Zip Along the Coast, Then Trek Up to the Mountains
Living in SoCal means being a short drive away from the mountains and the sea. Whether you’re looking to surf or ski, the new 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E and the 2023 Bronco Raptor are two of the best vehicles to get you around town. The dependable vehicles look as great as they drive, allowing you to explore the best of Southern California in style. The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E blends sporty performance with the benefits of an electric vehicle, giving you the best of both worlds. On the other hand, the 2023 Bronco Raptor is spacious, durable, and perfect for traveling through all different kinds of weather and terrain. Ready to hit the open road? Go from the beach to the mountains with these two epic cars from Ken Grody Ford!
SEAS: A Coastal Getaway in Huntington Beach
Drive: 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E
The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E has a futuristic appeal that catches the eye, making it the perfect car to cruise down PCH. The electric performance allows you to travel freely with zero emissions, and with an estimated range of 312 miles, you’re able to go far along the coast before needing to recharge. The spacious interior seats up to five passengers, including the driver, and the 15.5-inch touch screen allows you to control everything from music to navigation with a simple touch. The sporty and sleek exterior is met with a white interior and extra storage space so you can load up with all your travel essentials.
Stay: Paséa Hotel & Spa
Located in Huntington Beach, Paséa Hotel & Spa is a luxury hotel that sits just off the city’s sandy shores. Whether you’re hoping to surf, swim or simply start each day with a picturesque beach walk, this stunning hotel boasts breathtaking views and prime beach access. Once you’ve indulged in a day of seaside adventure, unwind with a relaxing body treatment at the Aarna Spa. This 5,800-square-foot spa has everything from a private garden to cabanas, and the sea stone massage targets any and all pains with customized oils and heated stones.
Take in panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from the floor-to-ceiling windows at The Brant Kitchen & Bar. This Huntington Beach eatery sits along Pacific Coast Highway in the luxury lifestyle center of Pacific City and blends contemporary design with bohemian accents in the dining room. There are plenty of creative cocktails to explore, but the Paloma martini and the pineapple guava margarita are both fruity and fresh options that never get old. When it comes to food, choose between salads, sandwiches and tasty apps like asparagus fries and spicy tuna tartare tacos. Be sure to save some room for the warm butter cake at dessert.
Do: Drive Pacific Coast Hwy from Huntington to Dana Point
No SoCal activity compares to zooming down PCH from Huntington Beach to Dana Point at sunset. The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E ensures a smooth and steady ride as you glide down the breezy highway. From the cliffside mansions to the rolling waves, whoever sits in the passenger seat is sure to get an unforgettable show as they take in the surrounding scene. Use the convenient touchscreen system to sort through your favorite tunes and roll the windows down so you can feel the gentle sea breeze. As the sun sets and the sky changes colors, you’ll get a front-row seat.
SKIS: A Big Bear Mountain Adventure
Drive: 2023 Bronco Raptor
Between its powerful horsepower and 10-speed automatic transmission, the 2023 Bronco Raptor is the ultimate car for a snowy escape. This reliable and heavy-duty vehicle allows you to drive through the snow and ice with confidence and in style. The all-terrain tires stand at a whopping 37 inches tall and provide optimal traction. If you opt for the two-door model, the car can fit four people, but with a four-door model, one extra space becomes available. The leather-trimmed seats offer a contemporary and eye-catching interior, while the dark hard top creates a cool contrast with the exterior’s orange paint.
Stay: Noble + Proper
After driving up the steep and windy road to Big Bear Lake, check in at the one-of-a-kind Noble + Proper. These adorable cabin-style accommodations are designed to the nines and feature floral accents, bold wallpapers and retro tiling. Each cabin is incredibly cozy and unique, providing an intimate level of privacy and exclusivity. Though each cabin has its own design and decor, guests are guaranteed free Wi-Fi, a kitchenette, complimentary coffee and more. Noble + Proper is located in the heart of this charming mountain town, making it easy to drive to the snow-covered lake or to all of the shops and restaurants at The Village.
Dine: Grizzly Manor Cafe
Grizzly Manor Cafe is an iconic and cozy eatery in Big Bear Lake. Known for its all-day breakfast, this locally loved cafe is open every day from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you want to warm up after a chilly day of skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing, order a cup of hot coffee or hot cocoa and a stack of buttermilk pancakes. The fluffy hotcakes can be topped with whipped cream, fruit, or a classic drizzle of maple syrup. However, if a savory breakfast is more your style, order everything from eggs to hashbrowns to crispy bacon.
Do: Off-Roading in Big Bear in Your 2023 Bronco Raptor
Adrenaline junkies who don’t love skiing or snowboarding should try their hand at off-roading. In addition to standard hiking and biking trails, Big Bear Lake is also home to several 4×4 trails that are perfect for your 2023 Bronco Raptor. That said, always be cautious with the weather, and avoid off-roading in especially icy or snowy conditions. There are beginning, intermediate, and advanced trails available, and since the 2023 Bronco Raptor can handle virtually any terrain, the choice is yours.
Allie Lebos graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a BA in Communication. While in school she was a staff writer at The Daily Nexus for nearly two years. Since graduating she has written for The Palisades Magazine, as well as Hidden Hills Magazine. Currently living in Santa Monica, Allie loves to indulge in good food, hot yoga, and daily walks along the beach; writing articles on travel, special events, as well as features on local businesses and individuals.