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“Almost Perfect”
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Rainbow Tarns
Ranked #1 of 1 Crowley Lake B&B and Inns
Durham, California
2 reviews
“Almost Perfect”
Reviewed 19 September 2011

My husband and I stopped here and stayed 2 nights as part of our anniversary trip along the 395 corridor. We had been able to book the Rainbow room for a 20% discount because it was mid-week and the room had a jacuzzi so we were already happy! Room was comfortable and spacious and has a little patio with table and chairs this room can use. After a day of hiking, the jacuzzi was wonderful. The first night Brock prepared a tray of cheese and crackers and a couple of pieces of white and dark chocolate as well as a small bottle of champaign for us. Quite a nice treat! The second night, he prepared a tray of goodies and brought out a bottle of good zin that he shared with us and one other couple staying there. Honestly, a great place to stay. Only one negative that we almost hate to mention. The Rainbow room is right under the owner's residence and when their T.V. was on, we could hear it below. I'm sure if we would have said something they would have turned it down or off, but we forgot about it both nights until we were already in bed! It was off by11:00 p.m. both nights. None of the other rooms have T.V.s so no way to cover the noise. We had hiked a lot both days so ended up crashing fairly early. Would have been nice to have total quiet. As said earlier, though, the owners are really nice and accommodating people and would most likely have addressed it if we would have told them. Don't know if this was an issue for either of the other two rooms. Would absolutely stay here again. Beautiful grounds and other than the T..V. issue, have absolutely no negatives.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 August 2008

The Rainbow Tarns B&B is a delightful oasis at the base of Red Mountain near Mammoth Lakes, CA. "Oasis" is an apt description, as you would not know that this B&B is here until you literally drive onto the property. But as soon as you do, you encounter a wonderful expanded cabin on a plot with three private ponds and abutting a broad pasture.

As described elsewhere, the Rainbow Tarns ("rainbow" for the trout, and "tarns" for the ponds) B&B features three bedrooms, all part of the main cabin. The proprietors also live on the property in upper quarters. There is a large common living room with a generous smattering of books, magazines, and games. A common kitchen/dining area is where a full breakfast is prepared and served.

This is a true B&B, with a full gourmet breakfast is served, prepared by the hosts and included in the cost of the accommodations. This morning, for example, we started with a fruit cup with yogurt and danish, followed by a specialty omelet, sausage, and toast.

One of the things we like about really good B&Bs is the interaction between the guests, and we were blessed by our stay at Rainbow Tarns to have wonderful fellowship with the other guests and with the hosts.

Close by are plenty of hiking, fishing, and other activities. Mammoth Lakes is just north of Rainbow Tarns, and is, of course, a popular site during the winter for skiing. We only had one half day of planned activities, and relied on the hosts to provide other suggestions for what we might do. We ended up doing some relatively simple hiking to some small lakes up in the mountains, which turned out to provide wonderful opportunities to snap some pictures, which I've attached.


Our one planned activity was fishing along the Owens Creek, which turned out to be fairly crowded but successful.

Overall, our three day stay was delightful, with the Rainbow Tarns playing a significant role.

  • Liked — Scenery, proximity to outdoor activities, quality of accommodations, dining experience, service
  • Disliked — Pretty much everything was great. Not much to improve on.
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 July 2008

My husband and I stayed at Rainbow Tarns B&B for his 60th birthday weekend. We try to always stay at B&Bs and so have a lot of places to compare. This lovely place was perfect for our getaway. It is a few miles (15 minutes) from Mammoth (ski town).
We had the feeling that we were in our own little world. There are only 3 guest rooms - each unique and exquisite. Ours was a rustic western theme with a greenhouse style bathroom and a jacuzzi tub. The common areas are comfy and inviting. We hiked every day after a hearty and tasty breakfast cooked by our host Brock. He and his wife, Diane were personable and offered many suggestions for day trips, restaurants etc... When we could make it back in time, there was wine and snacks waiting.
We relaxed in the hammocks under the trees reading and relaxing and enjoying the birds, gardens, chipmunks, and the lovely ponds (3 of them which are also called "Tarns" - hence the name).
Down the road a bit are sheep and lambs. We were met on our arrival by the family dog, Crowley, who escorted us in. The day we left, Crowley was also in attendance for goodbye pictures.
I would recommend this lovely place to anyone traveling in the area. It is only 45 minutes to Mono Lake (an amazing inland sea) and Yosemite (eastern entrance), and 20 minutes from Mammoth Mt. So much to do! And when you return at the end of a busy day, it is like returning to a beautiful home - quiet, peaceful and welcoming. What could be better???
Sue and John Ferguson

  • Liked — atmosphere - romantic and peaceful
  • Disliked — nothing - everything was as we desired it
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2008

We returned to Rainbow Tarns after a two-year absence and found the same charming oasis. The grounds are as beautiful as ever, the hosts friendly and generous, the rooms attractive and comfortable, and the stay restful.

As always, Brock and Diane welcome the weary traveler with good wine and appetizers in the afternoon. Breakfasts at Rainbow Tarns are a feast for the eyes as well as the gullet: colorful, ample, and delicious.

The area abounds with natural attractions; after a day's sightseeing or hiking, returning to the Rainbow Tarns is like a homecoming. Sit on the porch and gaze at the ever-changing light on the ponds; lie in a hammock under the willow tree and listen to the bubbling brook; or sink into a sofa in the wood-beamed living room for a spell of reading or conversation.

For all these reasons, Rainbow Tarns remains our favorite place to stay east of the Sierra.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — There's nothing to dislike here
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2004

My husband & I have come here two years in a row.. the only B & B we have ever come back to more than once. The place is beautiful and cozy, and the breakfast is always wonderful. The inn keepers, Brock & Diane are also very nice & professional. They pay close attention to the smallest details that make you feel so welcome... i.e. champagne, cheese& crackers, and chocolates in your room when you arrive. The rooms are very comfortable, and they have a sweet dog named Crowely that is extremely well behaved. You feel like you are staying with friends when you come here & the prices for lodging are very reasonable. We'll be back next ski season!

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Property: Rainbow Tarns
Address: 505 Rainbow Tarns Road, Crowley Lake, CA 93546-9793
Region: United States > California > Crowley Lake
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Crowley Lake
Price range (per night): $100 - $234
Number of rooms: 3

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