Boom or bust, California has always been a destination for travelers of all persuasions. From ocean and forests to foothills, mountains, high desert and beyond, the Golden State has plenty to offer visitors interested in world-class attractions, national parks and urban nightlife.
Tourism association Visit California estimates that 2022 will see a 94% recovery to pre-pandemic levels of leisure travelers. Now vacationers looking for sun and fun can schedule cannabis-friendly destinations and activities on their dream California itinerary.
West Coast Travel and Cannabis
“California is emerging as a true cannabis vacation destination. We’ve seen a noticeable increase in travel planning lately,” said Monique Jackson-Fitzgerald, CEO of cannabis-friendly travel booking platform Inndica.
“It was the summer of travel,” she added. “For our visitors, emerging from pandemic restrictions, the new travel mindset is about finding meaningful gatherings, unique destinations and transformational experiences. We’ve found that there are nearly limitless ways to associate cannabis with travel, so it’s easy to create an itinerary that encompasses all the best a destination has to offer.
After all, with its enviable climate, California contains some of the most legendary cannabis-growing regions in the world, like the Emerald Triangle located north of San Francisco, in the forests and mountains that stretch from ocean north beyond the border with Oregon.
Here are some 420 friendly destinations in California.
420 Friendly Destinations in Northern California
Once considered illegal, visitors to Humboldt County’s Lost Coast and small towns like Mendocino and Guerneville can increasingly find “420-friendly” bed and breakfasts, cannabis-infused wellness activities and cannabis farm tours.
“In Northern California, one of our favorite places is Mine+Farm Inn. It is a magnificent property surrounded by nature. They’re located next to Korbel Vineyards (in Guerneville, CA),” Jackson-Fitzgerald said. “A perfect place to choose a vintage to enjoy with your flower.”
The Mine+Farm Inn offers organic breakfasts with ingredients sourced from local farms, as well as special dining events. You can easily arrange a visit to a cannabis farm with one of the many local travel agencies. “Both the Sonoma County Experience and Happy Travelers tours are in the area and offer visitors the opportunity to explore cannabis from seed to shelf,” Jackson-Fitzgerald said.
Oakland Cannabis Trail
Ride Highway 1 up the winding coast to the Bay Area and the city of Oakland, which has become a hub for the state’s cannabis industry. They’re also a leader in social equity through the efforts of local pioneering cannabis companies like the Harborside Dispensary and its Oaksterdam University-affiliated cannabis college, as well as small local makers and vendors. owned by women and POCs.
Hoping to promote the city’s cannabis renaissance, tourism organization Visit Oakland has developed the Oakland Cannabis Trail, a wandering guide through downtown Oakland where tourists can visit a long list of retailers. cannabis and attractions, including interactive art, dining, shopping and entertainment.
“Visit Oakland launched the trail in the spring of 2022, so it’s a new experience in Oakland,” said Peter Gamez, President and CEO of Visit Oakland. Weed maps. “There has been a lot of interest in the Oakland Cannabis Trail. It has quickly become one of the top ten searches on our site and continues to climb. Dispensaries have experienced visitors because they have heard or read on the trail. We’re confident this will continue to increase as more information is shared and people are more aware of their cannabis travel options when visiting Oakland.”
“Some of the most popular experiences,” Gamez added, “have been hiking through our beautiful redwood forests, visiting the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), and self-guided art walk. to explore Oakland’s diverse and amazing culinary scene,”
Cannabis dispensaries on the trail guide include Harborside, Cookies, NUG Oakland, Ivy Hill Cannabis, and Blunts + Moore, among others. Local outdoor sites like Lake Merrit are included on the trail, and several foodie options like LJ Quinn’s Lighthouse Pub, Off the Hook Seafood & Super Burritos, Au Lounge, and Aburaya’s Japanese Fried Chicken, to name a few. to name a few.
420 Friendly Destinations in Central California
For all-inclusive cannabis getaways, head to California’s Central Coast.
Higherway Travel is based in Grover Beach in San Luis Obispo County, near Pismo Beach and Morro Bay. Its co-founder, April Black, has been running cannabis-related trips and special events since the early 2000s and said she’s also recently seen an increase in inquiries for some of Higherway’s popular tours, which are offered in central and northern California, Hawaii. and, previously, even in Europe.
For the destination event traveler, Black can custom design a curated cannabis experience for any occasion, including bridal showers, weddings, birthdays and group travel, as well as helping clients coordinate the hosting and planning local activities, “With so many ‘California Sober’ people, many are forgoing gatherings that include alcohol,” Black said. Weed maps. “I had a group of older ladies for a private yoga class and they were absolutely a joy. With private yoga, I come to you with everything. This experience includes mats, blankets, straps, blocks, aromatherapy, music, CBD hot topics to try, edibles, smoke sesh and, of course, yoga.”
The prices of the organized events vary according to the type of activities that the customers would like to experience; elaborate all-inclusive weekends can start at $1,000 and can include wine tasting, a visit to local hot springs, spa treatments, gourmet cuisine, and a round of golf. Black tries to accommodate all requests.
“That’s the best part of being a cannabis tour guide – the sky’s the limit,” she said.
420 Friendly Destinations in Southern California
In Southern California, Jackson-Fitzgerald said the Coachella Valley is heating up with plenty of options for a high desert vacation, whether you’re into health and wellness or just relaxing. like a lizard.
Desert Hot Springs Inn
“There are dozens of canna-friendly consumer lounges, delivery services and hotels. Desert Hot Springs is home to some of the first (hotels) and they’re rolling out a welcoming green carpet,” Jackson-Fitzgerald said. “If you’re looking for an escape, walk through the doors of the Desert Hot Springs Inn and leave the rest of the world behind. . DHS Inn also accepts dogs. Bring the pooch and they can romp in the dog run or hang out with you in the fully fenced yard.
Since rules and regulations vary from municipality to municipality in the state, weed-friendly hotels in California are rare and hard to find. That said, the Desert Hot Springs Inn has officially listed “cannabis-friendly” on its website’s amenities list. The hotel also offers natural mineral water from local hot springs, piped to the hotel’s courtyard pool and spa facilities.
Local mineral hot springs have been an attraction here since the 1940s, and Desert Hot Springs is California’s official spa town. Today, CBD oil can be infused into any of the hotel spa’s massage menus, for an additional topical application of relaxation. When you’re ready for a night out on the town, the mid-century glamor of Palm Springs is only 15 minutes away.
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