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    On the main road that weaves through the quaint town of Glen Ellen, the Gaige House is an elegant Victorian with a luxurious, contemporary interior. More Architectural Digest than Country Home, its crisp lines and Indonesian/Japanese details, from the bountiful breakfasts to the hand-ironed qua... more

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      Gingerbread Mansion Inn

      Ferndale is a jewel—a wonderfully preserved Victorian town 5 miles from the northern California coast. Happily, the town’s most beautiful Victorian, a fantasy of ornate turrets and gables, is an inn: the Gingerbread Mansion. Walking through the parlors and breakfast room is like taking ... more

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        Glendeven is a delightful New England-style farmhouse built in 1867 by Isaiah Stevens for his bride, Rebecca. Today, this beautiful clapboard home is absolutely decorator-perfect and continues to be one of our favorite places to stay. I’m certain you will echo our sentiments and whether you s... more

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          Gosby House Inn, Pacific Grove, California, Exterior

          Tucked between the busier resorts of Monterey and Carmel, Pacific Grove has managed to avoid much of their more touristy ambiance and retains the air of being an inviting Victorian summer retreat. The Gosby House Inn is a perfect place to retreat to, with certainly a lot more fun and frolic tha... more

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            Green Gables Inn, Pacific Grove, California, Exterior

            The Green Gables Inn is sensationally positioned overlooking Monterey Bay. This romantic, half-timbered, Queen Anne-style mansion with many interesting dormers is as inviting inside as out. The living room and dining room have comfortable arrangements of sofas and chairs placed to maximize your... more

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              Grey Gables Inn is a pretty, soft-gray-blue house detailed with white trim sitting appealingly behind an English boxwood hedge within easy walking distance of the wonderful array of shops and restaurants in Sutter Creek. A red-brick pathway winds to the front entrance and weaves its way through... more

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                    Healdsburg Inn, Healdsburg, California, Guestroom

                    Built in 1901, Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza recently underwent a complete renovation and in the process was transformed into the most delightful of retreats on Healdsburg’s historic town plaza. The twelve spacious guest rooms feature high ceilings, original moldings, fireplaces, bay windows or... more

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                        The Inn at Depot Hill, just two blocks up the hill from the beach and picturesque village of Capitola-by-the-Sea, dates back to 1901 when it was built as a Southern Pacific railroad station. The property does not sit on a large lot, so the grounds are minimal. Inside, the inn’s imaginative de... more

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                          Occidental nestles between the rugged Sonoma coast and the vineyards of the Russian River valley. The Inn at Occidental, a block east of the Bohemian Highway, dates from 1877. From the wraparound porch you enter the living room whose elegant furnishings are set in front of an inviting fireplace... more

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                            People simply driving by the Inn at Playa del Rey would probably not be drawn inside by the inn’s exterior and location on a busy road. However, this newly constructed Cape Cod-style inn, just three blocks from the beach, backs onto the Ballona Wetlands, a 350-acre bird sanctuary, and was... more

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                              The known history of the Rancho Santa Fe property dates back to 1845 when an 8,842-acre land grant was given to Juan Maria Osuna. In 1906 the Santa Fe Railroad purchased the land grant, changed the name to Rancho Santa Fe, and planted millions of eucalyptus seedlings with the idea of growing wo... more

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                                Inn at Sonoma - Guestroom

                                We have quickly fallen in love with the quiet pace, beautiful vistas, and fabulous food and wine of the Sonoma Valley. Conveniently located just two blocks from the historic Sonoma Plaza, The Inn at Sonoma’s casual décor extends to 27 well-appointed rooms, connected to the underground parkin... more

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                                        It’s a long way from Tangiers, yet nestled in the heart of the Southern California desert, at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains lies an unmistakable southern Mediterranean experience Korakia Pensione. Desert living of “Old Palm Springs” is lovingly re-created at two adjace... more

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                                          The lovely L’Auberge Carmel was built in 1929 and has maintained its charming Old-World architecture with its white façade, pitched gabled roof and green shutters. The hotel’s location is ideal, only a half block from Carmel’s famous Ocean Avenue with its many shops, restaurants and art ... more

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                                                Lavender, Yountville, California, Exterior

                                                Lavender is a simply delightful little inn with a superb location, just a short stroll to the boutiques and restaurants in the quaint town of Yountville. The house was built in the 1850s by the Grigsby family, early pioneers who came across the continent by covered wagon. The two-story, gray bu... more

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                                                  Situated on Sonoma’s historic Plaza the Ledson Hotel, with its impressive wrought ironwork and stone facade is at first sight a wonderful restoration of its former self. Not so. The building, designed from scratch and completed in 2003 occupies what was until then a disused downtown lot. Exac... more

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                                                    Cottage Kitchen at Lincoln Green Inn Bed and Breakfast

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                                                      The Lost Whale, a gray-wash Cape-Cod house with blue trim is set on over 9 acres of windswept Northern Californian coast. The mood is set by the living room with its wood floors warmed by throw rugs and comfortable sofas arranged to enjoy not only the fireplace but also the magnificent view acr... more

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                                                          The location of the Maison Fleurie is superb—a short walk from the heart of the quaint town of Yountville. The inn (with a look of the French countryside) is a cluster of thick stone and brick buildings, entrancingly draped with ivy. From the moment you enter, the mood is conducive to a caref... more

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                                                            The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, California

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                                                              Originally constructed in 1989 we recommended the Malibu Beach Inn for years until it closed for major renovation in 2006.  It has now reopened as a luxurious oceanfront beach resort complete with spa and a wonderful restaurant. The setting could not be more spectacular as this three story... more

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                                                                The Hotel Les Mars is just off historic Healdsburg Plaza. From its limestone façade and exterior wrought ironwork to the 18th and 19th Century antique and authentic reproduction furnishings the entire experience speaks of uncompromised French elegance. A marble staircase with its iron ba... more

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                                                                  The McCaffrey House B&B Inn is a lovely country home nestled in a grove of giant oak, pine, and cedar trees. In 1996, Michael and Stephanie built this three-story house on the lot where Stephanie’s family cabin sat for 35 years. The living room and other common areas are tastefully decora... more

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                                                                        Situated in a private 250-acre valley, Meadowood, an appealing complex of sand-gray gabled wooden buildings with crisp white trim, is a resort community in a secluded setting sheltered by towering Ponderosa pines and Douglas firs. Wooded areas open up to a nine-hole golf course, croquet lawns, ... more

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                                                                          Conveniently situated just north of Napa, Milliken Creek is nestled on 3 lushly wooded, secluded acres fronting a quiet stretch of the Napa River. Reputedly it was the first stagecoach stop on the Silverado Trail, constructed circa 1857. Bedrooms are in the Main and South Houses and the very pr... more

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                                                                              Tucked off Carmel’s principal shopping street a few blocks up from the beach, the Monte Verde and Casa de Carmel face each other across Monte Verde Avenue in the heart of Carmel. Casa De Carmel, a two-story, cream-stucco building, set under a tile roof, is positioned perpendicular to the stre... more


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                                                                              The Normandy Inn exudes the charm and storybook quality that make this town so famous. As you walk down the main street toward the ocean, you cannot help stopping and smiling at this whimsical inn, which stretches for almost two blocks in the heart of town. Over the years it has grown to includ... more

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                                                                                  The historic English manor is a quintessential country inn. The Tudor-style home is beautiful—shaded by giant oak trees in an acre of wooded gardens full of colorful camellias, fuchsias, rhododendrons, and lush ferns all set in a quiet Monterey suburb. The inside of the house is an oasis ... more

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                                                                                      Orchard Hill Farm, Paso Robles, California - Breakfast

                                                                                      Deborah and Douglas Thomsen welcome their guests with genuine hospitality. Rooms are found across the garden in the Carriage House with its graciously furnished living room. The Fireside room has a country-English motif, four-poster bed, fireplace and a deck overlooking the vineyards and countr... more

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                                                                                        The Pelican Inn is a wonderful re-creation of an English country pub, complete with old-world guestrooms tucked upstairs. The Public Bar serving draught beers, ales and stout, low, beamed ceilings hung with horse brasses, a giant inglenook fireplace with its secret priest hole, a cozy guest lou... more

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                                                                                          The Petite Auberge is a little bit of France in the heart of San Francisco. Its location on Bush Street, just steps from the theater district, shopping and restaurants, makes it ideal for exploring the city on foot—hop aboard a cable car two blocks away. The façade is most appealing—a slim... more

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                                                                                                Surrounded by the foothills and vineyards of the Livermore Valley the Purple Orchid Inn offers a convenient and luxurious retreat for exploring the local wineries. A beautiful, sprawling log structure set against a backdrop of its own olive orchards, the inn is intended to be a destination in i... more

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