North County San Diego is incredible, with so much to do, beautiful views and sparkling beaches… But, believe it or not, there is so much more to California than just our little piece of it. Next time you have a few days off or want to make a quick getaway for the weekend, check out these 5 cute, quaint towns in Southern California to visit that will surely impress and maybe even take your breath away.
Here are 5 Quaint California Towns to Visit:
Ojai is a small town in Ventura County, just North of Los Angeles. Ojai is known for its boutique hotels, spas, resorts, wine tastings, hiking trails, beautiful views and laid back atmosphere. Ojai is truly a great destination to kick back and relax for couples, families or even a solo trip to get you centered and feeling at peace with yourself and the world. You can check into one of many Ojai’s fabulous resorts, like The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, opt for a wine tasting outing at The Ojai Vineyard, or take a hike to a waterfall at the N. Fork Matilija Trail. Ojai proves to be an ideal place to visit for some much-needed unwinding and relaxation.
For more information on Ojai, visit Ojai Visitors Bureau.
Located near Santa Barbara, Solvang is a small Danish town filled with adorable shops, bakeries, museums and boutique hotels. Also known for it’s wineries, Solvang is the perfect getaway for anyone, including couples, families or even a quick friends trip! Walk around the colorful small Downtown Solvang and enjoy the scenery and small boutique shops. Don’t forget to check out Solvang’s Danish icons, like the Little Mermaid Fountain, their 5 famous windmills, giant red clog and Round Tower. There also is a beautiful neighboring town to Solvang, Santa Ynez, filled with gorgeous wineries. Enjoy a day at the exquisite Andrew Murray Vineyards or check out another local winery. Solvang also has interesting museums, like Elverhøj Museum of History & Art and several shops all on the main strip. You will leave feeling charmed by Solvang’s cute and quaint atmosphere!
For more information on Solvang, visit Solvang USA.
Paso Robles is a town in San Luis Obispo County, located between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Paso Robles is a quaint town, with lots of open space and spectacular views, known best for its hot springs and wineries. Take a trip North and stay at one of Paso Robles many cozy bed and breakfasts’, like The Sundance Bed & Breakfast. You can visit a stunning hot spring during the day, like River Oaks Hot Springs or Franklin Hot Springs, creating a relaxing or romantic afternoon lounging in some of California’s most special spots. Paso has many wineries to choose from like The Brecon Estate, which is a boutique winery with a spectacular array of different wine varieties. Paso Robles truly is a beautiful spot for couples and friends alike. Take some time out of your life and come enjoy the stunning Paso Robles!
For a full list of Paso Robles wineries, visit Paso Wine.
For more information on Paso Robles, visit Travel Paso.
Cambria is a seaside village located in San Luis Obispo County. Cambria is unique because although it is along the ocean, it has a mountain feel to it with all of the pine trees and greenery surrounding the area. Cambria definitely speaks to the nature lover in you! Between exploring the many beach front trails, the intricate tide pools or cycling along miles and miles of cycling routes, there’s plenty of outdoor activities to keep you occupied and satisfied. Wine tasting is also very prevalent here. We recommend checking out Stolo Family Vineyards for some spectacular wine tasting, before heading out for a bite to eat at one of the many delicious local restaurants. Cambria will bring back some peace and balance in your life and leave you with lasting memories to come.
For more information on Cambria, visit Visit Cambria.
Carmel By The Sea
Carmel By The Sea is a small beach town located in the Monterey Peninsula. For decades, Carmel has been one of the top 10 rated U.S. destination spots. Its European style village boasts bright white sand beaches, charming hotels and inns, fabulous shops and restaurants, art galleries, spas and beautiful wineries. We assure you that Carmel By The Sea will please anyone’s getaway desires. Walk around the adorable town, shop at The Carmel Plaza packed with many luxurious stores and boutiques, go wine tasting at Neilson Brothers Markets, have a spa day at The Aqua Wellness Day Spa and most importantly, enjoy the amazing views!
For more information on Carmel By The Sea, visit Carmel California.
Known for its amazing homemade pies and proximity to the desert, this small town has been a great pit-stop for tourists and offroaders alike. As the gateway to Anza-Borrego State Park, this small central town dotted with cabins in the outskirts delivers a beautiful small-town aesthetic. Located only about an hour and a half away from downtown San Diego, it’s perfect to visit for a day trip or as a rest stop on your way deeper into the desert.
Located in the San Jacinto mountains in Riverside county, this mile-high mountain town is loaded with breathtaking views and landscapes perfect for any nature lover. A favorite for avid climbers, Idyllwild’s surrounding areas have plenty of rock-climbing routes and hiking trails that grant amazing views of the town and countryside. Paired with a thriving art, music, and theater scene in town, Idyllwild has something for everyone to enjoy.