Unless you’re a full-time traveler, business school student, or lottery winner, you probably get to go on one or two big trips each year, tops. (If you don’t fall into one of those categories and you go on lots of awesome international vacations every year, please message me – you need to teach me your secrets!) That means that the majority of the trips that you go on are on the smaller side, and we haven’t discussed those types of trips too much on the blog, aside from the few mini-moon posts.
Many of my blog followers and I live in California, so I wanted to write a post about some of the best in-state weekend getaway destinations, and where to stay. We Californians are pretty lucky with a plethora of local vacation options; no matter what city we’re in, beaches, mountains, deserts, or forests are just a short drive away. Naturally, I asked my team of local travel experts (a.k.a. my friends) where they’ve recently stayed when they needed a a quick little vacation from their lives in the “big city” (a.k.a. San Francisco and Los Angeles). Some of the hotels are bigger splurges than others, but all of them have received an honorary gold star as a great accommodation for a weekend getaway.
We’ll start the list with “North California” (ugh), and make our way south. If there are any cities/hotels that you’d like me to add to the list, please send them my way!
Mendocino: perfect for total relaxation by the sea.
Stanford Inn by the Sea
Tahoe: perfect for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and boating.
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort
Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe
Healdsburg: perfect place to drink wine with your four-legged friends (there are lots of dog-friendly wineries!).
L & M Motel
Calistoga: perfect for drinking wine and soaking in mineral pools.
Yountville: perfect for winos and serious foodies.
Napa: perfect for wine wine wine, and, oh yeah, wine!
Westin Verasa Napa Hotel
Napa River Inn
Half Moon Bay: perfect for those seeking classic elegance on the beach, and pumpkin festivals in October.
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
Carmel/Monterey: perfect for golfers, beach-lovers and aquarium enthusiasts.
Carmel Valley Ranch
Bernadus Lodge & Spa
Big Sur: perfect for nature-lovers.
Paso Robles: perfect for winos who want to avoid Napa Valley prices.
Santa Barbara: perfect for gorgeous beaches, surfing, and the world’s best breakfast burritos.
The Fess Parker Santa Barbara
The Bacara Resort & Spa
El Capitan Canyon (glamping!)
Ojai: perfect for spa-lovers.
Ojai Valley Inn
Laguna Beach: perfect for teenage reality shows and beach bums.
The Montage Laguna Beach
Newport Beach: perfect for sailing enthusiasts and shopaholics.
The Balboa Bay Resort
Palm Springs: perfect for dry heat and retro-mod everything.
The Parker Palm Springs
Happy (weekend) travels!