Five Best Small-Town Getaways From San Francisco

With many in the Bay Area working from home right now, it’s easy to feel like you never get to leave “the office.” Luckily, there are a plethora of charming and restorative nearby destinations that are just a few hours drive or less from San Francisco. See our top picks for a small town getaway close to the City.

Hot Air Balloons Take Off in Napa, California
Hot air balloons take flight over Napa, California.
1. Monterey, California

The famed Monterey Bay Aquarium is always worth a day’s visit, but there are plenty of other seaside attraction to enjoy in Monterey, including a trip to Cannery Row, the Old Fisherman’s Wharf, and for families with young children, the much beloved Dennis the Menace Park.

Where To Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Monterey

2. Napa, California

Wine lovers, unite! With dozens of vineyards and wineries offering daily tastings, your palette will never be parched in this oenophile’s dream. Once you’ve had your fill of vino, head to downtown Napa to explore great restaurants, cozy galleries, and interesting boutiques as well.

Where To Stay: Embassy Suites by Hilton Napa Valley

3. Sacramento, California

The Capitol City is a dream destination for families, replete with all kinds of activities for little ones. Train aficionados will love a visit to the California State Railroad Museum, while kids of all ages will love to re-enact Sacramento’s goldrush history with a Gold Fever! Tour.

Where To Stay: The Fort Sutter Hotel Sacramento, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

4. Santa Cruz, California

For the outdoor enthusiasts, it’s hard to beat Santa Cruz for natural beauty and wonder. Start your stay with a trip to the Natural Bridges State Beach or spy on the surfers from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, then cap off your visit with a stop at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center to learn what may be lurking just below the water.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn Santa Cruz West

5. Sonoma County, California

Not to be outdone by its slightly more famous wine-growing cousin Napa, the Sonoma County wine region mixes vineyards and tasting rooms with plenty of outdoor splendor as well. After you’ve had your fill of great wines, stop by Bodega Bay to try your hand at fishing and clamming or take a swim at the Sonoma Coast State Park.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Windsor – Sonoma Wine Country

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