pelicanNot everyone flees south to the sun this season. Some of us appreciate a chilly, fog swept day on the coast with storms making their way from Canada. I cannot think of a better place to enjoy pure winter than Muir Beach’s Pelican Inn. Set in a pine grove it is an uncanny replica of a 16th century British west country half-timbered lodge with a roaring fire, cozy rooms with high beds piled with counterpanes and a restaurant serving such echt-English fare as porridge, baked beans, fish and chips and beef Wellington. From $215 a night.

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