Whether you’re still shopping for the holidays or dreaming of your 2022 vacation plans, California’s towns and hotels are calling. Deals abound this time of year, whether it’s for holiday season getaways or that blissfully quiet time right after the new year. Here are 17 deals scattered around the Golden State, listed south to north, that would make a great last-minute gift for a loved one—or perhaps a much-needed gift to yourself.
If you’re still making holiday plans, this downtown San Diego hotel is ready for you. Bring the entire family, Nana included, to book a suite with its The More the Merrier Deal and the hotel will give you an extra guest room for free (available through Jan. 3). Or, start 2022 with the Spa, Relax & Revive package, an ongoing offer that bundles in free valet parking, a $60 daily credit for breakfast, and a $160 credit at Spa Pendry.
Live Glass Full Package, Temecula Valley
Book a two-night weeknight stay at one of eight participating hotels in Temecula Valley and get a $50 gift card to be used at a variety of Temecula’s great restaurants, like E.A.T. Marketplace and the Restaurant at Leoness Cellars. Hotels include a mix of familiar names and independent inns such as the Bolero at Europa Village, Carter Estate Winery and Resort, and The New Inn. Book before Dec. 31 and stay by Feb. 28, 2022.
Looking for quiet times with your chosen family this winter? The town known as Surf City USA has brought back its Outlaw the In-Laws package that includes a $189 starting rate at the Kimpton Shorebreak, a bottle of wine, and a $30 dining credit—good for a party of two, and perhaps only two. Good through Jan. 16. To focus on another family member, book the ongoing Paw-Séa Pet Package at Paséa Hotel & Spa, which waives the usual $150 pet fee and spoils your fur baby with an in-room dog bed, a meal from nearby Top Dog Barkery, and access to an 1,100-square-foot puppy play area.
The seasonal hotel deals in Santa Monica make it easy to splurge on spots such as the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, and Shutters on the Beach. At the sleek Santa Monica Proper, for instance, you get a fourth night free if you stay by Dec. 31. Come in January or early February and you’ll score a daily $75 dining credit too. Good through Feb. 9.
High season in the desert doesn’t mean you won’t find a good deal. The Greater Palm Springs deals page has tons of packages, like the Shop and Stay at the Kimpton, which includes an $50 gift card at the Desert Hills Premium Outlets, plus a huge coupon book with hundreds more discounts (good through Dec. 31). Book the Oh What Fun It Is To Stay package at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas during the holiday season and you can get 15 percent off the best rate plus a $20 dining credit (good through Jan. 9)—or, just take the 15 percent on its own and book a trip through April 12.
Still looking for holiday gifts? Check out the featured deals each week at Visit Ventura’s online store: Each week, you can get 20 percent off select items—think scarves, hoodies, and even bamboo cutting boards that channel the classic beach town’s vibes.
Santa Barbara’s Special Offers page is a treasure trove of hotel deals that are ideal for last-minute getaways. Get a third-night-free trip before Dec. 31 at several hotels such as the Hotel Californian, located in the Funk Zone. Or plan ahead: The Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront is offering a third night free through July 22.
Browse the Santa Barbara Hotel Group for more deals at family-owned hotels—like 35 percent off the best available rates for active and retired military, healthcare professionals, and first responders at Brisas Del Mar, Lavender Inn by the Sea, Inn by the Harbor, and Best Western Plus Santa Barbara. Just call the participating hotel and ask for the "Gratitude Discount." Good for stays during January and February.
Give your skier or snowboarder a gift card toward their next ski trip to Mammoth and you’ll get free shipping plus a free Mammoth beanie (good through Jan. 3, but order by Dec. 19 to receive by Christmas). Or book your next Mammoth trip with a variety of deals, like the Lift+Lodging package (10 percent off lodging, $70 off lift tickets per day) or the Stay & Gondola Package that include a free gondola ride each day. Good through May 22.
Experience the mellow winter of Yosemite National Park—including the skiing, snowboarding, and snow play at Badger Pass, scheduled to open for the season on Dec. 17. Book a stay at a classic property—The Ahwahnee or Yosemite Valley Lodge—and you’ll get a third night free. Good for stays from Jan. 4–March 10.
Up to 40 percent off Heavenly Mountain Resort lodging, South Lake Tahoe
If you’re looking for a quick holiday season getaway, the Holiday Magic package (good through Jan. 2) offers 35 percent off your stay at the condo-style Forest Suites Resort at Heavenly Village, located just steps from the Heavenly Ski Gondola and Heavenly Village. Want to go later? The Powder to the People deal ups the discount to 40 percent off and is good for travel between Jan. 3–April 18.
15 percent off at Dream Inn, Santa Cruz
Make a gift out of a three-night trip to Santa Cruz—and stay at this 165-room boutique hotel located just steps from the beach and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The Screamin’ Dream deal shaves 15 percent off the Best Available Rate with a three-night stay and throws in a daily $25 daily food and beverage credit, for up to $75 total. Deal is ongoing, with blackout dates on holiday weekends.
Cabernet season packages, Napa Valley
Winter means Cabernet Sauvignon season in Napa Valley, and there are multiple ways to celebrate—like getting 20 percent off at Cottage Grove Inn in Calistoga (good through April 15) or 20 percent off, with free golf and spa discounts, at the Silverado Resort when you arrive on a Sunday (ongoing).
Book a 2022 trip for the family with one of the Fun Cabins in the mountain town of Twain Harte, with easy access to hiking trails, golf courses, lakes, and rivers. These three-bedroom cabins sleep up to 10 and come with a fully equipped kitchen, a deck, linens, and a fireplace. Get $50 off a two-night stay or $100 off a week. Call 925-963-2857 and mention the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau. Ongoing.
Plan your Valentine’s Day getaway now—with a weekend of hikes, beer-tasting, and relaxing in Yolo County. Extend your weekend through a Sunday night at Hotel Winters and you’ll get 50 percent off that third night. Or book the Sweetheart Couple’s Deal that includes a one-hour couples’ massage and a bottle of bubbly.
20 percent off at Timber Cove Inn, Sonoma County
The little town of Jenner offers seaside bliss, and this deal makes it easy to plan a getaway. Get 20 percent off any day at this 46-room, rustic-cool resort surrounded by both redwoods and ocean views. Check out more Sonoma County deals, too, like the Sonoma Tasting Pass, a use-it-when-you-want pass for wine lovers.
It’s a romantic time of year to make a trip to Mendocino County thanks to crashing waves along the bluffs, whales in the distance, and high season for local mushrooms. It’s also peak season for deals: Stay in the heart of town with the Headlands Inn Winter Special, which gives you up to 30 percent off when you stay three nights (good through Feb. 28). Or come to the Noyo Harbor Inn, in Fort Bragg, and get either 20 percent off or a third night free on weeknight stays (good through March 31).
The Siskiyou County town of McCloud is a hidden gem any time of year—and during winter it offers a snowy playground at Mt. Shasta Ski Park. Stay in the themed rooms at the family-friendly McCloud Mercantile Hotel, which dates back to 1896, and choose from different packages that bundle in lift tickets, snowshoe rentals, and even dogsledding excursions, as well as packed lunches with hot drinks for everyone. Ongoing.