Credit: Shutters on the Beach
Credit: Shutters on the Beach

Live Out Your “Coastal Grandmother” Dreams at These Weekend Destinations

5 California Weekend Getaways That Match This Chic Aesthetic 

A striped sweater draped over your shoulders, fresh oysters by the sea and a crisp glass of sauvignon blanc in the afternoon summer sun can only mean one thing—the era of “coastal grandmother” has arrived. Hot girl summer? No, no—we’ve matured far beyond that and gone straight to chic grandma by the sea. If you’re a little lost here, “coastal grandmother” is a TikTok trend that’s blown up over the last few weeks and extends beyond the app—it has millennials striving for this Nancy Meyers-esque trend all summer long. Dress the part with white linen button-ups and J.Crew trousers, then take a weekend trip that matches this dreamy summer aesthetic. Live out your “coastal grandmother” dreams at these summer destinations in California. What Is Coastal Grandmother


Blue Door Inns

In the heart of Mendocino Village, Blue Door Inns offers chic and cozy accommodations in this quaint coastal city. A mix between a boutique hotel and modern B&B, this Four Sisters Inn property is all things charming. As soon as you pull up to this endearing cottage, your inner grandmother will feel at peace. Relax with a glass of wine paired with some cheeses before heading out and exploring the peaceful town of Mendocino.

Location: Mendocino

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Balboa Bay Resort

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Situated on the harbor in Newport Beach, the view of docked sailboats and sunny skies simply can’t be beaten at the nautical-themed Balboa Bay Resort. With your bucket hat intact, you’ll be laying by the pool or sticking your toes in the sand in no time while reading the latest “Coastal Living” magazine. After a day at the pool and a spa treatment, dine at A+O Restaurant | Bar to indulge in seared crab cakes and the miso glazed baquetta grouper with a glass of wine in hand. 

Location: Newport Beach



Shutters on the Beach

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Quite possibly the epitome of the “coastal grandmother” vibe is Shutters on the Beach—think navy-striped decor, an incredible ocean view and coastal cuisine in a dreamy, garden-like setting. You’ll be transported straight to a Cape Cod cottage on this classic California beach. Between the breezy pool terrace and the classically designed rooms drawing in florals and shades of blue and green, you might just want to extend your stay a few more days. 

Location: Santa Monica

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Hideaway Santa Barbara

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This recently renovated boutique hotel in Santa Barbara is just three blocks from the beach. The beachy, minimalistic decor and private patios with mountain views will satisfy your inner “coastal grandmother” immediately upon arrival. There’s nearby wine tasting, peaceful vibes and laidback luxury at this central coast retreat. 

Location: Santa Barbara



The Bungalows at Calistoga

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Last but not least, this list wouldn’t be complete without a Napa Valley destination. The Bungalows at Calistoga are located within walking distance from the quaint and charming downtown Calistoga. Featuring a more modern vibe and aesthetic, the bright and airy atmosphere, wood accents and serene outdoor space makes it “coastal grandmother”-approved. 

Location: Calistoga

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Taylor is a graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism. She is our Los Angeles and Orange County editor. You can find her dining at a new restaurant, in the ocean or planning her next adventure. Say hello!


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