You Don’t Have to Go Far to Get Away


Looking for a weekend getaway? Plan a relaxing vacation for you and your family. You dont have to travel far for a good time.

Just a ferry ride away is your Island Paradise. Whether it be a relaxing day on the beach, watersports, or a tour of the inland with wildlife including buffalo. On the Waterfront Walk you’ll see orange garibaldi fish swimming in the kelp beds and boats in the harbor, pass through the center of town and out again, to where the beaches are less busy and the views unobstructed. Keep going all the way to Pebbly Beach if you have time.

You’re heading for one of California’s oldest, most historic and most beautiful towns in Santa Barbara. Families can enjoy walking or biking along the waterfront, going to the beach and visiting the Ty Warner Sea Center. For those who like to shop, State Street is one of the state’s great shopping streets, with lots of local boutiques and the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center.

A nouveau–Rat Pack oasis on the desert floor of California’s Coachella Valley, Palm Springs draws both the country-club set and the design-obsessed. But this resort town famed for its superlative vintage shops and classic architecture is also pleasantly rough around the edges: rocky landscapes, cactus forests, and alpine villages are all there to explore—if you can tear yourself away from that poolside chaise.

This California town is built for quiet, romantic getaways. It is a place blessedly stocked with eateries where a guy can get noteworthy huevos rancheros while his beloved browses chic shops along Ocean and Forest Avenues. Be sure to visit Victoria Beach, a beautiful pocket beach near Casa Laguna Inn & Spa.

Thrill-seekers and beach bums find common ground at this Southern California hot spot. When summer scorches, the lake calls. Swim, fish, eat, drink, hike, bike, and talk like a pirate at Big Bear Lake, California. If you’re looking for a place to stay at Big Bear Lake, book a cute cabin at Pine Knot Guest Ranch (from $119; 2-night weekend minimum). Kids will love the llamas and bunnies; parents will love the in-room Jacuzzis.

These are just a few local vacation ideas to spark your imagination. Enjoy yourself & safe travels!

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