THE ALISAL GUEST RANCH AND RESORT // SOLVANG
A secluded jewel tucked into California's famed Santa Ynez Valley wine country, The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort offers warm Western hospitality and the seductive charms of today's most relaxing resorts. Drive 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara and you will find The Alisal's 50 miles of riding trails,100-acre private lake, two 18-hole championship golf courses, tennis courts, pool, and spa. The accommodations are tastefully decorated private cottages and the dining is highlighted by delicious gourmet cookouts featuring the freshest local meats, seafood, and produce. In this time when distancing is a priority, The Ranch's wide-open spaces, make it easy to unwind and still stay safe. The Alisal is minutes away from more than 75 renowned vineyards and wineries and the charming Danish village of Solvang. Whether it's a romantic weekend, a family vacation, or a corporate retreat, The Ranch makes an ideal destination for a relaxing getaway. This is far more than just a dude ranch. With temperate climate year-round and ever-changing seasonal activities, any time of year is the perfect time to visit The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort.
THE CONCIERGE RECOMMENDS
California Ranch Cookouts at The Alisal
Some of America's hottest chefs are coming to The Alisal to team up with the Ranch's Director of Culinary Operations, Anthony Endy, for a series of memorable California Ranch Cookouts. Only open to guests and Signature Members.
September 19, 2020: Chef David Lentz
Chef and owner of the critically acclaimed Hungry Cat restaurant in Los Angeles.
For more information, visit Alisal.com..
// FOUR SEASONS HOTEL WESTLAKE VILLAGE //
Plan a Great Escape to Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village and experience a fresh take on Los Angeles. Tucked within the Santa Monica Mountains, the 12-acre urban retreat is just moments away from the region's most scenic hikes, rolling vineyards, Malibu beaches, and endless outdoor recreation, making it near nature and near perfect. Indulge in wood-fired fare at Coin & Candor or visit ONYX for Chef Masa Shimakawa's sushi and other traditional Japanese-inspired dishes. Find bliss at the hotel's chic outdoor pool or relax in a private cabana while sipping on a refreshing seasonal cocktail. California Health & Longevity Institute, the hotel's on-site wellness partner, makes this coastal California hotel a leader for wellness within the Four Seasons brand. Guests may choose from lifestyle retreats, fitness workshops, or interactive culinary experiences to discover lasting health.
THE CONCIERGE RECOMMENDS
"Westlake Village is second to none when it comes to hiking and mountain biking. The hotel is situated in close proximity to countless scenic trails perfect for all levels. Malibu Creek State Park is a guest favorite. It offers stream-side trails through oak and sycamore woodlands and chaparral-covered slopes. For a leisurely afternoon with incredible views, I recommend a sunset hike in the Santa Monica Mountains complete with a seasonal picnic from Coin & Candor, our California Brasserie. Nothing compares to the blissful summer feeling of sipping on a crisp chardonnay while watching the sun dip into the sea."
--Hannah Yoho Concierge, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
For more information, visit FourSeasons.com/WestlakeVillage.
OJAI VALLEY INN // OJAI
Tucked within the Topatopa Mountains in the mystical Ojai Valley, the iconic AAA Five-Diamond Ojai Valley Inn continues to redefine luxury, beckoning travelers since its opening in 1923 to the tranquil setting known as "Shangri La." Located in the chic bohemian enclave of Ojai, the resort balances the relaxed glamour of Southern California with reverence for the unspoiled natural beauty of the region for an unrivaled experience that embodies the authentic spirit of Ojai. Sprawled across 220 lush, oak- and olive-tree-studded acres scented with wild sage and lavender, Ojai Valley Inn offers an abundance of freshly renewed settings, activities, and amenities for inspired escapes.
THE CONCIERGE RECOMMENDS
Olivella: The Inn's signature dinner restaurant features distinctly California cuisine with Italian influences and a seasonally driven menu that fuses a commitment to valley-grown ingredients with a nod to Italian tradition. The refined dining room serves dinner Wednesday through Sunday evenings.
Indigo Pool: Sweeping valley views and relaxed elegance await at the adult-only Indigo pool. Oversize cabanas and daybeds allow for blissful sunbathing and relaxation. Our thoughtfully prepared, locally sourced poolside small plates, salads, and sandwiches will tempt your taste buds. Unwind with handcrafted cocktails, refreshing sparkling beverages, and craft beers from California's top producers.
Golf: Ojai Valley Inn's classic George Thomas-designed course has been lauded as one of the finest courses in Southern California. Cutting-edge programs and expansive instruction combine for an elevated playing experience on this historic and treasured course.
For more information, visit OjaiValleyInn.com.
// SOLVANG //
We know that waiting was tough, but it was worth it. We're right where you left us, with even more to love. Nestled in the heart of Santa Ynez Valley wine country, just 45 minutes from Santa Barbara, Solvang's famous aebleskiver and Danish pastries are always sweet enticements, but the historic village boasts a new, exclusive boutique hotel, the debut of farm-fresh restaurants serving up California comfort food, and always-evolving world-class cultural pursuits. Solvang's iconic Danish-heritage sights still lure, Northern European-style architecture frames your adventure, and multiple, whimsical windmills anchor your escape. Our open-air downtown center is ready for your return. Five authentic Danish bakeries. Dozens of restaurants, cafés, and gourmet goods purveyors. Nearly 20 wine tasting rooms, wine and beer bars. Walkable streets lined with unique shopping opportunities, art galleries, and museums. Surrounding farms, vineyards, hikes, horseback rides, cycling, and golf. And at the end of the day, more than 800 hotel rooms, designed to suit all tastes and budgets. All, ready when you are. Velkommen, again.
Now on view at Elverhøj Museum of History & Art, a heralded collection of 21 Dutch Master Rembrandt prints in the powerful new exhibition, "Legacy of Decency: Rembrandt, Jews & Danes."
So worth the splurge, The Winston's 14 impeccably designed hotel rooms and suites pamper guests with individualized amenities, contactless check-in, and unrivaled privacy, opening this summer in the heart of Solvang.
Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours provide active experiences full of fresh air.
'50' is fabulous: Indie bookstore The Book Loft, with its elevated, antiquarian book section and attic-space Hans Christian Andersen Museum, turns fifty this year, as does Olsen's Danish Village Bakery.
For more information, visit SolvangUSA.com.
TENAYA LODGE AT YOSEMITE // FISH CAMP
If you listen closely, they're whispering "Tenaya."
While 2020 has not been the most relaxing of years, the good news is you have the power to change that. It's a great time to plan a fall getaway to a spectacular place like Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite. Whether you've been to Yosemite before or always wanted to experience it, now's the time.
In Yosemite, you'll embark on a getaway your family and friends will never forget. Explore the wonders of the Sierra region at nearby Tenaya Lodge, which is located just two miles from Yosemite National Park. The full-service resort offers 75 acres of outdoor recreation and accommodations, from Four-Diamond lodge rooms to two-bedroom Explorer Cabins.
Home to massive waterfalls and 200-foot-tall giant sequoias, there's no place on Earth like Yosemite and fall is the perfect time to visit, without the peak summer crowds. Explore world-famous destinations like Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, and more.
This autumn, get out and discover a one-of-a-kind, natural setting. Right now, a quiet getaway with loved ones could do you a world of good. Book your Yosemite escape at Tenaya Lodge today.
SAFE TRAVELS ON YOUR YOSEMITE GETAWAY
During this global pandemic, Tenaya Lodge offers guests a pristine natural location for its resort and two-bedroom Explorer Cabins far away from urban centers.
Rest Assured™, a new comprehensive initiative across all Delaware North Parks & Resorts properties, seeks to slow the spread of COVID-19 and is aimed at maintaining an environment that helps keep guests and employees safe.
Tenaya Lodge has reengineered its operating procedures to minimize contact risk and bolstered hygiene protocols to exceed best-practice guidelines of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
"We are committed to delivering a safe and secure hospitality environment for our associates and guests," said Dan Lyle, general manager of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite.
For more information, visit TenayaLodge.com.
Please note: Local mandates are changing frequently so please contact these destinations for the most up-to-date information and please follow CDC safety guidelines.