03/04/2013 07:46 am ET Updated May 04, 2013

The Best Unknown California Destinations (PHOTOS)

We kind of hate to be sharing our best-kept secrets, but it's our job, after all. So today we're opening the vault of our favorite hidden gem hotels in California. From quaint, oft-overlooked boutiques in Los Angeles to tucked-away spots just minutes from the beaches of Carmel, we have nine picks for our favorite unknown (until today) hotels in the Golden State.

Please use some precaution when passing on the details -- we don't want to have to share these spots with just anyone.

-- Jane Reynolds,

Californias Hidden Gems

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