The 6 Best Places to See This Year’s California Super Bloom

The 6 Best Places to See This Year’s California Super Bloom

After enduring a season of heavy rain, California is expected to enjoy another super bloom this year. This natural phenomenon, which occurs when an unusually high amount of rain soaks the typically arid California landscape, causes dormant wildflower seeds to bloom in full force. This explosion of flowers transforms the terrain from March to July, blanketing it in hues of brilliant oranges, bright yellows, deep purples, and dreamy blues. Ahead, we curated a list of the best areas (and hotels!) in the Golden State to see this year’s super bloom.

Sonoma County

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Rolling hills, lush valleys, and coastal plains define Sonoma County, making it the perfect spot to enjoy the super bloom. Recent rainfall patterns have revamped the landscape, setting the stage for a colorful show featuring golden poppies, vibrant lupines, and sunny brittlebush. 

Where to Stay: Farmhouse Inn

With its roots dating back to the early 20th century, Farmhouse Inn is a Sonoma staple. Complete with 25 barn rooms, a spa, a pool, an on-site garden with a chicken coop, and a hiking trail lined with poppies, this quaint hotel is as romantic as it sounds. Plus, it boasts an elegant restaurant with a nine-course tasting menu that draws inspiration from wildflower season and features dishes with edible flora.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is California’s largest park, which means it promises countless spots to enjoy the superbloom. After being doused with rain, this rugged desert transforms into a wildflower paradise, bursting with desert sunflowers, poppies, primroses, and lilies.

Where to Stay: Borrego Valley Inn

Small, quaint, and effortlessly luxurious, Borrego Valley Inn is a peaceful desert escape. This 15-room adults-only hotel has private sunbathing patios, a clothing-optional pool, and some of the best stargazing in the area. 

Joshua Tree National Park

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Joshua Tree National Park is one of the trendiest spots to visit these days. With 1,200 square miles of rough terrain, this desert destination has got it all, including towering rock formations, twisted Joshua trees, and more. Visitors can explore the park’s countless hiking trails, rock climbing routes, and scenic drives, all while soaking up views of the superbloom. Because this desert warms up fast, the super bloom here doesn’t last long, so be sure to schedule your visit in March or April.

Where to Stay: The Bungalows

With 14 stunning suites, The Bungalows is a secluded haven in the northwest corner of Joshua Tree. Each bungalow has modern amenities and features a dash of rustic charm, providing guests with a comfortable and stylish stay in the heart of the desert. The best part? Guests have access to propane BBQ grills, a communal fire pit, and nearby hiking trails.

Mount Diablo State Park

Close to Oakland, Mount Diablo State Park is filled with flowers during the spring. Over 400 different species of wildflowers bloom at this time, painting the landscape gorgeous shades of orange, yellow, and purple. Hike Mount Diablo, which stands tall at 3,849 feet, to catch panoramic views of the area, including the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Farallon Islands.

Where to Stay: The Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort & Spa

Looking for a luxurious retreat? Opt for The Purple Orchid. Surrounded by vineyards and picture-perfect countryside, this sophisticated resort is complete with wine-country charm. Enjoy private fireplaces, delicious meals, and a relaxing spa, along with as many glasses of wine as you wish.

Point Reyes National Seashore

Situated along the coastline of Northern California, Point Reyes National Seashore is one of the prettiest coastal parks in the United States. It encompasses over 71,000 acres of protected wilderness, making it the perfect spot for wildflowers to call home. During the spring, visitors can expect to see flowers of all kinds, including woolly sunflowers, California goldenbush, rhododendrons, and coast lotus.

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Where to Stay: Olema House 

Located near the Point Reyes National Seashore, Olema House is a charming boutique hotel. This historic inn features twenty-two rooms and two cottages, all of which are set along four private acres of land. Choose from deluxe rooms with vaulted ceilings, spacious loft-style apartments, tucked-away private cottages, and more.

Mendocino Coast

Characterized by rocky cliffs, sandy beaches, and dense forests, the Mendocino Coast has its own unique array of wildflowers that bloom in the spring and summer. The coastal bluffs and meadows burst with blooms, including lupines, wild irises, and seaside daisies. 

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Where to Stay: Little River Inn

Little River Inn is one of Mendocino’s most beloved hotels. With sweeping ocean views, luxurious soaking tubs, wood-burning fireplaces, and a nine-hole golf course that’s tucked among the redwoods, it’s not hard to see why.

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