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.
South Coast Plaza defines the luxury shopping experience with extraordinary designers, personal service, unique atmosphere and upscale amenities, all within a short driving distance from San Diego. South Coast Plaza has an impressive collection of 280 boutiques and luxury retailers, combined with 4 major department stores, 30 restaurants, 4 performing arts venues and 2 spas.
There is only one luxury address in the heart of Cabo San Lucas. Just steps from downtown, next to the world-famous marina, on beautiful Medano Beach you will find a destination ready to attend to your every need.
Hacienda Beach Club & Residences features complete spa and fitness facilities along with gourmet dining at Hacienda Cocina y Cantina, overlooking Land’s End, the signature rock formations at the end of the peninsula. Residences range from four bedroom Beachfront Villas to Resort, Veranda and Penthouse homes. It’s your own private gated hideaway in the midst of all the excitement of downtown Cabo San Lucas.
On 22 acres of prime beachfront, early hoteliers developed Cabo’s first luxury resort escape: The Hacienda Hotel.