Posted by: cvancil | March 11, 2009

Spotlight – Kaleidescope Inn

When hubby and I first moved to Los Angeles, we were overwhelmed with the vast amount of places to visit. As time went by, we got busy with our lives – him in school and me working at jobs that weren’t fulfilling. At some point, we decided that a mini-vacation was necessary. But where? San Diego? Santa Barbara? All these places were lovely, but we wanted to go somewhere quiet and not crowded.

San Luis Obispo County was our answer. It had the 3 W’s that my husband required – Woods, Water, and Wine. So we had an area. But where were we going to stay? With him in graduate school, we were on a tight budget. No fancy hotels, no grand inns. I researched and researched, and finally came across a delightful B&B – The Kaleidoscope Inn.
First off, the price is right. In this current economy, you want to get the best value for your dollar. You’ll find it here. Rooms average from $125-$160 per night. There are no televisions in the rooms, so if you’re wanting to curl up and watch television all weekend, then I suggest you don’t stay here. But if you want peace and quiet for a reasonable price, then this is a place for you. (There is TV in the common area, and hubby and I, on more than one occasion, have walked to the neighborhood pizzeria to get take-out and just popped in a movie from their collection. )

The rooms are beautiful! Each room has windows that are bordered in stained glass, and as the sunlight passes through, your room is bathed in a variety of colors – hence the name of the Inn. Hubby and I have 2 favorite rooms. Lovers Nest is definitely our #1 choice. When you walk in, a large king-size sleigh bed greets you. It is one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in. The room is warm and inviting, with a view of the lovely neighborhood street outside.

Description from the Kaleidoscope Inn website: Spread out in this large, open corner room with windows facing north and east. King sleigh bed, antique armoir, sitting area, large private bath with shower.

Our #2 choice is the Master Suite. This is slightly more in terms of pricing, but worth the extra few bucks. There is a beautiful and comfortable queen size bed on the first level. Upstairs there is a living room with a TV and a private bathroom. This would be a good spot for families with one or two children, as the first time we stayed here there was a family of 3 staying in the suite. It is very quiet and lots of space for you to read, draw, write, or just be still.
Description from the Kaleidoscope Inn website: This luxuriously spacious suite includes a beautiful roomy bedroom with a queen sized bed and a large sitting area, plus an extra large separate living room with cable television & DVD player, and private bath with tub and shower.
For me, the best part of staying in a bed and breakfast is, well, the breakfast. I don’t enjoy spending the beginning of my day wandering around a town I don’t know, trying to figure out where to eat and if it’s within our budget. And believe-you-me, the breakfasts at Kaleidoscope are fantastic! My favorite is the french toast. Naturally, if you have any dietary restrictions, just let the wonderful staff know ahead of time and they will accommodate your needs.

There’s a peaceful ambiance in the town of Nipomo. There are few restaurants that Matt and I enjoy that are nearby the Inn that hubby and I have frequented over the years including Pi Whole Pizzeria (bonus – it’s within walking distance from the inn). Kevin and Carolayne Beauchamp, the owners, are wonderful guides to Nipomo and the surrounding area. They have endless suggestions on what to do in San Luis Obispo, whether you are staying for one night or seven. Their passion and enthusiasm for the Inn and what they do is obvious, which makes staying at the Kaleidoscope Inn even more enjoyable.

Note – Nipomo is about 20 miles south of San Luis Obispo and most wineries, and the Inn itself is located in a residential neighborhood.
(All pictures courtesy of the Kaleidoscope Inn.)


  1. This looks gorgeous! We don’t often drive over to CA (the traffic is AWFUL!), but if we need an escape I definitely going to look in to this place!

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