As with just about everything else in the Golden State, there’s an incredible variety of properties available for this lodging option – including African-tent-style bungalows where you may hear lions and tigers only yards away! From mountain to beachfront, family-friendly to adults-only, an absolutely awesome array of California bed and breakfasts awaits you.
If you’re wondering about those lions and tigers, you can find them at Vision Quest Ranch near Monterey, where the accommodations even include two three-person tents (cleverly named Giraffe Manor and Pachyderm Palace) and where they guarantee your stay to be “an overnight experience you’ll find nowhere else (other than Africa).”
Maybe you’d prefer to spend the night in a lighthouse? East Brother Lighthouse, about 30 minutes from downtown San Francisco, is a beautifully restored 130-year-old lighthouse that has operated as a California B&B Inn for almost 30 years. Accessible via a 10-minute boat ride to East Brother Island and offering spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, Mount Tamalpais and the Marin coastline, this unique accommodation is both convenient to The City and “a world away” at the same time. As you can see, in California, bed and breakfasts are not just about a place to sleep and something to eat for your morning meal!
People often seek out bed and breakfasts for romantic weekend accommodations, and there’s no shortage of establishments to fit that bill. In Lemon Cove (near Sequoia National Park in the Central Valley portion of the state), The Plantation offers “Gone with the Wind” themed rooms and gourmet breakfasts that include fresh-squeezed orange juice courtesy of the plantation’s very own grove. In Wine Country, just one block south of downtown Napa, Churchill Manor is a 115-year-old mansion with rooms dedicated to the wine growing regions of the Napa valley, all of which have a fireplace and many that offer two-person soaking tubs. Or, in the southern California town of Julian (about 60 miles from San Diego in one direction and the Temecula wine country in another), you should consider Orchard Hill Country Inn, which Sunset magazine named “one of the six best lodges in the West.”
If you’re looking for a B&B near Los Angeles, you should definitely look into the Artists’ Inn in south Pasadena. Located just two blocks from the local train station for the LA Metro Rail System, Artists’ Inn guests are a mere 20-minute train ride from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, where you can make connections to many locations throughout the city. Should you prefer to have a rental car, however, the inn’s attractive rates include parking (something you may have to pay extra for in other locations) in addition to a hearty breakfast.
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