Find Romance at a West Coast Bed and Breakfast

By: Janeleisteiner
From the cool winds of the Puget Sound to the surf and sand of Southern California, West Coast bed and breakfasts offer some of the country's most romantic vacation spots. Here are some top picks for that romantic getaway.

Beautiful views of the Seattle skyline and the Puget Sound await you at the Inn at Harbor Steps. This boutique hotel-style bed and breakfast is located in Seattle's arts and business district, just minutes from all of the city's popular attractions. For those seeking romance, the inn offers lush rooms, each individually decorated and many with a fireplace or garden view. The innkeepers offer several add-on packages to make your stay even more special, such as balloons, chocolates or a bottle of sparkling wine.

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.

Cypress trees and gardens dot the landscape at the Seal Cove Inn, a romantic bed and breakfast just a few minutes from the coastal town of Half Moon Bay and only 24 miles from San Francisco. The peaceful, romantic setting includes spacious guest rooms with a private balcony or terrace with views of the ocean. The rooms also include king beds and fireplaces. Treat your special someone with the inn's Keepsake Package, which includes balloons, chocolate truffles and a teddy bear.

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.

The Green Gables Inn will fulfill all of your romantic expectations. Located in a stunning restored Victorian in Pacific Grove, the bed and breakfast boasts spectacular views and romantic decor. Each of the guest rooms is unique, and several have an ocean view. Guests need only step out the door and walk across the street to reach the beach. Also in Pacific Grove is the Gosby House Inn, another charming Victorian with romantic rooms and plenty of amenities. There are 22 guest rooms appointed in English Country style. Many have a fireplace or window seat. The Carriage House includes rooms with a spa tub, fireplace and balcony. Both of these Pacific Grove inns are close to many popular attractions in the Monterey Peninsula.

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.

Located about an hour's drive south of Los Angeles, the Blue Lantern Inn is a Southern California bed and breakfast boasting harbor and ocean views. Nestled on a bluff in the town of Dana Point, the inn offers more than a dozen guest rooms, all with fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Several rooms offer sea and harbor views. Borrow the innkeepers' bicycles and take a ride around town. Guests can walk to several ocean view restaurants, walk down the hill to the harbor or take a short drive north to Laguna Beach with its art galleries and eclectic shops.
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