Long Beach, California
January 17, 2002
The Ponderosa''s king-sized bed was very comfortable and had luxurious linens. The two-person jacuzzi tub was a delight and Lauren supplies bath crystals. The robes were by one of the most comfortable makers, Telegraph Hill in San Francisco--these lighweight all-season robes are like wearing a cloud, without the bulk of terrycloth. Our room was cozy and spacious simultaneously, and the fireplace was charming.
The Conifer House has wonderful amenities. My husband is still talking about the cookies available each night and it has been four months since we were there. We really enjoyed having a VCR along with the television in our room and Conifer House has an excellent video library. Since we were allowed to take the videos to curl up with in our room, it was "like home, only better!" There is also a game room at Conifer House where guests may watch television, shoot a game of pool, or just use the refrigerator. Additionally, there is a warm and tasteful livingroom in the common area; we were able to invite another couple who lives in the area and entertain them with tea--graciously supplied by Lauren--in extremely comfortable surroundings.
Lauren is a Renaissance woman, a fact that she is quiet about, but not only did she design her own letterhead she is also a dynamite cook. We loved the two breakfasts we had there, full meals with a fruit starter and a main course, and were sad to oversleep on banana-macadamia nut pancake morning. The oversleep was completely our fault and Lauren was utterly gracious about it; nonetheless, we are certain we missed out on something important and will hope to get a chance to try them when we return. The backyard is beautiful and forested. We saw rabbits, raccoons and a porcupine!
I believe that couples should never stay in a chain hotel in Flagstaff; none of them have any distinction and they are comparatively overpriced. For this reason I will always go with a B&B in that town and I particularly like the location of Conifer House. Flagstaff is a railway town and Conifer House is the only property north of Route 66 that is far enough away from the tracks that the house doesn''t vibrate. It is also a mere 5 minute drive to the "hot spots" in Flag.
From journal Northern Arizona August