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Local Getaways to Look Forward To

As the stay-at-home restrictions begin to ease, we are looking forward to our first trip away. We have rounded up a few of our favorite local getaway destinations. Safe travels!



Joshua Tree National Park

Travel Time – Approximately 2.5 hours

Joshua Tree is a popular destination for Californians and out-of-state visitors alike and it’s easy to see why. The National Park comprises two deserts, the Mojave and the Colorado, and this combination has created a killer landscape of amazing desert flora and giant boulders. After the six-week closure, trails, most bathrooms, regular campsites, roads and parking lots are now open but visitor centers and group campsites remain closed. Some campsite reservations can be made on Other sites inside the park can be reserved in person, on a first-come, first-served basis, until September 4th, 2020. Plan your visit here.



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Santa Barbara

Travel Time – Approximately 2.5 hours

Santa Barbara is known for its beautiful scenery and its Spanish colonial architecture. While the majority of attractions are closed, you can still enjoy the city’s natural beauty. Most beaches, bluffs and public hiking trails are open. A must-do is a hike to Inspiration Point, a beautiful outlook overlooking Santa Barbara’s coastline and the Channel Islands in the distance. Horticulture enthusiasts should pay a visit to Ganna Walska Lotusland, named one of the top 10 gardens in the world and home to over 3,000 plants from across the globe. Reservations for the self-guided tours are required, book yours here. As of Thursday, May 21st, dine-in restaurants were allowed to re-open but booking in advance is highly recommended.




Travel Time – Approximately 2 hours

Get your dose of European culture without leaving the country at Solvang this summer. The Danish-themed town is known for its charming wooden windmills, rural houses and a replica of Copenhagen’s Round Tower. You’ll also find Danish bakeries, pancake cottages, breweries and an assortment of Christmas shops. And if you’re looking for a more off-beat adventure, head to the outskirts of town for OstrichLand, which has over 100 ostriches and emus on site.

Erica Lockhart – DRE 01763313
Lorin Ruttenberg – DRE 01309588
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