Hotels in California

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.

Opulent 2007 property swathed in Italian marble and European refinement—plus hiking trails, golf, and a family-friendly pool.

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.

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.

Co-owner Liza Graves works with 35 estates in Sonoma and Napa valleys, from historic farmhouses and vineyard cottages to mountainside manors, and caters to wine lovers by arranging vineyard tours, private tastings, and picnics with winemakers.

The modern boutique property exists in perfect harmony with San Francisco Bay: from its concrete and timber pilings thrust directly into the water to the century-old sea wall that retains the courtyard and the porthole windows found throughout the hotel.

Since 1910, The US Grant Hotel has been a landmark in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Presidents, dignitaries, and historical figures have stayed here, while today’s A-list celebrity guests give The US Grant modern glamour.