An idyllic long weekend doesn’t always mean a trip to the airport. Here, four Golden State getaways:
STAY Go glamping in one of Treebones Resort’s 16 yurts—think French doors that open to a redwood deck facing the ocean. treebonesresort.com.
DINE For a brunch of nine-grain pancakes, smoked salmon omelets and freshly squeezed orange juice mimosas, head to Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant. bigsurbakery.com. • Hearty filet mignon and seared duck breast top the menu at Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn. deetjens.com. • For dinner and drinks overlooking the ocean, Post Ranch Inn’s Sierra Mar is the place. postranchinn.com.
PLAY From personal retreats to yoga workshops, the Esalen Institute—and its cliff-side hot springs—is the perfect spot to escape. esalen.org. • An homage to Big Sur resident and Tropic of Cancer author, the Henry Miller Memorial Library is chock-full of the writer’s tomes. henrymiller.org. Just up the coast, take a self-guided tour of the Carmel Mission. carmelmission.org.
STAY Rooms boast fireplaces and reading chairs at Manka’s Inverness Lodge. mankas.com.
DINE Don’t forget lemons and cocktail sauce for a picnic at Tomales Bay Oyster Company. tomalesbayoysters.com. • Cowgirl Creamery’s offerings include the coastal herbs and wildflowers accented Pierce PT. cowgirlcreamery.com. • Try the grilled tri-tip sandwich at The Marshall Store. themarshallstore.com.
PLAY Tour the area via Marin Agricultural Land Trust’s many hikes, trips and tastings. malt.org. • Visit award-winning creameries followed by an alfresco picnic with The Cheese Lover’s Tour. foodandfarmtours.com. • Rent a SUP from Proof Lab and head to Richardson Bay. prooflab.com
STAY With a 17,000-square-foot mountain spa and a lap pool amidst the woods, you’ll never want to leave The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. ritzcarlton.com.
DINE Reserve a spot at Edgewood Tahoe for pear foie gras starters and entrees of fresh king salmon with a maple mustard glaze. edgewoodtahoe.com.
PLAY The 45th annual League to Save Lake Tahoe Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon presented by Saks Fifth Avenue dazzles with looks from Oscar de la Renta. Aug. 2; keeptahoeblue.org. Unwind at the yoga and music-filled Wanderlust Festival in Squaw Valley. July 17-20; wanderlust.com.
STAY Venture to the nearby beach or take in the ocean view from your suite at Catalina’s Hotel Vista Del Mar. hotel-vistadelmar.com.
DINE Spanish-inspired paella and Moroccan-style shrimp tagine with apricots and couscous is served fresh at Seaport Bistro. seaportbistro.com.
PLAY Take an aerial tour of Catalina in an Island Express helicopter. islandexpress.com. • Raise a glass at Descanso Beach Club. visitcatalinaisland.com. • Parasail along Avalon beach with Island Water Charters. islandwatercharters.com. • Explore the nearby isles of Anacapa, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa with Island Packers. islandpackers.com. • Newport Beach Sailing Charters offers round-trip treks. sailnewportbeach.com.