Romantic California Inns for Every Budget
SACRAMENTO, CA [March 9, 2017]—Romantic getaways in California don’t have to break the bank. The California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) has compiled a list of romantic inns for every budget, starting at $150 or less per night. The rates for each of the inns include breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and a long list of complimentary amenities and perks.
Under $150 Nestled in the fork of the Downie and Yuba Rivers near Tahoe National Forest, the Riverside Inn is an affordable Sierra getaway. Each of its 11 rooms have balconies overlooking the rushing Downie River. The rooms are finished in a rustic, honey-hued pine and feature quilted bedding. Some of the rooms have full kitchens; others have microwaves and refrigerators. A few rooms have fireplaces. All of the rooms have private baths and offer free Wi-Fi, unlimited long distance, satellite TV, DVDs and secure bike storage. Each morning, the innkeepers serve a complimentary continental breakfast that includes lox and bagels and homemade blueberry bread. Rates start at just $90 per night, and all but one room is $130 or less on weekends.
Tucked in a vibrant neighborhood in uptown San Diego, the Gaslamp Room at the historic Hilllcrest House Bed & Breakfast is priced for the budget-minded traveler. With Great Gatsby influences, the sunny, second-floor room features vaulted ceilings, cheery red walls, a queen-size bed with luxurious sheets, a writing desk, and a private, black and white Art Deco-style tiled bathroom. Starting at $149 per night, the rate includes breakfast, parking, Wi-Fi, bottled water, snacks and beverages. The room is a bargain in a big city market like San Diego and is easily comparable to or better than most chain motel brands.
Alder Inn in South Lake Tahoe is a newly-renovated motel with boutique hotel amenities and décor at an affordable price. Average weekend rates for a single queen room is just $149 a night through the end of March. Each of the inn’s 24 rooms are individually decorated and feature pillow top mattresses with luxurious sheets, bathrobes, complimentary Wi-Fi, Keurig coffeemakers, coffee mugs, wine glasses and wine openers. The inn also features an outdoor hot tub, heated swimming pool, ping pong table, barbeque grill, and complimentary bicycles. The inn is conveniently located between the lake and Heavenly Ski Resort and is within walking distance of several restaurants. During the winter months the free shuttle for Heavenly Ski Resort stops at the inn's curb every 30 minutes.
Perched on a secluded bluff on the Mendocino coast with breathtaking views, the Elk Cove Inn & Spa offers two garden view rooms in its 1883 mansion that are both under $150 per night. Molly’s Garden Room is decorated in soft periwinkle blue and ivory and features a queen bed, gas fireplace, and a private bath built around a vintage Fiestaware rose-colored basin with matching bath and fixtures. Swallows Nest is a bright, airy room with a queen bed and a private bath with a hand-painted tile shower. The room rate includes a full champagne breakfast, complimentary cocktail and wine reception, and a welcome gift basket filled with wine, homemade cookies, popcorn and fruit.
Built in 1887 and steeped in Victorian charm, the Garden Street Inn in downtown San Luis Obispo offers a number of queen guest rooms starting at just $159. All of the rooms feature spacious private baths and are tastefully decorated with beautiful wall coverings, fabrics and original antiques. The inn offers a well-stocked library and spacious outdoor decks for relaxing. A full breakfast is prepared each morning by the inn’s chef and served in a dining room surrounded by original stained-glass windows. The room rate includes breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi and parking. The inn is just steps from all of downtown’s shops and restaurants.
Nestled in the burgeoning Fair Play wine country and just minutes away from the wineries in the Shenandoah Valley, Lucinda’s Country Inn is a moderately-priced inn offering spacious suites with endless amenities and thoughtful touches. All four suites and the cottage offer king-size beds with separate sitting areas, remote-controlled gas fireplaces, flat-screen televisions with DirecTV and DVD players, luxurious microfiber sheets, towels and bathrobes, private decks, and fully stocked wet bars with Keurig coffeemakers, microwaves, and small refrigerators. Each of the rooms also offer spacious private baths, some of which feature spa tubs or tiled soaking tubs. Each morning, guests are treated to a full breakfast. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the innkeepers host a wine and snack hour. Room range from $160 to $230.
The historic Joshua Grindle Inn sits atop knoll overlooking Mendocino Village and the ocean. A stately Victorian farmhouse with a wraparound veranda offers five guest rooms with beautiful antique furnishings. Five additional rooms are located housed within a cottage and a water tower. All of the rooms have private baths; many rooms have fireplaces and jetted tubs. Guests have 24-hour access to the parlor which has a fireplace and tea service. Cookies and fruit are served in the afternoon. Weekend rates through March start at $161 per night. The rate includes a full breakfast with a hot entrée, fresh fruit, granola, yogurt, juice, coffee and tea. The rate also includes free Wi-Fi and on-site parking. The inn is located with walking distance of Mendocino Village and the Mendocino Headlands State Park.
Just two blocks away from the gondola at Heavenly Mountain Resort and three blocks from a private Lake Tahoe beach, 7 Seas Inn at Tahoe offers a prime location at a great price. Weekend rates through the end of March start at $170 per night. The inn offers 16 comfortable guest rooms with upscale amenities, contemporary décor, and plush beds with crisp linens and fluffy pillows. Modern comforts include flat-screen televisions with premium cable, complimentary Wi-Fi and refrigerators. The innkeepers host a reception each night for guests to sample beer, wine and snacks. A continental breakfast is served each morning. The outdoor hot tub provides a great way to relax after a day on the slopes.
Half a block from the harbor in Avalon, Catalina Island Inn is a boutique with a range of room types and price ranges. On the economical side, the inn’s basic queen, non-view rooms are typically $165 on a weekend night, but generous off-season discounts and packages with round-trip boat transportation can lower the overall cost. Rooms and suites with views, fireplaces and private patios or balconies run higher, but likewise benefit from off-season discounts and packages. The rooms feature upscale, island-inspired contemporary décor, flat screen televisions, DVDs, and refrigerators. The room rate includes complimentary continental breakfast and Wi-Fi. The inn also offers an on-site spa.
$250 and Up In the heart of Sonoma wine country, Gables Wine Country Inn is a beautifully appointed, 140-year-old Victorian Inn. Each of the inn’s seven rooms feature 12-foot ceilings, private bathrooms with claw-foot tubs, beautiful fabrics and elegant antiques. A garden cottage is also available for couples, honeymooners and girls’ weekend escapes. A stay at the inn includes welcome glass of wine, a three-course breakfast, and a wine passport that provides complimentary tastings for two for over 100 Sonoma County Wineries. The lowest priced room for weekend stays through the end of March is $249 per night.
A peaceful desert retreat, POSH Palm Springs is an impeccably maintained and artfully furnished nine-room bed and breakfast with views of the San Jacinto Mountains. Amenities include a hot homemade breakfast served daily from 9 to 10 a.m., a happy hour evening afternoon with snacks, beer, wine and signature POSH martinis, a relaxing hot tub and refreshing swimming pool, iced tea and lemonade available poolside throughout the day, complimentary bottled water and snacks provided in the guests’ rooms, free Wi-Fi and off-street parking. The inn’s lowest priced weekend rate is $249 per night, but multiple night discounts can bring the average rate to $187 for four or more nights.
In the heart of San Francisco’s bustling Union Square, the Inn at Union Square has just completed a top-to-bottom renovation. With 30 plush rooms and suites, even the lowest-priced rooms--the Superior Queen rooms--are cocooned in luxury. The rooms, which are priced at $259 on weekends, feature queen pillowtop beds with a tufted headboards, LCD TV with wireless connectivity, KEYPR in-room service tablet, complimentary Wi-Fi, in room safes, plush robes, Lather Bath Products, spa-like bathrooms with Carrera Marble, and mini-fridges. Complimentary continental breakfast and complimentary evening wine and cheese receptions are included. Guests may order room service from Morton’s Steakhouse, request an overnight shoeshine service, or access a nearby full-service health club for an additional fee.
Stunningly renovated with modern conveniences, the historic Inn on Randolph is tucked away in downtown Napa, but still within walking distance of the town’s top restaurants and tasting rooms. Guest rooms in the main house boast heated bathroom floors, pillowtop beds, luxurious linens and sumptuous amenities. The cottages go a step further, featuring spa tubs, gas fireplaces and private entrances. The average weekend rate for the property through the end of March is $269. The rate includes a gourmet, two-course breakfast and a welcome basket filled with local snacks and a bottle of Napa cabernet. The rate also includes access to the inn’s beverage bar, evening cookies, complimentary on-site parking, a Tesla charging station, complimentary Wi-Fi and concierge services.
Set amidst ancient redwood forests and verdant pastures on a wild 2,000 acre stretch of the Northern California coast, the Inn at Newport Ranch has commanding ocean views and over 20 miles of unspoiled hiking trails and beaches. The property is an architectural stunner, with a 20-foot walk in fireplace and recycled redwood trunks soaring to cathedral ceilings. The ranch has all of the amenities of a five-star hotel including gourmet cuisine crafted from locally-sourced ingredients. Nightly libations and appetizers are served in the main dining room or around the outdoor firepit and a gourmet breakfast is served each morning. The average weekend rate through the end of March for the lowest priced room is $325 per night.
Minutes from Mendocino Village, Brewery Gulch Inn is perched high on a bluff overlooking Smuggler’s Cove and the Pacific Ocean. The elegant inn combines soaring, stunning design with a pervasive sense of home and hearth. Constructed in 2001 from 150-year old redwood reclaimed from the nearby Big River, it's an architectural masterpiece that offers every modern convenience while honoring the rich history of its location. The average weekend rate for the lowest priced room through March is $335. The long list of amenities includes a nightly, chef-prepared dinner buffet, private decks or balconies with ocean views, gas fireplaces, soaking tubs for two, flat-screen televisions with DVD players, Sferra linens, Turkish towels, cooked-to-order gourmet breakfasts, and three acres of forests, ponds, and gardens to explore.
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