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by alexandra calamari | March 28, 2013 | Lifestyle
The Magnolia courtyard at the LEED-certified Bardessono hotel in Napa Valley.
Approximate distance from LA: 400 miles
A quick plane ride north or road trip up the central coast of California yields access to the lush Napa Valley, one of the best wine regions in the world. Choose to stay at the Bardessono hotel, a LEED-platinum certified luxury resort that’s as committed to its service as it is to its green practices. Check into one of their 62 spa suites, which all feature in-room massage tables and organic linens.
Spend the day exploring the region on one of the hotel’s complimentary Orbea bikes—fantastic wineries like Cornerstone Cellars and Girard are within walking distance. Recently labeled one of the best hotels in the country by Andrew Harper, the Bardessono also boasts a fantastic on-site dining experience—Lucy Restaurant and Bar—which sources much of its produce and herbs from their own organic garden. Best of all, Bardessono is completely pet-friendly and accommodates dogs of all sizes with their luxury pet beds and treats for an additional charge of $150. Spring rates start at $550 for a mid-week stay and $700 on weekends. 6526 Yount St., Yountville, 707-204-6000
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
The pool and spa at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa.
Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Rancho Mirage, California
Approximate distance from LA: 120 miles
Just outside of Palm Springs lies the luxurious Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa—a classic vacation destination that just underwent a major renovation to upgrade the suite accommodations, spa, and grounds. Ideal as a home base during Coachella, a luxury spa escape, or a sporty vacation with friends, Rancho Las Palmas combines upscale amenities with the natural beauty of the desert valley.
Active guests will gravitate toward the updated fitness center, as well as the 25 tennis courts at the Palm Springs tennis center at Rancho Las Palmas Country Club. The resort also boasts a newly expanded golf course designed by Ted Robinson, which now features over 6,400 yards of play. At the hotel’s signature restaurant, bluEmber, new chef de cuisine Ethan Holmes recently revamped the menu to include dishes like a brie fondue with verjus poached apricots and serrano ham. In celebration of spring break, the 22,000-square-foot spa is offering specials until April 6, featuring exclusive prices on their signature treatments. Room packages start at $229. 41-000 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage, 866-423-1195
The Spanish-style bungalows of the Bacara Resort & Spa.
The Bacara Resort & Spa
Approximate distance from LA: 100 miles
A quick two-hour ride from downtown, The Bacara Resort & Spa is a romantic central coast retreat, nestled on a remote cliff with spectacular ocean views. Although the lush wine region of the Santa Inez Valley is only 40 miles away and bustling downtown Santa Barbara is even closer, you’ll be hard-pressed to want to leave the grounds after setting up in one of their expansive guestrooms.
The Bacara boasts private beach access, a saline swimming pool with exclusive cabanas, four tennis courts, and a world-class spa that offers a wide range of services. Oenophiles will be eager to explore the some 12,000 bottles housed within the wine cellar of the resort’s award-winning restaurant, Miro. Helmed by executive chef David Reardon, the eatery features global cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Champagne brunch, including a chef’s tasting menu ($90) that comprises items like seared day boat scallops with uni and a miso glaze, or a triple-seared prime rib eye with seaweed potatoes and grilled scallions. Rooms start at $299 a night. 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta, 877-422-4245
The infinity pool and hot tub at the Hacienda Beach Club & Resort.
The Hacienda Beach Club & Resort
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Approximate distance from LA: 1,150 miles
Just a short two-hour flight from LA, Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas has a long history of hosting vacationing Angelenos, a tradition which started with its original iteration as The Hacienda Hotel. As the first hotel in the area, The Hacienda once housed stars like John Wayne, Desi Arnaz, and Bing Crosby before transforming into The Hacienda Beach Club & Resort. If it’s location, location, location you’re after, then you can’t beat The Hacienda, which is conveniently situated just steps from Cabo’s bustling Marina on the swim-friendly Medano beach.
With an infinity pool, wine cellar, paddleboard yoga classes, and a full-service spa that offers treatments using local ingredients, there are amenities galore. Meanwhile, on-premises eatery Hacienda Cocina y Cantina offers a fine-dining experience with an unparalleled view of the famed Land’s End rock formations. The club features a variety of vacation rentals, ranging from $550 to $3,750 per night. As the hotel celebrates their 50-year anniversary this year, they’re offering exclusive pricing to couples celebrating a golden anniversary or any guests celebrating a 50th birthday. Cabo San Lucas, 800-670-0310
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.