Best Places to Stay in California (IV)
Best Places to Stay in California: Bardessono – It’s LEED, baby!
This contemporary wine country hotel, located in charming Yountville, is located just steps from Napa Valley's best restaurants, from the elegant French Laundry, to the scrumptious Bistro Jeanty.
But what makes it extra special are its 62 deluxe guest rooms with privates jetted tubs, fireplaces, premium organic bedding and virtual-surround speakers. For a true splurge, book the 780-square-foot Tufa Suite, with dual shower-steam rooms and an outdoor shower.
Best Places to Stay in California: Bardessono – Looking for something to do while you’re here?
Be sure to dine at Bardessono's Lucy Restaurant & Bar, which serves up farm-fresh fare like Star Route Beet Salad and Monterey Shellfish a la Grecque. The full-service Bardessono Spa has a pampering menu of treatments. Try the Vinotherapie Massage, where you'll be rubbed from head-to-toe with organic Chardonnay grape seed oil.
As you bed down for the night, take comfort in knowing you are lowering the carbon footprint. Bardessono is one of only three hotels in the world with LEED Platinum certification.
Best Places to Stay in California: Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel – Enjoy the freebies!
This laid-back Newport Beach hotel is stocked with all the comforts of home, from their complimentary breakfast buffet in the morning, to the fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies in the afternoon. Each of the hotel's 25 rooms and suites are clean and comfortable, with free Wi-Fi, HDTV and air conditioning. The beach, and the bay, are both just a block away.
I love the whole surfer vibe here, from the original surf art by John Severson (who often stays here) to the wide selection of Surfer magazines in the lobby. Take the original 1960s caged elevator up to the rooftop sun deck, where you'll enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and bay.
Best Places to Stay in California: Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel – What’s best about it?
The friendly customer service and free extras. Check out one of their free DVDs to enjoy in your room, or grab some of their beach toys for a day at play. You'll also enjoy free local phone calls, free newspaper delivery, free business services and free parking. And if the lot happens to be full, they'll even feed your parking meter!