5. Hope Cottage
Sure, it's a bit of a trek (25 minutes uphill) to get to this little hideaway, but it feels like the best-kept secret when you arrive. It's a Hobbit House perched above Muir Beach overlooking Green Gulch Farm. The accommodations are small but include a kitchen, brick fireplace, and did we mention the view? You might need to call a Harbaugh for help — reservations are booked a year in advance.
$200 per night, 1601 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach (415-383-3134).