February 12th, 2018

10 Romantic Winter Lodges to Retreat to In Southern California



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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to plan a romantic winter getaway. There are plenty of cozy winter destinations within reasonable driving distance. Check out these options, including some with winter and Valentine’s specials. Book early to secure your spot!

  • Cozy Hollow Lodge
    Snuggled in the piney woods of Big Bear Lake, this lodge and 11 cabins are down the hill from the Alpine Slide and a walk around the corner from Big Bear Village and the lake. Snow Summit Ski Resort and its live music venue, The Cave, offer day and nighttime entertainment. See the promotions page for special offers.
  • Giant Oaks Lodge at Running Springs
    High in the San Bernardino Mountains, the Running Springs area offers snow activities with Snow Valley Ski Resort, Rim Nordic Skiing, Sky Park at Santa’s Village, Pali Mountain and Lake Arrowhead just minutes away by car. The lodge is also within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. Several charming rooms offer an indoor spa and fireplace, and there is also a private studio cabin available.
  • The Grand Idyllwild Lodge Bed and Breakfast
    Located in the San Jacinto Mountains near Pine Cove, this “mountain luxury boutique lodge” offers a pampered retreat with an onsite spa and sauna for couple’s time. You can also hike the hundreds of miles of trails nearby or visit the many art galleries in town. A gourmet breakfast is served on the weekends, and there are several fantastic restaurants located in town.
  • Gray Squirrel Resort and Vacation Rentals
    This Big Bear Lake resort and collection of rentals offers dozens of properties ranging in size and price, including romantic cabins with indoor hot tubs and fireplaces. The husband and wife owners promise to make your stay personal, enjoyable, and comfortable.
  • Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa
    An award-winning AAA Four Diamond hotel amidst the snowy peaks of the San Bernardino Mountains, majestic pines and a sparkling lake provide peace and relaxation to any stay. You can play in the snow nearby at the Snow Drift Tubing Park and Rim Nordic Ski Area, savor coffee and grab a bite to eat at the café or restaurant. You can also warm up at the spa, year-round pool, and hot tubs. Visit the special offers page for winter deals.
  • The Lodge at Big Bear Lake
    This Holiday Inn Resort offers a modern rustic vibe for a laid back escape on Big Bear Lake. The lodge offers in-suite spa tubs, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and sauna. An on-site restaurant serves California-style cuisine with an Asian flair. Recreation nearby includes snowboarding at Bear Mountain, skiing the freestyle trails of Snow Summit, bobsledding at Alpine Slide, and snowshoe tours at the Discovery Center. Or stay close and catch a concert at the village’s live music venue.
  • The Lodge at Torrey Pines
    More of a “staycation” getaway, this is an ideal option for those with limited time. Take a yoga class or hike, visit the spa, hit a round on the legendary Torrey Pines Golf Course, and visit one of the gorgeous resort’s two fine dining restaurants. Visit the offers page for specials that include spa treatments, golf, and breakfast deals.
  • Lodging near Mountain High Winter Resort
    If you’re looking for a slope-centered getaway, Mountain High is Southern California’s closest winter resort that doesn’t require any mountain driving. Located in the Angeles National Forest, approximately 2.5 hours from downtown San Diego, the resort has three separate areas (East, West, and North) with different terrain. Visit the lodging page of their website for a list of nearby cabins, homes, and lodges available.
  • Sacred Sands at Joshua Tree
    Just outside the west entrance to Joshua Tree National Park sits the architectural landmark and small inn, Sacred Sands. The main house and guest house offer a B&B experience in a luxurious setting. A private outdoor patio holds a mineral water hot tub, fire pit, and full-size hanging bed, perfect for relaxing one-on-one time and nighttime stargazing.
  • Smoke Tree Ranch
    An historic group of homes and guest cottages dating from the 1930s offers a delightful full-service stay at Palm Spring’s only remaining guest ranch. Enjoy meals, spa services, horse stable activities, and golf amid stunning desert and mountain views. You can also head into town for nighttime entertainment or a meal out.

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