Best Places to Enjoy “Cozy Season” Near Rancho Santa Fe

The end of summer is always a little bit sad – until you remember that it means the beginning of cozy season. While we enjoy a beautiful, temperate climate year-round here in Rancho Santa Fe, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get a good dose of “sweater weather” nearby. If you’re the type of person who enjoys sipping a pumpkin spice latte, nestling near a fire, and admiring the changing leaves, then hit up one of these destinations that are just a hop, skip, and a jump away!

Enjoy apple picking in Julian

One of the best places to experience cozy season is closer to Rancho Santa Fe than you might think. Julian, California, is a charming mountain town that is best known for its annual apple harvest. Spend the day picking apples while taking in the glorious weather and colors of fall. Explore the historic downtown and visit an old gold mine while you’re here!

Experience four seasons in Big Bear Lake

For a weekend fall getaway, you can’t beat Big Bear Lake. Known as Southern California’s “Four Season Mountain Resort”, fall is certainly the most colorful season of all in Big Bear. In fact, they like to call it “Falltacular Season”! Take a fall foliage hike, try fly fishing, or plan a romantic weekend in a cozy cabin. 

Soak in the woodsy charm of Idyllwild

If spending time cozied up in a small town tucked into the woods sounds ideal, then head to Idyllwild. A mere two-hour drive from home will make you feel a world away. You’ll be surrounded by the yellows, golds, and oranges of the season while feeling the crisp mountain air against your skin. And the small-town atmosphere gives you the best possible place to relax and unwind after a hectic summer.

Take a fall foliage hike at Palomar Mountain State Park

Another wonderful place to experience cozy season that isn’t far from home is Palomar Mountain State Park. With more than 11 miles of trails through forests, meadows, and woodlands, you’ll experience a feast for the senses. The high elevation and remote location make this an ideal place to see fall foliage, and the trails vary in difficulty, making it perfect for the whole family.

Drive the Sunrise Scenic Byway in Cleveland National Forest

Finally, for those that would just like to get in the car and sip a PSL while watching the scenery go by, then head to the Cleveland National Forest. Enjoy a drive along the Sunrise Scenic Byway to take in the fall foliage. You can stop at several scenic overlooks along the way to admire the vistas below. If you’re feeling adventurous, then hike the Sunset Trail or a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail to fully experience cozy season at its best.

Contact the Lucy Kelts Collection today

Are you interested in buying or selling a luxury Rancho Santa Fe before the end of the year? Then contact the Lucy Kelts Collection at 858-775-8843 or [email protected]. Our team of experts is ready to sit down with you personally to discuss all your real estate needs. Contact us today!

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