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The foundations of The Babbling Brook Inn date back to the 1790s when padres from the Santa Cruz Mission built a grist mill on the property, taking advantage of the small stream to grind corn. In the late 19th century a tannery powered by a huge water wheel was constructed. Beside the... more

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Our favorite place to stay in the Carmel Valley is the spectacular Bernardus Lodge. This gorgeous boutique hotel has only 57 rooms, and the quality and service are unsurpassed. The charming terracotta and mustard colored buildings are scattered around the property which is set among t... more

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BEST WESTERN CAVALIER SAN SIMEON

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Jumping Rocks

The Cheshire Cat is comprised of two lovely beige and white Victorians sitting side by side and connected by a tranquil flower-filled bricked patio (where breakfast is served), four private cottages, and a coach house. In the foyer of the main house a grouping of Alice in Wonderland f... more

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Cypress Inn, Carmel, California

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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 ... 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 max... 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 imag... 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, restaurant... more

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Cottage Kitchen at Lincoln Green Inn Bed and Breakfast

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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 t... 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... 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... 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 ... more

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Having always admired State Street for its whitewashed Spanish-style buildings, we were delighted to discover the Hotel Santa Barbara, situated in the heart of the plaza just one block from the town’s open-air malls and quaint boutiques. There has been a hotel on this site since... more

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Three blocks from the ocean, Sea View Inn is within easy walking distance of the much-photographed Carmel beach. You can catch glimpses of the water through the trees from the inn’s third floor. This large Victorian house has always been an inn. Deep-red-colored board-and-batten... more

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Rarely do we promote resorts in our book, but the stunning location of the Seascape Resort prompted us to make an exception. This sprawling complex of seven buildings rests on the bluffs overlooking the Monterey Bay.The beach is a short walk down a private paved path (or take the golf... more

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What sets Seven Gables Inn apart is that every one of the twenty five guestrooms has an ocean view. The breakfast and sitting rooms also capture wall-wide windows of vistas of Monterey Bay. Such is the draw of the ocean that guests often sit at breakfast studying the bay through binoc... more

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The Simpson House Inn, a handsome, rosy-beige Victorian landmark with white and smoke-blue trim, is located on a quiet residential street only a five-minute walk from the historic downtown shopping and attractions of State Street. The lush surrounding gardens of the inn include an acr... more

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As an alternative to a bed and breakfast we recommend the Spindrift Inn, a lovely hotel with a great location overlooking Monterey Bay. Just down the street from the fabulous Monterey Bay Aquarium, its rooms overlook either the bustle of Cannery Row or the serenity of the bay. We stay... more

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The Summerwood Inn, with its nostalgic charm of a lovely country English-style home, makes an ideal choice if you want to stop en route between San Francisco and Southern California. Its setting is superb—nestled in a spectacularly beautiful area of gently rolling hills, either cove... more

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Tickle Pink Inn - Guestroom

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Carmel’s quaint gingerbread architecture, profusion of colorful flowers, and tall, shady trees are all happily combined at the Vagabond’s House. Set around a flagstone courtyard shaded by a giant oak tree and surrounded by ferns, azaleas, camellias, and rhododendrons, the inn is m... more

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Ventana is surrounded by 243 acres of meadows and forests on Big Sur, a rugged stretch of coast where the hills plunge down to meet the crashing waves below, but there is nothing rugged about Ventana Inn & Spa—a sophisticated resort where guests are pampered and provided with e... more

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West Cliff Inn, Santa Cruz, California, United States, Exterior

Frederick Sedgewick Lynch spent money he made during the California gold rush building this Grand Italianate home, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the pier beside the broad sweep of white sand that fronts the bay. Meticulously renovated to highlight the home’s architectural featu... more

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