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Inn at Playa del Rey

Stay in a seaside cottage in a birder’s paradise

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    With bed, breakfast, birds, and beaches, maybe we should think of this idyllic lodging as a B&B&B&B. Three blocks from the ocean and overlooking the protected Ballona Wetlands, a prime spot on the Pacific Flyway, the Cape Cod–inspired inn combines its natural setting with easy access to Southern California’s urban scene—Venice Beach and the restaurants and boutiques of Abbot Kinney Boulevard are just 10 minutes away.

    “We’ve heard that the inn feels like a sanctuary and a respite from everyday life,” says guest services manager Rebecca Hill. “We’ve also heard couples say it is their favorite romantic getaway, which is probably why the Los Angeles Times wrote, ‘Couples should keep the Inn at Playa del Rey on their speed dial.’” With the soft coastal light pouring in through the windows, it’s easy to see why the inn has so many fans. Some suites have sunken Jacuzzi tubs with adjacent two-sided fireplaces, and if you’re here for an anniversary or special occasion, just let the inn know: There will be complimentary champagne waiting for you when you arrive. The inn is a birder’s dream location too—bring your bird book (or borrow one from the inn’s collection), settle in on a deck or balcony, and scan the wetlands for some of the 200 species that visit or live in the area.

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