Moment of silence...
Okay, time to move on.
Perhaps north. Perhaps to the ocean...
Perhaps: Blue Door Inn, a minimalist bed-and-breakfast hangout with five fireplace-equipped rooms and not one inch of bed-and-breakfast-ness, taking reservations now for overnights in Mendocino.
After a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the city, you’ll need every inch of this cozy command center in the heart of pinot noir country (especially the gratis afternoon pours of Navarro wines).
Things you’ll get that you didn’t know you needed: easy access to cliffside hiking trails along the Pacific, a roaring fireplace in every suite and a common area fireplace for good measure.
There’s no penthouse suite, but you’ll want to opt for one of the three rooms (named after British royal palaces) on the top floor. If you’re planning on enjoying the views from inside, choose the Kensington, with deep leather chairs overlooking the bay. There’s also the Buckingham, that’s got bay views from the big soaking tub (you do your best gazing from tubs).
In the morning, expect breakfast to be a two-course affair that could include poached pears with yogurt cream followed by Nutella-stuffed french toast and a side of heritage bacon or eggs garnished with crispy prosciutto.
Nothing spells romance like crispy prosciutto.