Oceanfront Boutique Hotel Along Southern California Coast
Guests at the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort & Hotel often have the early part of their evening booked up—that’s when they gather in the lush outdoor courtyard to watch the sunset. You can get uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean from the inn’s expansive back lawn, which is outfitted with an outdoor pool and jacuzzi, loungers, and fire pits designed to keep everyone warm well into the night. The Craftsman-style Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort & Hotel has a nice vantage point, too—it’s situated atop a coastal bluff.
The inn is also just steps from the golden beaches of Carlsbad. This swath of pristine coastline, nestled between San Diego and L.A., is often called the Riviera of the West. It connects several of SoCal’s most well-known beach towns, including La Jolla, Coronado, and Carlsbad.
Inside the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort & Hotel, the modern guest rooms are decorated with sunny lemon and orange hues. If the sun is shining in the morning, you can make like a local and bring complimentary boogie boards, beach toys, and chairs to the beach. The resort also has complimentary bicycles for rent, which you can use to check out downtown Carlsbad’s boutiques, antique stores, and cafés, just a few blocks away.
Carlsbad, California: Quaint Coastal Town North of San Diego
An artesian well was discovered in a small southern California town in 1886, along a stretch of beach between San Diego and present-day Los Angeles. The townspeople decided to christen their town Carlsbad, after a health-spa village in Bohemian Europe. The discovery of the mineral spring—coupled with the arrival of the Arizona Eastern Railway a few years earlier—helped propel Carlsbad as a tourist destination. It retains a small-town feel, though; its downtown is lined with boutique shops, antique stores, and cozy restaurants.
About 4 miles south of town, The Museum of Making Music deals chiefly with pop culture, instrument innovation, and the business aspect of music, including manufacturing, marketing, and retail. A current exhibit called “The Sound of Sax” tells the origin story of the Jazz Age’s most iconic instrument.
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