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11 Fantastic California Bed and Breakfast Inns

Jun 5, 2008
California offers a lot more than movie tours, crowded freeways and amusement parks. To experience the best of the state's diverse scenery and attractions, book at stay at one of California's best bed and breakfasts. They offer relaxing, romantic accommodations, good food and the very best locations.

For travelers to Southern California, the Blue Lantern Inn in Dana Point is an ideal location from which to enjoy the myriad activities in the area. Perched atop a bluff overlooking the Dana Point Harbor and coastline, the inn offers individually decorated guest rooms, each with a fireplace and whirlpool tub. Several rooms offer incredible ocean views. The inn is within minutes of Laguna Beach and several excellent restaurants are within walking distance. The Channel Road Inn, located in the oceanside community of Santa Monica, is an excellent spot to enjoy all of Los Angeles. Each of the 15 guest rooms is beautifully decorated and many have fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Full breakfast, afternoon tea and wine and appetizers are all part of the fun. The inn is just minutes from downtown Los Angeles.

The state's incredible central coast boasts some of the nation's best scenery, and some of the bed and breakfasts in California. Located on the Monterey Peninsula, the Gosby House Inn in Pacific Grove is a historic gem. The century-old restored Victorian has two dozen guest rooms, many with fireplaces, and all decorated in period style. The Green Gables Inn, also in Pacific Grove, is definitely one of the iconic bed and breakfasts of California. Located practically at the edge of Monterey Bay, the restored Queen Anne Victorian offers the best of dcor, food and especially views. Both inns are close to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, as well as the attractions of Monterey, Carmel and Pebble Beach.

With its view of Cowell's Beach, Victorian architecture and stunning dcor, The West Cliff Inn is the ideal Santa Cruz bed and breakfast. Each of the guest rooms is beautifully decorated and has a king bed and fireplace. The inn is close to the boardwalk, beaches and the university, a perfect location from which to enjoy it all. Travelers heading to the San Francisco area can enjoy all the city's activities, but still get away from it all at the Seal Cove Inn. Located just outside the idyllic village of Half Moon Bay, the inn offers spacious guest rooms with king beds and fireplaces. Walk to the beach and you might see seals at play or even a whale or two.

If you are looking for the perfect place to stay in the famed wine country, Napa Valley offers several excellent California bed and breakfasts. The Blackbird Inn, located in historic downtown Napa, is a perfect romantic spot right in the center of it all. Guests can take part in the Napa Valley Wine Walk, stroll over to the farmers market or drive to dozens of nearby wineries. Just outside of Napa, but still close to all the fun, are two special bed and breakfasts that will make you feel like you have traveled to the wine country of France. Located in Yountville, Lavender, a cozy country inn combines contemporary style with a touch of Provence. Guest rooms are located in four different buildings, all with fireplaces and a king-size bed. Maison Fleurie, another Yountville offering, is surrounded by a half-acre of landscaped gardens. The guest rooms are decorated in warm French Country style, and you'll find a teddy bear on the bed waiting to greet you.

The Sonoma area boasts great California bed and breakfasts, as well as plenty of wine-country attractions. In historic Healdsburg, the Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza features individually decorated guest rooms in a restored 1901 lodging. Some of the original features include antique clawfoot tubs. Guests are treated to full breakfasts and afternoon tea and are within walking distance or a short drive of shops, galleries and wineries. The Inn at Sonoma, located in the heart of its namesake town, features spacious guest rooms with fireplaces, and several have private balconies. Borrow one of the inn's bikes and explore the area, or relax and enjoy one of the summer concerts that take place just outside the inn.
About the Author
Jane Leisteiner is a frequent inngoer and loves to write. For additional information about these California bed and breakfasts or bed and breakfasts in California or other areas, visit the Four Sisters or AHI sites.
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