Today is the first day of spring, and with it comes a sense of renewal. It’s also the perfect time of year to get away for much-needed R & R. With California’s coveted climate and diverse landscapes, there’s always someplace exciting to relax and recharge. Of all of California’s best-loved destinations, there are four that shouldn’t be missed this season:
1. Yosemite, CA
Yosemite National Park is nothing short of breathtaking during any time of year. When you plan your visit during spring, you’ll experience some of the best sights Yosemite has to offer. Melted snow gives way to cascading waterfalls and roaring rivers. Some wildflowers, like California Poppies, are in bloom at lower elevations And, hiking trails begin to open as the months become warmer. Accommodations can be as luxurious or rugged as heart desires. If your taste leans toward the elegant, you won’t want to miss the Ahwahnee Hotel with its refined amenities, historic grace, and scenic views of Yosemite’s Glacier Point, Half Dome, and Yosemite Falls. Plan your trip in advance to make the most of your time in one of California’s most treasured and acclaimed landmarks.
Within miles of the Ahwahnee Hotel is one of the area’s most desired properties, currently listed $3,450,000. The 3-bedroom plus den, 5-bedroom Spanish Mediterranean custom estate presents an opportunity to own in Mariposa, practically placing Yosemite in your backyard. The home’s family room and gourmet kitchen are perfect for entertaining, the master retreat features a romantic fireplace and Roman spa bath, and the full-service wine tasting room along with 22+ acres of award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel & Sauvignon Blanc wine grapes presents an opportunity to fulfill your vintner’s dream.
2. Half Moon Bay, CA
Half Moon Bay is just a 30-minute drive from San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Menlo Park. But when you arrive, you’ll feel like you’ve escaped to another time and place. The seaside getaway’s historic Main Street offers plenty of charming boutiques and antique shops, art galleries, and eclectic places to eat. Perched above San Francisco Bay Area beaches, Half Moon Bay offers magestic scenic vistas. Spring is the perfect time of year to explore the area’s Santa Cruz Mountains with its lush meadows and enchanting trails. The beaches themselves are chock-full of opportunities to refresh and renew. Whether kayaing, horseback riding, or simply taking in the sunset, there’s never a dull moment. Your Half Moon Bay spring getaway wouldn’t be complete without a sta at The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. This cliffside resort caters to your every need and offers the ultimate California Coastal vacation experience.
Just a short stroll from the Ritz lies one of the area’s most elegant Half Moon Bay residences. One, a 5,500-square-foot single-family residence, features 6 bedrooms, 7 baths, and a remodeled master suite with oversized shower and walk-through closet. The home’s terrace faces a championship golf course. The home is listed at $2,200,000.
Head to Malibu’s shores, nicknamed “Billionaire’s Beach,” for sun, surf, and fun. The seaside Malibu Beach Inn is an idyllic place to stay with its 47 oceanfront suites, private beachfront access, spa services, and a concierge ready to plan thrilling spring excursions. From paddle boarding and hiking to shopping and dining, there’s something exciting for everyone here in Malibu. While here, explore the landmark Malibu pier, Point Mugu State Park, and historic Getty Villa’s renowned for its ancient Greek, Roman, and Etruscan exhibits.
The exclusive Rocky Oaks Estate is several miles from “Billionaire’s Beach.” Here, homebuyers hoping to call Malibu home will find a resplendent Tuscan single-family residence with over 37 acres, an award-winning and producing vineyard, and stunning 360 degree views of the ocean, city lights, and park lands.
4. San Diego
San Diego reaches a new level of vibrancy in spring. Beaches and trails are perfect for picnics and hikes, flowers are in full vibrant bloom, and you’re sure to catch an artful performance at one of the indoor or outdoor local theaters. After exploring any one of San Diego’s 17 local beaches, venture to the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch to discover 50 acres of breathtaking spring colors on hillside just above the Pacific Ocean. Then, treat yourself to a memorable performance at one of the area’s 150+ theaters. Accommodations in the city and near the sea abound. One local favorite is Loews Corondo Bay Resort. The upscale waterfront hotel is sure to enrich your San Diego spring getaway experience.
Those looking for homeownership opportunities in the San Diego will be impressed with the prospect of owning this elegant custom designed single story estate, located within the premier Rancho Pacifica gated enclave. Offering stunning ocean and mountain views, the $8,850,000 residence features a main residence, detached guest house, and eight-car garage.
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