10 Weekend Getaways From Los Angeles (PHOTOS)

by AOL Travel Staff Subscribe to AOL Travel Staff's posts Posted May 31st 2011 07:30 AM

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Sunny Los Angeles will always be an ideal vacation spot for its year-round beach weather, palm-fringed boulevards, inventive restaurants and cultural offerings like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which debuted at the $54 million, Renzo Piano–designed Resnick Pavilion last fall.

But sometimes even locals need to get away for a weekend escape, which is easy when you have California as your backyard and everything from a laid-back beach getaway to a food-and-wine weekend to a rugged clifftop retreat is all within driving distance of the city.

Head three or four hours north to Paso Robles for wine, cheese and olive oil tastings, and farther up the coast, Big Sur's exquisite Post Ranch Inn offers dramatic ocean vistas.

Just 80 miles north of L.A. is Ojai, a sleepy artists' colony that's the perfect place to swing a nine-iron or while away the afternoon poolside.

Closer to the city, Pasadena's Huntington Botanical Gardens features more than 14,000 plant varieties, along with an afternoon tea service in the rose garden.

And to the south, in Laguna Beach, spend the weekend exploring hidden coves or gallery hopping.

Our friends at Departures Magazine put together a list of their favorite easy getaways from Los Angeles; have a favorite place not on this list? As always, leave it in comments.




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cambriahermit

So Paso gets two mentions and Cambria is just mushed in the mix? Cambria is a great place for a nice romantic getaway. Very much like Carmel used to be and hours closer. Besides, until highway one opens, you can't even access Big Sur from highway one from the south. So check out Cambria. Central Coast's hidden gem. http://cambriaca.org

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