While the diverse landscape of Los Angeles is ideal for a weekend staycation, LA residents would be remiss not to take advantage of the city’s prime proximity to some of the country’s best vacation destinations. With the lush wine regions of Santa Barbara and Napa Valley, the relaxing spas of Ojai and Palm Springs, and some of Mexico’s top beaches just a hop, skip, and a jump away, a short getaway is within your grasp. Read on for some of our favorite nearby vacation spots, organized by distance from the city.
The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa surrounded by the area’s lush landscape.
Ojai Valley Inn and Spa
Approximate distance from LA: 80 miles
The Ojai Valley is a short drive from LA’s city limits, but boasts some of the most spectacular natural scenery in California—just take a peek at the sprawling Topa Topa mountain range at sunset. Luxuriate in the region’s beauty by planning a getaway to the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. The hotel boasts over 300 rooms with either mountain or golf course views, and their exclusive “Ojai Nest” bedding.
A visit to the inn wouldn’t be complete without taking advantage of the expansive spa, often ranked among the best in the country. Indulge in the unique kuyam experience—a traditional Chumash Native American relaxation ceremony—before taking a spa course to learn how to blend custom spa products. Spring is the ideal time to visit, while the resort celebrates the region’s annual Pixie Tangerine season. For a limited time, enjoy a Pixie Package (starting at $499), which includes daily breakfast, Pixie cocktails, a Pixie body polish treatment, a three-course dinner in the renowned Maravilla restaurant, and more. 905 Country Club Rd., Ojai, 805-646-1111