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Three Weekend Getaways to Escape the Inauguration Blues

Drown your sorrows in Mendocino hot springs, or hide under a blanket in a Hope Valley log cabin.


Vichy Springs Resort in Mendocino County. 

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Photo: Sorensen's Resort

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The Water's Edge hotel in Tiburon.

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For anyone ready to face President Trump with fists raised in protest, there are marches for that. But what about those who just need a breather from our new troll-in-chief? After all, we've got a whole four years to fight. And tuning out the world while going la la la is a thing Californians are entitled to do from time to time. Here, a trio of trips that can't get the country out of this mess, but might get you out of your head.

Soaking in Mendocino
Escape your Twitter feed and head two hours north to Ukiah in Mendocino County. You’ll find plenty of wide-open space explore, particularly on Vichy Springs Resort’s 700 acres of waterfall- and wildlife-filled hiking trails. Vichy’s main draw is the hot springs, which include a 104-degree communal pool and 90-degree carbonated mineral baths. For some low-key wine tasting minus the crowds, take the short country drive to Nelson Family Vineyards, where you can share a bottle of estate-grown wine and artisan cheese in their redwood-shaded picnic area. For dinner, head to downtown Ukiah for some Mendocino-grown cusine at the restaurant and lounge Patrona, run by a husband-and-wife team of winery chefs. Ask for tips on wines to pair with dishes like charbroiled rib-eye steak with creamy mashed potatoes and local red chili cod, then cap the night off with a rich Belgian chocolate torte.

Holing Up in Hope Valley
If the prospect of one more controversial cabinet appointment makes you want to hide under a blanket, Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley is the place to do it. Decamp to a log cabin with a wood-burning stove or opt for a bed-and-breakfast suite with a fireplace. The resort’s snowy bungalows have all the charm of a mountain hideaway with the amenities of a resort, like 165 acres of pine and aspen forest, a Norwegian-style wood-fired sauna, and a restaurant serving up specialities like housemade quiche and beef burgundy stew. Drive 15 minutes up the road to hit the slopes at powder-packed Kirkwood Mountain, or head 20 minues south to Grover Hot Springs State Park, where you can snowshoe or cross-country ski through their alpine meadows before taking a healing soak in the warm mineral baths. Head into South Lake Tahoe for a night on the town, or savor an intimate dinner of Italian classics at the homey Scusa Italian Ristorante

Lazy-cationing in Marin
For a quick trip inside commuting distance, hop a ferry across the bay to Tiburon. Book a stay at the Water’s Edge hotel, 50 yards from the ferry terminal, where you can settle into full-on sloth mode. Think fireplaces in every room, breakfast delivered to your door, wine and cheese offerings on the waterfront deck, and harbor views set against the city skyline. If wanderlust strikes, head out on a hike to explore Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve’s coastal views and rare plants, or borrow a complementary bike from your hotel and ride the popular—and aptly named—Paradise Loop. Pack a lunch from Nugget Market, then take the 12-minute ferry ride over to Angel Island to enjoy hiking and a picnic on the beach. For dinner, step out of your hotel onto the quaint Main Street lined with waterfront dining options. Snag a table on Luna Blu’s, a sustainable Italian seafood spot with an outdoor patio.


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