There’s something charming and intimate about choosing a bed and breakfast over an impersonal high-rise hotel. Personal service in a warm and friendly environment is what often draws couples to bed and breakfasts for their romantic getaways. But families and friends can all make a cozy B&B their home away from home. If you’re looking for a more comfortable stay in the OC, check out some of the best bed and breakfasts near the Pacific coast.
The Carriage House
1322 Catalina St.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
www.carriagehouse.comThis 1920s bed and breakfast is a Laguna Beach landmark that attracts visitors from far and wide. The country-style Carriage House is located within walking distance of beautiful downtown Laguna Beach. Enjoy one of six uniquely themed suites, and start your stay off right with complimentary wine, fresh fruit and assorted treats. Each morning, you’ll rise and shine to a home-cooked breakfast served family style. After spending your days at the beach and art galleries, you know you can return and relax with all of the comforts of home.
177 Avenida Cabrillo
San Clemente, CA 92672
www.alwaysinn.comIf you’re looking to stay in an Orange County beach town with less traffic and less drama, check out the Always Inn in San Clemente. This Tuscany-style bed and breakfast is just three short blocks away from the pier and beach. It also puts visitors at the center of San Clemente’s historic downtown where there’s no shortage of boutiques, restaurants and art galleries to enjoy. If you’d rather relax at the B&B, soothe your muscles in your own private whirlpool bath or take a meal on the deck overlooking the gardens.
Garden Cottage at the Green
119 Avenida Santa Inez
San Clemente, CA 92672
www.gardencottageinn.comIt’s not often that you’ll find a bed and breakfast known for its award-winning gardens and golf course. The Garden Cottage at the Green has this unique distinction that makes it attractive to couples and business travelers from all over the world. Situated two blocks from the beach and right next to the world class San Clemente Municipal Golf Course, this B&B has all the right stuff for a perfect getaway.
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The French Estate
248 S. Batavia St.
Orange, CA 92868
www.thefrenchestate.comIf you don’t mind sharing your space with other people and their pets, this comfy bed and breakfast may be just right for you. The French Estate is a real home that offers lodging for $100 a night. Your host will cook up a nice breakfast of scrambled eggs, which you can enjoy with baked goods, yogurt, fresh fruit juice and coffee. The historic home and grounds have been used for weddings, showers and birthday parties. It has also been home to international students and displaced women. The French Estate isn’t just a B&B, but an experience all its own.
Doryman’s Oceanfront Inn
2102 W. Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA 92663
www.dorymansinn.comThis Victorian-style inn offers 10 rooms on the beach across from Newport Beach Pier. Doryman’s Oceanfront Inn has been labeled quaint, clean, romantic and fabulous. Guests marvel over the antique wooden furniture and rave about the food. Whether you’re on a couple’s retreat or hopping in for a layover, you’ll find this antique charmer to be cozy and perfectly located to Newport Beach’s finest bars and restaurants.
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Truc Dever is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.