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Recommended accommodations along the central coast of California

Fog Catcher Inn, 6400 Moonstone Beach Drive, 93428
Just across from the ocean, the Fog Catcher Inn has 60 rooms in ten thatched-roof, English-style buildings.
Most rooms have ocean views and all have fireplaces and minibars. There?s a heated outdoor pool and spa overlooking the ocean. And a continental breakfast is included in the room rate. A good choice for those who aren?t b-and-b fans.
Phone:  800.425.4121 or
Fax:  805.927.0204
Doubles from:   149USD

The Squibb House, 4063 Burton Drive, 93428
A great place for antique lovers, Squibb House is an 1877 Italianate house that?s been lovingly restored by its owner. Much of the furniture was made next door in the 1880s carpentry shop that now serves as an antiques store. Everything is tasteful, if minimal, authentic, and attractive. Each of the rooms has a fire stove and the property is walking distance to the village. Breakfast is delivered to your room. A cute place and a good value.
Phone:  866.927.9600 or 805.927.9600
Fax:  805.927.9606
Doubles from:   125USD

Carmel Highlands (Monterey Peninsula)
Tickle Pink Inn, 155 Highland Drive, 93923
Forget the name. There?s nothing Ticklish, Pink, or Inn-like about the Tickle Pink Inn. "Tickle" was the surname of the Senator who once owned the property - a two-bedroom cottage is all that remains of the original estate. "Pink" was the color his wife favored for the flowers in her garden, and "Inn" is a bit of a stretch -- there are 32 rooms here. The motel-style building four miles south of Carmel is unimpressive, but the views from the clifftop rooms and terrace are terrific. Most rooms have private decks and fireplaces and there?s a beautiful hot tub overlooking the sea. Breakfast and evening wine and hors d?oeuvres are first rate. A good choice for those who want an ocean-view away from it all.
Phone:  800.635.4774 or 831.624.1244
Fax:  831.626.9516
Doubles from:   229USD

Carmel-by-the-Sea (Monterey Peninsula)
Carriage House Inn, Junipero St (P.O. Box 1900), 93921
You probably wouldn?t guess from the shingled exterior that the Carriage House Inn has earned the AAA Four Diamond rating. But it?s a very nice place to stay, walking distance to Carmel?s shops and restaurants. Each of the 13 rooms has a fireplace, a VCR, and a minibar, and many have sunken or whirpool baths. Wine and hors d?oeuvres are served each night in the Library and a continental breakfast is delievered to your door each morning.
Phone:  800.433.4732 or 831.625.2585
Fax:  831.624.0974
Doubles from:   225USD

Cobblestone Inn, Junipero St (P.O. Box 3185), 93921
Built using stone from the Carmel River, the Cobblestone Inn looks like it was lifted from the Costwolds. Each of the 22 rooms -- which surround a slate courtyard -- is furnished with antiques and has a stone fireplace. When the weather?s fine, breakfast is served on the lovely garden patio. Guest are treated to wine and hors d?oeuvres in the evening, and twice-daily maid service and bike rentals are nice extras. Bathrooms have showers only.
Phone:  800.833.8836 or 831.625.5222
Fax:  831.625.0478
Doubles from:   125USD

Highlands Inn, 120 Highlands Drive, 93923
It?s hard to imagine any place more gorgeous than the Highlands Inn. A frequent retreat for those who can afford to stay anywhere -- Madonna and Sean Penn who honeymooned here -- the Highlands Inn is on twelve divinely scenic acres overlooking Point Lobos. Though it?s a scant four miles from the galleries and restaurants of Carmel, many guests never leave the property. Most rooms have fireplaces and decks with unbelievable ocean views. There are two outstanding restaurants, two lounges, a heated outdoor pool, and a host of recreational amenities including tennis. The overall effect here is casual elegance. The aesthetic is minimalist, making the most of the spectacular surroundings. The property has become a Park Hyatt and service is consistent with that brand.
Phone:  800.633.7313 or 831.620.1234
Fax:  831.626.1574
Doubles from:   385USD

La Playa, Camino Real and Eighth Avenue (P.O. Box 900), 93921
A member of the Historic Hotels of North America group, La Playa is located in a Mediterranean villa dating from 1904. The gardens are beautiful and the property is a short stroll to Carmel shops, restaurants, and beaches. Although they?re expensive, with fireplaces and patios the five cottages here are the best bet -- rooms can be a let-down after the lavish, marble-clad public areas. The Terrace Grill has wonderful views of the gardens and ocean beyond. With it?s gas lights, bougainvillea, and wrought iron, this is a romantic spot.
Phone:  800.582.8900 or 831.624.6476
Fax:  831.624.7966
Doubles from:   195USD

Mission Ranch, 26270 Dolores St, 93923
Owned by Carmel resident and former mayor Clint Eastwood, the Mission Ranch is one of the best value?s in the area. Centered around a 19th-century ranchhouse, the property slopes from behind the Carmel Mission down toward the beach. You?ll usually see sheep grazing the pasture. There are several cottages and a bunkhouse -- 31 rooms in all. None is luxurious, but all are comfortable, attractive, and loaded with ambience. And many include whirlpool baths, fireplaces, and decks or patios with views. The Mission Ranch Restaurant and its piano bar have been packing in the locals since Clint was stationed at Ford Ord in the early 1960s.
Phone:  800.538.8221 or 831.624.6436
Fax:  831.626.4163
Doubles from:   110USD

The Cypress Inn, Lincoln and Seventh, 93921
Owned by animal-lover Doris Day, Cypress Inn is one of the better values in Carmel and the best choice for anyone traveling with a pet. Located right in the center of town, the inn has a Moorish/Mediterranean feel with its red-tile roof and whitewashed arches. There?s a lovely central courtyard where breakfast is served. Each of the individually decorated rooms has recently been redone and many have verandahs. Guests are walking distance to shopping and restaurants and service is cordial and professional.
Phone:  800.443.7443 or 831.624.3871
Fax:  831.624.8216
Doubles from:   125USD

Half Moon Bay
Cypress Inn, 407 Mirada Road, Miramar Beach, 94019
Just across the street from Miramar beach, Cypress Inn is the place in Half Moon Bay for those who love the shore. Rooms here have fabulous ocean views from private balconies. The architecture is modern and the decor is vaguely Southwestern with bright accent colors and terra cotta tile floors equipped with radiant heat for those chilly evenings. If you get cold on the balcony, head back into your room and snuggle in front of the fireplace. Breakfast is yummy -- the house speciality is Peaches and Cream French Toast -- and included in the room rate.
Phone:  800.832.3224 or 650.726.6002
Fax:  650.712.0380
Doubles from:   185USD

Old Thyme Inn, 779 Main Street, 94019
This seven-room inn built in 1898 in the "Princess Anne" style is nicely located on Main Street, a brief stroll from shops and restauarnts. Rooms are named after herbs in the surrounding cottage gardens which contain more than 80 species. The Garden Room has a Jacuzzi tub for two and a separate entrance. Amenities include wireless access. Jenny, a Kerry Blue Terrier, welcomes guests and breakfast is great. Sherry and hors d?oeuvres are served in the evening. The beach is six blocks away.
Phone:  650.726.1616 or 800.720.4277
Fax:  650.726.6394
Doubles from:   140USD

The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, One Miramontes Point Road, 94019
The place for golfers and hedonists, the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay has two 18-hole golf courses and a 16,000-square-foot spa with 16 treatment rooms. Golfers and hedonists who aren?t on a budget, that is. With 261 rooms, it?s not exactly cozy, but the clifftop location is spectacular. Most of the rooms are ocean view and have fireplaces and private terraces or window seats. There are trails down to a private beach, and if that?s too much effort, there are cliffside hot tubs and an outdoor fireplace on the patio. The property offers a variety of golf and spa packages and there?s also a fitness center. The Ritz also offers our favorite 21st century amenity -- a technology butler.
Phone:  800.241.3333 or 650.712.7000
Fax:  650.712.7070
Doubles from:   345USD

Monterey (Monterey Peninsula)
Old Monterey Inn, 500 Martin Street, 93940
Monterey isn?t really known for its luxurious accommodations, but the Old Monterey Inn is one of the nicest inns on the peninsula. The vine-covered, three-story Tudor was built in 1929 and today it houses 8 rooms, most of which have fireplaces. There?s also a cottage in the garden. The grounds here are gorgeous with gnarled oaks, impatiens, rhodies, and holly trees in abundance. And the hosts overlook nothing in terms of guest comfort. You?ll find more amenities in the bathroom than you have at home. A wonderful breakfast and evening hore d?oeuvres and wine are included in the room rate. Rated four stars by Mobil and AAA, this is one of the nicest bed-and-breakfasts anywhere.
Phone:  831.375.8284 or 800.350.2344
Fax:  831.375.6730
Doubles from:   270USD

Spindrift Inn, 652 Cannery Row, 93940
Set right on the water on Cannery Row, the Spindrift Inn is one of the top choices in Monterey. It?s best for those who enjoy being in the heart of the action, although noise is not a problem. Each of the 42 rooms has hard-wood floors, a fireplace, European bedding, window seats or balconies, and a host of first-class amenities. The Aquarium is mere steps away, and ocean-view rooms are worth the added expense. The perfect choice for those who aren?t Victorian b-and-b fans.
Phone:  831.646.8900 or 800.841.1879
Fax:  831.646.5342
Doubles from:   179USD

Moss Beach (Half Moon Bay)
Seal Cove Inn, 221 Cypress Avenue, 94038
If anyone should know what makes an inn appealing, its travel guide author Karen Brown, who built and owns Seal Cove Inn. It?s a wonderful place to stay. Rooms have views of the ocean through the neighboring cypress grove from a private balcony or terrace. A footpath through woods and wildflowers leads to the beach, which is great for combing and tide-pooling. All the rooms are individually decorated with antiques, beautiful fabrics, and fine prints, and each has a wood-burning fireplace. There are plenty of special touches that make a stay here especially pleasant -- the mattress in the Tartan Room was the best I?ve ever slept on. Breakfast is first rate and service is cordial but inobtrusive.
Phone:  800.995.9987 or 650.728.4114
Fax:  650.728.9116
Doubles from:   215USD

Pacific Grove (Monterey Peninsula)
Centrella Inn, 612 Central Ave, 93950
This 17-room inn is located in a Historic Landmark that?s been welcoming guests for more than 100 years. The residential Pacific Grove location two blocks from Lovers Point is peaceful and the gardens are a great place to enjoy one of the inn?s fresh-baked goodies. Rooms are furnished with antiques -- those downstairs are on the smallish side. There are five cottages with fireplace and wet bars for those who appreciate privacy. And the suites are very spacious.
Phone:  800.233.3372 or 831.372.3372
Fax:  831.372.2036
Doubles from:   119USD

Gosby House, 643 Lighthouse Avenue, 93950
You must be a fan of Victoriana to enjoy this 115-year-old Queen Anne Victorian in Pacific Grove. Ruffles and flourishes abound and there are even teddy bears strewn about. There are 22 rooms here. The two nicest, which have fireplaces and spa tubs, are located in the Carriage House. Breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening sherry are included in the room rate.A dozen of the rooms have fireplaces and bicycles are available for exploring Pacific Grove.
Phone:  831.375.1287 or 800.527.8828
Fax:  831.655.9621
Doubles from:   100USD

Green Gables Inn, 301 Ocean View Blvd, 93950
Here?a another neat Queen Anne Victorian managed by the Four Sisters chain. The ocean view location is what sets this one apart. Many of the rooms look out over Monterey Bay. The rooms are decorated in the manner of an English country house and four of them share a bath. Rooms in the Carriage House have large bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and the suite has a fireplace and separate sitting area. Like all the Four Sisters properties, breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening wine and hors d?oeuvres are included in the rate. A wonderfully located, historic home.
Phone:  800.722.1774 or 831.375.2095
Fax:  831.375.5437
Doubles from:   120USD

Seven Gables Inn, 555 Ocean View Blvd, 93950
Named one of the "Ten Most Romantic Hotels in America" in 2000, the Seven Gables Inn is wonderfully located across from the ocean in Pacific Grove. All of the rooms in this Victorian mansion dating from 1886 have views of Monterey Bay. There are six rooms in the main house furnished with European antiques, two cottages, and a four-room guest house set among the beautiful gardens. Breakfast and afternoon tea are fabulous and accommodations here are exceptionally luxurious.
Phone:  831.372.4341
Doubles from:   185USD

Pebble Beach (Monterey Peninsula)
The Inn at Spanish Bay, 2700 17-Mile Dr, 93953
There?s not a lot of difference between the Inn at Spanish Bay and the Lodge at Pebble Beach. If your clients want to play Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, or the Links at Spanish Bay, they?ll need to stay at one or the other. Mobil gave Spanish Bay the nod by awarding it five stars -- Pebble Beach has four. The inn has almost 300 large rooms in three- and four-story buildings spread across ten acres. All have fireplaces and decks or balconies; the best have ocean views. The signature restaurant is the outstanding Roy?s (of Honolulu fame) and there?s every recreational amenity anyone could want, plus a 22,000-square-foot spa. Though all anyone here wants is a tee time.
Phone:  800.654.9300 or 831.647.7500
Fax:  831.644.7958
Doubles from:   535USD

The Lodge at Pebble Beach, 1700 17-Mile Dr, 93953
Golf is really the only reason to stay here. Guest have first dibs on tee times at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, and the Links at Spanish Bay. Rooms have recently been renovated, so accommodations are not as unglamorous as they once were. Most have balconies or patios, refrigerators, and fireplaces. There are four restaurants, shopping, tennis, and a 22,000-square-foot spa. And the location off 17-Mile Drive is spectacular.
Phone:  800.654.9300 or 831.624.3811
Fax:  831.644.7960
Doubles from:   610USD

San Luis Obispo
Apple Farm Inn, 2015 Monterey St., 93401
With a popular restaurant, two hotels, a working grist mill, and a gift shop, the Apple Farm Inn is more of a complex than an inn. It?s kind of hard to tell if there?s anything original there, but service is excellent and all 69 rooms at this AAA four-diamond rated property are individually decorated and have fireplaces, window seats, and lots of extras. Many have views of the creek. There?s a heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Nice, but not the place for sophisticates.
Phone:  800.255.2040 or 805.544.2040
Fax:  805.546.9495
Doubles from:   119USD

Garden Street Inn, 1212 Garden St., 93401
Located one block from San Luis Obispo?s Mission, Garden Street Inn is housed in an Italianate/Queen Anne-style house that dates from 1887. The house was fully restored in 1990 and now contains nine rooms and four suites, some of which have private decks and clawfoot tubs. The location can?t be beat and breakfast and afternoon wine and hors d?eouvres are included in the room rate. This is a magnificent old house that is beautifully cared for and the hosts are cordial.
Phone:  800.488.2045 or 805.545.9802
Fax:  805.545.9403
Doubles from:   155USD

Madonna Inn, 100 Madonna Road, 93405
No two rooms are alike at the Madonna Inn. And chances are, you'll never encounter a room like yours anywhere else either. Over the years -- 45 to be exact -- the Madonna Inn has expanded and there are now 109 rooms, a bakery, a steak house, a coffee shop, a cocktail lounge, a boutique, and a spa. The common denominator is the color pink and an over-the-top kitschiness you won't see anywhere else. With features like waterfall showers, fireplaces, and balconies, rooms here can get expensive. And outrageous. Many look like Hef's pad in the 1970s, and most are huge. Don't even think about staying here until you've checked out the rooms on the Madonna Inn's comprehensive web site.
Phone:  800.543.9666 or 805.543.3000
Fax:  805.543.1800
Doubles from:   168USD

Santa Barbara
El Encanto Hotel & Garden Villas, 1900 Lasuen Rd., 93103
A charter member of Historic Hotels of America and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, El Encanto was built in 1915 combining the California Arts and Crafts and Spanish Mission styles. During the 1930s and ?40s, it was popular with Hollwood stars like Clark Gable and Dorothy Lamour, and it still attracts celebrities drawn by the discrete service, privacy, and wonderful views. El Encanto is on ten beautifully landscaped acres above Santa Barbara Mission and there?s a heated swimming pool and tennis courts. Many of the rooms have fireplaces and porches, patios, or balconies. The dining room here was called "the most beautiful in Santa Barbara" by Gourmet magazine.
Phone:  800.393.5117 or 805.687.5000
Fax:  805.687.3903
Doubles from:   189USD

Four Seasons Biltmore, 1260 Channel Dr., 93108
If any hotel is quintessentially Santa Barbara, it?s the Biltmore. The ocean-front, Spanish-style villa has attracted the rich and famous since opening in 1927. It?s been beautifully restored and is professionally managed by Four Seasons. It?s the height of casual luxury -- bougainevillea-draped wrought iron balconies and terra cotta tiles. The fitness center offers spa treatments. Guests have preferred tee times at several area courses. When the weather?s fine, and it nearly always is, guest can dine indoors at La Marina or outside on the Patio. Those who can afford it will find the Biltmore virtually flawless.
Phone:   800.819.5053 or 805.969.2261
Fax:  805.565.8323
Doubles from:   500USD

Simpson House Inn Bed & Breakfast, 121 E. Arrellaga St., 93101
Those who think bed-and-breakfasts are all chintz and tea cozys won?t believe Simpson House Inn, the only AAA five star bed-and-breakfast in America. Five minute?s walk from downtown Santa Barbara, Simpson House is surrounded by an acre of English-style cottage gardens. Rooms are in the Historic Landmark House which dates from 1874, the beautifully restored 1878 barn, and in three cottages. Many have fireplaces and French doors opening onto private patios or balconies. Food is an important part of the Simpson House experience and a gourmet breakfast and evening Mediterranean hors d?oeuvres buffet with local wine are included in the room rate. American Historic Inns named Simpson House one of the "Top Ten Romantic Inns" in the country.
Phone:  800.676.1280 or 805.963.7067
Fax:  805.564.4811
Doubles from:   235USD

The Upham, 1404 De La Vina St., 93101
The oldest continuously operating hotel in Southern California, the Upham was named "Best Small Hotel in Southern California." Located on an acre of gardens that?s walking distance to most of Santa Barbara?s attractions, the Upham also provides good value for money in Santa Barbara. Rooms are furnished with antiques and are located in the main hotel, in five garden cottages, and in the Carriage House. Some have fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs. Less expensive rooms can be pretty small. Louie?s Restaurant off the lobby enjoys a good reputation. All in all, the Upham is a lovely small hotel that?s convenient to everything.
Phone:  800.727.0876 or 805.962.0058
Fax:  805.963.2825
Doubles from:   195USD

Villa Rosa, 15 Chapala St., 93101
This cute little Spanish-style hacienda dating from 1932 offers great value for money one block from the beach and Santa Barbara?s Stearns Wharf. There?s a pretty enclosed courtyard, a small solar-heated pool, and a Jacuzzi. A continental breakfast is included in the room rate. Rooms are decorated in the Southwestern style and several have fireplaces and wrought iron balconies. A great choice for those who don?t want to spend a fortune.
Phone:  805.966.0851
Fax:  805.962.7159
Doubles from:   149USD