6 Great Hotel Deals and All You Need Is a Car

Quick—March is our last chance to take advantage of winter hotel specials and slashed rates before the tourists descend upon the Bay Area. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best travel deals within driving distance, perfect for weekend getaways—from the super-swanky (and notoriously expensive) Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley to the boho-chic Indian Springs in Calistoga. Here’s where to get booking.

Indian Springs Calistoga

We adore this hot-springs lodge in wine country, but we don’t love the sky-high rates usually associated with it. Through the end of March, the hotel is running a very special “Winter Escape” rate (rooms starting at $219) so you can enjoy the geothermal pools and in-room fireplaces and tubs without totally breaking the bank.

Dream Inn Santa Cruz

If all you think about when you hear Santa Cruz is a cheesy boardwalk and amusement park rides, then you’re missing out. The newly revamped Dream Inn is determined to win you over with access to surfboard rentals and beach bonfires, plus morning yoga by the pool. Through the end of March, the beachfront hotel is offering 20 percent off the lowest available rates—just mention that you’re a NorCal local.

The Citizen Hotel

The next time you head up to Tahoe for a day trip, tack on an overnight in the state’s capital on your way home. The Citizen Hotel’s “Layover Package” takes 30 percent off room rates, includes dinner for two at the locavore-centric Grange Restaurant & Bar, serves up two in-room “relax” cocktails (with brandy and chamomile) to lull you to sleep and then sends you off with coffee and car snacks in the morning.

Bodega Bay Lodge

If taking a dip in the infinity hot tub overlooking the Pacific, swimming a few laps in the heated pool and then drying off by the communal fire pit in Adirondack-style rocking chairs sounds like the kind of weekend getaway you long for, book yourself a room before the end of March. The hotel’s “NorCal Only” package gets locals 20 percent savings on room rates.

Bernardus Lodge & Spa

Now just might be the time to splurge on one of this lodge’s new villas and suites. Through the end of the month, Northern California residents can score 20 percent off the lowest available room rates. Your reward: a personal bath butler who will fill up your handcrafted copper tub for two with bubbles and aromatherapy spa products. How’s that for service?

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

This one’s good for the whole family. Just a few steps away on Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium will keep the kids occupied for hours. Then everyone can relax in the hot tub while taking in panoramic views of the bay. Ask for the “NorCal Only” special when you book to get 20 percent off room rates, or use promo code NORCAL when reserving online. Just be sure to show your California ID at check-in to get the discount.

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