Inns Near California’s National Parks

SACRAMENTO, CA [August 28, 2019]—There are nine national parks in California, more than any other state. As summer winds down and the crowds thin out, autumn becomes one of the best seasons for exploring California’s national treasures.  The California Association of Boutique and Breakfast Inns ( has compiled a list of boutique hotels and bed and breakfast inns closest to five of California’ national parks: Lassen, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Redwood, and Pinnacles. 

Highlands Ranch Resort is just four miles from the southwest entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park, which is home to other-worldly landscapes that include steaming fumaroles, gurgling mud pots, and other hydrothermal features on the slopes of Mt. Lassen. The resort sits on 175 acres against a backdrop of the park’s snowcapped peaks. Seven luxurious cabins are anchored by an upscale rustic lodge featuring vaulted ceilings, exposed wood beams, a large rock fireplace, and a bank of windows overlooking a bucolic meadow and pine-studded hills.

One popular national parks in the country, Yosemite is known for its iconic waterfalls and granitic domes, but other less-traveled sights include Tuolumne Meadows, Glacier Point, Mariposa Grove, and Hetch Hetchy Valley, all framed by the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Sierras. 30 minutes from the park’s Big Oak Flat entrance in the gateway town of Groveland, The Groveland Hotel is the region’s oldest hotel. The historic hotel underwent a major renovation in 2018 and now offers guests a hip, modern aesthetic complete with a tap room, bourbon bar, and small shop for gathering provisions for a Yosemite adventure.

Nestled on 210 quiet acres bordering Yosemite National Park and located just 20 minutes from its Big Oak Flat entrance, Yosemite Rose Bed & Breakfast was built as replica of a late 1800's Italianate Revival mansion surrounded by grand oaks. Each room at the Yosemite Rose exudes an understated luxury featuring fine linens and elegant furnishings. A half-hour stroll through the grounds leads to a knoll 2,000 feet above the Tuolumne River, from which Yosemite National Park can be seen in the distance. It’s the perfect spot for watching the sun rise over the Sierras.

Apple Blossom Inn is a quaint, country bed and breakfast inn nestled amid an organic apple orchard on five and a half acres near the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. Apples figure prominently in the inn’s breakfasts, décor, and its guest rooms, which all feature country furnishings, down bedding, and cozy robes. An inviting sundeck with a hot tub overlooks the Oakhurst Valley and the Sierras. The inn’s country setting provides guests with wildlife viewing opportunities, with frequent sightings of wild turkeys, fox, and deer.

A Moroccan-inspired oasis, El Morocco Inn & Spa is an immersive experience that just might make guests forget just how close they are to Joshua Tree National Park. The inn features a warm, spring-fed mineral water pool surrounded by glowing lanterns, lounge chairs, and Moroccan poufs, and richly-appointed guest rooms decorated in authentic Moroccan antiques and fabrics. But just 30 minutes away, Joshua Tree sits at the intersection of two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado. The park features a stunning variety of plants, animals, and surreal geologic features sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. 

In the historic seaport town of Eureka, Carter House Inns are an enclave of four Victorian mansions within an easy drive to the southern portions of Redwood National and State Parks. Home to the world’s tallest trees, the parks are a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve protecting nearly half of the planet’s old growth redwoods. Carter House Inns combine contemporary tastes with the gracious elegance of a bygone era, with guest rooms that feature antique furnishings, marble fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, large four-poster beds, and more.

Pinnacles National Park is California’s most recently designated National Park (and the nation’s 59th). The park’s impressive caves and towering rock spires features were formed 23 million years ago by volcanic lava flows. About 50 miles west of the park, Carmel Valley Lodge, is a family- and dog-friendly resort surrounded by over three acres of flowers, fruit trees, and water features. With a seasonal heated outdoor pool, jacuzzi, and fire pits, the resort provides a peaceful home base for exploring the park.

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