Best B&B Inns with a View
Experience a breathtaking change of scenery with a stay at a California bed and breakfast inn. Many inns throughout the state offer stunning ocean views, mountain vistas, or dramatic city skyline panoramas. Below is just a sampling of some of the best inns with a view.
From the top-floor suite at Hotel Drisco in San Francisco, take in dazzling views of the bay and the city's skyline including Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Transamerica Pyramid. The hotel sits atop a ridge in San Francisco's exclusive Pacific Heights neighborhood just three blocks from Presidio National Park. The guest rooms are elegantly appointed with luxurious bedding and spacious living and dining quarters. Complimentary amenities include a gourmet breakfast buffet, wine reception, morning limousine service, shoe shine, turndown service, 24-hour coffee and tea, and wireless internet access. Suites start at $409 and up; Deluxe rooms, most with more modest views, start at $209 and up. Call by May 31 and ask for the General Manager's 10% off CABBI special.
Along a rugged stretch of coastline south of Mendocino, the Elk Cove Inn and Spa is perched on a secluded bluff and offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. A private staircase from the inn leads guests to an unspoiled, driftwood-strewn beach. The 15-room inn offers ocean view rooms in a historic mansion, four bluff top cottage units and four luxury oceanfront suites. Guest rooms feature fireplaces, private baths, luxurious bathrobes, 400 thread count sheets, down comforters, fresh flowers from their garden and more. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a welcome basket of wine, fruit and homemade chocolate chip cookies. A decanter of port and chocolates are provided in the evening. A complimentary gourmet breakfast is served in the oceanfront dining room.
Waterfront rooms at the Captain's Inn at Moss Landing provide expansive views of the tidal wetlands bordered by rolling sand dunes. From the boathouse guestrooms and the inn's decks guests can watch wildlife such as sea otters, harbor seals, and shorebirds. Curl up in a cozy, window-side armchair with a pair of binoculars or enjoy the view from a deep soaking tub. Captain's Inn also can also pamper you with an in-room massage. The inn provides a hearty breakfast, feather pillows, cozy robes, plush top beds, private baths, sea salt soaks, satellite television, and cookies.
Just steps from the sparkling blue waters of the Monterey Bay, the 25-room Martine Inn in Pacific Grove is hailed by Conde Nast Traveler as a "spectacular place for a romantic getaway." The grand dining room, all of the sitting rooms and many of the guest rooms feature stunning ocean views from which guests can watch sea otters, seals, whales, sailboats and the crashing waves. A 17-mile oceanfront trail—which is ideal for walking or biking—runs directly in front of the inn. The inn is located just a few blocks from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the bustling scene at Cannery Row.
Just south of Santa Barbara in the seaside village of Summerland, the Inn on Summer Hill is a stunning California Craftsman-style four-diamond bed and breakfast with magnificent ocean views from every room. In addition to the views, the guest rooms also feature fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, luxurious canopy beds, wireless internet and antique furnishings with elegant English country decor. The room rate includes a gourmet breakfast, afternoon hors d'oeuvres, wine and cheese, evening desserts, fresh baked cookies, and pastries served in the candlelit dining room.
Guests of Casa Laguna Inn & Spa are treated to beautiful Pacific sunsets nearly every day of the year. The mission-style inn and terraced gardens feature expansive ocean views framed by towering palms. A number of the guest rooms feature ocean views. Guests can also linger on one of the secluded patios, lounge on the pool deck, take a dip in the heated pool, or soak in the hot tub to watch the sunset. In the morning, savor one of several culinary masterpieces prepared by the inn's accomplished chefs. The inn's on-site spa features hot stone and couples massages, as well as other soothing treatments.
East of Fresno, Sequoia View B&B is named for its panoramic views of nearby Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The three-room inn is located on 20 acres with an estate vineyard and tasting room on site. The Winemakers Suite, located on the second floor of the winery building, offers incredible views of the mountains. The Zinfandel and Alicante Suites are located in the Vineyard Guesthouse nestled by the Alicante vines. Guests enjoy a full breakfast with fresh-squeezed orange juice made from the inns' own orchard and complimentary wine tasting.
Brewery GUlch Inn
Rainbow Beet Salad
Makes 10-12 Servings
4 large red beets (about 1 lb.)
4 large golden beets (about 1 lb.)
1/4 cup sherry wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sea salt
1/4 cup walnut oil
1 cup toasted walnuts
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 teaspoons chives
Boil beets together in salted water until you can insert a paring knife in the center. Cool and peel the beets, golden beets first then the red beets – keep the cooked, peeled beets separated. Dice or cut the golden beets into wedges and place them into a large bowl; toss with vinegar, oil, salt, nuts, pepper and chives. Just prior to serving, cut or dice the red beets and add them to the mixture. Toss only once or twice as the red beets will bleed into the golden ones. Serve either cold or at room temperature.
Located on three acres with pine trees, redwoods, rhododendrons and many native plants, the Brewery Gulch Inn features ancient virgin redwood timbers eco-salvaged from Mendocino’s Big River.
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Special Deals for Motorcyclists
Stay at the in the heart of Gold Country and enjoy the twists, turns and scenery along the gold rush highway (Historic Route 49). Cruise through California's gold rush history, past the American River, along routes lined with wildflowers and visit historic towns along the way. The inn is located just steps from historic Main Street in Placerville and offers off-street parking for motorcycles. Mention the CABBI Motorcycle Special and receive a 20% discount on your stay.
Motorcycle groups love Groveland, for good reason. offers comfortable beds with off-street parking. Across the street, the Iron Door Saloon offers drinks on tap and live music most weekends. Yosemite National Park is only 24 miles away, and Highway 49 from Coulterville to Mariposa, a route known as "The Little Dragon," is a biker's haven, providing the perfect loop through Yosemite. Hotel Charlotte offers a number of specials for motorcyclists. The Bikers' One-Night Special includes a free dessert with dinner at Café Charlotte. The Bikers Two-Night Special includes 2-for-1 wine tasting at Cafe Charlotte. The Bikers Three-Night Special offers 10% off the room rate for stays of three or more nights. Motorcycle groups booking 10 or more rooms for four or more nights receive 20% off the room rate with the Bikers Group Discount. All rates include a hot buffet breakfast.
If you're planning a two-wheeled trip along the legendary Pacific Coast Highway, has a deal for you. The Elk Cove Inn knows it's hard for bikers and cyclists to know in advance just how far they'll travel each day, and the inn can accommodate. Call the inn in the morning or just stop in and ask what is available. Travelers on motorcycles and bicycles will receive 25% off the room rate midweek or 15% off on Saturdays. Included are a gourmet champagne breakfast, complimentary afternoon wine and "make your own" cocktails with appetizers and a welcome basket of wine, homemade cookies and fruit. The inn also has a full service day spa to help you relax with a 10% discount on all treatments. The oceanfront inn has easy access to the beach and plenty of safe, off-street parking.