6 California Inns with Perfect Porches for Lounging

SACRAMENTO, CA [June 27, 2017]--California weather is made for outdoor living, and many California B&Bs offer idyllic porches for lazing away a summer afternoon. The California Association of Boutique and Breakfast Inns (CABBI) has compiled a list of six inns with beautiful porches for relaxing and enjoying California’s balmy weather. Many of the porches feature historic architecture; some also offer incredible views. 

Churchill Manor was the first residence in Napa Valley to be listed on the National Historic Register, and its majestic wrap-around veranda is clearly one of the reasons why.  Twenty-one fluted ionic and Doric columns of solid redwood support this architectural jewel.  Rain or shine, bed and breakfast guests enjoy breakfast al fresco overlooking the gardens.  After a day’s adventure of Napa Valley wine tasting, evenings bring relaxing on wicker furniture with appetizers (and more wine!) while watching birds frolic in the fountain. Intimate elopements are also hosted on the rotunda, framed by mature trees and garden greenery.

The peaceful veranda at the Inn at Occidental in Sonoma wine country beckons travelers from the moment they arrive. From the front steps of the inn, the veranda’s white posts and balustrades wrap around the side of main house, offering an assortment of inviting white wicker chairs and loveseats with comfortable pillows and cushions.  Dappled sunlight filters through the majestic redwoods surrounding the inn and dances across the wooden porch.  Artwork and collectibles on display provide great conversation pieces.

The Inn at Newport Ranch offers breathtaking, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from two of its buildings’ porches.  Along a remote, rugged stretch of Northern California coastline, the inn is perched on an oceanfront bluff on a private, 2,000-acre ranch.  Modern in its architectural design, the inn’s main house features an expansive, wrap-around porch built of weathered gray wooden posts and beams.  A short walk from the main house, the porch at the Redwood House features a unique construction using actual redwood trunks with the bark still on as the supports for the building.  The trunks are almost three feet in diameter.

The gracious Victorian porch at the Raford Inn in Sonoma wine country evokes a by-gone era.  The porch is a part of the original plantation-style Victorian estate, which was built in 1880. Hops pioneer Raford Peterson and his family lived here and worked the land for 100 years before it was sold, restored to meet modern codes, and converted into an inn. The porch’s original architecture remains, including the many Queen Anne flourishes.  Built on a rise above the Russian River Valley, the porch overlooks old-fashioned flower gardens and working vineyards of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay ringed by redwood forested mountains. 

In San Francisco, the Inn at the Presidio is part of a National Historic Landmark and a national park site near Golden Gate Bridge.  Originally built in 1903 as the Pershing Hall Bachelor Officers’ Quarters, the three-story Classic Revival brick building features upper and lower level verandas lined with elegant wooden rocking chairs.  The verandas, with their tapered white columns and white balustrades, look out over the immaculately-kept grounds and buildings of the Presidio.  From their perch, guests can enjoy the understated luxury once reserved for Army officers.

Walking the wide, wooden porch of the Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake is like stepping back in time. The elegantly-restored, Old West-era hotel features two airy verandas that wrap around three sides of the hotel’s first and second floors. Ceiling fans spin lazily overhead.  Intimate groupings of antique wicker chairs invite guests to relax with a glass of wine and listen to the crickets and the trickling fountains. The verandas overlook a shady courtyard strung with lights and amusing pieces of art hidden among the sycamore trees. 

For more information about these and other California inns, visit www.cabbi.com.

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