It’s the weekend. And, good news, this summer heat is here to stay (especially if you’re a California local). So, where does a hot weather native go to cool down, kick their feet up, and feel like a major vacation is underway? In the spirit of a warm August weekend, we’ve rounded up our 4 favorite getaway haunts, all a drive away from super sunny Los Angeles.
Two Bunch Palms
Located in the outskirts of the much-loved Palms Springs, Two Bunch Palms resort is a zen getaway, fit for groups of any kind. Make sure you nab the Springs rooms, where you can be equal distance to the relaxing natural hot springs and the widely renowned restaurant. Fixed with fine dining and the opportunity to refresh in the nutrient-rich hot springs, you can’t go wrong in the city of Palm Springs.
Fairmont San Diego
Let’s drive south, to one of Forbes 60 Five Star spas in the world. Located right in the heart of the famous Del Mar area, Fairmont is famous for its adults-only relaxation pool, the deliciously full Haim Spa (which has everything, right down to a beloved manicurist), and its collection of spa experts. For the full treatment, go full San Diego and ease out of the Los Angeles chaos for a taste of California’s quieter coastline.
The Goodland Santa Barbara
Listen: we are big fans of the Kimptons. Fit with a dreamy pool, eclectic furnishings, and famed eat and drink setting, your weekend can take a turn for the better in the rustic, quiet beach town of Santa Barbara–every Los Angeleno’s dreamscape. Settle into the highly adored Kimpton Goodland, enjoy a bite to eat, and make the most of your brief break.
Another one of Forbes Travel Guide’s getaway favorites, the Rancho Valencia in Santa Fe is a well-kept secret brimming with full spa specials, a luxury swimming venue, and palms to keep you sunned and shaded in equal measure. If you’re looking for a place to breath deeply, while also feeling like a Queen Bee, spend your weekend at this smooth sanctuary.