quiet – ok, mostly quiet. There is a foghorn that  ‘toots’ every 10 seconds or so, but it’s not bad. They provided earplugs for light sleepers, and I did not use them and slept all night without waking up! Also, there is a little bedside journal for you to write about your stay – it was really fun reading all the journal entries from other guests – from as far as Australia and even my hometown of Vacaville!

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My room was upstairs – the view was lovely – lots of sailboats, pelicans flying above, seagulls, and guess what – no fog!

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My mom and dad – aren’t they cute?

Thanks mom and dad for the little getaway. I love you!

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I adore this little red sailboat and the dock in the background I may have to print this one out.

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Coffee on the deck in the morning with my sweet girl. She loved it!

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Lots of pelicans and seagulls – they are fun to watch as they dive into the water.

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Montara Beach – Half Moon Bay, CA

We ventured down the highway to find a beach – this one looked beautiful so I parked in this little parking lot at a restaurant (as I didn’t see any place to park). There was a stairway that led down to the beach, just behind the restaurant – perfect!

No fog (just a bit of hazy skies), and it was about 65 degrees. Down on the beach it felt much warmer, with a slight breeze. Lots of surfers enjoying the waves, muscles decorated the shoreline, and the kids enjoyed the salty air!

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Don’t forget your dance moves on the beach my friends!

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I couldn’t help myself – I had to include this surfer (for my daughter) *wink wink*

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Oh hey, that’s me.

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Until next time – with love…

xo Jana

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