Kaleidoscope Inn and Gardens

130 East Dana Street, Nipomo, California 93444
Innkeeper(s): Carolayne Holley & Kevin Beauchamp
 
  • Introduction

    Kaleidoscope Inn & Gardens is known throughout California as a perfect romantic Bed & Breakfast getaway & as "The Place" in the California Central Coast to hold your garden Wedding & Reception in our acre of beautiful flower-filled gardens.

    Have a Romantic Getaway at this California Central Coast B&B Inn. This beautifully restored Victorian Bed and Breakfast has an ocean-close location in Nipomo, midway between LA and San Francisco. Also near 3 Wine Regions & fabulous Hearst Castle. Click here for information about additional local activities to enjoy during your stay.

    During your stay, enjoy all of the amenities offered by this elegant historic Bed and Breakfast....imagine yourself relaxing in the voluminous common rooms, reading in the welcoming library, savoring a cup of tea on the spacious wrap-around veranda, experiencing serenity while strolling the acre of lush gardens, practicing croquet on the lawn, or sharing a private candle-lit dinner for two in one of the gazebos.

    All inside the main house are beautifully restored with high ceilings, wood trim, transoms, and stained glass windows. All rooms are air conditioned & come with a private bath, alarm clock, hair dryer, new luxury mattresses, Egyptian cotton (summer) or flannel (winter) sheets, down comforter, and colorful quilts. Our suites have TV/DVD. Computer with high speed internet access is availble for guest use and we also have wireless web access. Stay 4 days or more and receive a 10% discount off the room rates.

    This Historic Inn boasts great complimentary amenities, plus each room has a private bath, hair dryers, down comforters, quilts, and air conditioning (though with our weather, it is not really necessary!). Some rooms w/ TV & DVD player.

    Interesting Facts & History of Nipomo. There are lots of interesting facts about Nipomo. We feel the most notable is that Nipomo is known to have the Best Weather in the Country, having been the only community to receive a perfect score of 100 in the Places Rated Almanac. Nipomo is home to the Nipomo-Guadelupe Dunes, a small portion of which is used for ATV recreation while the rest is preserved for hiking and a variety of wildlife (ask about the easy boardwalk hike across the microenvironments of the dunes out to a remote stretch of ocean). Jocko's is Nipomo's claim to fame as it is repeatedly voted in the top 10 steaks on the west coast. Tiny Nipomo is also now home to fabulous Sushi, Greek, Italian, Pizza, Chinese and Mexican restaurants. Nipomo also has a rich history.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Kevin Beauchamp for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Beautiful Historic Victorian Home. In Nipomo, gateway to the Central Coast. Close to Jocko’s, famous steakhouse. Do Hearst Castle Packages.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Beautiful Historic Victorian Home. Great breakfasts.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Beaches / Dunes

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Quality of home and gardens / breakfast.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    No Comment

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Wineries, Hikes, Beaches, Historic points of interest

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Jocko’s Steakhouse

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Jocko’s Steakhouse and Rosa’s Italian food

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    winecoastcountry.com/; www.sanluisobispocounty.com/; www.danaadobe.org/

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 6 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    Yes, in two of our 6 rooms.

     

  • Weddings, Receptions, & Special Events

    In addition to being a beautiful garden wedding and reception setting for San Luis Obispo County locals, the Kaleidoscope Inn & Gardens is a great location for a Destination Wedding. Located in the California Central Coast, we are midway between San Francisco and LA, and only 2 hours west of the Fresno/Bakersfield areas!

    A recent Jeopardy episode revealed what all Nipomoites already know....the question was 'What town boasts the best weather in the US?' and the answer was "Nipomo, CA". Just the right weather for a garden wedding through the month of October! See historical temperature and precipitation averages at this link.

    The Kaleidoscope Inn and Gardens was renovated to recreate the elegance and charm of the Victorian era. The acre of lush, flower-filled gardens provides a unique, gracious, unforgettably elegant setting that you and your guests will remember forever!

    Garden Weddings & Receptions

    Our site can easily accommodate up to 300 guests. Our weather is perfect for Spring, Summer and Fall garden weddings. We do not recommend Winter weddings (i.e., Jan, Feb, March), but will schedule a winter wedding if that is your chosen timeframe. To ensure that your wedding receives all of the special attention that it merits, we hold only one wedding per day.

    In 2007, BeachCalifornia.com featured a February wedding at the Kaleidoscope Inn on their website. In 2010, The Knot listed the Kaleidoscope Inn as a "Best Of" Ceremony/Reception sites.

    Ceremony & Reception Packages

    A total of 9 hours use of the site: one hour rehearsal one or two days before the event, two hours preparation/decorating prior to the event, five hours for your wedding & reception, and one hour clean up time. Included are use of the Bride's Dressing Room; use of the gardens, patios, and porches; buffet, cake, gift, and guest book tables. Dining tables, chairs, linen tablecloths and napkins are provided. Coordination of the rehearsal and ceremony are included. We would be happy to provide referrals for caterers, photographers, bands, DJs, etc. Call 805-929-5444 with any questions or to schedule an appointment to see the gardens.

    Standard Ceremony & Reception Package

    Click here for a full listing of services provided with the Standard Package. Standard package pricing is among the most economical on the entire Central Coast. Price depends on the number at your wedding. Example pricing for various size weddings: $2520 for up to 65 people, $2800 for up to 100 people, $3200 for up to 150 people, $4200 for up to 200 people, $5200 for up to 250 people.

    New! Premium Ceremony & Reception Package

    This Premium Package includes sumptuous Food and Drink Service, fabulous Personal Flowers & Floral Decor for your bouquets & banquet tables, Music and Master of Ceremony Service via high quality professional DJ and the ultimate wedding centerpiece - your beautiful Wedding Cake! The Kaleidoscope Inn Premium Package includes it all. Plus you can customize your package with just about any upgrades you can imagine. We want to give you the wedding that YOU envision!!

    Ceremony Only Package

    If you would like to have a ceremony only, we can accomodate you. Pricing is $10 per person with a $1250 minimum.

    Mid-Week Wedding or Elopement Packages (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday)

    If you want to have a fabulous wedding but without the months of planning, large party, and higher cost of the large ceremony and full reception, the Kaleidoscope has some EASY & Cost Effective options available for you. Whether you are local and on a budget or are coming to the beautiful Central Coast for a destination wedding or elopement, we have a number of mid-week packages from which you can choose!

    Bronze Package -

    Includes 2 hours use of site: 1 hour preparation, 1 hour for ceremony and post ceremony photos. Also includes your minister and ceremony music. Bride & Groom only for $650. Couple + up to 8 guests for $850. Couple + up to 18 guests for $1000.

    Silver Package -

    Includes 3 hours use of site: 1 hour preparation, 2 hours for ceremony and cake and punch reception. Includes all elements of Bronze Package + reception music, small cake & punch. Bride & Groom only for $1050. Couple + up to 8 guests for $1150. Couple + up to 18 guests for $1300.

    Gold Package -

    Includes 3 hours use of site: 1 hour preparation, 2 hours for ceremony and cake and punch reception. Includes all elements of Silver Package + 1 nights lodging for the Bride and Groom in our Honeymoon Suite (i.e., the Carriage House). Bride & Groom only for $1200. Couple + up to 8 guests for $1300. Couple + up to 18 guests for $1500.

    Reservations

    When you are ready to reserve a date for your wedding, a $500 retainer holds your date for you ($1600 for the Premium Package). Call or e-mail us to schedule an appointment to see the gardens, to reserve your wedding date, or for more information.

    Our site coordinators can be reached directly at 888-504-5444
    Our e-mail address is Info@KaleidoscopeInn.com.

    Wedding planning doesn't have to be difficult and stressful. We have worked extensively with most of the Wedding Service Providers in the area (including Wedding Coordinators and Consultants). When seasoned professionals work together as a cohesive team, your beautiful garden wedding will come together seemingly effortlessly. You will then feel the freedom to let go and truly enjoy your "once in a lifetime" storybook Wedding & Reception - with us here at the Kaleidoscope Inn & Gardens! Call Kevin at 805-929-5444 with any questions or to schedule an appointment to see the gardens.

    What our Brides are Saying About Us

    "When we decided to have our wedding at the Kaleidoscope Inn & Gardens, we had no idea how much of a help you would be. Your manner was very calming and you were very supportive of what I wanted. You were accomodating before, during, and after our wedding to make sure everything ran smoothly. We recommend a wedding at the Kaleidoscope Inn & Gardens for couples who want the BEST!" - Bride & Groom from SLO

    "Thank you again for all that you did to help us plan this day and to make it so special. I will definitely be recommending the Kaleidoscope Inn & Gardens as the place in San Luis County to hold an outdoor wedding." - Mother of a Bride from Paso

    "...thank you for making our daughter's wedding day successful and beautiful. Because of your organizational skills and helpful assistance, the day turned out perfect. We chose the Kaleidoscope not only because of its beauty and the reasonable cost, but also for your enthusiasm at hosting the event." - Mother of a Bride from Nipomo

    "…the Kaleidoscope Inn made all of my wedding dreams come true….Thank you Carolayne & Kevin for making our wedding day and following morning a treasured life experience." - Bride & Groom from Santa Maria

    "…your calm demeanor, insight and enthusiasm for our success really paid off! We have nothing but praise for all your efforts. We wholeheartedly recommend your services to anyone who wants to have a successful and memorable event." - Bride & Groom from San Jose

    "We want to thank you for all your assistance at our daughters pre-wedding arrangements and also for your loving care and assistance at her wedding. I certainly will recommend you for future garden weddings." - Mother of a Bride from Fresno

  • Complimentary Amenities

    Many complimentary amenities are included in your stay with the Kaleidoscope Inn. Combined with our very reasonable prices, these free amenities make your stay with us a real bargain!

    • Full, hot breakfast daily
    • Afternoon homemade fudge & hot tea
    • Bottomless cookie jar (oreos)
    • Microwave popcorn in the kitchen
    • Kitchen refrigerator available for leftovers
    • Free WiFi all day (and night) every day
    • Tons of DVDs in our movie library for use in our DVD players or on your laptop in your room
    • Free computer use with broadband web access in our kitchen

    Knowledgeable staff can help you select restaurants, wineries, hiking trails, beaches, and so many other things to see and do while you are here in the area.

  • Family Reunions & Friends Getaways


    More and more we are seeing groups of friends or family renting all of our rooms for a convenient and affordable Mini Reunion. With our central coastal location and affordable rates, who wouldn't want to gather the clan for a few days. As you will see from our various packages, there are tons of activities for everyone's taste.

  • Let Us Help To Plan Your Trip.

    This area has so much to offer! We have wineries, day spas, hot springs, horse riding, dunes, golfing (3 fabulous courses within 10 minutes of the Inn), sailing, kayaking, hiking, lakes, fishing, street or mountain biking, antiques, missions (4 of them!), whale/butterfly/seal watching, state parks, state beaches, a national forest, and miles of scenic drives. We are near Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Morro Bay, Cayucos, Cambria, and Santa Maria. As part of the personalized service offered by our Bed and Breakfast, we make a point of knowing the area and can offer many suggestions that may help to make this vacation one to truly remember. For example, hiking on the point has recently been opened to the public for the first time since the days of the Missions; however, access is by reservation only. Let us know your interest, and we can help you in your planning. We can recommend local massage therapists or point you toward tempting local restaurants (including famous Jockos Steak House, which is located just 2 blocks from the Inn!). We also have some great ideas for where to "Pop the Question"!

  • Kaleidoscope Inn History

    The Kaleidoscope Inn was constructed of redwood in 1887 by retired rancher Vitalis Runels.

    In 1902, Joseph & Todie Dana (of the historic California Dana family) bought the home. It remained in the Dana family until the 1960's.

    From the 1960's until 1987, the home was used as an antique store and a private residence.

    In 1987, Bill and Patty Linane lovingly restored the home and gardens and began operating the Bed and Breakfast as well as hosting weddings, receptions, and other special events in the gardens.

    In early 2002, Kevin Beauchamp and Carolayne Holley Beauchamp purchased the Inn and have been busy spending their free time working in the gardens ever since!

    The Kaleidoscope Inn. Each window of the house is bordered in stained glass. This glass creates a "kaleidoscope" effect as sunlight streams into the home. As a result, the Linane's christened their restored Victorian home The Kaleidoscope Inn.

  • Local Attractions & Activities

    Beaches

    The Pacific Ocean, a beautiful twelve minute drive from the Kaleidoscope Inn, offers miles of pristine beaches. The Nipomo and Pismo Dunes, Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Morro Bay, Cambria, San Simeon....each beach has its own special attractions. Some are bustling with sunbathers and surfers, others are isolated and private. Kayak, surf, explore tide pools, bird watch, whale watch, people watch, or simply relax in the sun! Explore what is becoming known as California's Riviera.

    Hearst Castle

    Seeing the castle is truly an experience. It sits high atop Enchanted Hill with a main house, four guest houses, two pools all surrounded by gorgeous gardens. If you haven't seen the castle yet, remember that no description can prepare you for this incredibly intricate treasure!

    Wineries

    There is 1 great wine region within 5 minutes of the Inn: Edna and Arroyo Grande Valleys. The wineries here are well known and loved regionally, and are now being discovered by wine buffs across the country! In addition, there are 2 wine regions about 30 minutes of the Inn: Santa Maria and Santa Ynez to the south (this includes Firestone Vineyard if you want to visit with The Bachelor and his new sweetheart!). If you want more than the several dozen of wineries offered by these 3 close by valleys, we can send you off to the Paso Robles wine region as well (about 45 minutes north).

    The Sideways Wine Tour

    Yes, you CAN follow in the footsteps of Miles & Jack's wine tasting adventure in the film Sideways! Take your own road trip through famous Santa Barbara wine country, about 30 minutes from the Kaleidoscope Inn. Check out this tour map for planning your self-guided tour or indulge yourself with the Kaleidoscope Inn's fabulous Wine Tasting Package (scroll down this page).

    Antiquing

    There are lots of antique shops around. Its a great way to spend an afternoon...taking some scenic drives around this beautiful county while stopping off at antique stores and cafes along the way! Want some more shopping, we have a premium outlet mall about 10 minutes north of the Inn.

    Scenic Drives

    We've got 'em. Some are designated scenic drives, some we just consider scenic ourselves. When we have a free afternoon, we just drive off into the hills to the east for a little spontaneous discoveries. We discovered the Pozo Saloon on one of these drives! Pozo (population 58) is one of our historic little towns. This one is located many miles from any other town. It has a saloon that has been continuously run since 1858...they hold a few concerts out in the meadow behind the saloon during the summer. Generally groups like Little Feat, Marshal Tucker Band, Elvin Bishop, and Poco!

    Missions

    There are 3 missions within 30 minutes of the Inn: Mission SLO in the town of SLO, La Purisima in Lompoc, Mission Santa Inez in Solvang. There are an additional, 2 missions between 1 and 1.5 hours north or south of the Inn: Mission San Miguel in San Miguel, Mission San Antonio in ..., and Mission Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara.

    Golf

    We agree with golf pro Rudy Duran - "I've...never found an area as unique and beautiful as California's Central Coast. I can honestly say that it is a golfer's paradise." Our 11 area golf courses offer ideal temperatures, scenic settings, ocean views, available tee times, and affordable prices!

    State Parks & Hiking

    Montana de Oro State Park, Los Padres National Forest, Santa Lucia Wilderness, San Rafael Wilderness, Oceano Dunes State Vehicular REcreational Area, Pismo State Beach, Point Sal State Beach, Morro Bay State Park, and numerous additional State Beaches to the north and south. We have SLO County hiking books for trail locating!

    Spas, Hot Springs

    We don't yet know all of the local spa locations but, in an effort to better serve our guests, we are systematically trying each of them out! We can point you in the direction of a relaxing sweedish massage, deep tissue massage, or our new favorite...a hot stone massage. Our favorite hot springs are about 15 minutes from the Inn...each totally private tub is located in a wooded hillside - and they're open till 2am!

    Horseback Rriding

    You may ride horses for an hour along the beautiful Pismo beaches or take to various locations in the hills for a day of riding. If you are bringing your own horse, we know of a nearby stable that will do overnight boarding for you.

    Famous Oceano-Nipomo Dunes

    Located about 5 m inutes west of Nipomo, these are the largest coastal dunes in the western United States. Great wildlife watching while hiking these dunes. You may also ride ATVs in a special section of the dunes. Rentals are available or you may bring your own ATV.

    Kayaking

    One of our favorite activities! Kayak at Shell Beach and explore the cliffs and caves along the shore. Be sure to look for the many seals and the elusive sea otters. You can't miss the hundreds of pelicans! Another nice spot is at Avila Beach...if you can manage a beach launch (we find this a bit trickier than launching at the cliffs). Avila offers the same wildlife watching opportunities. We can recommend some great after kayak lunch spots with outrageous views and terrific seafood!

    Road or Mountain Biking

    Another one of our favorite activities. We have discovered one very nice, very easy off road trail that happens to pass within a stones throw of our favorite hot spring tubs! Plus this pristine trail ends at one of our favorite lunch restaurants at the beach. We like this one so much, that we haven't moved on to additional trails yet! But we do have a couple of SLO County bike trail books if you would like to try some biking. There is also easy bike renting if you don't want to bring your own bikes along.

    Whale Watching

    See migrating whales travelling between Alaska and Baja in our coastal waters on whale watching boats from December through April! Some whales may also be seen from coastal cliffs.

    Elephant Seal Watching

    See moms with babies along with the large nosed dads crowding the beach from December through May. Actually, we see some there year round now, but there are hundreds of them in the peak months. The colony returns each year to mate, give birth, and molt. Close to 1,800 pups are born here annually.

    Butterfly Watching

    See the fascinating annual Monarch Butterfly migration at our local butterfly grove in Pismo Beach. Peak butterfly time starts in November and runs through March. If you have never seen a monarch grove before, be sure to check it out. When its warm, they flutter all around the grove...when you have tens of thousands of butterflys floating around, it looks kind of like a colorful snow fall. Current number of butterflys is 20,000. We have had as many as 300,000 butterflys at the grove at one time!

    Bird Watching

    SLO County has a lot of birds (over 400 species) and consistently scores in the national top 10 sites for the Audubon Annual Christmas Bird Count. There are peregrine falcons, great blue herons, brown pelicans, California condors, and sandhill cranes. Heck, we have a lot of birds in our 1 acre garden alone! So many that we couldn't recognize that we bought a birding guide. We have lots of golden finches, woodpeckers, ...we have even seen a wild parakeet (he hung out with our caged parakeets for a few days) and we sometimes see a hawk at our fountain! The Oso Flaco Lake nature trail in the Nipomo-Oceano dunes offers great bird watching while exploring the sepcialized environment of the largest coastal sand dune on the west coast. On a random visit, we saw hundreds of blue herons at the Morro Bay Blue Heron Rookery. Let us know if you are interested in the herons and we will investigate the best time of year for viewing. Bald Eagles are also around, particularly in the winter months, around Lake Lopez, Santa Margarita Lake, Lake Nacimiento, and Lake San Antonio.

    Farmer's Markets

    Plenty of farmer's markets throughout the week offer lots of great produce fresh from the fields as well as locally grown flowers. Daily Market Schedule: Mondays-Baywood Park (2 to 4:30); Tuesdays-Paso Robles (4 to 7); Wednesdays-Arroyo Grande (9 to 11:30) & Atascadero (3 to 6); Thursdays-SLO (6 to 9pm) & Morro Bay (3 to 5); Friday-Cayucos (8:30 to noon), Cambria (2:30 to 5), & Paso Robles (9 to 12:30); Saturday-Arroyo Grande (noon to 2:30), SLO (8 to 10:30), Morro Bay (4 to 7), & Templeton (9 to 12:30); Sunday-Nipomo (11:30 to 2:30).

    Ongoing Hikes

    The Dunes Center: Offers many free walks and other activities. www.dunescenter.org. 343-2455.
    The Land Conservancy of SLO Coast: Hosts free hikes and activities all over the Central Coast. www.special-places.org. 544-9096.
    Morro Bay Natural History Museum: Sponsors free docent led hikes all over the Central Coast. 772-2694.
    Morro Coast Audubon Society: Sponsors free birding outings and field trips. 528-7182.
    Sierra Club Santa Lucia Chapter: Offers free outings for members & non members. www.sierraclub.org/chapters/santalucia/sloutng.html.
    California Native Plant Society: Offers free field trips and events around SLO County and North Santa Barbara County. 464-0717.
    Environmental Center of SLO: Offers field trips all around the county. 544-1777.
    Friday Evenings - Free Summer Concerts in the Mission Plaza - San Luis Obispo

    Note: All phone numbers are in the 805 area code

  • Directions

    The Kaleidoscope Inn and Gardens. 130 East Dana Street. Nipomo, California 93444
    We recommend that once you exit the 101 in Nipomo that you use the directions below. Most of the internet map & direction sites have a glitch that will get you lost even though there are only 3 turns from the highway to the Inn!

    From the North

    1. Take Highway 101 south.
    2. About 10 miles south of Pismo Beach, exit the 101 at Tefft Street. Go left on Tefft Street.
    3. Drive about 0.7miles and turn right onto Thompson Avenue.
    4. Drive one block and turn left onto Dana Street. Drive one block and the Kaleidoscope Inn is on the right.

    From the South.

    1. Take Highway 101 north.
    2. About 7 miles north of Santa Maria, exit the 101 at Tefft Street.
    3. Go right on Tefft Street. Drive about 0.7miles and turn right onto Thompson Avenue.
    4. Drive one block and turn left onto Dana Street. Drive one block and the Kaleidoscope Inn is on the right.