Cantilevered over San Francisco Bay, The Inn Above Tide has glass doors and glass-railed balconies that provide what is likely to be the bay’s best front-row seat: a panorama of Angel Island, the city skyline, and beautiful blue herons coasting above the sea.
Inside the 31 rooms and suites, serene earth tones rule. Spending the day lounging in bed in front of the wood-burning fireplace is tempting, but the weathered, brown cedar–shingled inn is also a minute’s stroll to the galleries, boutiques, and candlelit eateries downtown, as well as the Golden Gate Ferry. Back on your balcony, the sunset is epic—you may spot a gray whale breaching in the deep channel near Tiburon. Rates start at $350; 415/332-9535 or innabovetide.com.
Tip: Craving the beach? There’s an oasis of fine sand a few miles west at Tennessee Valley. Take the inn’s mountain bikes there.