Pebble Beach, California
The Inn at Spanish Bay
Golf & Glory
What it is
A 269-room oceanfront lodge with six locavore restaurants, a topnotch spa and one of the most lauded Scottish-style golf courses on earth.
What it isn't
Leaving anyone out. Guests have access to the private, members-only Spanish Bay Club, home to a 24-meter heated al fresco pool and eight tennis courts.
What we think
Exceptional service is everything at this ultra-luxe waterfront resort, where guest perks include loaner Lexus vehicles, the ability to book tee-times 18 months ahead (and gratis use of a golf cart while you play), and Les Clefs d’Or concierges who’ll arrange every one of your Pebble Beach dreams. The enormous guest rooms (starting at 470-square-feet) are every bit as well-planned; all have gas fireplaces and 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens, and most feature private balconies. Even if the honeymoon’s over, the Honeymoon Suite is a romantic delight, thanks to a deep soaking tub, double shower and picture windows that peep out on the 1st fairway, set along the misty Pacific Ocean. Oh, did we mention a professional bagpiper strolls the grounds daily? Yes, the inn is as close as it gets to Scotland—with California’s paradisiacal weather.
You're here because
The Stave Wine Cellar is an oenophile’s fantasy sprung to life, with 200 rare wines, a double sided stone fireplace and savory pairings aplenty, including charcuterie and truffled Marcona almonds.
Your obsession with Northern Italy means you can, admittedly, be hard on stateside Italian restaurants. But one bite of your gnocchi di ricotta at Peppoli, the inn’s oceanside eatery, and you’re no longer in Pebble Beach—you’re sitting at a nona’s kitchen table in Milan, and you’re begging her for seconds. Bonus: the restaurant stocks the biggest collection of Antinori wines beyond Tuscany.
Restaurants & Bars
Roy's - Hawaiian Fusion
Peppoli - Northern Italian
Sticks - American
Stillwater Bar & Grill - Contemporary Seafood Bar
The Tap Room - Classic American Tavern
The Bench - Wood-roasted Specialties
Gallery Cafe - Home-style Meals
The Beach Club Dining Room - Creative California Cuisine
Spyglass Hill Grill - Casual Dining
Del Monte Bar & Grill - Clubhouse Fare
Pebble Beach Market - Gourmet Deli and Wine Shop.
Stave Wine Cellar - An Intimate Wine Lounge and Cellar
Traps - Classic bar menu
The Lobby Lounge & Outdoor Firepits - Full Cocktail Bar & Bar Menu and the bar at Sticks
The Terrace Lounge - Full Cocktail Bar
A prime perch fronting Spanish Bay on the Monterey Peninsula, just across the street from the hiking trails at Rip Van Winkle Open Space. Don’t miss stopping by the Victorian-era Point Pinos Lighthouse, reportedly the oldest continually operating lighthouse on the Pacific Ocean.