These charming spots are perfect for a cozy, romantic escape
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Farmhouse Inn, Sonoma County, CA
We love the fresh, luxurious rooms and friendly vibe at Farmhouse Inn, between the vineyards of Sonoma and the coastal redwoods. The restaurant is a can’t-miss and the small spa beautifully redone. Refreshingly, instead of charging for every little thing, the place piles on extras like a big breakfast, a s’mores bar, and a bath-salts bar.
At Inn Paradiso, a revamped B&B near downtown, the artist-owners converted a barn into three spacious guest rooms with creature comforts like line-dried sheets, handmade soap, iPod docks, and breakfast that comes largely from the organic garden.
The Rusty Parrot Lodge is an outpost of absolute luxury 20 minutes from Jackson’s slopes. It makes a great base for wandering the galleries in town and seeing the spectacle of thousands of elk in the nearby refuge. At night, cozy up to the river-rock fireplace in the lodge’s intimate dining room.
Set in the historic Irvington neighborhood and surrounded by Craftsman-style homes, the B&B evokes the city’s graceful past, though it’s mere minutes (and at the same time a world) away from downtown’s hot spots. Uniquely decorated guest rooms, all with private baths, take you back: Picture four-poster beds, cherry armoires, and your great-grandmother’s prized porcelain collection. Indulge in fresh scones during the ample breakfast service.
This woodsy inn, comprised of a main lodge and freestanding cottages built in 1938, is the epitome of Tahoe cabin living. Stone fireplaces and knotty pine paneling in every room give guests a charming rustic experience, while remodeled bathrooms are a welcome modern touch.
The gurgle of the stream, occasional bleats from mascot sheep, and rustle of leaves as breezes waft down Oak Creek Canyon provide the background music to these stone-and-wood cabins. Doze in the large hammocks dotting the garden, or sip wine on the banks of the creek.
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Photo courtesy of the Inn of the Spanish Garden
Inn of the Spanish Garden, Santa Barbara, CA
Spanish mission-style rooms with Juliet balconies and graceful ironwork are the reason to book here, and even without a full kitchen, the inn serves a lovely breakfast, room service, and local wines in the evening.
Everything is neat as a pin in this budget-priced European-style gem, where breakfast is served at antique wooden tables overlooking Puget Sound, and rooms are appointed with antiques and crisp white linens.
The main house, a dainty Victorian, sits on the bluff, but check into one of the Arts and Crafts-style spa suites, and you can enjoy the sea breezes from your balcony. Oceanfront cottages boast cathedral ceilings and picture windows. Enjoy massages at the inn’s day spa, complete with an aromatherapy steam shower and sauna; an afternoon bar serves complimentary wine and make-your-own cocktails.