Get Away Without Going Far Away; 13 Local Spots For Your Next Staycation
Whether you’re looking to treat yourself, pamper yourself, plan a romantic getaway, or embark on a wine tasting adventure, you don’t need to travel far—you can do it all right here in our beautiful back yard. Read on for 10 must-experience staycations.
CHECK IN: Wine & Roses
2505 W. Turner Road, Lodi
Located in the Zinfandel capital of the world, Wine & Roses has everything you need for a successful getaway: luxurious accommodations, a relaxing spa and lush grounds, not to mention its key proximity to top-notch wine tasting in the region. The spacious rooms feature design elements ranging from farmhouse to modern, and no two rooms are alike. One visit and you’ll be hooked!
>>>CHECK OUT: Towne House Restaurant is conveniently located on-site, and proudly features fresh, seasonal ingredients for brunch and dinner. Don’t miss live music and handcrafted cocktails every evening in the lounge. winerose.com/the-restaurant
CHECK IN: Thunder Valley
1200 Athens Avenue, Lincoln
Each guest is treated like a VIP at Thunder Valley. Among the resort’s 17-stories, you’ll find spacious and modern rooms with plenty of amenities, including Zotto brand ultra-premium memory foam mattresses. We wouldn’t judge if you spent your evening just relaxing in the soaking tub and ordering in-room dining (and drinks) in your plush bathrobe.
>>>CHECK OUT: You need not leave once you set foot on the grounds of Thunder Valley. From award-winning dining at High Steaks Steakhouse, spa treatments and relaxing by the pool to live entertainment and the casino, the resort has everything you need to create a fun, memorable getaway.
CHECK IN: Hotel Sutter
53 Main Street, Sutter Creek
Established in 1858, Hotel Sutter has the small-town charm of yesteryear with 21st century amenities. Choose from one of their 21 comfortable rooms, then get cozy downstairs in their Lobby or Cellar Bar. Don’t forget a proper fuel-up for lunch or dinner at their restaurant that offers a seasonal menu and vegetarian and gluten-free items.
>>>CHECK OUT: Main Street boasts plenty of activities within walking distance of each other: shop around at The Clothes Mine, receive a history lesson at the Knight’s Foundry, and taste the region’s finest at Bella Grace Vineyard’s tasting room.
CHECK IN: Lake Natoma Inn
702 Gold Lake Drive
Folsom, 916-351-1500 lakenatomainn.com
Plan your next elegant getaway at Lake Natoma Inn, Historic Folsom’s only full-service hotel. Situated in the beating heart of Sutter Street, right next to Lake Natoma and the American River Bike Trail, the 136-room property’s combination of luxurious comfort, convenience, and location make it the perfect spot for your next “urban wilderness” retreat, adventure getaway, or romantic weekend.
>>>CHECK OUT: Since 2006, Sutter Street Theatre has been bringing award-winning productions to town. The 60-seat space can best be described as cozy and quaint but fret not: Good shows come in small packages. This month’s lineup includes Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, among many more. sutterstreettheatre.com
CHECK IN: North Canyon Inn
3901 North Canyon Road, Camino 530-957-6952, northcanyoninn.com
Situated in the heart of Camino’s ranches, wineries, and rolling foothills, North Canyon Inn is the perfect retreat for your next Apple Hill adventure. The two-acre sanctuary is the picture of easy living, with three spacious rooms and modern accommodations, a full gourmet breakfast, and a porch for you to relax, unwind, and enjoy the picturesque surroundings.
>>>CHECK OUT: Open year-round, Boa Vista Orchards sells fresh produce, apple everything (including hard cider flights and apple donut ice cream sandwiches) and more substantial, savory options for lunch. Come hungry and remember: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. boavista.com
CHECK IN: Eden Vale Inn
1780 Springvale Road
Treat yourself! Eden Vale Inn puts the “treat” in “retreat.” Nestled in the heart of Gold Country between Placerville and Coloma, this boutique hotel boasts seven stylish rooms perfect for a romantic escape. From private decks and deep soaking tubs to fluffy bathrobes and gourmet breakfasts, not to mention gorgeous views of the grounds and Sierra foothills, it checks all your relaxation boxes.
>>>CHECK OUT: While away the day with a stroll through Downtown Placerville, popping into all the places that catch your eye. Our favorites include Panic & Swoon (carefully curated new and vintage goods), Placerville Hardware (“the oldest hardware store west of the Mississippi”), and—when hunger hits, dine at one of the award-winning eateries like Amore Mio Italian Bistro, Heyday Café, Cascada, Bricks Eats & Drinks, Sweetie Pies or The Independent.
CHECK IN: Flower Farm Inn
4150 Auburn Folsom Road, Loomis
Situated on a working citrus farm complete with roaming chickens, this turn-of-the-century farmhouse B&B boasts beautiful flower-themed rooms with all the period charm and simplicity of yesteryear farm life (without the hard work), home-cooked breakfasts, and on-site wine tasting courtesy of Casque Wines.
>>>CHECK OUT: Founded in 1864, learn all about the region’s important granite industry at Griffith Quarry Park & Museum, which includes three miles of scenic (and historic) nature trails. visitplacer.com/discover/griffith-quarry-park-museum
CHECK IN: The Inn & Spa at Parkside
2116 6th Street, Sacramento
Snuggle into a fluffy bathrobe and enjoy the champagne wishes and caviar dreams of days gone by at The Inn & Spa at Parkside, sited in the historic Fong Mansion in Downtown Sacramento. This 11-room B&B is a hidden gem and perfect for your next romantic getaway, thanks to in-room couple’s Jacuzzis, sumptuous period furnishings, and a newly revamped spa that will put you deep in the lap of luxury.
>>>CHECK OUT: Stroll through Sacramento’s tree-lined streets as you sample five to eight small bites and learn about the city’s rich history and architecture on the Downtown Historical Food Tour, courtesy of Local Roots Food Tours. localrootsfoodtours.com
CHECK IN: The Bradley House
606 Figueroa Street Folsom, 916-355-1962
Built in 1859, the historic Bradley House is one of the oldest houses in Folsom. This beloved B&B boasts five beautifully renovated rooms, each telling its own unique story.
>>>CHECK OUT: Located near the heart of Historic Folsom, there’s plenty nearby to see and do (we recommend a visit to the Folsom History Museum), but with an inviting patio, friendly hosts, and home-cooked breakfasts, no one will judge you for not leaving. (Until checkout time. Remember: no tears.) folsomhistoricalsociety.org/folsom-history-museum
CHECK IN: The Murieta Inn and Spa
7337 Murieta Drive, Rancho Murieta
Enjoy country luxury at The Murieta Inn and Spa. Located off Jackson Highway moments from the Sierra foothills, this 83-room hotel boasts a fully appointed Cupola Spa & Salon for massages and “you time,” plus nearby golf courses and an equestrian center.
>>>CHECK OUT: The Gate Restaurant offers true farm-to-fork fine dining from the hotel’s on-site garden and local purveyors. Oh, and don’t sleep through their weekend brunch; the thick-malted waffle topped with house crispy hot wings, whipped butter, and maple syrup is to die for. themurietainn.com/rancho-murieta-dining
CHECK IN: Park Victorian
195 Park Street, Auburn, 530-330-4411
Step into history at Auburn’s beautiful Park Victorian, located on Snowden Hill overlooking historic Old Town. This charming inn offers six unique suites named after early Auburn pioneers, each beautifully renovated with period furnishings. Their signature cinnamon rolls ensure what promises to be an unforgettable staycation.
>>>CHECK OUT: Jump on the Placer Wine Trail for a day of sipping some of the region’s best Barberas amidst beautiful scenery and charming tasting rooms. placerwine.com
CHECK IN: Rest Hotel
9372 Main Street, Plymouth
This modern 16-room boutique hotel is perfectly situated for your next Amador wine country adventure. Enjoy in-room massages and a nightly wine hour, private dinners and wine-tastings, or avail of their special wine packages.
>>>CHECK OUT: Just two doors down and you’ll arrive at the fine-dining mecca that is Taste Restaurant. Prepare to be blown away by their beautifully presented plates and award-winning wine menu. restauranttaste.com
CHECK IN: Freeport Wine Country Inn
8201 Freeport Boulevard
Just off California’s scenic highway 160 and a stone’s throw from Clarksburg wine country, this charming converted farmhouse offers nine cozy rooms in a picturesque location. Take advantage of their farm-to-fork bistro and don’t miss a chance to try owner Marnie’s famous port brownies!
>>>CHECK OUT: Built in 1934 as a beet sugar refinery, the Old Sugar Mill now features 15 wineries and picnic grounds. Dog- and family-friendly, it’s the perfect day trip destination. oldsugarmill.com