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Explore City Sights from the Doorsteps of Urban B&Bs

Specials & Packages:
Mother's Day Specials

How I Became an Innkeeper: Churchill Manor


How Do You Like Your Breakfast? Take CABBI's Breakfast Survey

CABBI Cookbook Recipe: Asparagus with Poached Eggs and Pancetta


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CABBI San Francisco

Explore City Sights from the
Doorsteps of Urban B&Bs



In the heart of San Francisco, The Inn at Union Square is just steps away from world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, and the city’s legendary cable cars. The luxurious, 30-room boutique inn offers a quiet retreat amid the city bustle with highly-personalized service and all the amenities of a grand hotel. From the inn’s doorstep, guests can explore many of the city’s attractions on foot, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Theatre District, Chinatown, Nob Hill, North Beach, Coit Tower, and Fisherman’s Wharf with ferry service to Alcatraz and other sites along the bay.


In the stately neighborhood of Pacific Heights, the spacious guestrooms at Laurel Inn are designed as studio apartments with a modern take on mid-century style--some with dazzling views of the city. The inn is just steps from the stylish boutiques and restaurants lining Sacramento Street and the historic Presidio National Park. Nearby attractions also include Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, the Marina District, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Presidio Golf Course.


The Inn San Francisco is located in the Mission, one of San Francisco’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods. The 1872 Victorian mansion is elegantly furnished with antiques and features a garden patio with a hot tub and a rooftop sundeck with views of Twin Peaks, Cathedral Hill, downtown, and the Bay Bridge. Guests can walk to Mission Dolores, explore the colorful neighborhoods of Noe Valley and The Castro, and access all of the city’s attractions via public transportation.




The Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast is an inviting Craftsman-style inn nestled in the hip, uptown San Diego neighborhood of Hillcrest. It’s located just a block from Hillcrest’s trendy streets lined with award-winning restaurants, wine bars, nightclubs, boutiques, and bookstores. The inn is also just a 10-minute trek to Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Old Town San Diego.


In North Park, Carole’s Bed & Breakfast Inn is a turn-of-the-century home built for the former Mayor of San Diego, Frank Frary. The inn features a salt water swimming pool, hot tub, and comfortable guest rooms decorated with antiques and patchwork quilts. Guests can easily walk to all of Balboa Park’s attractions including the museums, performing arts venues, gardens, golf course, and the zoo. San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is also nearby.




Overlooking Sacramento's Southside Park, the Inn & Spa at Parkside is an urban oasis of relaxation and renewal. Blending Asian and European influences, the inn beckons travelers with kimono-style robes, a gazebo-sheltered Jacuzzi tub, multi-course gourmet breakfasts, and a full service spa. The inn is within walking distance of the California State Capitol and downtown Sacramento.


On a tree-lined street in the heart of Midtown, Amber House provides discerning guests with the perfect blend of elegance, comfort, and hospitality in two historic homes. The hip, walk-able neighborhood is home to some of the city's finest restaurants, shops, galleries, and entertainment. Attractions such as Sutter Fort Historic Park, Old Sacramento, and California State Railroad Museum are also nearby.




The sprawling city of Los Angeles stretches to the beach to include the lovely Inn at Playa del Rey. Named by as one of their 10 Best Urban Inns, the inn is three miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), three blocks from the beach, and overlooks a 500-acre nature preserve. A bike path along the beach connects the inn to the nearby coastal towns of Venice and Santa Monica. The Getty Center and many other attractions are within a 20-minute drive. The inn itself provides a tranquil respite from city life with crisp white linens and upscale amenities. Some rooms feature Jacuzzi tubs or fireplaces; others offer views of the bird sanctuary or the harbor.



Mother's Day B&B Getaway Specials

MacCallum House is the perfect choice for a special Mother's Day Getaway. Celebrate your mom with a weekend tribute worthy of the queen that she is.  Book any two nights in your favorite room and for an additional $175, we will add a bottle of Scharffenberger Brut, a small bouquet of seasonal flowers, a gift certificate for an elegant dinner for two, tokens worth $7/person/per day to use in our Grey Whale Bar, Café or Dining Room, and a Sunday gourmet brunch for two. 


This Mother’s Day, give mom a break with a Restore package at Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa where she’ll enjoy a combination of indulgent, relaxing treatments in a luxurious and tranquil environment.  Arden Hills’ Restore packages are designed to treat mom like royalty and leave our resort feeling physically energized, mentally restored, and completely rested. Package services include: individual yoga classes, individual Pilates classes, healthy entrées and beverages from their onsite restaurant, Arden Hills Signature Massages, hot stone massages, Eminence organic facials, salt glows, signature manicures and pedicures, personal training sessions, and more.

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How I became an innkeeper

Churchill Manor

Churchill Manor

by Joanna Guidotti

The year was 1986.  The place was San Mateo, California.  Brian Jensen had graduated from Montana State University and joined a firm in San Francisco as an engineer, but decided he’d rather be a general contractor.  Joanna Guidotti was a tax attorney and investment banker working as a VP for a bank in San Francisco.  She had hit the “glass ceiling” and was growing tired of corporate politics.  They met, there was chemistry, but neither was ready to settle down.
Brian yearned for a sense of community akin to his Montana upbringing, so he packed up his truck and went exploring. In Napa, he found a place where he could still drive to the edge of town without bumping into another town, yet where there was opportunity for an aspiring contractor.  His first job was building a winery in Rutherford.  He invited Joanna to visit him, and announced that Napa was where he was putting down roots.  Enchanted with Napa and Brian, she decided to join him.  It was serendipity the next morning as they perused the Napa Register to discover an ad that read:  “Want to own a mansion? Price reduced to avoid foreclosure.”  It was Churchill Manor and they closed escrow New Year’s Eve of 1987.
Neither one of them knew anything about innkeeping.  Churchill Manor had been licensed and partially restored by the prior owners. Brian and Joanna soon discovered the many challenges that lay ahead of them, both structurally and financially.  Brian’s engineering and building expertise, alongside Joanna’s administrative and legal background, turned out to be the perfect combination of skills needed to turn Churchill Manor from a multiple-foreclosure property into a successful business while allowing for the ongoing restoration of the mansion. 
New business for a bed and breakfast in Napa was much easier to develop at that time.  There were relatively few inns, a rapidly growing clientele, and several local reservation companies eager to refer guests for a modest commission.  No one had yet dreamed of the internet!  One day, a woman stopped by and asked if she could take a photo of Brian and Joanna with their new baby and dog.  Two months later, they discovered their photo with Churchill Manor featured in the Frommer’s Guide to California Bed and Breakfasts.  It sold over 500,000 copies, other books followed, and the phone didn’t stop ringing for years.
Twenty-two years later, Brian and Joanna still love what they do.  The business has matured, as have they.  New faces, new challenges, new ideas in this ever-changing world, still make innkeeping the most stimulating and satisfying profession either one of them can envision. 



Congratulations to Sandra Bates of Tracy, California. She is our most recent winner of a two-night stay at a CABBI inn courtesy of Bel Abri in Napa, California.


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CABBI cookbook recipe

seven gables inn Seven Gables Inn
Asparagus with Poached
Eggs & Pancetta
Makes 8 servings

Lime Beurre Blanc Sauce:

  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup white wine or Champagne
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into 3 pieces
  • Salt and white pepper, to taste

Asparagus with Poached Eggs:

  • 2 bunches asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 8 large eggs, poached soft
  • 6 slices pancetta, cut into matchstick strips
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Freshly ground nutmeg, to taste

For the sauce: Heat a heavy skillet over medium heat. Combine shallots, vinegar, coriander and sugar; add to skillet. Add wine and cook, whisking occasionally, until shallots are very tender and liquid is reduced by half. Whisk in lime juice and zest. Add butter, one piece at a time, whisking well after each addition until combined. Season with salt and white pepper. For the asparagus and poached eggs: Preheat oven to 400°F. Put asparagus in a baking dish. Scatter pancetta over asparagus. Bake until asparagus is just tender and pancetta has begun to crisp. Remove from oven and divide among plates. Top with poached egg. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with buerre blanc sauce. Season with pepper and nutmeg.

"This was inspired by a traditional Italian recipe. It works beautifully as an elegant breakfast dish." --Seven Gables Inn

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