A beachfront bird refuge provides the setting for this secluded, New England-inspired inn.
This property may just be one of L.A.'s best-kept secrets. The quaint B&B, modeled after classic East Coast inns with its gray paint and white trim, is nestled into a 200-acre bird sanctuary just ten minutes from LAX. Snowy egrets and blue herons will be your companions at this intimate retreat. From your front door, it's an easy walk to the beach, through the quaint community of Playa del Rey, an enclave filled with restaurants and boutiques. The inn even offers the complimentary use of bicycles for pedaling the 30-mile path that runs along the sand through Santa Monica and up to Malibu.
Each of the California-by-way-of-Cape Cod guest rooms is an eclectic showroom, with canopied beds, Amish quilts, Jacuzzi bathtubs, wood-burning fireplaces and spacious balconies for bird- and surf-watching. Days begin in the breakfast room, with its wetland and mountain views. Here, guests enjoy a hot, homemade gourmet breakfast buffet. During the afternoons, guests converge in the inn’s sitting room or on the large sundeck, where the innkeepers serve coffee, California wines and lemonade squeezed from the lemons on their own trees. Forget about the Sunset Strip. This is the perfect opportunity to discover how beach-loving Westsiders live.