CannaTourism — rooting tourist destinations in and around all things cannabis — has become a booming business as more states move to legalize the plant. Colorado has been on the cutting edge of cannatourism for a while now, but with recreational cannabis legal in California, what can we expect when it comes to folks flying out to the west coast to get high?
While Colorado may have a variety of canna-tourism packages, California’s offerings are a bit more DIY at this point. But, for the creative customer, that might be just the ticket to planning a vacation that blends all the fun aspects of California with cannabis.
There are a variety of cannabis-friendly hotels and B&B’s that you will want to check out, but here are just a couple to start with:
Doc 420 Inn
This marijuana friendly inn on Melrose in Los Angeles names all of their rooms after your favorite strains, from Northern Lights to Pineapple Express. The rooms are all beautifully decorated, include a variety of amenities, and best of all, it’s 4:20 all the time at this inn, right in the heart of Hollywood.
Amber House B&B
Heading to Sacramento? Stay at the Amber House B&B. While you can’t smoke in their rooms, you can enjoy cannabis outside, including their front porch, balconies that are attached to two of the rooms and a garden.
B-Love Guest House
Tip: If you’d prefer to stay in an Airbnb or HomeAway situation, look for listings with “420 Friendly” in them. There are also companies like Bud And Breakfast that can help you look for cannabis-friendly lodging.
Once you have a place to stay, you’ll need to figure out what to do and where to eat!
There are tons of “Sip & Paint” nights all over the country, where friends get together to drink wine and paint pretty pictures. Heidi Keyes takes the same idea and combines it with cannabis for a night of high art. Already set up in Oakland and San Francisco, Puff, Pass, and Paint classes will soon be available in San Diego and LA in the near future. All you need is to be 21, have a valid ID, and the desire to get your creativity on with a little cannabis in your system.
Keyes says that the classes her company offers are great for both folks new to cannabis and veteran smokers. “Puff, Pass & Paint (or any of our other offerings — Puff, Pass & POTtery, Puff, Pass & Pincushion, Lit on Lit, etc.) are amazing, because they have the opportunity to do something both fun and creative as well as legally consume,” she says. “Cannabis is a huge common ground that we all share, and being in any sort of group setting where you can pass joints and laugh and chat and really celebrate this plant that we all love is amazing.”
Keyes’ business partner, Michael Eymer, started Colorado Cannabis Tours in 2014 and merged with Keyes in 2015 to create Cannabis Tours. You will see the fruits of their labor in California soon enough, and they will act like a cannabis concierge, offering up a variety of cannabis-friendly activities and options for tourists.
Other options for cannabis activities include Ganja Yoga, which meets in San Francisco once a week in a private vape lounge, and includes complimentary vape pens and edibles (some courtesy of Bloom Farms). A fun and powerful way to unwind and relax. If you want a more intense workout, check to see when the Four Twenty Games are headed to California and join in at either the Los Angeles or San Francisco events.
And, for those who want a truly intense cannabis tourist experience, plan your trip to coincide with the next Emerald Cup, Northern California’s premiere cannabis event where you can check out everything from seeds to trimming demonstrations to music performances, and more!
The next time you decide to come visit California, why not include a little cannabis?
Avital Norman Nathman is a freelance writer whose work has been featured in Bitch Magazine, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, The Daily Dot, Rolling Stone, SheKnows, CNN, and more. Follow her online at @TheMamafesto.