California really does have it all; gorgeous weather, beaches, hiking trails, and long stretches of road for epic drives along the coast. California also benefits from the pleasures that come with the changing seasons — without the disadvantages. Just a short drive from the Terraces at the Ambassador Gardens, you can find the perfect locale for seeing autumnal foliage, while also taking in some of the area’s finest natural and cultural attractions. Here are some of our favorite spots — just right for a leisurely weekend afternoon or a romantic getaway — to revel in the splendor of fall.

Icehouse Canyon in the picturesque Angeles National Forest offers a scenic hike, lined with wooded areas perfect for viewing fall foliage. The trail follows a babbling creek through the canyon and leads up to Icehouse Saddle, where hikers will find further avenues into the Cucamonga Wilderness (with a permit), or to Ontario or Bighorn Peaks. The canyon sits just northeast of the majestic Mount Baldy, known affectionately as Old Baldy, which offers a formidable trek, as it’s the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains. But the spectacular views at the top make the ascent well worth the effort.

Tucked in the San Bernardino National Forest is another favorite Southern California destination: Lake Arrowhead. This mountain resort location offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities — from fishing to skiing to hiking. The area is worth visiting any time of year, but autumn is ideal for enjoying its pristine beauty. Trails around the lake provide views of colorful foliage, while a leisurely cruise aboard the Lake Arrowhead Queen serves up spectacular scenery and plenty of fresh, crisp air.

In Claremont, south of the San Gabriel Mountains, is the California Botanic Garden. Dedicated to the state’s native plants, this sprawling 86-acre garden offers a winding tour of the region’s habitats, from the Mojave Desert to forest and woodland. Amble through the thick of a fan palm oasis, or bask in a contemplative moment under a majestic oak — just watch out for falling acorns. Or, if you want to stay closer to home, a visit to the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is in order. This 127-acre preserve is home to an array of gardens, including a tropical greenhouse, a perennial garden, and the Meadowbrook Garden, with rolling green lawns enveloped by fiery foliage.

On top of the autumnal grandeur of Southern California, this fall brings a unique opportunity for both buyers and brokers: the chance to get even more value from a new home at the Terraces by taking advantage of a special end-of-the-year incentive. Buyers who purchase a home and complete a sales agreement by Dec. 31, 2020, will reap the benefits of a one-year homeowners association dues credit. Meanwhile, Brokers will have the opportunity to receive a $15,000 bonus in addition to a 2.5% commission. Contact our sales executives for more details.

So, don’t wait. Fall won’t last forever. And the Dec. 31 deadline for the year-end incentive is just around the corner. Celebrate the beauty of autumn by taking in the inspiring vistas and natural wonders of the region — and by getting in on a great deal for buyers and brokers alike. Best of all, make the most of the season by enjoying the comforts of a new home at the Terraces at The Ambassador Gardens condos and townhomes.