Southern California’s beautiful climate, beaches, mountains, desert, and lifestyle make any honeymoon there memorable. You can pack your activewear and open-toed shoes, because they’re considered everyday fashion in the world of yoga, surfing, and juice bars. You might even need to be aware of the risk that when you honeymoon in SoCal, you may decide you want to stay there happily ever after.
The opportunities for your stay in Southern California are varied - from old school Hollywood to the beaches of La Jolla, from the desert near Joshua Tree to the snowy mountains of Big Bear. Each location provides its own ambience and excitement, its own list of things to do and places to see. Here is a list of four SoCal destinations to help you plan a romantic getaway with the love of your life.
Let’s start the list with a bit of an unusual honeymoon suggestion: Pioneertown, California. This little dot on the map is located out in the breathtaking Mojave desert, near Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree, and not overly far from Palm Springs. You can stay at the Pioneertown Motel, or make it interesting by booking a house on Airbnb. For super-cute digs, rent a vintage Airstream or Shasta trailer from Andrew, Joseph & Justine on Airbnb. One of the major attractions in Pioneertown itself is a combination restaurant/bar/music venue called Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. It is rumored that sometimes Neil Young shows up to catch a show.
Warner Springs Ranch Resort
If golf, tennis, mineral springs, and a general resort-like atmosphere in a beautiful western setting are your thing, try Warner Springs. It’s a ranch-style resort located northeast of San Diego, and its amenities include equestrian facilities, a spa, campgrounds, and a private airport. If you’re new to horseback riding, book a guided trail ride throughout the surrounding terrain. The cabins are historic, yet air conditioned.
Old Hollywood at Chateau Marmont
Book a SoCal honeymoon your friends will envy by staying in West Hollywood’s famed Chateau Marmont. This is where the rich and famous come to hide out and relax, which could be a thrilling way to start the adventure of your marriage. Food at the hotel is prepared with seasonal ingredients, and can be paired with a stunning wine list. Write a letter back home on personalized stationary, or take a dip in the heated outdoor pool. A stay at the hotel sets you right smack dab in the center of all kinds of places to visit. Keep with the theme of your surroundings, and choose movie-themed activities with a trip to the Hollywood Walk of Fame outside Mann’s Chinese Theatre, and a tour of Universal Studios Hollywood. If you’re a foodie, eat at Spago, Rustic Canyon, or any of the restaurants from Jonathan Gold’s “The List”; to stay with your Hollywood honeymoon theme you could dine at restaurants such as Musso & Frank Grill or Dan Tana’s.
If you’re the type who thinks that a Disneyland honeymoon would be a lifelong dream come true, you owe it to yourself to consider the option now that you’re getting married. The theme park is not just for children; you might be surprised if you knew how many Southern California residents from all walks of life hold season passes and collect pins. Disneyland is located in Anaheim, California, which is a relatively close distance to Los Angeles. Anaheim has two famous sports franchises: The Ducks, their hockey team, and The Angels, their baseball team. If you’re in the area for either of those sports teams’ seasons, you might want to get away from the park for an evening and soak up the atmosphere of a professional sports event. If you’re into craft beer, stop by Bottle Logic Brewing, whose barrel-aged imperial stouts are sought after by beer aficionados, Bruery Terreux, whose sour ales are internationally renowned, or Noble Ale Works, who make amazing IPAs and are also known for a white stout called Naughty Sauce.