When you call California home, why would you want to vacation anywhere else? This summer, slay the staycation game with these hot deals, cool packages and must-attend events at some of the state’s top resorts and hotels.
Summer is about to get sumptuous. Indulge in the Ryokan Suites at Nobu Hotel Palo Alto’s new Art of Bathing package, a curated experience inspired by the authentic Japanese bathing ritual, onsen. Prepared on demand and paired with exclusive Ryokan amenities, the private onsen bath features the guest’s choice of custom Nobu bath salts, in addition to Be Here + Farm Face Serum and a Slip Sleep Mask for a full-body holistic experience that prepares you for rest after a fun day in the sun.
This effortlessly cool coastal retreat reveals a new Cocktails by the Pool experience for summer, with each tasty tipple served in a unique vessel. With a dedicated menu, guests can select a Lido Tai, with house-made macadamia nut orgeat with Zacapa rum, orange ice and fresh mint, or a Pineapple Smash, with chilled pineapple, roasted pineapple syrup, fresh muddled herbs and bourbon, among others.
Rancho Bernardo Inn’s 265-acre property offers the perfect summertime escape with three swimming pools, an award-winning spa equipped with indoor-outdoor treatment casitas, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, biking trails and more. Throughout the summer, the property’s signature restaurant, AVANT, will host a Vine-to-Table series, each event with a five-course meal with expert wine or cocktail pairings from various partners. Save the date: Alpha Omega Collective on Thursday, June 16; Heitz Cellar on Thursday, July 21; Joseph Phelps Vineyards on Thursday, August 18; and Wines of Italy on Thursday, Sept.15.
A leader in beachfront luxury, Surf & Sand Resort guests can enjoy the elevated oceanfront pool, award-winning Aquaterra Spa and truly fresh coastal fare at Splashes. Seeking a little adrenaline rush under the sun this season? Explore a variety of attractions and events within walking distance, including surfing, body boarding, SUP lessons, hiking and more. (Or peruse the fine art galleries and boutique shops for a more relaxing afternoon activity.)
Located next to the entertainment hub of Irvine Spectrum Center, Marriott Irvine Spectrum boasts a long list of ways to stay and play this summer. Just in time for the new season, guests can enhance their stay with the launch of the hotel’s new pre-arrival booking site, Realtime Reservations. The new service allows guests to reserve their spot poolside, as well as order in-room amenities, in advance of their arrival. Relax in your own private poolside cabana, the perfect setting to enjoy the infinity pool and incredible Southern California weather, or secure a spot and lounge poolside in ultimate comfort on the plush daybeds. DJ tunes will also be bumping by the pool throughout the summer months on chosen weekends.
Opened in April 2021, Hilton Santa Monica is one of Los Angeles’ freshest boutique lifestyle hotels. All summer long, the property will be host to Sofar Sounds shows every month on the restaurant patio, giving artists a venue to share their original music with the LA community and guests of the hotel. Keep the laidback vides flowing with Beach Yoga SoCal, which is new this year, and an in-room spa treatment from SandSpa. Plus, those wanting to explore the city are in luck as the free city shuttle is nearby.
From surf lessons from GoSurfing, hitting the links at the nine-hole golf course, sweating it out at the CrossFit-inspired fitness center or gliding by via a complimentary beach cruisers from Solé, westdrift Manhattan Beach is bursting with opportunities to play while you stay. Plus, happening throughout the summer, westdrift will be home to a series of Street Food Cinema showings. These open-air events on the property’s golf course include screenings of favorite movies, paired with an assortment of gourmet food trucks and even a live music performance from a local band. Showings include: Street Food Cinema presents Raiders of the Lost Ark on July 23 and Street Food Cinema presents The Goonies on August 6.
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Extend your weekend with a staycation at Terranea Resort (LA’s only oceanfront resort!) and get a $150 dining credit to use at the resort’s nine restaurants as well as complimentary valet. In celebration of Pride Month in June, Terranea will donate $50 from every Sunday Funday reservation booked to the South Bay LGBTQ center. Book here with promo code FUNDAY. Plus, via Stay More, Play More, book three nights and receive 15 percent off; book four nights and receive 20 percent off; or book five nights and receive 25 percent off. Book here with promo code SMSM.
Did you know that the Tropicana at The Hollywood Roosevelt is the site of Marilyn Monroe’s first-ever swimsuit photoshoot? This summer, relive that golden age of Hollywood glamor with the hotel’s theme of Le Trop. The season’s lineup is packed with jazz, magic, comedy and poolside movies. Guests that book with code GETITALL will receive daily complimentary breakfast for two and valet parking.
The iconic Flamingo Resort in Sonoma Wine Country offers the perfect spot to linger and luxuriate this summer: in one of its new poolside lounging spaces – Nests and Birdhouses – which come with daybeds, lounge chairs, Flamingo-branded rosé, fruit platters, sunscreen and bottled water. The resort also offers The Find Your Oasis travel deal with gives guests a $25 daily resort credit to be used in the restaurant and bar or spa.
This chic beachfront hotel just completed the final phase of its multi-million-dollar reimagination last summer–and it is ready to show off! The hotel is a reincarnation of the historic 1930’s Vista Mar Monte, which was the first resort in Santa Barbara, and offers three acres of Spanish-influenced grounds, including 200 reimagined guest rooms and suites and two new food and beverage concepts. Plus, its pool offers glorious oceanfront views on an open patio.
Found in the last original, quintessential surf town in San Diego County, Mission Pacific Hotel is delightfully laidback–while also boasting five-star service and experiences. Tourists and locals alike are inspired by the thriving arts scene powered by a diverse community of talents on their walks around town with the city’s very own mural map of local artwork. Plus, Mission Pacific Hotel is also home to the Top Gun house (the one filmed in the original movie!), which is now a cute movie-themed pie and pastry shop–High Pie– that made its debut just in time for the Top Gun: Maverick movie premiere.
The Escape! Transportation Package takes away some of the sting from the gas prices this summer. The package includes stylish coastal accommodations in a guest room or suite, a $50 prepaid gas card and complimentary overnight parking, which is normally priced at $28 per day. And if you’re looking to score some points with your brick-loving littles, the Westin hotel is steps from LEGOLAND theme park.
For a slice of Palm Springs in the center of San Diego, look no further than the recently renovated Town and Country. Spend a day on the new pool deck with a zero-entry family pool, hot tub, children’s pool and a four-story “Twister” waterslide, and hit up Lapper — the new poolside bar and eatery. Enjoy local live music Wednesday through Saturday nights by the fire pits at Monkey Bar, while you look forward to a family-friendly dive-in flick by the pool on Saturday. To soak it all in, book the property’s new free ride package, which includes $50 cash back for gas and free parking for two or more night stays.
As if a beachside escape needed to be more romantic, Ocean Park Inn on Pacific Beach kicks the swoon factor up a notch with The Platinum Package. It features all the makings of a special occasion, including rose petals, a flower bouquet, chocolate and sparkling wine. Rates from $190.
Cavallo Point, the historic lodge based at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, has brought back its popular Third Night Free and Midweek Special offers for summertime guests looking to explore the Bay Area. Traveling with the fam? Cavallo Point hosts daily lawn games, guided outdoorsy excursions for all experience levels and packages to local kid-friendly attractions, like the Bay Area Discovery Museum Package.