Don't have enough time or funds for that ultimate honeymoon getaway to Rome, St. Lucia, or Fiji? No worries, a shorter "mini-moon" trip can still be very rewarding and unforgettable. From a desert oasis to a romantic island retreat, read about three fantastic mini-moon destinations near Los Angeles, California that are a perfect fit for newlyweds.
Situated at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains and about two hours from L.A., Palm Springs is a unique year-round destination. In addition to its well-preserved village atmosphere, the town boasts numerous galleries, boutique shopping, fine dining, and stylish accommodations, including many that have embraced the desert environment through their mid-century modern design. Meanwhile, with about 350 days of sunshine per year, this is an ultimate mini-moon spot for sun-seekers. Tip: Palm Springs is an ideal home base for exploring Joshua Tree National Park, just a 35-mile drive from town.
Stay: Ace Hotel - This acclaimed property stands out with an array of recycled and sustainable materials, plus vintage furnishings and amenities. With your own private patio area, record player, and fire pit, we're confident you're going to have a most memorable mini-moon stay. www.acehotel.com/palmsprings
About 90 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Santa Barbara packs numerous world-class attractions. Red tile roofs and Spanish-Moorish architecture. Soft, sandy beaches and enchanting gardens. Big-city culture, dining, and events. The list goes on and on. Plus, with gorgeous views of mountains and the ocean and pleasant year-round weather, there's never a bad time to visit this vibrant coastal city.
Stay: Hotel Milo - This 122-room boutique hotel - which stands out with its Spanish Colonial style - was refurbished in 2008 and offers extras like breakfast, Wi-Fi, and use of a beach cruiser. With shopping and dining just steps away, plus the beach right across the street, couples will find no shortage of exciting things to do. hotelmilosantabarbara.com
Part of the Channel Islands archipelago, Catalina is located just off the coast of Southern California, about 22 miles from Los Angeles. Best reached via boat or helicopter, the island is a draw for its undulating landscape, wonderful beaches, and endless outdoor pursuits. For instance, if you're up for some serious kayaking, snorkeling, or zip-lining, this is definitely the mini-moon spot for you. Tip: Make your home base in Avalon with its lovely Mediterranean-like atmosphere, picturesque harbor, restaurants, and galleries.
Stay: Snug Harbor Inn - A cozy six-room hotel situated in the heart of Avalon. Perfect for a romantic escape, the Cape Cod-style property features well-appointed guest rooms, many with sea views and fireplaces. www.snugharbor-inn.com
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Palm Springs photo courtesy of Ace Hotel
Santa Barbara photo courtesy of Ron Berg, SantaBarbaraDowntown.com
Catalina photo courtesy of Snug Harbor Inn