By Michele Ventress

The “staycation” has become very popular in recent years as folks vacation closer to home to reduce or eliminate travel costs. Who needs to wait in lines all day at the airport when a quick drive can lead you to total tranquility? The Sacramento area has quite a bit to offer and there are many lovely bed and breakfasts where you can stay to extend the rest and relaxation. The following is a brief list of our favorite B & B’s in the area.

Photo Credit: Amber House Bed and Breakfast

Amber House Bed and Breakfast
1315 22nd St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 444-8085
Rates: $169 to $279

Amber House Bed and Breakfast is a great way to take in the city from the comfort of a luxurious Four Diamond boutique inn. Located in midtown, the inn is close to restaurants and entertainment and would be a convenient “home base” for touring the surrounding Sacramento area. The ten gorgeous rooms all feature Microfiber linens, goose down comforters, the highest quality robes and toiletries and free wireless internet access.

Photo Credit: Moon River Inn

Water’s Edge Retreat at Moon River Inn
8201 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95832
(916) 665-2293
Rates: $189 to $259

If golfing, wine tasting or antique shopping is on your list of activities for a relaxing weekend, Water’s Edge Retreat at Moon River Inn is in the perfect location. Located right on the river, the personal patio encourages guests to unwind and enjoy the sunset. Rooms include complimentary wines, home-made candles, Jacuzzi bathtubs and free wireless internet access. All guests also receive complimentary breakfast, afternoon refreshments and evening hors d’oeuvres.

Photo Credit: Inn at Parkside

The Inn and Spa at Parkside
2116 6th Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 658-1818
Rates: $169 to $259

Built in 1936, The Historic Fong Mansion and Parkside House have a total of eleven elegant rooms that will soothe the senses in a beautiful historic setting. Overlooking gorgeous landscaped grounds, guests will be able to appreciate nightly social hour and complimentary breakfast, early morning coffee service, and free Wi-Fi service, among many other amenities. The spa offers treatments such as massage, facials, waxing, body treatments and spa parties.

Photo Credit: The Inn at Locke House

The Inn at Locke House
19960 Elliott Road
Lockeford, CA 95237
(209) 727-5715
Rates: $150 to $245
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Wine tasting, kayaking, boating, cycling, and shopping are just a few of the many activities available with just a short drive from The Inn at Locke House, a California Landmark and a National Register of Historic Places. In addition to activities, the rooms have private bathrooms, fireplaces, deluxe toiletries and some original furniture. Guests will enjoy an award winning breakfast and late afternoon refreshments.

Photo Credit: The Flower Farm

The Flower Farm
4150 Auburn Folsom Road
Loomis, CA 95650
(800) 870-1104
Rates: $108 and up

The Flower Farm is located in the middle of a fruit orchard and is a short drive from Folsom and Roseville. Make sure your camera has plenty of space for the beautiful pictures you will be taking. Each room and cottage is designed around specific flowers and features private bathrooms, luxurious bedding, candles, robes, and freshly cut flowers. Breakfast is served in the dining room and the farmhouse is filled with antiques and artwork.

Michelle Ventress is a freelance writer and editor in the Sacramento area where she lives with her husband and two dogs. When not writing, Michelle enjoys traveling, gardening and volunteering.