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Fresno Blossom Trail

Pasadena, California
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Fresno Blossom Trail

Hello,

We are planning to visit the Fresno County Blossom Trail (http://www.goblossomtrail.com/) this weekend (March 7-8) traveling from Pasadena, CA and a party of two adults and two seniors.

What would be a good town to stay overnight on Saturday if we are leave from Pasadena around 8AM Saturday and targeting a return of 8PM Sunday?

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Ash

Fresno, California
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1. Re: Fresno Blossom Trail

Depending upon your choices for stops, you could probably drive the Blossom Trail in an afternoon. But if you want to split up the drive here are some options.

Lodging is limited along the trail itself, you are passing through smaller farm towns. I don't know that I would personally consider any motels in them.

Your best bets on the trail are B&Bs or dude ranch lodging.

A couple of fun places might be Bed & Breakfast lodging located on the grounds of wineries. The two I would check into would be:

Sierra View B&B, located at the Cedar View winery

http://www.svbnb.com/

or Tivy Mountain Vintners, check on the number of beds here though, they may only have 1 suite.

http://www.tivymountainwinery.com/

A few places to also look at would be Wonder Valley Ranch, they have nice cottages for accomodations. http://www.wondervalley.com/leisure.html

or the Blossom Trail B&B in Sanger

http://www.blossomtrailbnb.com/

or Hotel Burgess in Reedley (actually a B&B)

http://www.hotelburgess.com/

For hotel/motel style rooms you might look into something at the start of the trail along 99 in Kingsburg or Selma, like the Holiday Inn in Selma.

You might also look into staying in the Fresno/Clovis area, that is only about 10 to 15 minutes off the blossom trail.

Fresno/Clovis would make it convenient to include the Wildflower Trail, a 4 hour roundtrip drive in the foothills north of Fresno.

The Wildflower Trail is going into bloom right now. We drove part of it the other day and enjoyed the color.

www.gofresnocounty.com/WildflowerTrail.asp

If you do that I'd look into the hotels in Clovis, there are 2 brand new hotels there: Holiday Inn Express on Shaw near Fresno State and the new Fairfield Inn north of Old Town Clovis. There is also right in Old Town Clovis a Best Western and a Comfort Suites.

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2. Re: Fresno Blossom Trail

I second FresnoFacts' recommendations of staying in the Fresno/Clovis area. You could take the wildflower loop after arriving in Fresno/Clovis and do the Blossom Trail drive as part of your route back. We once took the Blossom Trail and small roads down into Visalia and caught 99 there for the drive back into the LA area.

The only change I'd suggest is to see if you can leave Pasadena a bit earlier on Saturday. Get to Fresno/Clovis and do the wildflower loop earlier and get rest so the next day won't seem as long.

I don't think the Blossom Trail fruitstand is open this early in the season but, if it is, you HAVE to stop there.

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3. Re: Fresno Blossom Trail

The Blossom Trail fruit stand near Minkler I think opens in April or May.

If you stay in Fresno/Clovis some dinner ideas would be these:

Try dinner at Trelio in Old Town Clovis. Its owned by the former sommelier at the Elderberry House in Oakhurst. He and his brother are doing some good dishes.

http://www.treliorestaurant.com

The family behind Limon, the Peruvian restaurant in San Francisco, just opened a Fresno location. It is just off Highway 41 on Blackstone near Nees in the RiverPark area.

http://www.limonfresno.com/

Cracked Pepper Bistro in Fresno is very good also. Chef Vatche has dishes like Achiote Glazed Pork Tenderloin.

http://www.crackedpepperbistro.com/

Or for some excellent Sichuan try Hunan. Chef Liu came here from the Bay Area where he had developed quite a following. Some Bay Area foodies now plan special dinner nights in Fresno. But be sure to ask for the "chefs menu", thats where the creative dishes are. Many times they give people the "regular" menu that makes it look like any Chinese restaurant since they don't know who wants something different like Dan Dan noodles or Crispy Tea-smoked Duck.

http://www.thehunanrestaurant.com/

My wife and I personally like to eat at Chefs Table in Fresno's Fig Garden Village. Chef Malachi Harland also used to be in San Francisco before relocating. He does more of a California style. Most of the seating is on a patio so this time of year call ahead and ask for seats near the fireplace.

www.chefstablefresno.com/content/menus.asp

Pasadena, California
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4. Re: Fresno Blossom Trail

Hi FresnoFacts and Xochipilli,

Thank you for your inputs. We'll definitely try to plan around these options.

Ash

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5. Re: Fresno Blossom Trail

Ash,

You're welcome! Enjoy the drive and let us know how it goes.

Xochipilli

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6. Re: Fresno Blossom Trail

I would go with the Sequoia View Bed and Breakfast in Sanger. They produce some very nice wines here and the Inn is in a gorgeous setting, set admist the vineyards. Trelio is a good suggestion for a fine dining meal in Clovis, call and make reservations if you want to dine here. If you like Chinese food, don't miss Hunan's over on Cedar and Herndon, we have been several times and had yet another wonderful meal here with all of the kids this past Fri. night. Our party of 8 had a wonderful time, don't miss the Buttercream Prawns if you go here! :)

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7. Re: Fresno Blossom Trail

It will take you 3.5 hours with no stops from Pasadena to Fresno (I used to live there)

I agree with Fresno Facts on where to stay. The new hotels in clovis would be a good option.

In addition to the dining options in Fresno/Clovissuggested I would add Bentley's bistro. The chef came from the French Laundry in Napa. They have a nice price fix option that is usually very good. Saturday is their short ribs. YUM. http://www.bentleysfinefoods.com/bistro.html

the blooms are very nice now, but the rain is kind of putting a damper on the whole show! I'm hoping it doesn't knock the blossoms off the trees. The bees haven't had their time to do their job!

Lunch on the road: Reedley, Jon's Bear Club http://www.jonsbearclub.com/ has excellent food.

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8. Re: Fresno Blossom Trail

I wouldn't recommend the Bear Club. Seems like it's gone down a bit the last few times I've been there.

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Lunch stops?

Anybody (muffya, Gdude or ?) know if Peppino is still at the Blossom Trail Cafe. I haven't been in a while, used to eat at his Fresno restaurant but only have made it once to the cafe at Academy and Belmont.

In Reedley I'd probably suggest Uncle Harrys for Armenian food. Downtown Reedley on G Street.

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10. Re: Fresno Blossom Trail

Bentley's is pretty good, there is also Sakanaya in this shopping center, hands-down the best place for fresh, wonderful Sushi in the area. We have dined here twice in the past month! :)