The Old Monterey Inn in Monterey, California is the perfect place to stay for great adventures in the Monterey area. The peaceful atmosphere in the English gardens with fountains and magnificent live oak trees is a relaxing contrast to the adventures in Big Sur. Visitors can watch more than 3,000 elephant seals from December to March just north of Santa Cruz and kayak in the tidal estuary of Elkhorn Slough Reserve.
The Inn is an award winning Bed and Breakfast and listed in the book of One Thousand Places to See Before You Die, by Patricia Schultz. The staff prides itself on excellent service and attention to detail, so each guest feels pampered.
The Sea Rock Inn is on the coast of Mendocino, California. It has spectacular views of the rugged coast and is near Mendocino Headlands State Park. With private cottages that have decks where guests watch the sunset, the Inn offers a private getaway in magnificent natural beauty.
California adventure is just a step away on the trails that wind through the Mendocino National Forest. There is also horseback riding on the beach as well as through the redwood forests. Riders can go alone or with a guide; the concierge at the Sea Rock Inn will make all the arrangements. There are also mountain biking trails. For those who like their adventure on the water, there is kayaking along the coast and canoeing along the Big River through the forests to the sea.
Carter House Inns in Eureka, California is composed of three beautifully restored Victorian mansions on Humboldt Bay. They have an award-winning restaurant that has an award-winning wine cellar. It is considered the best place to stay for visiting the giant redwood forests and the rugged pacific beaches.
There is a wealth of outdoor activities in this remote and rocky part of Northern California. With the Redwood National Park where the ancient trees still live, Newton B. Drury Parkway that winds through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and the mystical Fern Canyon, there is no end to the wild country. The elk are always around to welcome visitors. In some places, they line up along the highway.
After all this rugged and wind-blown activity, it is a pleasure to return to the luxury of one of the Carter House Inns.
Emma Nevada House in Nevada City, California is a historic place where the gold rush of California is still in the air. Nevada City has charming shops and restaurants as well as historic buildings, and there are trails that go beyond the city into the forests along river rapids. There are sixteen wineries in the area that welcome visitors.
Emma Nevada House has a homey atmosphere with wrap-around porches, fine linens, and the personal touch that will make guests relax. Visit the old gold mines and pan for gold in the streams that still run through the area. The South Yuba River State Park with the South Yuba River Canyon is full of trails and spectacular views. There are huge waterfalls and granite ledges just as there were during the gold rush.