The California Bucket List: Your daily guide to the best adventures and experiences in the Golden State

Readers recommend

California: wholly hospitable

The Victorian Rose Bed & Breakfast, 896 E. Main St., Ventura; (805) 641-1888, . "This B&B is in an old Methodist Church approximately six blocks from Old Town and a block from the Rubicon Theatre. It can only be described as a Gothic one-of-a-kind, and any visitor will have not only a comfortable stay but also a multitude of things to look at in the bedrooms and throughout the building." Double rooms from $99.

Dan and Alyce Schwab

Orcutt, Calif.


Australia: near the activity

Beaches B&B, 34 Surf Road, North Curl Curl, Australia, 011-61-2-9905-3775, . "Adjacent to a picturesque beach about 20 minutes north of the city. Easy access by bus and near places to golf, hike, swim, surf and more. Great restaurants within walking distance." Doubles from $115, with breakfast.

Kate Inglis

Newport Beach *

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