By J.C. Thomas
With the Legoland California resort as its major tourist attraction, plus beautiful beaches and a walkable downtown “village,” the coastal city of Carlsbad is an exceptional destination. Its proximity to San Diego’s countless attractions adds even more to Carlsbad’s appeal. As such, it has plenty of accommodation options including luxury resorts, well-known chain hotels, family-owned inns and vacation rentals. There are places to stay in Carlsbad to suit a range of budgets and desires. If you prefer a smaller property with a personal touch and lots of charm, consider staying in one of Carlsbad’s best bed-and-breakfasts.
The Pelican Cove Inn B&B
When my family visited Legoland just before the pandemic started, we were hosted by the Pelican Cove Inn Bed and Breakfast. It’s a delightful 10-room B&B in a quiet neighborhood just two blocks from the nearest beach, three blocks from the Village of Carlsbad, and a 12-minute drive from Legoland. One of the most appealing aspects of the property is its peacefulness. When you’re spending a long day in a crowded theme park, in contrast the atmosphere of a quiet B&B is especially restful. You might only encounter a few other guests for a moment, but otherwise the property feels private and far from the tourist action. Yet, the many restaurants, shops and cheerful buzz of Carlsbad’s main hub are just a short walk away. The Pelican Cove Inn’s setting is truly ideal.
Guest Rooms at the Pelican Cove Inn
The Pelican Cove Inn B&B offers 10 guest rooms, all with a private entrance, fireplace, flat-screen television and full bathroom. Every room is unique in its configuration and décor, each with a calming color palette and distinctly romantic, seaside or cottage-inspired vibe. Several rooms, including the Coronado room where my family stayed, feature a fabulous king-sized four-poster bed hung with gauzy drapes. These impressive furnishings (and every bed at the B&B) are topped with a deep, plush featherbed for the ultimate in cozy comfort. The Coronado room also has a trundle day bed to sleep two more guests, making the room ideal for Legoland-bound families. The deep spa tub was another memorable feature, as was an antique wardrobe and the little dish of chocolates on the mantel.
All the other guest rooms offer one king or one queen bed, and some have an additional sofa-bed or trundle too. One exception is the Balboa room, which has two side-by-side twin beds. Some rooms can connect to accommodate groups. The largest room at the inn is the Pacific, which like the Coronado features a king-size four-poster bed along with a large spa tub for two, a smart TV and romantic décor. The Newport room is notable for its high vaulted ceilings and striking black, emerald and champagne color scheme. Browse the room options on the inn’s website and book early to get your first pick.
A Breakfast Bounty
As a B&B, the Pelican Cove Inn naturally includes a full, cooked breakfast with every stay. Guests enjoy the meal in the sunny living room-meets-lobby, with traditional tables for two as well as a booth big enough for a group. Fresh flowers on the tables, antique furnishings and pelican-themed art and ornaments make it a very sweet spot for breakfast. Expect a full feast with tea, coffee, juice, fresh fruit and a hearty cooked dish. It might be a cheesy egg bake with a croissant, crispy bacon next to an omelet with a poached pear on the side, or maybe a sweeter treat like raspberry French toast. You’ll certainly leave full and ready for a day of fun in Carlsbad. Plus, if you want a small snack later in the day, there’s a covered cake stand in the lobby filled with homemade brownies, cookies or cakes. They’re available to guests at any time.
320 Walnut Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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