Due to a late night departure from Southern California one Thursday night, we preferred to break up our trip to the Bay Area. My family was making the trip to celebrate a dear Uncle's 100th birthday!! (This was in April 2007).
Coalinga was just about the 1/2 way point. We don't need much. An inexpensive motel is OK. But the reviews of the 2 places just off of Highway 5 really got to me. (hint: not good at all).
So I broadened my search a bit and found the Baker House Bed and Breakfast, about 10 miles from of the Freeway in the town of Coalinga. Trust me -- it's worth the small detour. While higher in price than a low $$ motel, with the full breakfast and the higher end experience, I thought this might be worth some investigation.
I was concerned that the reviews I read of this place were not too recent. I called and left a message. Mrs. Scroggins called me back the same night. I took a chance and made the reservation. While she accepts VISA and MC, she said that she doesn't use them to confirm over the phone. She feels that people are uncomfortable about that, and she just asked that we call and cancel if not coming.
We arrived close to midnight (after getting a bit lost). After some confusion about whether anyone was home, we were warmly greeted and made to feel right at home. The rooms were lovely and we had our pick. Our hostess Sue let us choose and then made up rollaway beds for our children in our room. It was an immaculate, completely kept up home with comfortable beds and a cooked to order breakfast in a quaint and nicely appointed dinining room. We had a great visit with Mrs. Scroggins and would love to come again. My kids felt like they'd had a visit to grandma's.
We shared a bathroom with another guest. All went well.
Best of all -- my young children were so awed by such a special place, they were beautifully behaved!
- Also Known As:
- The Baker House Hotel Coalinga
- The Baker House Bed And Breakfast