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Monday, April 30, 2007

More on Tori and Dean and "reality" TV

A good buddy send me this recent article from the Fallbrook Village News about Tori Spelling's B & B and it turns out Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott DO NOT actually own Chateau La Rue. Which means that all that stuff the media bought from the duo about them taking Tori's pithy $800,000 inheritance from Aaron Spelling and investing it in a B & B is not true.
Reporter Christina Macone-Green writes:
A trip down to the San Diego County Assessors office on April 19 proved to be quite interesting. An assessment clerk, Ms. Lerma, easily pulled up the Chateau La Rue property address and reported that there had been no activity since 2004. There was no new document number and/or transaction for this residence.
"Nothing new has been recorded with the County of San Diego," Lerma said. The assessment clerk explained that the computer systems were up to date, having only a three-day lapse for transactions.
So who are the property owners of this Fallbrook bed and breakfast? There is no one new. "Christopher King and Patricia King are still the owners," asserted Lerma.

Very, I guess the King's are getting a nice piece of change for not running their inn and the "fame" of having Tori and Dean there...explains why they are staying in a trailer...

Friday, April 20, 2007

New and cool at the Placerville B&B

Well, last Saturday I took my ham radio test and got my Tech license. To be more precise, I got my "ticket" and my call sign is listed today, so now I can transmit. Our neighbor is also a ham and may put up an antenna so next time you are going to stay with us and you are a ham, bring your rig.

My new call sign is KI6JFO.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Some very cool events on May 20th in Placerville are the Hangtown Classic Car Show on Historic Main Street, Placerville. Participation is limited by the number of spaces availablefor pre-1972 classic cars. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Main Street, Placerville For more information contact: For information and pre-registration call Mike at (530) 622-1731

and if cars aren't your thing also on May 20th is the 9th Annual Garden Tour - "Springtime in the Foothills" brought to you by the City of Placerville Community Pride Committee. Twelve unique and picturesque privately owned gardens can be viewed on this self-guided tour. The selection committee has worked to bring participants a wide variety of garden types from roses and perennials to oriental, organic, and alpine gardens. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. rain or shine. Tickets are $15 per person. For more information contact: Michael Hendren (530) 344-1981

these are both great events that we have attended in years past.

Bed and Breakfast inns for real

Opposed to what you see on Tori and Dean's show "Inn Love", running a bed and breakfast is hard work, and many of us do that work ourselves. We do not have someone to run it for us, nor do we call someone or give up at the first sign of trouble.

Rita and I have painted several of the rooms in the inn ourselves, in addition to the decorating, cooking, cleaning, furnishing, gardening, etc. only leaving the wiring, and exterior painting to professionals. It we had a one story house, we might have even done that ourselves.

There is not "someone else" taking reservations, staying up to greet late arrivals, or making breakfast, shopping, etc. It is us--and Lily helps too.

While it is most certainly work, doing what you love, innkeeping is a passion as well.

Monday, April 02, 2007


Here is some big news that just went out to all innkeepers in California.

The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) and the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) today announced that the two organizations have entered into a partnership to provide their respective members with greater access to legislative, marketing, educational and professional development benefits specific to the lodging industry. This newly formed relationship will strengthen the voice of California’s lodging industry across all market sectors, while providing property owners with the tools to operate a successful lodging business in California.

"This is a great step toward unifying the California lodging industry," said CH&LA Chairperson Tony Bruno, vice president of Disneyland Resort Hotels & Downtown Disney. "This partnership gives the industry a stronger voice at the capitol and integrates CABBI into the largest lodging association in California."
"This partnership is another positive sign for the California tourism industry and only strengthens our collective voice," stated Caroline Beteta, executive director of the California Travel & Tourism Commission. "Congratulations to CH&LA and CABBI on a giant step toward unifying the tourism industry."

This strategic partnership will allow CH&LA to concentrate on critical legislative, economic and educational issues pertinent to the California lodging industry, while CABBI focuses intently on developing and implementing targeted marketing opportunities for California bed and breakfast inns. A CABBI Council, largely
comprised of the CABBI Board of Directors, has been created within CH&LA to direct CABBI programs and services. CABBI members will receive CH&LA and AH&LA member benefits, in addition to CABBI’s current programs and services.

"We are pleased to partner with the most influential state lodging association anywhere," said CABBI Board of Directors President Stephen Willey. "CH&LA will significantly broaden program resources available to CABBI members. In turn, CH&LA members who own B&Bs will benefit from CABBI’s niche industry expertise. We are looking forward to a long and successful relationship."

About CH&LA
The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) is the largest state lodging industry association in the nation and a Partner State Association of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Its 1,900 members, which comprise approximately 175,000 guest rooms, include all segments of the lodging industry. CH&LA is the leading resource for communicating and protecting the rights and interests of the California lodging industry. CH&LA was established in 1893. CH&LA is on the web at

The California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns is California’s largest association of professional innkeepers and certified bed and breakfast inns. CABBI is a marketing-driven organization designed to create awareness among consumers of individual CABBI members and the benefits of choosing a CABBI-certified inn for overnight accommodations in California. CABBI was established in 1991. CABBI is on the web at