The tranquil Tuscan hillside complete with Italian villas, aqueducts, tile mosaics, 100 year old olive trees, neutral colored stucco colonnades, tapestries and every classical Roman Italian architectural detail are actually to be found where you least expect them, the seaside hills of Orange County just one hour north of San Diego. Pelican Hill immerses you in the soothing architecture and landscape of Italy while enveloping you in the ultimate in luxury amenities and attention to detail, making this one of the consistently top rated resorts in the world.
Nestled in the heart of Westwood, this modern oasis offers 258 suites, state-of-the-art technology and world-class service offering a perfect escape from the sprawling city. Travelers can sip and savor under the sun, take a dip in the pool or retreat to an airy cabana surrounded by lush botanicals in this ultimate Los Angeles hideaway which allows you to enjoy the city (or avoid it) in style.
The Sofia Hotel San Diego, located in the heart of downtown San Diego, is a luxury boutique hotel where you will find a perfect blend of comfort and style.
The Sofia Hotel is an elegant urban retreat where modern hotel amenities compliment the hotel's colorful history. As one of the newest members of the worldwide Historic Hotels of America group, The Sofia Hotel is an example of a renovation that successfully creates a modern style but preserves the hotel's history.
Most of the ESCAPADITAS we feature in Giving Back Magazine are about relaxing, pampering and getting away from it all. This month, we share with you Sequoia National Park an experience that will certainly change your lives. Only six hours away, Sequoia National Park will transport you not only to another time, you will experience another world.
Our journey to Sequoia began by driving North on the 5 Freeway until arriving to central California, then East into the elevations of the Sierra Nevada. The drive can be made in one day, but we decided to split the drive into two days spending the night in Visalia, a small city outside the park. The next day, we woke up early to enjoy the drive up the mountain and its breath-taking views.
Many of us know the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe as the backdrop for countless luncheons and galas, intimate dinners among friends or one of the most scenic backdrops for a wedding in San Diego, but we sometimes forget that the Inn is one of the most romantic places to stay in the country.
Rancho Santa Fe began over a century ago as a Mexican land grant given in gratitude to San Diego's first alcalde, or mayor, Juan Osuna. In the 1900's, the Osuna family sold 6,000 acres to the Santa Fe railroad to plant a Eucalyptus forest which proved unsuitable for railroad ties but perfect for today's shaded groves. The town Rancho Santa Fe and the guesthouse for prospective land purchasers developed over time, and that original guest house evolved gracefully into The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.
Halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, situated on California's fabled Pacific Coast Highway atop a 150-foot bluff with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is an elegant coastal retreat inviting guests to relax, indulge and pamper themselves in the ultimate home-away-from- home that offers a first-class, luxury hotel experience. The hotel is reminiscent of a classic Mediterranean villa with fountains and French doors that open onto private terraces from each of the 396 guestrooms.
Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa enjoys the best location in the desert – in the very heart of Rancho Mirage, on 240 acres of lushly landscaped grounds dotted with palm trees and sparkling lakes with sunny, warm weather and an average temperature in the 80s year-round. Just minutes away are the attractions of nearby Palm Springs, Indian Wells and other desert communities.
L'Auberge de Sedona is nestled on 11 acres of lush, forested grounds on the banks of Oak Creek in Sedona's renowned Red Rock Country. The resort is within walking distance to boutiques, galleries, and the restaurants of Sedona. L'Auberge de Sedona features a 26-room lodge and 63 intimate cottages that provide 1200-square feet of indoor/outdoor living space, with large outdoor decks and views, as well as spacious and private al fresco showers and gas fireplaces.
Between Santa Monica and Marina Del Rey, you will find Hotel Erwin in the whirling street carnival that is Venice Beach, a storied enclave of rock-n-roll, bohemian-cool, surfing and skateboarding. A mere 200-feet from the sand and overlooking the famous boardwalk, you are at the epicenter of creative rebellion, Southern California-style. The location is perfect for romantic walks among the galleries and Venice Canals.
Just a few minutes' drive north from most of San Diego is a luxurious, five star destination that lies secluded in the tranquil hills above Carlsbad. The Park Hyatt Aviara Resort features Spanish colonial architecture that welcomes you with a sense of casual elegance.