As the air turns crisp and the days become shorter, I find myself wanting to escape. Thankfully winter gives us the opportunity to throw on our favorite coat and walk the streets of a new bustling city, or stroll the roads of an old country town. As the holidays approach I believe we all need to unwind before the stresses of the festivities get the best of us. These are my top three California choices for a pre-holiday winter weekend getaway, and what to bring with you to keep warm and stylish.
1. The Lavender Inn - This gorgeous boutique hotel located in serene Ojai, California is only a short drive from Los Angeles, and yet you feel as though you are in another world. Wineries, lakes, boutiques, and galleries are located walking distance from The Lavender Inn, or you cold stay in and use there incredible amenities. They offer wine and cheese fro 5-6 pm, massages in the cottage, or a delicious meal from one of the students at the Ojai Culinary School. Take advantage of this hidden gem and spend a few nights feeling calm and comfortable.
2. Inn at Fawnskin - Nestled among it's own pine forest along the north shore of Big Bear Lake, the Inn at Fawnskin is a place you'll never forget. This four bedroom log home is private, quaint and full of history. Their motto is "come as a stranger, leave as a friend" and I can't wait to do just that. The romantic and cozy guest rooms offer breathtaking lake views, spa robes, fireplaces and subdued elegance. The hosts at the Inn at Fawnskin serve a gourmet breakfast every morning to prepare you for a trip into the town of Big Bear or to spend the day skiing in the mountains.
3. Sonoma Chalet Cottages and Bed and Breakfast Inn - Nestled among the historic vineyards of the Sonoma Valley lies this peaceful haven. Sonoma Chalet is a quirky B and B offering 7 unique cottages of different themes and settings. Breakfast of fresh juice, pastries, and coffee is served every morning on the serene balcony of the main lodge. Sonoma Chalet is the perfect place to experience the historical beauty of Sonoma and an even better place to relax in the hot tub after a long day of tasting delicious wines. Come for a night of wine, romance, and privacy, it is a getaway you'll never forget.
I hope this list gives you some ideas of where to escape for a weekend, and here is list of what I would bring along with me....