If Los Angeles’ smog-filled mornings and heavy traffic are getting to you, it’s time to hit the open road! Here are some great summer getaways, with savings up to 50%.
ANAHEIM: For a quick road trip, drive south to The Anabella Hotel where you can enjoy outdoor movie nights on Fridays and Saturdays, plus a tree-lined pool for daytime fun for $129 per night. If you head there July 19, 21, or 25, swing by Angel Stadium to see the Angels take on the Mariners, Orioles or Tigers.
BORREGO SPRINGS: Head southeast to the desert to stay at La Casa del Zorro. Spend the day pool-hopping (try all five of the property’s pools!) and the night star-gazing, from a private two-bedroom casita for up to four guests with a private pool or hot tub ($229 per night).
FALLBROOK: Drive two hours south to the Pala Mesa Resort to play golf or tennis, hear live music and lounge poolside for $139 on a Friday night, including breakfast.
SAN DIEGO: Take I-5 south to the waterfront downtown to check into the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, which keeps guests entertained with three outdoor heated pools, tennis and basketball courts for $159 and up per night. While in the city, go on a food walking tour ($22, reg. $45), a brewery tour ($29 & up, reg. $49) or a Little Italy tour ($45, reg. $70).
TEMECULA: For a relaxing weekend, head an hour and half away to Wine Country. Stay at the Inn at Churon Winery, a bed-and-breakfast, for $249 for two nights, including daily breakfast with mimosas. Or hang around the open fire pit with wine tastings at The INN at Europa Village for $295 for two nights, including breakfast and a bottle of wine.
TO THE EAST
DESERT HOT SPRINGS: Drive less than two hours to rejuvenate in natural hot mineral water pools at Miracle Springs Resort & Spa for $75 per night, Sundays through Fridays, for a mountain view room.
INDIAN WELLS: Head eastward for two hours to delight in the award-winning spa, farm-to-table restaurant and nightly happy hour of the Miramonte Resort & Spa for $99 for Sunday through Thursday nights through August.
PALM DESERT: Just south of downtown Palm Springs, The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert boasts swimming pools, an outdoor whirlpool spa, and tennis, basketball and volleyball courts for $129 per night for weekdays. Nearby, you can venture into the San Andreas Fault on daytime or sunset tours ($129, reg. $270).
PALM SPRINGS: Stay less than a mile from the downtown area in a condo that includes a full kitchen and separate living area at the Marquis Villas Resorts for $85 per weekend night. If you don’t feel like cooking, treat yourself to dinner for two at Europa Restaurant for $59, reg. $96.
RANCHO MIRAGE: Golfers won’t mind hitting the road to hit the links at the Westin Mission Hills Golf & Resort Spa. Stay for $138 per weekend night, and take advantage of two championship golf courses, seven tennis courts, three pools and water slides.
TREK UP NORTH
CAMBRIA: Take a drive north along scenic CA-1 to Cambria Pines Lodge for beautiful gardens and nightly live entertainment for $169 per night, Sundays through Thursdays, including dinner entrees and a bottle of wine. Downtown Cambria or historic Hearst Castle are just a short drive away.
SAN FRANCISCO: After a six-hour drive up north you’ll reach the famous Bay Area. Right in the heart of the city, Union Square, stay at the Westin St. Francis. This historic hotel has hosted royalty and U.S. presidents and is $199-$269 per night on most Fridays-Saturdays through July. Indulge in a three-course dinner for two with wine at Piperade ($79, reg. $148), one of the San Francisco Chronicle’s top area restaurants. Or, check out all the local deals in the Bay Area.