So here's the deal--if you want a romantic getaway and you don't try out the Audobon Cottage at Chine Beach--you goofed! We owned one of the top inn's in the country--and this place outdoes us. It is a one of a kind gem. Set apart from the main lodge at China Beach, surrounded by naturlized gardens and a salmon stream, looking out over salt marsh to bay and river filled with wildlife in the near vista and ocean going steamers and mountain peaks afar, this two story abode has an outdoor hot tub AND an indoor two person spa tub. It has all the romance possible with a king bed, an unbelievably beautiful bathroom--and (for him?)a flat screen TV mounted high up a wall where it won't disturb the view.
We took the suite, while family took over the three rooms at the lodge. Each of them is also wonderful--and you have the huge great room and kitchen to yourself as well.
We breakfasted up at the Shelburne (just a few minutes away). Your choices for breakfast (included in the unbelievably low rate)range from their Cranberry croissant ricotta french toast (my wife licked her plate) to the Hangtown Fry Oyster omelet that was so rich I needed no further sustence for hours! (The next day we did their 8 grain oatmeal--with the fresh fruit and home made breads it was still a treat though not quite so deadent.)
We chatted with others who were staying at the Shelburne--one of the most charming and historic inns in the state. The neat thing about this place is that you can stay at the inn or down at the cottages and still enjoy the same berakfast... After inviting another couple down to see our place, they booked two more days down there--guess they fell in love all over.
Seriously--we don't give 5 stars to hardly anybody. We are PICKY! But the Audobon deserves all five and more. It was built by a master craftsman, decorated by artists and simply exudes a peace and serenity which should lead to nights of romance and passion.
Go...enjoy! and then write your review!
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