by Catherine L. Tully
Time to dream a little! Have you taken your vacation this year? If not…
This getaway for writers is in Inverness, CA, and it is truly inspirational. The Blackthorne Inn will take you out of reality to a magical place where you and nature are only seperated by a pane of glass. The property resembles a tree house, and there are several rooms where you look right out into the forest. In the morning, savor your buffet breakfast in the glass solarium or outside on the 3,500 square foot deck at the base of the building.
If you are going to visit, stay in the “Eagle’s Nest” tower room or if you prefer a balcony, try the “Overlook” room. Both have a great view. Point Reyes National Seashore wilderness park is right there, and the property is only an hour from Napa-Sonoma wine country.
Something about the west has inspired writers and artists for as long as it has been settled and The Belton Chalet is truly an inspirational place. An updated, yet still old-fashioned feel makes this a wonderful place to settle in and write. Sit on the amazing decks and gaze out at the mountains, take your laptop down to the resturant deck and sip a glass of wine as you type, or simply curl up by the fire and make the most of the atmosphere.
There is an on-site spa if you’d like to indulge yourself. Box lunches are also available if you want to take a ride to Glacier National Park–only a short drive away if you need an even more dramatic backdrop for your writing. A popular spot–so reserve ahead of time. Another one of my favorites!
I’m sharing my favorite getaway here–this is a perfect place to write. Peaceful Pines Cottage is the only rental on the property, and Apple River Canyon State Park is two minutes away. The park’s scenery is the ideal backdrop for finding your muse in the nicer weather, but this is also a superb winter getaway. The owners have taken the time to hang birdfeeders that attract Cardinals, Blue Jays and a variety of other feathered friends to the windows to keep you company without becoming too much of a distraction. And there is no phone…
You’ll find a one-mile walking trail on the property, as well as a large, comfortable deck out back. There is a screened-in porch, a fire pit and barbecue grill–in case you feel like cooking out. It’s so quiet here you’ll be amazed at how much work you can get done. I’ve been to this property many times and have always come back with a pile of finished writing and tons of article ideas. Load up on supplies at the local IGA in nearby Warren and settle in for a few days–you’ll thank yourself!
*Photograph of Peaceful Pines Cottage is copyrighted by Larry Backe.