The Best Spots for a Romantic Weekend in and Away from LA
February is always the month that I start to get antsy in my routine, tired of the cold (and wet!) weather, and just ready for a change of scenery. When it’s not possible to hop on a plane somewhere tropical, even one night in a nice hotel in a new neighborhood can feel rejuvenating. Skip the overpriced Valentine’s dinner and put the money towards a romantic weekend getaway from Los Angeles—like one of these ten great options for staycations in LA or within a two-hour drive.
Staycations in Los Angeles
Located just across the street from the Malibu Pier, this 20 room stylish hotel has ocean-facing balconies and hammocks—not to mention Instagram worthy decor. Don’t miss the roof deck bar and restaurant—especially at sunset!
A classic beach retreat in LA, Shutters will transport you to a cottage in Cape Cod with its Michael Smith decor and breezy balconies overlooking the ocean. Don’t miss a cocktail in the living room at sunset.
A hidden five star property, Hotel Bel-Air is an iconic property known for its exclusivity and privacy—hence why so many celebrities make this their reatreat when they need to get away. When you’re craving the lap of luxury, this is your place. Don’t miss a drink in the lounge with the grand piano and Norman Seeff exhibit.
Though Pasadena is in Los Angeles County, it still feels worlds away, and the Langham Huntington Pasadena is a luxury escape perfect for those winter blues. In fact, I spent my 30th birthday here.
Weekend Getaways From Los Angeles
Ojai Valley Inn and Spa is a sprawling resort that still manages to feel boutique. Everything you could ever need is on property including multiple restaurants, a spa, golf, and shopping, so you never have to leave. You can read my full review here.
With breathtaking views of the American Riviera, the Belmond El Encanto offers Hollywood glamour in a tranquil setting. The rooms are private bungalows with marble bathrooms and heated floors. Book a couples massage or lounge by the infinity pool and you’ll feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of LA.
Located in the middle of Santa Ynez wine country—Solvang—to be exact, this hotel was exactly what was needed in the area—modern decor with a luxe feel in a boutique setting. You can read my full review here.
An elegant coastal retreat south of Los Angles, L’Auberge overlooks the Pacific, offering a private path to the beach. I had the pleasure of staying here when I attended Opening Day at the Del Mar Races—it’s only one mile from the track. The hotel was renovated in 2017 with design by one of the most sought after luxury designers, Barclay Butera.
The spa at Estancia La Jolla is recognized as the best in San Diego, but if stone massages and lavender wraps aren’t your thing,
then we can’t be friends, then you can curl up on a daybed by the heated saltwater pool. They have a Valentine’s Day Love Package, which my husband and I took advantage of years ago when they first opened.
There is no better time of year to visit Palm Springs than in the dead of winter. The flowers are in bloom, the air is clear, and after years of slumming it in the hot summer months—when everything is cheaper—I finally understood the major appeal. La Serenas Villas tops my list of places to visit in the desert cities.