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Relax with Soothing Spa Treaments at California B&Bs

Winter Specials and Packages

CABBI Cookbook Recipe: Persimmon and Orange Nut Bread

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Holiday Specials at California B&Bs

Relax with Soothing Spa Treatments at California B&Bs

Indulge in a relaxing getaway by combining a day at the spa with an intimate stay at a California bed and breakfast. Several California B&Bs feature on-site spas offering a range of amenities and soothing spa treatments. A number of inns are also offering special deals on spa packages through the winter.

aurora hotelThe spa room at the Aurora Hotel on Catalina Island offers the ideal place to unwind, soothed by the sounds of the sea and pampered at the hands of an experienced therapist. The spa’s signature treatment, the Mermaid’s Kiss, offers a blend of Swedish, deep tissue and Reiki massage styles combined with a citrus body scrub that will leave guests renewed and relaxed.

The Moroccan Mystical Ritual is the signature massage at El Morocco Inn & Spa in Desert Hot Springs.  The two-hour long treatment features a cocoon wrap, royal foot treatment, moisturizing rub-down, and third-eye work with warm, exotic oil poured slowly over the guest’s forehead.  The inn also offers discount spa packages, including the popular El Morocco Package, which consists of hour-long Marrakech Melting Massages and the guests’ choice of add-ons such as scalp massages, foot massages, or paraffin hand or foot dips.  In addition, guests can slip into the inn’s warm mineral spring water pools for a relaxing soak, day or night.

The healing sanctuary at Elk Cove Inn & Spa is an intimate, meditative setting for relaxation and rejuvenation, catering to a single guest or couple at a time.  Guests melt under the hands of the spa’s expert massage and body therapists, who use only organic and cruelty-free oils, minerals and salts. The inn offers a Coastal Indulgence Spa Getaway Package for two that includes a tandem massage, a private aromatherapy steam shower and sauna, tea in the spa's ocean view lounge, and two nights’ accommodations. 

The Wellness Spa at Mount View Hotel & Spa in Calistoga makes relaxation an art.  Amenities include an indoor dry sauna, couple’s massage rooms, and day use of the heated pool and Jacuzzi. Guests of the inn can add the Mount View Sampler spa package for $110 weekdays and $125 on weekends.  The package includes a 25-minute hydrotherapy mineral bath followed by a choice of a 50-minute signature massage or classic facial.  All inn guests receive a $20 spa credit that may be used toward any a la carte spa treatment; guests in the winery suites and winery cottages receive two $20 spa credits.

Inn on Summer HillWith fabulous ocean views and a great location near both Santa Barbara and Montecito, the Inn on Summer Hillprovides guests with a perfect respite.  The spa at the inn offers massage and facials in a quiet setting with a soothing fountain, fireplace and soft music.  Now through January, guests can save with the inn’s Total Relaxation Package.  Stay any two nights in December and January (holidays excluded) and enjoy a free one-hour massage plus a $50 gift certificate for dinner at a local restaurant. 

The Napa Inn offers a variety of spa services ranging from warm stone massage and facials to pedicures and manicures. Most of the treatments can be performed in the guest’s room or in the spa room. Now through February 9, the inn’s Pamper Package allows guests to buy a one hour massage and get one free when booked with a two night stay in any room with a king bed and/or whirlpool tub.

cookbook recipe

Secret Garden Inn & Cottages

secret gardenPersimmon and
Orange Nut Bread
Makes 2 loaves

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup grated orange zest
2 cups persimmon pulp*
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 325°F. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, oil, orange juice, orange zest and persimmon pulp. Add egg mixture to flour mixture; stir until combined. Stir in raisins and nuts. Pour batter into 2 well greased 9x5-inch loaf pans. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Note: Persimmons are available from October to February.

“We have a persimmon tree in the garden, and our guests love it when we cook with the fresh persimmons. This bread can be stored in the freezer for up to two months.” —Innkeeper, Secret Garden Inn & Cottages

Secret Garden Inn & Cottages
The Secret Garden Inn is a complex of cottages shaded by mature trees and banded together by beautiful gardens. The main house consists of an inviting living room, a country dining room and two guest accommodations. The other guest rooms are located in the four cottages, all with their private bathrooms and separate entrances. Five of the guest accommodations have their own private patios with a personal hot tub. cookbookThe whole atmosphere is very romantic, peaceful and restful. A full gourmet breakfast is served daily with French specialties, at 5 pm, wine cheese and hors d’oeuvres and hot cider and brownies at night.

For more delicious recipes from CABBI-member inns, order our CABBI Cookbook online or peruse recipe collections in our Online Recipe Box.

specials and pacakges

Winter Specials

All rooms are half price through the month of December at the Plantation Bed & Breakfast in the Sierra foothills. Regular room rates of $149 to $239 are now only $74.50 to $119.50.  The inn is located amid hundreds acres of orange groves, just 16 miles from the south entrance of Sequoia National Park.

Get a third night for just $50 with any two-night stay at Dennen’s Victorian Farmhouse on the Mendocino coast in Little River. The third night for stays in suites or cottage is $100. The special includes breakfast in bed on the third morning.  The Winter Special runs through the end of April 2012 and excludes holiday and local festival dates.

Hennessey House’s Take a Break Winter Special includes a two-night stay at the inn, a split of Napa Valley champagne and two keep sake Hennessey House flutes, and a full day wine tour courtesy of the Napa Winery Shuttle.  Sunday through Thursday rates are $418 plus tax for the main house and $478 plus tax for the Carriage House. Weekend rates are $478 plus tax for the Main House and $578 plus tax Carriage House.

Save $20 off regular room rates with the Winter Special at the Golden Gate Hotel in San Francisco. Rooms with a private bath are now just $145 (regularly $165); rooms with shared baths are $95 (regularly $105).  The rates are valid through the end of February, excluding December 25- January 1 and February 6-12, 2012. 

Tuesdays are free with any three-night stay at the Inn on Summer Hill with the inn’s Winter Getaway Special.  Also this winter, the inn is offering $100 gift certificates with any two-night stay that doesn’t include a Saturday or any three-night stay that does.  The gift certificate may be used toward the guests’ accommodations, spa services or can be given to a friend or loved one for future use.  The specials are valid through March 31, 2012, and exclude holidays.  Additional restrictions apply.

Enjoy the best of Napa with 1801 First’s Winter Wine Tour Excursion. The package includes two nights in any luxury suite, cottage or carriage house, a six-hour group wine excursion with Platypus Tours (picnic lunch included), full gourmet breakfast prepared by the inn’s chef, complimentary evening wine and artisan cheeses, and a welcome amenity. Package prices start at $700 plus tax, depending upon room selection and season. Subject to change and availability; cannot be combined with any other package or promotion.