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As you set off to do your last-minute holiday shopping/card-sending/gift-wrapping/eggnog-chugging, we'll leave you with this killer view from room 207 at the Anderson Inn in Morro Bay, Calif. near San Luis Obispo.
There’s only eight rooms at the inn, which sits directly on the water at Morro Bay but almost every room has an up close and personal view of the Morro Rock and the (somewhat loud) sea lions that swim around it. If you're doing the whole "driving along California coast" sometime in 2015, then consider this a must-stop.
Morro Bay itself is about three hours north of Los Angeles and 45 minutes south of San Simeon, home to Hearst Castle. It's an incredibly small little town, with knick-knack touristy stores and salt water taffy shops lining the main drag, which probably has seen better days.
But The Anderson Inn has modern-designed rooms with flat screen TVs, super soft bedding and giant showers with body sprays. These come in handy when you've been on the road for a while. Or even for just a few hours.
Put it this way, if nearby Madonna Inn might be too
scary kitschy for you, then The Anderson Inn will be just your style.
It's not uncommon for celebrities to get into the hotel game but a famous TV money manager? That's new to us! But should you ever find yourself in the leafy suburb of Summit, New Jersey, "Mad Money's" Jim Cramer will welcome you to The DeBary Inn, a sort of bed and breakfast spot that's billed as an "executive boutique inn."
While there's nary a mention of of Jim Cramer's name on the inn's website site, the top banner of the page features Cramer doing his tough money manager crossed-arms pose. And there's also an "As seen on the Martha Stewart Show" link. When we clicked that link, it took us to the Martha Stewart website where there was a video of Cramer doing a hard sell on the Debary Inn from last March.
So is this joint up to corporate snuff? Considering that we've spent a lot of time in Summit (ok, we grew up there), we've never really heard of the DeBary as a place to stay. But maybe Jim has breathed some new life into it.
Monterey is not exactly known for its budget accommodations, however seedy Cannery Row’s past might have been. So it seems that the Spindrift Inn has decided to conform, renovating its rooms in what it calls “European elegance.”
From what we can tell, that means the Inn’s 45 rooms have gotten hardwood floors, over-stuffed feather bedding, little sitting areas, marble bathrooms with nickel fittings, and traditional furnishings (except for the flatscreen TV’s, or course) decorated in green and red tones.
Ushuaia is the world’s southernmost city. It has an airport, a ski center, magnificent views in all directions, some decent seafood restaurants, a busy port, three types of beer, two terrestrial TV channels, 9,546 overpriced outdoor clothing outlets, and some attractive lodgings.
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When most people imagine California's wine country, they think Napa and Sonoma. But just three hours south of San Francisco and less than four hours north of Los Angeles in an area called Paso Robles, we've discovered there's competitive wine, Justin Wines, to taste, and a ridiculously charming getaway, The JUST Inn. If you can slip away for a few nights, JUST Inn is spectacular during the low season when you might have the whole place to yourself. Do note: cell phones get no service, but if you must, you can enjoy free WiFi. (C'mon we're not completely technologically suicidal here.)
Of the other 100+ wineries around Paso (that's what locals call it) like Adelaida Cellars, Chateau De Deighton and Midlife Crisis Winery, Justin is viewed as one of the more posh and luxe.
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We love a good insider list of great hotels but in the UK the Telegraph has gone totally overboard with its recent "cosy hotel" list--how can we ever try out 50 different hotels?
But curiosity got the better of us because we want to know what a "cosy" hotel actually is. Apparently they mean a place with a nice fireplace and "buttered crumpets for tea", usually out in the countryside. Okay, that's cozy.
Something about trad B&Bs makes us assume they’re all living in a bit of a time warp--you know, a simpler time before modern necessities like the “Internet” and, god forbid, “the iPhone.” (We blame their propensity for antiques and creaky stairs.)
But you know what happens when you assume. And to prove just how fancy and 2.0 B&Bs and country inns can be, American Historic Inns and iLoveInns.com this week announced a brand-new iPhone application called InnTouch. And it sounds pretty awesome. The free application offers travelers access to iLoveInn’s more than 3,500 listings of inns and small hotels in North America (with a coverage of nearly 2,000 cities).
The mobile guide can search for inns near a traveler’s current location using GPS, then browse nearby B&Bs and boutique inns by reading descriptions, detailed info, and up to 10 photos per property. Plus, more than 1,200 recipes of favorite B&B dishes are highlighted. Probably not all that useful to a traveler on the road, but it’s still an awfully fun feature (and just writing about it gives us a hankering for B&B classics like homemade blueberry French toast).
Once travelers have browsed the database to pick their perfect inn, they can also use the app to, you know, call the inn to book a reservation or ask questions.
We’ve always heard wonderful things about Vermont’s loveliness in the spring, summer and fall, but anytime anyone said "Vermont" and "Winter" in the same sentence, we covered up our ears. Not all of us love
shaving ice er...skiing and many of us refuse to vacation somewhere below 40 degrees.
But if there’s anything to sway us up to Vermont for a weekend, it’s a cozy-looking, colonial inn promising a third-night free.
Of course, said inn would have to have some crazy appealing amenities to make us pack snowboots and parkas and trip it up to Vermont at this time of the year. Fortunately, The Pitcher Inn delivers on that with its in-room Jacuzzi tubs, heated floors and wood-burning fireplaces.
And right now, they are offering guests who pay for two nights, a third night free. The $850 price tag includes three night’s of accommodations, full breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner (though the dining room is closed on Tuesdays). Not bad, considering this is a Relais & Chateaux property.
The offer is good through December 18, so if anyone wants to expose themselves to Vermont’s winter elements, you better get crackin’.
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With staycations all the rage these days, we've decided to take a look at some of the best places in the U.S. for quick, close-to-home trips. Up first is Carmel-by-the-Sea, a small yet upscale town on the Monterey Peninsula. Known for its devotion to the arts and its celeb residents (Clint Eastwood was once mayor here), Carmel is also home to small hotels and inns galore. Enjoy.
With a name like Tickle Pink Inn, it seems hard to take this place seriously. But this inn is all business when it comes to offering you an extraordinary vantage point of the Monterey coastline in extreme comfort.
Rated #1 by reviewers on TripAdvisor, the Tickle Pink Inn is located just off the scenic Highway 1 on Highland Drive. The inn has 35 "casually elegant" rooms and suites, all with views of either the ocean or the coves of the Carmel Highlands.
If you want to getaway to do nothing but hibernate in a cozy room and enjoy a misty view of waves crashing with occasional sunshine, then this is the place. Pack your Uggs and start driving.
Maui, the second biggest island in Hawaii and the most touristy, has its share of monster resorts, expensive, over-the-top luau magnets and villas. So when we heard about Paia Inn, a little cool outpost on the island's North Shore, we thought, oh yeah!
This is a quiet, boutique inn on the North Shore's Hana Highway. Five suite rooms sit smack on the beach and away from the craziness of those gigantic resorts. The rooms have flat-screened TVs, bamboo floors, and funky artwork, plus a boutique and an art gallery right on site.
Find out the current state of the 1878 property, and how to avoid getting arrested on your way to the Inn, all after the jump, of course.
It's just a 9-room inn, but it's been renovated and restored from a fading boarding house, and according to this weekend's NY Times review, the Chesterfield Inn in Stamford, Connecticut is worth a stay.
While the building dates from the 1860s, the current version is a mix of antique comfort and modern amenities. The interior style has worked out to have been:
furnished with sedate antiques and reproductions: crystal chandeliers, four-poster beds, flowery wallpapers and tasseled drapes. The palette includes hunter green and Chinese red.
Then there are fancy Bulgari bath products, a flat-screen TV with a DVD player and Wifi internet access. The Chesterfield is for over-14s, and in the common areas (which include a small art gallery and rocking chairs on the veranda) guests are banned from using cell phones. A continental breakfast is included in the room rate, which begins at $250 a night.
· Chesterfield Inn at Shippan Point [NY Times]
· Hotels in Stamford [HotelChatter]