2011 California’s Best Getaway
2011 California’s Best Getaway Announced California’s Best Getaway winners for 2011 have been selected by the readers of CaliforniaWeekend.com. Topping the field this year was the luxurious Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, located in the small community of Ojai, not far from Santa Barbara along the Southern California coast.
If bed-and-breakfast inns are your preference, the second-place winner this year is Aurora Park Cottages, a wine country retreat in Calistoga. And rounding out the top three was Rankin Ranch, a family-run Southern California guest ranch that has been popular with visitors for generations.
Among the getaways receiving the most nominations this year were Curry Village at Yosemite National Park, the Pink Mansion, an intimate bed-and-breakfast in Calistoga, and El Capitan Canyon, a unique luxury tent-camping experience.
Also nominated were the famed Bacara Resort of Santa Barbara and Honor Mansion, a wine country getaway in Healdsburg.
The top rankings were tallied by combining reader response with other reputable rankings, giving special weight to the readers who took time to send in their nominations and comments about the various getaway experiences they have had throughout the state of California. This is the first of what will be an annual ranking by CaliforniaWeekend.com.
If you’re wondering just why the top three ranked so highly, here are some of the comments along with information about each of the award-winners
The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is a luxury resort, long known as a golfer’s haven but now also renowned for many other major resort amenities. It’s a little off the beaten path, about 13 miles off Highway 101 near Ventura. It’s located in the spectacular Ojai Valley – only about 10 miles long and three miles wide, but famous as an artists’ enclave. The resort is on 800 sprawling acres including the inn, its village and the golf course.