The Coziest Winter Getaways Within 3 Hours of SF
Cue the fireplace and soaking tub
OK, so it’s no Chicago freeze, but temperatures are dropping and the bone-chilling feel from the rain is real. Your first instinct might be to hop a plane to the nearest tropical destination. But don’t bust out the flip-flops just yet: These charming escapes—all within a few hours of the city—just might make a wet winter believer out of you.
THE INN ABOVE TIDE (30 MINUTES FROM SF)
Gaze across the bay from your waterfront room while you cozy up to the fireplace here with a good book or a bottle of wine for two. The Inn Above Tide is offering seasonal fireplace bundles that include hot apple cider, comfy blankets for cuddling up and cinnamon sticks or pinecones for scented fires.
BERNARDUS LODGE & SPA (2 HOURS 30 MINUTES FROM SF)
The lodge’s new villas and suites have a unique amenity in store that’s the perfect cure for winter chills: a bath butler who will fill up handcrafted copper tubs for two with bubbles and aromatherapy spa products. How’s that for service?
H2 HOTEL (1 HOUR 20 MINUTES FROM SF)
Settle in for some fun with a game of Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, part of H2’s complimentary “Winter Stay and Play” package, which also includes hot chocolate or a shot of whiskey and snacks like chocolate-covered pretzels. Then take a dip in the room’s extra-deep soaking tub before calling it a night.
LITTLE RIVER INN (3 HOURS FROM SF)
Winter in Mendocino is all about Dungeness crab. Plan a trip between January 20 and 29, during the big annual wine and crab festival. The inn even has a special “crabbiest” room rate and coastal crab tour package—both of which include cozying up by your in-room fireplace.
THE MADRONES (2 HOURS 20 MINUTES FROM SF)
All rooms at the Madrones are one of a kind, but reserve the “living room” for the works: a fireplace, a full bath and a plush king-size bed.
INDIAN SPRINGS (1 HOUR 45 MINUTES FROM SF)
Listen up, folks. The notoriously expensive hot-springs lodge in Calistoga is running a very special Winter Escape rate (rooms starting at $219) so you can enjoy the geothermal pools and in-room fireplaces and tubs without totally breaking the bank.