California is a state rich in unique places: magnificent beaches, populated by courageous surfers ready to bravely ride the waves, but also from placid sea lions dozing in the sun, colored cliffs overlooking the Ocean, beautiful pine and sequoias forests, but also wide vineyards, carefully cultivated around green hills, and of course, the vibrant metropolitan cities from Los Angeles to San Francisco, just to name a few.

In a country so full of wonders, no wonder that a lot of attention is given to the issue of environmental sustainability. Did you know that San Francisco has been declared the green capital of North America? The city has received many ecological awards for its commitment in fostering electric cars or the obligation for mobile phones-sellers to indicate the amount of radiation emitted. The Californian city is also a national leader in car-sharing:in 2011 many parking spaces reserved to car-sharing have been created along the roads.

Are you ready to dive in the wonders of the Golden Coast? Here are ten must-see green-hotel, for a relaxing stay in harmony with our planet.

1. Venice Beach Eco Cottages – Los Angeles


This is a friendly, healthy and green alternative to the choice of a standard hotel just a few minutes away from Venice Beach and two blocks from the famous shopping district of Abbot Kinney Boulevard in L. A.. All the rooms of this eco-hotel have been built with natural materials and renovating antique furniture, creating a warm atmosphere and an elegant ambience.

2. Los Feliz Lodge – Los Angeles


Los Feliz is a quaint and quiet neighborhood in L.A., east of Hollywood, with many shops, restaurants, cinemas, cafes, and bistros. It is a perfect starting point to visit the metropolis of Los Angeles. Here you can choose among bungalows, villas or comfortable hotel rooms and you will be welcomed in a family atmosphere, surrounded by a green garden overlooking the Ocean.

3. Cheshire Cat Inn – Santa Barbara


Four blocks from the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, there is the Cheshire Cat Inn: two ancient Victorian homes and well-appointed cottages, surrounded by a park with old oak trees, fountains and flower gardens. Here the awakening is always very sweet! The buffet breakfast is made with home-made muesli, cereals, fresh seasonal fruit, yogurt, homemade cakes, ham, cheese and boiled eggs, fresh juices and delicious local coffee!

4. Los Gatos Hotel – Los Gatos33b748fdcbf8024d8015fcb2f6e2b04b068771d3

This elegant villa at the foot of the mountains is located not far from the noisy Silicon Valley and the coast of Santa Cruz. It isthe perfect place to enjoy a relaxing holiday, pampered in soft bathrobes, comfortable slippers and Egyptian cotton linens or dip in the whirlpool. If you are traveling by an electric car, you can use the Tesla charging station at the hotel.

5. Stanford Park Hotel – Menlo Park


This hotel, equipped with all comforts, is located not far from the noisy Silicon Valley and is the perfect place for those who want a relaxing stay in the quiet. Stanford Park Hotel welcomes you with its modern design, its elegance and attention to details. Surrounded by palm trees, you will feel in perfect harmony with the landscape of California coastline! Among the services that the hotel offers there are rental bikes, to explore the surrounding green areas, a sauna with Jacuzzi and a gym.

6. Big Sur Lodge – Big Sur


In the heart of the Pfeiffer Park, Big Sur Lodge is a perfect retreat for writers, artists, people in search of beauty and peace. Wrapped in the majestic splendor of ancient redwoods, this hotel embraces the spirit of the ancient settlers, maintaining an ambiance free from the noise of big cities, from telephones, televisions, radios and alarm clocks. It ‘the perfect place to experience serenity and solitude surrounded by nature, with the redwood forest right outside the door!

7. Treebones Resort – Monterey


Have you ever slept in a glamping resort? At Treebones awaits an unforgettable experience: a luxury camping that mixes the natural experience of camping services with more glamor! It is a true Eco Resort, where you can sleep in bungalows complete with every comfort, or in comfortable nests built in the trees, surrounded by a large park overlooking the Ocean and enjoy dishes created from organic products grown in the gardens of the resort.

8. Hotel Drisco – San Francisco


Built in an elegant historic building of 1903, this hotel offers a perfect atmosphere for relaxation, a break from the cheerful and chaotic traffic of San Francisco. It ‘also a good starting point for those wishing to visit the city, thanks to its central position: you can just look out of the window to enjoy a magnificent view of the Golden Gate Bridge! Refined are also services that the Hotel Drisco offers: a delicious breakfast, rental bikes, local wine tastings and the politeness of the staff, ready to reveal all the secrets of this city!

9. MacArthur Palace – Sonomad8691cd9ca3da6924efa9a2036706edabc306e7b

Surrounded by a green flower garden, this former 19th-century estate has been transformed into an elegant building with 64 cozy suites, spa and swimming pool with Jacuzzi. Some of the rooms are complete with designer furniture, original artwork and king-size beds, with wood-burning fireplaces and whirlpool hydrotherapy: a paradise for those seeking a relaxing holiday. The MacArthur palace is also not far from the beautiful Napa Valley, a paradise for those who love nature and good wine, and is surrounded by parks and art galleries all to visit.

10. The Stanford Inn by the sea – Mendocinoc3bfe2264d70140e1ff07d5f18928848a0239874

Located on a hill facing the sea, Stanford Inn is a magical place, an exquisite opportunity to reconnect with nature. It is a true eco-resort where you can relax, practice yoga, enjoy delicious organic and vegan dishes, prepared with products grown in the surrounding orchards, enjoy a massage, or even take a canoe or bicycle to explore the surroundings. In all this area there are also many nature parks and reserves, all worthing to be visited!


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Author: Anita Cason

Cover image: California Coast Panorama – the_tahoe_guy via Flickr