Weekend Getaways

Dreaming of a quick getaway? Pack your bag for the weekend and check out our guide to the best coastal towns for eating well, having fun in the sun, or doing absolutely nothing at all.

Top 10 Coastal Inns

Plan a weekend getaway to one of these coastal inns for inviting accommodations, great food, and plenty to keep you busy. Or, just kick up your feet and relax!

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Cypress Inn: Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Photo: Courtesy of the Cypress Inn; Article: Susan Haynes and Sarah Latta

Cypress Inn

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

The 1929 white-stucco, Spanish-Colonial animal-friendly inn reflects the style and personality of its owner―actress, singer, and animal advocate Doris Day. This legendary overnight oasis is only a few minutes' walk from the beach and Ocean Avenue shopping; 800/443-7443.

Eat: Drop by La Bicyclette for it turn-of-the-century French ambience, duck confit crepe, and impressive wine list. Or, enjoy inventive seasonal cuisine such as a chili-crusted ahi tuna salad at Basil Seasonal Dining. After dinner, go to the Cottage of Sweets, which looks straight out of Hansel and Gretel.

Do: Shopping is a must in Carmel. Drop into the Carmel Bay Company  for stylish home decor. Take the scenic route along the coastal 17-Mile-Drive where you'll see The Lone Cypress and can stop in at the  famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. At the Monterey Bay Aquarium you can view a Giant Pacific Octopus, sea otters, penguins, and many more.

 

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