C California Style

10 New Weekend Escapes

by C California Style

Openings and revamps that make the case for Golden State staycations.

This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of C Magazine.

 

1. Esalen Institute, Big Sur

PHOTO: Laure Joliet.

PHOTO: Laure Joliet.

Iconic among the spiritual-seeker set, who flock to the retreat for its renowned workshops, Esalen Institute’s accommodations remained unchanged for decades until this past autumn, when interior design firm Salt+Bones updated select rustic and historic buildings using a light, respectful touch befitting of the property’s significance.
Workshops from $405; esalen.org.


2. Ventana Big Sur’s Redwood Retreats

PHOTO: Courtesy of Ventana Big Sur.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Ventana Big Sur.

Just when we thought the coastal getaway couldn’t get any more idyllic, Ventana Big Sur’s 15 glamping tents arrive, set in a redwood forest with access to the resort’s services and amenities.
From $325; ventanainn.com/glamping.


3. Dream Hollywood

PHOTO: Ryan Forbes.

PHOTO: Ryan Forbes.

Klieg lights shine even brighter in Tinseltown this month with the arrival of Dream Hollywood’s 178 rooms and suites envisioned by the Rockwell Group, plus five nightlife venues and restaurants from the Tao Group, including The Highlight Room, an 11,000-square-foot rooftop terrace, lounge and restaurant replete with sweeping city views.
From $300; dreamhotels.com/hollywood.


4. Las Alcobas, St. Helena

PHOTO: Courtesy of a Luxury Collection Hotel, Napa Valley.

PHOTO: Courtesy of a Luxury Collection Hotel, Napa Valley.

With views of the adjacent Beringer Vineyard from some rooms, this deluxe hotel set in the heart of Napa wine country is the ideal base for exploring tasting rooms and vineyards. Be sure to return, however, to eat at famed San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino’s restaurant on the premises, Acacia House.
From $695; lasalcobasnapavalley.com.


5. Pendry San Diego

PHOTO: Christian Horan.

PHOTO: Christian Horan.

This much-anticipated February newcomer in the Gaslamp District from the next generation of the Montage Hotels & Resorts family mixes a contemporary and retro feel in its 317 rooms and public spaces, which include Provisional Kitchen, Café & Mercantile, a hybrid café and shop concept from L.A. retailers Raan and Lindsay Parton of Apolis and Alchemy Works.
From $320; pendryhotels.com.


6. Parker Palm Springs

Parker Palm Springs.

Parker Palm Springs.

Fans of the beloved Jonathan Adler-designed Parker don’t want it to change—but hey, a respectful refresh couldn’t hurt. Hugely improved glam pool cabanas, subtle changes to select fixtures and furnishings in the guest rooms and a complete remodel of the private Gene Autry Residence comprise some of the recent upgrades.
From $495; theparkerpalmsprings.com.


7. Holiday House Palm Springs

PHOTO: Zeke Ruelas.

PHOTO: Zeke Ruelas.

The team behind SoCal boutique getaway faves Sparrows Lodge and Casa Laguna enlisted celeb designer Mark D. Sikes to revive this intimate downtown Palm Springs charmer, opening this April. Sikes’ refined yet playful sensibility is visible in the bold mix of patterns and the many shades of blue used throughout the 28 rooms, each complete with an eating nook and a fridge.
From $199; holidayhouseps.com.


8. Hotel Indigo, Los Angeles

Hotel Indigo, Los Angeles.

Hotel Indigo, Los Angeles.

In early March, the Hotel Indigo introduces 350 brand-new rooms and extensive meeting facilities to the DTLA contingent.
From $250; hotelindigo.com.


9. Hotel Figueroa, Los Angeles

PHOTO: Courtesy of Hotel Figueroa.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Hotel Figueroa.

Santa Monica-based design firm Studio Collective reimagined the look and feel of this historic venue, while recently appointed chef Casey Lane of Venice’s Tasting Kitchen guides the culinary mix at this newly made-over Downtown L.A. landmark.
From $309; hotelfigueroa.com.


10. Cambria Beach Lodge

PHOTO: Marieke Ochtmanß.

PHOTO: Marieke Ochtmanß.

Cheerful, relaxed style (think whitewashed walls and earthy boho textures), Linus bikes and local wines from Paso Robles await at this 27-room Central Coast hotel that debuted on Moonstone Beach last fall. Surfboards welcome.
From $179; cambriabeachlodge.com. • Jessica Ritz.

Edited by JENNY MURRAY.