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Style and Culture in Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles is a popular tourist destination and one of the largest cities in California. Explore the expansive metropolis and you’ll come to find that each neighborhood has its own distinct personality. Though widely recognized as the center of America’s film and television industry, Los Angeles is also home to incredible museums and cultural attractions. Locals and visitors alike gather at the world-class institutions to experience L.A.’s thriving art scene. Check out our recommendations for a weekend full of art, culture, and style in the City of Angels.

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W Hollywood

The chic W Hollywood is a boutique hotel located under the iconic Hollywood Sign. The property is known for its modern design that captures the glamour of Hollywood. Enjoy upscale restaurants, a rooftop pool and bar, and the luxurious Bliss Spa without ever leaving the hotel. It’s close to several LA landmarks, including the Hollywood Bowl, Universal Studios, and the TCL Chinese Theatre. At the W Hollywood, you’re steps away from the entertainment capital of the world! Live like a celebrity with the Suite Treats Package. It includes a VIP upgrade to a Marvelous Suite, complimentary Wi-Fi, and champagne upon arrival.

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The Getty

The Getty is one of the largest art organizations in the world and comprises two separate venues in Los Angeles, the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. Admission is free for both locations.

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Visit the Getty Center at the top of Los Angeles to see world-class art and architecture. The expansive campus incorporates unique design elements and includes beautiful vistas and peaceful gardens. The Getty Museum contains various European paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photography. The Getty’s collection features famous works such as Van Gogh’s Irises as well as impressionist pictures by Manet and Monet. Don’t miss In Focus: Electric! on display through August 28, 2016. The exhibition showcases historic photographs with a focus on artificial illumination from renowned photographers including Bill Brandt, Alfred Stieglitz, and Andreas Feininger.

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The Getty Villa in Malibu takes you back to ancient Greece and Rome. Opened in 2006, the museum and educational center is dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The Villa currently houses almost 44,000 works of art, including antiquities that date back to 6,500 B.C. Peruse their collection of Roman mosaics recovered from Italy, North Africa, Southern France, Turkey, and Syria. Our favorite area is the Outer Peristyle, the largest garden on the site. Hedge-lined pathways and circular stone benches surround a stunning 220-foot-long pool. Keep an eye out for the numerous bronze sculptures scattered throughout the garden. They are replicas of statues found at the Villa Dei Papiri, a private house in the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum.

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The Standard, Downtown LA

The Standard combines contemporary style with Los Angeles’ distinct personality. It’s an architectural wonder situated right in the center of vibrant Downtown Los Angeles. Originally built as the headquarters of Superior Oil Company, it now houses 207 spacious guest rooms, a rooftop pool and beer garden, a 24-hour diner, and trendy nightlife options. Book the Now Checking In: MOCA Package to immerse yourself in the culture of Los Angeles. The package includes deluxe accommodations, free admission for two and member privileges at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and a special souvenir gift at the MOCA store.

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Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles presents avant-garde art pieces, emphasizing modern expression and the changing definitions of art. They collect, present, and interpret pieces created after 1940, preserving the work for future generations. There are three different locations throughout Los Angeles: MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemprary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center. Each one features unique exhibitions and educational programs. We recommend Hito Steyerl: Factory of the Sun at MOCA Grand Avenue. The futuristic video installation is an immersive experience set in a motion capture studio. Admission to MOCA Grand Avenue is free every Thursday from 5 – 8 pm.

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Viceroy Santa Monica

Stay at the elegant Viceroy Santa Monica for a beachside getaway. The property embodies classic sophistication with a modern flair. With ocean views, state-of-the-art amenities, dining and nightlife options, it’s perfect for business or pleasure. There are two outdoor pools, an on-site lounge and restaurant, a fully equipped fitness center, and complimentary Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and common areas. Book the perfect weekend getaway with the Plan Your Escape Package. Save up to 20% on deluxe accommodations and receive two complimentary cocktails and $10 off valet parking.

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LACMA

Founded in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum on the West Coast. It’s located in the heart of Los Angeles, spanning 20 acres across Hancock Park. Their collection includes roughly 130,000 pieces that represent the history of art and the extraordinary diversity of Los Angeles. LACMA boasts an extensive collection of Asian and Latin American art, as well as one of the most prominent collections of Islamic art in the world. Millions of visitors flock to their numerous exhibitions, public programs, and research facilities every year. One of our favorite exhibitions is the Miracle Mile by Robert Irwin. It’s an exploration of light, material and color that consists of 66 fluorescent tubes suspended across a gallery wall. Buy tickets online.7

 

Discover the Beauty of Monterey, California

If you’re in need of a revitalizing vacation, escape the bustle of the city and retreat to Monterey, California. Located right on California’s central coast, it’s surrounded by picturesque scenery. There are plenty of parks, trails, and outdoor activities to explore. It’s the perfect setting to de-stress from work and enjoy a peaceful weekend getaway.

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InterContinental The Clement Monterey

Relax beside the waters of Monterey Bay at InterContinental The Clement Monterey. The luxurious resort is centrally located on Cannery Row, just steps away from various restaurants, shops, and attractions. Take a stroll down the pier or unwind in the outdoor Pacific Courtyard. The property features modern amenities including a heated outdoor pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Rejuvenate your mind and body with the Spa Vacation Package. It includes deluxe accommodations, overnight valet parking, breakfast for two, and two 30-minute Coastal Express Massages.

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 Fort Ord Dunes State Park

Start your day with a morning hike at the recently opened Fort Ord Dunes State Park, a 130-acre site right off the Pacific coast. The panoramic views of Monterey Bay are truly breathtaking. Follow the scenic foot trail to appreciate the beauty of the landscape, then make your way through sand dunes down to a secluded beach. There are eight educational panels throughout the park that display information about Fort Ord. You can go on a self-guided cell phone tour to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the area. Download the brochure to learn more.

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Pebble Beach Golf Links

GolfDigest has named Pebble Beach Golf Links the Greatest Public Golf Course in America every year since 2003. Once you visit the 18-hole course, it’s easy to understand why. The site is nestled right along the coast, providing open vistas and scenic fairways. Casual players, spectators, and golf legends have frequented the course since its opening in 1919. Many prestigious tournaments have taken place at Pebble Beach Golf Links, including five U.S. Open Championships. The U.S. open will return for the sixth time in 2019. Visit their website for reservation information or take a virtual course tour.

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The Bench Restaurant

After a round of golf, enjoy a satisfying lunch or a glass of wine at The Bench Restaurant. They’ve received Wine Spectator’s Best Of Award of Excellence since 2013. The comfortable yet sophisticated dining room overlooks the 18th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links. The Bench Restaurant features a full bar, a glass-enclosed patio, and outdoor seating with fire pits. The eclectic menu showcases wood roasting and open-flame cooking techniques elevated with international flavors. We recommend the Grilled Swordfish served over Forbidden Rice with soy, cilantro, and ginger-sesame aioli.

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Bixby Bridge

Drive south on scenic Highway 1 through Big Sur to find Bixby Bridge, an iconic landmark built over a vast canyon along the coast. Completed in 1932, the bridge hovers 260 feet over Bixby Creek and provides incredible views of the ocean and surrounding cliffs. Pull over at one of the many turnouts along the south end to watch the sunset.

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Cannery Row Brewing Company

End your day with a hearty meal and a cold beer at the Cannery Row Brewing Company. Located in the heart of the historic Cannery Row, it’s frequented by locals and visitors alike. Neon lights, vintage décor, and communal outdoor fire pits create a casual and sociable atmosphere. The family-friendly eatery boasts the second largest number of beers on tap in Northern California. Enjoy a cold one with their signature CRBC Burger, wood-grilled and served on a house-made poppy seed bun. Customize it with tasty topping choices like applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, or a fried egg. They also host trivia nights and live music performances. Browse the full event calendar online.

 

Island of Romance | Catalina, California

Visit Catalina, a charming island destination off the coast of Southern California. Known as the Island of Romance, Catalina is also a playground for zip line adventures, boat tours, and golf. Stroll through the main town of Avalon and take in the Mediterranean-inspired ambience, breathtaking sunsets, and sparkling beaches. The consistently sunny weather means you can plan a visit any time of year. From outdoor adventures to fine dining restaurants, there are countless activities to enjoy.

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Pavilion Hotel

The beautifully appointed Pavilion Hotel is elegantly landscaped and just a few steps away from the beach! Spend time together in the semi-private courtyard and the outdoor lounge overlooking the ocean. The hotel provides a complimentary European breakfast every morning and a wine and cheese reception in the afternoon. Book the Romance Package for an intimate getaway. It includes overnight accommodations, round-trip boat transportation, a helicopter tour of the island, and a picnic basket lunch for two.

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Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co.

Start your day with a quick breakfast and fresh brewed coffee at the Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co., a local favorite since 1980. The Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co. is a two-time winner of “Best Dessert” at the annual Taste of Avalon competition. Each of their 12 cookie flavors is an original family recipe. We recommend the Eclipse Cookie, a fudge chocolate chip cookie dipped in white chocolate. View the menu online.

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Parasailing Adventure

Soar over the ocean at an elevation of 800 feet on a parasailing excursion! Experience the crisp sea breeze along with panoramic views of Catalina and the surrounding waters. California Parasail is Catalina Island’s premier parasail operator, dedicated to providing a safe and exciting adventure. Flights accommodate two or more, so it’s the perfect activity to enjoy with a loved one. Use the discount code “Online” to save $10 per person on an 800’ flight. Browse available times and reserve your spot online.

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Descanso Beach Club

Spend your afternoon at the waterfront Descanso Beach Club. It’s a secluded beach with soft white sand. Make sure to reserve a private cabana for two, which includes complimentary bottled water, smoothies, Wi-Fi, and beach towels. Walk over to the bar and sip a cocktail as you enjoy the gorgeous ocean views. For those seeking adventure, the beach club features snorkeling, kayaking, and 32-foot rock climbing wall. If you’re in search of rest and rejuvenation, indulge in a Massage by the Sea. The trained massage therapists will pamper both your mind and body.

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Dinner and a Movie

Dress up for a romantic evening at the Avalon Grille, centrally located in the heart of downtown Avalon. The restaurant serves new American cuisine in a relaxed upscale setting overlooking the Avalon Bay. Reserve a table on the outdoor patio to take advantage of the warm California climate. The menu features regional favorites made with seasonal ingredients, as well as an extensive selection of wine, craft beer, and specialty cocktails. Be sure to try the famous Wrigley Martini, created by Major League Baseball player Philip K. Wrigley in the 1950s. It’s made with Hendrix Gin and a dash of vermouth. Dine at the Avalon Grille between 5 – 6 pm and receive a movie pass for the Avalon Theatre with the purchase of any entrée. Ask your server for details.

The Avalon Theatre is located on the lower level of the Catalina Island Casino. It’s a spacious auditorium that measures 43 feet high and seats up to 1,184 people. Renowned painter John Gabriel Beckman adorned the walls with intricate art deco-style murals. The brilliant artwork and crisp acoustics create a unique movie-going experience. Feature films are shown nightly at 7:30 pm. View the screening schedule online.

 

Explore Laguna Beach

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Seven miles of coastline, 30 beaches and parks, 70 art galleries, and 400 working artists and studios make Laguna Beach one of the most vibrant places to visit in Southern California. It’s perfect for a springtime getaway, whether you’re looking for a romantic trip, family vacation, or girls’ weekend. Stay in a stylish hotel, have an adventure out on the water, and experience the best music, art, food, and outdoor activities that this popular seaside town has to offer.

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Laguna Beach House

Stay at the Laguna Beach House, a recently renovated hotel overlooking the sea. The property was designed to feel like a beach cottage and is styled with vintage furniture and coastal decorations. The Laguna Beach House offers a truly indulgent hotel experience, pampering you throughout the day with coffee in the morning, a sunset wine hour, and milk and cookies before bed. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance from beautiful beaches, the boutiques and restaurants in downtown Laguna Beach, and the cliffs and tide pools of Heisler Park. Stay for one night and have a paddle board adventure for two with the Stand Up Paddle Package. You’ll receive two paddle board rentals, take a half-hour lesson on land, and then set off on an hour-long guided tour on the water. See dolphins, fish, sea lions, and plenty of beautiful scenery as you paddle from Fisherman’s Cove to Sea Lion Rock.

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Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Head up to Laguna Coast Wilderness Park for impressive views of Laguna Beach’s gorgeous coastline. The park spans 7,000 acres of coastal canyon, oak and sycamore woodlands, and rocky cliffs overlooking the sea. Choose from forty miles of trails that are perfect for hiking, biking, running, and horseback riding. Pack a lunch and take the Boat Road trail, a moderate 1.3-mile route that ends in a scenic vista. You’ll enjoy a picnic with 180-degree views of Laguna Beach and the Pacific Ocean.

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Blues Wednesdays at Mozambique

Mozambique Restaurant and Coastal Lounge brings South African cuisine to Laguna Beach. This sophisticated venue hosts concerts almost every day of the week and is a great place to see some of Laguna Beach’s best bands perform. Their Blues Wednesdays feature live performances by blues bands every Wednesday from 7:30pm to close. While you’re enjoying the music, be sure to try one of their specialty Mozambique Cocktails like the “African Mojito,” a unique twist on the classic mojito made with citrus vodka, muddled red grapes, lemon, and Chambord.

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First Thursdays Art Walk

Laguna Beach has been an artist’s colony for over a hundred years. First Thursdays Art Walk is a free monthly event that allows the public to experience local art and museums. Every first Thursday of the month from 6-9pm, nearly 40 galleries and museums up and down the coast open their doors to visitors. You can take a self-guided tour by downloading an Art Walk Gallery Guide and taking the free trolley service. Make sure to stop at the Laguna Art Museum to see the current exhibition “City Life, Los Angeles: 1930s to 1950s,” which features pieces depicting the development of urban Los Angeles.

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Nick’s Laguna Beach

Nick’s Laguna Beach is a restaurant praised by locals and visitors alike for excellent service and delicious California and Mexican cuisine. Enjoy a relaxing weekend brunch at an outside table overlooking the water. We recommend ordering a Bloody Mary (Nick’s are garnished with fried blue cheese olives) and the Oatmeal Brulee, which is made with old-fashioned oats, caramelized berries, vanilla, and cinnamon. After brunch, you can walk right down to the beach!

Discover the Beauty of Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island is a scenic destination off the coast of Georgia that is rich in history, nature, and culture. It’s home to pristine beaches, award-winning golf courses, and various nature trails and campgrounds. The historic district dates back to the 1700s, and many original buildings remain. The island is ideal for an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Step back to a simpler time and take in the natural beauty and wonder of Jekyll Island.

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Jekyll Island Club Hotel

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is an iconic property famous for providing outstanding hospitality in a timeless setting. Set in a quiet location on Georgia’s Atlantic coast, it’s the perfect place for a luxurious retreat. The Club Hotel is the only four-star resort on Jekyll Island, and Travel & Leisure has ranked the hotel among the top 500 resorts in the world! Create the vacation of your dreams with one of several special packages. Book the Bed and Breakfast Package to start your day with a generous meal. You’ll receive traditional Victorian accommodations and a breakfast buffet in the Grand Dining Room. If you’re looking for an intimate getaway with your loved one, consider the Romantic Escape Package. It includes a private dinner for two, chocolate covered strawberries, and Jekyll Island Club Signature Champagne.

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Historic District

Explore the famous 250-acre Historic Landmark District for a glimpse into Jekyll Island’s rich past. In 1735, the trustees of the colony of Georgia granted Jekyll Island to William Horton, a successful colony leader and top military aide. Horton built his home in 1743 and much of the structure still stands today. The Horton House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the oldest tabby buildings in Georgia.

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Driftwood Beach

Driftwood Beach is a stunning, white-sand stretch of coastline on the north end of Jekyll Island. The beach is widely known for the numerous driftwood trees scattered throughout the area. The gorgeous scenery makes it a popular destination for weddings and photo shoots. Bring a blanket and walk down to the Clam Creek Picnic Area to lay out and enjoy the beautiful landscape. Driftwood Beach is also just a short walk away from the Jekyll Island Campground, which offers campsites on 18 acres of land across the north end of Jekyll Island.

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Indulge in gourmet American cuisine at the Grand Dining Room and the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Classic architecture and elegant white columns create the perfect atmosphere for a social gathering or an intimate date night. Request a seat by the window to enjoy the magnolia trees and spring blossoms that decorate the resort grounds. For a truly special evening, reserve a table for the Sunset Dinner served between 6:00 – 6:45 pm. We recommend the Fresh Catch entrée that highlights a local selection of seafood prepared by the chef. Reserve your table online.

Escape to Palm Springs

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Palm Springs has long been thought of as Southern California’s luxury destination with 350 days of sunshine per year, making it ideal for playing golf and relaxing by the pool. More recently, Palm Springs has become a year round arts and culture destination with the remarkable Coachella Valley art scene, lively farmers markets, performing arts theaters, and the very first Palm Springs Life Festival.

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Parker Palm Springs

The Parker Palm Springs has a style that’s simultaneously classic and modern. Elegant rooms feature unique furniture, art, and decorations. The resort offers an incredible culinary package for food enthusiasts. The Glutton’s Delight deal offers low rates ($249 for weekdays, $299 for weekends) on a chic estate room, and includes a $250 credit for food and non-alcoholic drinks that you can use at any of their on-site restaurants or for room service. Make sure to eat at Norma’s, their 5-star diner that serves gourmet breakfast and comfort food all day. Wake up with a stack of Nutella Packed Jacks with pineapple and raspberries, or stop by at night to build your own Pie Shake from a variety of ice creams, fillings, and crusts. You’ll also want to check out Mister Parker’s, an intimate lounge that serves bistro-style food. They have an extensive wine list and make an amazing Moroccan Spiced Salmon, served with green hummus and pomegranate reduction.

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Palm Springs Life Festival

Be a part of the inaugural Palm Springs Life Festival, a season-long event running from March 20 to April 24 that will pull together fashion, food, wine, music, and art throughout the Coachella Valley. The festival will incorporate the already well-known Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival, which brings together chefs and fare from all over America, and Fashion Week El Paseo, the largest fashion week on the west coast. Other events include the In Vino Veritas series of wine tastings, a meet and greet with the stars of Project Runway, and a variety of concerts. See world-famous violinist Midori perform classics by Bach in a solo recital on Friday, March 25. Check out the full list of events and buy tickets here.

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Ristorante Mamma Gina

You won’t find a more authentic Italian restaurant in Palm Desert than Ristorante Mamma Gina. Its sister restaurant opened in Florence in the 1950s, and the Palm Desert location has been serving delicious Italian cuisine for thirty years. Stop by any time for their “All Day Happy Hour” and try the Mango Mojito, one of their specialty cocktails made with mango simple syrup and fresh lime, mango, and mint. For lunch, we recommend the Ravioli Neri, homemade black ravioli filled with ricotta and lobster in a vodka rose sauce.

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VillageFest

VillageFest is a vibrant street fair with live entertainment that takes place every Thursday from 6-10pm in Downtown Palm Springs. Stroll through booths of art, crafts, jewelry, fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables, snacks, and more. Find Bean Boys Coffee and try one of their 83 varieties of coffee, and don’t miss the Antique Galleries of Palm Springs booth, which has antiques and collectables in the mid-century style that Palm Springs is so famous for.

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Desert Art Tours

Desert Art Tours, led by art consultant Richard Almada, offer a unique way to experience the fantastic art of the Coachella Valley. They have museum, gallery, and even shopping tours. We recommend the Public & Private Art Tour, where you will learn about the stories behind the public art located throughout the Valley. You can enjoy a glass of wine as you view the current exhibitions at the local gallery stops along the way.

A Weekend Away in Idyllwild

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Idyllwild is a charming town in the San Jacinto Mountains. It’s just a two-hour drive from both San Diego and Los Angeles, making it the ideal Southern California mountain escape. Idyllwild has wonderful restaurants and bakeries, as well as countless shops and art galleries. The small-town feel, the mountain air, and the peaceful atmosphere provide visitors with a memorable and relaxing getaway.

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The Grand Idyllwild Lodge

The Grand Idyllwild Lodge is the perfect place to stay during your time in the mountains. It’s a luxurious boutique hotel located near the top of the town. Each room features a fireplace, a Keurig system, and a deck with picturesque views of the surrounding mountains. Every morning, you’ll wake up to a full gourmet breakfast. After a day of shopping in town or hiking in Humber Park, come back to a relaxing massage or treatment at the spa.

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Hiking in Humber Park

Idyllwild has a number of great hiking options. You can access several trails from Humber Park, a popular nature site that lies just above the town of Idyllwild. Find the trailhead for the Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail, an enjoyable 5.2-mile round-trip route through the serene San Jacinto Mountains. The path starts out downhill and features stunning views of Tahquitz Rock, Suicide Rock, the town of Idyllwild, and the surrounding Strawberry Valley. When you double back to Humber Park, you’ll be able to see a slightly different view.

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Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe & Bistro

Like its name suggests, Idyll Awhile is a good place to unwind. They have an impressive wine list and several rotating craft beers on tap. We recommend the wine tasting. You’ll receive four to six generous pours of your choice – make sure to try their house-made warm mulled wine, made from sangria and spices. Idyll Awhile also makes great food to eat while you’re tasting. Try the La Manchega flatbread, which has fig compote, prosciutto, and Manchego cheese. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the bistro often hosts fun events and performances by local musicians.

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Red Kettle

Don’t leave Idyllwild without having a meal at the Red Kettle, a casual diner with a family atmosphere and delicious food that is located right in the center of town. They only serve breakfast and lunch, so be sure to get there before 2pm. Everything on the menu is excellent! For breakfast we recommend The Rock Climber, an open-face English muffin piled with ham, eggs, and cheese sauce, and for lunch you can’t go wrong with a classic cheeseburger – it’ll be one of the best you’ve had.

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Explore Palomar Mountain

Idyllwild is just over an hour’s drive from Palomar Mountain State Park, which features beautiful forest and meadow areas surrounding Palomar Mountain. Stop by the famous Palomar Observatory. Open to visitors daily, the observatory offers guided tours and numerous exhibits. At the Luskin Virtual Presence Kiosk, you can view live feeds from the famous Hale Telescope, as well as a collection of short documentaries, videos, and slideshows about the observatory and discoveries made there. The area is also ideal for hiking. We like the scenic 3.9-mile Thunder Spring and Chimney Flat Loop that meanders through a forest, an apple orchard, and Doane Pond.

Borrego Springs Adventure

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Borrego Springs is a desert town surrounded by the vast Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Fresh air, stunning desert landscapes, and a number of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, and golf make Borrego Springs a great spot for a weekend away. On your way to Borrego, be sure to stop in the nearby mountain town of Julian for a rest and some great BBQ and apple pie.

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La Casa del Zorro Resort & Spa

La Casa del Zorro is a stylish desert retreat steps away from the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The elegant rooms feature high ceilings, fireplaces, and balconies, and they offer endless activities for guests to enjoy. Go for a swim in one of the many pools, take a class at the yoga studio, or challenge each other to a game of tennis! Pamper yourself with the Relax. Renew. Revive. package, available Sunday through Thursday from March 1 – 31, 2016. Stay for two nights in a Deluxe Guest Room and you’ll receive a $125 credit for a relaxing treatment at La Casa Del Zorro’s luxurious spa.

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Wildflowers

From mid-February to early April, beautiful wildflowers burst into bloom throughout the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. 2016 is the Year of the Lily – you can find desert lilies at the north end of DiGiorgio Road, Vista Del Malpais, and Arroyo Salado Primitive Campground. Desert sunflowers and dune primrose are also blooming at Henderson Canyon Road. Visit a few of these spots to see some truly unique and striking flowers!

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Hiking in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is California’s largest state park and has hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Spend an afternoon outdoors exploring the area. The Borrego Palm Canyon Trail meanders 3.5 miles to shady palm tree oasis. For more of a thrill, choose The Slot, a short hike that takes you through narrow openings in towering rock formations. Our favorite is the Wind Caves Trail, a 1.25 mile exploratory adventure. Climb over and through “caves” in sandstone formations that have been eroded by wind.

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Day Trip to Julian

The quaint town of Julian is less than an hour away from Borrego Springs and makes a great day trip destination. It was founded during the California Gold Rush and has retained its small-town feel. Unwind in the fresh mountain air and take in views of the Cuyamaca mountains. Visit the Julian Pioneer Museum to learn about the town’s history and see what life was like in the 1800s.

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Moms Pies

No trip to Julian is complete without a slice of apple pie. Moms Pies is a Julian institution that has been baking delicious pies for over thirty years. They offer over twenty different varieties, from traditional apple to chocolate pecan. We recommend a slice of the Apple Boysenberry with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Julian Hard Cider

Julian Hard Cider uses Julian’s famous apples to make some of Southern California’s best hard cider. Their Miner’s Saloon,” located in a former apple packing building, features live music and BBQ. Stop by for a cider tasting and try their different flavors, including Apple Pie, Cherry Bomb, and Razzmatazz.

Exploring La Jolla

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Nicknamed “the jewel,” La Jolla has become one of San Diego’s most popular areas, stretching for miles along beautiful coastline. Stroll through the quaint downtown village, eat at some of San Diego’s best restaurants, and spend a day exploring Torrey Pines.

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Hyatt Regency La Jolla

Stay at the newly renovated Hyatt Regency La Jolla, a stylish hotel located halfway between downtown La Jolla and Torrey Pines. You’ll be minutes away from La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Beach, so you can spend the day exploring the areas’ beaches. At night, return to the hotel to relax in front of a fire pit or take a dip in the outdoor heated pool. Make your stay extra special with their Romance Package, which includes a luxury room, VIP services, and valet parking. You and your loved one will enjoy champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and full breakfast for two.

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Caroline’s Seaside Café

Start your day off right with brunch at Caroline’s Seaside Café. It’s located on the second floor of the Scripps Seaside Forum and has impressive views of the Scripps Pier, La Jolla Shores, and La Jolla village. Caroline’s makes delicious California-style scrambles, pastries, wraps, sandwiches, and salads. We recommend the Curried Chicken-Almond Salad Sandwich made with local tomatoes and avocado.

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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Head north along the coast to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. With ten easy trails featuring incredible ocean views, it’s a great place for an afternoon hike. Most of the paths are under a mile long, so you can pick a few in different areas of the reserve. Save the Beach Trail for last – it meanders down to the water and you can walk along the beach on your way back to the car.

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Torrey Pines Gliderport

Charles Lindbergh himself flew along Torrey Pines in the 1930s. For almost a century, the Torrey Pines Gliderport has been a premier aviation spot for hang gliding and paragliding. If you’re feeling adventurous, try it yourself! You can soar over the coast on a tandem flight. For those who would rather watch, grab a bite to eat in the Cliff Hanger Café. You’ll have a view of the ocean, the gliders, and sometimes even dolphins and whales.

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George’s At The Cove

Located on the tip of downtown La Jolla, George’s At The Cove has amazing food and sweeping views. The restaurant has three levels, each of which provide a different dining experience. On the first level you’ll find California Modern, which uses local and seasonal ingredients to create a casual yet delicious menu. George’s Bar on the middle level is the best place to sip unique cocktails and local craft beers. We recommend dinner at Ocean Terrace, where you can enjoy rooftop seating and watch the sunset. For a truly Californian meal, try the Marinated and Grilled Fresh Fish Tacos with jalapeno-lime mayo, avocado, cilantro, and cabbage.

Romance Through Arizona | Phoenix and Scottsdale

When you visit Phoenix, don’t forget to spend time in Scottsdale. Only a short drive from downtown Phoenix, Scottsdale is a smaller city that makes a perfect home base. Stay in a retro hotel in Scottsdale and visit their renowned art museum, then make your way into Phoenix for great food, an adventure up in the clouds, and more. The Scottsdale/Phoenix area is sure to become one of your favorite destinations – you’ll soon be planning your next trip back.

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Hotel Valley Ho

Step back into 1950s America for romantic weekend! Located right outside of Phoenix in Scottsdale, Hotel Valley Ho is a luxury hotel with a mid-century style reminiscent of old Hollywood. Built in 1956, the hotel maintains its rich history and incorporates fresh design and pops of color. You and your love will experience the glamour of another era. Pamper yourselves with the Romance Package and enjoy Veuve Clicquot Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a breakfast credit.

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Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Spend an afternoon at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, only a short walk from the Hotel Valley Ho. It features rotating displays of art, music, literature, film, and much more. Be sure to see the Betye Saar: Still Tickin’ exhibition, which features multimedia works with themes of nostalgia, memory, and mysticism and runs from January 30 – May 1, 2016. The museum also hosts events including author talks, comedy, and film showings.

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Pizzeria Bianco

Ready for some of the best pizza you’ve ever had? Pizzeria Bianco is an award-winning restaurant that uses fresh, local ingredients. Their menu is comprised mostly of simple, classic recipes, so you can be sure that anything you get will taste great. Stop by the downtown Phoenix location for a slice of the “Rosa,” which has red onion, parmesan, rosemary, and Arizona pistachios.

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Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum is an experience you can’t miss. The museum showcases over 6,500 instruments and sound clips from all over the world. Get up close and personal in the Experience Gallery, where you and your date can form a band and play the instruments yourself! Don’t miss the Artist Gallery, featuring instruments from stars like Taylor Swift, John Lennon, and Elvis.

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Japanese Friendship Garden

Visit the Japanese Friendship Garden, dedicated to the relationship between Phoenix and its sister city of Himeji, Japan. The garden’s Japanese name is Ro Ho En, a combination of three Japanese words. Ro refers to the White Heron castle in Himeji. Ho is the Japanese word for phoenix, and En is the word for garden. The ideal place for a peaceful stroll, the gardens feature an impressive waterfall, beautiful trees and flowers, a tea house, and a koi pond.

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Hot Air Expeditions

What could be more romantic than a hot air balloon ride over the desert? Hot Air Expeditions offers morning and afternoon flights that will take you up 5,000 feet, where you’ll see amazing scenery unfold below. After your time in the sky, you’ll sit down to savor an assortment of gourmet appetizers and drinks. It will be the perfect way to complete your trip.