Most Unique B&B Experiences
California bed and breakfast inns offer an escape from the ordinary motel chain experience with freshly prepared breakfasts, distinctive décor and hospitable innkeepers. But some inns go a step further, offering one-of-a-kind experiences such as a lighthouse stay on a secluded island or overnight accommodations aboard a private yacht. Some inns also offer unique features such as saltwater lap pools, hot mineral water soaking pools, or beds crafted from actual boats. Below is a sampling of some more unique experiences and features offered by CABBI-member inns.
Perched on an island in the San Francisco Bay, East Brother Light Station combines the unique experience of an overnight stay in a historic lighthouse with the seclusion of an island getaway. Located 30 minutes from downtown San Francisco and only 10 minutes from the mainland, East Brother Light Station offers spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, Mount Tamalpais and the Marin coastline. The lighthouse has been active for over 130 years. The restored Victorian inn welcomes guests with hors d'oeuvres upon arrival, serves a multi-course gourmet dinner and offers a full breakfast in the morning. Though only a ten-minute boat ride to the island, the lighthouse inn transports guests to a world far from the lights of the nearby cities.
Experience a lifestyle that very few are able to enjoy: overnight accommodations aboard a private yacht. With Dockside Boat & Bed, guests slip away to their own private yacht and wake to the sounds of seagulls, the smell of salt air and the lapping of waves against the hull of a boat. Dockside Boat & Bed is located on a private dock in Long Beach’s beautiful Rainbow Harbor, and offers a collection of five floating yachts as guest rooms. Breakfast is delivered to the yachts each morning. The yachts are just steps away from Shoreline Village, the Convention Center and restaurants and shopping, and offer magnificent views of the Queen Mary and the Aquarium on the Pacific.
Step into the maritime world of Captain’s Inn at Moss Landing, where the nautical decor extends even to the comfortable beds, with bed frames crafted from actual boats. Sail away on a racing boat with a sail canopy, enjoy dreams upon a wooden fishing vessel with wheelhouse or drift to sleep with a canoe along a river.
Escape to Desert Hot Springs and soak in the soothing hot mineral water pools at the El Morocco Inn & Spa. Just 15 minutes from downtown Palm Springs, the pools are open around the clock for guests to unwind anytime, day or night, in one of the two relaxing pools or the large Jacuzzi style spa.
Retreat to the privacy of Las Fuentes Inn and Gardens, a single suite that features a 60-foot saltwater lap and swimming pool, Jacuzzi tub, a private Japanese spa, a fireplace and even a harpsichord. The suite is surrounded by a peaceful desert garden with four unique fountains, beautiful night lighting and a grassy badminton court.
Gerstle Park Inn
Makes 1 Serving
2-3 sliced mushrooms, depending on size
2 tablespoons sliced zucchini
2 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper
1 tablespoon chopped red onion
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, poached (see below)
1 English muffin, toasted
2 slices avocado
Sauté mushrooms, zucchini, red bell pepper and red onion in butter with a little olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Place one poached egg on each half of the toasted English muffin and cover with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese. Top each poached egg with sautéed vegetables and avocado.
To poach eggs: In a large sauce pan, heat 3-4 cups of water until almost boiling. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to the water (vinegar helps the egg to maintain its shape). Crack each egg into a small dish and slide the individual egg into the water. You should be able to cook about 4 eggs at a time. Keep water just below a boil, reducing heat as needed, and cook until egg whites are set but centers are still soft.
Gerstle Park Inn is situated in the foothills overlooking San Rafael and borders on the wilds of the Marin County open space. The grounds feature giant oak and cedar trees, redwoods and various fruit trees. As secluded as it is, it is only a short walk to restaurants and shops. The inn is an historic estate which opened in December 1995 with 12 richly decorated suites.
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Girlfriend Getaway Packages
Escape with girlfriends for a weekend of pampering to the in Desert Hot Springs, California. The Girlfriends Getaway special includes relaxing scalp treatments, massages and Moroccan mystical rituals for two. Enjoy a movie and popcorn in the library, shopping in nearby Palm Springs and the bubbling hot Jacuzzi spa. The special rate is $749 per room with a minimum reservation of two nights and two rooms; does not include the price of rooms. Call 760-288-2527 to reserve, as space is limited.
Catch up with a close girlfriend with the Girlfriends Getaway Package at the in Upper Lake, California. The package includes in room massages, facials and pedicures for two, as well as a bottle of house champagne or wine upon arrival. The package rate for two adults is $675 excluding tax, valid any day of the week. Reservations must be made at least one week in advance with a minimum two nights in a junior suite or suite; mention special code SP2.
Gather girlfriends for a special themed dinner party at the in Groveland, California. Choose from any theme: pajama party, toga party, Hawaiian luau, pirate party, country-western night, trivia night, murder mystery, or create a new one. The Hotel Charlotte also hosts private wine-paired dinners. For a true getaway, add overnight accommodations, which includes breakfast, and plan an excursion to nearby Yosemite National Park. Call 209-962-6455 for a custom quote. Rates are based on number of people, menu and season. Discounted rates are available for overnight themed parties from November to March.