Fall Weekend Getaways in California

With summer officially over, and cooler weather on the way, it’s time to indulge in a little Fall fun planning. The kids are back in school, the hordes have left the beaches and there are interesting places to go and things to see.  If you live in an area where the weather is still pleasant, now is the perfect time to plan a weekend getaway.

Southern California:  Dana Point.

Head down to Dana Point to do some whale watching.  The final month of the whale season is October, but there is still time to enjoy this spectacle.

Thirty intriguing shops in the Dana Point Harbor  will delight you either before or after your whale watching boat ride. Discover custom-designed jewelry, Indian artifacts, art collectibles, hand-formed chocolates, art gallery, unique cards, international coffees and teas, and quality ice cream.

There are seventeen different restaurants in the Harbor to please every palate.


Where to stay:  Doubletree Doheny Beach.

Northern California:  Plumas County for Fall Foliage

We don’t often think of California as a state for fall foliage, but there are amazing colors to be seen in Plumas County.



Along all of Plumas County’s scenic highways, you’ll  be treated to some of the most dazzling fall foliage in California. Special spots include the Feather River Canyon, Lake Almanor, Indian Valley, the Quincy-Oroville Road, the Quincy-La Porte Road, Round Valley Reservoir Road and the Lakes Basin. And some of the best color may be found off-road on a trail or forest service road.

You may want to obtain a free copy of the Plumas County Fall Color Guide, a  map that outlines the best routes in the county, illustrates common species and explains why leaves change color. The guide is available at visitor information centers throughout Plumas County.  Download a copy of the map and routes.

And check out the Leaf Peeper reports for updates on the foliage.

Where to stay:  Plumas County  has some excellent fall specials


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