True there are no grocery stores allowed in the Los Padres National Forest. There are grocery stores and restaurants about 10-12 min. from here located on State St., our main street in Santa Barbara. If visitors cannot manage mountain roads, or the short drive this is the wrong place to book. Also, I always say I am available if anyone needs me, so regarding the Internet with which MANY others have no problem, then Jem and her group should have asked for assistance since I was only 75' away, plus her husband conversed with us for a while without mentioning once there was an Internet problem.
Actually this property is not really rustic. The lower guesthouse, as well as other parts of this property were built with recycled woods which are very difficult to find. Today's value is about $900 s.f.!
So unless guests ask me, they have no idea of the difficulty in finding and building with these amazing old woods, tight-grained that don't warp. Jem never saw the rest of the property, currently valued at about $2.75 Million.
BTW, it is not her husband who is two-months old, it is her new adorable baby son.!
Another point is "the old tavern", known as Cold Spring Tavern, is quite famous for all the meals served. When I went the last time, I had the pork chops and my friend really enjoyed the duck. I don't know what Jem ordered, but suffice it to say, most everyone I know for the 51.5 yrs. I have lived here on the mountain, are quite glad to enjoy the very popular Cold Spring Tavern ambiance, food and music.