The McCaffrey House Bed and Breakfast is located in Twain Harte, California. The building has seven rooms available for guest reservation, with common areas on the first floor where visitors can gather if they wish. Each room contains almost the same amenities regardless of choice, with the main difference being the sizes of the rooms and beds. There is a large deck surrounding the house that guests can access to observe the forest surrounding the one-acre property. Breakfast, which is made daily by Stephanie, one of the business’s owners, is served in the property's dining room but can also be served on the deck should the weather permit it. Stephanie says that she wants those who stay with her to “feel really welcomed, comfortable, and happy” both while they are on the premises and exploring the surrounding region.
Located near the town of Twain Harte, California, is the McCaffrey House Bed and Breakfast. The exterior of the building is painted white with green trim. A large wrap-around deck is available to guests on the first floor, with tables and chairs set up for patrons to use. Many of the offered rooms also have private balconies and patios. Inside the inn, there is a common area on the main floor where a daily wine hour takes place from 5:00 to 6:00 each evening. Also on the first floor is a dining room where breakfast is served each morning.
There are a total of seven rooms that patrons can reserve. While each one has a unique name, they all provide many of the same amenities regardless of which room is chosen. Every room has a private bathroom, an individual thermostat, flat-screen TVs, and access to the inn’s wireless internet. What differs between each room is most notably the size and number of beds, as each room can accommodate a different number of guests. One of the more popular rooms that visitors will stay in is the Wedgwood room, which provides a king-size bed and higher ceilings than some of the other rooms. Regardless of the room, guests are provided with a full breakfast every morning of their stay; coffee, tea, and cookies in the afternoon; and a glass of wine in the evenings.
Each morning, breakfast is served to patrons in the inn’s dining room at 8:30 AM. For those with dietary restrictions or who need special accommodations, Stephanie, one of the McCaffrey House’s owners, asks that she be notified ahead of time. Stephanie makes breakfast each morning, typically consisting of either a sweet or savory dish. Dishes offered include soufflé, biscuits or croissants, ham and eggs, and McCaffrey House French toast. Breakfast is served in the dining room or on the deck outside, depending on the time of year.
For those who are interested, dinner is also served to guests at the bed and breakfast for a fixed fee. The four-course meal is cooked by Chef Josh Woodall, who is a Michelin recognized chef. Dinner is prepared nightly, and the menu varies from night to night. Like breakfast, accommodations can be made if enough notice is given before the meal is prepared.
Stephanie, one of the owners of the McCaffrey House Bed and Breakfast, says she wants her guests to “feel comfortable, happy, and relaxed.” She and her husband, Michael work to provide that comfortable and relaxed atmosphere by being available for patrons throughout their stay. They will often interact with guests during breakfast each morning and the nightly wine hour. That hospitality is something that the business is particularly well known for and which some prior guests have commented on in reviews of their stays. One visitor said, “Stephanie was helpful with reservations, communication, and helping me and my boyfriend locate spots for hiking in the area.”
The owner explains that one of the large draws to the area is the nature that surrounds the inn. Close to the property, visitors will find Yosemite National Park, Columbia State Park, Pinecrest Lake, and other large natural reserves. Each of these places offers the opportunity to hike or bike on various trails, swim or boat in the lakes, and observe redwood trees. Should guests visit in the winter, skiing is also possible at multiple locations around the area. Another prominent attraction in the region, according to the McCaffrey House’s website, is Cover’s Apple Ranch and Indigeny Reserve, which is an organic apple ranch, cider works, and distillery that people can visit to learn more about the process of creating cider.
A unique aspect of the bed and breakfast is the Tesla charging station set up in front of the building. The station is also equipped to charge other types of electric vehicles. Stephanie says that many guests appreciate the charging station as it is the only one in the region that they can use to charge their cars. Especially in the wintertime, when the batteries tend to run out faster, many travelers who need to recharge their vehicle will utilize the station, which is open to the public. Another unique feature of the inn is the massage room. Should patrons desire to receive a massage, they are available for an additional charge throughout the year. During warmer months, massages can be done in a separate area outside for what Stephanie calls a “massage in the forest.”
Both Stephanie and Michael, her husband, ask that while guests are staying at the property, they observe a few important policies. A quiet time is enforced after 10:00 PM until the following morning to try to help create a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Smoking is not allowed inside of the inn and must be done outside. Additionally, People are encouraged to bring their pets with them to stay at the McCaffrey House, with five of the eight rooms being designated as pet-friendly rooms.
Before becoming the McCaffrey House Bed and Breakfast, the inn was originally a cabin. The property is currently owned by Michael and Stephanie, with Stephanie being the daughter of the original owners of the property. Stephanie’s parents bought the cabin in 1964 and used it as a family cabin for many years, during which time Stephanie grew to love the location. She and her husband eventually bought the cabin from her father and used it for a time as their own vacation home. However, after staying at a number of bed and breakfasts, Michael and Stephanie decided to convert the property into a bed and breakfast of their own, establishing the McCaffrey House in 1997. Both in the time leading up to the inn’s establishment and in the years since, there have been many changes and updates made to the building itself. Extra rooms were added to accommodate additional guests; the smaller decks and patios, as well as the large wrap-around deck, were built on the home’s exterior; and one of the guest rooms in the house was converted into a massage room.