5 Best Weekend Getaways in California

Apr 07, 2014 Avatar  TravelStore

Sometimes we don’t have the luxury of taking a week off and going on a long vacation. However, living in California does has its perks when it comes to enjoying last minute weekend trips! Here are our top 5 weekend getaways that will allow you to enjoy all the benefits of a vacation without having to leave the state! (And some of the hotels at which we can offer you our exclusive amenities!)

1. Napa & Sonoma Valley

Napa & Sonoma are the quintessential destinations for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the beauty and elegance of world-class vineyards. There are various ways to discover California’s premier wineries, including: bike tours, horse back riding tours, private and group tours, and don’t forget the exquisite cooking and wine pairing tours. With so many options available, a weekend getaway to Napa and/or Sonoma is perfect for couples, friends, bachelorette parties and birthday celebrations.

Hotel Recommendations include: Meadowood, The Carneros Inn, and The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

2. Santa Barbara

Enjoy the bohemian scene of Santa Barbara’s infamous State Street, filled with outdoor cafes, art galleries, and fabulous shops. You can spend the day surfing and relaxing on Arroyo Burro Beach, or go for a hike up to the beautiful Inspirational Point. With several wineries scattered throughout the county, it is the perfect relaxing escape you deserve.

Resort Recommendations include: San Ysidro Ranch, Belmond El Encanto, Canary, and Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore

3. San Diego

San Diego has so many fun activities to offer, it’s ideal for families as well as young adults. With the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and LegoLand right in its backyard, families have an array of options for an exciting family vacation. For those young adults who enjoy the night life, San Diego has a lively bar scene in the Candlelight District, that’s thriving with live music and dancing.

Hotel Recommendations: The Grand Del Mar, Omni La Costa, The US Grant, and Hotel Del Coronado

and The Lodge at Torrey Pines

4. Big Sur

Perfectly set along the magnificent California Coastal Highway, at a convenient half way point between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Big Sur is one of the most beautiful destinations in California. There are 9 National Parks in Big Sur for visitors to experience. A must-see is the infamous Bixby Creek Bridge.

Resort recommendations include: Post Ranch Inn, Ventana Inn

5. San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the world’s most traveled to cities. The iconic Golden Gate Bridge, pastel Victorian houses, and buzzing cable cars make the city a mecca for travelers. See the 1960’s hippy haven of Haight Ashbury, eat crab cakes along Fisherman’s Wharf, or attend a game with one of the dearly adored Bay Area teams, the 49er’s and the Giants.

Hotel Recommendations for your USA vacation: Cavallo Point, The Clift, Fairmont Heritage Place-Ghirardellhi Square, The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, and The St. Regis San Francisco

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