Black Friday and Cyber Monday are long gone, but there are still plenty of opportunities to escape on a holiday getaway especially when hotels ring in at under $150 on a weekend night. From the coast to the desert to wine country, these hotels offer basic accommodations with a perk or two that make them a good value and bet for your holiday.
Full House Farm
1000 Sexton Road
Sebastapol, CA 95472
Sonoma County is a delectable mix of farms, vineyards, redwoods, coast and rivers and a farm stay is a quintessential regional experience. Located one hour north of San Francisco, the studio cottage at Full House Farm sits on a hill overlooking the woods and valley. Upon arrival you’ll find farm fresh eggs, bread, jam, butter and a bottle of local wine waiting for you. For an added benefit, the large organic garden is yours to use during your stay as well. Don’t miss the Farm Life two-hour tour included with your stay where guests of all ages learn how the small family farm works by visiting the horses, goats, chickens (you might find a fresh egg) and finish with a tasting of local farm products that are available for purchase. Weekend rates: $145 and up, 2-night minimum.
6620 Moonstone Beach Drive
Cambria, CA 93428
The Castle Inn has an enviable location directly across from the Pacific Ocean on Moonstone Beach in quaint Cambria. Fall asleep to the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach and wake to the sun rising while you stroll the wooden beach path or search for sea glass or moonstones. Rooms are basic, clean accommodations (many with ocean views) that include a continental breakfast, free wi-fi and a heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi. Sightseeing options are endless and Hearst Castle is just 10 minutes from the hotel while Paso Robles wine tasting and the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas are 20-30 minutes away. Weekend rates: $109 and up. The hotel is pet-friendly as well.
O’Cairns Inn & Suites
940 E. Ocean Avenue
Lompoc, CA 93436
O’Cairns Inn & Suites has standard accommodations with loads of amenities including a full cooked-to-order, off-the-menu breakfast. If you’ve ever had sticker shock searching for a Saturday night stay in Solvang, give this hotel a try. The hotel is off-the-beaten path about 30 minutes from Solvang but there are many interesting diversions including the well preserved La Purisima Mission, the Lompoc Wine Ghetto and the murals throughout the town. The large pool area has full BBQ facilities and there’s a complimentary happy hour during the week. If you’ve ever wanted to try the original Hitching Post in Casmalia (seen in the movie Sideways, it’s just 30 minutes away on winding country roads. Weekend rates: $109 and up and the hotel is also pet-friendly.
The Chase Hotel at Palm Springs
200 West Arenas Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Palm trees, desert views and walking distance to the downtown shops and restaurants in Palm Springs makes this hotel an easy place to lay your head for a quick getaway in Palm Springs. For a few more dollars you can upgrade to get a full kitchen if you want to cook or have more room. The mid-century hotel has a pool and shuffleboard to entertain the young and young at heart as well. Weekend rates are $124 and up which includes continental breakfast and chocolate cookies at the end of the day.
Pacific Edge Hotel
647 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Laguna Beach is a close 60 miles from Los Angeles, yet the small, beach-chic town feels worlds away and makes an easy getaway for a night or two of gallery browsing, shopping and strolls on the beach. Besides having an ocean side location that’s within walking distance to downtown, Pacific Edge Hotel has one of Laguna’s most popular beachside bars and restaurants – The Deck. The Deck is a happening scene and crowded with hotel guests from locals to visitors. Weekend rates are $96 and up for village rooms with highway or pool views. The hotel also includes free wi-fi.
No room in the inn? No worries. Visit Laguna Beach, the town’s official visitors center can recommend another budget-friendly property.
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