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We Can’t Be-leaf It’s Already Autumn!

Written By: Kaylin Waizinger SoCal Holiday Staycation

The days of summer have dwindled into shorter days and cooler nights. By now, we’ve given up on our postponed vacations and dug out our snuggest sweaters in preparation for the last few months of the year. Despite travel restrictions, however, fall is still one of the best times to get away. Whether it’s ascending to a cozy cabin or using up your PTO for a week-long staycation in Malibu, there is no better time to plan your next great escape. With that said, we’ve rounded up 12 of the coziest SoCal staycation spots for a dreamy fall retreat.


1 | Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa SoCal Holiday Staycation

After a scorching summer heat wave, temperatures have finally begun to dip in the desert, creating the perfect setting for a picturesque Palm Springs getaway. Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is ready to welcome you with enhanced cleaning procedures, scenic pools, delectable dining options, championship golf and a screamin’ deal on your stay. Book the Escape and Save package and receive 15% off when you stay two nights or more! During your stay, be sure to relax at the adults-only Azure Pool and enjoy an al fresco dinner at bluEmber for tantalizing California New American dishes and incredible mountain and fairway views.

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
41000 Bob Hope Dr
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


2 | La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

When it comes to taking a trip to the desert, there is no better time than the fall. Cooler temps and balmy nights have conquered the scorching sun, creating the perfect setting for your next escape. La Quinta Resort & Club is one of the desert’s dreamiest spots for a staycay. Spanning across 45 acres, the resort grounds are accented by flower beds, cypress and citrus trees, cacti, sparkling pools, waterfalls and picturesque courtyards lined with lofty palms. Take a dip in one of the 41 climate-controlled pools and retreat to your cozy villa for a snug night’s sleep.

La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
49499 Eisenhower Dr
La Quinta, CA 92253


3 | Korakia Pensione SoCal Holiday Staycation

In the heart of Palm Springs rests the Korakia Pensione, a petite Mediteranean-inspired resort on 1.5 lush acres, featuring bungalows, serene gardens, Moroccan fountains and turquoise pools. As you enter through the unique keyhole-shaped grand entrance, you’ll notice an array of antiques and handmade furniture. At Korakia, the beauty lies in the details—but don’t be mistaken—there is nothing pretentious about this eccentric oasis.

Native Knowledge: Korakia Pensione remains a desirable rendezvous for an elite lineup of renowned actors, writers, photographers and producers.

Korakia Pensione
257 S Patencio Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92262


4 | Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Situated just two blocks past the famous and bustling Santa Monica Pier lies the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. And this fall, Loews is prepared to double your time in the sand and surf with their Linger Longer package. This exclusive offer includes early check-in (by 9 a.m.), super late check-out, a waived resort fee, free parking and daily to-go breakfast for two! During your stay, be sure to reserve a table at Blue Streak—one of Loews’ on-site restaurants with oceanfront fire pits and fresh California-inspired fare.

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
1700 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401


5 | Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club

This chic ranch resort nestled in the Malibu mountains is the only destination in Malibu that encompasses both a private 250-acre ranch in the Malibu wine country as well as an exclusive Beach Club. In each of the private cottages, bungalows and estate rooms, you’ll find natural farmhouse accents mingled with modern embellishments and amenities. Step outside your room and discover a peaceful yet sprawling sanctuary surrounded by towering trees, rustic architecture and sparkling pools. And when you’re ready for some time on the sand, the Beach Club—a breathtaking five-acre ranch along the Malibu coast—is only a 12-minute drive from the Guest Ranch!

Native Knowledge: “Calamigos” is a Chumash Indian word that means “Come As My Brother, Come as My Friend.”

Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club
327 S Latigo Canyon Rd
Malibu, CA 90265

The Beach Club
26025 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265


6 | Paséa Hotel & Spa SoCal Holiday Staycation

Stationed on the breezy coastline of Huntington Beach, Paséa Hotel & Spa is a dreamy oceanfront retreat—especially in the fall when the crowds have cleared. Grab a drink and a bite on the rooftop of Tanner’s Restaurant and then venture into Pacific City next door for some shopping and dessert at Lot 579. After your bellies are full, you’ll want to grab a seat at one of the communal seating areas to catch a spectacular Surf City sunset!

Native Knowledge: Two of Pacific City’s newer tenants include Four Sons Brewing Co. and Aubergine, so be sure to stop by for a tasty bowl, wrap or salad—and a pint, of course!

Paséa Hotel & Spa
21080 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648


7 | Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano

This brand new hacienda-style hotel in the heart of San Juan Capistrano offers locals and travelers a taste of historic tradition. Whether it’s taking in the view on the outdoor patio overlooking the Great Stone Church or soaking up California’s rich history with a tour of the neighboring Mission, there is so much to learn and see at this quaint hotel. Cool off at the Inn’s sparkling pool or sip a hand-crafted cocktail at the chic lobby bar. And when it’s time to eat, Ysidora Restaurant and Lounge features traditional Spanish dishes crafted with regionally sourced ingredients. After you’re done savoring a variety of delicious tapas and wood-fired meats and vegetables, venture out to the olive garden for a truly magical evening under twinkling lights.

Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano
31692 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675


8 | The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Modern luxury meets historical charm at this California craftsman resort in La Jolla. From the stunning exterior stonework to the resort’s rustic interior details, this San Diego staycation spot makes for the perfect fall escape. Enter through the stained-glass front doors and notice an array of impressive design elements, such as the Tiffany glass lamps, pine cone motifs, cedar logs burning in the lobby fireplace and kilts worn by the bellmen. During your stay, be sure to take a swim and enjoy classical music from the pool’s underwater speakers!

Native Knowledge: The interior wood used to craft The Lodge is violin grade.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines
11480 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037


9 | The Westgate Hotel SoCal Holiday Staycation

Take a trip to Versailles this fall with a weekend at The Westgate Hotel. This classy Euro-style hotel offers travelers a posh experience worth every penny. Baccarat crystal chandeliers, Persian rugs and French tapestries create a classic elegance—a refreshing contrast from the recent surge of contemporary, millennial-focused hotels. Brass fixtures and Baroque-inspired accents adorn the interior of each room, but the real highlight is the sweeping views of the San Diego skyline. And when the sun rises, slip on a robe and order the brioche French toast or lemon ricotta pancakes for a decadent breakfast in bed. After this doozy of a year, you deserve it.

The Westgate Hotel
1055 Second Ave
San Diego, CA 92101


10 | Belmond El Encanto

Perched high in the Santa Barbara hills, this idyllic hideaway boasts acres of secluded gardens and the best views of the American Riviera. The property’s 1920 glory has been artistically restored while maintaining the Spanish-colonial and California craftsman styles. Be sure to take full advantage of the resort’s sumptuous boutique spa, zero-edge outdoor pool, seven acres of gorgeous gardens and the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter that will take you anywhere within a five-mile radius. At Belmond El Encanto you’ll have no problem lounging the day away, breathing in the ocean air and sipping a glass of crisp local wine.

Belmond El Encanto
800 Alvarado Pl
Santa Barbara, CA 93103


11 | Ojai Valley Inn SoCal Holiday Staycation

Situated just north of Los Angeles lies the iconic Ojai Valley Inn. Spanish revival architecture set against blue skies and surrounded by acres of sprawling oak trees makes this historic inn the perfect peaceful escape. Lounge the day away at one of four pools or treat yourself with a trip to the spa! The Ojai Valley Inn also offers an assortment of festive fall activities, including pumpkin painting, hay wagon rides, s’mores roasting, horseback riding and cozy cooking classes at The Farmhouse.

Ojai Valley Inn
905 Country Club Rd
Ojai, CA 93023


12 | The Kitchy Cabin SoCal Holiday Staycation

If you’re looking for something more secluded this fall, The Kitchy Cabin in Big Bear is the perfect mountain retreat. This stylish, midcentury modern cabin sleeps up to 10 guests and is fully equipped with a large outdoor hot tub, private master bedroom patio, expansive backyard, game room and designer furniture. The soaring A-frame ceilings and personal touches added by Designer Claire Thomas create a cozy vibe that’ll make you and your crew feel right at home.

The Kitchy Cabin