6 of the Coziest Weekend Getaways from Los Angeles
Yes, the midwinter blahs are a thing even in sunny L.A. That’s when hopping in the car for a spontaneous trip to a new destination can be just what we need to jump-start our enthusiasm for living, with luxuries like massages, lazy mornings and days ending with wine in front of the fireplace. Here are six weekend getaways from Los Angeles (with estimated drive times from downtown) you need to take pronto.
1. Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point (57 minutes from DTLA)
It’s a straight shot south on the 5 to get to the Orange County idyll of Dana Point, where you can tour the Ocean Institute, go whale watching (midwinter is prime season) or just spend a long time in your soaking tub watching the lights come up over the harbor before settling to sleep under a duvet. No presh.
2. Ojai Rancho Inn (90 minutes from DTLA)
This place is all about the groovy, from the palo santo you’re given upon check-in to the bikesyou can borrow to ride along the paths through this charming town at the edge of citrus groves. Get a cottage—the fireplaces and neo-hippy furnishings are especially sweet.
3. Montage Laguna Beach (1 hour 20 minutes from DTLA)
Start saving now for your splurge getaway to this oceanside resort—it’s worth every penny. Rooms are beach-elegant, the common areas are filled with museum-quality California plein air paintings and the food is next-level luscious. (Branzino with artichoke puree? Yes, please.) It’s the SoCal ideal of heavenly getaways.
4. NOON LODGE IN BIG BEAR LAKE (1 HOUR 56 MINUTES FROM DTLA)
A collection of old-school cabins zhuzhed up with a Wes Anderson aesthetic and some friendly touches (such as outdoor music playing softly during the day and bikes to borrow) make this a great option for the mountain newbie. It’s a quick drive to the village and the slopes, if you’re feeling ambitious.
5. Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara (1 hour 56 minutes from DTLA)
Exceptional in every way, from its architecture (Moorish, Mexican and Mediterranean elements like the million-tiled interior) to its food (get the Morro Bay oysters with pickled tapioca pearls) to its chic interiors designed by celeb decorator Martyn Lawrence Bullard, this getaway is as maximalist gorgeous as Santa Barbara’s beautiful landscape.
6. IDYLLWILD BUNKHOUSE (2 HOURS 15 MINUTES FROM DTLA)
This self-styled “boutique motel” is a spiffied-up set of cabins where bright Adirondack chairs sit near the door and every room has sweeping views of the forest. Lazy types, listen up: Mornings, you don’t even need to get dressed, since a basket of scones and jam is delivered to your door.