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La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, La Quinta
property:: Against the backdrop of the rugged Santa Rosa Mountains and marking their 95th anniversary in 2021, the property is the longest-running resort in the Palm Springs desert region. The 45 acres include 617 guest rooms, 161 villas, and 41 swimming pools, as well as championship golf and tennis facilities and programs, award-winning restaurants, and a variety of boutiques and shops.
Currently open:: Alfresco dining at Adobe Grill and Twenty6; Takeaway and takeaway coffee, pastries, beer, wine, spirits, and more in the marketplace; Golf, tennis and pickleball.
Near:: Hike in Joshua Tree National Park; Click the links in the nearby PGA West. Shop in the upscale boutiques in Indian Wells and Palm Desert.
Why now:: With temperatures dropping, winter and spring are ideal times to visit anyway, but La Quinta also offers a daily resort credit of $ 75 through its Sweeten Your Stay booking package.
Pricing:: From $ 245
San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara
Ownership: The property is 500 acres with only 41 intimate bungalow style cottages offering a variety of views and locations in the lush hilltop gardens and along the winding San Ysidro Creek. Located at the foot of the Santa Ynez Mountains above the ocean, the property has an enticing microclimate that is pleasant all year round, even when the area’s beachfront resorts struggle against fog and darkness. There are 400 year old olive trees on the site. Lavender fields; and rosemary, wild roses and night-blooming jasmine vines, all covered with eucalyptus and sycamore trees. Guests are asked to pick from the lemon and orange trees on the property to take home with citrus fruits.
Currently open: year-round heated swimming pool, putting green and croquet lawn, access to 27km of hiking trails, private wine tasting and biking around town. The resort’s restaurants are also open for al fresco dining.
Nearby: The area is ideal for wine tasting. Folded Hills Winery offers a range of unique experiences, while Crown Point offers some of the best Bordeaux styles and Cabernet Sauvignons from the region. Horseback riding on the beach (or ridges behind the property); Take a sunset cruise. or golf at the nearby Sandpiper Golf Course. On Sundays, find a souvenir to take home from the Art Walk along Cabrillo Blvd.
Why now: Privacy, socially distant reasons, and a calm environment are the perfect respite after months of lockdown and travel restrictions. Additionally, the resort offers free in-room meals in February.
Pricing: From $ 1,295 (no park or resort fees).
Malibu Beach Inn
Ownership: The 47-room boutique hotel is located on Billionaire’s Beach on a Malibu coast landmark. The one bedroom suite offers floor to ceiling panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and a private double balcony with ocean views. You feel like you are on a yacht. The hotel’s Carbon Beach Club restaurant is located right on Carbon Beach, overlooking the waves and wildlife of the Pacific Ocean, and offers menu items inspired by the Pacific and Mediterranean coasts.
To do: Book the Private Dining Suite package, which includes a stay in the Junior Suite by the sea and an individual four-course tasting menu from the chef with wine pairings.
In the city: The best thing about Malibu is the outdoors. Hike one of the local trails. Rent kayaks from the nearby outfitter; Go to Nobu for dinner.
Why now: Winter and spring in Malibu are romantic and calm. Even on a rainy day, it feels like a dream to watch the waves crash and hear thunder while lying in bed with room service. In addition, guests can stay three nights in February for the price of two.
Pricing: From $ 525
Skyview, Los Alamos
Ownership: Nestled in the Santa Ynez wine country, the 5-acre Skyview is home to 33 boutique hotel rooms with views of the vineyards. Many have private decks with outdoor showers and fire pits with views of the Santa Ynez Valley. A central garden space leads to separate entrances for each accommodation. The hotel also includes a working vineyard, gardens and an original pool from the 1950s.
To Do: A full-service bar and restaurant – Norman – serves local wines, herbal cocktails, and farm-fresh al fresco dining with nods to the land’s roots in Los Alamos. The Norman’s wine is operated on site. A boutique collection of 50 bottles has been put together to highlight the Santa Rita Hills and Old World varieties. In addition, the property’s two hectare vineyard produces Haus Rosé.
Multiple common areas throughout the property provide guests with a gathering place, while Linus bikes are a nostalgic way to explore downtown Los Alamos and the surrounding wineries. In the central garden area you can gather around fire pits, shop in the lobby boutique and relax by the pool with a view of the famous motel sign.
In town: alfresco dining at farm-to-table restaurants, wine tastings at local wineries and art galleries offer plenty to explore. A gas station from the 1920s is home to a boulangerie (Bob’s Well Bread), which produces breads that are on par with Parisian bakeries. Bell’s farm-to-table restaurant is run by Daily Bell, named one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs” for 2020. The town’s former general store now houses PICO, a delicious eatery that draws travelers up and down the coast for inventive food and wine.
Why now: the landscape! At this time of year you will experience fewer crowds and the rolling hills are covered in green – a breath of fresh air from city life.
Pricing: From $ 199
Assembly Laguna Beach
Property: Located on a cliff on the coast overlooking the Pacific in the heart of the vibrant arts scene of Laguna Beach, the flagship of the renowned luxury brand offers 30 acres of oceanfront luxury. While each of the 258 guest rooms, suites, and villas are well-appointed, those looking for extra privacy will enjoy the Founder’s Suite, a particularly spacious two-bedroom suite with dramatic and uninterrupted views of the Pacific and a fully equipped one Features gourmet kitchen, two marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, sliding doors with extra large decks and lawn access, and more.
To Do: Outdoor dining at The Loft and Mosaic Bar & Grille will continue on February 3rd along with Spa Montage, which offers select treatments (massages, facials, and nail services) indoors. On site, guests can enjoy the mosaic pool, which is a delight in any weather.
In town: Laguna Beach has a variety of art galleries and charming boutiques. Guests can also explore the spectacular tide pools and marine life – from the deep, secluded pools at Thousand Steps to the easily accessible rock shelf at Crescent Bay. Hike one of the 40+ trails in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Or indulge in some shopping at the nearby South Coast Plaza or Fashion Island.
Why now: We all need a change of scene. During the month of February, the resort is offering a Romantic Getaway Package that includes accommodations in an oceanfront guest room, nightly perks of sparkling wine and chocolate-coated strawberries, turndown with rose petals, $ 100 credit for dinner or breakfast in bed, and free upgrade at Check-in (subject to availability). Guests also have the option to book the Montage Academy, a back-to-school program that allows families to work and study during this time through a range of services from an all-day supervised learning hall and 24/7 access to tutors Tutor.com, a service from The Princeton Review, for arts and history electives and daily stretch breaks.
Pricing: From $ 895