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Re: Terra Cotta Inn Sold and Closing [Re: tcotta]
      #1672240 - 11/19/15 10:39 AM (


tcotta said:
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.

Not being in business ... I now understand the reasons behind not telling anyone about the impending sale of our favorite place to visit! We have great, great memories of times at TCI and it is the place where we met our closest, lifelong friends. It's the place where my wife sunk her teeth into social nudism and I can't tell you how much TCI was the foundation for that journey.

We will miss going to TCI but we couldn't expect Tom and Mary Clare to provide us this place forever. They have every right to enjoy their time together and retirement. And ... from one nudist couple to all the others, We'll most likely visit the Monkey Tree to visit and harass Patty!

Hope to see Tom and Mary Clare during our travels. They've been the best of hosts, ambassadors of nudism and most of all ... good friends!

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Re: Terra Cotta Inn Sold and Closing [Re: FireProf]
      #1672754 - 11/24/15 09:52 AM (

Thanks to Tom and Mary Clare for a great place and we wish them well in the future.

Yes, maybe they will come to Club Orient and visit many of us :)

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Re: Terra Cotta Inn Sold and Closing [Re: tcotta]
      #1716433 - 12/17/16 11:21 AM (

Hey Tom: You need not apologize or justify to the gripers about selling TCI. You guys deserved to be rewarded for the 21 years you put in there. TCI was a unique and wonderful retreat, a true desert oasis. We made many trips there in the 1990s and have fond memories of them all. Alas, job changes and eventual retirements and relocations prevented our return after the early 2000s. None the less, you and Mary Claire ran a great inn. All the very best and happy holidays 2016 to you both from Mike and Patty from Huntington Beach.

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Re: Terra Cotta Inn Sold and Closing [Re: o2bnsxm]
      #1716465 - 12/17/16 09:49 PM (

Well they are getting great reviews so hopefully you got a percentage agreement. Glad you did what you loved and made a choice to get better in your life.

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