If you’re currently California dreamin’ (and let’s face it, many of you are), your dreams can easily become reality thanks to the haute new Suite California Getaway travel experience courtesy of the Four Seasons. Seven of the high-end hotels’ Cali properties have teamed up to bring guests the ultimate road-trip featuring exclusive, local experiences.
From September 1 through November 30, 2015, guests can indulge in a wine-tasting picnic lunch in the Santa Cruz Mountains and a sailing adventure in San Francisco aboard an America’s Cup yacht; sip, savor and stroll through Santa Barbara’s hip Funk Zone; enjoy a private beach town “woodie” tour on the historic 101 in San Diego, and reinvent themselves in Los Angeles with a stylish shopping experience on Rodeo Drive followed by a day in the spotlight with a professional Flytographer photographer. Guests can also experience the storied beach town of Malibu with an exclusive paddle boarding experience at Paradise Cove.’
The tour is designed for travelers to experience one or all of the destinations. Guests looking for the full coastal adventure can get a little help from the “California Coastal Concierge,” who can reserve all of the Suite Hotel Getaway experiences, as well as arrange car transportation for guests who want to drive themselves or have a chauffeured tour.
Highlights of the individual property experiences include:
In 2013, San Francisco was host to the 34th America’s Cup and the USA 76 was used by ORACLE Team USA in their preparations for the 2003 America’s Cup. Become a part of that history and enjoy a thrilling 2.5 hour adventure on the USA 76 with AC Sailing. Help with the “hoist,” take a turn as a “grinder” on the powerful sail trim controls, be the skipper of an America’s Cup team and take a turn at the helm of this high-speed yacht. Or revel in the views of the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz and both the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges.
Whether visiting from nearby San Francisco or from far, guests can discover the best of Silicon Valley’s year-round mild weather, innovative food scene, and explore the hidden forests and wineries of Santa Cruz. Take a scenic drive and spend some quality time with a loved one with a romantic picnic lunch at Beauregard Vineyards, nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountains. Executive Chef Marco Fossati will create a custom picnic basket for two, complete with a bottle of Beauregard’s Quattro Pinot Noir. Dine at one of the rustic picnic tables or spread out a blanket on the lawn and enjoy lunch under the shade of towering redwood trees. If one is lucky, the resident guard dog Bacchus, a friendly German shepherd, will join in the fun, or winemaker Ryan Beauregard will share a taste of one of his newest releases straight out of the barrel.
Hit the brakes in sunny Santa Barbara: shop nearby, surf or laze on Butterfly Beach, then venture out for an afternoon of Santa Barbara County wine tasting. Guests will stroll, savor and sip their way through Santa Barbara’s hippest new neighbourhood, referred to by locals as the Funk Zone, experiencing an eclectic convergence of artisan shops, popular eateries, art galleries, wine-tasting rooms, microbreweries and even a craft distillery. Please palates with complimentary wine tastings for two at four locations along the Urban Wine Trail. After finding one’s inner oenophile, come back to the Resort to soak up the casually sophisticated California vibe and relax in one of its beautifully refurbished suites.
Experience the storied beach town of Malibu with this package that includes an exclusive paddleboarding experience at the famed Paradise Cove beach. Suite accommodations, half-day poolside cabana, bottle of wine from The Tasting Room and other VIP amenities and services complete the idyllic Southern California vacation experience.
Beverly Hills is a place of reinvention – where stars are born, and made. Rodeo Drive’s top stylist Nicole Pollard and her LalaLuxe team will offer a once-in-a-lifetime private shopping experience where guests will become the best version of themselves. The LaLaLuxe team will extend their exclusive relationships with luxury boutiques, fashion designers and VIP service providers on Rodeo Drive to take care of every shopping wish – from a wardrobe update complete with the fall season’s must-have items to sourcing hard-to-find luxury items such as rare watches and handbags.
From definitive films and cult classics, to blockbuster movie junkets and the biggest awards shows, Los Angeles is the backdrop for some of the most iconic entertainment events in history. The Suite Hotel California – LA Moments and Iconic LA Moments packages will connect guests with an expert Flytographer to capture vacation memories in style at famous Hollywood movie locations around the city. Flytographers are professional photographers that capture special vacation memories and also serve as unofficial “tour guides” to give insider tips to travellers. Flytographers will capture the authentic experience of exploring Los Angeles and the glamour of Old Hollywood. Locations for these packages can include Greystone Mansion, used in Ghostbusters, The Witches of Eastwick, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Bodyguard and more; Rodeo Drive, used in Pretty Woman; Griffith Park Observatory, the location used in Rebel Without a Cause and The Terminator; Universal Studios, the studio for Psycho, Back to the Future, the original black and white Frankenstein, Wolfman and Dracula; Union Station, an art deco time capsule from the 1930s; or other legendary locations.
Enjoy a retro-Southern California experience with the unique and memorable Woodie Beachtown Tour. Aboard a classic “woodie” – the vintage wood-paneled cars popular during the 50s and 60s – guests will explore some of San Diego’s most enduring coastal destinations. The fully customisable excursion allows guests the chance to experience the region’s coastal charms and laid-back lifestyle as they are chauffeured in this classic and recognisable car, representative of Southern Californian surf culture. On the three-hour excursion, guests will have a choice (among many) of cruising along the historic El Camino Real and Coast Highway, taking a trip to La Jolla Shores and Cove, going for a hike along Torrey Pines State Beach, or visiting a favourite beach for a day in the sun. The Concierge team at Four Seasons Aviara can even arrange for surf lessons or other activities for the group at an additional cost.