ENDORSED BY MSLVP (MS LOIS V PAGANINI -
These are very special experiences that Lois has enjoyed, hotels she has visited, and restaurants she has sampled. She feels so strongly about these venues and events, she is giving them a very special "endorsement." This says the experience, the hotel or the restaurant is simply extraordinary and is something you should look at including on your vacation. With over 10 years in the luxury travel industry and having grown up in the hospitality industry, she feels very competent in selecting just the right experiences, venues and hotels to ENDORSE. Check back often as we add to this list.
The Schoolhouse Restaurant - Central Valley, CA
This is a fabulous restaurant just about 20 minutes from my home, in Sanger, California. I first knew it as the Sherwood Inn and before that it really was a little schoolhouse-the Frankwood School House. It was just one room and built in 1890, all of wood. There is a golf course adjacent and it's one of the first courses I ever played.
The School House Restaurant and Tavern uses locally sourced ingredients and even makes their own mayonnaise. They offer a bar menu as well as a dining room menu, and feature delicious Sunday and holiday brunches. It's out in rural Fresno county in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains so it makes for a relaxing place for a long lunch. It also is a terrific place for private parties and small weddings. Their service is impeccable - probably the best in the Central Valley;it reminds me of the type of waiters you have in Europe. Be sure to check out their cocktail menu - it's a hoot and The School House offers a terrific wine list, all of California vintage. They have received culinary awards such as "The Best Kept Secret" from the California Restaurant Association and "Best of the Valley."
Reservations are a must! Reach them at 559-787-3271. And, they're on the way to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.
This is more than a "grand hotel." This is a fabulous resort located at Cernobbio at Lago di Como (Lake Como.) It has won award after award including the 2016 award for "Best Overseas Hotel 2016" from Luxury Travel Magazine and Conde Nast's award for "Readers' Choice Top 30 in Europe" 2015. I first stayed at Villa d'Este as a teenager and was enthralled by its grandeur - and - with the fireplace in my bedroom! I've been back and the excitement hasn't lessened at bit! It's as magnificent as ever. Ambiance, service and food is simply impeccable! Definitely ENDORSED BY MSLVP for a stay while in the Lake District of Italy. See our "Grand Hotels" page for more info about the Villa d'Este.