10 Best Weekend Getaways in California

Far from the hustle bustle of the city, your weekend getaways in California allow you to relax, get romantic, enjoy wineries or the seaside, go hiking and make the most of your precious time as a couple or a family.

Enjoy California vacation spots in Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Sonoma and Napa Wine Country or Yosemite National Park.

Get some fresh air, some sea breeze or taste some world class wines.

10. Auberge du Soleil

Auberge du Soleil

For style, luxury and location, the Auberge Du Soleil makes a perfect weekend getaway in California.

Inside the Rutherford winery, the famous Sonoma and Napa Valley wine trails are on your doorstep. Experience Mediterranean cuisine at the Auberge Du Soleil Restaurant, treat yourself to pristine luxury as you absorb the beauty of this 33 acre property nestling into the hillside, with sweeping valley views.

Allow the concierge to craft a wine-tasting itinerary uniquely for you and your party. World class luxury at its best.

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9. Sea View Inn Carmel

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Carmel-by-the-Sea stands out as one of the best weekend getaways in California due to its natural beauty, history and quirky village feel.

Explore the beaches, the village, visit the beautiful Mission Basilica, or enjoy the sea life at Monterey Aquarium. Stroll on Carmel Beach, visit Pebble Beach and see the unique contorted shapes of the Monterey pines, giving their own touch of character to each bay side point.

At the Sea View Inn in central Carmel-by-the-Sea, you will find a luxurious small inn situated in a picture-postcard, turn of the century, renovated home, with plenty of quality features and fittings.

Enjoy a delightful, comfortably furnished bedroom just three minutes walk from the beach.

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8. The Vagabond’s House Boutique Inn & Spa Studio

The Vagabond's House Boutique Inn & Spa Studio

Also in Carmel is The Vagabond’s House Boutique Inn & Spa Studio which epitomises the artistic and individual style of this village.

The Carmel inn is centrally located, allowing easy strolling amongst the laneways, cafes and boutiques, soak up the atmosphere in the stone courtyard before retiring for your massage or facial.

Enjoy the large rooms, comfy beds, helpful staff and convenience of being in the heart of Carmel village.

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7. Zen Mountain Perch in Sonoma Wine Country

Zen Mountain Perch in Sonoma Wine Country

For complete privacy the holiday home Zen Mountain Perch in Sonoma will entice you for more than a weekend.

Take a few days to enjoy the freedom of home in Glen Ellen, just 20 km from Napa. Set near popular California vacation spots like Enchanted Hills, Sugarloaf State Park and Annadel State Park, this makes the ideal base for hiking, exploring and wine tasting.

Bring your own treats for self-catering in the fully equipped kitchen and enjoy meals on the terrace or the deck or the gazebo, at the kitchen table or the dining table or indeed, in the Jacuzzi.

Find your zen at this amazing weekend getaway in California.

6. Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

For one of the best spa retreats in California, visit Monterey Park Spa with stunning views over Monterey Bay, just next to the Monterey Aquarium, with a private beach.

You might not even need to leave the property, as there is so much comfort here, and views of otters and sea lions playing on the rocks below.

With at least three restaurants, a delicious in-room dining menu and top class service, who needs to go anywhere else? Soak up a bit of history here in Monterey on the site of the former House of the Waves. Or get serious about your health at the fitness centre or pamper yourself in the Vista Blue Spa.

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5. Yosemite Plaisance Bed & Breakfast

Yosemite Plaisance Bed & Breakfast

At Yosemite Plaisance Bed and Breakfast experience friendly hosts and the intimacy of a proper bed and breakfast experience, just 52 km from Yosemite national park.

With private spaces, your own work desk, free wifi, gourmet breakfasts and snacks, it is just like being in the French countryside.

Located on the outskirts of Mariposa, at the foothills of the Sierra, what a discovery to find Helene and Ron and be so warmly welcomed.

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4. Highland House Bed and Breakfast

Highland House Bed and Breakfast

Enjoy a one of the best weekend getaways in California at Highland House Bed and Breakfast in the wood on Wild Dove Lane near Mariposa.

This storybook cottage is swooningly romantic and perfectly situated for enjoying mountain trails.

With your own private bathroom, a bedroom beautifully decorated with antiques and all the comforts of home, you might just decide to stay in bed and cuddle, forgetting your hiking shoes for a day. Enjoy genuine hospitality here in any season.

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3. Ravensbrook Inn Yosemite

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The quiet seclusion of Ravensbrook Inn Yosemite is not for everyone. Perhaps for couples on their honeymoon. Perhaps if you are seeking wide open fields with flower meadows and a brook, perhaps if you want lake views from your room, or deer running through the meadows.

Ravensbrook Inn Yosemite offers beautiful home-cooked breakfasts and warm hospitality. If you want to enjoy a fable-like snow covered view in winter and to feel snug and warm inside this charming property. Let the serenity of Ravensbrook, set on a large private wood, soak into your soul.

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2. Wine Country Inn & Cottages

Wine Country Inn & Cottages

For a boutique wine country getaway near Beringer Vineyards and Kornell Champagne Cellars, choose Wine Country Inn & Cottages at St Helena.

This exquisite weekend getaway in California is situated in rolling hills, with views across the rows of vines, it is perfect for a family reunion or retreat, or for those seeking nature, fresh air and privacy.

With European styling, the best of country charm awaits here with excellent service and only a short drive from both St Helena and Calistoga.

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1. Sierra Nevada Lodge & Spa

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The Sierra Nevada Lodge & Spa offers clean, crisp, fresh air and the chance to revitalise the senses in nature, again with professional spa services on-tap.

Enjoy one of the best weekend getaways in California with cosy comforts like, open fires and stone work/ wood paneling that create a nurturing mountain cabin atmosphere.

This highly-rated California mountain lodge is located at Mammoth Lakes and is surrounded by extensive forests, tracks and sits at the doorstep of the ski fields of the eastern Sierras.

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