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Fuel Up! These Weekend Bucket-List Destinations are Just a Drive Away from OC

 

Itching for your next vacation? Summer’s the best season for travel, and with coveted coastal towns just hours away, it’s never too late to plan your next vacay. Whether it’s wine tasting in rolling vineyards, boutique shopping in historic towns or hitting the LA’s trendiest hot spots, we’ve rounded up a weekend road-trip bucket-list for every type of traveler. These top five destinations are just a half days car ride away, so pack your bags, make a playlist and hit the road!

Ojai

For a Relaxing Weekend Away

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Photo courtesy of Barts Books.

Two hours up the 101 sits the charming old town of Ojai. Escape from OC’s hustle bustle and find yourself strolling along the quaint local shops that line Ojai’s Spanish-style streets. Rather than stacking the itinerary, detach and relax in the story-book like charm of the town. Locals live at a leisurely pace, and the surroundings boast of scenic hikes. Check into the Capri Hotel, marked by iconic retro-California signage out front. Once inside, find just the right balance of mid-century and modern decor. Set down your bags and set out to find Ojai’s best cafes. The Dutchess is a local favorite! Throughout the weekend, make sure to stop by Barts Books, the world’s largest outdoor bookstore, and book a massage at Spa Ojai to fully unwind.

Montecito

For Foodies and Beach Lovers

Photo courtesy of Bettina.

Montecito is home to miles of stunning coastlines and the city itself is known for it’s unique, sophisticated charm. Make the most of the Montecito lifestyle and check into the Montecito Inn before heading off to dinner at the neighborhood favorite restaurant and bar, Bettina. Bettina’s Neapolitan pizzas are just as playful as their pastel-colored interior, with pie toppings including mint pesto and king trumpet mushrooms. Brunch at Jeannine’s Bakery on Coast Village Road for the best French Toast in town, and then pursue the small-town designer shops that line the street. As for the coast, find that Miramar’s picturesque calm waves are contrasted by the thrilling shorebreak at Hammond’s point.

Paso Robles

For Wine Lovers

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Photo courtesy of Allegreto.

Wine and dine in the rolling hills of Paso Robles. A four hour drive along the coast leads you to the sprawling valley that over 300 wineries call home. Allegretto Resort has to be the most iconic stay in the area. Arched marble, domed towers and sculpture gardens create the look and feel of a European castle. Taste your way through town starting with a vineyard tour at Allegretto and a terrace tasting at Booker. Booker’s trend-setting vibe and organic collection of wines are developing a name for themselves in the Paso Wine scene. Follow up a day of tastings with food, drinks and fun at Tin City. This neighborhood's causal atmosphere is the idyllic summer destination for a casual day of play. Try your luck at cornhole, order an ice-cold hazy and munch on street tacos at BarrelHouse Brewing Co.

La Jolla

For the Active Group

Photo courtesy of Torrey Pines Golf Course.

While only an hour away, the innate differences between San Diego and Orange County are enough to make a weekend away feel like a complete vacation. Boasting sunny skies and an ocean breeze, weekends in San Diego are best spent doing all things outdoors. Stay in North County’s beloved La Jolla Beach for a weekend itinerary full of ocean-view golfing, legendary surf and bluff top hikes. Estancia Hotel and Spa’s hacienda-style terrecta buildings transport you to a seaside village. Cozy up but wake up to catch the morning surf or to tee off at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Torrey Pines State Reserve showcases dazzling Pacific views with paths for all skill levels. A morning chalk-full of outdoor activities calls for a celebratory meal to follow.

Candor’s fresh take on Italian has locals coming time and time again, but don’t overlook the Prime Beef Burger.

Malibu

For an Upscale Coastal Getaway

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Photo courtesy of Surfrider Hotel.

Think chic boutique! That is what you get at Surfrider Hotel in Malibu. Everything about Surfrider Hotel is designed to make guests feel as easy and breezy as the coastal wind. Take a surf lesson on a custom McTavish board, enjoy lunch at the guest-only restaurant and order an in-room massage for all the vacay vibes. Offsite, marvel at the architecture of Getty Villa Museum and try a taste of Malibu’s renown culinary scene. Grab a pizza pie at Endless Color on Topanga Canyon Boulevard. This record store, pizzeria and wine shop all in one, is recognizable by iconic metallica-like signage. Order the Squash Blossom Pizza for the boldest flavors from the summer harvest.

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