Posted on Jun 27th, 2010 by Allison (Family/Friends, Travel)

Paul and Craig have invited me to come for a visit several times the past couple of years. Apparently they had ulterior motives for the invitation. Even so, if you are fortunate enough to receive an invitation, I urge you to accept – it’s an experience to remember.

After a drive through Sonoma wine country, I found myself amidst a redwood forest and, following the instructions of my handy gps, arrived safely at Craig and Paul’s home on the hill. I was greeted by Paul at the top of the long staircase that leads to their home and introduced to fish that let me pet them. Well, one of the fish lets me pet her. She seems to like it.

Paul showed me to my private suite – dubbed “Miss Kitty’s Boudoir.” The bathroom was decked out with everything a traveler could want – built in hair dryer, soft bathrobe and slippers, bath/hair supplies, toothbrush, etc. Paul had called prior to my visit to ask about any dietary requirements, and the fridge was filled with bottled water, fresh fruit and yogurt. More fruit – and hand dipped strawberries graced my private table. What a treat!

Then I got the tour of their home – which was originally a little cabin (now remodeled into the guest suite). They built their existing home, which connects to the suite through a laundry room. Paul has always been very ‘handy’ and he’s done a beautiful job with the design and construction.

I especially love the tile with copper flecks in the kitchen – and the unique wall treatments and custom railing Paul designed. Their space is so inviting – and he and Craig are delightful hosts.

Look at what a beautiful and comfortable home they’ve created for themselves. Those glass windows look out onto sun dappled, vine covered redwoods and douglas firs. Breathtaking.

We’ve been having a wonderful time together, and my next post will feature how we’ve been spending our time (if I survive the night). For now, I must go enjoy what promises to be a fabulous meal that Paul is just placing on the table…..

(10) Comments   


Jean on June 27th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

looks like a wonderful place. Beauty all around, inside and out. Enjoy, I will look forward to reading the adventures of Paul & Craig & Allison.

Jennifer Pearce on June 28th, 2010 at 11:12 am

It sounds like such a wonderful time! Beautiful house too, what talent. I especially love all those windows and the gorgeous views.

Ashley Rae on June 28th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Great pics, mom! Their place is beautiful… Paul is so incredibly talented. I can’t wait to go visit them, sometime.

Michelle on June 28th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Beautiful! What perfect hosts they are. Those windows in the living room are AMAZING. (need more pics!)

Kathleen on June 28th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Wow PAul and Crai, what a great job you did on the cottage and your home. Although I should not be surprised, you guys are so talented. I love the bank of windows and the private guest suite is beautiful. I give this a five star rating and in my day I have stayed in some pretty fabulous hotels. xxx

irene on June 29th, 2010 at 10:08 am

beautiful home and gracious hosts, love the water feature with the pet fish :o)
Continue on with a a good visit with an enjoyable with good friends.

Chris on July 1st, 2010 at 10:31 am

What a gorgeous home!! I don’t think I would ever want to leave. I would also like some fish I could pet–are they koi?

Brandon Pearce on July 3rd, 2010 at 10:52 am

Wow! Beautiful place! They sound like they were the perfect hosts (depending on their motives, I guess). 🙂

craig on July 6th, 2010 at 11:47 am

What a great visit we had! It was so nice to get to know you better. Sorry about the pork chop – I promise my intentions were good. And yes, Paul has created an amazing place for us.

By the way…the morning chair for tea was just an optical illusion. You would have been fine…really.

Paul on July 6th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I loved having you visit, thanks I had a great time. I’ll get into it on my next blog.

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