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bococanada
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Terra Cotta Inn Sold and Closing
      #1671817 - 11/16/15 08:46 PM (68.148.244.55)

Just had our New Year's Celebrations cancelled by TCI. The resort has been sold and will open non nudist in February! I'm speechless! We never made it there! :-(

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Carol_HillAdministrator
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Re: Terra Cotta Inn Sold and Closing [Re: bococanada]
      #1671823 - 11/16/15 09:14 PM (72.61.215.131)

Wow, never been there either, but it is seriously SAD how many c/o resorts are closing!!!

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DenitaLC
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Re: Terra Cotta Inn Sold and Closing [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1671838 - 11/16/15 10:46 PM (24.19.62.68)

Sad indeed...............

Best wishes to Tom and Mary Clare. We enjoyed our visits to TCI.


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Re: Terra Cotta Inn Sold and Closing [Re: bococanada]
      #1671841 - 11/16/15 11:25 PM (24.209.97.223)

Never been but never heard a bad word about TCI. It just goes to show that if you want these places to stay open you have to patronize them.

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FireProf
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Re: Terra Cotta Inn Sold and Closing [Re: Anonymous]
      #1671885 - 11/17/15 09:59 AM (71.177.225.106)

I don't think it was so much that it wasn't patronized but was sold because Tom and Mary Clare wanted to retire. Each and every time we visited, and we visited for the day, a couple days, weekends and as long as a week or more, TCI was always 3/4's full and most times more so when you take into account the day use traffic.

They had been talking about selling TCI for some time, even more so in the past couple of years. Tom's always said, "Terra Cotta is always for sale at the right price," I it seems he got what he needed to now enjoy their retirement. I just think most of us didn't think it would happen so suddenly.

Only thing I think most of his loyal guests would have appreciated was a bit more of a warning that the serious possibility of a sale was on the horizon and not just idle talk, leaving most frequent visitors to TCI thinking that they had a bit more time enjoying this great place.

It is a shame that it will go textile. It leaves two options for nudists in Palm Springs ... Desert Sun and Living Waters Spa. It will be interesting to see which of those two all of the Terra Cotta visitors flock to.

We wish Tom and Mary Clare the very best in retirement and thank them for providing us this slice of paradise in our own backyard to visit, stay and meet our closest friends for the last 17 years we've been visiting.



Edited by FireProf (11/17/15 10:01 AM)


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ncouple
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Re: Terra Cotta Inn Sold and Closing [Re: FireProf]
      #1672045 - 11/18/15 07:06 AM (50.137.94.96)

This is sad news indeed. We loved TCI and were planning a return trip in June. Guess we have to book some place else. We do we Tom and Mary Clare the best in their next adventure. If we had the money we would have bought TCI in a heartbeat and kept it nude. We like DSR, might give Living waters a try.

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UncleAl32
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Re: Terra Cotta Inn Sold and Closing [Re: FireProf]
      #1672177 - 11/18/15 08:18 PM (99.33.86.69)

Quote:

FireProf said:Only thing I think most of his loyal guests would have appreciated was a bit more of a warning that the serious possibility of a sale was on the horizon and not just idle talk, leaving most frequent visitors to TCI thinking that they had a bit more time enjoying this great place.



Many years ago I worked as a business opportunity broker (just long enough to find out I wasn't very good at it), and I can tell you that all business sales are done under the cloak of secrecy. In this case, TCI was sold six days before the announcement was even made.

While I'm disappointed, I used to wonder just how profitable a 17-unit motel really was. They worked long hours there, and I suspect that when you took the long hours into consideration, they were probably making minimum wage.


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tcotta
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Re: Terra Cotta Inn Sold and Closing [Re: FireProf]
      #1672192 - 11/18/15 09:57 PM (67.49.88.182)

Thanks for the nice post Andy. This is Tom Mulhall. Mary Clare and I were the owners of The Terra Cotta Inn. If any one wants to talk to us, you can call 1-760-322-6059 and get the correct answera. Ask for Tom.
Terra Cotta Inn was a fun business. But, it is still a business. We were not married to it. It was not our life (even though we worked 70-80hr weeks).
We wanted to enjoy life before it was too late. I think we proved that nudists and can open a nudist resort. Be very successful like textile businesses, earn a fun livelihood, and then sell it (at a profit) when you are ready to retire. We owned TCI 21 years.
We've had sales contracts from 4 other nudist couples. 2 of them chickened out literally days before closing. The other 2 never could put together partnerships for financing.
The first contract to sell TCI was 10 years ago. We could never say we were close to selling as we would have had people make mistakes and say we were sold 10 years ago. That's the nature of rumors. So we told no one until the deal closed and we were never 100% sure.
TCI is a historic property. It was built by Albert Frey who is a very famous mid-century modernism architect. The couple who bought our resort are an architect and Wall Street Asset Manager. They intend to market to people that like historic properties. They are very nice people.
They will go back to the original name of our resort, The Monkey Tree. So if you know textiles, you can mention The Monkey Tree to stay at.
Sadly they like bathing suits better than birthday suits.

Now on a positive note, the new owners are smart (besides nice) and they have talked with our guests, listened to me and Patty. They have decided for 4 weeks in July, from July 5th to 31st, it will be TCI reunion month and WILL BE NUDIST then. Mary Clare and I will be guest hosts. We are already about 60% booked for those 4 weeks already. For info call 760-322-6059.
Now we will have time to travel and hope to see everyone at other nudist places.


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ChunkyDunkin
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Re: Terra Cotta Inn Sold and Closing [Re: tcotta]
      #1672210 - 11/19/15 07:08 AM (200.7.54.248)

It was with a very heavy heart that I read Tom's confirming email after seeing the post here. We have had many wonderful stays at TC over the years and will cherish our great memories. My wife making a mad dash to the bedroom when Tom knocked on the front door because she was "nekked".
Her strenuous objection to our first visit, only to insist we stay over a few more days. Making new friends around the pool and seeing some on repeat visits. Tom journeying out from the office, white tennis shoes, white socks, black bow tie, to serve wine and strawberries. The collection of canines from Godiva forward.
We wish Tom and Mary Clare the very best. They gave us some very special times over the years.
Perhaps now, with the freedom of retirement (knowing Tom lots of $$$$ to), they will have the inclination to visit St Martin/Club O in the Fall and spend time with us and other TC patrons.

Best wishes and happy trails.


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o2bnsxm
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Re: Terra Cotta Inn Sold and Closing [Re: ChunkyDunkin]
      #1672215 - 11/19/15 07:22 AM (65.13.175.190)

Lots of CO places are closing every year, many well known and seem to be popular. Hopefully Club O will remain unchanged for the most part, but I'm thinking we won't have too many more years to enjoy it.

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