The East Coast might get all the hype for its history and blossoming culture scene, but California has quite a storied past of its own. And one of the best ways to immerse oneself in the Golden State’s charmed history up-close is to stay in one of California’s many historic resorts. From English-style castle estates in Berkeley to a world-famous San Diego resort loved by celebrities, politicians and even royals alike, these are the most historic resorts in California that are worthy of a visit.
Hotel del Coronado
It’s kind of impossible to round up the most iconic and historic resorts in California without mentioning one of the most famous hotels in the world—which just so happens to be located in the southernmost part of the state in San Diego. The Hotel del Coronado has a history dating back to 1888 and has hosted the likes of President Franklin Roosevelt, Marilyn Monroe and even Edward, Prince of Wales. For more information, visit www.hoteldel.com.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
Few hotels have seen more star power strut throughout its halls than The Beverly Hills Hotel. The famed destination has attracted royals, world leaders and Hollywood’s biggest stars for decades, courtesy of its modernity and unwavering commitment to maintaining the charm of the glitzy city’s inimitable culture. The resort has also played host to a number of major award shows in its own ballroom—including the Golden Globe Awards. For more information, visit www.dorchestercollection.com.
Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel
Built in 1915, this towering hotel boasts a frame like that of a castle—and with its rich 19th-century history, expansive list of famous guests, and pristine views of the San Francisco Bay, it might as well be. For more information, visit www.fairmont.com.
Stonepine Estate in Carmel Valley is something of a historic gem in California. This equestrian-centric estate boasts all the same history and charm as a number of other properties, without any of the crowds or commercial interest. For more information, visit www.stonepineestate.com.
The Inn at Death Valley
Since 1927, The Inn at Death Valley (formerly The Inn at Furnace Creek) has reigned as the crowning jewel of Death Valley—known for its exclusivity, proximity to natural springs, luxurious amenities and expansive guest list. The likes of Marlon Brando, Clarke Gable and more are all fans of the estate for its reputation as being a desert oasis. For more information, visit www.oasisatdeathvalley.com.