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(credit: Liz Laing)


A fall getaway may be just what you need to unwind, and luckily, living in Orange County makes it convenient to hop in the car and drive to a new terrain and experience a new cultural vibe in about two hours. You can go a bit south of OC and immerse yourself in some of San Diego’s laid-back, fun scene, get your tan on in Palm Springs while sipping on your favorite cocktail, tour some of the best wineries in Temecula, retreat with the family in a cabin at Lake Arrowhead or experience a day of surf and sun in Malibu – no plane ticket required.
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(credit: ChrisTina Y./Yelp)


San Diego
Pacific Terrace Hotel
610 Diamond St.
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 581-3500
www.pacificterrace.com

In less than two hours, you and your loved ones can escape to arguably one of Southern California’s most beautiful cities. The Pacific Terrace Hotel’s exquisite beachside location welcomes the fresh ocean breeze and stunning views of Pacific Beach. You can spend the day riding bikes on the boardwalk, catching some waves and exploring some of the area’s finest dining. Additionally, SeaWorld, Torrey Pines Golf Course, Legoland and San Diego Zoo are all close by.

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(credit: Chase Hotel)


Palm Springs
Chase Hotel Palm Springs
200 W Arenas Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 320-8866
www.chasehotelpalmsprings.com

During the fall, Palm Springs is where to go to enjoy pool time, cocktails and local eateries. The desert summer heat has started to subside, and temperatures make for an enjoyable day outdoors. At the Chase Hotel, the charming and relaxed environment and beautiful rooms will get you in the spirit so you will be ready to put your swimsuit on and grab a cocktail by the pool. In the morning, you can start your day off right with breakfast as well.

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(credit:Temecula CVB)


Temecula
The Inn at Europa Village
33350 La Serena Way
Temecula, CA 92591
(877) 676-7047
www.innateuropavillage.com

Wine and relaxation go hand in hand. Come aboard Temecula’s wine tours, take a hot air balloon ride and experience gourmet dining at this Southern California vacation spot. Learn more about the special activities here. The Inn at Europa Village offers a luxurious experience with a variety of rooms to suit your taste, an outdoor jacuzzi and a fire pit. Grab a glass of wine and enjoy some of the amenities under the stars.

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Lake Arrowhead
Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins
25994 Highway 189
Twin Peaks, CA 92391
(909) 337-2341
www.pinerose.com

Bring the family for some good old fashioned fun at the Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins. You will get to journey to a quaint, relaxing destination that enables fishing, boating, swimming and hiking. The getaway will be an ideal spot to unwind from the hustle and bustle of city life. Nestled in the San Bernardino National Forest, visitors are sure to enjoy the smell of fresh pine trees and crisp mountain air. The Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins also have a volleyball court, BBQ grills and an outdoor pool for everyone to enjoy.

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(credit: Malibu Beach Inn)


Malibu
Malibu Beach Inn
22878 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 456-6444
www.malibubeachinn.com

Despite the significant amount of rich and famous that adorn this notorious beach community, Malibu is a pretty chill spot. Wear your favorite sundress and flip flops, and you will be set to browse the stores on the Pacific Coast Highway and get some of the best fish tacos in the area. Additionally, there are plenty of locations that provide surfing lessons if you want to cross catching a wave off of your bucket list. You can conclude your day at the Malibu Inn and enjoy a memorable beachfront dining experience with gourmet food, the sunset and crashing waves.

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