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3 Reasons For a Romantic Getaway at MacCallum House

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Roughly 71% of couples who travel together believe that taking time to talk and reconnect is a significant reason for going on a couple’s trip. On top of that, 42% of travelers state that they feel more romantic while on vacation.

The team at MacCallum House understands this. After all, the sights, smells, and sounds of a new place are enough to make even the least adventurous person feel excited and refreshed. If you’re staying with us in Mendocino, here are three ways we can help make your adventure a truly unforgettable one.

Luxurious Accommodations

If you and that special someone are planning a romantic getaway, there’s no time like the present and there’s no place like MacCallum House. Located conveniently in the heart of Mendicino, this historic Victorian landmark offers a variety of elegant, peaceful accommodations to choose from. Stay in the stately Main House, one of the exquisitely refurbished barn rooms, or choose from seven quaint pet-friendly cottages. The nearby MacCallum Suites and vacation rentals are also a wonderful choice.

Lavish Amenities

A roaring river stone fireplace. A clawfoot bathtub. A mini-bar filled with delectable artisanal delights. Pamper yourselves with these sumptuous amenities and more. After a gourmet breakfast, treat yourselves to a relaxing Mendocino spa package and take a specialty gift basket chock-full of local and regional items along with you for a romantic picnic lunch. Later on, enjoy a marvelous dinner in MacCallum House’s restaurant featuring North Coast cuisine prepared by award-winning executive chef Alan Kantor.

Lovely Scenery

With over 90 miles of spectacular rocky coastline to explore, Mendocino also offers many beaches to enjoy. Have a cozy bonfire at Blues beach, or head to the unspoiled cove at Jug Handle State Reserve, which is a local favorite. For those who love a leisurely walk through the woods, Mendocino County boasts numerous old-growth redwood groves. In addition, the rivers winding through the area are lined with wooded areas. The dramatic ocean views in Mendocino also make an ideal wedding backdrop, and MacCallum House is well-equipped to help you coordinate your special celebration, including the selection of a romantic ceremony location, choosing a reception area, and catering for the exciting event.

If you and your loved one are in need of some quality time together and are wondering where to stay in Mendocino, MacCallum House offers the elegant, well-appointed accommodations, extravagant amenities, and gorgeous scenery that set the perfect scene for romance.


Unique Romantic Lodging Options For You And Your Spouse

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Whether it’s for your honeymoon, your anniversary, or just because, a vacation with your partner can be great for your relationship. In fact, 42% of travelers feel more romantic on vacation, making vacations an excellent time for you and your partner to get closer to one another. Next time you and your partner are planning a vacation together, take a look at these unique options for a truly romantic getaway.

  • Coast hotels: If you and your partner are looking for a bit of classic romance, where better to look than hotels with an ocean view? Coast hotels not only give you a romantic backdrop for your vacation, but the location means that you and your partner will have a wide variety of activities available to fill the day. Just make sure you plan this vacation with the seasons in mind; you’ll want to make sure the weather is perfect for your days on the beach and spending time in the ocean.
  • Cottage rentals: Cottage rentals can be perfect for a couple that wants a more private romantic getaway. Certain places even offer pet friendly cottages, so if you and your partner have a furry friend you can’t bear to leave with a pet sitter, they’ll be perfectly welcome on the vacation as well. Additionally, many cottages have kitchens available for preparing home-cooked meals for that extra touch of personalized romance.
  • Luxury resorts: For the couple that has it all and still wants more, luxury hotels will likely be the best choice for your romantic vacation. The luxurious accommodations will make you and your partner feel pampered the entire length of your stay and truly make your time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life feel special. Make sure you plan out your days in advance; look for luxury hotels with spas, fine dining, and other elegant activities.

Wanting to plan a romantic vacation for you and your partner that has it all? The MacCallum House has all these lodging options and more to make sure you and your partner have the best getaway possible. Contact the MacCallum House today for more information or to book your stay.


How To Pick The Right Hotel For Your Vacation

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Finding the right place to stay on your vacation can be a struggle. There are many factors to consider when booking your lodging: the number of guests, the type of trip you’d like to have, the lodging options available near your travel destinations, and more. If you’re having trouble finding the right accommodations, use these tips to find hotels and inns you’re sure to love.

What Kind Of Trip Are You Planning?

Accommodations for a family vacation are going to be very different from accommodations for a honeymoon. Make sure you keep in mind the purpose of your trip while you’re booking your lodging. For a more at-home sort of feeling to your stay, look for cottage rentals that can accommodate you and your entire family. If you’re looking for a relaxing break from a hectic work week, consider a luxury hotel. Where you stay can help set the tone for the rest of your vacation.

Who’s Coming With?

Is this trip just for you and your spouse, or is the whole family coming along? Keep in mind not only the number of guests you’ll be sharing the room with but also the types of people in the room. A vacation can be a great way to spend quality family time, assuming you pick the right place to stay. 37% of families say that vacations make them happy, making it the activity that makes families most happy.

What Do You Need Out Of Your Space?

For some busy travelers, a hotel room is just a place to rest your head at the end of a long day. However, for others, it’s important to select your hotels and inns carefully because of the specific requirements you have for the room. Do you need pet-friendly cottages to account for the family dog that will be traveling with you? Do you need a space to cook in your accommodations? Keep these in mind when selecting your lodgings.

Looking for high-quality accommodations in Mendocino? The MacCallum House has a wide variety of accommodation types for you to choose from for your vacation, including cottage rentals and luxury suites. Contact the MacCallum House today for more information and to check availability.


Barrel-Aged Cocktails at the MacCallum House

Barrel-Aged Cocktails at the MacCallum House,  May 2014

Preparing the ingredients for our barrel-aged Manhattans.

Preparing the ingredients for our barrel-aged Manhattans.

 

The trend of barrel-aging cocktails has been gaining steam over the past couple of years. Barrel-aging spirits can be a creative and an effective way to make a delicious and easy-to-pour cocktail which is especially handy when you have a crowded bar or a large group to serve, as we often do. It’s also just plain fun to barrel your own concoction and develop flavors and complexity by aging a pre-mixed cocktail in an oak barrel; it can be a real lesson in chemistry!

 

We started by purchasing a 5 liter barrel made of untreated American oak. You can find barrels online that are specifically made for this purpose in various sizes but we decided 5 liters would be an ideal size for our needs. Used port or brandy barrels or any other type of barrel would also work. As a home project, you can certainly select smaller barrels; just adjust your amounts accordingly. Upon receiving the new barrel, we washed it out with hot water to remove any wood chips, and we then filled it with hot water and left it overnight so that the dry wood would soak up the water and not our precious spirits. If there are any leaks, this tips you off to their locations. Prior to filling the barrel with water, we took a small blowtorch and lightly charred the interior of the barrel to add a smokier flavor. This is fun but be careful of the flame coming out of the other end of the barrel.

 

A classic cocktail to age in a barrel is a Manhattan. This can be done using with rye, whiskey or bourbon as a base. Bourbon was our first choice (we chose Knob Creek) as it has a nice spicy sweetness to it and once aged, it shows off the added oak flavor quite well. A classic Manhattan is pretty straightforward: 2 oz. rye or bourbon, 1-ounce sweet vermouth (we use Vya), and 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters served over ice. Stirred (not shaken) and then served up traditionally with a cherry. You can make them less sweet by dropping the vermouth by a ½ oz. or by adding an additional ½ oz. of whiskey.

 

We like ours a little sweet so for a barrel-aged Manhattan in a 5 liter barrel, a good recipe would be:

 

  • 3.0 liters bourbon or rye
  • 1.5 liters of sweet vermouth

 

Mixing the Manhattan ingredients to pour into the barrel.

Mixing the Manhattan ingredients to pour into the barrel.

This recipe leaves a little space in the 5 liter barrel in case you want to add more whiskey and drop the sweetness a little. Please note that we didn’t add the bitters; there is some evidence that bitters loses its punch in the barrel so we just add it when we make the drink to serve. We mixed the bourbon and vermouth in a pitcher before pouring it into the barrel.

 

Pouring the Manhattan ingredients into the barrel through a funnel.

Pouring the Manhattan ingredients into the barrel through a funnel.

After the barrel was filled, we put the plugs in it and stashed it in a nice cool, dark place. We rotated it a quarter turn once a week and it went 6 weeks before serving. We took a sample at 3 weeks and could tell it was going to be good. The serving of the drink is the easiest part. Just pour it over ice, add some bitters and stir until its really cold. We served ours with a flamed orange peel. The oils in the orange add a nice flavor to the drink.

 

Once you have drained the barrel, you can certainly use it again. It’s not recommended to use it more than 2 or 3 times; obviously you will lose some of the oak flavor with each use but will gain some flavors from the residues of the first batch. We decided to make a Negroni as the next cocktail in the Manhattan barrel. It is equal parts gin (we used Boodles due to its milder flavor and well-balanced botanicals), sweet vermouth, and Campari. Again, we mixed it outside the barrel in a pitcher.

 

A 5 liter recipe would be:

 

  • 1.75 liters each of Gin, Sweet Vermouth, and Campari.

 

This leaves a little left over which you can pour over ice and enjoy after putting the barrel to rest. After 6 weeks you have a really nicely flavored negroni with some of the bitterness of the Campari knocked down and some added flavor from the previous batch of Manhattans. You can add all sorts of things to a Negroni like figs, strawberries, or grapefruit juice, but we like ours pretty straight, especially if you want to taste the nice flavor profile of the barrel. A simple grapefruit twist would be the perfect garnish.

 

As our next experiment, we are thinking about doing something with tequila, perhaps a barrel aged margarita base. In the future perhaps we will age some blends that can be used as the bases for other mixed drinks. Although it’s tempting, you don’t want to add fruit juice or sugar to the barrels as they can spoil. Anyway, we hope you have fun barreling and enjoy the results responsibly.

Our first blog was written by Herman Seidell.