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The 10 Best Winter Getaways From LA

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Although Los Angeles missed the memo that the winter holiday season has arrived, don’t let that fool you into thinking you have to leave California for a holiday. Whether you are looking for a weekend away or a few weeks vacation, the West Coast can still be an awesome winter wonderland.

Banning House Lodge, Catalina Island

White sandy beaches, crystal blue waters and an all-consuming vacation vibe await your arrival at this unforgettable location. Catalina Island features an idyllic lifestyle unlike any other, making it difficult to leave. This island thrives on the passion of its people who work hard to preserve its landscape, history and legacy. When you plan your stay, book a room at the Banning House Lodge. This hillside treasure overlooks Two Harbors. Enjoy this wonderful island paradise, only a ferry ride away.

Catalina Island, CA, USA

Crystal Cove Beach Cottages, Newport Beach

Prepare to go back in time to a simpler era. This ultimate retreat presents its visitors with minimalist, rustic lodgings, crashing waves a few feet from your door, and the feeling that you own this almost private beach. Built in the 1930s, Crystal Cove Beach Cottages are pleasantly tucked away in historic Crystal Cove State Park, and remain unaltered by time. This sanctuary is ‘glamping’ at its finest, for those interested in a step above ‘roughing it.’ Enjoy the winter holidays in a cooler climate by the sea. Book in advance — they’re popular!

Crystal Cove Beach Cottages, 35 Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, CA, USA, +1 800 444 7275

Glen Ivy Hot Springs, Corona
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Glen Ivy Hot Springs, Corona

Looking for a haven that rejuvenates from the inside out? Located in Corona, Glen Ivy Hot Springs is conveniently near LA, making it the ideal retreat. This all-inclusive spa offers mud masks, hot stone massage and many luxurious treatments. Complete your day of relaxation at the Ayres Hotel Corona West. This luxurious hotel is only nine miles from the spa and offers excellent packages that correlate with Glen Ivy treatments. Whether you are looking for a weekend away with your love, a day trip with your friends, or simply a moment to yourself, Glen Ivy is the perfect choice this holiday.

Glen Ivy Hot Springs, 25000 Glen Ivy Rd, Corona, CA, USA, +1 888 453 6489

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The Ahwahnee, Yosemite National Park

Snow-capped mountains, unrivaled natural wonder and affordable lodging rates await your visit this winter season. Yosemite National Park offers a wide variety of entertainment that will entice any outdoor enthusiast. Skiing and snowshoeing, tubing and ice skating — these and other activities will create long-lasting memories with your friends and family. Reserve a room at The Ahwahnee, an elegant hotel amidst the rugged terrain of the surrounding nature in the heart of Yosemite Park. Experience a white Christmas at the threshold of nature.

Yosemite National Park, CA, USA, +1 209 372 0200

Winter Sports at Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain’s reputation precedes itself with its gorgeous weather year-round, superior snowboarding and skiing, and the fact that it has the highest summit in California. Apart from its well-known snow activities, visitors can enjoy its breathtaking views from the heights of the gondolas and curl up in front of roaring fires in the luxurious lodges.

Mammoth Mountain, 10001 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA, USA, +1 760 934 2571

The Sir Francis Drake, San Francisco

From the comforting ding of cable cars to the meandering footfalls of its locals, San Francisco is a world in itself. Home to the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz, San Francisco is a top-notch getaway this holiday season. To make your visit perfect, book a stay at The Sir Francis Drake. This Kimpton Hotel is full of character, from its red-suited beefeater doormen to its exclusive speakeasy vibe.

San Francisco, CA, USA

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur
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Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur

Big Sur features unforgettable landscapes, excellent hiking trails and iconic landmarks, such as the Bixby Creek Bridge. Kodak moments abound in this natural treasure trove. Book a stay at the Post Ranch Inn, rated the number one U.S. Hideaway eight years in a row. Enjoy a tranquil, natural retreat this season.

Big Sur, CA, USA

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Wine Tasting in Napa Valley

Napa Valley is home to world-renowned wineries, breathtaking views and the gorgeous Castello di Amorosa. This authentically constructed, 13th-century Tuscan castle was built with imported Italian architecture. Dario Sattui, a fourth-generation winemaker, captured the passion and heart of Tuscany and extends an invitation to whoever wishes to visit, taste, and see his masterpiece. When you visit Napa Valley, partake in multiple wine-tasting tours. Every wine maker has brought their own ‘flavor’ to the table, and you must discover each firsthand. Not much of a wine drinker? Napa offers a wide variety of things to do, which includes rolling landscapes perfect for nature walks and hikes, culinary delights and hot air ballooning. Visit Napa Valley this holiday season.

Napa Valley, Napa County, CA, USA

Redwood Treehouse, Healdsburg

Located in lovely Sonoma wine country, Healdsburg is a romantic town that offers ‘Sip & Cycle‘ adventures, bocce ball at Armida Winery and antiquing at Healdsburg Vintage. When visiting this unique town, stay at the Redwood Treehouse. This accommodation is unlike any other you have vacationed at before. From the towering redwoods to greeting nature at your front door, embrace your inner child by spending your days in a tree house. Make Healdsburg a winter getaway tradition.

Redwood Treehouse, Redwood Dr. Healdsburg, CA, USA, + 1 415 205 2986

The Hotel del Coronado, Coronado Island

Home to the Hotel del Coronado, Coronado Island is the perfect winter vacation. Book your stay at the hotel, where classic celebrities like Lucille Ball have stayed. Take in a play at Lamb’s Players Theatre, located in downtown Coronado, or take a bike ride around the beautiful neighborhoods. Despite being close to the pulsating city of San Diego, Coronado is a lovely paradise that is both peaceful and unique. Boutiques, gorgeous views and perfect weather await your stay this winter.

Coronado Island, Coronado, CA, USA