12 Dreamy SoCal Escapes for the Most Stress-Free Thanksgiving Weekend Yet

You’ll Be Grateful You Don’t Have to Cook This Year

Written By: Taylor Gorski Thanksgiving Weekend Hotel Specials California

While large Thanksgiving gatherings aren’t recommended this year, you can change it up and escape somewhere beautiful (and safe) for the holiday weekend. Whether you’re dreaming of ocean views or a cabin in the mountains, we’ve rounded up 12 of the best spots for a relaxing weekend away. Keep it traditional with a turkey dinner away from home or stick to 2020’s unconventional theme with holiday cocktails by the pool. One thing is for sure: this will be the most stress-free and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend yet. 


1 | Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa Thanksgiving Weekend Hotel Specials California

Where: Rancho Mirage

Nowhere does relaxation like the Greater Palm Springs area. Something about the palm trees, golf courses and stunning mountain landscape makes you want to kick your feet up with a drink in hand. At Omni Rancho Las Palmas, your Thanksgiving will be spent with sunglasses on and not a worry in the world. Chill by the pool, play a round of championship golf and give thanks for a desert oasis holiday. 

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


2 | Inn at The Mission San Juan Capistrano Thanksgiving Weekend Hotel Specials California

Where: San Juan Capistrano 

You don’t always have to travel far for a weekend getaway. This new San Juan Capistrano gem is a cozy spot full of rich history, luxurious rooms and tranquil vibes—perfect for Orange County locals to enjoy a holiday staycay. Book a reservation for Thanksgiving brunch at the on-site Spanish restaurant, Ysidora. A four-course prix fixe menu will be available from 2 to 7 p.m. for $90 on Thanksgiving Day. 

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


3 | Paséa Hotel & Spa Thanksgiving Weekend Hotel Specials California

Where: Huntington Beach 

Spend Thanksgiving with a relaxing ocean breeze and picturesque views of the beach. Book an oceanfront room that epitomizes comfort and style. This dog-friendly hotel is fun for the whole family and also ideal for a couples escape. Book a massage, walk the beach, enjoy cocktails at Tanner’s Restaurant and wash your worries away!

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


4 | Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Where: La Jolla

This stunning San Diego hotel transports you to a tranquil and serene space. The property is surrounded by lush greenery and warm architecture. Spend Thanksgiving at the farm-to-table Greenfinch Restaurant. For a classic meal (like stuffing and pumpkin pie), dine in between 1 and 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Local to La Jolla? Pick up a Greenfinch Thanksgiving family feast that serves four people for $240.

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
9700 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037


5 | Shade Hotel Thanksgiving Weekend Hotel Specials California

Where: Manhattan Beach 

This Thanksgiving’s motto is two words: easy, breezy. And while staying at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, you’ll experience just that. The on-site restaurant, zinc@shade, is offering to-go and dine-in Thanksgiving menus. For $100, pick up a family meal that serves four to six individuals and includes fan favorites like cornbread, green beans and turkey. For only $40, dine in and indulge in roasted butternut squash and pomegranate before digging into an herb-butter basted turkey breast. Stay the night in sunny Manhattan Beach for a seamless holiday weekend. 

Shade Hotel 
1221 N Valley Dr
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


6 | Paso Robles Inn

Where: Paso Robles

Wine country is calling your name! The Paso Robles Inn is located in the heart of Paso Robles, which is ideally situated for exploring local vineyards. Relax all weekend with a glass of vino in hand and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at the on-site restaurant, The Steakhouse. The plated dinner—$36 per person and $16 per child—includes a starter, choice of entree, choice of dessert, champagne and non-alcoholic beverages.

Paso Robles Inn
1103 Spring St
Paso Robles, CA 93446


7 | Mar Monte Thanksgiving Weekend Hotel Specials California

Where: Santa Barbara 

Stay in style at the beachfront Mar Monte hotel in Santa Barbara. This boutique hotel is located just minutes from downtown Santa Barbara and has mountain and ocean views—the best of both worlds! Head down to costa, the new on-site dining concept, for Thanksgiving dinner (starting at $89 per person). Dishes include bold, mouthwatering favorites like Skuna Bay salmon with matusukai mushroom, parsley root puree, braised greens and Meyer lemon chimichurri. 

Mar Monte 
1111 E Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93103


8 | Joshua Tree Thanksgiving Weekend Hotel Specials California

Where: Joshua Tree

When we think of socially distanced, we think of escaping to Joshua Tree. Nature is boundless and hikes are plentiful here. Explore a variety of different Airbnb options, whether you’re searching for a hot tub in the middle of the desert or a cozy cabin! Change up the traditional turkey dinner this year and have a BBQ or taco night under the stars. 


9 | Lone Mountain Ranch

Where: Big Sky Montana

A snowy escape is in your future, and Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana is the place you want to stay. Spend Thanksgiving on The Ranch from Nov. 24 until Dec. 4 for an end-of-the-year vacay. This inclusive package includes cabin accommodations and all meals—including a Thanksgiving feast—along with transportation to and from the Bozeman Yellowstone Airport. Celebrate the holiday with a memorable, authentic adventure tucked in Yellowstone Country.

Lone Mountain Ranch
750 Lone Mountain Ranch Rd
Big Sky, MT 59716


10 | Mammoth Mountain

Where: Mammoth

Take a drive to the mountains this Thanksgiving weekend to the beloved Mammoth Mountain. This quaint mountain town is a SoCal local’s favorite spot to escape. While the summer here brings about lake days, outdoor BBQs and rounds of golf, the winter season boasts snowboarding, skiing and scenic gondola rides. Check out cozy Mammoth Airbnb options here


11 | The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe Thanksgiving Weekend Hotel Specials California

Where: Lake Tahoe

Do you ever dream of relishing in a warm, grand resort surrounded by snow-capped mountains? Make your dreams come true this year with a stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. With four different dining options on Thanksgiving, leave the cooking to the pros as you chill out in paradise. Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Manzanita, a Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet, a gourmet turkey dinner to go or champagne brunch at Manzanita on Nov. 29.

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Ct
Truckee, CA 96161  


12 | Rosewood Miramar Beach

Location: Montecito

You’ll never want to leave Rosewood Miramar Beach. The epitome of luxury and class, this Montecito resort is known for its beachfront location, exceptional service and timeless atmosphere. This year, the resort is offering a Thanksgiving family-style menu to enjoy in the comfort of your very own room. Executive Chef Massimo Falsini will be dishing up holiday classics with a twist. Caruso’s, the on-site Italian restaurant, is also offering a four-course prix fixe menu using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients for the family to savor.

Rosewood Miramar Beach
1759 S Jameson Ln
Montecito, CA 93108

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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