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  • Writer's pictureCassy Morgen

The Best-hidden Gem Resorts in California

Updated: May 23, 2023

Hey, fellow adventurers! If you're looking for a California vacation that's off the beaten path, you've come to the right place! We've rounded up the best-hidden gem resorts that will make you feel like you've stumbled upon your own private paradise. So, let's pack our bags and hit the road!

First up, we have the Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley. Tucked away in a secluded canyon, this luxurious resort is surrounded by 157 acres of breathtaking vineyards, oak trees, and rolling hills. With its private lodges, outdoor showers, and hot tubs, you'll feel like you're in your own world. Plus, the resort offers an array of activities, from hiking and biking to wine tasting and spa treatments.

Courtesy of the Calistoga Ranch

Next on our list is the El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara. If you're a nature lover, this is the place for you. With its safari tents, cedar cabins, and yurts, you'll get the best of both worlds: a rustic camping experience with all the amenities of a luxury resort. The resort also offers guided hikes, beach cruises, and star-gazing sessions, so you'll never run out of things to do.

The cabins at the El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara

Courtesy of El Capitan Santa Barbara

If you're looking for something a little more retro, check out the Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs. This Moroccan-inspired resort is a true hidden gem, with its whitewashed walls, arched doorways, and lush courtyards. And with its fire pits, heated pool, and hammocks, you'll feel like you've stepped back in time to a more relaxed era. Plus, the resort is just a short walk away from downtown Palm Springs, so you can explore all the cool shops and restaurants.

The villa and the Koraika Pensione in Palm Springs

Courtesy of the Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs

Last but not least, we have the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur. If you're looking for a romantic getaway, this is the place for you. The resort's cliff-side bungalows offer breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, and with its infinity pool, hot tubs, and spa, you'll feel like you're in your own little paradise. Plus, the resort's award-winning restaurant is a foodie's dream come true.

So, there you have it, folks - our top picks for the best-hidden gem resorts in California.

Pacific Suite in the Post Ranch Inn

Courtesy of the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur

Whether you're looking for a luxury retreat or a rustic camping experience, these resorts will transport you to a world of relaxation and adventure. So what are you waiting for? Book your trip now and let the good times roll! Make sure to check out all our guides at OnlyTopHotels.



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