From big cities with luxury hotels to quaint towns with welcoming accommodations, California has numerous getaways perfect for spending an entire vacation exploring the area or enjoying a much-needed resort weekend with plenty of relaxation. Check out some of the most perfect getaways in the state.
With an infinity pool that overlooks the famous Big Sur coastline, luxurious accommodations, award-winning food and pampering at every turn, the award-winning Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur is a great way to get away from it all.
The Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel has all the comforts of home and then some. Each well-appointed room has luxurious amenities, high-tech accessories and a variety of spa and dining options are available on the exclusive property. Gaze at the California coastline any time of day and night for the ultimate getaway.
Just outside of Santa Barbara, the Bacara Resort is renowned for its luxurious touches. Stay in a room right on the shore with nothing but a trail between you and the sand or indulge in the spa before gorging on a gourmet dinner.
When exploring wine country, it is best to have a spot nearby to spend the night and one of the best places to stay for a night or more is the Meritage Resort & Spa. Known for luxury, The Meritage offers specials to help you best enjoy the surrounding area’s famous winery attractions as well as spa treatments to rejuvenate after a day trip spent in a car.
Hotel Metropole offers both convenience and luxury for a getaway to Catalina Island. Steps from the beach, with views overlooking the famous harbor, Catalina’s Hotel Metropole is the perfect quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city with a variety of accommodation types available for families, couples and other groups and solo explorers.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines is much more than just a humble lodge. Its actually one of the best golf courses in the world, located in sunny San Diego. Don’t let the mountain lodge décor fool you. The Lodge at Torrey Pines is close to the beach and small downtown La Jolla area. Elegant cuisine and a spacious spa make The Lodge at Torrey Pines a perfect place to spend time.
One of the most beautiful spots in nature, Yosemite National Park is perfect for campers as well as people that aren’t much for roughing it. Yosemite offers a variety of accommodations from campgrounds to a lodge and vacation rentals, all surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world, from mountains to trees and waterfalls.
The Farmhouse Inn is a boutique resort that delivers all the luxury of a major resort with the small, quiet beauty of a small inn. Located in the heart of Sonoma and surrounded by wineries on all sides, The Farmhouse Inn is a prime location offering an array of first class amenities, including a restaurant and spa.
Located right in San Francisco’s famously bustling activity, the St. Francis is a historic hotel with a long history of offering guests the best. Close to cultural centers of theater and museums along with great restaurants and famous landmarks, the St. Francis is a hallmark of hospitality in the modern age.
The city of Ojai boasts a vast creative community that can be found in the artistic spots around town as well as at the luxurious Ojai Valley Inn. The spa features unusual healing treatments to help you rest easy and feel well. Walking around the resort is restorative in itself, with tennis courts and nooks and crannies to explore.
Lake Tahoe is known for its outdoor lifestyle, but that doesn’t have to mean roughing it. The Hyatt Regency offers ski amenities during the winter, including rentals and shuttles to the slopes, and plenty of space to enjoy the sunshine during the warm summers. And of course, there is a luxurious spa on the property, along with après-ski snacks and dining.
The exclusive town of Carmel in Northern California boasts the occasional celebrity mayor as well as some of the best-kept secrets in fine dining. Tiny boutique inns fill the quaint luxury town, along with hidden restaurants and cute art galleries and alleyways.
Beverly Hills is known for its elite zip codes, famous shopping area and luxury hotels. Get the chance to channel your inner pretty woman (or man) and spend some time at a luxury hotel, stepping out only to shop at some of the world’s most exclusive brands and boutiques.
Santa Barbara has a lot of swanky spots, from luxury hotels to upscale dining, but it also has many natural wonders too, beyond the famous beaches. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has stunning native plants as well as wildlife, creeks, canyons and more. Be sure to check out events that happen and read up on rules regarding furry friends if you plan on exploring with your dog.
If you find the desert to be a slice of paradise, then head to Anza Borrego State Park in the Colorado Desert. Stop at the visitor center to learn about the park’s natural wonders, including various flora and fauna. There are many trails that you can explore, including part of the famous The Pacific Crest Trail, which reaches from Mexico to Canada and through the United States.