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Benbow Inn, Garberville, Calif.

Set in the middle of redwood country at the edge of the Eel River, this 1926 hotel ($99-$605 a night) might be a bit younger and smaller than others on this list, but as its Tudor design and dignified lobby signal, it aims high, with a fancy tea service, an upscale restaurant, a nine-hole golf course next door and a decanter of sherry in every bedroom. It's a tempting stop on your drive to Oregon. Info: (800) 355-3301,
Sue Horton / Los Angeles Times
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