Labor Day weekend is coming up, and while that might bring visions of neighborhood block parties or poolside barbecues for some, for others it’s a great time to take advantage of the 3 day weekend and they make plans to get out of town.
Los Angeles is a great place to live, and one of the many perks of living in this area is that you can travel 2 to 3 hours in any direction and feel like you’re in a totally different state. Here are 3 great weekend getaways.
BIG BEAR LAKE
Big Bear Lake is located in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains to the East of Los Angeles. A gorgeous destination all year round, Big Bear has lots to offer.
The winter time has great appeal, with excellent ski runs and plenty of room for those who enjoy cross country skiing, as well as the downhill variety. Spring and summer time have plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking and camping. The quaint Big Bear Village is filled with wonderful shops, restaurants and art galleries. There are many cabins for rent, and Big Bear is such a lovely and close destination for Los Angelinos that it’s a great choice for a vacation home.
Like warm weather and a beautiful desert landscape? Then Palm Springs is a great destination for you! From L.A. you’ll wave at Big Bear Mountain as you travel a little further east to this beautiful oasis.
If you play golf, you’re in the right place. There are gorgeous golf courses and plenty of other outdoor activities to enjoy. Bike riding, hiking, or just lounging pool-side. Palm Springs also has several fantastic resorts with world class spas. La Quinta Resort and Spa is one of my favorites. Once you’ve been pampered and have relaxed, famed Palm Canyon Drive has many shopping and dining options. Here’s a great list of fun things to do and places to see in the area.
Often referred to as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is just a few hours north of Los Angeles, along the beautiful Highway 101.
The city of Santa Barbara is gorgeous, with beautiful architecture, picturesque beaches and historical mission buildings. There is also plenty to do. There is a wonderful zoo, great shopping and dining and is a great area for wine. The central coast of California produces wonderful wines, and if you are a fan of the movie Sideways, you know that great Pinot Noirs are found in the area. If wine tasting isn’t your thing, there are also great golf courses, tours and Santa Barbara is very well known for its art scene. Stop by Culture 101 and get the scoop on the city, the arts and tips on where to stay and what to see.
Whether you’re taking advantage of a holiday weekend, or just need a break from your routine, any one of these three destinations will leave you feeling like you had a great vacation and leave you looking forward to returning. Do you have a favorite get away destination?