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California's Best Oceanfront Bed and Breakfasts

Jun 17, 2008
Drive along Pacific Coast Highway and you'll find some of the best bed and breakfasts in California. These oceanfront inns offer premier service, romantic accommodations and, of course, close access to those sparkling Pacific waters.

Seaside Sunsets in Southern California

Watch as sailboats glide through the water and waves crash upon a jetty below the Blue Lantern Inn, located on a bluff above the Dana Point Harbor. Just an hour south of Los Angeles, this award-winning California bed and breakfast offers romantic accommodations and some of the best views in Orange County. All of the guest rooms include a fireplace and Jacuzzi tub. For a special occasion, try the innkeepers' Celebration Package, which includes champagne, chocolates and breakfast in bed. Guests can walk to a variety of restaurants. The shops and attractions of Laguna Beach are just a few miles away, and many of Southern California's popular attractions are nearby.

For location, location, location, you could hardly find a better spot from which to enjoy all of the attractions of Los Angeles than the Channel Road Inn. Located only a block from the ocean in Santa Monica, the historic bed and breakfast offers more than a dozen romantic guest rooms with plenty of amenities. Some rooms have fireplaces, jetted tubs or perhaps a balcony with a peek of the ocean. Amenities include a full breakfast and afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres.

Rugged Central Coastline, Romantic Bed and Breakfasts

The ocean views at the Green Gables Inn in Pacific Grove are arguably the best you'll ever find at any bed and breakfast. Add to that the historic charm of a beautifully restored and maintained Queen Anne Victorian and it's easy to see why guests return to the bed and breakfast year after year. The 11 individually decorated guest rooms feature period dcor; several include a fireplace, jetted tub or an ocean view. After enjoying the full breakfast, guests can literally cross the street and enjoy a walk by the sea. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is nearby, and the Monterey Peninsula offer travelers everything from shopping to wineries to world-class golf courses.

Gosby House Inn, a sunny yellow Victorian, rests just a few blocks away from the sea and is an ideal bed and breakfast for a romantic getaway. There are 22 guest rooms to choose from, and it can be a difficult choice indeed. The Carriage House suites are sumptuous accommodations, each boasting a fireplace and spa tub. One of the suites boasts a partial view of Monterey Bay from its balcony. Several other rooms also offer a fireplace, and all are decorated in period style with antiques.

Northern California's Oceanfront Gem

The Seal Cove Inn, tucked among Cypress trees with a meadow of wildflowers as its backdrop, is a perfect blend of location, hospitality and relaxation. The bed and breakfast is just a short walk from the seashore, and guests can easily stroll to bluffs that look out to the ocean and nature preserve. The innkeepers pamper their guest with delectable breakfasts, freshly baked cookies, afternoon hors d'oeuvres and special touches such as the heated towel racks in the spacious guest bathrooms. The romantic rooms include a fireplace, king bed and either a private balcony or terrace. The inn is just 25 miles south of San Francisco and minutes from Half Moon Bay.
About the Author
Jane Leisteiner is a frequent traveler and loves B&Bs. For more info about Southern California bed and breakfasts or other California bed and breakfasts, visit the Four Sisters or iLoveInns sites.
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