Best Places in California for a Winter Getaway

If you don’t like winter, it’s definitely a good idea to travel somewhere warm and nice. And as the rest of the country is mostly covered with snow in winter months – California seems like a perfect getaway option. Warm temperatures, empty beaches and not busy tourist spots make this place even more amazing to visit. That’s why you should pack your bags – we’re taking you to California. Here are the best places in California for a winter getaway, and you try to choose the best one for you and your family.

Winter in San Diego

When it comes to the best places in California for a winter getaway, San Diego comes as the first and one of the most popular options. Being a popular tourist spot in the spring and summer months, San Diego is a great getaway place in winter since it’s not as busy and crowded. You can visit the beaches and watch whales on a perfect sunny December day and have the time of your life. December is also the month of holidays, and in San Diego, you can experience a true Christmas spirit. Festivals, festive lighting and decoration, and many other attractions will make this winter perfect.

San Diego as one of the best places in California for a winter getaway

Lake Tahoe

Even though it’s a very different location from the previous one, Lake Tahoe is also one of the best places in California for a winter getaway. This time, we’re talking about some of the best ski spots in the area – luxurious resorts for both beginners and experienced skiers. So, if you’re looking for an idyllic, snowy winter experience, Lake Tahoe can offer everything you need.

a woman standing close to Lake Tahoe

Bonus tip: If you are not looking for a place to do winter sports, check out all the places you can visit in Lake Tahoe if you’re not skiing – and there are many of them.

Death Valley

A complete opposite to Lake Tahoe – Death Valley is a hot place most of the people won’t visit during summer. But in winter, this can be an amazing winter getaway, with temperatures finally dropping at around 73° F. However, don’t forget to plan this trip in advance, since it can be pretty busy during winter months.

Disneyland

Yes, the most popular place in California can be truly enjoyed during winter months. The reason why it’s one of the best places in California for a winter getaway is that you can finally enjoy it without having to wait hours in line. The crowds are much smaller after the holidays, so you can really have fun and plan your Disneyland day just the way you want it.

Pasadena

New Year’s Day in Pasadena can be truly something spectacular. You can watch the Pasadena Rose Parade which is a true spectacle but also join some other activities related to the event. Again, be sure to book your trip months/weeks in advance, since this is a very popular event and many people rush to Pasadena for the New Year holiday.

Mammoth Mountain and Yosemite

Another amazing place to spend a true winter day skiing and enjoying the sun. What’s also great about it is the proximity to the Yosemite National park. You can make a trip and visit both of the locations when coming here. You can easily reach it by Mammoth Yosemite airport, which is great if you don’t live in California.

Yosemite in winter as one of the best places in California for a winter getaway

Christmas in Orange County is the best

Winter is all about the holidays, and one of the best places in California for a winter getaway and also a perfect Christmas location is definitely Orange County and Newport Beach. Here you can see an amazing Christmas Parade, decorated yachts and houses, etc. Sink into the festive spirit and enjoy your amazing winter getaway!

Palm Springs

Running away from any sign of winter and cold can really happen in Palm Springs. Here, December is the coldest month with over 68°F – can you imagine spending your winter holiday in a t-shirt? In Palm Springs, there’s a lot to do, even in winter – visit the zoo, go hiking, ride a bike, go around the city to see local arts and architecture, etc. Palm Springs is one of the best places to visit in California during winter for a good reason!

General California getaway tips

Whatever the location(s) you choose, you need to get ready for your trip. If you’re well-prepared, you will enjoy California even more. Don’t be surprised if you fall in love with some of the places from the list and decide to move here. Many people experience the same thing. In that case, relocation will not be a problem – you can move to any part of California with ease. Choosing a local moving company will make everything smooth and fast.

And now, let’s go back to the getaway preparations. Depending on where you’re coming from, and who you’re traveling with, your preparations will be more or less complicated. However, make sure you don’t forget these things:

  • do some research on the place you’re visiting –  check all the attractions and places you want to see and get the tickets in advance.
  • book accommodation beforehand – check the hotels or other accommodations you want to stay in and book your rooms in advance. Even though you’re visiting in winter, some California locations can be very busy.
  • check the weather forecast and pack accordingly – since you’ll be traveling in winter, make sure you check the weather forecast a couple of days in advance. This will help you pack properly and be ready for your trip.
  • check your cellphone plan or put your phone on airplane mode
  • book a day or two more – you’ll probably want to stay longer.

It can be very difficult to choose only one out of the many best places in California for a winter getaway. That’s why you should definitely expect coming back again since California gives the best winter holidays! Enjoy!

A little snow in the California desert

Author’s bio:

Jeffrey Wilson is a book lover who really enjoys traveling. That’s why he uses his experience to write blog posts related to travel organization and destinations. His big passion is nature photography.

Photos used:

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America’s Most Famous Hotel Rooms (That You Can Actually Stay In)

Vacationers planning their next getaway should consider the following five destinations, where they can enjoy the individual delights of each city but also aim to replicate past exploits, both fictional and non. These five hotels offer visitors the chance to stay in suites previously used by the rich and famous. Whether you’re a movie buff or a political junkie, there’s something for everyone in these locations!

1) Las Vegas, NV – The Fantasy Tower at the Palms Place Hotel and Spa

Located just south of Sin City’s famous Strip, the Palms Place Hotel and Spa offers deluxe amenities like a spa and hammam with over 20 treatment rooms, private garden lounges, and tennis courts. Its main draw, however, is the Fantasy Tower, a two-story guest villa partially designed by Hugh Hefner. Accessible by a private glass elevator, the 9,000 square foot space boasts three bedrooms, multiple bars, a glass-walled jacuzzi and swimming pool with a terrace. The real Hef-style luxury comes from the media room for film screenings and indoor waterfall, so high rolling travelers looking for a glamorous “home base” while visiting Vegas should definitely consider spending their money here – champagne buckets and personal butlers, included.

2) Miami, FL – The Everglades Suite at the Biltmore Hotel

There’s not a bad room in this historic hotel, just south of downtown Miami, but the crown jewel and biggest draw for history buffs is the Everglades Suite. Infamously nicknamed the Al Capone Suite due to the Chicago gangster allegedly living there while running a speakeasy out of the Biltmore in the 20s, the penthouse retains a glamorous retro vibe. On a less illicit note, presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Barack Obama have also stayed in the suite while in Miami. Hand-painting ceilings and a baby grand piano add to the Jazz Age atmosphere, while the balcony overlooking the 18-hole golf course makes for a nice morning view. Between the world-class dining and the 600,000 gallon swimming pool calling your name, visitors to the Biltmore will have to force themselves to leave in order to explore Miami proper!

3) Palm Springs, CA – The Pretty in Pink Suite at the Palms Springs Rendezvous

This modern boutique hotel, located just outside downtown Palm Springs, is home to the Pretty in Pink suite, where Marilyn Monroe often stayed in the 1950s. The name doesn’t lie, so travelers who are Marilyn fans, or fans of the color pink, will be in heaven staying in the suite with its pink carpets, pink walls, pink sofa, and pink linen. Live the life of a 1950s screen siren by getting ready in the vintage inspired bathroom and taking your coffee in the retro chic kitchenette (complete with old school appliances). The room overlooks the hotel’s courtyard, a shimmering oasis featuring a pool to provide relief from the desert sun. Apart from the retro stylings, the hotel boasts amenities including breakfast every morning, cocktails and appetizers during happy hour, and an on-site massage studio.

4) Washington, D.C. – Room 776 at The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel

The hotel itself dates to 1925, but millions in renovations have brought it firmly into the 21st century for a marriage of elegant style and modern flair. First time visitors to the nation’s Capital should certainly consider staying at this location, which is minutes from the White House, the Smithsonian and the National Mall. The Mayflower is the perfect option for presidential history buffs as well, as FDR stayed in room 776 in the months leading up to his 1933 Inauguration (and legend has it, dictated his “We have nothing to fear but fear itself” speech there), and Harry Truman called it “Washington’s second best address.” Amenities include the brasserie EDGAR Bar & Kitchen, and a Grand Ballroom, which has hosted every Presidential Inaugural Ball since 1925.

5) Beverly Hills, CA – The Penthouse Suite at Beverly Wilshire

Fans of the movie Pretty Woman might recognize the Penthouse Suite, used as a backdrop for many iconic scenes from that film. The 5,000 square foot three-bedroom, four-bathroom suite carries a hefty price tag but it’s well-earned. It’s located on the private 14th floor of the Beverly Wing, accessible only by key, and boasts Swarovski chandeliers, marble mosaic floors, and floor to ceiling windows opening onto Rodeo Drive, where you can always wander to recreate Julia Roberts’ shopping sprees from the film. The nightly rate includes a personal concierge to cater to your every need.

This post was posted by The Hipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on April 2, 2016.

The Sweetest Hotel Perks You Can Get Right Now

Free wi-fi, a couple bottles of water, coffee, and gym access were once considered hotel luxuries, but they’re now just the baseline when it comes to travel perks. Hotel chains are packaging up unforgettable experiences for visitors, featuring some truly out-of-the-box amenities, activities, company, and memories.

While some can get pretty pricey, these amazing experiences are more often than not worth it. Take a look at some of the sweetest hotel perks travelers can get right now.

A Personal Concierge

Folks who stay at any of Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria properties — such as its flagship location in New York City, located just blocks from Rockefeller Center and Broadway — can have their trip planning taken care of. Waldorf offers a personal concierge to “guarantee your every request is met” before, during, and after each visitor’s stay. The concierge waits for arriving visitors in the lobby to show them straight to their rooms. They’re also available throughout the stay to answer questions and suggest enjoyable (and sometimes discounted) events in the area. And when it’s time to go, they will neatly pack the visitors’ suitcase and send them on their way.

Fender Guitars

The Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago offers is fair share of standard perks, as rooms include flat screen TVs, mini-bars, and coffee-makers. But this property also cranks things up a notch, in true Hard Rock fashion. Visitors get complimentary access to a mouth-watering selection of 20 guitars and bass guitars, from a candy-apple red Coronado Guitar to a Baja ’60s Telecaster. The chosen guitar is delivered right to the visitor’s room, along with a headphone amplifier and Nixon headphones.

Your Very Own Photographer

When it comes to exciting vacations, the generally accepted mantra these days seems to be “Pics or it didn’t happen.” This next hotel perk, offered at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, is a few steps above an artsy, filtered Instagram posts of the property’s luxurious outdoor pool or stunning city views. Visitors who choose the “California Getaway” package get to enjoy an hour-long photoshoot with a professional photographer in iconic locations like the Santa Monica Pier, Griffith Observatory or Rodeo Drive. Other perks in the package include laundry service, valet parking and unlimited in-room entertainment — but those won’t last a lifetime like photographs.

Super Cars

To call a Ferrari 458 Italia a hotel perk might just be the understatement of the year, but that’s what it is for visitors of the Arizona Bitmore in Pheonix. This Waldorf hotel used to be an invitation-only resort, but now anyone can book a room and enjoy the 39-acre property, plus its gardens, golf courses, pools and supercars. Select Waldorf locations offer “driving experiences” that let visitors drive Ferraris, Lamborghinis and other fancy sports cars around the stunning property.

A Part-Time Pet

Pet-friendly accommodations are becoming increasingly common and luxurious at hotels across the country, but what about vacationers who don’t have a pet? Well, folks who stay at the Red Mountain Resort in Ivins, Utah can borrow a puppy in what’s perhaps the most adorable hotel perk ever. The adventure spa provides access to unlimited exercise and wellness classes, including a “Pound Puppy Walk” during which visitors travel to the local shelter and enjoy a morning walk with a dog in need of a home. Other more standard perks at this remote haven include an extensive spa menu and flat-screen televisions, but a part-time puppy has to be the cherry on top.

 

This post was posted by The Hipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on February 12, 2016.