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Finding Winter in Three California Destinations

Living on the golden coast has its perks, but it also leaves us craving seasons, and searching for an excuse to break out our cold-weather gear. Luckily, the Californian landscape has everything to offer – from deserts, to beaches, and brisk winter-wonderland mountains. When mid-November hits, we definitely start to get an itch for temps that hit well below the perfect 75 degrees we typically experience here in Santa Barbara. That’s when we start planning trips to the three must-see destinations during the winter months in California: Lake Tahoe, Big Bear, and Mammoth Mountain.

For those refined souls searching for a relaxing and more glamorous winter getaway, we recommend the beautiful Lake Tahoe, CA. With picturesque resorts scaling the entirety of the city from North to South, it’s the go-to spot for an ultimate wintery landscape that’s a bit more upscale than your regular cabin vibes. What to pack? Definitely the Classics, as we like to keep it minimal: the Hannen and Butte.

Feeling like you do need those cozy cabin feels but also wanting a bit of adventure? Big Bear’s the place to be. It’s a smaller town than Lake Tahoe, but packs a lot of punch with killer slopes for those ski and snowboard pros. Pack the edgy Olivert to keep your feet warm while maintaining that rugged adventure look.

Last but certainly not least, we have Mammoth Mountain nestled in the Eastern Sierras. Just a short distance away from Yosemite, Mammoth is a hot spot destination for those who love skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hiking, and more. Slightly larger than Big Bear while also having that log cabin look and feel, Mammoth is definitely a spot for the sporty athletic types looking for any and all activities, sure to keep you entertained for an entire weekend – or more. Keep the Eliasson Snow Boot handy, as it’s fleece lining and flexible sole are great for trekking across mountains.

Photos by Drew Martin and Brittany Hobart