Summer Getaways: 25 Fresh Escapes From Los Angeles
Dare to cheat on your regular vacation with new hot spots guaranteed to fulfill your sense of wanderlust, whether you're halfway around the world or within walking distance from home.
These stories first appeared in the July 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Plan a summer getaway to far-flung locales like Tanzania, home to the new Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti (Leonardo DiCaprio recently paid $22,000 at a charity auction for a visit). Or try the new St. Regis Mauritius Resort; the island, renowned for its natural beauty, has drawn Serena Williams and Prince Harry. If one island isn't enough, Grace Kelly's former yacht can be rented for a private charter in the Galapagos Islands.
If you're not feeling a 10-hour-plus flight, the Golden State has plenty to offer as well. There's the long-standing El Encanto in Santa Barbara, which has charmed celebrities from Gable to Lombard and has recently been reopened by luxury hotel brand Orient Express, and San Diego County's freshly renovated Rancho Valencia has drawn top bookings such as the Bills (Clinton and Gates).
Or take to California wine country with seven escapes including Sonoma sipping spot Ram's Gate Winery, loved by Grey's Anatomy's Patrick Dempsey. Fun spots to take your kids include San Francisco's Exploratorium, newly opened at the Embarcadero, which has been visited by Jodie Foster and her family.
If you prefer to stay closer to home, check out five stylish Los Angeles-area staycations like Manhattan Beach's ultra-chic Shade Hotel.
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