California is a mecca of diversity with adventures at every turn. Whether you are envisioning a relaxing weekend luxuriating in a four-poster bed, snuggling next to a crackling fireplace, strolling through gardens, or a rustic retreat, one of our Diamond Collection California bed and breakfasts members is sure to please.
When planning your California B & B getaway, you’ll want to focus on the area within the Golden State that you want to explore.
When booking a bed and breakfast in California, you’ll probably feel overwhelmed with the choices but try to focus on one area at a time, so you don’t miss anything in the amazing state.
In the 1700s, Spanish missionaries arrived in the rugged and unsettled lands of California to spread Catholicism. They would establish 21 Spanish missions from San Diego de Alcala to San Francisco de Solano. The picturesque missions were all constructed from 1769 to 1833.
Today, five must-see missions stand out as ideal places to visit and explore:
By 1847, California would be recognized as a U.S. territory and by 1848 gold would be discovered at Sutter’s Mill which would harken a rush of gold-seekers that was unparalleled in American history. Everyone wanted to strike it rich by finding their fortune in the creeks and countryside of the region.
In 1850, California was declared the 31st state. Today it is the third biggest state and follows only Alaska and Texas for sheer size. It is now home to millions of acres of farmland which makes it the leader in all agricultural production in the United States. In addition, it has the reputation of being a tourist hotspot with attractions like Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Alcatraz, Disneyland, and Angel Island.
Without a doubt, California is a tourism hotspot with sunny surf beaches, statuesque redwoods, thriving metropolitan cities, iconic parks, world-class entertainment, a multitude of dining choices, and more. It will tickle your adventurous side. Even the state’s roadways that stretch from Oregon south to Coronado and onward to Mexico have gained fame such as the California Route 101 highway that follows the state’s ruggedly beautiful coastline and takes you to places such as the coastal city of Half Moon Bay and the seaside village of Cambria. As you pass every mile marker, the spectacular and dramatic scenery is sure to inspire awe.
Napa Valley is home to more than just 43,000 acres of vineyards and hundreds of winders offering wine tasting. Take the time to check out historic Sonoma in the heart of the winemaking region. You’ll also find incredible restaurants, shopping, recreation opportunities, and elegant lodging. Napa Valley’s small community of Calistoga is famous for its mud baths and hot springs. In addition, you can tour the medieval-style- castle Castello di Amorosa.
Near Calistoga, you can even marvel at the Old Faithful Geyser of California which is known to erupt at regular intervals. Also, stop by the Ca’toga Galleria D’Arte to see the works of Italian artist Carlo Marchiori. If you adore history, then take the time to check out the Bale Grist Mill State Park which is home to 1846 water-powered grist mill.
If you want to feel the thrill of California’s historic Gold Rush-era, then head for Coloma to see where James W. Marshall first discovered a fortune in gold at Sutter’s Mill. The Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is home to a lovely museum, gold panning lesson, and outdoor exhibits. The second Saturday of every month is living history days.
Eureka is located in Northern California and is home to the Old Town district where you can view many elaborate Victorian houses such as the famous Carson Mansion. The local Sequoia Park Zoo is another must-see for animal lovers. It features pandas, primates, a walk through aviary and more. However, the real appeal of Eureka is undoubtedly the massive old-growth redwood trees of nearby Sequoia Park. If you have a chance, you’ll want to ride the early-1900s Madaket ferry to see lovely Humboldt Bay which is home to seals and a variety of birdlife.
California is filled with natural wonders. The landscape varies mile after mile from rolling hills to towering mountains to ocean-scapes, there are geographic changes around every bend. When Mother Nature created the Cali, she didn’t miss a beat because the state is literally brimming with amazing natural features.
Along historic Route 66, you’ll want to check out Amboy Crater which is the site of an old volcanic. You can hike to the top for unparalleled views.
If you love the harsh beauty of the desert then check out the Artist's Palette which is a hilly region of Death Valley where the naturally occurring oxidation of different metals found within the soil’s makeup has caused the landscape to become colorful with unique hues. While in the Death Valley region of Cali, be sure to check out the panoramic salt flats of Badwater which is famous as the lowest point in America.
If you love an ocean view, then head to Inspiration Point where you can view the Channel Islands. The water is an azure blue and the jagged island outlines rise and look like they are touching the heavens.
At Joshua Tree National Park, you’ll see the unusual trees that have become famous in California. Enjoy the park’s trail system to truly soak up the fantastic views.
No trip to California is complete without seeing the Big Sur Coast. Check out Pfeiffer Beach which is unusual with purple sand. Also, don’t miss the McWay Falls which is a famous waterfall that spills down onto the beach. Morro Rock is also located along the Pacific Coast Highway and an odd natural wonder. The rock dome is located near the beachline and looks enormous in its sheer size.
When talking about Cali’s natural wonders, we must take a few minutes to focus on the iconic redwoods. Be sure to check out the Avenue of the Giants with the Founders Grove. Also, don’t forget to see the Nation’s Christmas Tree and General Sherman.
Yosemite and Half Dome are both famous must-see natural wonders that you’ll want to check off your bucket list while touring California.
Entire books have been written about things to do in California. There are literally thousands of sites and activities within the third-largest state’s borders. Without a doubt, there is something for everyone.
Let’s focus on a few of the main attractions:
Carmel: Known as Carmel-by-the-sea, is a famous beach city that is well known for its Carmel Mission and museums. There are fairytale cottages and a bevy of art galleries. You can even scuba or explore the local whaling museum.
Santa Monica: The coastal city sits just west of Los Angeles and is well known for its fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean. You can also walk the Santa Monica Pier and ride a carnival-style ride at the Pacific Park amusement park or jump on the Looff Hippodrome Carousel. If you love sea-life then explore the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Muscle Beach is another must-see historic location.
Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara has been coined the ‘American Riviera’. With upscale boutiques, dining, and a strong Spanish flair, it is the perfect place to spend the day.
Monterey: Home to the famous Cannery Row that was immortalized by the great novelist John Steinbeck, in Monterey it often feels like time stood still. Visit the local seafood restaurants, gift shops, and bars with nightclubs that now make up the converted factories. You might also want to check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Pasadena: The shopping and dining district of Pasadena is made of a combination of art deco and Victorian buildings. Explore the Norton Simon Museum or catch a game at the Rose Bowl.
Sacramento: The state capital, Sacramento is a great place to learn about the region’s Gold Rush era. You can walk the wood sidewalks and even take a wagon ride. There are several museums and you can even learn about the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad.
San Francisco Bay: Known as the Paris of the West, San Francisco is a cultural hub that will take more than one day to explore!
Yosemite National Park: Get lost in one of the world’s natural wonders. With 1,200 sq. miles of forest, there are waterfalls, towering rocks, and untouched forest to explore.
Healdsburg: If you are headed for wine country, then be sure to check out Healdsburg. Home of upscale spas and very chic restaurants, it’s a fun place to explore. It has its own vibe and many people enjoy spending a couple of days soaking up its atmosphere.
Although the terrain of California varies, the weather is typically mild in most areas with the average temperature holding at around 50 degrees Fahrenheit to 80 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. The days are usually sunny and there is extraordinarily little rain. The average humidity holds at around 65 percent. One nice perk about Cali is that the nights are usually very mild. You can often get by with nothing but a sweater. The mountainous regions will see snowfall. Most people feel that the best time to visit the state weather-wise is in the spring or autumn when temperatures tend to remain very stable.
Everyone knows that true foodies love California. You can choose from so many different types of foods, drinks, and places to dine such as simple eateries to upscale restaurants. Food has a place in history within the state. Ancient Egyptians might have created sourdough bread, but it was a family of bakers that made the unusual bread famous during the state’s Gold Rush. Boudin, the country’s oldest baker, still calls San Francisco home. Traditional Mexican food is also a must-enjoy staple for anyone visiting or residing in the state. San Francisco is even credited with creating the famous fortune cookie. In fact, a battle raged between Los Angeles and San Francisco because both wanted to proclaim themselves the origin of the cookie.
If you are looking for exceptional accommodations then we encourage you to check out B&Bs in our Diamond Collection. There are many different types of B&Bs in Cali. You can stay beachside, choose a Victorian gem, opt for a rustic delight, or with something quaint. Whether you choose a bed and breakfast on the beach, bed, and breakfast coast close, or an establishment known as the best bed and breakfast in California, you’ll find the perfect getaway to make your dreams a reality.
Bed and Breakfast Northern California
Gosby House Inn, A Four Sisters Inn is known as one of the best bed and breakfast Northern California Coast choices. It is in Pacific Grove by Monterey. The Victorian country inn boasts 22 guest rooms. Stroll the gardens together with your loved one. Lounge by the fireplace in your room wearing the provided his and hers robes. Most people will concur that it is one of the most romantic bed and breakfast Northern California choices.
If you are seeking a bed and breakfast California coast close then check out the Mill Rose Inn in Half Moon Bay. With only six guest bedrooms they are a AAA Four-Diamond inn that boasts truly luxurious rooms.
Bed and Breakfast Southern California
If you are seeking the best bed and breakfast in Southern California then check out the Blue Lantern Inn. The views are unparalleled. The inn is perched on a bluff overlooking the Dana Point Yacht Harbor. They also offer bicycles so you can explore the coastline and town.
The Newport Beach Hotel is alive with youthful energy and many call it the most romantic bed and breakfast in Southern California. Choose an Oceanview room to enjoy the sea views. The hotel offers bicycles so you can pedal with your loved one and enjoy everything the area has to offer. They also offer beach toys if you want to play in the water together.
Bed and Breakfast Wine Country California
Are you looking for a classic winery bed and breakfast California style? Then you’ll want to stay in the heart of Napa Valley. Milliken Creek Inn is known for its tranquility and chic ambience. The rooms boast canopy beds and lovely fireplaces. In addition, try their oversized hydrotherapy tubs or take a rain shower with your significant other. You can even enjoy a massage in your room to relax after a long day.
Most romantic bed and breakfast in California
If you want to book a romantic bed and breakfast in California then check out the Mason Fleurie located in Napa Valley. The ‘flowering house’ makes you feel like you are staying at an inn located in the south of France. The intricately crafted furnishings, stone fireplace, and rich fabrics all beckon. Every morning you can refuel with a bountiful breakfast and enjoy wine and hors d’oervers with your loved one in the afternoon. Be sure to take a dip in the pool or lounge in the oversized hot tub. You can also borrow the B&B’s bicycles to explore the local area.
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Yes, it might be tempting to stay at a huge Cali resort, but the charming appeal of a B&B cannot be overlooked. Why not enjoy charming innkeepers, boutique hotels, or a country inn for a more personal feel. In fact, if you are planning a romantic getaway, then you want a boutique, Victorian, or breakfast inn where you can feel intimate and cozy. If you love the sound of the sea, then pick a bed and breakfast with ocean views or an oceanfront room. If you plan on exploring sipping wine and dining on scrumptious cuisine in wine country, then you’ll want to retreat to a b&b with all the amenities of a real home.
If you are new to staying at a b&b then you might wonder what kind of amenities you can expect at a bed and breakfast inn. Although some of the establishments are labeled as ‘rustic’ or ‘historic’ they almost all boast free Wi-Fi, so you don’t have to lose touch with the modern world. Also, guest rooms often have luxurious jacuzzi tubs or whirlpool tubs where you can rest and rejuvenate after a long day of exploring. Many also boast barbecue facilities, terraces, private bathrooms, and some have kitchens. You can even bring Fido to some of the establishments that are labeled pet friendly.
California is a big state so how you get around is always a consideration. Many bed and breakfasts offer free transport to and from major airports. You can also opt to rent a car. However, if you will be staying at one bed and breakfast for a getaway then be sure to check out what is within walking distance or if the establishment is located on a main street. Many people don't want the hassle of renting a car and they would prefer to walk to sites or use public transportation. Some B&Bs even rent bikes that you can ride around the area.