Best “Weekend Getaway” From Los Angeles?

Best “weekend getaway” from Los Angeles?

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Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Q: My mom is coming to visit me in Venice for a week in April and we want to getaway! We’re looking for a destination to relax, hit up the spa, wine taste or have a great meal, do some boutique shopping, and maybe go for an easy hike? Since this will be for 1-2 nights, would like to keep it within 3 hours (one way). Out of all the amazing places, if you have to pick 1 destination for a visitor to see, what is the best destination for a weekend getaway from L.A. and why?

A: A fantastic Spa Weekend “Getaway” that meets your description can be experienced at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. It’s a beautiful full-service, luxury four star resort just north of Los Angeles with free self-parking.

The hotel has an amazing spa and pool facility with all the amenities. There’s fine dining on-site and in Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Agoura, Moorpark, Malibu or the Pacific Palisades (and the hotel also provides a shuttle that will take you to the beach).

Watch the sunset and enjoy a cocktail on the deck at Moonshadows Malibu or have an amazing $u$hi meal at Nobu Malibu. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at the Saddle Peak Lodge, Cafe Firenze or one of the many fine restaurants nearby. We’ve heard about (and seen pictures of) the fabulous desserts at CHOCOLATINE Café French Pastries.

There is great easy hiking nearby in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. We recommend the Paramount Ranch (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” filming site), Malibu Creek State Park (“MASH” filming site) or Point Dume State Beach.

There are also some nice wineries to visit nearby: Malibu Wines, SIP Malibu, Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards, Cornell Winery & Tasting Room and others are open to the public.

Horseback riding, shopping of all kinds, beach activities, nightlife options and more are all available locally. The hotel also offers cooking classes, other educational programs and fun activities.

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Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Good hikes in LA or surrounding areas?

Q: I have done a few in Malibu and Hollywood but looking for more ideas!

A: A great place to hike in Los Angeles is the Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills and other trails in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Park entry and parking are free! Topanga State Park, Malibu Creek State Park, Rocky Oaks Park, Stunt Ranch State Park, Will Rogers State Historic Park, Temescal Canyon Park and Point Dume State Beach all have great hiking. Entrance fees and parking vary by location.

To Paramount Ranch: Exit Kanan Rd off the 101 freeway, turn left towards the beach, just past Agoura Rd make a left on Cornell Rd and drive to the park entrance. Park near the Ranger Station and enter through the Western Town film location.

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Paramount Ranch Park in Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon

Ashland, Oregon Visitor's Map

Ashland, Oregon – Visitor’s Map

Founded in 1935, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is a not-for-profit professional theatre company located in the City of Ashland in southern Oregon. The performance season runs  ten months of the year, from February through early November.

The OSF’s Mission Statement:
“Inspired by Shakespeare’s work and the cultural richness of the United States, we reveal our collective humanity through illuminating interpretations of new and classic plays, deepened by the kaleidoscope of rotating repertory.”

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The OSF season features eleven works by William Shakespeare and by other classic writers, as well as modern and contemporary work and original world premieres. Plays are performed in three theatres: two indoor stages, the Angus Bowmer Theatre and the Thomas Theatre, and the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre.

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The Green Show & Angus Bowmer Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Green Show presents FREE performances on an outdoor stage in the courtyard by visiting acts before the evening shows (outdoor performances run from early June to mid-October). Backstage tours, park talks, lectures, classes, workshops, pre and post-show conversations, community and special events are also available for visitors.

The Green Show! FREE Performances before the evening show June-October

The Green Show! FREE Performances before the evening show June-October

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The Allen Elizabethan Stage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The OSF welcomes everyone and believes the inclusion of diverse people, ideas, cultures and traditions enriches both insights into the work presented on stage and in our relationships with each other. They are committed to diversity!

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The Thomas Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

2015 Season: Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Anthony & Cleopatra, Long Days Journey Into Night, Guys & Dolls, The Count of Monte Cristo, Fingersmith, Head Over Heels, Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land, Sweat, and The Happiest Song Plays Last

2016 Season: Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Richard II, Timon of Athens, Great Expectations, Roe, The Winter’s Tale, The Wiz, The River Bride, The Yeoman of The Guard and Vietgone,  

Detailed Information and Tickets are available on the OSF website at http://www.osfashland.org

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