Mountains, Desert, Beach: It’s All Just Two Hours Away
SoCal’s design-worthy cabins are waiting for you
Need a few days away? Skip the pricey resort ($25 to park the car? No thanks!) and stay at one of these unique, eye-catching little homes for rent on Airbnb. Whether you want desert, mountains or beach--they’re all within reach, time- and money-wise.
Two Hours from L.A.: Big Bear
The silver lining of El Niño: SoCal’s destined for a dumping of snow after a few seasons of disappointing skiing. Take advantage by staying at this three-bedroom, two-bath dreamy A-frame that’s walking distance to the summit.
One hour from L.A.: Oxnard
That’s the beach right outside your window in this original 1929 cabin that accommodates six. Bragging rights: At one time, Clark Gable owned the property.
Two hours from L.A.: Desert Hot Springs
Modernist architect John Lautner designed this 1947 compound as a prototype of a groovy community that never got built. Restored by an interior designer, the place has a glassed-in courtyard that's perfect for stargazing.
90 minutes from L.A.: Carpinteria
This one-bedroom cottage in Seaglass Cove looks right out onto the ocean, with a full view of the Channel Islands. We can already taste the sundowners on the deck.
90 minutes from L.A.: Crestline
Snug in a residential neighborhood a drive away from the Wrightwood ski-resort area, this three-level mountaintop cabin sleeps 11. (And the Jacuzzi seats five.)