Safe Summer Activities and Getaways
Summer is finally here and while the threat of COVID19 is still taking place there are many summer getaways and activities that have reopened and are allowing for a great time.
Airbnb and Vrbo vacation rentals are a way to hit the road while maintaining social distancing. You can cook your meals and enjoy amenities in a way that is responsible and socially distance friendly. As well, extended stays are becoming more and more popular. At Airbnb, hosts can be certified by complying with a checklist of standards. www.airbnb.com
Travelers who search for a space on Vrbo can see if the disinfectant is being used to clean the home, if no-contact check-in is available, and if the home is unavailable for 24 hours between guests. www.vrbo.com
Getaway offers tiny homes and cabins that are within driving distance of major cities. Getaway is built for social distancing: You let yourself in, and there is no check-in desk or restaurant. For now, the company is also limiting capacity to 50 percent. www.getaway.house
A road trip is a great option that is safe and perfect for summer.
In Placerville, the lush gardens and luxurious accommodations of Eden Vale Inn are beckoning travelers for a restorative getaway. Book a two-night stay in any room or suite now through August 31, and save $50 off each night. The offer includes tasting room discounts of up to 25 percent and a fresh, gourmet breakfast served at a private table for two or in-room dining. https://edenvaleinn.com
La Jolla Cove in San Diego offers shopping, snorkeling, scuba, and ocean-front restaurants. As well, you can browse luxury boutiques of La Jolla Village which are now open for curbside walk-up shopping. La Jolla tide pools are the perfect opportunity for exploration. East and West Mission Bay Parks are open to park and water use with no restrictions, Fiesta Island is open to pedestrians, dogs, and cyclists, and Balboa Park Central Mesa is also open.
In Newport Beach, you can dock and dine on a yacht with Hornblower cruises. There will be reduced guest capacity on all boats, with an updated layout of dining spaces where tables have been removed to ensure social distancing between diners. www.hornblower.com
Rent bikes to cruise from Newport Beach. Seaside Bike Rentals has the newest and the largest variety of bikes available for rental and sale. www.seasidebikes.com
With sommelier-led wine tours and a Michelin-starred restaurant, the Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma wine country ranks among the most highly-rated hotels in the world. Now through December 31, purchase three nights in any of the inn's luxe accommodations. The fourth night is complimentary. www.farmhouseinn.com
The charming Central Coast town of Cambria has reopened to visitors. The historic Olallieberry Inn is offering a Tank of Gas Getaway Special. Book two or more midweek nights, Sunday through Thursday, and receive a $50 gas card. www.olallieberry.com
Planning a weekend getaway? Marina del Rey is ideal for a coastal vacation. It's close to everything in Los Angeles - from museums, gardens and theme parks to hiking trails and world-famous shopping streets.
Charter a private yacht with a skipper for a stress-free outing on the Pacific. Bring your food and spend a day on the water. www.marinadelreyboatrentals.com
Dining out can be enjoyed at any of the restaurants in Marina del Rey. Or enjoy al fresco dining with panoramic harbor views on a dining cruise with Hornblower Cruises & Events. www.hornblower.com
Stand-up paddleboards can be rented from Marina "Mother's" Beach with ProSUP Shop or Paddle Method. Adventure-seekers can hop on a jet-ski or take flight on a parasailing excursion. www.marinadelreyparasailing.com
The Santa Monica Pier is now open, however, all amusement park rides at Pacific Park remain closed until further notice. For kids and kids at heart, Playland classic arcade will treat all of your nostalgia and test all your gaming skills. www.santamonicapier.org
When's the last time you tried something new and daring? You can rise above the Santa Monica Pier with Fly Above The Pier Trapeze School. www.losangeles.trapezeschool.com
Perry's Cafe in Santa Monica is a great bike rental and tour shop for when the urge to have adventure strikes. Rent bikes, boogie boards, chairs, umbrellas, and more. www.perryscafe.com
The Venice Boardwalk at Venice Beach is perfect for people watching. The boardwalk stretches over two miles and hosts a variety of street vendors and performers along with numerous restaurants. There are also T-shirt stands, pot shops, and street performers.
Make your way to Big Sur, California. Pfeiffer Big Sur, Andrew Molera and Limekiln state parks are now open for day use. The Tanbark, Tinhouse, and Partington Cove trails at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park are open too. The campground at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has re-opened, however, campsites are available by reservation only. Also, only six people and two vehicles are permitted at each campsite.
Napa Valley welcomes you with a full glass. Hotels, wineries, tasting rooms, restaurants, and retail shops are again able to receive visitors, with modifications for social distancing and health.
Considered a nature walk that takes place in the sky, hot-air ballooning in Napa Valley is the perfect way to ride into the sunrise. Balloons over the Valley lets you appreciate the lush rolling hills and gorgeous coastline. For COVID19 protection there are private partitioned compartments with vinyl separators in the balloon basket, private transportation with a personal hospitality member, your choice of coffee and fresh pastries, photo baskets, complimentary masks, and hand sanitizer. www.balloonrides.com
Freshen up your wine knowledge at wine classes at America's Premier Wine School in Napa Valley. It's where industry professionals and wine lovers come to explore and learn about wine, spirits, and sake. www.napavalleywineacademy.com
The romantic Candlelight Inn in Napa is offering summer savings. Book a two-night, midweek stay now through August 27, and enjoy a 10 percent off the total value of your stay. The offer applies to new reservations only. The special must be booked directly on the inn's website using promo code "Summerfun." www.candlelightinn.com
Nestled in the foothills of majestic Mount St. Helena, the Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort provides guests with the ultimate getaway to restore, renew, and relax in Napa Valley. This summer the resort is offering new overnight and spa packages as a welcome back offer to returning and new guests. The resort is extending a 20 percent discount on all single room reservations and spa services to COVID-19 frontline workers through August 31. As well, the Restore, Renew and Relax Overnight Package at Roman Spa is the ideal destination for those who need a respite from the weight of the world and a place to escape the confines of home or stresses. The resort's gardens, geothermal pools, and spa services – not to mention local hiking, shopping, restaurants, and wineries - are the ideal way to take care of your mind, body, and soul.
Tahoe is perfect for trips. Three popular Tahoe-area ski resorts will reopen for summer. Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood will welcome guests back for select activities with modifications in place, including mask requirements in certain areas. Heavenly will also open its gondola and the resort aims to open the Tamarack Express Chairlift by July 15. www.skiheavenly.com
Northstar's golf course is set to reopen July 15 and Kirkwood will be reopening hiking and biking trails, with no lift access, as well as disc golf. Face coverings will be required and the capacity of people on lifts and gondolas has been reduced. www.northstarcalifornia.com www.kirkwood.com
Yosemite National Park is one of the most iconic destinations in the world. With the recent reopening, the Hotel Charlotte in Groveland is offering a Go Outside Yosemite Special with savings up to 33 percent. The historic hotel is located just a half-hour's drive from Yosemite's Big Oak Flat entrance. Book a three-night stay using promo code "GoOutside" and receive the third night free. www.hotelcharlotte.com
Santa Barbara hotels and local businesses have been hard at work preparing for your return, implementing operational and physical changes with your health and safety in mind. So, when you're ready to take a social-distancing-friendly escape, you can rest easy knowing that Santa Barbara will be the ultimate place for you and your loved ones to retreat.
Santa Barbara Beach Horseback Riding is open every day with all excursions practicing safe and social distancing. Rides are 90 minutes and by appointment 8:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., There are glorious vistas and intimate views of beautiful beachfront mansions and celebrity hideaways. The all-inclusive price is $135 per person on weekdays and $150 per person on the weekends. www.sbbeachrides.com
Oceanside in North San Diego offers numerous options for entertainment and excitement. Vacationers can rejuvenate outdoors while staying safe and socially distanced.
Surfing lessons are a must. Whitlock Surf Experience is a popular choice and is featuring a $75 surf lesson package that includes two hours of surfing instruction at Oceanside Pier Beach, wetsuit and surfboard. Other surf lesson options include Surfride Surf School and Learn to Rip. www.whitlocksurfexperience.com
Oceanside's downtown features an extensive collection of street murals, many painted by well-regarded local artists with inspiring stories. Or, catch dolphins, whales, sea lions, and more on an Oceanside Adventures Luxury Cruise. To maintain social distancing, this intimate experience is limited to just 20 people per day. www.oceansidewhalewatching.com
Kayaking in Oceanside Harbor is another great way to enjoy the ocean. Oceanside Boat Rentals has a variety of one-and two-man kayaks, plus SUPs, jet skis, and electric boats. www.boats4rent.com
The Oak Riparian Park in Oceanside is a scenic space that connects to over six miles of trails via Carlsbad's Calavera Trail System, providing access to a fun hike up Mount Calavera, an old volcanic plug. Guajome Regional Park offers more than four miles of park trails to meander through surrounded by chaparral, woodlands, wetlands, and mixed grasslands. There are also two gorgeous fishing ponds and a sizable amount of open grass area, perfect for a picnic. Garrison Creek Trail is a short one-mile trail through rolling hills with lovely sights around each bend. Fishermen also have numerous opportunities to snag their catch of the day.
Have a great trip and stay safe!