7 Fall Staycation Destinations

7 Fall Staycation Destinations

Travel, along with almost everything else, has been quite different this year as a result of unforeseen events across the world. The shelter-in-place restrictions due to the global pandemic have made travel--and even getting out of the house--challenging, leaving many of us eager for a getaway. For those of us who are craving a reprieve, I have rounded up some of the best staycation destinations less than a day’s driving distance from Silicon Valley. Pick your ideal staycation destination, pack up your car, and explore all of the wonders that California has to offer!



Napa Valley | Carneros Resort & Spa

You are only an hour away from Napa Valley’s world-famous wineries, hotels, and eateries, making it an ideal staycation destination. Start your trip with a morning hot air balloon ride, or a day of winery tours, or relax at the luxurious Carneros Resort & Spa nestled in the midst of wine country. Carneros Resort & Spa offers stylish and modern accommodations with posh details while embracing the surrounding countryside’s charm. Whether you want to enjoy the sprawling vineyard views or hit downtown for the shops and attractions, Napa Valley has it all.



Lake Tahoe | The Ritz-Carlton 

Runaway to the mountains in Lake Tahoe to relish the fantastic views, fresh cool air, and numerous activities offered in the region. One of the best features of a Lake Tahoe getaway, just over a 3-hour drive from Silicon Valley, is that you can tailor it to you and your interests. Whether you want to hike the Rainbow Trail, explore the Stream Profile Chamber, or simply lodge in luxury at the Ritz-Carlton which features sweeping mountain views and cozy, rustic charm.




Monterey | Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Monterey’s Oceanview welcomes you after a quick 2-hour car ride from Silicon Valley. You can make your trip’s itinerary as full as you would like with activities ranging from wine tasting tours to kayaking to whale watching. No matter what you decide to do, be sure to visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Stay at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa which is perched over the Pacific Ocean on historic beachfront property just steps from historic Cannery Row. Enjoy a massage at the award-winning rooftop spa and treat yourself to the daily catch at the oceanfront restaurant all while relaxing to the sound of crashing waves.


The Mendocino Coast | Elk Cove Inn & Spa

The gorgeous Mendocino Coast is just short of a 3-hour trip from Silicon Valley, lending itself to the perfect weekend getaway. Enjoy sandy beaches, ocean views, hiking, or whale watching. Head into the town of Mendocino to saunter through art galleries or visit charming boutiques. Be sure to book your stay at Elk Cove Inn & Spa to enjoy the charming historic mansion or tranquil oceanfront cottage.




Carmel Valley | L’Auberge Carmel

Carmel Valley is home to luxurious resorts and inns with unparalleled views. If you seek a relaxing trip with great food and even better wine, L’Auberge Carmel is the place for you. This historic hotel, with roots dating back to 1929, embodies European elegance and charm. The Châteaux is design-conscious and caters to the modern traveler with personalized guest services and one-of-a-kind culinary experiences.




Palm Springs | Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Palm Springs is 7 hours away from Silicon Valley, making it the farthest staycation destination on the list but a fabulous long weekend getaway. If you are planning a family-friendly trip, the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is the perfect spot. Featuring multiple restaurants, a relaxing spa, and sports activities including tennis and desert golf, there is something for everyone!



Yosemite | The Ahwahnee Hotel

Are you a nature lover? If so, you must check out Yosemite National Park! Attracting visitors from all over the globe, Yosemite National Park, famous for Yosemite Falls and giant sequoias, is only a 3.5-hour drive from Silicon Valley. Fully embrace nature by camping or kick your feet up at the majestic Ahwahnee Hotel which boasts the finest lodging in Yosemite.

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