Getaway for 2 days in Cali bees?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Palm Springs maybe? If you go during off traffic times it’s 1.5 – 2 hours. LOTS of spas. And there are a bunch of cute little hotels in downtown Palm Springs, really good restaurants and there’s a huge outlet mall right off of the highway as you drive in from LA.

Post # 5
3030 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

@myweddingbee:  I think first you should decide if you want a beach spot or not. Palm Springs and Lo Jolla are both wonderful, but they would be fairly different types of getaways.

Post # 6
10 posts

I think that there is nothing more romantic then a place like Santa Barbara or if you want to go a little further San Simeon and Hearst Castle which is very much worth seeing. My parents go to  Santa Barbara for romantic getaways all the time and love it very much!

Post # 7
593 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I second Santa Barbara! Great wine tasting, the beach, awesome restaurants on State Street, and it’s very romantic. Palm Springs is lovely too. So it’s up to you – beach or desert?

Post # 8
1244 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

La Jolla is not a super great place to spend 2 days unless you really like upper middle class suburban shopping… but San Diego is fun and only 20 minutes or so South of that. But about 3 hours or so south of LA. Still, that would be my first rec because there are a lot of fun touristy things to do.

Santa Barbara is supposed to be a beautiful, quaint resort-y beach town, 2 hour drive north or so along the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway, which runs right along the Pacific Ocean and is gorgeous. But I’ve never been.

There are a few skiing/hiking resorts east of Los Angeles in the mountains. You’d hardly guess you were within 2 hours of Los Angeles – it’s piney and foresty and mountainy. Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear.

If I were you I would go to Catalina islands. They’re right off the coast of LA. You can take a ferry from the Malibu-ish area. There are really nice hotels there, and hiking, sailboating, ziplining – all kinds of relaxy naturey touristy things to do. I think you’ll enjoy Catalina a lot because you can have the relaxing beach hotel/spa experience alongside the fun naturey experience.

Post # 9
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Palm Desert, Laguna Beach, Santa Barbara… so many great places 2 hours from LA!

Post # 10
2524 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

@ohnatto:  I was also going to suggest Catalina! 


@myweddingbee:  What did you have in mind doing?  I mean, I could shop or lay by the beach for two days, but I know my husband would much prefer museums & unique sight seeing haha.  When time of year will you be here?

Post # 13
33 posts
  • Wedding: September 2015

Like a PP suggested…. Catalina. We go often and were engaged there. I found the nightlife to be more than enough. We did the resturaunts, bars, spas, and in room massage. You also get a free round trip boatride on your birthday. On another note…. I LOVE Glen Ivy. You cant go wrong with either

Post # 13
1388 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

ohnatto:  stephanie091512:  histarakeet:  Agree with these bees about Catalina Island. It is my place to go when I want to disconnect from being on “the mainland”. I leave from Long Beach and go to Avalon. That is the city you would want to go to. The other option is Two Harbors, but I think that is mostly for camping, if I’ve not mistaken. I went with my parents last year and we stayed at Hotel Metropol. It was a lot of fun. This was my way to spend more time with them before I get married as we have never taken a family vacation. Here are some pics of my past trips just to give you an idea. 

The view from our suite!

The view from the top of the Wrigley Memorial. If you do choose to go to Catalina, eat at Steve’s Steakhouse. You will not regret it!

Some other options are Palm Springs, as mentioned. I suggest Ojai, Solvang, Santa Barbara, and perhaps staying at a Winery Resort in Temecula, but the other three have better options for wineries. 

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