When the epic struggle in you day-to-day can get overwhelming, there are times when you just need to surrender your inhibitions, throw prudence to the wind, and say c’est la vie. Such is the case at my next destination. We wound up in Eugene Oregon at the home of Jack and Anne-Marie Feldman simply known to those in the Oregon bed and breakfast community as C’est la vie. C’est la vie is a four bedroom bed and breakfast trumpeted by the innkeepers as being Oregon’s best kept secret. Old world tradition and luxury European sensibilities are one thing but how about the beds? What makes a night in this inn conducive to getting a good night’s sleep? Let’s head inside C’est la vie bed and breakfast and see if this is somewhere that you should sleep here now.
C’est la vie has 3 rooms in the main house all done up in period Victorian era dressings as well as the Casablanca Suite in the adjacent carriage house where we stayed. The three rooms were occupied when we arrived though after breakfast we were able to sneak a peek in at the unmade rooms. They were all very fun, had fun wallpaper, and whimsical dressings; almost as though they were the well done end-product of a Shirley Temple film.
The room we stayed in the carriage house at C’est la vie was the very well appointed Casablanca Suite. The room had an open, living room/kitchenette area next to the spa-bath adorned bedroom. Around the corner from the bedroom was a full bath which had standing shower, sink, towel warming bar, and a desk! Perfect for the late night scribe who doesn’t want to disturb their slumbering mates.
The remote control activated fireplace in the Casablanca Suite was really cool. As the evening got a little nippy and we began to get cozy together on the bed, we both remarked that even at this late day in April the evening was a little cold. So I got the remote and lit up a roaring fire with the touch of a button. If you do use this remote control fireplace, get it started early if it’s going to be really cold. Fortunately for us the room warmed up quickly and retained that heat all night.
After an amazing night’s sleep in the Casablanca Suite’s queen sized bed and a generous breakfast of kiwi, melon, bread, and Spanish eggs, it was time for us to hit the road. C’est la vie Bed & Breakfast has all the character and whimsy of a children’s storybook and all of the appointments in place for even the most difficult to please traveler. even for our extremely truncated visit, C’est la vie Bed & Breakfasts carriage house room was able to feel just like home. Innkeepers Jack and Anne-Marie do their best to make sure that everything is in place for their guests. As soon as they arrive, the only thing that guests need to do is just follow what feels right.