The Ultimate Relaxing Vacation: West Coast

relaxing vacations on the west coast

Honestly…it’s 5:30 p.m. and you just want to be home. But the jerk in front of you doesn’t seem to know how to drive today (or maybe ever). You feel your blood pressure rising and falling as this person jabbers away on their phone. And then you start screaming in your car, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING……DRIVE YOUR CAR….” Then you realize that it’s finally time to ‘get away from it all.’ Try one of these relaxing West Coast locations that never disappoint.

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Big Sur

Jack Kerouac went to Big Sur to escape his life in the city and his crazy fans. And if it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for any of us. Serenity is found in this seaside town in California. And relaxing is your number one priority when venturing to this town.

Where to Stay

In the mountains above the sea is a place of extraordinary beauty, Ventana Inn & Spa – a luxurious Big Sur resort offering the ultimate in accommodations for those seeking a romantic getaway, luxurious escape or a relaxing vacation.

Or stay in an eco-friendly cottage. These charming cottages each have a queen bed, full kitchen, gas fireplace, queen futon couch, decks and clawfoot bathtub with gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding Santa Lucia Mountains. And reserve for a mere $170 a night!

What to Do

For you fitness fanatics, Big Sur offers ample opportunity to get outside and active. Hikers and backpackers can find solitude while enjoying the diverse natural features of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Or take a yoga class at the Ventana Inn!

Visit the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary! There are over 30 species of marine mammals, over 90 species of sea birds, and 1000’s of species of marine vertebrates. You might even spot Orcas!

Practice the art of doing nothing in Big Sur. Just sit, relax, and breathe.

What to Eat

Right off of Highway One lies Nepenthe, a restaurant over looking the Santa Lucia Mountains. Sitting on the terrace, enjoying a glass of wine, an Ambrosia Burger, or one of our exceptional homemade desserts is a quintessential California experience.

Indulge in an oak grilled skirt steak with shallot with a red wine reduction sauce at the Big Sur Restaurant and Café. This once only bakery has been around since 1936 and now serves delectable fare to many travelers. Stop here for a culinary delight!



Sisters, Oregon is a wonderland of lakes, mountains and rivers, a paradise for hikers, paddlers, mountain bikers, birders, and horseback riders. You’ll find a lifetime’s worth of exploration and adventure.

Where to Stay

Stay at the FivePine Lodge while in Sisters for a unique and one of a kind vacation. It’s Central Oregon relaxing destination and is so much more than just a hotel. The Peterson Ridge trail is only steps away from the FivePine and is great for avid mountain bikers and hikers with the Three Sisters Mountains in the backdrop.

What to Do

Relax at the Black Butte Ranch Spa with numerous spa services to choose from. They know that most of their guests choose to stay active all day, so they gear their Oregon spa treatments accordingly.

Rent a kayak or canoe from the Marina at the Suttle Lake Lodge to explore the lake and appreciate the mountain filled background.

What to Eat

A casual dining experience mixed with handcrafted beer always equals happy stomachs, so that is why you must try Three Creeks Brewing! They even have a “Hop-py Hour” from 3-6 pm!

For an upscale dining experience try the The Boathouse Restaurant. They offer a fine cuisine worthy of its spectacular setting overlooking the lake. Relax with a delicious glass of wine while you enjoy the view.

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Estes Park

Enjoy the abundance of wildlife that inhabits Estes Park. Explore the beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park.

Where to Stay

Stay at the Wildwood Inn for a relaxation haven! With seven acres of private land and Rocky Mountain National Park adjoining, you can let your spirits soar while providing the perfect backdrop for an escape. Their spacious upscale Estes Park cabin rentals, suites and vacation homes with fabulous views feature luxurious down bedding & high count linens. This ensures you return home well rested.

Experience the revitalizing effect of a Rocky Mountains at The Evergreens on Fall River. The cabins offer equipped kitchens with dining area, living rooms with gas fireplaces, private decks and couples private spas, all with river views. And don’t forget to take a dip in the outdoor hot tub.

What to Do

If you stay at the Evergreens on the Fall River, you’ll have plenty of prospects for activities. They offer fishing on the river, scenic walking paths, a gazebo swing, and a hammock.

Drive to downtown Estes Park for shopping, mini-golf, go-carts, libraries and museums.

There are hiking trails in Rocky Mountain National Park for every age and ability – whether your goal is a short nature walk around a peaceful mountain lake or high altitude mountaineering.

What to Eat

Eat at Nickey’s for a delight in American cuisine. Their entrees & pricing are designed for all tastes. Enjoy our famous prime rib roasted in rock salt, own-aged steaks or fresh seafood & Colorado Trout.

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is the Editor of the Anytime Health blog. She writes content and edits articles produced by others. Amanda writes about Weight Loss, Traveling, and Lifestyle. Connect with Amanda on Twitter: @amandaingle

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