School is in session. Schedules are back in play. Frazzled parents are rampant in Los Angeles. Hint – time to book a getaway. Stay close to home where you can leave the kids behind with some peace of mind. You don’t have to go very far to rejuvenate. These five locations offer a chance for couples to indulge and relax together, without the children asking, “What have you done for me lately?”
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
905 Country Club Rd.
Ojai, CA 93023
Just about 90 minutes from Los Angeles, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is one of the most relaxing getaways for parents. The atmosphere is quiet (this means turn off cell phone ringers and alarms, and use cell phones in designated areas only), which makes it an indulgent place for harried moms and dads. Couples can golf, exercise, spa and lounge together. Ojai Valley Inn’s adult pool is a perfect spot for daytime cocktails, spa lunch and a staff that caters to your every whim. Check the website for mid-week specials.
1441 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Located bluffside in the beautiful coastal town of Laguna Beach, Capri Laguna is a romantic hotel with a Greek isle vibe. Spend the day reacquainting with your honey at the pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean or under a blue and white striped sun umbrella on the sand. The room views overlooking the coast make this hotel special. Enjoy complimentary breakfast and superior amenities; request in-room massages, rose petals on the bed, champagne and other services.
Loews Hollywood Hotel
1755 N. Highland Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Short on time, but desperate to get away from the schedules, parents often choose an overnight (or two) at Loews Hollywood Hotel. Smack in the center of Hollywood, the location of the hotel offers easy access to great shopping, fine dining, movies, plays, museums and the bizarre, too. Save your energy for the area’s kickin’ nightlife, and spend the day relaxing at the hotel’s rooftop pool (there is a perfect view of the “Hollywood” sign) while snacking on Wolfgang Puck creations. Exhale spa is located on the fifth floor for guests to take the spa’s signature Core Fusion workout class and book an unforgettable couple’s massage.
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Leo Carrillo State Park
35000 W. Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
Just about 40 minutes from Santa Monica, Leo Carrillo State Park is a beach haven for camping-minded parents. The California state park features one and a half miles of beautiful nature, mountains and beach. Visitors love to swim, surf, windsurf, explore and beach-comb. Leo Carrillo State Park campground is a convenient and inexpensive vacation. There are 135 campsites – each complete with a picnic table and fire ring. Restrooms and coin-operated showers are available and clean. If pitching a tent isn’t the first thing you want to do on your getaway, check out Camping Adventures Trailer Rentals (www.campingadventuresrentals.com), which delivers trailers to the campground.
Temecula Creek Inn
44501 Rainbow Canyon Rd.
Temecula, CA 92592
Los Angelenos are often surprised that Temecula has award-winning vineyards and wineries in Southern California. The trip is an easy drive to where golf, spa and wine tasting await. Couples are invited to Temecula Creek Inn for romance and playtime. Leave the property to tour Temecula Valley’s winegrowers such as Baily Estate, Lumiere, Bel Vino, Briar Rose and many more. Relax by the heated outdoor pool, play some golf or wind down by the fireplace at the hotel’s Cork Fire Kitchen restaurant. The hotel is plush with 130 rooms and a private three-bedroom private house available for guests.