Marin County, the golden side of the Golden Gate. Across the Golden Gate Bridge, this arty hill-coated haven combines the quaint and alluring with the mighty and majestic. A landscape graced by the Bay Area’s tallest mountain peak and boasting water views every-which-way-you-look, beautiful Marin County prides itself on its organic and sustainable lifestyle.
Hwy. l, Muir Beach, California
Captures the spirit of l6th century England’s west country; rooms have draped tester beds, Turkish rugs and old world antiques. Located in Golden Gate National Park, between the ocean and the giant redwoods of Muir Woods.
Perched high on a Mt. Tamalpais ridgeline between the ocean and San Francisco Bay, this Northern California inn overlooks quaint woodsy villages, SF Bay and distant mountain peaks. Trailheads right outside its door lead into Muir Woods and Mt. Tamalpais wilderness parks.
California’s premier wine-growing regions offer top restaurants and intimate lodgings.
11775 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen, Sonoma, California
Step back in California’s history at this rustic white clapboard farmhouse with a wrap-around veranda, set among the peaceful Sonoma vineyard countryside. Antique cast-iron beds, local artwork and breakfast made with eggs laid by the ranch’s chickens. Owned by the fourth-generation descendants.
Northern California coastal community favored by artists.
Olson Lane, Mendocino, CA
1976 farmhouse surrounded by gardens and trees and found at the end of a quiet country lane. Just 1.5 miles from the artsy town of Mendocino, its setting has a special appeal for sun lovers: the inland location keeps it out of the fog most of the time.
Former 1867 Sea Captain’s home located within walking distance of the beach and shops in a small surfing town, Freshly renovated with William Morris prints, Schumacher textiles and arts & crafts detailing, the romantic hotel is run by identical twins and their husbands, a chef and wine specialist.
A photogenic sea of surf, hills, and Mission-revival styled buildings.
Simpson House Inn
121 East Arrellaga St., Santa Barbara, California
This Southern California romantic getaway is an elegant 1874 Eastlake home, with period Victorian antiques. Secluded within an acre of tall hedges, stone walls, lawn and gardens, a five minute walk from downtown Santa Barbara.
The lowest and hottest place in the western hemisphere (in 1913 temperatures reached 134° F), it received its name from 49er gold miners who succumbed to the temptation to use it as a short cut to the Sierra gold fields. Today it is a national park and its stark desert beauty draws a million visitors a year.
Noted for its midcentury modern architecture. During its heyday—the 1920’s through 1950’s—legendary Hollywood stars from Barrymore to the Rat Pack made Palm Springs their second home. Its decline thereafter help freeze in time its midcentury look and the town is undergoing a preservation revival today.
Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn
412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, California
1927 Mediterranean style villa. When it was still a private home, guests included the honeymooning Clark Gable and Carole Lombard.
1330 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California
This former 1950’s motor lodge has been expertly recreated by the couple that founded the Korakia Hotel into a stylish old-time ranch hotel with rusted tin roofs, vintage swiss army blankets and a salt water pool. There’s a no-kids policy but dogs are allowed.
Eight craggy rock islands spread out off the Southern California coast; the northern five making up the Channel Islands National Park. The islands are popular with California’s hiking, diving and kayaking set. Marine life found there includes the endangered blue whale, the largest animal living on earth. The largest of the islands, Catalina Island, is a 75 minute catamaran ride from Newport Beach brings you to Avalon, a cobblestone town and harbor.
Inn on Mt. Ada
Avalon, Catalina Island, Channel Islands, CA
Once the summer home of chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, this romantic mansion has panoramic views over the harbor and sea.