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Guide to California Hotels with Casual Elegance

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Photo: Coliena Rentmeester

The Golden State is home to some of the most blissfully laid-back hotels in the country. Check into—and check out—these properties that deliver effortless hospitality, the intimacy of bungalows, and the lure of wide-open spaces. Read the article

Inspired by: California Hotels: Casual Elegance — by Oliver Schwaner-Albright, Published Apr. 2008

Hotels (9)

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    Treebones Resort

    Nearly every Mongolian-esque yurt at this eco-resort has ocean views from the redwood decks and Adirondack chairs, but without the thread count or

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    Solage Calistoga

    Hip, modern, and family-friendly, Solage (opened in 2007 by Auberge Resorts—the same group behind Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch) has a laid

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    Beach Village at the Hotel del Coronado

    A private enclave of cottages and villas right on the shore, the Beach Village at the Hotel del Coronado is a hotel within a hotel, and the newest

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    Chateau Marmont

    Behind the Marmont’s lush, paparazzi-shielding hedges, discretion and privacy rule—a trait that has made it an infamous favorite of celebrities. (“

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    Montage Laguna Beach

    Montage aims for an experience you might find in Positano, crisp service and the smell of the surf. The location is exceptional: 240 rooms on 30 ac

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    Post Ranch Inn

    The hotel opened in 1992 and is made up entirely of small buildings set on a ridge high above the Pacific. In 2008 Post Ranch added 10 new sculptur

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    San Ysidro Ranch

    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 stretc

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    Calistoga Ranch

    Northern California has its share of upscale hotels, but this exclusive property—well situated among 157 acres of oak trees and burbling springs—is

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    El Capitan Canyon

    These comfortable cedar cabins—outfitted with Wi-Fi and other 21st-century amenities—are near El Capitan State Beach, a 17-mile drive from Santa Ba

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    Sierra Mar

    Diners gaze out on the Pacific Ocean and rocky headlands from the Post Ranch Inn’s restaurant, Sierra Mar, perched on a secluded cliff 1,200 feet a

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