Sure, it’s the beginnings of Fall, but that doesn’t mean that vacation time is over. And in California, there’s never a bad time to get away, even for a short respite. Here’s our Top Five Favorite California Getaway locations.
1. SEA RANCH LODGE:
A few years back, The New York Times wrote a piece on the area of Sea Ranch entitled “Utopia by the Sea.” A small, secluded property on Northern California’s rugged Sonoma Coast, Sea Ranch Lodge is a serene destination that embraces the beauty and bounty of nature in myriad expressions. A peaceful Northern California retreat for guests to connect with nature, the outdoors, oneself, and others special to them, Sea Ranch Lodge is a place to relax and unwind. Just a few hours from most of the Bay Area, the coastal drive is a scenic journey that adds to the experience.
Added bonus: Dogs are welcome guests, too!
2. RITZ CARLTON, HALF MOON BAY:
At first glance, you’d think you were in Scotland, not an hour south or so from San Francisco. The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, an elite golf and spa resort hotel offers two distinct guest room experiences from the guest houses to our main building, the hotel combines the beauty of the Northern California coast with the history of old Scotland.
3. THE RANCH AT LIVE OAK, MALIBU:
If you like your vacations action packed and athletically filled, then the Ranch at Live Oak in Malibu is your go to locale. Part resort, part detox spa, part fitness getaway, your days are back to back daily group fitness (think 4-5 hours of hiking) core and ab work, yoga and of course, after all that, massage.
They even schedule time for naps, but when you’re surrounded with this much beauty, you’ll want to keep your eyes open.
4. THE POST RANCH INN, BIG SUR:
Listed as one of Travel and Leisure’s Best of 2014, The Post Ranch Inn is a little slice of Big Sur heaven. Remote, quiet, and immersed in nature, it’s one of California’s true natural treasures. With its spectacular setting and lush surroundings it’s the perfect example of the great outdoors meets the ultimate in luxury.
5. AUBERGE DU SOLEIL, NAPA:
Despite the reason shake up (we’re talking the earthquake, not a change in chefs) Auberge du Soleil is still moving and shaking in the wellness department. Big on ‘responsible luxury,’ the resort strives to live in harmony with the environment and we are dedicated to preserving and protecting the Napa Valley terrain and culture and committed to enriching the guest experience by providing local resources unique to California’s Napa Valley.