Hotels in California

Set against the backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains, La Quinta Resort & Club was originally founded in 1926 as a desert playground for the Hollywood elite.

A 1960's motel-style property with 143 nautically inspired rooms overlooking the marina.

If hammocks, afternoon wine and cheese receptions, and guided “Discovery Walks” appeal to you, this cozy, adults-only retreat is just your ticket.

Sonoma County is quickly giving better-branded neighbor Napa a run for its money, even if Sonoma’s lodgings lag slightly behind in luxury. But Farmhouse Inn is poised to change all that.

Designed as an ode to Palm Springs in its Golden Age, when celebrities like Humphrey Bogart visited, this Hollywood-Regency style hotel occupies four acres.

Fresh from a major renovation in 2015, this historic hotel boasts Victorian décor in its spacious guestrooms, which feature 11-foot ceilings and picture windows.

The stone-and-cedar lodge, set 7,200 feet above sea level, is Sequoia’s best rustic hideaway. Built in 1999, the 102 rooms are a bit cookie-cutter but sport vaguely Mission-style furnishings and cushy beds.

Although two of the four “Victorians” that make up the 32-room Carter House Inns (home of Restaurant 301) are reproductions, the chic rooms (with slipper chairs and matelassé bedding) compensate for any inauthenticity.

This property is now a retreat center.

No wonder this was JFK's honeymoon spot: The 500-acre property, which got a $150 million re-investment in 2011-2012, gives the impression of stretching on forever (even if a few neighboring mansions creep into the picture), and when you arrive at the long driveway lined with olive trees and laven

A modern roadhouse where each of the 10 colorful rooms features hillside views.

Within this 23-acre estate (13,000 feet of which houses the Spa Villagio), flowing water pathways, fountains, and Mediterranean-style gardens surround a two-level Tuscan-style villa that holds 112-guestrooms and 26-mini suites.

Despite the name, which references a "bear" (oso) in Spanish, it’s all about horses at Rancho Oso. Join a guided trail ride in the nearby Santa Ynez Mountains, or set off on foot if you’re horse averse.

The 93-room hotel is kid-friendly, with an outdoor pool and in-room refrigerators, and overlooks the river.