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5 Magnificent Winter Retreats Within 4 Hours of The Harrison

January 22, 2019
Winter

San Francisco has everything one could ever need: world-class cuisine, museums and galleries, and some of the most spectacular views on the west coast. Even so, a trip outside of San Francisco can be a welcome deviation from everyday life. Avoid complacency during the winter by planning a cozy getaway somewhere off the beaten path. All located within a few hours of The Harrison, these winter retreats boast some of Northern California’s best cold-weather experiences.

Oceano Hotel & Spa – Half Moon Bay

Though Half Moon Bay could easily be a day trip, winter presents the perfect time to extend it into a weekend getaway instead. Check yourself into Oceano Hotel & Spa, which has fireplaces in many of its rooms and suites, for ultimate relaxation. Enjoy views of Half Moon Bay Harbor and the Pacific Ocean after a hot stone massage, milk & honey bath or microcurrent facial. And if you’re feeling more adventurous one day, sign up for a whale-watching tour—as January through April is whale-watching season in Half Moon Bay.

Distance From The Harrison: 25 Miles (30–45 Minutes)

Calistoga Ranch

Renew your mind and body in nature at this Napa Valley resort. Soak in a heated mineral pool overlooking moss-laden oaks, melt your stress away in a detoxifying mud wrap or simply relax with a glass of local wine as you sit by a fireplace with your loved one. Book a stay in one of the ranch’s 50 freestanding guest lodges, allowing you to truly embrace the natural surroundings.

Distance From The Harrison: 72 Miles (About 1.5 Hours)

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Orr Hot Springs Resort

Go for the hot springs and stay for the cozy yurt or cottage you’ll have the pleasure of sleeping in. During your stay, let the quiet ambiance and warm waters transport you to a state of relaxation. Orr Hot Springs Resort is a quaint resort in the rolling hills of the Mendocino Coastal Range. Here, treat yourself to mineral-water soaks in their hot springs, private/stargazing tubs or cold pool.

Distance From The Harrison: 135 Miles (About 2.5 Hours)

Yosemite

One of the country’s most visited national parks is known for its summer recreation: camping, hiking, basking in the vast natural beauty. What you might not realize is that Yosemite is also a great destination during the winter as well. Take in the snow-capped mountains and frozen waterfalls and check six National Historic Landmarks off your list. Best of all, you can enjoy ice skating in the great outdoors at Half Dome Village Ice Skating Rink, followed by a cozy sit by the fire pit.

Distance From The Harrison: 189 Miles (About 4 Hours)

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Lake Tahoe

For the winter sports aficionado, Lake Tahoe is a not-so-hidden gem. Choose from 13 different ski resorts—from the Olympic-caliber Squaw Valley to the family-friendly Tahoe Donner Downhill—for your winter getaway. Not into skiing or boarding? Many of the resorts offer indoor activities for those who prefer to stay cozy and warm.

Distance From The Harrison: 202 Miles (About 4 Hours)

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