Kaleidoscope Inn & Gardens

130 East Dana Street , Nipomo, CA 93444 USA (Show map)


Escape to this romantic, beautifully restored 1887 Victorian B&B with an ocean-close location on the California Central Coast - midway between LA and San Francisco. This Historic Inn boasts 1 acre of lush gardens, delicious gourmet breakfasts, and large comfortable rooms...each with stained glass windows, high ceilings, detailed wood trim, transoms, private bath, radio/CD, hair dryer, and down comforter. Local activities include untouched beaches, golf, wineries, spas, horseback riding, kayaking, sailing, whale watching, fishing, lakes, bird & butterfly watching, hiking, biking, antiquing, scenic drives, Missions, Hearst Castle, and a wide variety of superb restaurants. The Inn also hosts Weddings, Receptions, and Parties in the gardens.



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  • Guest room3.9
  • Service4.1
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.0

Magical, wonderful

5 on October 22, 2016

Beautiful gardens, fantastic library, and nice private room and so soft bed!

Great B and B

4.0 on October 11, 2016

Wonderful experience, only a short walk away from the famous Jacko's restaurant in Nipomo.

Restful and quiet B&B

3.8 on October 09, 2016

Charming, clean, quiet and convenient. Host very accommodating. I stayed alone in the house and felt safe.

Further than expected

3.2 on August 15, 2015

We found the listing by looking for places advertised as close to Hearst Castle. This b&b is over an hour away (67 miles). Although the place was lovely, it was much further than we wanted to be for the purpose of our visit.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind review. First of all we want all our guests experience to exceed their expectations, we are sorry that the distance to Hearst Castle was not made clear to you prior to your stay. Our Hearst Castle Package is our most popular package and we are supporting members of the historic site, but it is true we are about an hour drive door-to-door. Most of our guests are aware of this and make the most of the beautiful drive along the coast and make a day of it, possibly stopping at Cambria and the Elephant Seal Reserve. Once again sorry the distance was not clear to you. We will check our website and other information available to make sure it is accurate. Thanks.

Hoosier Relaxing

4.6 on August 09, 2014

Very clean rooms and beautiful gardens. Friendly and helpful staff.

Wedding anniversary stay.

5 on August 07, 2014

I believe this is our 7 th stay. This time for 3 nights. (Too short) We have been very impressed with Kaleidscpoe for every stay. We sent our middle daughter here for her honey moon and they loved it so much they came for their anniversary as well. We have had all three daughters stay with us when they could. This is our #1 favorite place to get away with so much to do within an hour to great places. Thank you!!

Great spot for my golf vacation

3.4 on August 06, 2014

Stayed at Kaleidoscope during a weekend golf trip. The courses I played were within 10 minutes of the B&B, whereas any hotel I could find would have been a 30+ minute drive! Was a great place in a perfect spot!

Delightful Garden

4.4 on July 21, 2014

The garden and rooms at the Kaleidoscope Inn & Gardens are truly delightful. I stayed in the Carriage House which has it's own private garden area as well. The only thing I would caution is that my reservation made through bedandbreakfast.com had trouble getting through to the owners. I would recommend calling ahead of time to confirm the reservation. Even though that happened, the owner was awesome and upgraded my room for the inconvenience. The breakfast in the morning was top-notch and eating it in the garden is highly recommended. Loved every minute of staying here and I recommend it to anyone traveling in California.

My great day and stay

4.8 on July 16, 2014

My wife and I had our wedding at the Kolidescope the night before the wedding she and her friend dtayed in the carriage room and said it was wonderful the night of our wedding we stayed in the same room I found it very comfortable the staff was excellent and very friendly ... For our wedding Carolyn was very helpful she set us up with the central coast dream team of wedding services the staff at the Kolidescope went above and beyond for our wedding day celebration everything was beautiful I couldn't of asked for anything better

Charming but noisy

2.6 on May 22, 2014

Staff was friendly and helpful, rooms were clean. But the house is in a neighborhood hood with several noisy dogs. They weren't noisy at night, it was very quiet, but during the day was another story. Breakfast the first day was great, the second day I couldn't even eat it (prepared by a different person). This is a cute little house and we enjoyed our stay, but the property needs some work/upkeep, and the noisy dogs really should be reported.

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Rooms & Rates

Lovers Nest

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Enchanted Rose

Bask in the afternoon sunlight as it streams into this romantic room. Includes queen brass bed, private bath with tub and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Jasmine Retreat

Unwind in this spacious, warm, east facing room. Features antique high-backed carved oak queen bed, sitting area, private bath with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Cottage

This stone cottage, some call it the Hobbit House, located in the garden area, exudes country charm. Features 2-foot thick solid stone walls, a "green roof" bursting with morning glory blooms, queen bed, garden/gazebo views, and private bath with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Carriage House

This has become our most popular rooms. Located in the garden, this suite is one of our two pet friendly rooms. A very large room painted a calming soft sage green with a west facing window overlooking the back garden and the Heart Gazebo.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath

Master Suite

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Hearst Castle, Pismo Beach, Wineries, Montana de Oro State Park, Oceano Dunes, Solvang, Countryside, Mountains, Oceanfront, Oceanview, Small town, Wine country


San Luis Obispo (SBP) 17 miles

Directions to property:

From the North. Take Highway 101 south. About 10 miles south of Pismo Beach, exit the 101 at Tefft Street. Go left on Tefft Street. Drive about 0.7miles and turn right onto Thompson Avenue. Drive one block and turn left onto Dana Street. Drive one block and the Kaleidoscope Inn is on the right. From the South. Take Highway 101 north. About 7 miles north of Santa Maria, exit the 101 at Tefft Street. Go right on Tefft Street. Drive about 0.7miles and turn right onto Thompson Avenue. Drive one block and turn left onto Dana Street. Drive one block and the Kaleidoscope Inn is on the right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Hearst Castle, Butterfly & Whale watching, Wine Tasting, Oceano Dunes, ATV riding, Hiking galore, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Rodeo, University, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Computer, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Fridge, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, Piano, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wired internet , Acre of Gardens

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, TV, Wi-Fi, iPhone docking station

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Wine Tasting, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking allowed outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Pets in cottage only.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum on holidays
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card is used to secure the room
  • Cancellations: Rooms may be cancelled at least 7 days in advance with no charges. Rooms cancelled within the 7 day window will be billed as follows: full night fee for a 1 night reservation, 50% of the planned stay for reservations for 2 or more nights.



Carolayne Holley & Kevin Beauchamp

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  • Time Served: 8:00 am - 11:00am
  • Serving Location: In the gardens, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Vegan, Gluten Free

Signature Dish

Asparagus Fritatta
This fabulous Asparagus Fritatta is to die for! We combine fresh-from-the-local-farm cage free brown eggs, sauteed tender asparagus, and jack & cheddar cheeses to create this crowd pleaser.