Author: Ann Cooper
Date of Trip: May 2006
I visited Wickyup Bed and Breakfast (www.Wickyup.com) in Woodlake, California, in the foothills just near the entrance to the Sequoia National Park. This beautiful one hundred year old craftsman home built by the owner’s great, great uncle, a State Senator from Illinois, by the name of Harding was so charming and lovely, full of warmth and elegance, that I really wanted to stay much longer. Monica and Jack Pizura are the owners and are so very gracious and informative, and really take the time to insure a wonderful experience. The attention to detail by Monica and Jack insured a memorable time. The house is located on an organic orange ranch with lovely gardens surrounding the home. Jack’s whimsical copper sculpture greeted us as we entered the driveway and more are here and there around the house.
The candle light breakfast is scrumptious, and we lingered to hear stories about organic farming and the history of the area. The dining room is paneled with this very rare port orford cedar wood which glows warmly by the light of the candles. The port orford cedar paneling is all over the downstairs, adding to the charm and beauty of the house.
In analyzing our stay there, it’s not just the beauty and charm of the home, but the warmth and charm of Monica and Jack which make this bed and breakfast so outstanding. They really love what they are doing and take so much care with their guests. It’s probably my very favorite bed and breakfast and I’ve stayed in many all throughout the United States. So, as you can see, I would highly recommended a visit to Wickyup.