SoCal travels: the view from our window

Love an ocean view? We sure do. On a recent trip to Southern California (SoCal) we stayed in four different hotels. Each gave us an ocean view room (one of the perks of being travel bloggers) and each one was better than the last.

The Grande Colonial

Sunset view La Jolla Billie Frank

Sunset view from our suite at the Grande Colonia La Jollal, photo/Billie Frank

Our fourth floor, corner suite at the Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla had windows on two walls. The west-facing ones had a spectacular Pacific view just a bit north of the infamous Children’s Pool, now home to seals. There’s almost always a crowd there to see these rather ugly mammals. At sunset, we were rewarded with this view:

Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Coronado Bay briged view from Loews Coronado Bau Resort photo Steve Collins

Coronado and the Coronado Bay Bridge, photo Steve Collins

The view from Room 1325 at Loews Coronado Bay Resort was fabulous and better still from our balcony. To the right we saw Coronado Bay and the arching Coronado Bay Bridge. To the left the vast Pacific Ocean. We were wowed.

The Pantai Inn

Pantai Inn, La Jolla photo Steve Collins

We had a wall of windows with a great Pacific view at the Pantai Inn in La Jolla, photo/Steve Collins

Location, location, location are according to Realtors the world over the key to a prime property. La Jolla’s Balinese-inspired Pantai Inn has it in spades. Some suites at this boutique property offer panoramic Pacific Views. Set a bit south of La Jolla Cove, the inn is just across Coast Boulevard from the ocean. Not only is the view spectacular, open the window and you can hear the surf crashing onto the beach.

The Inn at Laguna Beach

The Inn at Laguna Beach photo Steve Collins

The view combined with the sound of the surf The Inn at Laguna Beachwas amazing , photo Steve Collins

Our last two nights in California were spent at the The Inn at Laguna Beach in the upscale and arty Laguna Beach. The hotel, on a cliff adjacent to the public beach, offers some incredible ocean views. Our second-level room had a splendid, partial ocean view that was even better from our balcony. The best part: the sound of the fierce, crashing waves hitting the rocks and the shore. Even though the winter night was a bit chilly, we left the door to the patio ajar and snuggled under the covers for warmth. Between the salt air and the soothing and rhythmic sound of the waves we slept well. Here’s the view from our room.

What’s your favorite view from your window?

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