As proud Angelinos we know L.A living is the best! With its amazing weather, a foodie-worthy restaurant scene, endless cultural activities, pristine beaches at your feet, and healthy living at your fingertips, there’s nowhere else we’d rather be. But even Lala land loyals need a break from the hustle to refresh! The solution? Take a mini-vacay to some of the best weekend getaways Socal has to offer!
Get packing and get renewed with our list of fave L.A weekend getaways, and come back to the City of Angels with a fresh new perspective.
The magical town of Ojai is known for its artistic community, its farm-to-table cuisine, and for those unmistakably majestic mountains. For the outdoorsy weekend warrior there are beautiful hikes, horseback trails, and even rock climbing to choose from. But if you’re looking to relax, step into
Spa Ojai at the beloved Ojai Valley Inn for some serious pampering. Bringing your brood? We got you covered. Enjoy a fabulously hip kid-friendly pool day at The Ojai Rancho Inn, followed by post-dinner marshmallow roasting the whole family will love.
- Santa Barbara: http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/visiting/
There’s just something about the fresh air in Santa Barbara that we can’t get enough of, and with a mere 90 minutes car ride from L.A, you’ll breathe easy knowing you’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away on the 101. With refreshing coastal vistas, gorgeous Spanish mission style architecture, and an incomparable air of romance, it’s no surprise that Santa Barbara has been a long-time top choice for young lovers saying “I do”. With its mild and manageable year-round temperatures, no time is a bad time to visit Santa Barbara. Planning a special occasion? Save up and splurge on the Bacara Resort. You’ll thank us later.
- Joshua Tree: https://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm
If you haven’t been to Joshua Tree, you’ve been hiding under a rock (but clearly not one of the rare and beautiful formations from the jewel of the Mojave). Maybe camping isn’t your jam? Stick with us! With a myriad of glamping options including this ultra chic Rosa Muerta property and this darling Dome in the Desert, there’s no more excuses to miss out on the glorious sunsets and abundance of beauty that even Dr. Seuss would find enchanting. Make time for a pit stop at the popular Integratron for the life changing rejuvenation of its world famous sound baths.
- Palm Springs: http://www.visitpalmsprings.com
Famous for its mid-century modern architecture, 1970’s pastel motifs, and its endless display of palm trees, this once sleepy desert community is fast resurging as the go-to fun-time weekend getaway for those wanting more chill and charm than Vegas could ever offer. With a history embedded deep in Hollywood, some of our fave stars have known for decades that Palm Springs is the desert destination Angelino’s love most! When long leisurely days of poolside drinks require a little hair-of-the-dog, run don’t walk to the pool at the Ace Hotel to cure yourself with one of their fabulous and thirst-quenching Bloody Mary’s.
- Lake Arrowhead: http://www.lakearrowhead.com
If you’re more of a mountain mamma than a desert doll, then take a quick jaunt to the
Alps of Southern California, aka Lake Arrowhead, for breathtaking beauty and unparalleled tranquility. The best part? With snowcapped mountains that melt into lush green woods, this cozy and quaint town is just as beautiful in the winter months as it is in summer. Summertime fun includes taking the boat out for a spin, trying your hand at fishing, or simply relaxing with a book by the lake. In wintertime, hit the slopes, snuggle by the fire, and take a dip in a tub with an (unbelievable) view!
Did we miss a spot? Comment below and let us know! We love turning unknown destinations into new fave vacations.