Life in a big city like Los Angeles is invigorating, inspiring and just pretty awesome in general. But sometimes doing the day-to-day every single day can wear on a person and a little down time is needed to regroup and come back strong. A B&B is great for a little R&R but more often than not, you spend almost as much time traveling as you do relaxing. One of the many great things about Los Angeles is that it has some of the best bed and breakfast spots within the county line. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, check out these top five bed and breakfast spots in Los Angeles.
The Garden Cottage Bed & Breakfast
8318 W. 4th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Sometimes what people really need is a vacation from their lives instead of their jobs. The Garden Cottage Bed & Breakfast is perfect for Los Angelenos who need to stay local but want to keep a low profile. This quaint B&B offers four very comfortable rooms as well as a private cottage amidst a flowering garden that make you feel like you’re hanging out at your friend’s house only it’s nicer and with better amenities. This B&B is in the hub of The Grove, the Farmers Market and the La Brea Tar Pits.
Channel Road Inn
219 West Channel Road
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Nothing can whisk away the hustle and bustle of the city quite like the beach. Located in the Santa Monica Canyon and one block from the beach, the Channel Road Inn offers 15 individually decorated rooms each with private baths that will make you feel like you’re somewhere other than LA. Choose between a room with a fireplace and ocean view or a large sun-warmed deck for afternoon naps. Breakfast, jacuzzi and bicycles add to the enjoyment.
Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast
8039 Selma Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
When looking for a short but relaxing getaway, the last thing you want is to be surrounded by a lot of “guests.” The Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast has only four rooms with a choice of upper or garden level. This charming B&B is located one block above Sunset Boulevard and minutes from Beverly Hills, perfect for Los Angelenos who are looking for solace hidden within the hills or for the tourist looking for a little action.
Inn at Playa del Rey
435 Culver Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90293
Close to the airport and beach and doubling as a 600-acre bird sanctuary, the Inn at Playa Del Rey could be your go-to home away from home. Named “One of the Ten Best Urban Inns” by Forbes.com. The New England-style B&B offers 21 seaside cottage-style rooms each with Italian linens and bathtubs big enough for two. There’s also complimentary breakfast, wine and hors d’oeuvres and bicycles to ride along a 26-mile trail.
201 Orange Grove Ave.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
If you live in Los Angeles, this romantic getaway is as as close as South Pasadena and only 15 minutes from downtown. The 1887 Victorian Mansion, home of Anna Bissell, daughter of the Bissell sweeper designer, offers six beautifully furnished guest rooms each with a private bath (one with a jacuzzi) with access to a pool and a luxurious garden. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast to start your day and afternoon tea and desserts to follow.
Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.