10/11/2006

California Presidental Hot Spots

Hang Out Where the Presidents Did.

At the Reagan Library, you'll be able to board Air Force One. Air Force One Pavilion Upon leaving office, President Reagan stated that one day he hoped he would be able to share Air Force One with the American people by placing it at his Presidential Library. That dream to have this magnificent aircraft here at his Library has finally come true. We are privileged to have this national treasure and honored by the trust the United States Air Force has placed in us to share it with the American people. The new Air Force One Pavilion, which opened on October 24, 2005, celebrates President Reagan’s vision and tells the story of his staggering achievements. Visitors to the Reagan Library will be able to board the Air Force One that served as the “Flying White House,” for President Reagan and six other U.S. presidents from 1973-2001. The new Air Force One Pavilion celebrates President Reagan’s vision of face-to-face diplomacy and tells the story of his achievements in promoting peace and democracy around the globe. In addition to Air Force One, the Pavilion includes a Johnson-era Marine One and a Presidential motorcade featuring President Reagan’s 1984 parade limousine.

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San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara

Nestled into the lush Montecito foothills, the San Ysidro Ranch has provided a tranquil retreat to discriminating travelers for over a century. Guests are drawn to this legendary hideaway for its blend of exquisite natural beauty, romantic heritage and rustic luxury. Myth and history mingle in gardens where Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier exchanged vows in the setting of John and Jackie Kennedy's honeymoon.

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Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Warren Harding stayed at the Inn on Mt Ida.

irishlass said...

Welcome to the
Murphys Historic Hotel!

In the very heart of Murphys is the picturesque old hotel now called the Murphys Historic Hotel. Centrally located in Calaveras County and California's historic goldrush country, Murphys Historic Hotel offers easy access to wineries, art galleries, natural wonders such as the Calaveras Big Trees, Yosemite National Park, Moaning and Mercer Caverns and activities including golf, skiing, caving, river rafting, cycling, antiquing, gold panning, fishing, hiking and more!


The Story of the Murphys Hotel
The Murphys Hotel was first opened in the summer of 1856 by James Sperry and John Perry, and was known for many years as the Sperry & Perry Hotel. The hotel thrived as the natural stopover for Matteson’s Stage en route from the railhead at Milton to the Calaveras Big Trees, which had just been discovered by A.T. Gus Dowd in 1852. The grove of giant sequoias was one of the greatest natural wonders of the nineteenth century, attracting people from all over the world. Mercer Caverns, discovered in 1885 by Walter J. Mercer one mile away from the hotel, also enticed many visitors to the area, as did the rich gold diggings.

Notable guests who stayed at the Murphys Hotel during its early years include Mark Twain, Horatio Algiers Jr., John Jacob Astor, Thomas J. Lipton, J.P. Morgan, and former President Ulysses S. Grant. Copies of the original registration signatures of these notables may be viewed today in the hotel’s lobby. The original register now resides at the Calaveras County Museum in San Andreas.

Fire destroyed most of downtown Murphys and damaged the hotel in 1859. The hotel was protected because of it's stone construction and iron shutters, and was restored and reopened in 1860. The hotel was operated by a succession of owners over the next 100 years, undergoing two name changes, first to the Mitchler Hotel and then, in 1945, to the Murphys Hotel. In 1963, a group of 35 investors purchased the hotel. Former University of the Pacific students, they had been coming to the hotel since 1942 as members of the informal Murphys Ale and Quail Club, and called their investment group the “Murphys Ale and Quail Corporation.” Numerous improvements were made to the facility over the years, including the addition of the two motel wings just west of the original structure.

In 1978, several original members as well as two new investors formed a new corporation called MAQ, Inc. The group achieved a listing for the hotel on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2003, long-time Calaveras county resident Dorian Faught became only the sixth owner of the Murphys Hotel. Under Faught’s careful guidance, additional enhancements and improvements to the hotel are being made, with close attention to preserving the character and feel of this very historic facility.

Almost 150 years after it first opened, the Murphys Hotel still hosts travelers touring the central Mother Lode region, while also functioning as the true center piece for the downtown Murphys business community. Local fraternal, service, and professional organizations use the hotel for their monthly meetings, and the hotel regularly hosts seminars, retreats and board meetings for a number of state associations, cities and other organizations from outside the area. The Murphys Hotel is not simply a preserved relic of the nineteenth century. Rather, it proudly continues its long-standing tradition of serving the needs of its community and travelers from around the world.

And Budget Magazine named Murphy's one of America's coolest small towns in April 2006.