Don’t get us wrong, we love Los Angeles. That should be pretty obvious coming from the Westside’s top real estate team. But one of the best parts of living in the City of Angels is the ability to escape with complete ease, whether by car or a quick flight. So, with spring nearly here, we decided to round up eight mini vacations you can take from LA to refresh and recharge for the new season. Ready, set, GO:
1 hr 30 min flight to RNO from LAX
Hiking (be sure to check out Van Sickle Bi-State Park), kayaking, mountain biking, sight-seeing — the options
"I love Lake Tahoe for its ski resort, lakes (one of the purest lakes in the world) and amazing scenery if you cruise over mountain meadows. "
4+ hr drive or 1 hr flight to LAS from LAX
Catch a Cirque du Soleil
show, see Katy Perry
or Lady Gaga
live, hit the casinos (if you lose, not our fault…but if you win, let’s just say we get 10%?), eat, drink…the usual.
"My favorite thing about Vegas is the ability to eat anything you want 24 hours a day. After that, you’ll be ready for a hike in Red Rock Canyon."
F. Ron Smith
2.5 hr drive from LA
: The Landsby
, a stunning Scandinavian-style boutique hotel.
: Mad & Vin
at The Landsby for delicious farm-to-table eats or Coast Range
for incredible steaks and seafood in a stylish ambiance.
: Vaquero Bar
at Coast Range for craft cocktails in a speakeasy-style setting.
"It’s amazing how quickly you can get to Solvang from LA and even more amazing how quickly you can unwind (with a glass of central coast wine in hand) in this charming Danish village."
5.5 hr drive from LA
1 hr flight to OAK + 1 hr drive to Napa
STAY: Montage Healdsburg
, a spectacular hideaway where warm hospitality meets the scenic beauty of Wine Country.
EAT: The Charter Oak
for Meadowood chef Christopher Kostow’s seasonal, family-style menu, Press
for high-end steaks, seafood and wines, Ad Hoc + Addendum
for a more casual Thomas Keller experience featuring melt-in-your-mouth fried chicken, Gott’s Roadside
for a greasy burger after wine tasting.
"It’s a great place to go any time of the year and unwind with family or friends. Add it to the very long list of amazing places to visit in CA!"
2+ hr flight to SJD from LAX
: Viceroy Los Cabos
, an architecturally stunning five-star hotel on the Sea of Cortés in Baja.
: Flora Farms
for mind-blowing farm-to-table eats (literally, you’re on the farm), Alebrije at Las Ventanas
for traditional, upscale Mexican food, Acre
for relaxed yet refined dining in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna mountains.
"Two hour flight and you are in a different world. Perfect weather, lots of wildlife, and great food. A true disconnect from LA city life."
1 hr 50 min flight to SLC + 40 min drive
: The Pendry
, a new luxury boutique hotel by Montage in Canyons Village.
for upscale American fare on Main Street, Yuki Yama
for delectable sushi and Japanese dishes, The Nelson Cottage
for pre-fixe eats and a whiskey pairing by High West, Handle
for uber-fresh seasonal cuisine in a lively atmosphere.
"Park City is a year-round destination; a special place to create life-long memories. We love it!"
2+ hr drive from LA
: Workshop Kitchen & Bar
for inventive New American eats in a former movie house, Birba
for excellent farm-to-table fare and pizza, Farm
for a decidedly French dining experience, 4 Saints
for epic modern cuisine in a sultry atmosphere.
"We love the weather and the mellow vibe in Palm Springs. It’s a great place to golf, swim and relax. Being only a couple hours from the city also makes it an easy trip with the kids."
Booking a mini vacay this spring? Be sure to tag us in your adventures on Instagram @smithandberg
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