The SpaceWHAT IS THE WELCOME LIKE?
We put your name(s) on the Welcome Board outside the cottage. We also love to have special little surprises, to get the oohhs and aaahhhs!
After you register at the Main House, we will take you on a tour of the cottage and gardens which are down the driveway.
You will park your car at the bottom of the driveway.
WHAT IS THE COTTAGE LIKE?
It is a studio apartment ( 16x20) with a water closet (toilet, hand washing sink), shower closet, sink/stove kitchen area, sitting area, clothes closet, washer and dryer (no extra charge), a work desk/table which also has a mirror and storage for a dressing table. a monitor heater and a sleeping "island" bed. It is in the city limits with a church parking lot on one side and a residential lot on the other. The Freeway is close which makes it easy to get on and off of.
HOW MANY DOES THE COTTAGE SLEEP?
Inside the cottage, the queen platform bed comfortably sleeps 2. There is also a sofa sleeper and a chaise sleeper with sleeping bags in the upper cupboard for 2 more.
The Cottage is ideal for a small family, a couple or singles.
WHAT IS A SELF-SERVE BREAKFAST?
Our chickens provide fresh eggs for your breakfasts.
Our guests recognize the value of thoughtful amenities that allow you to cook and bake your own self-serve meals as the cottage has everything you need to cook and serve meals except lunch and dinner foods. There are spices, salt and pepper, oil, Bisquick/pancake mix, and sugar and butter. We also provide breakfast breads, milk, fresh coffee beans and fruit. Please let us know your preferences, any allergies or gluten or lactose intolerance.
WHAT IS THE WATER LIKE?
The cottage has an under counter water heater which provides hot water for a short shower. Hot water is instant and is set very hot. Start with cold water and add hot to get the right mix.
The wash is cold water only.
The drinking water is pure and good here. It comes right off the mountain streams and is bottled in our area.
HOW CLOSE IS THE FREEWAY?
The freeway is nearby. Once you close the cottage door and windows it can barely be heard as the cottage is well insulated. To us the freeway is a constant calming sound. It provides easy on and off to the various attractions of the area.
WHAT IS THE GARDEN LIKE?
Garden Gate Cottage nestles down our hill. It is calming, peaceful, private, pleasant and appealing to the senses. The outdoor garden has easy style with intimate areas for conversation, eating or just relaxing. In Winter the garden is dormant and the outdoor furniture is stored.
There is a view of Mt Shasta from the Cottage garden.
The Conversation Areas:
The Fire Pit Area with seating. We set the fire pit with wood so all you have to do is strike the match.
The outdoor furniture provide lounging, seating and conversation in season.
The Eating Areas:
A small table and chairs just outside the cottage door.
A table and chairs in the Pergola.
The Relaxing Areas:
The Bubbling Fountain ( in season) with seating.
The bench with a tin roof. Great for listening to rain.
WHAT ARE WINTERS LIKE?
Winter months are November through February. Nights are colder than days. Usually the sun comes out and it warms a bit even in winter. There are only a couple of times a year that we have severe winter storms. We rarely have to put on chains, but we always carry chains as we live in the mountains. You should carry chains when you come to visit in the winter.
The freeway is frequently plowed in case of snow and rarely gets completely closed down. Our road is a main street and regularly gets plowed during a snow. If snow is building up it is wise to park at the mouth of our driveway unless you have snow tires.
We have a snow blower.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Expect to be cared for but not hovered over.
Expect friendly folk.
Expect vegetables and/or fruit from the garden during the growing season which is June to September or October.
Expect cool nights and warmer days.
Expect changeable weather in the winter and options for winter sports.
Expect us to keep the garden watered.
Expect the gardener. The gardener is my 95 year old Dad who lives with us. He definitely has a 'green thumb' and loves to work the garden. You may see him or hear the scritch-scratch of his spade. He quietly goes about the garden in some area each day of the growing season; hoeing weeds, picking produce, tilling the soil or watering. He may not have his hearing aids in, but If you can engage him in conversation, he loves it. Guest AccessThese are the things You have access to...
...Wifi. The provider is slow, so you won't be able to stream movies, but you can gain on-line access. The password is in the Welcome Book.
...A TV with swiveling cable that rotates toward the bed or toward the sitting area.
...The cottage garden directly in front of the cottage with firepit.
...A private parking space, outdoor pergola to the left of the cottage and outdoor stairway.
...Optionally you may Schedule an art lesson at Juliart School with Julie Grossman. There is oil, acrylic or water color painting, fused and slumped glass, stained glass, mosaics and sculpture.
...Off limits is the vacation rental on the lower level of the main house, the garage and sheds. Interaction with GuestsWe love to interact with our guests.
When you register and get your key we greet you and give you a tour of the Gardens and Garden Gate Cottage. We bring fruits, vegetables and flowers from our gardens in season.
If you would like to use the fire pit we will have wood for you.
Feel free to ask us questions or text for information during your stay.
If you are interested we can suggest places to hike or visit.
Someone is always present at the Main House or in the garden during your stay. The NeighborhoodWe have forested trees all around our property which is fenced on a lot in the small Mountain Town of Weed. The neighborhood is safe and quiet. We have a little path around the garden in front of Garden Gate Cottage, but if you would like to take the 2 mile circle (along South Weed Blvd), the Bear Trail or the Meadow Trail, they are gentle walks within a half mile. Within a 1/2 mile there is the Dollar General, In a mile there is a grocery store, restaurants, bowling, walks, the College of the Siskiyous, small town shops and banking.
Our Cottage is 5 minutes from the Weed Golf Course, 10 minutes from the City of Mt. Shasta, 10 minutes from Stewart Hot Springs, 25 minutes from the ski resort as well as many day trips to great places of interest. Getting AroundWe recommend a car to get around. You will have a private parking space.
There is a local bus that goes to Mt. Shasta.
The Greyhound bus station is just down the block from Garden Gate Cottage.
The freeway makes it easy to get around.
There are some wonderful places in our area to see and take pictures. There is usually snow on the mountain most of the summer.
Here are more ideas: Everett Memorial Highway that goes up to the Mt. Shasta Trail head at Bunny Flats, Pacific Crest Trail on the Eddies, South Fork of the Sacramento River, Castle Lake, Headwaters of the Sacramento River in Mt. Shasta City Park, Lake Siskiyou, Castle Craig's, Hedgecreek Falls in Dunsmuir, Mossbrae Falls in Dunsmuir on the Sacramento River, Stewart Springs north of Weed...LOTS to see and do. Ciao, Julie Other Things to NoteThere is a 10% city occupancy tax and a 2% Siskiyou County Tourism Improvement District(SCTID) assessment for stays under 30 days. You will pay this with cash or credit card when you register and get your key at the main house.