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best affordable beach resorts: Blue Lantern Inn

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Blue Lantern Inn, Dana Point, CA

About an hour’s drive south of Los Angeles, the Blue Lantern Inn is where New England tradition meets kicked-back southern California. Neutral tones decorate the 29 airy rooms, many of which overlook the Pacific. French doors open to the ocean air in the downstairs sunroom, where a breakfast of artichoke quiche and fluffy pancakes is served. Spend your day biking along the point’s coastal paths, playing board games in the library, or reading in the gazebo or at the beach.

Cost: From $175.

Don’t Miss: Set sail from Dana Point Harbor for a dolphin- and whale-watching safari with Captain Dave.

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