Whether you’re a SoCal local or just passing through, a relaxing getaway at a bed and breakfast is such a treat. Known for its sunny beaches, natural beauty, and some of the most culturally rich cities in the country, there’s no shortage of places to explore in Southern California.
Of course, our Southern California van rentals are an essential part of the experience, as getting around such a large area can be difficult or even impossible on foot or by public transportation. Fortunately, we make renting a reliable vehicle, fast, easy, and affordable. If you’re ready to start planning your Golden State adventure, this handy guide should be a great starting point. Here are five fantastic bed and breakfasts that you and your travel companions are sure to enjoy:
1. Topanga Canyon Inn Bed and Breakfast
- Rooms start at $190/night
First on our list is an elegant inn that gives you quick access to the city of Los Angeles while also providing the nature, serenity, and privacy you expect from a good B&B. The inn consists of two Mediterranean style buildings: Casa Blanca (the White House) and Casa Rosa (the Pink House), located in the Topanga Canyon in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains.
What to Expect
Topanga Canyon Inn’s lovely decor includes a constantly growing collection of antique Craftsman furniture. With ample space, guests have access to balconies, decks, and kitchens. Complimentary breakfast is also served at 9:00 a.m. with a second shift at 9:30 a.m. for those who like to sleep in.
Natural Attractions in the Area
As you might expect from a B&B in the mountains, there’s a whole lot of nature to explore while you’re at Topanga Canyon Inn. It’s important to note that rural Topanga may not have a lot of public transportation available, so booking vacation van rentals in advance is an absolute must. There are many different landmarks, parks, and nature preserves in walking and driving distance of Topanga, including the following:
- Topanga State Park
- Dragon Rock and Cliffs
- Sandstone Cliff
- Eagle (Elephant) Rock
- Cathedral Rock
- Red Rock Park on Old Topanga Canyon Road
- Edmund D. Edelman Park on Topanga Canyon Boulevard
- Topanga State Beach
- Malibu Lagoon State Beach
- Will Rogers State Beach
- Zuma Beach
Other Things to Do
Hiking is a major attraction in Topanga Canyon, but there are plenty of other outdoor and indoor activities to enjoy. Topanga Canyon boasts many excellent spots for mountain or road biking, birdwatching, horseback riding, and more. There are also quite a few museums within driving distance of Topanga, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, the La Brea Tar Pits, and the Rose Garden.
You may have had a delicious breakfast, but don’t forget lunch and dinner are right around the corner. Fortunately, you have plenty of local restaurant options to choose from, including the family-owned Rocco’s Italian Restaurant that will deliver directly to Topanga Canyon Inn. If you decide to leave your temporary paradise for a bite to eat, for a bite, some restaurants nearby include Canyon Bistro, Waterlily Café, Abualita’s, and Café Mimosa. Of course, L.A. is just a quick drive away, and our convenient vacation van rentals make it easy to stop by the city to dine at one of Los Angeles’ many world-famous restaurants.
2. The Retreat in Laguna
- Rooms Start at $200/night
Orange County’s Laguna Beach is known as one of the most scenic beaches in the world, and spending time at The Retreat in Laguna is one of the best ways to take it all in. Aptly named, The Retreat is the place to go if you want to get away from it all and enjoy the serene California coastline. This B&B boasts eight ultra-luxurious villas in a village environment inspired by Tuscany, and each villa is just a few steps from the beach.
Every villa at The Retreat in Laguna is decorated to perfection. Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the beach, fine wood cabinetry, designer tile work, crown moldings, and so much more. The Retreat really puts effort into the details, and it shows. The kitchens feature gorgeous granite countertops and modern steel appliances. The Laguna Beach artwork really adds that beachy feel that makes this getaway so inviting. Welcoming, modern, and luxurious, these villas are a little taste of heaven.
The Retreat in Laguna offers seclusion if you want to spend quality time with your group, traveling companion, or by yourself, but there’s also plenty to do nearby. Downtown Laguna Beach offers world-class dining, unique shops, art galleries, and so much more. This community has an ultra relaxed, beach vibe while maintaining a certain elegance that you won’t find at other beach towns. Laguna Beach is also less than an hour from Los Angeles, and a little over an hour to San Diego. Our convenient vacation van rentals make getting around SoCal a breeze.
3. Keating House
- Rooms start at $129/night
Located on Banker’s Hill in San Diego, this is a great place to stay if you want to explore the vibrant culture this city has to offer. Over a century old, Keating House is a magnificently restored piece of San Diego history, conjuring a simpler time while still offering a modern B&B experience. History buffs are sure to be delighted by this fascinating location, but anyone who appreciates the grace and elegance of Queen Anne Victorian houses from the 1880s will fall in love with this bed and breakfast.
Established during San Diego’s significant growth period in the 1880s, the Keating House is a true relic that has been faithfully restored. Mr. Keating owned an extremely successful agricultural equipment business that eventually grew to be one of the largest in the world. Mr. Keating and his wife Fannie moved to San Diego from Kansas City in 1886, and he used his fortune to invest in property, including Keating House. Mr. Keating passed away in 1888, and legend says that his benevolent spirit still resides there to this day.
Keating House is the perfect central location if you plan on exploring all that San Diego has to offer, by foot or in one of our Southern California van rentals. Some of the most popular attractions in the area include the following:
- Gaslamp Quarter
- Seaport Village
- Convention Center
- Horton Plaza Shopping Center
- Little Italy
- Hillcrest and the Uptown District
- Old Globe Theatre
- Balboa Park
- San Diego Zoo
- Old Town San Diego State Historical Park
- The Rose & Cactus Gardens
- The Marston House
4. Highland Homestay
- Rooms start at $125/night
Highland Homestay is a luxurious B&B located in the Hollywood/Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, just a quick stroll from Wilshire Blvd. Although it’s located in the heart of the city, Highland Homestay is tucked away so you can enjoy a relaxing day and a pleasant night’s sleep. If you’re coming to explore Los Angeles, Highland Homestay is a gorgeous place to hang your hat at night or to spend the day at.
This house is bold yet sophisticated. The vibrant colors really give you that free-spirited L.A. experience, yet there’s an air of grace that simply can’t be denied. One of the best features this wonderful house has to offer is the gorgeous outdoor gardens, complete with luxurious patio furniture and a pergola. This picturesque household is larger than life without being overbearing, making it the perfect B&B for travelers and locals of all backgrounds.
Explore Wilshire Boulevard
Wilshire Boulevard is known as one of the most exciting streets in Los Angeles, beginning at Ocean Avenue, and running through Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and into downtown L.A. Some of the most popular Wilshire Boulevard shops, restaurants, and other attractions include the following:
- Douglas Park
- SoulCycle (stationary bicycle fitness)
- Huckleberry Bakery & Café
- FIG (local seasonal Mediterranean cuisine)
- Johnnie-O (local fashion boutique)
- The Gaslite (dive bar often featuring karaoke)
Wilshire Boulevard is a very long street with plenty to do and see, so make sure you secure one of our affordable Southern California van rentals so you can take it all in.
5. The Avalon Hotel on Catalina Island
- Rooms start at $199/night
What better way to get away from it all than to head to an island paradise? Featuring stunning ocean views, classic Californian architecture with a modern vibe, and some wonderful outdoor and indoor amenities, a trip to this premiere hotel is going to be one to remember. In particular, the 360-degree views of the harbor are sure to leave you breathless.
The rooftop at The Avalon is one of the best places to relax in all of Southern California. There are plenty of lounge chairs and tables for you to enjoy a cocktail or meal, and you can also enjoy a splendorous fountain on the garden patio, a secluded fire pit, and much, much more. The rooms feature modern amenities such as 42-inch flat screen TVs, high-speed internet, and of course the stunning beachside view. The complimentary breakfast is served from 7:30 until 10:00 a.m., featuring bagels, hardboiled eggs, fresh fruit, muffins, granola, and more.
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