Upgrade your browser - Unfortunately, this site has updated features that cannot run on this version of Internet Explorer. Download a free upgrade of Internet Explorer.
Memorial Day mobile
Discover Story Ideas Details Back to Story Ideas

Memorial Day Getaways and Deals

As travelers anxiously prepare to kick off summer, destinations across California are offering a head start with affordable to luxurious Memorial Day weekend deals. Whether along the pacific coast or inland, the below list is a taste of the great travel ideas, new openings and deals perfect for solo travelers, groups and friends looking to make a splash this summer.


Celebrate in Napa Valley Wine Country
At a time when so many people are eager to get out of the house and into the vineyards, Wheeler Farms in Napa Valley serves as the ideal Memorial Day weekend getaway. Located in St. Helena, Wheeler Farms is a historic property featuring a state-of-the-art winery, vineyard, hospitality house and culinary gardens. After enjoying limited production wines and culinary creations crafted by Chef Sarah Heller, guests can tour the scenic estate gardens and orchard with an unobstructed view of the sweeping vineyard and majestic Mount St. Helena in the distance.

Affordable Weekend Getaway to Gilroy
Enjoy a memorable Memorial Day vacation to Gilroy on a budget. Spend a day at the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, exploring the gardens and world-famous Circus Trees. Find savings on top designer brands at Gilroy Premium Outlets and stock up on fresh produce and gourmet goodies from the iconic Casa de Fruta Orchard Resort. Follow the smell to restaurants along the Road to Garlic, as well as authentic and affordable Mexican food on the Gilroy Taco Trail. Book a budget-friendly hotel room in Gilroy and be sure to pack swimsuits for the kids to play in the hotel pool.

Make a Splash in San Simeon
Head to the coast of San Simeon for a weekend of family fun this Memorial Day—wallet approved. Start the trip with a dog-friendly hike on the San Simeon Point Trail that boasts stunning views of San Simeon Cove and the pier. Then relax in the sun and coastal breeze at W.R. Hearst Memorial State Beach, the perfect destination for picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking and sunbathing. End every day roasting s’mores at the seaside fire pits at the Cavalier Oceanfront Resort.

Beaches and Brews in Ventura County Coast
Craft beer fans can enjoy the long weekend in Ventura County Coast by going on a beer crawl of several local breweries along the beach. In Camarillo, Institution Ale Co. and Flat Fish Brewing Co., are family-owned establishments offering everything from lagers to IPAs. Casa Agria Specialty Ales and Red Tandem Brewery in Oxnard are perfect for specialty beers. Home to dozens of breweries, Ventura is a beer lover’s delight with Anacapa Brewing Co., a vibrant gastropub with lots of beers and bites. In the beachside town of Port Hueneme, Pizza Man Dan’s and Boar’s Breath Grill are go-to spots locals love.

Escape to Paso Robles in the Central Coast
Pack up the family for a weekend getaway to Paso Robles. Camp at Cava Robles RV Resort, equipped with a luxury pool, pizza oven, on-site wine tasting and more. Paso Robles also has hundreds of hotels to choose from, plus more than 200 wineries, award-winning restaurants and even ziplining with Margarita Adventures, all while exploring the Central Coast.

Celebrate Outdoors in Arroyo Grande
Kick off the summer season this Memorial Day weekend with a family-friendly, adventurous and outdoorsy trip to Arroyo Grande. Just moments away from stunning Central Coast beaches and Lopez Lake, there are plenty of activities to enjoy under the California sun. Spend the weekend surfing or building sandcastles at Pismo Beach and kayaking and hiking around the lake. Evenings are best spent strolling around The Village, which is filled with restaurants and local shops, many of which offer Memorial Day deals.


Unwind and Uncork in Downtown Napa

For those looking for a getaway in wine country, hotels in Downtown Napa are offering a variety of Memorial Day weekend deals. The Meritage Resort and Spa is enticing guests with the “Napa in Bloom” package which offers 20 percent off on accommodations, $25 in daily resort credits, waived resort fee and a complimentary bottle of Napa Valley wine. Archer Hotel Napa is offering up to 25% off to California residents plus a $20 amenity credit. To learn about more deals, visit donapa.com/specials.

Experience the Magic of Disneyland with Visit Anaheim
To celebrate the reopening of Disneyland® Resort on April 30, 2021, Visit Anaheim has partnered with Disney Good Neighbor Hotels to offer special deals and discounts on two nights or more hotel stays. For a limited time, guests can receive one free limited-edition Disneyland® Resort Castle Stainless Steel Water Bottle with a qualified stay at an Anaheim area hotel. Additional premium deals range from 20% off stays, free Wi-Fi, up to $50 gift card credit and more. For additional details, visit https://www.visitanaheim.org/hotel-spring-promotions.

‘Un-Cork and Explore’ Safely in San Luis Obispo
Perfect for wine enthusiasts exploring the local region, Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo is offering guests an opportunity to kick off their stay with their “Un-Cork and Explore Safely” package. Book a stay at the guest room rate and receive a complimentary bottle of local wine and discounted tastings to explore various local wineries. The deal perfectly pairs a comforted stay with the safe exploration of San Luis Obispo’s charming wine trail.

Summer Celebrations Begin at Terranea Resort
At Terranea Resort, guests are invited to immerse themselves in an oceanfront getaway at Los Angeles’ hidden gem on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and receive the fourth night free (promo code 4NFREE). Adventures include kids club activity boxes, guided fishing adventures, archery, self-guided nature hikes, tide pooling, paddle boarding, kayaking and more. Expert guides offer friendly and knowledgeable insight into Rancho Palos Verdes’ unique ecology and character.

‘Spring & Summer Stay & Play’ at Peach Beach Resort in Monterey
Pebble Beach Resorts’ “Spring & Summer Stay & Play” golf package, rich with value, makes Memorial Day travel planning easy. It includes three nights at The Inn at Spanish Bay, three rounds of golf, one each on Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Links at Spanish Bay and Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Travelers have the opportunity to book a fourth or fifth night at a 20 percent discount. The package starts at $3,995 and is valid May 1, 2021 through July 31, 2021.


Enjoy Craft Beer in Benicia

This Memorial Day weekend, fans of craft beer can enjoy bits and flights at Mare Island Brewery Taproom in Benicia. With a dozen beers on tap, along with a wine and bar menu, Mare Island offers something for everyone. Throughout the summer, visitors will be able to participate in trivia events, live music and specialty brews.

Bacchus Landing Opens Memorial Day Weekend in Sonoma
This summer, experience Bacchus Landing, Sonoma County's newest wine tasting destination, where a curated collective of world-class boutique wineries pour their small-production wines in five tasting room spaces set on their three-acre property. Experiences vary from each tasting room, and guests can enjoy pairings of artisanal Sonoma County bites with the selection of wines. Each of the five tasting rooms are spacious and features its own large open patio for guests to enjoy.

Relax in Luxury at Rosewood Miramar Beach with Special DIOR Pop-Up Event
Situated on 16 acres of prime beachfront real estate, Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito offers the ultimate Memorial Day getaway. The resort is teaming up with DIOR to bring the iconic Dioriviera pop-up to the U.S. for the first time, starting May 27, 2021. The iconic fashion house will transform two of the resort’s Bungalows into a DIOR boutique featuring the Dioriviera summer collection and will deck out the Cabana Pool and bocce courts with the pattern. Making the stay even sweeter, the “Rosewood Escapes” offer provides luxurious accommodations that include daily breakfast, pool access and more.

Note: As communities re-open after COVID-19-related closures, some parks, businesses and attractions may still be closed or have new protocols in place. Please verify local guidelines and regulations for all destinations and hours and availability of individual businesses before publishing. Check out Visit California’s Responsible Travel Hub for guidance on how visitors can travel within California safely.