Run away for the holiday weekend to one of these picturesque getaways, where relaxation is the order of the day. Just a short car or train ride away, these excursions are the perfect way to celebrate the dwindling days of summer.


2 hours 15 minutes

Located at the end of the Napa winery corridor, this charming little town offers a quiet escape from city life, and a perfect opportunity to explore some of the most well-known wineries in the business. Robert Mondavi, Beringer, and Inglenook wineries all reside here, as well as hundreds of other, lesser-known options. In addition to the cozy comfort of its inns and cottages, Calistoga is also best known for its spas and hot springs.


2 hours 40 minutes

Natural hot springs and winery tasting rooms are two of the top draws of this charming and laidback community. A perfect getaway for wine lovers and couples, there are also unique shops, restaurants, and summer concerts at Vina Robles Amphitheatre. Visitors can also stop for an olive oil tasting or tour the San Luis Lighthouse.


45 minutes

In addition to its sandy beaches, travelers enjoy the assorted shops and galleries that line Main Street of this casual coastal destination. From glass-blowing to wine tastings to fine dining, this charming town has something for everyone. Attractions like Seahorse Ranch and Harley Farms are also big draws for families looking for a fun weekend escape.


1 hour 30 minutes

This gorgeous coastal town offers an array of activities for visitors, including the whimsical shops of Cannery Row, miles of oceanside trails for hiking, and topnotch seafood restaurants. This seaside village is also home to the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, and is a perfect weekend getaway for couples and families alike.