Blue Lantern Inn, A Four Sisters Inn
What We Love
- Beach cruisers, beach chairs and sand pails are free upon request
- Each of the 29 rooms is equipped with a fireplace and jetted tub
- Free wine and hors d'oeuvres from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and freshly baked cookies from 3 in the lobby
- Partial ocean views from the balconies of the Pacific Edge Rooms
What To Know
- If you’re in search of a more secluded beach, drive over to West Street in Laguna. There are lots of stairs to navigate, but the peace is worth it
- Hearty morning breakfast with lovely quiches, bacon and cereals can be delivered to your door for an additonal $5 per person
- Turn-down service is available upon request
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
This Nantucket-style inn was built in 1990, and it has the cozy, relaxed vibe of a classic English bed and breakfast. The amenities are more up-to-date than at your average B&B, though, with free WiFi throughout the property and an iPod docking station in each room. Harbor-view rooms offer sweeping vistas of the standup-paddleboarders and yachts out at sea. The communal areas, especially the library, bustle during the nightly wine happy hour, where there are cheese plates to nosh on before dinnertime.
Bed and Bath
The Blue Lantern takes special care to make your room feel like home. Soft light flows in through the white shutters, making for an airy, beachy feel. Instead of travel-size toiletries, full-size bottles of soap and lotions sit near the sink; the shampoos and conditioners are from Gilchrist & Soames. In the guestrooms there’s plenty of room to lounge in the wicker chairs near the gas fireplace after a long hike on the coastal trails.
Outside the inn’s front door is a lovely gazebo that overlooks Dana Point Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. After watching the locals cruise around on their standup paddleboards, you might be inspired to rent one and do the same. Take advantage of the proximity to the oceanfront with free beach chairs and sand pails, or go for a ride on one of the inn’s free cruiser bikes. When it’s time to unwind, book a pumpkin enzyme facial or deep tissue massage at the on-site spa.
In the Area
Dana Point is known for being one of California’s premier beach towns, so be sure to partake of some of the water sports in the area. You can arrange a dive at Beach Cities Scuba, or take a standup-paddleboarding lesson or rent a kayak at Westwind Sailing Center. After you’ve rinsed off, dine at Tavern on the Coast, where you’ll find such dishes as tender braised beef short ribs on faro, and duck confit atop some perfect polenta, prepared by an alum of Thomas Keller’s kitchens. Or if you’re heading out for a picnic in Doheny State Beach, stock up on sandwiches at Tutor & Spunky’s, next door to the inn.
How to Get There
My husband and I just returned from 3 magical days at The Blue Lantern. I found it online and we were in search of a three day mini break within 3 hours of our home in La Jolla, California. What an absolute find! The setting is unbeatable with a full view of the Dana Point Harbor and the ocean- mesmerizing. Our room had a previous patio and the room size was just perfect. The staff was so helpful and accommodating. They offer a full breakfast and a lovely happy hour. We cannot wait to come back!
Our stay at the Blue Lantern Inn at Dana Point was amazing! The view of the Bay from our balcony was spectacular, and the breakfast buffet was wonderful! Hiking trails are nearby as are many restaurants. Loaner bikes are available. Our 40th wedding anniversary could not have been any better.
My husband and I stayed here for our first night of our honeymoon many years ago and have made a tradition of celebrating our anniversary here every year since (our kids join too). We always look forward to the cozy room with the fireplace and beautiful ocean view. Breakfast is always delicious and the wine at cheese hour is so fun. While I would say this is more of a romantic couples bed and breakfast, they have been very accommodating and sweet when our kids stay with us. The walk to local restaurants and coffee shops is very easy and it is a very short drive (1 minute really) to get to the harbor below the bed and breakfast. It is definitely a family favorite that holds a special place in our hearts.