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Old 12-28-11, 02:35 PM
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4-day Weekend Dream Getaway Recommendations

Where would you go this weekend if you had all four days off, road bikes & mountain bike, plenty of dosh, and So-Cal's perfect weather?

Just got Friday & Monday off, gf is sick, and I'm feeling the need for a scenery break.

Catalina?
Palm Springs?
Palm Desert?
I assume the mountains (and Sequoia) are mostly snowed in? (Any info to the contrary?)
SLO?
Any others?
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SLO and North towards Hearst castle. That is always a perfect area, especially without the RV crowd out in abundance.
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Old 12-28-11, 02:41 PM
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SLO is on my shortlist so far. I went there and Paso Robles last December and it was pretty spectacular. Any specific must-see, like Prefumo Canyon and Morro Bay?



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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
SLO is on my shortlist so far. I went there and Paso Robles last December and it was pretty spectacular. Any specific must-see, like Prefumo Canyon and Morro Bay?



Nice pics.
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Las Vegas. Make it a Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas weekend.
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I did a duathlon in Vegas once.
The clothes I never even unpacked stunk of cigarettes and when I asked the doorman at the hotel where a good place to run was, he looked both ways and said, "Depends on who's chasing you..."
The only thing I like about Vegas is that it's sufficiently far away.
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
I did a duathlon in Vegas once.
The clothes I never even unpacked stunk of cigarettes and when I asked the doorman at the hotel where a good place to run was, he looked both ways and said, "Depends on who's chasing you..."
The only thing I like about Vegas is that it's sufficiently far away.
Lol.
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And it doesn't have to be a Four-Star destination, by the way.
I'm also looking at places like Pine Valley (site of the Mount Laguna Classic), Julian, Idyllwild, and Warner Springs.
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SLo....ftw!
I spent four days riding there in late Sept. You need to go up Old Creek Rd from Cayucos and if you still need have energy cross Hwy 46 and climb Santa Rosa Creek Rd into Cambria. Here's more info:https://www.lkjh.org/bike/california/slo/index.html

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If you have already done the SLO PCH ride(s), and Paso Robles or Solvang - I'd suggest Napa. Great rides through scenic areas, with enough hills to keep you on your toes (or it was for me anyway).
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Thanks Jim, but that's a bit of a stretch to get up that far north. It's nearly a full day's drive up and a full day back.
I've done some motorcycle trips to Napa and it is indeed beautiful though.
Thanks!
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Diggin' the Schwinn...
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Originally Posted by tony2v View Post
SLo....ftw!
I spent four days riding there in late Sept. You need to go up Old Creek Rd from Cayucos and if you still need have energy cross Hwy 46 and climb Santa Rosa Creek Rd into Cambria. Here's more info:https://www.lkjh.org/bike/california/slo/index.html
Thanks for the tips! Those roads are ringing familiar bells from my many motorcycle forays up there. SLO just moved up a few more notches on the short list.

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Diggin' the Schwinn...
Gracias. I'm nearly done building up a slightly smaller one with a triple. (The Mount Laguna Classic pretty much cured me of giggling at triples and compacts.):

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Solvang and Santa Ynez valley. (and you are close enough to drive to SLO for a day trip).
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Santa Rosa and area or Napa.
I understand those are too far.
SLO and Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez environs would be my target for a short trip w/o too much of a drive.
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I always enjoy a visit to SLO/Santa Maria/Paso Robles/Cambria etc. It's a beautiful time of year to be up that way. Temperatures are cool to moderate, the leaves are changing color and there is little or no fog. I like to stay at the Travellodge in SLO (near the Apple Inn). If you need ride suggestions check out the SLOBC website. Also if you make it up that way, try and eat at the Far West Tavern in Santa Maria. The restaurant just moved locations - really great food!

Went to Laguna Mountain/Julian over Christmas. Unfortunately it got quite a bit of snow. But Palomar to Warner Springs was dry.
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
And it doesn't have to be a Four-Star destination, by the way.
I'm also looking at places like Pine Valley (site of the Mount Laguna Classic), Julian, Idyllwild, and Warner Springs.
How about Slab City? You can climb Salvation Mountain.
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How about Slab City? You can climb Salvation Mountain.
I see enough of that in my daily routine thanks to the recruiting nutjobs who circle my doorstep like hungry sharks. No thanks.
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santa monica mountains. sufficiently close/far enough. 3-4 days would leave a decent amount of time to tackle many of the climbs/roads of the area and get a real taste of the area.

could stay in santa monica and during your down time, hit one or both of the nearby getty properties, abbot kinney blvd in venice, 3rd street promenade/palisades park/the pier in santa monica. you could lose yourself entirely in my favorite bookstore in so cal-hennessey & ingalls art and architecture bookstore on the corner of 2nd and wilshire between 3rd street promenade & palisades park. vast selection of gardening, design, photography, art and architecture books.

maybe a hybrid joshua tree/mojave national preserve trip. stay in 29 palms. little to zero support in the preserve tho.

vegas area doing red rocks, lake mead, valley of fire state park and some variation of a mt. charleston/spring mountains climb 156/157/158 loop.

i'd suggest death valley but i think you're pretty familiar with it already. do love that 11 mile ascent east from furnace creek past zabriskie point and 20 mule canyon to the dante's view turnoff. the pavement there is smooth and the grade is a perfect 3.5 percent the whole way up.

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I was thinking Napa, too. I am researching the ALS Century ride that goes through St. Helena and Calistoga and it brings back a ton of memories of camping up there one winter. It was STUNNING. However, yes, it's a long trip. With that in mind, I was thinking of Sequoia. Day temps in the 60's. Oh, wait, lows in the 30's. Yah, while the roads are probably all cleared, ice could be a problem in the shadows. OK, I'll be a conformist and say SLO is probably a great option.
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Probably a little late for this (it books up quick for Xmas-New Years), but try Death Valley. Not a lot of asphlat, but if you're bringing both road and MTB bikes, the place is fantanstic. I like the great scenery ('naked geology', no trees and shrubs gettin' in the way of all those stratified layers of rock!), and MTBing on the backcountry roads through some of the canyons and hanging valleys is pretty spectacular. and soem touristy sightseeing is not out of bounds if you've never been there. If you're an AAA member, get their "Death Valley' guide map - it'll give you a good idea of what's where and whet your appetite for more. Only real lodging in the park is at Furnace Creek (the hotel or the pricey 'resort'), and the Furnace Creek campground.

If its all booked up you could keep it in mind for a long weeked trip in spring or fall.
 
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Thanks for the tips guys and gals. Unfortunately, just found out Gramma had a health scare this afternoon, so Mom might be flying back to North Dakota, which means I might be watching all the family dogs. Weekend kiboshed.
Good to have the recommendations for future weekends though!

Here are a few pics from previous bike adventure weekends (many mentioned by you guys):

Death Valley:


Sequoia:



Paso Robles (had too much fun while bicycling to take pics on that trip):


Safe riding this weekend, and in 2012!
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Sorry to hear about your Grandma. I hope all is okay. And I know this is late...but if the chance comes up again, you may want to look at Borrego Springs in the desert in San Diego County (at least when it's not too hot). We were there over Christmas, stayed at Borrego Valley Inn (very pricey, but there are other cheaper alternatives). The cycling is generally flat with awesome scenery. But you can do Yaqui Pass (1220 foot climb in about four miles) or Montezume grade (3000 foot climb in 12 miles) if you like to climb. Also, the skies are just awesome, litterally thousands of stars. Also Anza Borrego State Park is there if you like to hike.
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I love Catalina. It's laid back and relaxing and bike-friendly.
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