There’s no better time to travel to California than the spring. The temperatures are practically perfect, the flowers are blooming, the fields are green, and the ocean is crystal clear.
When travelers think of California, their minds often go straight to the beach. We don’t always think of California as being lush and green. But the cooler temperatures of the spring season let the grass grow long and help the water get clearer every day.
This list of hotels features highly rated properties in beautiful destinations for a range of budgets. Spanning the range of popular destinations in California, this list includes both urban and more off-path destinations.
1. Hotel del Coronado
This hotel is perfect for travelers looking for a beach vacation. The Hotel del Coronado, which provided the setting for the hit 1959 Marylin Monroe film Some Like It Hot, has been a popular destination for 100 years. Coronado Island in San Diego, California is full of historic buildings, stunning beaches, and great open-air eateries. This hotel is close to parks, museums, zoos, and aquariums, and is within a short drive of the rest of San Diego.
As March hits, many of their typical hotel events are starting back up, like their watersports classes, tours of the historic area, and spa treatments. Enjoy the live music at the Hotel Del’s beachfront bar.
For stays booked for dates now through April 30, 2021 enjoy their Return to Travel Offer with discounted rates on stays longer than three nights!
2. Archer Hotel
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway in Napa Valley, the Archer is for you. Located in downtown Napa, this hotel is within walking distance of tasting rooms and restaurants. Their rooftop bar on the Sky Terrace of the hotel will give you a view of everything in the surrounding area. The Sky Terrace even has a water deck, where you can stay cool while you lounge in the sun.
Tour the nearby Di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art. This 125-year-old estate and vineyard has three sprawling art galleries, a sculpture park, and a wildlife preserve. Or visit one of the many vineyards around this area for a wine tasting!
The Archer is currently offering 25% off regular rates for California residents!
3. Santa Barbara Inn
This Mediterranean-inspired hotel sits right on the ocean. Their oceanfront terrace, complete with a firepit, is perfect for listening to the waves and sipping their crafted cocktails. Just minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, this hotel makes it easy to take advantage of the local wine tours and boutiques.
The dazzling white of the beaches is matched only by the beauty of the Santa Ynez mountains, which sit just a short drive away. A visit to the Santa Barbara Zoo and Harbor complete the Santa Barbara experience.
4. The Beach Retreat and Lodge at Tahoe
If you’re looking for a more mountainous, lakeside retreat, the Beach Retreat and Lodge on Lake Tahoe is for you. This alpine hotel pairs the beauty of the mountains with the relaxation of the beach. This all-season resort is perfect for skiers and water-lovers alike. The hotel offers beachy rooms and waterfront dining at their restaurant on the pier.
You can rent kayaks, sailboats, and jet skis to take out on the lake, or sit back and take a cruise! Relax on the lakeside beach or check out the hiking in Van Sickle Bi-State park. The waterfalls round out the picturesque outdoor experience. This area is also a popular fishing destination, but make sure you pick up a California fishing license before you hit the lake.
Hop on their $99/night Sunday-Thursday deal on stays for available dates through the end of April, 2021!
5. Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs
An absolutely classic California destination, Palm Springs offers a perfect blend of outdoor and more urban adventures. Their rooftop bar offers cocktails and sunset views. Their location blends the experiences of staying downtown with accessible mountain and desert adventures. Enjoy hikes and tours of local gardens in the area.
Take advantage of their Celebrate You Package. Since many of us skipped our usual 2020 trips, The Kimpton Rowan is offering a complimentary cabana, bottle of champagne, and a $50 resort credit for stays through September 2021!
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