Overworked, under-appreciated, and in need of some quiet time? Trade the lurking children and busy staff of a resort for a boutique inn.
Snuggle in front of a fire with a good book, take a long soak in the tub—hell, don’t even bother getting out of bed for breakfast in the morning. They’ll bring it right to you. Winter, spring, summer or fall, you won’t find better rest and relaxation than at these six cozy Northern California inns.
Eden Vale Inn, Placerville
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This stunning estate in the Sierra Foothills is romantically rustic on the outside, cozily comfortable on the inside. The main building of the Eden Vale Inn, a 100-year-old hay barn, is lined in rough-hewn timber and stocked with well-appointed guest rooms, each with fireplaces and private decks with Japanese soaking tubs. The grounds, which have beautiful gardens and a pond complete with a row boat (plus a communal fire pit, outdoor guest kitchen, hammocks, and a chicken coop) provide a lovely place to while away the day. A three-course breakfast, which can be delivered to your room or even out to the pond, is included with your stay. Massages at the on-site spa can be arranged in advance.
// Rates start at $199/night;1780 Springvale Rd. (Placerville), edenvaleinn.com
The Gaige House, Glen Ellen
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At this Japanese-inspired Sonoma retreat, coziness comes with sleek decor and a serene meditation alcove. The elegant guest rooms at The Gaige House are outfitted with different combinations of deep granite soaking tubs, fireplaces, and private decks (some with fire pits), and surrounded by lush gardens. There’s a pool and hot tub on the property, along with “moon” and “sun” decks complete with comfy seating, fire pits, and the soft burble of nearby Calabazas Creek. A full breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese round out the ryokan, along with in-suite sake and tea service.
// Rates start at $250/night;13540 Arnold Dr. (Glen Ellen), thegaigehouse.com
McCloud Mercantile Hotel, McCloud
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The McCloud Mercantile Hotel delivers woodland vibes and vintage touches just a few miles away from the epic McCloud Falls. Each room has its own atmosphere (we’re partial to the Shasta Wintu suite), some with clawfoot tubs or jacuzzis, radiant heated floors, and gorgeous views of Mount Shasta. On the ground floor, you’ll find a stove-warmed sitting room and an old fashioned general store featuring classic and locally made products and wine. Vouchers for breakfast at one of two restaurants that share the historic space, the White Mountain Cafe and Savory Cafe, are included.
// Rates start at $165/night;241 Main St. (McCloud), mccloudmercantile.com
Gosby House Inn, Pacific Grove
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This manse on the Monterey Peninsula has been in the business of cozy stays since the Victorian age. Rooms at the Gosby House Inn combine the elements of that bygone era—elaborately patterned wallpaper, antique furniture, private porch swings, and window seats—with modern amenities like fireplaces and flat-screen TVs. On the charming ground floor, they serve a full breakfast each morning and wine and cheese each afternoon. Bikes for a leisurely cruise along the coastal trail a few blocks away are complimentary.
// Rates start at $188/night; 643 Lighthouse Ave. (Pacific Grove), gosbyhouseinn.com
The Inn at Newport Ranch, Fort Bragg
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The Inn at Newport Ranch occupies one of the most magnificent coastal corners in all of California. There are just nine rooms scattered across four buildings on the 2,000-acre estate, each with their own stunning view. Suites, which fit up to four guests, have fireplaces and kitchens (in the Grove Suite there’s also a barbecue and private outdoor hot tub). There is, of course, a hearty breakfast featuring herbs and veggies from the inn’s gardens, after which you can plan a treatment at the on-site Fireside Spa, a four-wheeler tour, or a hike or bike ride along a 20-mile trail system.
// Rates start at $650/night;31502 CA-1 (Fort Bragg), theinnatnewportranch.com
The McClelland House, Napa
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The lovingly restored McClelland House is an elegant, comfortable B&B within walking distance of downtown Napa. Its six Victorian suites strike different tones with palettes of blue, orange, and coral, and luxury baths with Hermés amenities (some also have deep, freestanding jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, and en suite access to the wrap-around porch). As this is Napa, there will be complimentary wine at check-in and happy hour, as well as a full breakfast each morning. Arrange an in-room spa treatment to up your coziness factor tenfold.
// Rates start at $494/night; 569 Randolph St. (Napa), themcclellandhouse.com