With winter in full swing, Southern California remains one of the best (literal) hot spots so we’re sharing some of our favorite weekend getaways. Of course, since these are all stateside, you don’t have to pack a passport to enjoy luxe accommodations, scenic spas, and world-class dining.
So, prep your bags for a holiday jaunt on the Golden Coast and stay where the sun is (almost) always shining:
San Diego: Rancho Valencia
Just 30 minutes north of downtown San Diego, lies the equestrian town of Encinitas. Sprawled across 45 acres, you’ll find an orange grove, olive trees, and of course, the recently-remodeled Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa. This Relais Chateaux property is certainly the “splurge” on our list, but the details make it worth it. Rise in the morning to freshly-squeezed orange juice; take a yoga class overlooking their “floating” serenity platform; or simply bask in the comfort of a classically striped cabana. And fair warning: though there is a lot to do in North County San Diego, once you check i to Rancho Valencia, you may never leave.
Palm Spring: Parker Palm Springs
The garden and grounds of the Parker in Palm Springs are the dreamiest we’ve ever seen. A literal “oasis” in the middle of the desert you'll want to spend your day getting lost amongst the draped hammocks and the bocce court. Croquet calling? No problem. Bottomless Arnold Palmers keep you hydrated while the desert sun beams down? We can’t think of a happier day than one that begins with a decadent stack of blueberry pancakes at their restaurant (Norma’s) and ends with S’mores by the outdoor fire pit. Le sigh.
Ojai: Ojai Valley Inn + Spa
We adore Ojai in the way you might crave a homemade meal after dining out all week. A convenient hour and a half from Los Angeles lands you in Ojai Valley: a rustic-chic community situated amongst mountains that create a sunset beautiful enough to warrant its own name. “The Pink Moment” articulates exactly what you can expect as the sun drops below a stunning mountain backdrop. Ojai Valley Inn not only has a golf course for him, but activities that go beyond the spa. They take a holistic approach to health and happiness, and we love that you have the choice between a pottery class or creating your own scent at their on-site apothecary.
Southern California: One Fine Stay
For a unique approach to a weekend getaway, we love the UK-based website One Fine Stay — think of it as a few steps up from Airbnb. Only the finest homes are hand-selected and supply the same high end accommodations, service, and even toiletries you might expect to find in a high-end boutique hotel. Although they source luxurious homes in major cities like London and New York, our favorites in SoCal are found in Venice Beach and West Hollywood. Book a weekend in David Duchovny’s home in the show “Californication” or live like a movie star in the Hollywood Hills, replete with a pool and sweeping views of the city.
More Southern California On Salt & Wind
- Travel Guide: North County San Diego
- Travel Guide: Where To Eat, Shop, Stay In Palm Springs
- Where To Eat Like A Local In Los Angeles
- Venice Beach Neighborhood Guide
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