WAVE-ADJACENT SLEEPS: There are so many fine choices for hotels and overnights and funky inns here in the Golden State. But where to go? Mountains, deserts, or places along the Pacific? Many get-out-of-towners we know try to mix it up, in terms of locale, but there's a large contingent of locals who continually looks west, to the water. Thomas C. Wilmer has written a book focusing just on the stays that are close, or close-ish, to the surf. If you're an ocean lover, and you need your weekends away, we recommend. GUIDES TO GOOD NIGHTS: We found it at Amazon for $17.95.