Make reservations far in advance for this 1913-vintage beachfront hotel, where reading, writing, and conversation eclipse technological hotel-room isolation. Its antiques-filled rooms are named for famous writers. A pendulum swings over the bed in the Poe room. The Christie, Twain, Tolkien, Woolf, and Colette rooms are all notable and have fireplaces, decks, and great ocean views. A well-stocked split-level upstairs library has decks, a fireplace, slumbering cats, and comfortable chairs. Complimentary mulled wine is served nightly at 10.