5 Fabulous Family-Friendly Bed & Breakfast Inns in California

Jocelyn Murray June 3, 2014 No Comments



Let’s face it: bed & breakfast inns are not always kid friendly. They usually make for a lovely getaway for couples looking for a bit of romance. But the ones on this list combine a big dose of charm with an attention to detail and luxury that makes the whole family feel welcomed.


Blackbird Inn – Napa, CA 

Blackbird Inn
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Blackbird Inn is an elegant California Craftsman located in downtown Napa, and is perfect for those visiting Napa Valley’s renowned wine country. Its warm and welcoming ambience blends traditional amenities and modern luxuries. Many of the rooms boast private decks, fireplaces and spa tubs. Shops and restaurants are a short walk away. A stay includes their signature breakfast buffet, as well as complimentary wine, hors d’oeuvres and freshly baked cookies served every afternoon. Its these little luxuries that set inns apart in a special class of their own. And the best part? Being able to share it with the family.


Blue Lantern Inn – Dana Point, CA

Blue Lantern Inn
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Blue Lantern Inn boasts spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean from a bluff overlooking Dana Point Yacht Harbor. All of the guestrooms in this coastal retreat have a fireplace and oversized bathroom with spa tub. Daily sumptuous buffet breakfast is included, along with wine, hors d’oeuvres, and freshly baked cookies in the afternoon. Dana Point is conveniently located near numerous attractions like Legoland, Disneyland, the San Diego Zoo and much more, so there is plenty to see. But you just might want to enjoy a quiet stroll on the beach, exploring its tide pools, or going on one of many water excursions and tours in this gorgeous location.


Cheshire Cat Inn – Santa Barbara, CA 

Cheshire Cat Inn
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Cheshire Cat Inn has the warm welcoming feel of Old Santa Barbara, and is walking distance from the beach, shopping and dining. Families with children are welcome to stay in their private cottages which are equipped with full kitchens, fireplaces, living rooms and private decks. A delicious gourmet continental breakfast is included, along with wine and hors d’oeuvres in the early evenings. Freshly baked brownies, chocolate chip cookies, coffee, tea and hot chocolate make for an irresistible bedtime treat as well. The inn is close to several attractions including the Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara Mission, and Stearns Wharf.


The Eagle Inn – Santa Barbara, CA


The Eagle Inn
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The Eagle Inn is family-owned and is found in Santa Barbara’s West Beach. It boasts an old-world hacienda-style architecture with Spanish tiled roof, white-washed stucco, and many well-appointed luxurious details that make it so charming. Being close to the marina, beach, Stearns Wharf, and State Street – Santa Barbara’s main shopping strand, make it perfectly located with many attractions for the whole family. Daily complimentary breakfast and freshly baked cookies every afternoon are included. Their deluxe rooms and casitas boast fireplaces, spa tubs, and lovely balconies or verandas.



West Cliff Inn – Santa Cruz, CA

West Cliff Inn
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West Cliff Inn is a gorgeous Victorian seaside-inspired inn overlooking Monterey Bay in Santa Cruz. Its location across from Cowell’s Beach and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk make it ideal for a fantastic array of activities and sightseeing for the whole family. Most of the rooms boast lovely ocean views and spa tubs. Daily gourmet breakfast buffet and afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres are included, as are their scrumptious fresh-baked cookies. Check their website for seasonal packages and discounts before booking a memorable stay at this exquisite inn.

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Jocelyn Murray is a travel writer and historical fiction novelist. She holds two university master's degrees in both English and Education, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies. She also has a teaching credential and taught at the elementary school level.

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