Looking for something completely different? Check in to the Dockside Boat and Bed (316 East Shoreline Dr., Dock 5A, Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach, 562/436-3111, www.boatandbed.com, $235–330). You won’t get a regular old hotel room—instead, you’ll get one of four yachts. The yachts run 38–54 feet and can sleep four or more people apiece.
The amenities include TVs with DVD players, stereos, kitchen facilities, wet bars, and ample seating. No, you can’t actually take your floating accommodations out for a spin; these yachts are permanent residents of Rainbow Harbor.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition