Hy­per-lo­cal, all Cal­i­for­nian

Los Angeles Times - - TRAVEL - By April Or­cutt travel@latimes.com

Palm Springs and Coachella Val­ley

Sure, it’s blaz­ingly hot in Palm Springs and Coachella Val­ley in the sum­mer— that’s why they have all those swimming pools. But, as they said in the ’60swhen Mid-cen­tury Mod­ern style ruled here, you can en­joy the pools but then savewater by show­er­ing with a friend.

Dis­cover more about that fa­mous Mid-cen­tury Mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture at the Palm Springs Art Mu­seum’s new Ar­chi­tec­ture and

De­sign Cen­ter in the Ed­wards Harris Pav­il­ion down­town.

Info: (760) 423-5260, www.psmu­seum.org/ar­chi­tec­ture-de­sign-cen­ter

L’Hori­zon (for­merly the Hori­zon Ho­tel), a prop­erty that’s seen the likes of Mar­i­lyn Monroe, Betty Grable and sev­eral U.S. pres­i­dents, re­opens Wed­nes­day af­ter a “mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar re-en­vi­sion­ing” with 25 bun­ga­lows on three acres. Dou­bles from$600 a night.

Info: (760) 323-1858, www.lhori­zon­palm­springs.com

Tri­ada Palm Springs in the Movie Colony area opened in Oc­to­ber with eight ca­sitas, eight suites and 20 units with full kitchens. Dou­bles from$100 a night.

Info: (760) 844-7000, www.tri­ada­palm­springs.com

The for­mer Viceroy Palm Springs be­came the Avalon Palm

Springs in April with em­pha­sis on “alchemy, holis­tic health and global herbal medicine” in its Estrella Spa. Dou­bles from$180.

Info: (760) 320-4117, www.aval­on­palm­springs.com

Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs claims to be the first car­bon neu­tral re­sort in North Amer­ica. It launches its 3 1⁄2 acre so­lar-gen­er­at­ing farm Sun­day, on the sum­mer sol­stice. Dou­bles from $219 a night.

Info: (760) 329-8791, www.two bunch­palms.com Skip that car and try the Palm

Springs Buzz, a trol­ley that be­gan in De­cem­ber and cov­ers about12 miles with 31stops from 11 a.m. till1 a.m. Thurs­days through Sun­days.

Info: Palm Springs Buzz, www.buz­zps.com

San Diego area

Sea gulls no doubt dream of join­ing chefs and visi­tors at the Tuna Har­bor Dock side Mar­ket with all its freshly caught seafood and aqua-farmed sea­weed. Em­pha­sis is on lo­cal fisher folk who use sus­tain­able fish­ing meth­ods.

Info: 8 a.m.-1p.m. Satur­days, www.thdock­side­mar­ket.com

Funky, foody fun: A 30,000square-foot for­merly va­cant lot is now Quart yard, which opened in Fe­bru­ary as an ur­ban park in the East Vil­lage neigh­bor­hood with a farm­ers mar­ket anda dog park.

Info: www.quart­yardsd.com The bou­tique Ho­tel Marisol

Coron­ado re­opened in the fall af­ter a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion of the 88-year-old ho­tel. Bet­ter, though, is its lo­ca­tion two blocks from Coron­ado Beach. Dou­bles from$199 a night.

Info: (619) 365-4677, www.marisol­coro­n­ado.com In June 2014 the Kona Kai Re­sort& Spa on Shel­ter Is­land com­pleted a $22-mil­lion ren­o­va­tion and in Novem­ber launched Spa Terre fea­tur­ing an­cient In­done­sian spa treat­ments. Dou­bles from$199 a night.

Info: (619) 221-8000, www.re­sortkon­akai.com

New­port Beach

Next to the beach on the New­port Penin­sula, the New­port Beach Ho­tel, one of the Four Sis­ters Inns, opened five re­mod­eled suites with full kitchens in April. Dou­bles from$225 a night.

Info: (800) 571-8749, (949) 6737030, www.new­port­beach­walkho­tel.com

The 292-room Is­land Ho­tel in New­port Beach fin­ished a yearand-a-half ren­o­va­tion this month, adding the Is­land Club, a 2,000square-foot lounge with 360-de­gree views from the 20th floor. The re­designed pool area has ca­banas, a pool­side bar and large-screen TVs. Dou­bles from$259 a night.

Info: (866) 554-4620, (949) 7590808, www.is­land­ho­tel.com

Dana Point

The St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point is sched­uled to com­plete a $30-mil­lion redo of its 400 guest rooms and suites later this month, but the re­ally fun part is that the re­sort adopted two goats (alas, off site) to pro­vide milk for fresh goat cheese. Dou­bles from $425 a night.

Info: (800) 722-1543, (949) 2343900, www.streg­ismb.com

La­guna Beach

De­signed to “re­flect the laid­back Cal­i­for­nia vibe,” the La­guna Beach House( for­merly the La­guna Cliffs Inn) com­pleted a $1.5- mil­lion re­model in April, plac­ing em­pha­sis on beach life and surf­ing. Dou­bles from$197 a night.

Info: (800) 297-0007, www.the la­gun­abeach­house.com

Santa Mon­ica

The Loews Santa Mon­ica Beach Ho­tel in March opened a swimming pool on the fourth floor where guests can gaze at the Pa­cific Ocean and Santa Mon­ica Pier with­out get­ting sand be­tween their toes. Dou­bles from$398 a night.

Info: (888) 332-0160, (310) 4586700, www.loew­sho­tels.com/ santa-mon­ica/ The LEED-cer­ti­fied Am­brose

Ho­tel re­launched ear­lier this mon­th­with an em­pha­sis on health, en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity and ca­sual Santa Mon­ica charm. Dou­bles from$269 a night.

Info: (855) 426-2767, www. am­brose­ho­tel.com

Santa Bar­bara

Two baby Ma­sai gi­raffes have been born at the Santa Bar­bara

Zoo in the last seven months: But­ter cup on Nov. 18, 2014, and Asha onMarch19.

Info: (805) 962-5339, www.sb­zoo.org/an­i­mals/gi­raffe/

A new shark cove and im­proved shark-touch tankw ere added to

the Santa Bar­bara Mu­seum of

Na­ture History Sea Cen­ter on Stearns Wharf this spring. In Fe­bru­ary, the cen­ter re­did its touch pools, which em­pha­size Santa Bar­bara’s marine ecosys­tem.

Info: (805) 962-2526, www.sb­na­ture.org/twsc/2.html

The Good Lion, a craft-cock­tail bar named for an Ernest Hem­ing­way chil­dren’s story, opened in Novem­ber.

Info: (805) 845-8754, www.goodlion­cock­tails.com

Bacara Re­sort& Spa, with a beach­front lo­ca­tion in Go­leta near Santa Bar­bara, has ren­o­vated all of its 360 guest rooms and suites, and the last of those will re­open in July. The re­sort also added a pool­side bar with fire­side lounges and high-def­i­ni­tion TVs. Dou­bles from $350 a night.

Info: (855) 968-0100, (805) 2901475, www.bacararesort.com

Cen­tral Coast

With tra­di­tional half-tim­bered ar­chi­tec­ture out­side and sleek mod­ern Scan­di­na­vian style in­side, the new Landsby bou­tique inn in Solvang em­pha­sizes Dan­ish tra­di­tions and wine-coun­try at­mos­phere. Dou­bles from$249 a night.

Info: (805) 688-3121, www.the landsby.com

Al­le­gretto, a new lux­ury re­sort on 20 acres of gar­dens and vine­yards, is to open in Au­gust in Paso Robles. Of­fer­ings will in­clude cook­ing classes aswell as vis­its to lo­cal winer­ies, ranches and farms. Dou­bles from$279 a night.

Info: (800) 764-4614, (805) 2963120, www.lat.ms/1Fc5LLP

The luxe Bernar­dus Lodge & Spa, which re­launched in April, sits on 28 acres in the Carmel Val­ley. The mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar re­model re­con­fig­ured guest rooms aswell as public and event spa­ces. Dou­bles from$475 a night.

Info: (831) 658-3400, www. bernar­dus­lodge.com

Af­ter sit­ting va­cant in Santa Cruz for 70 years, an1890 man­sion in Stick-East­lake style has un­der­gone a $3-mil­lion restora­tion and opened in Novem­ber as the Rio Vista Lux­ury Suites. The orig­i­nal curved wooden grand stair­case and red­wood en­try have been re­stored to their for­mer grandeur. Dou­bles from$99 a night.

Info: (831) 621-2929, www.rio vis­ta­suites.com

Napa Val­ley

Af­ter a top-to-bot­tom mod­ern­iza­tion and makeover, Napa Vine­yard House’s suites and two bed­room cot­tage were re­opened in May. All ac­com­mo­da­tions have views of vine­yards. Dou­bles from $325 a night.

Info: (707) 927-3909, www.na­pavine­yard­house.com

Harvest Inn by Char­lie Palmer, in St. He­lena, in May added four 475-square-foot Harvest Lofts. Also new, Palmer’s Harvest Ta­ble res­tau­rant. Dou­bles from$269 a night.

Info: (800) 950-8466, www. har­vestinn.com

In May, fol­low­ing a $1.2-mil­lion ren­o­va­tion and ex­pan­sion, So­lage

Cal­is­toga in Cal­is­toga re­opened its Spa So­lage with more than 3,000 square feet of space. Dou­bles from $545 a night.

Info: (855) 942-7442, www. so­lage­cal­is­toga.com

The his­toric In­dian Springs

Re­sort& Spa, also in Cal­is­toga, added 75 new Mis­sion Re­vival-style bun­ga­lows and lodge rooms in Oc­to­ber. The re­model also added meet­ing rooms and event gar­dens. Dou­bles from$239 a night.

Info: (707) 942-4913, www.in­di­anspringscal­is­toga.com


The­first Cal­i­for­nia Craft Beer Sum­mit will be Sept. 11and12.

Info: (916) 228-4260, www.lat.ms/1Hxd0Er

Although his veg­e­tar­ian res­tau­rant, Mother, is very pop­u­lar, in early July chef Michael Thie­mann will open a heartier place, Em­press

Tav­ern, which will spe­cial­ize in ro­tis­serie meats.

Info: www.em­presstav­ern.com

Fort Bragg

A four-mile seg­ment of the Cal­i­for­nia Coastal Trail opened this spring in Fort Bragg. As part of Noyo Head­lands Park— and lo­cally called the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail— the new seg­ment con­nects with another five-mile-long sea­side trail. Th­e­south­ern seg­ment of the park will open in mid-Septem­ber.

Info: www.cal­i­for­ni­a­coastal­trail.info

Mark Ep­stein La­guna Beach House

THE COASTAL VIBE is car­ried into the lobby at La­guna Beach House in La­guna Beach, which un­der­went a $1.5-mil­lion re­model.

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