There’s nothing like small town living to help you escape the hectic pace of the city. Here are nine towns in Southern California that will fill your ears with the peaceful sounds of nature while filling your lungs with fresh, crisp air. Take a look to see if any of your favorite small towns are at the top of the list.
Crestline may not be the first spot that comes to mind when you're daydreaming about where to go for some peace and quiet, as nearby Lake Arrowhead tends to get all the attention. But who can relax in a town that's packed with people? What you need is a relaxing place that will surround you with nothing but nature and beautiful scenery; that's exactly what you'll experience at Crestline. It's a quiet town with a tranquil lake that's a lot less populated than Lake Arrowhead which makes this the perfect spot where locals can relax.
The town of Fallbrook is a delightful escape from the city. One of the best spots around to fully embrace your need of solitude is Live Oak County Park. This green oasis is filled with towering oak trees that are over a hundred years old; it's the kind of setting that can't help but make you feel calm and grounded.
There are parts of Ojai that are definitely more populated than the other towns on this list, but no matter how many people surround you in Ojai you'll always find a calming vibe here that is simply like no other. There's something almost zen about this enchanting little city in Ventura County that instantly transports you to a serene state of mind.
What you'll find in Idyllwild is a refreshing mountain getaway where the air is clean and crisp and filled with the smell of pine trees. Whether you go to Idyllwild to enjoy a scenic hike or you are just seeking a town that moves at a slower pace, you'll experience a peaceful setting that will get you away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Wrightwood is always at the top of my list for a destination to get away from it all. Perfect for a long weekend of hibernating and soaking up some solitude, Wrightwood is the ultimate place for anyone seeking peace and quiet in a small and quaint town.
6. Running Springs
Just looking at this picture makes me long to have a house perched on a hill overlooking the stunning San Bernardino Mountains. If you desire the sound of nothing but birds and nature rattling around in the trees, you'll appreciate what Running Springs has to offer.
7. Green Valley Lake
With a population of less than 500, this small town in San Bernardino County should be added to your list for that weekend escape you've been craving. Say goodbye to the hectic and crazy city, and spend some time near this lake that looks like it's as still as a sheet of glass; I promise you'll start feeling refreshed in no time.
You can't go wrong with a town where apple pie is the main event. With a charming main street, quiet country roads, and an expansive sky bursting with stars every night, you'll be drawn into the Julian lifestyle the moment you arrive.
9. Oak Glen
Surround yourself with the charm of the picturesque apple orchards and quaint family farms in Oak Glen and you will feel a sense of tranquility wash right over you. Whether you experience this town for a day, a weekend, or by chance just happen to be lucky enough to live here, Oak Glen will give you a much needed break from the sights and sounds of a hectic world.
We all need a break from the city sometimes. These peaceful spots in Southern California will most definitely do the trick. If you are seeking even more SoCal charm, here is a feature story on one of my
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