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Two PGA Courses and a 43,000-square-foot Spa at La Costa

If you are looking for weekend getaways from San Diego or Los Angeles, La Costa is ideal for golf and spa enthusiasts. The resort is located near the Pacific Ocean, 30 minutes ...

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Luxurious Spa and Poolside Cabanas at the Rancho Bernardo Inn

All accommodations at the inn feature custom furniture, luxury bath amenities, and private patios or balconies, perfect for lounging on your romantic weekend getaway. The spa has temperature-controlled outdoor spa cabanas, a soothing water feature and a spa pool. Treatments incorporate organic and natural ingredients.

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The Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara

The property is only a couple of miles from the Pacific Ocean and half an hour's drive to the central coast wine country. The seasonal 6th floor Rooftop Perch Lounge & Pool Bar has fabulous vistas of Hispanic red-tiled rooftops and the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains.

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Fireplaces and Private Garden Terraces at Rancho Valencia

Activities range from tennis on 18 Deco-Turf hard courts to golf at nearby country clubs. There are two outdoor, heated swimming pools and three Jacuzzis.

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Hollywood-Style Design and a Great Spa at the Viceroy Palm Springs

The resort features a Hollywood Regency style design with a modern twist. The Estrella Spa offers an array of treatments your can try on your couples getaway, including aromatherapy, botanical baths and massages.

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Tuscan-inspired St. Regis Monarch Beach in California

This exclusive property stands close to a beautiful stretch of the Pacific Ocean. The resort is known for its fantastic service. They even help their guests unpack the luggage. The course stretches along the Pacific Ocean, offering players spectacular views.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

The property has an outdoor pool, luxury poolside cabanas and a spa. Play tennis and croquet, swim in the pool, or book a round of golf one of the famous golf courses.

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Relaxing Hideaway in Idyllwild: Strawberry Creek Inn

The property has nine individually decorated rooms and a private cottage with a view of the creek. Some of the guest accommodations have a wood-burning fireplace and one even has a skylight over the bed.

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The Fairmont Miramar

Get away for a weekend of shopping and pampering at this historic getaway. At the spa, you can choose from a range of massage and skin care treatments, while the Beauty Salon offers hair styling, waxing, manicures and pedicures. The casually elegant Grille restaurant at the hotel serves California continental cuisine.

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The Westin Sacramento: River Views and a Great Spa

The property has a private 25 slip side-tie marina, bocce ball court and Scott's Seafood restaurant.

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Poolside Relaxation in La Jolla at La Valencia

Choose from 112 luxury guest accommodations, including suites and Ocean Villas decorated in old-world style. The iconic hotel has hosted notable guests since 1926.

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Spectacular Golf and Luxurious Spa at La Quinta in Palm Springs

Guest accommodations capture Old World charm and measure over 500 square feet. Bathrooms are luxurious with an oversized bathtub, separate shower and double-sink vanity.

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Contemporary Decor at The Huntley in Santa Monica

The Huntley is a relaxing getaway on the coast of California. Guest rooms and suites feature classic lines and contemporary furnishings.

Quick Weekend Vacations from Los Angeles

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree is a a desert park just over 2 hours by car from LA, offering visitors an array of outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, horseback riding and rock climbing. At night, you will be able to admire the incredible night sky over the desert. The park spans nearly 800,000 acres with two deserts: the Colorado Desert (part of the Sonoran Desert), occupying the eastern half of the park, and the wetter Mojave Desert which is home to the Joshua tree.

La Jolla

This classic SoCal beach town less than two hours from Los Angeles. Take a walk along the beach, look for seals and enjoy the colorful sunsets. For the ultimate weekend indulgence, check into La Valencia and relax next to the oceanview pool.

Laguna

About an hour from Los Angeles, Laguna offers visitors sandy beaches, miles of coastal hiking trals, art galleries and surf shops. Montage Resort has oceanview rooms, great restaurants and a relaxing spa where you can get pampered on your weekend trip. The more affordable Crystal Cove Beach Cottages start at just $33 per night but you will have to book months in advance (800) 444-7275.

Carmel-by-the-Sea

This charming coastal town is a residence of many artists and one of the favorite celebrity getaways from the city. Hundreds of shops, restaurants, art galleries and wine tasting venues will keep you entertained during your stay. Relax at a day spa or check into a plush hotel like Bernardus Lodge where you will have five star services at your fingertips.

Big Sur

In Big Sur, vacationers enjoy some of the most incredible views of the Californian coastline. Hike in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve where you can look for sea lions, and visit the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park which features majestic redwoods and an 80-foot waterfall. Post Ranch Inn is a plush hideaway with stunning views, plenty of privacy and a great spa.

Santa Barbara

Often referred to as the American Riviers, Santa Barbara has great galleries, wineries and gourmet restaurants. There are several fantastic hotels in the area, including the ultra-romantic El Encanto and the luxury San Ysidro Ranch popular with celebrities. More affordable accommodation options in Santa Barbara include the Canary Hotel, Spanish Garden Inn and Hotel Indigo.

Los Olivos

About two and a half hours from the city, Los Olivos is home to many restaurants, wine tasting rooms and shops. Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa offers upscale accommodations in the heart of the town. fessparkerinn.com

Get Away to Las Vegas from LA

A five-hour, 275 mile drive from Los Angeles, Las Vegas is a playground for adults. There are more things to see and do than you could possible squeeze into a weekend. From spectacular shows and free attractions to shopping, dining, great spas and casinos, the town is a fun weekend getaway. The road from Los Angeles is most crowded on Fridays and Sundays. If you are somewhat flexible with your travel plans, try to arrive before the Friday afternoon rush so that you don't have to wait at the hotel to check in.

Attractions
All of the resorts are in continuous competition to build bigger and more interesting attractions. The Fountains of Bellagio are one of the favorites. This free show incorporates famous musical pieces, jets of water and clever choreography to present a spectacle like no other. Bellagio Lake is difficult to miss since it's located in the center of the Strip.

If you can't quite make it to NYC, visit New York-New York Hotel where you can see smaller versions of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. There is also a thrilling roller coaster ride with views of the city which will give you a rush of adrenaline on your weekend getaway.

The Venetian Hotel features replicas of Venetian landmarks, such as a smaller version of St Mark's Square, Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto. Romantic gondola rides are popular with couples and honeymooners. Across the Strip is the Mirage Volcano which erupts with colors and sounds after it gets dark outside.

Where to Stay
The Strip is several miles long. In the center of the Strip, there is Paris , Bellagio Hotel, Bally's, Flamingo and Caesars Palace. To the south of these resorts lie Monte Carlo, MGM Grand, Tropicana, Bally's, Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay Bay. North lie Harrah's, the Venetian, the Mirage, the Wynn and Treasure Island. Further up the strip are hotels including Circus Circus, Riviera, Platinum Hotel, Planet Hollywood, Trump International, and the Stratosphere. Downtown is home to the Golden Nugget, Four Queens Hotel and the Fremont Street experience. Downtown is about 25 minutes by taxi from the mid-Strip hotels.

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