Category Archives: hostel

Romantic Inns

Romantic Lodges & Cabin Resorts

Avila San Luis Obispo
Avila, San Luis Obispo

SoCal Favorites

Hotel del Coronado, Coronado Island, West San Diego, CA

Julian Hotel, Julian, CA (San Diego Mountains)

Lido Palms Resort Oasis, in Desert Hot Springs, CA

Pioneertown Motel, Yucca Valley, CA




When visiting a place for the very first time, sometimes with the right person, the whole town seems magical. Restaurants, sidewalk shops, parks for picnic, flower lined streets, wine tasting and live music.

Small California towns that have – walkable downtowns, historic buildings and museums, and/or hiking trails nearby – are top picks among active road trippers.

Most California National Parks are open for winter!

Often a few good overnights in a wonderful lodge can make the whole vacation totally worth it. Certain settings, like rivers, wilderness locations, or anything situated near the ocean is always top picks for Valentine’s Day.

Romantic Inns

most romantic towns: California

ANY hotel in Cambria
Moonlight Beach was made for Lovers

ANY hotel in Coronado
Historic seaside neighborhood, San Diego

ANY hotel in Laguna Beach
Cliffs, Beaches, Walkable Village

ANY hotel in Yosemite Valley
Iconic National Park, open during winter


more romance: overnight

Benbow Historic Inn
445 Lake Benbow Drive
Garberville, CA 95542
Mendocino US 101

Highland Dell Lodge
21050 River Boulevard
Monte Rio, CA 95462
Russian River
Wooden Retreat w/ Restaurant, since 1906

Imperial Hotel
14202 Old Highway 49
Amador City, CA 95601
built in 1879

Gold Country Foothills
Gold Country Foothills

The Inn at Furnace Creek
Inn at Death Valley
The Oasis at Death Valley
Furnace Creek, California
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley, CA
Palms and poolside resort with luxury, opened in 1927

Inn at Schoolhouse Creek
7051 North Highway 1
Little River, CA 95456
Mendocino Coast
coastal farmhouse, built in 1862

Joshua Grindle Inn
44800 Little Lake Rd
Mendocino, CA
1879 Victorian

Klamath River Lodge
34395 Highway 96
Orleans, CA 95556
fishing lodge built in 1930’s

Sonora Inn
160 S Washington St
Sonora, CA 95370
Gold Rush Country
built in 1896

The Mission Inn
3649 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA

missioninn courtyard
Riverside Mission Inn, downtown

The Union Hotel
1915 Main Street
Quincy – La Porte Rd
La Porte, CA
established in 1855

Upham Hotel
1404 De La Vina Street
Santa Barbara, CA
Victorian in downtown; built in 1871

lassen snow

Village Inn at Childs Meadow
41500 Highway 36Ehorseback
Mill Creek, CA 96061
Lassen National Forest
original resort established 1864
stagecoach stop

Wawona Hotel
golfing on mountain meadows
Wawona, California
South Yosemite NP
Highway 41 (CA SR 41)
in operation since 1918

Wylder Hotel, Hope Valley
Sierra Nevada, south of Lake Tahoe

Cabin rentals @ Hope Valley

On the Cheap: Romantic


Youth hostels have come a long way in recent years. Often referred to as backpackers hostels or travelers hostel, these are budget friendly accommodations – set up for those who don’t mind roughin it. While bunk beds and dorm rooms are typical, these facilities also have private room rentals for couples or solo travelers.

Monterey Hostel
778 Hawthorne St
Monterey, CA

Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Hosteling International
210 Pigeon Point Road
Pescadero, CA

Point Montara Lighthouse
8800 Cabrillo Highway
Montara, CA 94037

Sacramento Hostel
925 H Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Victorian in old town; built in 1885

Santa Cruz Hostel
321 Main Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Victorian cottages w/ gardens


Rural & Romantic Small Towns:
(with lodging)

Amador City
Borrego Springs
Fort Jones
Nevada City
Panamint Springs
Sea Ranch
Sutter Creek
Wilbur Springs

Idyllwild Bed & Breakfast Inn

California Hostels

Hostels in California

Interested in meeting world travelers? Want to socialize with active, like-minded travelers during your trip? Then California hikerhostels may be worth checking out.

Often called Traveler Hostels, Youth Hostels or Backpacking Hostels, these budget accommodations have been renovating and recreating themselves in the past decade. More bedding selection, more privacy options and additional outdoor lounging areas.

Youth Hostel with a view

Several historic buildings and lighthouses have been turned into hostels. Often located in the city center, or other prime locations near bus routes, beaches or attractions, hostels offer temporary lodging for young, flexible, budget minded adventurers.

These popular overnight places can book up months in advance, are usually located in well-known tourist destinations and offer much better pricing than traditional hotels.

Santa Cruz Hostel (Hosteling International)

If you’re not comfortable with sleeping in a strangers apartment with an AirBNB, nor paying top dollar to stay in a pre-parked motorhome – then hosteling is an alternative choice.

Community kitchen, bunk beds, storage lockers and shared bathrooms are the norm, but many hostels now offer private rooms, tent cabins or other unique sleeping arrangements. Every hostel is different and has a unique setup, so you’ll want to do your research ahead of time and choose carefully.


for more inexpensive lodging options in California, check out – 

Budget Lodging

Farms Stays & Ranches

NFS Cabins Rentals
& Fire Lookouts

Tent Cabins & Yurt Rentals