Spring is a delightful time to travel around California, and not just for the super bloom of wildflowers or the upcoming waterfall season. It’s also that sweet spot between high seasons, which translates to a ripe time for deals. It’s a nice reminder to check out the tourism board sites of your vacation destination beforehand, to see what discounts on hotels, wineries, or activities are available. Not only can you get deals on things you know you want to do, this is also the perfect time to discover cool new experiences too. Here are 16 ways to enhance a spring trip to the Golden State—some of these offers end pretty soon, but some can make your customized Spring Break last through the end of the year.
Spring season desert deals, Greater Palm Springs
High season is ending in the desert soon, but right before temperatures rise, prices tend to fall. Come before the Desert X art exhibit ends on April 21 and you get 30 percent off at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club. Or, stay at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa and you can get both a round of golf and a spa treatment per day (good through May 31).
Spring Break at Tenaya Lodge, Visit Yosemite/Madera County
Spring Break lasts through April 28 at this classic lodge a few minutes from the south gate of Yosemite National Park. When you stay at least two nights, the deal includes a seven-day national park pass, free breakfasts for the kids, and buy-one-get-one deals on various activities. Need more time to finish spring break? Get 15 percent off a log cabin rental (often with full kitchens and fireplaces) at The Redwoods in Yosemite, as part of its Chase Waterfalls Springs Special (good through May 31).
$145 spa day with bubbly at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau
A spa day is even more relaxing when you’re getting a good deal. Book a spa day, whether you are staying overnight or not, at this timeless resort in Sonoma County. The savings range from about $50 off classic massages (the $145 in the Package name) to $265 off for a couples massage. Rates and savings vary by day, but they’re all pretty good rates, and indeed come with a glass of bubbly. Good through April 30.
Third night free at local inns, Visit Mendocino
Three charming local inns in the North Coast town are celebrating the season with third-night free deals, which also include a long list of discounts on restaurants and local winery tastings. Choose from the Indian Creek Inn, The Madrones, and The Brambles. Good through April 30.
Spring weekend deal, The Park James Hotel in Menlo Park
The Silicon Valley boutique hotel is plenty tech-friendly, with digital check in, digital entry, bedside tablets, and even a virtual trainer in the fitness center. But weekend deals are nicely old-school, with a two-night weekend stay for $358 that includes a $50 dining credit that you can use at the hotel’s farm to fork restaurant, Oak + Violet. Good through April 30.
Spring wine blending session at Buccella Winery, Visit Napa Valley
The Visit Napa Valley offers page has coupons and deals for wineries and hotels, but also interesting opportunities. Come to this winery south of Napa to taste its newest 2016 vintage release and participate in sessions of tasting and blending the components that make up its Mixed Blacks blend. Good through May 20.
25 percent off at Pantai Inn, San Diego Tourism
The San Diego Tourism Authority offers a lot of discounts on their specials page, as well as an invitation to check out hidden gems—like Pantai Inn, a Balinese-style, all-suites-and-cottages resort near the beach in La Jolla. The deal includes 25 percent off your stay, free breakfasts, snacks, and access to beach gear. Good through May 30.
Spring special, Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside
This spring-meets-weeknight deal in the Inland Empire offers an easy way to experience this grande dame resort in Riverside. The rate starts at just $179 a night, Sunday through Thursday, and includes a $25 resort credit and two cupcakes per night (yes, per night) from the onsite Casey’s Cupcakes. Runs through May 31.
The Painted Mariposa Package, The Spanish Garden Inn in Santa Barbara
This year’s super-bloom spring has included butterflies, and this 24-room inn in downtown Santa Barbara is making the most of it. The package starts at $285 a night and includes a free “Butterfly Kiss” Bottle of Wine, butterfly-shaped chocolates from Santa Barbara chocolatier Chocolats du Cali Bressan, and a sweet alyssum flower plant to take home and attract butterflies. Proceeds from the package benefit the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum’s “Butterflies Alive!” exhibit. Good through May 31.
Spring Midweek Package, Ojai Valley Inn
Spring combined with a midweek stay makes for a nice getaway to this plush, Central Coast resort. The deal includes a daily $50 resort credit, a $30 per-spa-treatment credit, and a free room upgrade when you check in. Good through June 1.
25 percent off at The Getaway Carmel, See Monterey
The Monterey County tourism board offers a lot of nice discounts on inns, like the sleek but laidback The Getaway, located in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Stay two nights and you get 25 percent off, along with a complimentary breakfast and the evening “bubbles and bites” reception on the patio. Most rooms have gas fireplaces, too. Good through June 30.
Alcatraz Long Weekender Package, two Hilton properties in San Francisco
Stay at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square or Parc 55 San Francisco, and you can check out “Alcatraz: Life on the Rock,” an exhibit about the city’s famous former prison. Stay for three nights at either hotel and you get 50 percent off the third night, along with discounted tickets to see Alcatraz in person. Book early, especially for the tours, which fill up fast. Good through Sept. 15.
Pechanga Resort deals, Visit Temecula Valley
Even if gaming is not your thing, this resort on Temecula Valley has excellent golf, a spa, and dining—as well as easy access to Temecula Valley Wine Country. Book at least 30 days ahead and get 25 percent savings; if you need to be more spontaneous, you can at least get a package with free breakfast brought to your room. Good through Dec. 31.
60 percent off whale-watching cruises, Visit Anaheim
Whale watching season is still in full swing, and you can always get a good deal on a tour if you know where to look. This offer from Davey’s Locker in Newport Beach runs just $13 per person, and offers the chance to see anything from giant blue whales to humpbacks, dolphins, and more. Good through March 2020.
Craft beer bundle, Visit Concord
About 30 miles northeast of San Francisco, the city of Concord has a thriving craft beer scene, such as E.J. Phair Brewing and Epidemic Ales. When you book a trip through its tourism board, you get a free beer cup and a free sampler flight of beer along the Concord Craft Beer Trail. Ongoing.