Best “Weekend Getaway” From Los Angeles?

Best “weekend getaway” from Los Angeles?

Here’s a Q&A from another saved draft. This is a Travel Blog.

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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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24-MAY-13: Poolside at the Custom Hotel

Poolside at the Custom Hotel in Los Angeles on a Friday afternoon!

Poolside at the Custom Hotel

Poolside at the Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Another beautiful day in L.A.! And it’s Friday!  Happy Memorial Day!
What are you going to do this (three day holiday) weekend?

Here are more pictures from my visit to the Custom Hotel (BIG THUMBS UP!):

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Entrance and Free LAX Shuttle - Custom House (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Entrance and Free LAX Shuttle – Custom House (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Lobby – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lobby and Breakfast/Workspace Area – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Front Desk – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hallway – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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King Room – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Queen Room – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Two Bedroom Suite Living Room – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Two Bedroom Suite Dining Area – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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One Bedroom Suite Living Room – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

View of LAX Runways (you can’t hear the planes at all, but you can watch them land) – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LAX Lounge for “elevated” guests – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Free Massage Chairs for “elevated” guests – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Special Needs Lift at the Pool - Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Special Needs Lift at the Pool – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Deck 33 - Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Deck 33 Restaurant, Bar and Lounge – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

View of the Pool from Deck 33 – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Ralph's and Centinela Pet and Feed next door

Ralph’s and Centinela Feed and Pet Supplies next door!  There’s also a Bristol Farms, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and lots of different restaurants within short walking distance.

Park just across the street

Bowling alley next door

Park across the street

Big Park right across the street

Custom Hotel8639 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester, CA (at Manchester, near LAX)

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