Keep Your Cool

Play things cool on these adventures through redwoods, to a waterfall, along a coast-hugging trail of the Channel Islands, and to a hike-in cabin in a canyon. Oh yeah, wave the adventure flag!

My Weekend Sherpa:

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1) Gulls Getaway

The Anacapa wildlife spectacle begins almost as soon as you pull away from Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. First up are playful common dolphins, and if you’re lucky, humpback and migrating gray whales. As you approach, you’ll see (and hear)…

2) Bluffing Seals

We love aquariums, but there’s something special about viewing adorable, blubbery harbor seals in their natural habitat—namely Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve and Seal Sanctuary. An easy 1-mile (round-trip) out-and-back hike on the Carpinteria Bluffs Trail gets you to an overlook…

3) SoCal's Sequoias

Visiting an arboretum to go forest bathing is like going to a spa for a massage—it makes perfect sense! Though small in acreage, Heaps Peak Arboretum in Skyforest has a stellar collection of massive trees that include giant sequoias. Yes,…

4) Ranch Style

The Ranch at Laguna Beach sits on an iconic piece of land where the mountains meet the Pacific. This boutique coastal ranch hotel was completely reimagined and renovated in 2016.

See The Ranch

5) San Gabriels Sojourn

To overnight at Sturtevant Camp is to relive Southern California’s “Great Hiking Era”—the 1880s to late 1930s—when millions flocked to the San Gabriel Mountains to hike, fish, and picnic. Of the era’s several hostelries, only Sturtevant remains. This hike-in cabin…

6) Forested Falls

What could be more soothing than adding the sound of flowing water to your zen experience of forest bathing? The place is Cooper Canyon Falls, deep in the San Gabriels, reachable via a 3-mile (round-trip) out-and-back hike on the Burkhart…


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