Planning a summer getaway? We’ve got you covered! Please welcome Cortnie Purdy Fausner, Co-Founder & Creative Director of The Venue Report, which finds the most extraordinary gathering spaces from around the globe for each and every special celebration in your life.
For those of you west coasters looking for an easy yet incredible weekend getaway, Cortnie has put together a list of some of the coolest Cali locations that are just a drive or quick flight away. Safe travels!
Rancho Valencia, San Diego: Located in sunny San Diego, next to the world famous horse races the ocean and the Del Mar fair which starts in June and ends in September, this is the perfect summer group getaway destination. Don your big fascinators and hats or head to the fair. Rancho Valencia has a preppy pool, famous spa, croquet lawns and a fun bar/restaurant scene on the property. Sit on the terrace and watch hot air balloons float through the sky as you sip mint juleps. Rancho-Valencia-3 Rancho-Valencia Rancho-Valencia2 Rancho-Valencia4

Casa Shelter Half, Venice Beach: This intimate beach bungalow is perched over Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The intimate space has 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bath, kitchen, swaying hammocks, a living area and an expansive patio that overlooks the heart of Abbot Kinney while providing the perfect blend of seclusion and rhythm of daily life in Venice. You and your group will be entrenched in bohemian vibes, salty air, sun-drenched decks, unique boutiques and inventive food in the neighborhood of Venice. There is no shortage of things to do. You’ll feel an incredible sense of community on Abbot Kinney as soon as you step out onto the street.

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Casa Madrona, Sausalito:  With a recent renovation, you and your travel companions can take over the historic seaside mansion in its entirety. Located in beautiful Sausalito and ranked as one of the top 20 destinations in the country, you are surrounded by art galleries, wineries, and lots of shopping.


Sacred Sands Joshua Tree:  This desert retreat is the perfect spring board for travelers who love nature, peace and quiet. Poised on a hill at the west entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, Sacred Sands offers luxury accommodations unlike anything in the high desert. This strawbale home was built with the modern guest in mind. The ultimate in privacy, comfort, restfulness, healthfulness, and beauty also affords you some of the most spectacular views around. Go hiking with your group as access to the National Park is minutes away. Tip: It can get fairly hot during the Summer months so be prepared for extreme heat. Head here during Spring, Fall and Winter if you can!

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Hotel Covell: This beautiful getaway just opened last year. There are five stunning suites with a home away from home feel, and a world renowned wine and beer bar for you and your crew to sip sip hooray the night away. You will have insta-worthy photos galore and are right on Hollywood Blvd. For those groups looking for a fun time in the city, you should head here right away.


Post Ranch Inn: There are options for everyone at this incredible inn. Stay in a private house, a tree house, a cliff house or an ocean house… Enjoy views of the sea, trees, and nature everywhere at this coastal hideaway. Located in Big Sur amongst the Redwoods, you can go hiking, whale watching, lay on famous beaches, visit light houses and more. If you want to do some gallery shopping, Monterey is a quick drive away. End each day with a cliffside sunset, glass of wine in a hot tub and dinner at the ocean view restaurant.

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Pali House Santa Monica: This intimate getaway has 37 rooms and charming cheeky antiques throughout. Set in the famous beachy neighborhood of Santa Monica, this historic hideaway is only a few blocks from the beach and minutes from the buzz of the city. Play a game of bocce ball or stroll the manicured grounds.

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Healdsburg Modern Cottages: Northern California wine country awaits. Bring up to 12 of your fave friends or four couples and take over all four modern cottages named after famous designers. With bicycles on the property for your use, the owners will also direct you to the best wine tasting around, farm tours and guides to the charming town. It’s only a four minute walk to restaurants and shops for those who like to stay active, or you can relax in the sculpture garden and private pool for the group getaway of your dreams.

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Ojai Ranch Inn, Ojai: Ojai is famous for its charming setting, relaxation, festivals, hikes, horse back riding and healthy fare. Ojai Ranch Inn is the perfect intimate setting to remind you of Summer camp. With rooms surrounding a pool, sprawling lawn and BBQ, you and your group will be taken back to a simpler time. Grab a frisbee, a flamingo pool floatie and some beers. Most suites even have their own kitchens and you can bring Fido for an extra $20.

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