Everyone can use a great vacation from time to time. Having the chance to get away from the routine and relax is something to really cherish, but not everyone can take all that time to actually leave town. Whether you are avoiding going away because of a busy calendar or a tight budget, that doesn’t mean you can’t experience the benefits of a vacation rental in a modern Malibu luxury home or a Temecula estate. Instead of trying to squeeze in travel to a far off destination, fill your days off with a stay-cation instead.
Why a Stay-cation?
With a stay-cation you can enjoy the fun and memories of a family vacation, but with a much smaller strain on your schedule. This alternative way to recharge and spend time with loved ones is becoming popular, and thanks to the abundance of locales and activities in Southern California, you don’t have to look far to find the perfect stay-cation destination – no matter what kind of activity you are looking for!
If you’re into nature or want a rugged outing, SoCal has some great parks and trails for you to head to. Big Bear Lake is the ultimate destination in the area when you want to spend a few days or just the weekend getting back in touch with nature. Numerous wooded trails wind their way through the San Bernardino Mountains and are excellent for any avid hiker. In the summer, Big Bear is a great spot for a lazy day on the boat — or you can visit the area in the fall to experience the breathtaking sight of the changing leaves.
Big Bear isn’t the only spot in the area where you can get away. Aztec Falls in San Bernardino County is another popular spot for a refreshing lake swim. If you want something more off the beaten path, you can head up to Henninger Flats for a hidden gem that promises to provide the forest seclusion you need without having to travel out into the wilderness.
If you’re looking for a small town that feels like the big city, La Jolla is the perfect getaway. With luxury shopping, fine dining, and plenty of beaches to relax on, you get all the best parts of LA County’s bigger cities without the hassle of traffic and overcrowding. Play golf at Torrey Pines, explore the beaches and tide pools, admire the sea lions, or spend a day at the Del Mar Race Track.
Another option for a stylish stay-cation is to indulge in one of California’s most famous resources: wine! You don’t need to travel all the way to Napa or Sonoma to experience a wine excursion. The De Portola Wine Trail in Temecula Valley is home to some of the most beautiful vineyards in the state and the picturesque countryside is within perfect reach of home. Make your drive down to the area a little more exhilarating when you choose to rent a Ferrari or Lamborghini.
If you want to feel like a tourist, you don’t have to travel to a distant country. There are plenty of tourist destinations throughout SoCal that draw people in from all over the world. Any spot you haven’t already visited will make the perfect spot for a stay-cation with the family. Paso Robles, for example, is a great getaway for couples or for families. Food and wine lovers can explore the wine tastings at Vina Robles or Daou Vineyards, while families with small children would enjoy a trip to Pismo Beach. Vina Robles also hosts a gorgeous outdoor venue for live concerts and shows.
Get Out and Explore
There’s so much to see and experience right here in SoCal that you might not even realize you’re missing out. No matter what kind of activity you’re looking for, there’s something for everyone. Next time you feel restless and ready to get away, pack up the family and look for something close to home. With a little research, you can find a great choice right in your own backyard.
Alex G Forrester is a content marketing and SEO professional who enjoys the challenge of driving sales through blogging while creating awesome and useful content. In the beginning of 2015, Alex quit his day job and ditched his plan to head to law school all so that he could start and launch his freelance career. When Alex’s not at work for clients or coaching business owners and solopreneurs on how to start a website and earn money online, he can be found on the beach with his black lab, Louie. Say “hi” to Alex on Twitter!