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Find Romance at a West Coast Bed and Breakfast

Jun 26, 2008
From the cool winds of the Puget Sound to the surf and sand of Southern California, West Coast bed and breakfasts offer some of the country's most romantic vacation spots. Here are some top picks for that romantic getaway.

Beautiful views of the Seattle skyline and the Puget Sound await you at the Inn at Harbor Steps. This boutique hotel-style bed and breakfast is located in Seattle's arts and business district, just minutes from all of the city's popular attractions. For those seeking romance, the inn offers lush rooms, each individually decorated and many with a fireplace or garden view. The innkeepers offer several add-on packages to make your stay even more special, such as balloons, chocolates or a bottle of sparkling wine.

After a few days' stay at the Saratoga Inn on Washington's picturesque Whidbey Island, you'll probably be sneaking looks at local real estate and ready to pack and move to this scenic spot. The guest rooms are romantic retreats with fireplaces and views of the Saratoga Passage. Pamper your significant other with a full breakfast and gourmet afternoon treats. You can even surprise your special someone with a bottle of sparkling wine or chocolate truffles and a teddy bear. The vast island offers an abundance of nature activities, as well as shops and art galleries.

Escape from the city and enjoy a few peaceful days at the Seal Cove Inn. The bed and breakfast is just 24 miles from San Francisco by the town of Half Moon Bay, but it feels worlds away. The grounds are shaded by towering cypress trees and gardens. A walking path leads to a bluff looking out to the nearby sea. Guest rooms are spacious with king beds, sitting areas and fireplaces. Each room also has either a private balcony or terrace. Guests are pampered with a full breakfast and afternoon treats.

The historic West Cliff Inn in Santa Cruz offers nine guest rooms filled with romantic ambiance. All of the rooms include a king-size bed and fireplace. One spacious room has its own outdoor, private hot tub. Guests are pampered with a full breakfast and afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres. For a special celebration, the On The Town Dining package includes a gift certificate to a local restaurant and a wine tasting at the nearby Bargetto Winery. The inn, perched on a bluff above the sea, has a beautiful view of Cowell's Beach. The Santa Cruz Boardwalk is just a few minutes away.

Spectacular ocean views and romantic dcor await you at the Green Gables Inn in Pacific Grove. The historic, restored Victorian is literally just across the street from the sea, and many guest rooms offer a stunning view. Cuddle up next to a crackling fire in your guest room or enjoy afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres while gazing at Monterey Bay. The Gosby House Inn is another Pacific Grove gem. Located in a sunny, yellow restored Victorian, the guest rooms have been decorated individually in English Country style. Several have sitting areas with fireplaces, and two rooms include both a fireplace and spa tub. Both inns are near to all of the attractions of the Monterey Peninsula.

For luxury and romance at a Los Angles bed and breakfast, try the Channel Road Inn in Santa Monica. Each of the 15 guest rooms has been decorated individually. Beds are topped with fine linens and fluffy pillows, and many rooms have a fireplace or jetted spa tub. A few rooms even have a peek view of the nearby ocean. The inn is within walking distance of many local shops and restaurants and the town's world-famous boardwalk, as well as a short drive from museums and other popular attractions.

At the Blue Lantern Inn in Dana Point, guests enjoy a sweeping view of the local harbor and the coastline. Just a few minutes from Laguna Beach and about an hour south of Los Angeles, this Southern California bed and breakfast offers spacious, romantic guest rooms with fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Several boast a sea view. The innkeepers have bicycles for guest use and a fitness center. On-site spa treatments also can be arranged. The innkeepers' Celebration Package includes a bottle of champagne, chocolate truffles, breakfast in bed and one of the inn's signature teddy bears.
About the Author
Jane Leisteiner is an avid inngoer and loves B&Bs. For more info about Southern California bed and breakfasts or other California bed and breakfasts, go to the Four Sisters or iLoveInns websites.
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