Amber House B&B – Sacramento Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , March 22nd, 2018

Amber House B&B - Sacramento Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Amber House was converted to a B&B in 1984. We have a total of ten rooms: five are located in our 1905 Craftsman-style home known as “Poets Refuge”, and five more in the sophisticated 1895 Colonial Revival directly across the street, known as “Musicians Manor”.

Both houses maintain their individual era of elegance, and also boast modern amenities such as Jacuzzi tubs for two, HD flat screen TVs, gas fireplaces, antique soaking tubs, luxury beds, private patio/balcony, free Wi-Fi & parking…just to name a few.

A fantastic 2 course breakfast is served every morning, either in your room, on the patio, in the dining room or in our garden. We offer gluten/dairy free options as well as a light breakfast, or a to-go bag for our guests in a hurry. In the evening fresh baked cookies are delivered to each room, with turn down service available if requested.

Comfort and convenience are our top priority here at Amber House. Added extras include (but are not limited to):

  • In-room single or couples massage
  • Car service
  • Rose petals & candle lit bath
  • Wine/Champagne with chocolate covered strawberries
  • Tickets to the B St Theater
  • Weddings

Located in the heart of midtown, there is always a plethora of things to do and places to go. Any one of our amazing Innkeepers can give suggestions or directions to suit your desires. Give us a try! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Whether you’re traveling for business, on vacation or in need of a local getaway…make Amber House your home away from home.

See the Amber House B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Villa Santa Rosa – Gay Friendly Santa Rosa Vacation Rental

Author: , September 27th, 2017

Villa Santa Rosa

Bring your friends or family (children very welcome!) to our luxury five bedroom (2 King master suites, one queen suite, two queens with shared bath), 4.5 bath villa with 3 jetted tubs and 3 gas fireplaces, a flat-screen t.v. in every bedroom, and gorgeous views from every window, looking out over a long wooded open space valley.

Watch for deer, quail, and hundreds of wild birds. Have a glass of wine at sunset on your own private balcony, or sit out on one of two larger balconies with seating for everyone, looking out over the gardens, pool, and valley.

Sit with your morning coffee under a secret rose arbor and watch the hummingbirds and families of quail in the garden. Enjoy being all together, or go off and find that private space with a good book; our gardens are full of secret or group sitting areas.

Lounge in the sun by our tropical jungle pool with it’s splashing waterfall, or share lunch in the big gazebo. Discover the secret hammock garden under the cooling shade of the palms. This is a serene and peaceful property (no parties with outside guests allowed), a great place to reconnect with friends and family.

Owners on-site nights only, in owner’s studio with no shared walls, separate entrance.

Inside, everything is high-end, with luxury cotton linens, and wood, marble, granite and glass touches throughout. Stainless steel gourmet kitchen, sunny breakfast nook, large great room with Netflix and Pandora, and a formal red dining room. Hire a private gourmet chef for a special dinner, hire a masseuse to come to the house, or arrange for a wine country driver to take you on a Napa or Sonoma tasting tour, from our own Referrals List (you can even arrange a private wine tasting right at the house!)

Central to all major wine roads, with Sonoma Valley ten minutes to the south, Napa Valley 20 minutes north-east, the quaint town of Healdsburg and the lush Dry Creek Valley ten minutes north, the Russian River Valley, Redwoods, and our gorgeous wild beaches a short drive west, and the exciting city of San Francisco only an hour to the south. Do Napa one day, Sonoma the next. Or rent a kayak or canoes and paddle down the Russian River through the Redwoods, in the gay-friendly town of Guerneville!

Float in our pool (heated April-Oct.), lay in a hammock, or soothe tired muscles in our in-ground, year-round spa. Get our our Karaoke set for group fun at night, or play one of our many fun board games. Grill up a feast on our covered upper balcony with two kinds of gourmet grills, a gas fireplace, and seating for all. Be sure and leave time to relax in our gorgeous rose and perennial gardens, with birds and flowers everywhere you look, and soak in the beauty. Welcome gift of roses, wine and chocolates!

See the Villa Santa Rosa Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Camp-Run-A-Muck – Nevada City, California

Author: , June 7th, 2017


Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Nestled in the foothills surrounding Historical Nevada City (in California’s Gold Rush Region), we invite you to come join us at Camp-Run-A-Muck to relax, refresh and recharge your body and senses; and to escape your normal routine or daily grind.

An easy drive from the Bay Area, or Northern California, Camp Run A Muck is as nice and more charming than Lake Tahoe, but without the crowds, traffic and the noise.

The property is situated just an easy stroll from one of the Sierra Nevadas’ private, hidden lakes (3 1/2 miles long X 1 mile wide), Camp-Run-A-Muck is a Tahoe Style A-Frame cabin comprising 4 Bedrooms and 2 Bathroom located on an uphill cul-de-sac surrounded by mature evergreens (some of which actually grow through our expansive sunset deck).

We can comfortably accommodate up to 13 guests at a time in standard Queen sized beds or comfy sleeper sofas. Premium 560 thread count sheets and resort quality plush towels are standard.

For those that are still tied to the world, we offer full connectivity via Wi-Fi and telephone. Or, as the alternative, it’s a great place to “unplug” and re-acquaint your self to nature and tranquility. Ordinarily, the only sound one hears here is the wind through the trees.

Dining room table is expandable to 10+ people at a time. Breakfast bar with 3 extra seats compliments dining room for more casual dining. Steps away through 2 sliding glass doors is our patio (or sunset) deck with 3 tables and 10 chairs for a more alfresco experience or the perfect place for morning coffee or the cocktail hour. All electric kitchen with all the bells and whistles, full dinnerware, eating utensils, condiments and service items round out our kitchen decor. All that you need is your food and beverage choices.

After dinner or drinks, our guests can luxuriate in our 4 – 6 person jetted hot tub with ambient lighting for after dark. No streetlights in the area means stars shine brightly through our canopy of tall trees surrounding the property.

Located an easy drive from the Bay Area or Northern California, and a short 10 minutes from the Hwy (49) and Downtown Nevada City. We have almost everything that will truly make your stay with us memorable and inviting.

Your hosts have been in the travel and guest services industries for the past 30+ years and have tried to replicate what we personally enjoy and expect in our travels and experience to replicate those attributes for the guests at Camp-Run-A-Muck.

So, we invite you to experience what a stay at our “little place in the woods” can do for you.

Please contact us for a unforgettable getaway at Camp-Run-A-Muck.

See the Camp-Run-A-Muck Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Lesbian Travel: Mendocino on My Mind

Author: , March 24th, 2016

Lula Cellars

Go north, across the Golden Gate Bridge, past the sleepy coastal pastures, and over the winding roads that lead to the magical town of Mendocino. There, tucked between the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean and the silent giant redwood forest, you’ll find a small slice of heaven. Mendocino is a rugged place where time stands still and devices like cell phones and Internet access are rarely used. This is great news for those who want to disconnect from civilization and reconnect with nature. Unlike many remote towns that are perched on the jagged cliffs of Northern California, Mendocino has plenty of options when it comes to dining, sleeping, and adventuring.

On Your Way There

Mendocino has an impressive wine region and 25% of its vineyards are Certified Organic. Mendocino wine country leads the country in “green wine” production, which mean less toxins in your glass of vino. The region is best known for its full-bodied Pinot Noirs and light sparkling wines.

On highway 128, numerous wineries line the valley. There are big names like Roederer and Scharffenberger, but the real gems are tucked away on gravel roads, behind big oak trees. Lula Cellars in one of those special places. Chances are you’ll get to meet the award-winning wine maker when you visit the property. Jeff Hansen, winemaker for Lula Cellars, brings nearly 30 years of grape growing and winemaking experience to the brand.

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Historic Nevada City, California

Author: , April 11th, 2012
by Erin Thiem, The Outside Inn, Nevada City, California
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Nevada City, California


Looking for a Northern California weekend getaway, try visiting Nevada City. The town was once a thriving gold rush town, but now maintains its quaint small town charm.

Points of historical interest include Bridgeport Covered Bridge, the longest single span wood arch bridge, built in 1862. Or visit Empire Mine in nearby Grass Valley, the oldest, largest richest gold mine in California.

49 Crossing, Nevada CityTours daily through the well-kept grounds provide a peak into the past, including a Living History tour with early 1900 era costumes on the weekends during the summers. The Historic Firehouse No. 1 Museum in downtown Nevada City is a small museum, but has exhibits ranging from information on local Nisenan Indians, Donner Party relics as well as information on the early Chinese settlement.


If you’re looking for outdoor activities, bring your hiking boots and hike along the South Yuba Trail, find the perfect pool and cool off in the wild and scenic South Yuba River. The South Yuba Trail runs from the small town of Washington downstream 12 miles, with options of joining the trail at Humbug Creek, Edwards Crossing and Purdons Crossing.

Nevada Mountain Biking

If you want to cover the whole distance consider renting a mountain bike at Tour of Nevada City Bike Shop and checking out some of the singletrack trails, just beware of the prolific poison oak. Other good local walks include Hirschman’s Trail and Deer Creek Tribute Trail, both accessible from downtown Nevada City.

Hirschman’s Trail starts at the beginning of Cement Hill Road and offers an ADA accessible trail to Hirschman’s Pond, a four mile walk, if you continue past the pond through the Woods Ravine trail, offers a glimpse into some of the destruction of hydraulic mining.

Deer Creek Tribute Trail is a multi-use trail that provides access to Deer Creek while providing interpretive signs to share some of the local history and flora and fauna.

Wine Tasting - Nevada CityIf you’re looking for a more mellow getaway try one of the four downtown wine tasting shops, or visit one of the many local vineyards. Within a one-block area you’ll find Indian Springs Vineyards, Szabo Vineyards, Clavey Wines and Nevada City WineryTasting Rooms. Stop by
and sample some locally grown varietals.

Nevada City Winery has a lovely back deck to sit on and soak up the sun, or stop by Clavey Wines on a weekend night and listen to live music. All tasting rooms offers flights and wine tastings or wines by the glass.

Sierra Vintners offers a number of events through out the year. One great event is the Discover the Gold Wine Trail, where all of Nevada County wineries and tasting rooms combine tastings, food and live music.

Brewery - Nevada CityOr perhaps you’d prefer to visit the Republic Brewery and sample some handcrafted beer.

If you’re coming to Nevada City to do a bit of shopping stop by Gray Goose for a large selection of items you never knew you needed. Their motto is from “Sublime to ridiculous.” If you’re looking for fine art stop by Mowen Solinsky Gallery with a wide range of local and international artists. Other fun shops to check out include J.J. Jackson’s, Maiden Lane and the Earth Shop.

Nevada City DiningNevada City’s restaurants scene offers everything from The Fix’s raw, organic Vegetarian menu to New Moon Cafe’s local, natural and gourmet menu. If you’re looking for ethnic food check out the intimate setting of Sushi in the Raw or sit out on the patio at Sopa Thai. The best bites for casual dining are Matteo’s Public and Lefty’s Grill.

And if you want to add music to your meal stop by Friar Tuck’s bar where they have live music seven nights a week. After a big night sit outside on the patio at Ike’s Quarter Cafe with vegan biscuits and gravy, roasted corn flaps or a bayou boat with Andouille sausage, corn, peppers, caramelized onions and chili cream sauce on top of potatoes.

Depending on the time of the year of your visit, you can check out one of the many events, performances or live concerts in Nevada City. Venues to keep an eye on include the Miner’s Foundry, Nevada Theatre or the Haven Underground, depending on what’s playing. Special events like Summer Nights, Victorian Christmas and Nevada City Soapbox Derby bring the fun to the local city streets. Check on the Nevada City Chamber’s website for a list of local events.

Outside InnWhether it’s outdoors, shopping, eating or just hanging out Nevada City is bound to have an option to fit your agenda.

Stay in one of the themed rooms at the Outside Inn, just 3 blocks from downtown Nevada City. The creekside patio with the fire pit is a great place to include a glass of wine after a busy weekend, make sure to check out the laser light show after dark.

By Erin Thiem, owner of the Outside Inn in Nevada City, a small motel offering themed rooms within walking distance of downtown. Check out her blog, InnSide Nevada City for more ideas on things to do and see in the area.