|The Live Oak Room's private outdoor soaking tub at Eden Vale Inn|
With a press of the “romance” button in my room, the lights dim to a warm glow and the gas fireplace blazes to life. When I press the “reading” button, and a tiny spotlight illuminates the pages of the book in my lap. With the press of another button, the private outdoor soaking tub for two begins filling with warm water and automatically shuts off a few inches from the rim. The high-tech features are an alluring luxury for a century-old hay barn.
|Live Oak Room at Eden Vale Inn|
|Fireplace at Eden Vale Inn|
|Hammock near the grape arbor at Eden Vale Inn|
The barn now serves as the main building of the bed and breakfast inn, which the Hamlins opened in 2009. The inn’s seven luxurious guest rooms blend ultra-modern features with rustic touches and feature outdoor soaking tubs, gas fireplaces, and spa-like private baths.
|Firepit at Eden Vale Inn|
|Swimming pond and rowboat at Eden Vale Inn|
I climb into a hammock near the grape arbor to watch the sunset beyond the hills and the row of bowling ball columns. I note with amusement at how the columns’ silhouettes take on a more regal appearance against the setting sun.
|Vegetable frittata with sausage and sweet potatoes|
Early in the morning, I take a walk around the placid pond. A rowboat tied up to a small dock glides idly from side to side. At the far end of the pond, I catch sight of two bucks standing just outside the fence.
|Outdoor deck overlooking the gardens at Eden Vale Inn|
But looking out over the gardens, I’m equally tempted to spend another relaxing day in Eden.
Eden Vale Inn
1780 Springvale Rd.
Placerville, CA 95667
First, fourth, and fifth photos courtesy of Eden Vale Inn. All others by Ranee Ruble-Dotts for CABBI.