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The Darling Hotel: A Virtual Reality Hotel Experience

The Darling Hotel is a new luxury lifestyle hotel in Visalia, California that provides travelers with an opportunity to enjoy some of the best attractions near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The 32 guest rooms, with distinctive style and unique character, take inspiration from the art deco period of 1930’s America—known as one of its greatest eras in terms of architecture design—and include two 600-square foot executive suites offering the property’s best views. Each guest room features 12-foot ceilings and ample natural lighting that make it feel so bright and open when you are inside. Enjoy expansive outside vistas on Elderwood's rooftop lounge atop the building that offers 360° panoramic views overlooking downtown Visalia against an impressive backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains!

Hello, I'm Megan Miller, co-founder of BirdsEye VR. My partner, Gordon Allen, and I wanted to make the best out of our travels by sharing our experiences with our audience in virtual reality and 3D.

Our goal is to provide valuable information through an interactive platform, while supporting the businesses and establishments that we visit during our travels.

This blog introduces the first installment of our VR Travel Blog and we are so excited to bring The Darling to you! See our 360 Tour below:

Our stay at The Darling Hotel was just the little romantic getaway we needed. The environment of this art-deco revival hotel is both luxurious and intimate, with a touch of whimsy. Once we found that The Darling won Trip Advisor's 2021 Best of the Best, which is an award of the highest recognition and is presented annually to the top 1% of businesses across select categories, there was no doubt in my mind that this was the hotel for us. After scouring various travel sites we made our booking only a few days prior to our departure from Temecula, CA.

To complement the hotel's rich history, every detail is accounted for. From the secure gated parking lot with key entry to the hassle free check in at the front desk, everything was quite pleasant. We were even able to upgrade our room after we discovered that there was a last minute cancellation. The room that we upgraded to (room #427) had easy access to the rooftop bar and restaurant; only one flight of stairs away from a handmade cocktail (score!). The in-room amenities included the cutest electric kettle with tea and coffee and a flat screen Smart TV that included YouTube and Hulu. I almost forgot to mention the bathroom! The oversized shower was probably the nicest and most spacious shower I've ever been in (besides the outdoor shower at the Villa Suite Shinjuku GranBell in Tokyo). But don't just take my word for it, explore The Darling for yourself by clicking on the tour featured above.

In all honesty this may be the most photogenic building that I've ever had the pleasure of staying in. There are so many photo opportunities for capturing the best moments when staying at The Darling. Some might call it an instagram influencers dream. Every spot from the front door, to the large pool with ample space, to the side courtyard with endless possibilities for outdoor events - there is something for everyone here. Needless to say our stay at The Darling Hotel left us feeling refreshed and invigorated as we set out to explore the beauty of California National Forests for two very special occasions - my birthday and my sister's wedding in Yosemite National Park.

Whether you're planning a staycation or an epic road trip, The Darling Hotel is Visalia's most luxurious getaway with the perfect blend of luxury and whimsy. The hotel's full-service restaurant, Elderwood, serves upscale comfort food in a beautiful setting that overlooks downtown Visalia. This family-friendly establishment was a pleasant surprise! We were greeted by a very hospitable staff and could not have been happier with our experience here. My mother even asked me to come back for Mother's Day brunch next year! The rooftop bar is a must-see with the best views of the city from its perch atop one of Visalia's historic buildings. At The Darling Hotel, you can get the best of both worlds. Book your stay for a romantic retreat or plan some time away from home to relax and rejuvenate—it's up to you!

Thank you for taking the time to read our first VR Blog installment. We look forward to sharing our future travels and VR travel experiences with all of you! If interested, use any or all of the options below to stay in touch:

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BirdsEye VR is a virtual reality company that produces customized extended reality experiences. Founded by Megan Miller and Gordon Allen in 2019, they are part of the latest immersive technologies revolution with an extremely creative design team to provide tools for people to live happier lives using these modernized methods. BirdsEye VR's mission is to provide tools and strategies that will help people live happier, more fulfilling lives by leveraging the latest in immersive technologies with our unique creative team of designers and developers.


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