Fall is the most beautiful time of the year, so no one would judge you if you want to get out of town for a couple of days and surround yourself with serenity of nature. The following places are perfect for a nice and quiet weekend with no distractions:
As SoCal’s “four season mountain resort,” Big Bear offers beautiful scenery and activities worth taking advantage of throughout the year. The area’s trees turn colors in fall, making for a picture-perfect seasonal hike through the woods. Locals suggest the middle of October to early November for your peak leaf-peeping opportunities.
Idyllwild has all the adorable trappings of a quint small town tucked into the woods at the top of a windy mountain road. Go on hikes, explore the little shops and cafes, or do some mountain biking while you’re here.
If you were turned off by the summer crowds that streamed into Big Sur as soon as the highway reopened earlier this year, fall might be your chance to finally make it up. October is also a peak time for spotting the area’s populations of Monarch butterflies and California Condors. By November, you might spy a gray whale making an early migration.
Lake Arrowhead is the closest to L.A., which maybe be appealing to some of you: driving there from Pasadena takes under two hours. Attractively rustic when you arrive, Lake Arrowhead is a natural weekend getaway. If you’re already thinking about the holiday season, Santa’s Village at Sky Park opens in November so you can start getting in the Christmas spirit with elves, stockings, and gingerbread.