For a getaway up or down the coast, or in popular destinations inland, you might look into a stay with Pacifica Hotels. The company has a great promotion for late fall and early winter.
The deal: Under its current online winter promotion, receive 25% off regular rates over the next couple of months. The deal is good only in California, where Pacifica operates hotels in Sonoma, San Francisco, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara, Marina del Rey, Redondo Beach, Laguna Beach and San Diego, among other locations. Book by Dec. 11 for stays now through Dec. 20. I checked out rates at the FogCatcher Inn in Cambria for mid-November and found a room for $134 per night (pretax), discounted from the inn's usual $179 per night.