Perched on a bluff above Abalone Cove, a two-mile beach along the Redwood Coast, Lost Whale Inn maximizes its scenic surroundings. Most of the five rooms and three suites at this family-owned property have ocean views, while others overlook the impressive gardens that seem to tumble down to the Pacific. Each room is individually decorated and designed—some have lofts, alcoves, or balconies—and filled with natural light. Accents such as driftwood beds and ocean photography nod to the coastal setting and liven up the classic decor, without feeling kitschy. The inn is known for its extravagant buffet breakfasts that often make use of fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs from the garden in dishes like frittatas and strudels. After exploring Redwood National Park 12 miles north, adult guests can settle in for the evening wine reception with local cheeses and smoked fish or hit the ocean-view outdoor hot tub, while the kids pick summer berries or roast s’mores around the nightly campfire.