Girlfriends Getaways to Surprise and Delight

Girlfriends’ Getaways on California’s Central Coast

Decompress and revitalize on a girls’ getaway to California’s Central Coast. Find adventure and pampering, wellness retreats and retail therapy, and plenty of great eating and drinking in the regions of Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

Here are six ways to wow your friends on a girls’ getaway to California’s Central Coast.

Relaxation Goes Local

Now this is the way to go local. Hidden away in the heart of the Del Monte Forest, The Spa at Pebble Beach specializes in signature spa treatments that incorporate the healing properties of plants, herbs, and minerals indigenous to the Monterey Peninsula. The 22-acre property includes massage rooms (some with fireplaces), a flotation wrap suite, a full-service salon, a conservatory and sanctuary for relaxation, and a warm outdoor pool. There’s also the Spa Juice Bar & Café, which serves fresh juices, smoothies, and salads, plus local wine and beer.

Game-Changing Girls’ Getaways

Turn a girlfriends’ getaway into a game changer at Esalen Institute. The famed Big Sur retreat center and educational institute helps guests find new understandings of themselves and the world around them. Find workshops such as mindfulness-based stress reduction and yoga weekends. Pair it with peaceful accommodations, hot springs with views of the Pacific, and the Institute’s signature massage.


Wine Tasting Horseback Rides

KAP Land & Cattle leads guided horseback tours through the historic Fess Parker Ranch and Vineyards followed by wine tasting and a gourmet picnic lunch by the Parkers’ ranch-to-restaurant The Bear & Star. Round up your girlfriends to enjoy Central Coast scenery, local wines, and an amazing picnic lunch featuring foods grown at the ranch.

Yoga Among the Vines

Yoga and wine, together at last. Folktale Winery and Vineyard’s weekly Yoga in the Vines pairs a 90-minute yoga class in a vineyard (the class moves indoors if it rains) with a rewarding glass of wine in the Wine garden apres-yoga. Set on 15 acres of sustainably-farmed vineyards along the Carmel River, the winery’s yoga class and wine tasting is best enjoyed—and reminisced about later—with friends.

Retail Therapy

With 40 favorites to choose among, the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets offer fashionistas a serious workout. Find Aeropostale, Calvin Klein, Coach, and more at up to 65 percent off retail prices. Located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Pismo Beach Premium Outlets also has an Official California Welcome Center so you can plan your next stop in between shops.

Photo Safaris

Find inspiration … and a new skill on a photo safari at Return to Freedom American Wild Horse Sanctuary. This by-appointment-only sanctuary for almost 400 wild horses offers private photo safaris at its 300-acre Lompoc property and 2,000-acre San Luis Obispo sanctuary.  Capture images of Choctaw Ponies, Spanish Mission horses, Cerbat Spanish Mustangs, and other American Mustangs as they roam the hills, forests, and valleys.

Wine Tasting with a Twist

Ready to take wine tasting to the next level? Enlist the help of Breakaway Tours for wine intensives that get you beyond the beaten path. The company can coordinate barrel tastings, blind tastings, tours that focus on handcrafted wines at small wineries, and other creative ways to peek behind the scenes and taste what’s really going on in the wine regions of Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara.

California's Central Coast consists of:

VENTURA REGION: Ventura County, Camarillo, Conejo Valley, Heritage Valley, Oxnard, Simi Valley
SANTA BARBARA REGION: Santa Barbara County, Buellton, Carpinteria Valley, Lompoc Valley, Los Olivos, Santa Maria Valley, Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
SAN LUIS OBISPO REGION: San Luis Obispo County, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Cambria, Cayucos, Grover Beach, Harmony, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Simeon
MONTEREY BAY REGION: Monterey County, Santa Cruz County, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Gilroy, Hollister, San Benito, San Juan Bautista

About Central Coast Tourism Council

The Central Coast Tourism Council (CCTC) is a non-profit organization comprised of Destination Management Organizations (DMOs; Convention & Visitor Bureaus, Chambers of Commerce, etc.) throughout the California Central Coast. Comprised of tourism and hospitality professionals, the mission of CCTC is to jointly promote the entire California Central Coast as a destination. The four regions that comprise California’s Central Coast include Monterey Bay, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. The CCTC also serves as the Central Coast’s voice in Sacramento, and as a partner with Visit California’s global marketing and advertising campaigns.