Where should you go for a little fun in the sun this Memorial Day? Here are five local beach getaways you can’t miss!
Catalina Island is the perfect weekend retreat for the Angeleno who wants to get away from it all. Just an hour’s ferry ride away from Long Beach Harbor, the idyllic locale is a great recipe for relaxation with its plethora of restaurants, hikes and sleepy charm. Though picturesque, the island also has incredibly wealthy roots since chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. bought out shareholders for controlling interest of the Santa Catalina Island Company back in 1919. From 1921 until 1951 the Wrigley-owned Chicago Cubs used the island as their spring training spot of choice. The family still owns the island today, though has generously given 90% of its mass to the Catalina Island Conservatory.
There’s a little slice of heaven in Southern California called Coronado, and if you aren’t familiar, you really, really should be. Picture white, sandy beaches, endless blue skies and postcard-perfect shops, and you’ve got this absolutely stunning jewel box of a seaside town. The crown jewel, as it were, is Hotel Del Coronado. Built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, this stunning SoCal resort has become a living legend, visited by celebrities, dignitaries and U.S. presidents. Here’s why a stay at The Del is absolutely essential to your future (and current) happiness.
You’ll love Santa Barbara, a picturesque beachfront town that’s just two hours north of Los Angeles. Golf, yacht, drink and relax in style in the opulent little community that both Rob Lowe and Oprah Winfrey call home. A big plus is the amount of wineries in the area: take a few days and give yourself a wine-tasting weekend!
Stay at The Biltmore Santa Barbara, a Four Seasons Resort, 1260 Channel Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, (805) 969-2261
Newport Beach is a jewel nestled on the California cost, watched by the wealthy and international trendsetters. With beautiful weather year-round and world famous beaches, artists, industry heads and celebrities like Lakers star Kobe Bryant reside in Newport Beach in some of the most spectacular ocean and bay-front homes on the West Coast. When visiting Newport Beach, the luxe activities are endless. From shopping to dining, scouting art to taking advantage of spas and sport, there is nothing like ending your day with a stroll along the 3.5 miles of Crystal Cove, or a boat ride on the Newport Harbor Bay. With world-renowned yacht, sport and social clubs, romantic evenings and sunny, scenic days, Newport Beach seems to have it all.
Photo Credit: Montage Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach is a resort town to the nth degree. The crown jewel of this gorgeous, very vacation-worthy place is the absolutely stunning Montage Laguna Beach. Set on an oceanfront bluff with sweeping panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, this 250-room resort is simply perfection. You’ll adore the rich, Craftsman-style architecture, the three sparkling swimming pools, fantastic culinary options and the 20,000 square foot indoor/outdoor oceanfront Spa Montage. When you’re not relaxing poolside, exploring the 30-acre property, or lounging on one of the four white sand beaches, make sure to check out the resort’s art collection, which includes pieces by famous Plein Air painters such as Alfred Mitchell, Edgar Payne and William Wendt.