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Top 10 California's Odd Inns and Unusual Places to Stay

California Odd Inns and Unusual Places to Stay - Bird Nests, Riverboats, Lighthouses, Wigwams and More

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The Bird Nest Treehouse at Treebones Resort - Big Sur
Expansive, breathtaking ocean view, walk-in campsite with picnic table & nearby access to water spigot comes included with private use of wood-woven nest, probably one of the most unusual places to stay in California. The nest has a wood ladder access, there is a full sized futon mattress perched inside it. You haul your own sleeping bags and pillows up the ladder to nestle in for the night. Rates: $110 for two guests (strict maximum occupancy of two guests, adults 18 yrs and older only) Minimum 2 nite stay. As with other campsites, there is no late check-ins permitted - it is very dark after sundown. Please plan to arrive at least two hours before sunset to set up camp. Absolutely no open cookfires or campfires due to fire hazard. Guests may bring a tabletop camp stove for cooking or dine at lodge restaurant.
More Info and Video


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The Delta King Riverboat in Old Sacramento
The Delta King Hotel in Old Sacramento is a unique Sacramento treasure. The authentic riverboat plied the Sacramento River between San Francisco and Sacramento from 1927 to 1940. During World War II it served as a troop transport on San Francisco Bay. After the war the Delta King became a derelict roaming the Delta, without purpose or home. It sank at Richmond in San Francisco Bay in 1982 for a period of 18 months. In 1984, the Delta King was brought to Sacramento where it underwent an extraordinary renovation at a cost of $9 million. Today, it is a beautiful floating hotel with modern lodging amenities, 2 acclaimed restaurants offering casual and fine dining, 2 professional theaters, and a wine school. The Delta King is the best of the old world and the new.Complete Story and Photos


Marilyn Monroe at the Roosevelt Hotel Pool

The Ghost of Marilyn Monroe at the Roosevelt Hotel
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel supposedly has not just one, but two celebrity ghosts! Montgomery Clift, stayed at the hotel for three months while rehearsing his role in the 1953 movie "From Here to Eternity." His ghost now allegedly haunts room #928 of the 9th floor of the hotel, playing a trumpet, and pacing the hallways while reciting his old lines.

At the same historic Roosevelt Hotel, the ghost of Marilyn Monroe has supposedly been seen several times in a full-length mirror, which was originally located in her poolside Suite 1200, where Marilyn often stayed. The mirror in which her image supposedly appears is now located next to the elevator on the lower level.
Complete Story and Photos


Wigwam Motel on Route 66 in California

Wigwam Motel on Route 66
The Wigwam Motel on Route 66 was built within the city limits of San Bernardino in 1949, a period when citrus groves flourished. Talk about an unusual place to stay. The motel would later acquire a Rialto postal address, creating confusions as the property actually sits in San Bernardino. This Teepee Motel is fun for all, located only minutes from Colton, Grand Terrace, Redlands, Big Bear, Highland, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, and Bloomington, CA. This location would mark the final of 7 Wigwam Motels that were constructed. The motel's village-style arrangement of nineteen 30-foot-tall tepees made from wood framing, concrete and stuco draws much admiration from all generations. Each individual wigwam is carefully equipped with all the traveler's essentials with grounds that includes of grass area, an outdoor barbecue grill and swimming pool. Complete Story and Photos


Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel
Fifty miles south of San Francisco, you can relax in a hot tub with panoramic views of the Pacific, and then fall asleep gazing up at one of the tallest lighthouses in America. This one-of-a-kind getaway is available only at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel. Perched on a cliff on the central California coast, the 115-foot Pigeon Point Lighthouse has guided mariners since 1872. The hostel provides comfortable, affordable accommodations in the restored lighthouse keeper's quarters. Guests can opt for shared or private rooms, and also enjoy cozy lounges, fully equipped kitchens, and amenities including satellite Internet, free WiFi, and free parking. In addition, the Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel is a certified green business. Complete Story and Photos


Hotel Del Coronado

Haunted Hotel del Coronado - Coronado, California
Hotel del Coronado is a beachfront luxury hotel in the city of Coronado, just across the San Diego Bay from San Diego, California. It is one of the few surviving examples of an American architectural genre: the wooden Victorian beach resort. It is one of the oldest and largest all-wooden buildings in California and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, and is a designated California Historical Landmark. When it opened in 1888, it was the largest resort hotel in the world and the first to use electrical lighting. It has hosted presidents, royalty, and celebrities throughout the years. The hotel has been featured in numerous movies and books. But, some of the guest have never left, like Kate Morgan. Kate has been a guest since 1892. One of the most haunted hotels in California.  Complete Story and Photos


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Redwood Treehouse - Santa Cruz Mountains
A magical Redwood Treehouse located it the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. There is a livetree growing right through the main living area and another in the bathroom! It is simply incredible. It was built by my friend, Randy, a stained glass artist about ten years ago. Everyone who sees it are delighted by it. It has a delicious high bed, a kitchen with a small stove and refrigerator, and typical cooking tools. There is a full bathroom with shower and toilet of course. The Treehouse is a short walk through the beautiful woods from the parking area. There is a gas stove for heating. There is a TV and DVD player with many movies to choose from. For travelers this is the best of both worlds. A cozy cottage nestled in the redwood forest, a short distance to HWY 1 the main vein to Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Big Sur, Capitola and Santa Cruz and the HWY 101 Corridor. Complete Story and Photos


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The Featherbed Railroad Company B&B Resort
The Featherbed Railroad Company Bed and Breakfast Resort is Northern California's most unique Bed and Breakfast. The Featherbed Railroad is located right on the shore of Clear Lake in Lake County in Northern California. At the Featherbed Railroad, you get to stay in one of nine luxuriously redecorated railroad caboose suites set in a park-like setting overlooking our private dock and boat launch and beach. Lake County's Clearlake offers activities of all sorts, from boating and fishing to antique shopping. There are almost 30 premium wineries within a short drive of the Featherbed Railroad. Ecotourism is growing quickly in the region with hiking trails, kayaking and bicycling and geocaching is very popular here too. In fact, we have some great ideas for two- and three-day itineraries.  Complete Story and Photos


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Queen Mary Hotel - Longbeach, California
From its beautiful Art Deco salons to the depths of its darkest corridors, the Queen Mary has been a constant source for stories, articles and documentaries about supernatural sightings and other unexplained activity aboard the historic ship. Even as this piece is being written, testimonials from passengers and crew members continue to be reported and documented, all of them wanting answers to what they have experienced. Do ghosts really exist aboard the ghost ship Queen Mary? Peter James has been conducting ongoing research at the Queen Mary since 1991, and he claims it is one of the world's most haunted locations. One of America's most respected psychic investigators and a regular contributor to TV's popular Sightings show, Peter has dedicated his life to conducting ghost research.  Complete Video, Story and Photos


Victorian Mansion Gypsy Suite

The Victorian Mansion at Los Alamos - California
“On the outside, the Victorian Mansion is a gorgeous, recently-renovated 1864 Victorian nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country. On the inside, it houses six incredible theme suites featuring theme beds, in-room hot tubs, fireplaces and hidden bathrooms. Music, fragrance, hand-painted murals and tiles, movies and furniture will immerse you in the fantasy of your choice - will you stay in a sheik's tent?A pirate ship? A gypsy caravan?The Victorian Mansion Bed and Breakfast was built in 1864 and moved to its present location in 1980. Over 200 expert craftsmen, artisans, and artists spent almost 10 years creating the theme suites inside. Spiral staircases, a cannon coffee table, an Egyptian sarcophagus, a chariot, and a 1956 Cadillac convertible are just a few of the curiosities you will find inside. Complete Video, Story and Photos

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