Best B&Bs for Soaking Up California's Surf Scene This Summer

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Catch some waves or just soak up California's classic surf scene with a stay at a bed and breakfast inn this summer. Many members of the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns are located just across the sand from some of California's legendary surf breaks. Some of the inns offer special amenities for surfers including storage of surfboards, outdoor showers for rinsing boards and wetsuits, and surf lesson package deals.

1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach

1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach in San Diego

Catch some waves or just soak up California's classic surf scene with a stay at a bed and breakfast inn this summer. Many members of the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns are located just across the sand from some of California's legendary surf breaks. Some of the inns offer special amenities for surfers including storage of surfboards, outdoor showers for rinsing boards and wetsuits, and surf lesson package deals.

Located across the street from three popular Santa Cruz surf breaks, the four-room Pleasure Point Inn is an upscale B&B with a laid-back attitude. California beach living is the theme here with contemporary décor, a rooftop deck and hot tub with panoramic ocean views, and an outdoor shower for rinsing surfboards and wetsuits. Guest room amenities include a private entrance, patio seating, gas fireplace, complimentary WiFi, flat screen TV, Bose iPod dock, refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker. An expanded continental breakfast is served daily. Pleasure Point Inn also offers complimentary surfboard storage, use of cruiser bicycles, fresh-baked afternoon cookies, and Room and Board learn-to-surf packages.

The West Cliff Inn sits on a bluff across from Cowells Beach in Santa Cruz, which is an ideal beach for learning to surf. Sign up for a lesson on the spot or grab a board from the beach stand stocked with surfboards, wetsuits and booties. Borrow a bicycle from the inn and pedal the bike path along West Cliff Drive to watch the pros ride the waves at the legendary Steamer Lane. Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, which is housed inside the lighthouse just above the lane, chronicles over 120 years of surfing history in Santa Cruz. Back at the inn, unwind in an ocean-view room with coastal-inspired décor and a jetted spa tub. The inn also provides afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres, evening turndown service and a sumptuous breakfast buffet.

With a central location convenient to two popular surfing beaches, Pacific Grove's Gosby House Inn is a great choice for surfers visiting the region. Asilomar State Beach is a favorite with experienced surfers seeking reliable, breaking waves. For first timers, sheltered Lover's Point is less than a mile from the inn. The Gosby House Inn's guest rooms feature private entrances; many with private patios, decks and jetted spa tubs. After a day riding the waves, return for the inn's afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres and then start your day the next morning with full, complimentary breakfast. Gosby House Inn's in-town address means you can ditch the car and walk to shops, restaurants and attractions, too.

Also located in Pacific Grove, the Martine Inn is located directly on the water's edge on the Monterey Bay. The surf break at Lover's Point is less than a mile walk from the inn along the coastal path, and Asilomar State Beach is also nearby. The Martine Inn was built in 1890 as a lavish private residence. Now it's a meticulously renovated resort where every fixture and furnishing is an authentic Victorian-era antique. Morning brings breakfast on silver, crystal and lace. In the evening, the inn serves wine and hors d'oeuvres, antipasto and fruit. Many of the rooms have fireplaces, claw foot tub, or views of the crashing waves.

In San Diego, the 1906 Lodge is just a block and a half stroll to Coronado Beach, which was recently named the number two beach in the U.S. by MSNBC.com for its "lush subtropical vegetation, Mediterranean climate and fine, sparkling sand." Grab the inn's loaner beach chairs and towels and spend the day in the sun. Bring your surfboard or take a surfing, paddle board or kayaking lesson. Beginners head for Shores Beach and while more advanced surfers like North Beach for its south swell. The inn's Silver Strand Suite features vintage "woody" fabric and surfboard style lamps. The suite also includes a king bed, spa tub, fireplace, refrigerator, wet bar, HDTV, internet and private porch.

For more information on these and other California bed and breakfast inns, visit http://www.cabbi.com.

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