Find Romance at a West Coast Bed and Breakfast

by Jane Leisteiner

With its surf, sunsets and sea air, the West Coast has all the ingredients for a perfect romantic getaway. Add to that the pampering you get at a bed and breakfast and you might not want to return home. These sumptuous bed and breakfasts offer the best of West Coast hospitality.

The Inn at Harbor Steps is perfectly located for those wishing to enjoy all the fun of Seattle, and perfectly romantic for couples seeking a special getaway. Guest rooms are spacious with sitting areas and fireplaces. Many have views of the garden. You will be pampered with a full breakfast, and in the afternoons, the innkeepers serve wine and appetizers. Guests can walk to shops, art galleries, restaurants and world-famous Pike’s Place Market.

If you seek a respite from city life, try the Saratoga Inn, nestled on Washington’s scenic Whidbey Island. Just a few hours from Seattle, you’ll find romantically appointed rooms with fireplaces, and most also have a view of the Saratoga Passage and Cascade Mountains. Guests are pampered with a full breakfast and afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres. The Keepsake Package can be added to any stay and will charm your sweetheart with chocolate truffles and a cuddly teddy bear.

Escape from the city and enjoy a few peaceful days at the Seal Cove Inn. The bed and breakfast is just 24 miles from San Francisco by the town of Half Moon Bay, but it feels worlds away. The grounds are shaded by towering cypress trees and gardens. A walking path leads to a bluff looking out to the nearby sea. Guest rooms are spacious with king beds, sitting areas and fireplaces. Each room also has either a private balcony or terrace. Guests are pampered with a full breakfast and afternoon treats.

Built upon a bluff overlooking Cowell’s Beach, the West Cliff Inn is full of romance and historic ambiance. The 1877 Italianate Victorian has nine guest rooms, each with a fireplace and king bed. Some rooms include a jetted spa tub, and one has a private, outdoor hot tub. The inn is close to Santa Cruz’s famous beaches and boardwalk.

Pacific Grove, located along the rugged shores of the Monterey Peninsula, is a picture-perfect town and also home to two of California’s most romantic inns. The Green Gables Inn boasts an awesome ocean view, located just across the street from the water. The historic Victorian has 11 unique, romantic rooms, and several offer a stunning view. Upgrade to the Celebration Package and you’ll enjoy sparkling wine, chocolate truffles and breakfast in bed. At the Gosby House Inn, guest rooms are done in a romantic English Country style, several have sitting areas with a fireplace. The Carriage House includes two rooms, each with a spa tub, fireplace and balcony. Both of these inns are close to popular local attractions, such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Just a short walk from the famed Santa Monica boardwalk, the picturesque end of Route 66, the historic Channel Road Inn is a perfect spot for a romantic coastal getaway. This Los Angeles bed and breakfast has 15 posh guest rooms, several with a fireplace or whirlpool tub. A few have a peek view of the ocean. The innkeepers pamper guests with full breakfast, freshly baked cookies and afternoon hors d’oeuvres and wine. A short drive will take you to museums or shopping on Rodeo Drive.

Enjoy a romantic getaway filled with relaxing amenities at the Blue Lantern Inn. Located about an hour south of Los Angeles, the bed and breakfast is perched on a bluff overlooking the Dana Point Harbor. The guest rooms are spacious and romantically appointed, and each includes a fireplace and whirlpool tub. Several rooms include a view of the coastline and harbor. The inn’s spa offers a variety of relaxing treatments, from Swedish massage to a green tea European facial. Add on the Celebration Package and enjoy breakfast in bed, a bottle of champagne, chocolate truffles and a soft teddy bear. Several restaurants are within walking distance, and Laguna Beach is just a short drive away.

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