Pack your bags and pick-up your favorite road snacks. It's time to start planning your next long weekend.
LOS ANGELES – From the rolling hills of Santa Barbara wine country to the vast desert plains of Palm Springs, the Golden State has many different terrains — all within a three-hour drive from LA. North, south, east, west. Pick a direction and start moving.
If you're in the mood for a low-key, no frills, beach weekend for the whole family.
Route to take: Head to San Pedro or Long Beach to catch a 1-hour ferry or 15-minute helicopter ride.
Your agenda: For easy access to the water stay at , a charming six-room inn on top of Leo's Drugstore. Park yourself in a h lounge chair at Mediterranean-style beach club . Or get out on the water with . Stop by to sample the island's best fish tacos.
Avoid the Sunday blues: Head inland on a guided jeep tour with . In addition to amazing views and local history, you'll see the herd of bison that call the island home.
If you're in the mood for a relaxing girls getaway with cocktails, spa treatments, and indie shopping.
Route to take: Drive north for 90 minutes.
Your agenda: Stay at , a renovated roadhouse from the 1950s with a killer cocktail bar. Indulge in a full-body massage with herbal-infused oil at or opt for the day pass to access the pool, steam room, and jacuzzi. Spend your hard-earned cash at expertly curated , , and .
Avoid the Sunday blues: Fuel up with a breakfast sandwich from before touring , an old-fashioned rose farm set over fifteen acres.
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If you're in the mood for offbeat exploring, desert plains, and an old Hollywood vibe.
Route to take: An easy two-hour drive east on Interstate 10.
Your agenda: Book a stay at Mediterranean-style and spend the afternoon cruising for midcentury architecture from behind the handlebars of a hotel bike. Stop by , a living museum with 3,000 species of desert cacti. For farm-to-table American eats, reserve a table at , a finalist for the 2015 James Beard Foundation Award.
Avoid the Sunday blues: Stage a photo shoot at . The brightly painted religious-themed art installation is 1.5 hours south of Palm Springs. The Instagram cred will more than make up for the extra mileage.
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If you're in the mood for a SoCal surfing retreat for the whole crew.
Route to take: It's a straight shot north on Highway 101. If you avoid rush hour it shouldn't take more than two hours.
Your agenda: hotel is a 10-minute drive from downtown Santa Barbara. What it lacks in proximity, it easily makes up for with a California-cool aesthetic, fun pool scene, and open door pet policy. Strike a pose with in-room yoga mats or ride the perfect wave with lessons from . Head to for wood-fired pizzas at , communal tastings at , and contemporary American cuisine at .
Avoid the Sunday blues: Cool off with a scoop of peppermint stick from and buy a pint for when you get home.
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If you're in the mood for good food, adult drinks, and laidback fun in Santa Barbara wine country.
Route to take: Head north on America's most iconic highway, Route 101, for two and a half hours.
Your agenda: Book one of the renovated rooms at for crisp white sheets, cowhide rugs, and an onsite wine tasting room run by . For friendly vibes, locally sourced ingredients, and excellent flatbreads and salads, head to . Sample varietals from the local vineyards at and .
Avoid the Sunday blues: Feed the birds at . It's hard to feel sad when you're staring down the beak of a fascinating (and funny looking) creature.
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