California boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States, if not the world. With the Sierra Mountain Range running north and south, stretching virtually the entire length of the state, and over eight hundred miles of coastline, ranking 3rd behind only Alaska and Florida, it’s no wonder California is a highly sought after Bed and Breakfast destination. What’s more, Alaska may have much higher peaks than California, but it doesn’t have warm sunny beaches. In turn, Florida may have many more beaches than California, but it doesn’t have mountains like the Sierras. The wine country throughout the Golden State is also one of the biggest reasons it’s terribly popular for Bed and Breakfast enthusiasts. Oh, I nearly forgot, how about the weather?
The California Coastline Is the Top Choice for Bed and Breakfast Stays
For most, the coastline is the largest allure. Popular destinations like Santa Barbara and Newport Beach are home to some of the cutest, coziest and most comfortable Bed and Breakfasts you’ll find anywhere. However, lesser known hamlets like Laguna Beach and Dana Point have plenty to offer beach goers, and most days with far fewer people. One gorgeous spot that typically gets overlooked is Coronado, just outside San Diego. It’s what is called an isthmus, a narrow strip of land, bordered on both sides by water, connecting two larger bodies of land. Hotel del Coronado, also known as “The Del”, is one of the most grand, historic, and beautiful Hotels you’ll find on the west coast. Hotel guests experience first class accommodations and the beach it sits on is so wide one has to spend a few minutes on sand before getting to the ocean. However, the Hotel, it’s shops and restaurants are open to the public so vacationers staying at any number of the Bed and Breakfasts Coronado hosts can take a leisurely stroll down to visit The Del and take advantage of its first class amenities.
Next on the List Would be the Beaches of California for a Great Bed and Breakfast Stay
If California visitors prefer a stroll in the mountains over a stroll on the beach, Bed and Breakfasts can be found nearly everywhere in the Sierra Mountains. Considered a younger mountain range due to the fact they are continuously being built by the shifting of the earth’s tectonic plates, the Sierras really are unique when compared to other ranges like the Rockies or the Appalachians. Although the state is home to countless hiking trails and a myriad of fishing spots, the skiing and snowboarding in California is honestly as amazing as one will find anywhere in the world. In the southern portion of the state you can stay at a B&B near Bear Valley, a smaller, lesser known area, or at Mammoth, one of the country’s largest resorts. In the northern section, B&B’s surround some of the most challenging resorts in the U.S. Squaw Valley, which incidentally hosted the Winter Olympics in 1960, Alpine Meadows and Kirkwood are home to the most challenging terrain in California and the west coast. Visitors can choose from a number of five star hotels found at many of the more popular destinations in the Sierra Mountains, but if they prefer a quieter more quaint experience then California is a great state for Bed and Breakfast stays.
Last but Not Least is the Wine Country of California for Bed and Breakfast Stays
The beaches and mountains of California may attract the most visitors to the state every year but the wineries certainly attract travelers with taste, pun intended. From Temecula Valley, a short drive from San Diego, to Mendocino County, three hours north of San Francisco, you won’t find any place in the country visited more frequently than California when it comes to wine tasting. No other state comes anywhere close. Winemaking in California dates back to the 1700’s when Spanish Missionaries brought vines over for communion. Currently, there are over 100 different grape varieties cultivated in California, and the number continues to grow. Bed and Breakfasts can be found in every wine region in the state and the truly picturesque settings throughout these regions are remarkable, to say the least. It borders on unbelievable that the wine produced in California is exported to over 140 countries and makes up 90% of the wine created in the U.S.
The places to see and enjoy in the beautiful state of California seem almost limitless. From Yosemite National Park to Six Flags Magic Mountain Amusement Park, the place really does have something for everyone. If you want to take a family ski vacation, you’re sure to be impressed with Heavenly Resort. If you’re looking for the perfect setting for your honeymoon you could book a reservation in Napa Valley. If you find yourself dead set on shopping fancy specialty boutiques right on the beach in gorgeous warm weather, perhaps Huntington Beach will do. It assuredly comes as no surprise that California ranks number one among states visited in America. For me personally, I’d choose a Bed and Breakfast in Coronado. With one side facing the San Diego skyline and the other looking out over the Pacific, it unequivocally can’t be beat, particularly when you consider the temperature is in the 70’s year-round. How on earth is it possible that’s only the second time we’ve mentioned the weather when writing an article on Bed and Breakfast in good old California, seems impossible.
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