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I thought I’d change it up a bit and show you the Inn I stayed in the night before the Wild Mustangs trip.
It’s lovely! The Inn features 7 rooms in an Historic 1940’s building, along with two private historic houses, with private hot tubs, and 10 private tubs for day and overnight use, and a wonderful breakfast in the morning.
The Inn is housed in a 1940’s block building constructed with local pumice materials. It was built to replace an old hotel where 10 small rooms shared one bath. The Inn was renovated in 1998, however the original structure integrity was retained. Therefore, all rooms except the Marquessa Suite (Room 7) share a bath. Two additional unique bathrooms with showers are available in a separate, adjacent building.
Prized for it’s western history, hot springs, remote settings, and dark skies.
The family has owned and operated the ranch for more than 90 years.
This is their Mission Statement:
“Our mission is to provide
guests with a tranquil and
peaceful respite from their
fast-paced, chaotic worlds.
During their visits we
encourage calm reflection
while lingering in natural
soothing hot mineral water.
We desire that our guests
leave in a restored and
returning to their worlds with
enhanced balance and harmony.”
Each room at the Inn is decorated in a different theme. I was in the Victor Room, but first let me show you the place setting and crumb cake we had as a starter to our breakfast. We had eggs, and hash browns, lots of coffee, and the conversation was delightful. You eat with other guests all at one table. There are two seating’s for breakfast. 8 o’clock, or 9 o’clock. Don’t be late! I wasn’t quick enough to get a photo of the whole table. 😕
Now, onto the Victor Suite. My room was on the end of left side of the building with a street view. There was a lovely chair outside my door with a view of the front courtyard. That image is still on my cell phone.
Brass bed… pardon my jackets on the chair please!
Each room had a Teddy Bear on the Bed(s)… after meeting some of the other guests that were also doing the Wild Mustang Trip I asked if I could see their rooms and decor and I said I’d be happy to show them my room too. We all did a little tour of each others rooms. It was neat to see 4 of the 7 rooms, plus the Miner’s cottage. The first question one of the ladies asked me was ,”Do you have a Teddy Bear on your bed? 😊
I loved the antique furniture, and collectibles in the room. That black door is to the shared bathroom. I didn’t take any photos of the bathroom.
In this image below I don’t know if the thing under the table is for magazines or boots. I’m hoping it’s for boots! Oops, forgive my Ray-Ban’s too please.
…and a closer look at what’s on the white table. I love old bottles, and railroad spikes and do-dads.
For the History Buffs, here’s a bit of history on the town of Benton from the Inn’s website.
Benton is one of the oldest existing towns in Mono County. Benton was founded by the western Indians who came to make use of its hot springs. As the nearby towns of Bodie and Aurora grew, Benton became a check-point for travelers on the way south in 1852.
Silver was discovered in the hills of Benton in 1862, and its population quickly grew. After hitting the initial strike of silver, not much more was found, but Benton’s profits were soon primarily from silver.
Unlike other mining towns, Benton was able to provide enough for the town to thrive and flourish for about 50 years. Most of the main activity took place between 1862 and 1890.
The Carson and Colorado Railroad reached the region in 1883, and made a stop at Benton Station, just four miles away.
I have some images of the old town that’ll be sharing in the future.
I’ll be staying here again in July, and hope to get a photo of the whole breakfast table all set up for breakfast, and if I get a different room you know I’ll be taking photos to share.
Oh, and I’m packing my bathing suit this time so, I can partake of the Hot Springs tubs!😀
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more to come…