During the winter months, people often become depressed due to the cold and gloomy weather and recovering from the holidays. What better way to relax and unwind, than to stop over in sunny Southern California, for some rest and relaxation. There are many scenic spots that are quiet and serene. There are also places that you can enjoy fine dining and entertainment as well, once you have gotten some much needed rest. Here are some places that you may want to visit while in sunny Southern California.
Big Bear Lake for Nature Lovers
If you happen to be a nature lover, then Big Bear Lake is the perfect place for you. Fresh air, crystal clear skies, and a pristine lake is what you will find here. Big Bear Lake has areas with rentals for its visitors, maps of the area, and even places to eat. Great for those who really want to get back in touch with nature and enjoy the outdoors.
Before heading out to Big Bear Lake, make sure that you check the current weather conditions to see whether or not the weather conditions are suitable to you.
Famous Santa Barbara
Discover the beauty of Santa Barbara, which lies along the glittering Pacific coastline. Santa Barbara has many places that you will enjoy such as dining at the Crocodile Restaurant and Bar, which offers steaks, salads, seafood, and much more. You may also like to visit the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, famous Santa Barbara Mission, The Granada Theatre or Santa Barbara Bowl with the concerts under the open sky. Many places of interest in Santa Barbara make it one of the best places to visit while in Southern California.
Peaceful Beach Getaway
If you would like to spend your days at the beach, then head to the hidden treasure - uncrowded Mandalay Beach, just 60 minutes upcoast from Los Angeles. It is located in Oxnard, Ventura County, halfway between Santa Barbara and Malibu. While in Southern California, many tourists choose to stay in the Embassy Suites Mandalay, Ventura beach resort, because of their location, cost, amenities, and friendly, knowledgeable staff. The Embassy Suites Mandalay is the only all-suite beach hotel in Southern California. It features spacious suites, free cooked to order breakfast, and the manager's reception, which is also offered to hotel guests free of charge.
Charming Danish-inspired Town of Solvang
Solvang is another place that many people visit while in Southern California. There are many events that take place in this quaint, quiet town that definitely is Danish-inspired. Once you step into the quaint atmosphere, you will feel that you have been transported back in time. Many places to visit, shop, and enjoy your time in Solvang. You may also want to visit nearby wine country.
Celebrate Pasadena's Tournament of Roses
Tourists and locals often head over to Pasadena on New Year's Day. It is an event that draws in more than one million people. Equestrian groups, bands, float, and food is part of the grand celebration. The event takes place on January 1st or 2nd, depending on which day it falls upon.
This annual event lasts for approximately 2 hours. The Tournament of Roses parade travels along a 5.5 mile route. The event finishes at approximately 9.30 am. The event is so popular that the city permits people to claim their viewing spot on the route the day before the parade. Camping overnight is also permitted, and people are also allowed to have small fires in fire-safe containers. You will see unique floats with displays made out of various flowers each featuring different themes.