I set off in the morning on a simple mission: to locate a rope swing, one of several “hidden” in the hills above La Jolla, San Diego’s upscale, coastal cousin. Yet, several hours later, I’ve almost forgotten what I was seeking. I’ve been distracted by the glimpses of sapphire-blue Pacific Ocean, by the slices of creamy sand below, and by paths that wiggle intriguingly through thick pine forest.
It seems to epitomize Southern California, or SoCal: breezily beautiful, endlessly surprising, and delightfully distracting. And for those who are lucky to live in the region, like me, it is not necessary to go far away from home to have a fun and memorable weekend getaway. From one of California’s most diverse and delicious food scenes to a romantic hotel with a vineyard attached, here are some of the most fun things to do in Southern California.