November 23, 2004 > Lord Bradley's Inn
Lord Bradley's Inn
Caution! Entering Lord Bradley's Inn should be considered a time portal to the past and an excellent tonic for those seeking relief from the hustle and bustle of high tech, high stress of modern life. You will not leave all evidence of creature comforts (there are small televisions in each room), but you will be transported to a place of tranquility.
Over 100 years of history greet visitors to the venerable Lord Bradley's Inn that flanks Mission San Jose and Ohlone College in Fremont. Originally called the Solon Washington Hotel in 1868, Lord Bradley's has survived earthquakes and incarnations as hotel, stage stop and state library to now greet visitors as a bed and breakfast inn. This Victorian beauty serves as a temporary home for travelers who prefer character over conformity, revelers celebrating a wedding or special occasion and those looking for a unique meeting or dinner location.
Whether people are interested in providing a venue for business or pleasure, caretakers Diane and Dennis Mitchell invite Tri-City residents and travelers to enjoy the historic décor and the pleasant ambiance of Lord Bradley's distinctive bedrooms, rose garden, brick patio and common room used to present a continental breakfast.
Overnight guests have a choice of ten rooms and suites, each with a private bath including a "wedding suite" with a Jacuzzi tub situated beneath a stained glass window of a rose, antique furniture and a private balcony. Lord Bradley's garden has hosted many weddings and the common room, used as a breakfast room for guests, often serves as a meeting room for businesses that can include catered meals or snacks. Families looking for a exceptional place to gather can incorporate lodging for out-of-town guests and use the common room for a cozy lunch or dinner party. Diane and Dennis explain that they are flexible and will try to accommodate any request for use of the facilities.
Visitors who come to Fremont to study the Mission San Jose often stay at Lord Bradley's Inn. Small groups of travelers love the unique rooms and intimate atmosphere as a place to get started in the morning or relax after an active day. Each morning, guests enjoy a complimentary "extended" continental breakfast of cereal, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, yogurt, breads, juice and coffee. For those who prefer a full breakfast, local eateries can fill the bill. Close proximity to shops, art galleries, restaurants and coffee houses of the Mission San Jose district make this a perfect spot for spending a day or two. Hiking enthusiasts can begin a trek to Mission Peak from Ohlone College on the Ohlone Trail for a bird's eye view of San Francisco Bay and watch expert hang glider and parasail pilots soar above the hills.
Dennis says that he and Diane greet business travelers who return to Lord Bradley's Inn time after time because they want a respite from their busy work schedules. These people are tired of rooms that they "know by heart;" visiting hotels and motels where every room in every location is decorated in the same way. Room prices are reasonable, often less expensive than hotel accommodations and for many, sleeping in a cozy room filled with antique furniture, nestled in the quaint setting of the Mission San Jose district is a welcome break from a busy business schedule. Rising in the morning to enjoy breakfast with others in the common room is a nice way to start the day. One business guest was uninterested in breakfast and simply wanted a cup of coffee before going on his way each morning. Dennis says they satisfied his needs by putting a coffee maker in his room.
Visitors to the Tri-Cities are not the only ones who take advantage of Lord Bradley's Inn. Locals have discovered that for weddings, rehearsals, wedding showers, anniversary parties, business meetings or family get-togethers, using the facilities at Lord Bradley's is a perfect setting that fosters tranquility and privacy. According to Diane, groups have brought their own food, barbeques or catered parties at Lord Bradley's using the garden and common room as a unique place to visit and enjoy a day or evening with friends and family.
Dennis recalls a group of engineers that booked the inn for a week and used the common room for meetings each day. Breakfast was provided by Lord Bradley's; lunch and dinner were catered each day for the group. The intimate setting was perfect for work sessions without the sterile atmosphere of a hotel conference room. For those who crave a change from the usual, Lord Bradley's Inn presents a alternative that will earn rave reviews from friends, family, business associates or yourself when seeking an evening "away from it all."
Lord Bradley's Inn
43344 Mission Blvd., Fremont