Presidents’ Day is just around the corner and you know what that means: A three-day weekend is near. Long weekends are a great excuse to explore the plentiful getaways options in Southern California. From Orange County to Palm Springs, SoCal living definitely has its perks.
Whether you are looking for a romantic weekend or fun trip for the family, Laguna Beach has something for everyone. This charming coastal town is lined by picturesque beaches and is known for its artist community. Walk along downtown and stop in one of the many cafes or bistros along the way. Enjoy the Laguna Art Museum and indulge in a meal inspired by Mexico’s West Coast culture at Las Brisas, a local favorite with a view. Lastly, don’t forget to visit the beach. With so much to do and see, Laguna is the perfect spot for a long weekend getaway.
From one beach town to another, Santa Barbara always tops the list. Only two hours north of Los Angeles (via the scenic route), this city has everything you need for a quick getaway. Visit the Santa Barbara Mission and then stroll down State Street to get a feel for the city’s vibe. Window shop quaint boutiques and walk along the pier to take in the panoramic ocean views. Don’t forget to explore the Funk Zone, a once industrial area recently updated to a walkable neighborhood with art galleries, eateries and over 20 wine tasting rooms.
If you’re looking for pure relaxation, look no further than Palm Springs. Feel the presence of Hollywood’s Golden Age in the stylistic mod architecture as you stroll along the Walk of Stars. Book a room at the trendy Ace Hotel and Swim Club or The Parker Hotel and step into a world of flawless décor and resort amenities. Enjoy brunch at Norma’s, known for it’s family-friendly atmosphere and delicious comfort food. Once you’re full, lounge poolside or see the sights on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Like all great getaways, Palm Springs has local boutiques and art, so treat yourself to something special.
With 52 weekends in a year, there’s more than enough time to check out all SoCal has to offer. Whether it’s family fun at Disneyland or wine-tasting in Ojai, discover the many gems you have access to when you live in beautiful Southern California!