Fresh mountain air and miles and miles of quaint, charming scenery are what you can expect to find at these lovely mountain towns in Southern California. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway from the big city and want to spend some time in the peace and quiet of the mountains, head to these eight spots in SoCal where life is just a little more rustic.
1. Lake Arrowhead
Just one visit is all you need to fall in love with this San Bernardino Mountain village and you'll be coming back year after year. Whether you enjoy outdoorsy activities or prefer shopping and dining, Lake Arrowhead has a little something for everyone at this must-experience mountain getaway.
People flock to Julian for the fresh mountain air, scenic surroundings, and the homemade apple pie. Only a short drive from most major SoCal cities, this picture-perfect mountain town is an easy day trip if you're in need of a quick mountain fix.
3. Mt. Baldy
Although Mt. Baldy is more of a mountain destination than an actual town, it would be a shame not to include this on the list as it's one spot you don't want to miss. Spend the day hiking and breathing in that fresh mountain air, then come hang out at Mt. Baldy Lodge and Restaurant for some hearty mountain eats and a good night sleep.
Located within the San Bernardino National Forest, Crestline is a little gem of a mountain town. If you love that small village feel with just enough shops and restaurants to enjoy a stroll, then you'll be charmed by this mountain getaway where you will feel like a local in no time.
5. Mount Laguna -- Cleveland National Forest
You won't find a ton of services in this tiny mountain hamlet located in Cleveland National Forest, but you will find all the basics one might need. A local post office, small general store, cozy cabins, and the rustic Pine House Cafe and Tavern will make you feel right at home during your stay in these scenic mountain surroundings.
6. Oak Glen
If you're looking for a slice of New England charm right here in Southern California, you'll find it in Oak Glen. Best known for being home to an abundance of apple orchards, charming country roads, and tree-lined paths, Oak Glen will make you feel like you're far from home even though it's only a short trip from most parts of SoCal.
Located in the San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild is only a short drive from many parts of Southern California and offers the perfect mountain escape. Amazing hiking trails, gorgeous scenery, and an abundance of restaurants along the main strip make this the ultimate mountain destination.
Perhaps one of the most underrated mountain towns in SoCal, this heavenly pine-covered destination in San Bernardino County is worthy of a visit no matter what season. Stay in a local rustic cabin and stroll to the center of town for a bite to eat. Or spend your day hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains to work up an appetite for a hearty dinner in the mountains.