The best Airbnbs outside of LA
From desert ranches to coastal retreats, check out these vacation rentals for your next local getaway.
If the pandemic has made you want to travel the somewhat open roads, you are not alone. But what are the best doctors in the country saying? Well, basically stay away from COVID-19 and stay at home. But if that’s just not an option, Golden State officials are asking you to remember California’s travel mantra – THE RESPECT – while you enjoy its hotels, vineyards, restaurants and other tourist destinations.
Holidays during the COVID era require far more than an ounce of preparation and hand sanitizer. Gone are the days of carefree bathroom leaks with sleeping areas. At the top of every careful traveler’s packing list are face masks, Costco-sized bins of disinfectant wipes, and those clunky touchless key chains.
For Angelenos with cabin fever, a change of scenery “should be considered a little treat,” says Dr Monya De. When we spoke to the LA doctor in April, she advised drivers to avoid situations that could land them in a hospital and bring plenty of water and snacks to avoid pit stops – and set their car’s air conditioner on recirculated air to keep germs out. If you must travel, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends checking to see if coronavirus cases are on the increase at your destination. (If so, maybe don’t pass.) If you plan to visit beaches or state parks along your route, check with the Department of Parks and Recreation. online resource center before you stop.
Getting out of the state or the country right now is a daunting prospect, and we understand. Between having to navigate the Delta variant hotspots, areas with cavalier attitudes towards masking, and the prospect of being stranded abroad if locked out, this isn’t a good scene for those with a traveler spirit. That being said, we are incredibly lucky to live in an area with such immediate access to different environments. Whether it’s the call of the mountains, a relaxing seaside abode, or a glamorous ranch, we’ve got the ticket to cure the travel bug. Just be sure to continue to mask yourself, be considerate, and follow local advice.
1. San Luis Obispo: Peaceful cottage overlooking an olive grove
This over 100 year old cottage will give you a taste of ranching life in San Luis Obispo. Lovingly restored by its artist-owners – they made the lamps out of hand-blown glass in the living room – the two-bedroom house has a quaint rear patio that overlooks a grove of 1,500 Tuscan olive trees. The home sits on a 50 acre property about 15 minutes from downtown SLO, the Edna Valley wine country, and Pismo Beach, to name a few nearby destinations. You can also take a one hour trip on Highway 1 to Hearst Castle or drive another hour to Big Sur. Rates: $ 145 per night; book on Airbnb.
2. Carpinteria: Exquisite beach cottage
A bright coastal respite awaits you at this one-bedroom Carpinteria cottage. Whether you’re here for a romantic hideaway or a solo writing retreat, you’ll be greeted with white marble countertops, ocean-inspired decor, and a bar-height kitchen counter that will inspire an indulgent R&R. Bonus: it’s a two-minute walk to the sand and sea, restaurants and shops. Rates: at $ 230 per night; book on Airbnb.
3. Ojai: Red Barn Happy House
If your vacation conditions include access to a grand piano, tennis court, and hiking trails, the Happy House red barn will not disappoint. This charming two-bedroom house is located 11 km from the bohemian area of Ojai and is on the border of the Los Padres National Forest. The 8-acre property features a covered porch, patio, half-basketball court, and pickleball court, to name a few outdoor amenities. It is also home to chickens which are apparently welcome to visitors. Rates: Starting at $ 334 per night; book on Airbnb.
4. Big Bear Lake: Piñon Lodge
This four bedroom lakeside lodge in Big Bear is ideal for families. The cozy living room, patio, and sloping backyard are just a few of its perks, and the hillside chalet is also close to ski resorts and the quaint shops and restaurants of Big Bear Village. Rates: $ 235 per night; book on VRBO.
5. Morongo Valley: The Love Nest at Genuine Draft Ranch
If Morongo Valley isn’t the first desert destination you think of, you might become a believer after stationing in this private second-floor barn with stunning views of Mount San Jacinto. Although tucked away in the eccentric Wild West inspired Authentic draft ranch, you can have a continental breakfast, have a drink and play pool at Draft Horse Saloon, take a ride on the 25 foot swing and visit Romeo, the resident burro. This location is also a great base for day trips to Joshua Tree and Palm Springs, both a 20-minute drive away. Rates: $ 154 per night; book on Airbnb.
6. Lake Arrowhead: La Dulce Vita Lodge
Admire Lake Arrowhead and the San Bernardino National Forest from this three-bedroom, two-bathroom cabin. There is enough room for eight people on three floors, which feature a loft, two terraces and a spacious living room with floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views of the lake. Rates: $ 224 per night; book on Airbnb.
7. Idyllwild-Pine Grove: Luxury cabin with view and terrace
Relax in the shade of the majestic Tahquitz Rock on this rustic yet modern mountainside getaway. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom cabin features an open layout, vaulted ceilings, and a sunny balcony where nature lovers can take in the stunning views – and vitamin D. Rates: From $ 207 per night ; book on Airbnb.
8. Palm Springs: Mid-Century Meets Modern
This 2,350 square foot mid-century sanctuary in the Historic Tennis Club District has all the luxuries you need for an upscale home away from home. Relax by the saltwater pool as if you were in a photo of Slim Aarons, cook your own way in the well-equipped kitchen, or unwind in the vintage yet modern living room. Book on the Plum Guide.
9. Joshua Tree: Atomic Ranch Artists Retreat
Eclectic is an understatement in this Joshua Tree retreat, designed with artists and creatives in mind. Whether you’re heading for a remote family vacation or a getaway with friends who prefer camping, the 15-person capacity property offers an outdoor fireplace, vintage decor and five secluded acres to make you feel like you’re stepping away. really everything. Rates: Starting at $ 203 per night; book on VRBO.
10. San Diego: Spanish urban oasis in North Park
This 1920s Spanish Revival-style residence sits in the heart of trendy and historic North Park, often referred to as San Diego’s Silver Lake. The two-bedroom house is a five-minute walk from cafes, shops, bars, and restaurants. In addition to stylish and spacious interiors, you can enjoy outdoor amenities, such as a rose garden, jacuzzi, outdoor shower and hammock, to name a few. Rates: Starting at $ 311 per night; book on Airbnb.