Sexy Time. Go Take a Vacation. I Can Help.

I operate a side business renting out our vacation home in the Sierras of the California Gold Country in Arnold, CA; and also just recently, the luxurious and Top World, 5-Star Resort & Spa, the Grand Solmar at Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The brief history is that after acquiring our vacation home in Arnold in 2002, we retained it exclusively for ourselves, friends & family for nearly 10 years—family/friend get-togethers, holidays, and get-aways for Beatrice & I. In the summer of 2011, finally paying attention to the cost, we decided to offer it on the vacation rental market—with no idea that it would become the most popular place among about 65 vacation properties in Arnold. With 39 all-5-star reviews at this point. In fact, when the listing went live at the end of June, 2011, we immediately began booking for the rest of the summer and on into the winter.

Due to that marvelous success—which keeps it rented out almost every weekend of the year—and a good amount of weekdays in the summer and winter—we decided to try another property. So, when we were down in Cabo on vacation over the New Year, we got set up to rent out both one bedroom suites (1,248 sq ft) and studios (737 sq ft)—or combined in a “lockoff” configuration—with tons of availability and flexibility for desired dates of stay.

Luxurious 3-Level Chalet Nestled in the Pines of the Sierras

arnold cabin exterior
  The “Cabin”

Here’s the listing on VRBO, as well as HomeAway. There’s 24 pictures on the property and here’s the short 2.5 min video tour.

It’s a pride & joy thing for me because it took so long to get it. But we finally got it. And six weeks later it nearly burnt to the ground. So I wiped away the tears and rebuilt it to exacting specifications. Yes, those floors are pine. The bathroom countertops are wood. The kitchen countertops are 100% butcher block and guests are encouraged to distress them. The kitchen cabinets are hickory. Beatrice did most of the decorating, and Cabela’s is a friend for life. For a look at what it looked like before the fire and just after the fire, see here.

In addition to those 39-all-5-star reviews, guests also get to add to the guestbook which is getting thick. Having rented it to a Swedish ski team last winter and three parties at different times from the UK last summer, it’s quite an eclectic read. I love that the first party from the UK were able to see wild deer grazing in the yard one morning over coffee.

…And it seems women sometimes particularly love the place for the way it influences husband and boyfriend behavior.


  • $450 2 nights; $175 each additional night, 3-7 nights
  • $625 3 nights
  • $800 4 nights
  • $975 5 nights
  • $1,150 6 nights
  • $1,325 7 nights; $175 each additional night beyond 7
  • Holidays: 3 night minimum; Some holidays are subject to a premium charge
  • County tax 6%; Cleaning fee $90, which includes all linens & paper products
  • Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Friend of Free the Animal Discount: 10% off your first 2 nights and 5% off all additional nights. Simply let me know you learned of this from my blog.

Grand Solmar Land’s End – Cabo’s Premier 5-Star Resort & Spa

Grand Solmar Landd End Resort Spa
Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa

Leaving people speechless since 2011.

Faces tell the whole story. Jaws drop. Eyes widen. Grins curl from ear-to-ear. In short order a look appears that says, ‘This is even better than I expected. I made the perfect choice.’

When voices are found, there’s amazement over the location impossibly situated between cliff and sea. Pelicans soaring over golden sands and sailboats scooting across blue waves. Infinity edge pools with swim-up dining. White-canvassed cabanas complete with poolside massages. And a seasoned staff who wait, hands folded, for the next opportunity to serve.

Thoughtfulness and thoroughness are the trademarks of the Grand Solmar. Every detail was considered right down to the intricate designs in the walkways, the stone entries to the rooms and the subterranean passages for the staff.

This is an exciting new property, an elevated standard of luxury and an undeniable chance to be left speechless. Why not let your fingers do the talking and book a reservation today.

Services & Amenities

  • Concierge
  • Car rental desk
  • 2 Satellite Flat Screen TVs
  • IP telephone
  • Heated pools
  • Laundry valet
  • Certified Romance Coordinator
  • 24 hour room service
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Valet parking
  • Doctor on call 24 hours
  • Tours & Activities
  • Wireless & plug-in Internet
  • On Demand movies
  • Public Jacuzzi
  • Airport shuttle & limo service
  • Child care services
  • Beachside massage cabanas
  • Spa
  • Restaurants
  • Gift shop
  • Daily maid & nightly turn down service

I’ve stayed in suites at the Four Seasons that don’t quite measure up. The short, 1.5 min video.

It’s quite a place and interestingly enough, most of my inquiries and rentals are from those who’ve already stayed there once over the last couple of years since it opened in 2011.

Here’s the listings on VRBO: 1BR Suite and Grand Studio.


  • 1 BR Grand Master Suite (1,248 sq ft – sleeps 2-4) $2,150 (Apr 7 – Oct 4); $2,450 (Oct 5 – Apr 5) — 7 nights
  • Grand Studio (737 sq ft – sleeps 2-4) $1,450 (Apr 7 – Oct 4); $1,850 (Oct 5 – Apr 5) — 7 nights
  • Both Units with lockoff door (1,985 Sq Ft, sleeps 4-8): $3,550 (Apr 7 – Oct 4); $3,950 (Oct 5 – Apr 5) — 7 nights
  • All inclusive: no tax, deposits, or cleaning fees (daily housekeeping included)
  • Rates subject to change without notice
  • Rates vary by season and holiday periods
  • Year round availability except Christmas and New Year weeks. Call to inquire.

Those rates, incidentally, are roughly half of what anyone would pay renting directly from Grand Solmar via their hotel portal ( click on “Reservations,” plug in your dates or nearby dates and you’ll see).

Friend of Free the Animal Discount: 5% off your entire 7-night stay. Simply let me know you learned of this from my blog.

The cabin up in the mountains, my first vacation rental, taught me well. That the only thing I want to offer is a top destination, because I simply won’t settle for anything but to provide everything I can imagine you’d want during a time that’s of prime importance to you. And I want you to love and appreciate each other more when you leave than when you arrived.

So let me know when you want to get rustic in the pines. You get to walk barefoot on pinewood floors, drink cocktails before the BBQ is ready, and all while listening to my hand-picked classic rock collection—or Bea’s hand-picked top-hits—on the 2 iPods we’ve left there for guests to plug into the Bose (you can also stream your own music wirelessly).

Or, if Cabo Party Town is your deal—with a place to be pampered in luxury a few minutes walk away—is your thing, I can help you with that, too. For either just click on any of the booking links and send in an inquiry. And be sure to mention that you heard it here in order to get your discount.

Update: Oh, BTW, in case it’s important to any Cowboys fans, this resort was built by the same contractor who built your billion dollar stadium. 🙂

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

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