Road trips offer a rewarding way to explore and create memories. Follow along with us as we take you from Southern California to Northern California to the Coast of Oregon and finish our journey in Vancouver, Canada.
It’s hard to beat the slower pace, the backroads, the pleasant surprises found off the beaten track. From south to north, all along the west coast to the mountains of Washington state, this journey brings us new experiences with new people and a worthwhile adventure.
In this just-released west coast itinerary, we’ve outlined the best way to navigate the perfect west coast road trip in 5 days.
First Stop: Zachari Dunes
Just a short scenic drive up the coast and you arrive at your first stop, Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton. Although not long into your West Coast road trip this newly renovated property in the seaside city of Oxnard is one that surely cannot be missed. The idyllic stopover to unwind in an elegant oceanfront setting with the most intoxicating of beach views travelers are in for a real treat in this Curio Collection by Hilton classic; a global portfolio of more than 100 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts handpicked for their independent and unique character. After receiving a thorough top-to-bottom multi-million dollar remodel the picturesque nine-acre property now features 250 suites aptly decorated perfectly representing the Southern California lifestyle that we all have come to know and love. Most of the resort’s hacienda-style suites not only have ocean-facing views but are a stone’s throw from the white powdery dunes that Oxnard is so well known for. A multitude of suite options are available, ranging from the King one-bedroom suite to the Presidential oceanfront suite the resort’s most VIP place of residence. Boasting more than 600 square feet each suite comes with a balcony or patio, the perfect place to either start or end your day, whether coffee or champagne in hand, the choice is yours to fully relax and restore.
With the interiors of each suite drawing their inspiration from the surrounding coastal landscape; neutral tones, light and airy but still representing California chic, the tone is set for the most inviting of hotel experiences. With this theme continuing throughout the property guests can enjoy all of the re-imagined public areas that perfectly are in sync with the resort’s Spanish Revival architecture. A wide array of amenities suitable for both couples and families are offered during your stay. For those who seek adventure and fun during their stay, the hotel offers its guests the opportunity to fully indulge in everything that Zachari Dunes and Mandalay Beach have to offer. Henry’s Sundries and Gear Rental, the one-stop-shop for the ultimate resort stay has been designed with comfort in mind so guests can leave their beach gear at home. From bicycles and boogie boards to GoPros, longboards, Hoverboards, gaming systems, and more, Henry’s allows guests to pack light and leave it up to the pros to create the ultimate resort experience. For those looking to sit back to take in the beauty of the surroundings before you the poolside cabanas are the ideal spot to take in the views of the nearby beach and sandy dunes with a cocktail in hand, while the large fireplace and multiple fire pits are the best spots on property for post-dinner drinks and S’mores.
For active travelers who crave health and wellness during their stay, the resort is home to an indulgent spa with two treatment rooms, a fully equipped gym, tennis and basketball courts as well as kayaking, surfing and more. Most importantly, the resort is very pet friendly! With unlimited white powdery sand only a stone’s throw away, this location is heaven on earth for your four-legged family members! Two food and beverage concepts are available during your stay offering the most authentic California fare. Ox & Ocean the resort’s signature restaurant serves up locally sourced produce and seafood fresh from Oxnard’s plains and surrounding waters, celebrating the distinct influence of Hispanic and Asian flavors on SoCal cuisine in an elegant setting. From the Jalapeno corn fritters at breakfast to the Oxtail Bao buns at dinner, one thing is for certain the culinary team at Ox & Ocean is surely here to please. For those on the go, Sugar Beats, a converted Airstream trailer, offers locally roasted coffee and on-the-go offerings to start the day, and locally crafted beers and canned cocktails each afternoon and into the early evening. Located near the pool area, Sugar Beats is the quintessential spot to indulge in light bites while lounging in one of the resort’s cabanas. Enjoy fresh seafood, burgers, hand-crafted cocktails, or one of the popular adult popsicles that have made this spot one that cannot be missed!
Second Stop: St. Helena
Making your way north up the California coast no West Coast Road Trip would be complete without a stopover to one of the best spots in Northern California, Napa Valley. Home to over 450 wineries in its 30-mile span the Napa Valley produces some of the world’s best wines in one of California’s most scenic locations. With a level of hospitality that is second to none a stopover at one of the area’s highly esteemed properties simply is a must. For the quintessential wine country experience there arguably is no better place than the Harvest Inn to call home during your time in one of the top wine regions in the world. Located in the charming town of St Helena The Harvest Inn is the true depiction of everything that Napa Valley represents. As you pull into the drive of the property it is evident, a true gem of a place awaits you in the most serene of settings. The most welcoming 81-room hotel on eight acres of redwoods, vineyards, and landscaped gardens, pools, and fountains, a stay here is just what the doctor ordered. As you walk the grounds it gives the feeling that the property is its little village, with rooms and suites scattered throughout the property in brick and Tudor buildings divided into five neighborhoods that evokes the coziest of feels. Two main lodging options are available during your stay, each offering the highest level of luxury and comfort.
Opt for one of the newly updated and secluded Vineyard View Collection rooms immersing yourself in pure viticultural luxury with panoramic views of Whitehall Lane’s Leonardini Family Vineyards or a unique Harvest Inn room that showcases classic St. Helena style located throughout the property, offering garden, fountain and landscaped scenes. Vaulted ceilings, patios, fireplaces, hot tubs and a complimentary bottle of wine in your room set the scene for the most idyllic of wine-country stopovers. In addition to the bottle in your room, wine-related perks include weekly tastings from local vineyards and free car service to neighboring wineries. With over 150 wineries within three miles of the hotel and five of which offer complimentary tastings for hotel guests, there is no shortage of experiencing Napa Valley’s best wines. For those looking to stay a bit more active, a fitness center is available fully equipped with treadmills, elliptical, stationary bikes as well as free weights for those early morning workout sessions. For the guest looking for full rest and rejuvenation during their stay two pools and hot tubs are available on property, the perfect place for relaxing poolside or an evening soak as you gaze out into the clear Napa Valley starlit skies. For the ultimate self-care experience a trip to the hotel’s spa partner, Health Spa Napa Valley, located only a mile away offers spa
packages and a wide array of treatments, including mud baths, a Napa Valley specialty. Feel like hitting the links? Fear, not The Harvest Inn has partnered with the prestigious Silverado Golf Course offering the most elevated of golf experiences during your stay. For those guests wanting to bring their furry family members during their stay the resort not only has pet-friendly rooms but also boasts 8 acres of land, plenty of space ideal for morning hikes for you and your best friend to roam free. For many, the highlight of their time spent here is the culinary options that are offered at the on-site restaurant Harvest Table. Billed as a wine-country kitchen Harvest Table serves breakfast and family-style dinner daily and brunch on weekends in the most welcoming of settings. As one can imagine seasonal and local produce is the star here with the restaurant’s culinary team working alongside local California growers as well as much of the produce stemming from the restaurant’s garden, which yields everything from Japanese kumquats and satsuma tangerines to watermelon radishes and Thai chilies. The Harvest Inn is the epitome of a true Napa Valley wine-country experience. From its rustic charm to its top-notch level of hospitality and everything in between a stay here will no doubt be one of the best stops on your trip!
Third Stop: Cle Elum
Leaving California and continuing your trip along the magical state that is Oregon you will hardly feel like you are still in the U.S. Famous for its amazing natural wonders like Crater Lake, Mount Hood and Cannon Beach where you can pay witness to the 235-foot tall Haystack Rock that rises dramatically from its sandy shores, Oregon is surely filled with a wide list of things to do. Making your way up Highway 101 also known as the Oregon Coast Highway, roadside attractions are always within a short drive with the nearby Pacific Ocean lapping against the shore. While on the Oregon Coast, a stopover at the Tillamook Cheese factory surely cannot be missed. Indulge in the most decadent variety of cheeses, ice creams, burgers and more made with the highest quality of local dairy. The Tillamook Creamery serves over 1.3 million visitors a year making it one of the state’s most visited local businesses. One last stop before leaving the beautiful state of Oregon is a day trip to the famed Willamette wine country. Oregon’s leading wine region the Willamette Valley has two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards and is home to over 700 wineries. It is recognized as one of the premier Pinot Noir producing areas of the world and for that reason alone this area is surely one to add to the list of key stopovers along the route to your next stop, the iconic Washington State. For the most breathtaking of scenic travel experiences on your West Coast Road Trip, a stay at Suncadia Resort and its year-round activities make for the perfect Pacific Northwest escape. A mere 80 miles east of Seattle and you arrive at Suncadia Resort in Washington State’s Cascade Mountains. The most idyllic mountain resort retreat for the active traveler Suncadia boasts over 6000 acres that are comprised of three championship golf courses, world-class hiking and bike trails, a multitude of pools, a world-class spa, several restaurants and their very own winery. With miles of forested mountain landscape, sun-drenched meadows and rushing rivers and all the amenities of The Village, Suncadia Resort offers a wide variety of year-round outdoor activities for the most memorable of stays. Outdoor concert and cinema series, nature programs, river rafting, fly fishing, archery, and axe throwing not to mention the wide array of winter activities such as snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ice skating, and snowshoeing make Suncadia a vacation destination that cannot be missed. Three lodging options are available starting from the Inn at Suncadia, an elegant lodge that showcases the most magnificent of mountain settings and a Pacific Northwest style. Guests can enjoy pet-friendly rooms with breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountains and well-appointed amenities such as gas fireplaces, deep soaking tubs, plush-down comforters and outdoor balconies with rocking chairs.
For those wanting to stay at the Lodge at Suncadia expect the most majestic of retreats inspired by the grandest of lodges of Washington’s National Parks. Boasting magnificent architecture and craftsmanship, while honoring the beauty of its natural surroundings the lodge will certainly exceed any expectation of each guest’s desires. With 254 guest suites and Penthouses, the Suncadia Lodge features deluxe guest rooms, deluxe studios, one & two-bedroom units all offering first-class mountain lodging accommodations with all the luxuries that one could expect from a five-star hotel experience. Guests looking for a more private lodging experience should book a stay at one of the Suncadia Trailhead condominiums. Take a step outdoors onto a large deck fully furnished for outdoor living. Master suites feature a Japanese “Ofuro” soaking tub, double sinks and a tile shower. Custom sleeper sofas with the plushest of bedding, high-speed wireless internet and a gas fireplace in each condominium make this the ultimate private mountain hideaway. A multitude of dining options are available during your stay from casual on-the-go light bites to fine dining and everything in between. Enjoy the view of the Cascade Mountains from Portals Restaurant which offers a seasonal menu of sophisticated, cuisine made with fresh local ingredients, or head over to The Stovehouse with golf course views featuring home-cooked foods and unique cocktails.
Final Stop: Vancouver
Leaving Washington and making your way across the Canadian border there is true excitement in the air as you are about to arrive in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Vancouver, British Columbia. Even though widely considered a young city (it was incorporated in 1886). Vancouver has quickly become one of the most cultural cities in North America due to its open-door policy for immigration. A true melting pot of a destination, whatever Vancouver lacks in deep seeded history it more than makes up for in culture. One of the true highlights of Vancouver is its Indigenous culture (including First Nations, Metis and Inuit people) and their historic influences that can be seen throughout the city at historic sites, boutiques, restaurants and museums. The city’s world-class shopping, eco-friendly attitude and awareness of health-conscious eating make it one of the most popular cities in the world for millennial travel. Did we mention Vancouver is home to one of the most breathtaking backdrops you have ever laid eyes on? With snow-capped mountains juxtaposed against the metropolitan skyline, it is no wonder this city has received the nickname “Little Hollywood” for the endless television and major motion pictures that have been filmed there.
When looking for the perfect place to call home during your time spent in this incredible city look no further than Level Yaletown-Richards. For travelers that crave the feeling of being home while still receiving all the amenities of a luxury hotel stay Level Yaletown Richards is exactly this and more for travelers looking at an extended stay option of 30+ nights. The option for a shorter stay can be found at Level Seymour which offers spacious furnished apartments for short and long-term stays. With the most idyllic of locations situated right in the middle of Vancouver’s downtown district Level’s fully furnished suites is the epitome of downtown living in arguably the world’s most beautiful city. With pet-friendly suites that feature fully-equipped kitchens, in-suite laundry and plenty of space to fully kick back, these short-term accommodations are designed with freedom of space and the utmost of luxury living in mind. Select from one and two-bedroom suites, ranging from 475 to 1,100 sq ft of exceptional Vancouver living. Sophisticated and modern in design, all suites boast fully-equipped kitchens, spacious functional living spaces, in-suite laundry, and open-air balconies. Settle in with loved ones and a glass of wine to cap off a fabulous day touring the city. Prepare a delicious home-cooked meal using the suite’s fully-equipped kitchen, entertain with friends in the large living spaces and open-air balconies offering the most surreal of panoramic city views. Rejuvenate with luxurious bath amenities, cozy robes and spa-inspired bathrooms. Rest easy with the comfort of custom Hypnos mattresses and premium linens. Level’s exceptional indoor-outdoor amenity spaces are designed with you and your lifestyle in mind. Maintain your exercise regimen in the fitness facility, host colleagues in the luxurious entertainment suite, relax on the rooftop deck while the kids play nearby, or soak in those Vancouver views with a dip in the pool. Need help picking a good restaurant while in town? Thinking of taking in a sporting event or concert for a fun night out with friends? Fear not, Level Yaletown-Richards has you more than covered with their 24-hour guest service, whatever your needs, large or small the guest is always number one. Any way you look at it Level Yaletown – Richards is your sanctuary in the city of Vancouver.