Ashworth House, 4953 Ashworth Road, Mariposa 95338; (209) 966-5504, http://www.yosemitelinks.com/ashworthhouse . "Spacious suites and rooms on picturesque acreage near Yosemite National Park. Decks offer outstanding sunset views." Doubles from $70.
— David Trask,
Reed Manor, P.O. Box 127, Mendocino 95460; (707) 937- 5446, http://www.reedmanor.com . "On a hill overlooking Mendocino and the Pacific, this inn is a class act, with sweeping views and within walking distance of shops, restaurants and the Mendocino Art Center. Rooms are beautifully furnished." Doubles start at $175.
— W. Robin White,
The Seasons Bed & Breakfast, 2934 Bedford Ave., Placerville 95667; (530) 626-4420, http://www.theseasons.net . "Charming inn with four lovely rooms and beautiful garden. We loved staying in the cottage, a private retreat in the garden. Fabulous breakfasts in the main house, built in 1859." Doubles start at $115.
— Sharon Budge,
Petit Soleil, 1473 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo 93401; (800) 676-1588, (805) 549-0321, http://www.petitsoleilslo.com . "Wonderfully quaint bed-and-breakfast is an easy walk (four or five blocks) from downtown San Luis Obispo. Each room has a theme and unique décor." Doubles $125 weekdays, $179 weekends.
— Tracy Jones and Brian
Kfoury, Santa Monica
and Fountain Valley
The Victorian Rose, 896 E. Main St., Ventura 93001; (805) 641-1888, http://www.victorian-rose.com "Victorian Gothic church built in the late 1800s has been restored and renovated into a unique five-bedroom B&B. Fantastic rooms decorated with antiques and large stained-glass windows." Doubles start at $99.
— Mark and Leslie Bellegia, Diamond Bar
Calypso's Seafood Grille, 1 Seagate Blvd., Key Largo; (305) 451-0600. "Casual dockside cafe is worth a trip from anywhere in South Florida just for dinner. Last time, I ordered a yellowfin tuna special with a sour cream sauce and caviar — unbelievable. Even if you're not a fan of sangria, order theirs anyway. It's sensational." Entrees from $10.95.