Here are the best ways to enjoy the Memorial Day holiday without traveling too far away from LA!
1 LAS VEGAS
What better way to truly enjoy yourself than in the land of excess? Take in all-day pool party at Marquee Day Club or the Encore Beach Club or, conversely, opt for a more low-key experience by playing life-sized water chess at the new Delano pool or a high-end experience at the Aria Skysuites' new private pool. You'll also clearly want to check out Vegas' largest new nightclub, Omnia (Armin van Buuren is DJ'ing on the 21st) as well as a plethora of new culinary options such as the southern comfort Yardbird, Andiron steakhouse and a total sensory experience at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. To maximize the fun, stay at the stunning Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, which, with its awe-inspiring chandeliers and VIP catering, is the best way to truly maximize your fun.
STAY AT: THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, (702) 698-7000
2 PALM SPRINGS
Kick back and relax in the desert with an endless array of pool parties, shopping, and gourmet meals. Our recommendation for a truly blissed out weekend away in the Palm Desert is the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, an elegant retreat where both palm trees and snow-capped mountain views collide. From the guest rooms and suites that feature private balconies and patios to spa treatments that awaken the senses with indigenous herbs and plants to dining that serves local California fare at its freshest, the Rancho Mirage has everything you could ask for in a long weekend getaway. here's plenty of golf, a succulent on-site meatery in The Edge Steakhouse and a specific hydration facial to combat the sultry desert heat.
STAY AT: THE RITZ-CARLTON RANCHO MIRAGE 68900 Frank Sinatra Dr, Rancho Mirage, (760) 321-8282
3 SANTA BARBARA
Santa Barbara was sadly the victim of a horrific coastline oil spill, but beaches aren't all this pristine jewel of a city has to offer. There are a plethora of dining options, luxury retail therapy galore and hideaways so beautiful that you WILL manage to get away from it all (trust us). After whiling an afternoon away on State Street shopping, playing in the Funk Zone and sipping and nibbling your way through the Urban Wine Trail, head to the tony Four Seasons resort, The Biltmore, which is an oasis of serenity thanks to its carefully tucked away rooms. You might not be able to appreciate the beach this time around, but The Biltmore's Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, a legendary private beach club featuring a 50-meter pool, poolside dining, fitness and relaxation overlooking the Pacific, is a pretty great back-up.
STAY AT: THE BILTMORE, A FOUR SESAONS HOTEL 1260 Channel Dr, Santa Barbara, (805) 969-2261
4 NAPA VALLEY
If you're like us, wine tasting is one of your absolute favorite things to do in life. What better place to do so than in Napa Valley, the crown jewel of northern California? Napa offers some of the best wine and food in the world. Start your tour at Opus One before continuing on a trial of the creme de la creme of wineries, including Silver Oak, Trefethen, Far Niente, Stag's Leap and Schramsberg. Pit stop for dinner at Redd and the newly reopened The French Laundry before heading over (and staying at) Meadowood. This stunning resort will make you feel like you've escape Earth entirely thanks to its private, forest-hidden bungalows. Whether you're playing croquet or golfing to your heart's content, enjoying early morning yoga in its swanky gym or doing laps by the pool, you'll be in heaven. However, please make sure to leave the best for last: Chef Christopher Kostow's fare at The Restaurant at Meadwood is a meal for your memory books.
STAY: MEADOWOOD NAPA VALLEY 900 Meadowood Ln, St Helena, (707) 531-4788
5 SAN DIEGO
Beach, eat, drink, repeat. This should be your mantra during a trip to the fun-loving city of San Diego for Memorial Day weekend. While the action is downtown, we highly recommend staying just outside in picture-perfect Coronado; the white, sandy beaches and small-town feel of an East Coast beach town have had us sold for years (plus, whether you're staying at the super-luxe Beach Village at the Del or the iconic Hotel Del Coronado, you're hands-down going to have the best stay ever). When you finally do venture in to the city, make sure to check out the brand new Omnia nightclub, brunch at Encore Champagne Bar, the stunning new Soda & Swine and Sovereign Kitchen + Bar, a new concept restaurant from Michael 'Bao' Huynh, a Michelin-awarded chef who was featured on Iron Chef Vietnam.
STAY AT: BEACH VILLAGE AT THE DEL 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, (619) 522-8809