Bishop is in the Central part of California, right between Yosemite National Park and Death Valley. Sometimes on vacation, we just stay in a place as a stopping ground to make our drive shorter. After driving through Yosemite, we swung up to Bodie State Park and decided to stay in Bishop before heading to Death Valley. (All of this was planned by Ed before our trip. He doesn’t leave much to chance! Ed always checks out the restaurants in town before he makes any hotel reservation. Food is Ed’s top priority! When he read the good reviews for the best restaurant in town–the bowling alley–he couldn’t resist the challenge and booked Bishop, California!)
We had reservations at the Creekside Inn in Bishop, and we were a little worried that the pictures we saw online were too good to be true. A few years ago, we made a reservation at a hotel for a room which had a kitchenette. The online photo made the room look, well, roomy. It was not. We had to shove the TV under the counter to make room for Lily’s pack -n- play and poured milk on our cereal while sitting on the bed. Calling it a “kitchenette” was very misleading.
The Creekside Inn, however, was everything the website said it was! A charming creek runs through the Inn’s property, and there are plenty of chairs and tables next to the creek. The weather was beautiful, and we sat outside to celebrate Emmy’s birthday. She opened her present while we relaxed next to the creek.
For Emmy’s birthday dinner, we actually did eat at the Back Alley Bowl and Grill. It looked like a bowling alley and it sounded like a bowling alley, but wow! They served us excellent steaks and shrimp! The food was really good, AND most importantly for the birthday girl, the dessert was fabulous!
Our room had a balcony facing the creek. Ed read a bedtime book to the girls out on the balcony first, and after we tucked them in for the night, we sat outside listening to the creek with a bottle of wine. It was a beautiful night!