The Best Cheap Getaways in Southern California


Sometimes you just feel like taking a mini-vacation, leaving the rat race behind to recharge and revitalize. With its natural beauty and attractions, Southern California is perfect for such a getaway. And you don't have to spend a fortune on lodging.

Casa Laguna Inn & Spa

  • The Casa Laguna Inn & Spa was originally a residential home in the 1920s. Near the ocean, it is now a refuge for those seeking to relax and unwind. The Inn has rooms, suites and a cottage, many with ocean views. Amenities include a full gourmet breakfast, luxurious robes, Internet access, private bathrooms, air conditioning and more. For entertainment, you can tour the Laguna Art Museum or take in the Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts from mid-summer through early fall. Many artists feature their work on Laguna Beach, and there is an Art Walk on the first Thursday of each month. You can walk along the white sandy beaches, or enjoy volleyball, snorkeling, surfing and much more. The Inn offers several spa and romance packages.

    Casa Laguna Inn & Spa
    2510 South Coast Hwy.
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Blue Lantern Inn

  • The Blue Lantern Inn has luxurious accommodations on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet each morning, and eat your other meals at Cannon’s Restaurant, adjacent to the inn, which has musical entertainment from time to time. Many rooms have Internet access, private balcony, spa tub with shower, luxurious robes, TV and more. For pampering and relaxation, the Inn offers several massage and spa treatments. The Inn also has a free frequent-visitor membership offer that provides considerable savings for weeknight rates and specials throughout the year.

    Blue Lantern Inn
    34343 St. of the Blue Lantern
    Dana Point, CA 92629

Serendipity Ranch Bed and Breakfast

  • Surrounded by an abundance of nature and animal life, the Serendipity Ranch Bed and Breakfast offers eight luxurious rooms and a relaxed and affordable getaway. This bed and breakfast is away from traffic and city life in the midst of a scenic valley. You can sit by the koi pond and relax in the park-like setting, or read a book under the wisteria-laden gazebo in the English garden. During apple harvest season, you can enjoy many locally produced items, including apple butter, apple jelly, apple pies and more. You also can visit a nearby art museum and gift shops, enjoy the mountain scenery, or visit the ranch's petting farm. There is a full home-cooked breakfast daily. Go during the off season, from March 16 through August 31, when rates are even more affordable.

    Serendipity Ranch at Oak Glen
    11520 Green Lane
    Oak Glen, CA 92399

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