Looking for a more personalized overnight experience? Forget the big chain hotels, and treat yourself to an intimate bed and breakfast where luxury drips from faucets, indulgence can be tasted in every bite of the morning’s meal, and the service makes you feel like royalty. Whether you end up deep in the vineyards of Napa County or right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, the ambience of these upscale locales mixes with the sumptuous taste of hand-selected ingredients and the relaxation of a spa day to create the perfect escape. Read on for the full list of California inns and B&Bs to visit this year.
Blue Lantern Inn
Sitting along the bluffs atop the Dana Point Yacht Harbor, Blue Lantern Inn provides the intimate vacation you desire with the elegance you deserve. The inn features a fireplace in each of its 29 rooms, freshly baked cookies, jetted spa tubs, hors d’oeuvres in the evening, and breakfast in the morning. Upgrade to a Tower Guestroom or Pacific Edge Room for a patio or balcony overlooking the ocean, and breathe in the aromas of true luxury.
The Hennessey House is in a prime location in the Napa Valley. Tucked among Main Street’s row of restaurants in Napa’s historic district, the B&B occupies a half acre of land close to the Oxbow Public Market, Uptown Theatre, acclaimed eateries, and boutiques—and there are hundreds of other activities nearby to keep you entertained. Whether you want to sit on the back patio, warm up in the sauna, go out on the town, or enjoy cheese plates with fellow guests in the evening, all of your desires can be met at Hennessey House.
Pacific Victorian Bed & Breakfast
Located at Miramar Beach in Half Moon Bay, the Pacific Victorian Bed & Breakfast provides the perfect coastal lodging. With the beach just a block and a half away and an array of activities—such as hiking, golfing, surfing, whale watching, walking around art galleries, and horseback riding—in the surrounding area, this cozy inn is the ultimate retreat. Relax on your deck, indulge in a full breakfast featuring eggs Benedict and blueberry pancakes, bathe in the whirlpool tub, and look out at the waves delicately crashing along the shore.
Simpson House Inn
Settled amongst an acre of English gardens and surrounded by tall hedges, Simpson House Inn is a quaint Victorian estate home in the heart of Santa Barbara offering all the amenities you need. Open up the French doors and lounge in the wicker chairs on the patio, luxuriate in the clawfoot tub, and relish every mouthful of breakfast in the comfort of your own room before hopping on the trolly to the beach.
White House Inn and Spa
Walk through flower gardens, jump into the private outdoor pool, treat yourself to a massage or facial, unwind by the courtyard fire pit, and dine alfresco at the White House Inn and Spa in the unbeatable Napa Valley. Wake up in your plush kimono robe and feel the luxury as you savor the flavors of the curated breakfast complete with house-made baked goods, before joining an on-site yoga instructor for some downward dog on the lawn. Between the various types of accommodations available at the inn and the number of activities in Napa County, you are sure to find the exact vacation you are looking for here.