27 Affordable Beach Resorts
Sea View InnCarmel, California
WHAT IT'S LIKE: The floral prints and canopy beds are a little frilly, but the real draw here is the hospitality—a fireside breakfast, tea in the garden. The eight-room Victorian bungalow Sea View Inn lives up to its name; it's only steps from a broad beach on the Monterey Peninsula. Try to get Room 7, with the largest windows and garden views.
WHAT TO DO: Go on an art spree in town—Carmel has more than 100 galleries within the one-square-mile center. —Shane Mitchell