Flowers are lovely. Breakfast in bed is a treat. But after you’ve snuggled with your little ones and lapped up all the Mother’s Day wishes, maybe your mind is wandering to that hard-earned break you’ve been hoping for.While there are no magical fixes to Pampers blow-outs or backseat Cheerio explosions, a night in a fabulous hotel sure does wonders. These mom getaways are all fun solo, with gal pals, or as romantic destinations. Check out our favorite nearby spots that make a quick night away feel like a real vacation.
photo: The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills
The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills
If you’re in the mood to really paint the town (crayons not required), this is the spot. The London is smack dab in the heart of the action, and screams for you to hit up the Sunset Strip like you just turned 21. Except, unlike those college days, this time you can afford to stay in the lap of luxury. No cutting corners here; from the stunning lobby to the gorgeously appointed rooms, The London will envelop you in decadence. Feel like a Hollywood starlet as you soak up the sun on the spectacular rooftop pool and sip cocktails, then saunter down to your room and get ready for a night on the town. Just a stone’s throw away from world-famous Hollywood hang-outs like the Whiskey-a-go-go, the Viper Room and the Saddle Ranch (c’mon, you know you wanna ride the mechanical bull!). Make use of the complimentary car service if you’re feeling too LA to walk, but we mean it when we say that the best of the Sunset Strip is all easily within staggering distance of your gorgeous digs. Prices start at $349.
1020 N. San Vicente Blvd.
photo:Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills
Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills
It doesn’t get more posh than Beverly Hills. The moment you enter the door, you’re treated like royalty. All the staff are attentive and welcoming (they’ll even remember your first name throughout your stay), and with all the personal attention, it feels more like a sophisticated private club than a hotel. Tucked away on a peaceful tree-lined residential street, yet a short stroll from the bustle of Rodeo Drive, it’s the perfect combination of secluded 5-star elegance and convenience. After an afternoon of browsing at the classiest stores LA has to offer (like Cartier, Chanel and Coach) rest your feet by the gorgeous rooftop pool and sip a hand-crafted cocktail as you take in the 360-degree views of the city. When it’s time for dinner, either pop down to Avec Nous on the ground level, which offers a hip St. Tropez vibe, or take advantage of the complimentary car service to transport you to one of the many fine dining options in Beverly Hills. After your stay surrounded by the best of the best, you’ll definitely feel refreshed, even when you’re back to picking up crushed Cheerios. Prices start at $550, but trust us, the splurge is worth it.
9291 Burton Way
photo: Palihouse Santa Monica
Palihouse Santa Monica
We live in LA, so why not staycay by the beach? The Palihouse offers apartment-style studios that are so comfy and impeccably designed, you’ll want to move right in. Far more intimate and quirky than other high rise hotels, the Palihouse is tucked away on a residential street a few blocks from the beach, in a 38-room converted 1927 Mediterranean Revival masterpiece. Enjoy one of the rental bikes to tool around town, or spend a lazy day soaking up rays at the beach. If cooking’s your thing, take advantage of farm fresh fare at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, open up a bottle of wine and make something special (seeing as every single room has a full kitchen). But if you’d rather leave the dinner prep at home, you’ll be more than happy with one of the numerous restaurants on the Third Street Promenade. This is the ideal spot to enjoy a sophisticated, private get away in a stylish, relaxed atmosphere that’s still an easy stroll to the busier side of Santa Monica, for the best of both worlds. Prices start at $300.
1001 Third St.
photo: @mybelonging via The Orlando Hotel Facebook page
The Orlando Hotel
This is the perfect stay-cation hotel for shopaholics (or any Mom looking to snag some time to actually enjoy the perks of distraction-free purchases). Although clean and contemporary, the emphasis here is much less on a luxury hotel experience and much more on a phenomenal location. Just a five-minute walk from the Beverly Center and Beverly Connection, and in the heart of the 3rd St. shopping district, you’ve every excuse to splurge and spoil yourself silly. You’re also only two miles from the Grove, to round out your shopping options. Store all those bags in your room and pop down to the Churchill, which offers a great spot to relax your exhausted feet and enjoy a well-deserved hand-made signature cocktail. If you’re feeling peckish, the Churchill offers classic American cuisine using sustainable, local products. But if you’d prefer to take a peek around the area, there are numerous nearby chic restaurants to choose from. The next morning, stroll to Joan’s on Third for a yummy breakfast, or grab a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery (after all, shopping burns crazy calories!). Prices start at $219.
8384 W. 3rd St.
photo: The Beach House Hotel
The Beach House Hotel
The second you walk into the lobby, you’ll feel more like your visiting a wealthy friend’s stunning beach house than a hotel. The atmosphere is breezy, light, and gorgeous, with personal design touches that make you feel at home. The spectacular split-level studios offer absolutely breath-taking beach views, with a balcony for enjoying the lull of the waves. Inside you can cozy next to the fireplace, take a sudsy bath in the over-sized tub, or relax with a chilled bottle of wine (each room has a kitchenette). If you really want to up the ante on the relaxation front, order an in-room massage while you listen to the crash of the ocean. For those who aim to soak up the sun, borrow a hotel beach chair and pick a spot on the sand, or rent a bike from Hermosa Cyclery and coast along the water’s edge. In the afternoon, satisfy your shopping craving with a stroll along Pier Avenue, which is dotted with darling shops and eateries. Make sure to pop into Gumtree, which not only has a super yummy cafe, but a boutique for grown-up goods and a cute kids shop, because getaway or no, you can’t stop thinking about them. Later in the evening, when you’re ready to hit the town, you’re literally seconds away from fantastic night-life. Walk outside of the hotel and directly onto the Strand, and feel the buzz of the beach town social scene. There are over 30 restaurants and bars to choose from, so something for any mood that strikes. If you’re up for laughs, head over to the Comedy and Magic Club, where Jay Leno often performs. By the time you wake up in the morning, you’ll be rejuvenated by the fresh sea air, and you’ll feel as sunny as the sky outside. Room rates start in the high $200’s.
1300 The Strand
photo: The Blue Iguana
The Blue Iguana
If you’re looking to get out of town to find tranquility, Ojai is the perfect spot. The bohemian boutique inn Blue Iguana will certainly help you unwind from the craze of city life. No high rise hotels or zooming traffic here. Instead, you’ll step into an oasis of fresh air and natural calm. Offering individual cottages, you’ll feel right at home in the cozy surroundings complete with separate bedrooms and a full kitchen for those who want to whip up a meal before sitting down by the fireplace (yep, there’s a real working fire). After check in, go for a hike on one of the many local trails (think orange trees and green grass mountains), then take a stroll through the darling downtown. No trip to Ojai would be complete without popping into Bart’s, the world’s greatest outdoor bookstore. Grab a copy of a classic (yep, they even have Sweet Valley High books to make you feel like a kid again) to read by the pool. You might want to buy some organic produce or healthy take-out at The Farmer and the Cook, and crack open a bottle of wine to drink while you enjoy the open-air patio in the beauty of California nature. Consider getting a massage to soothe those hiked-out muscles at the on-site spa before sipping your Sauvignon Blanc and relaxing into chilled-out bliss. Prices start at $229.
11794 N. Ventura Ave.
photo: The Landsby
About a 2 and a half hour drive from LA, The Landsby is in the Danish settlement city of Solvang. The town name literally means “Sunny Field”, and you’ll easily see why. In the heart of stunning mountains, peaceful fields, and bright flowers, the natural beauty surrounding you will instantly calm any lingering LA traffic stress. Check in and admire the sleek, modern design aesthetic of the lobby, restaurant and rooms. Try to arrive mid-morning on a Saturday, and take advantage of what the city has to offer. Take a stroll directly from the hotel to the host of shops, bakeries and local wine-tasting venues. The village is adorable, and perfect for browsing and picking up a Danish memento (like miniature clogs!) for your little ones back home. If you’d prefer to venture out a bit, there are numerous wineries within a few short miles of the hotel, offering breath-taking views and outdoor sipping. Keep in mind that all the shops and wine-tastings shut fairly early (some as early as 4:30 p.m.), so plan your day accordingly. Wander back to the Landsby for their truly delicious menu at Mad & Vin, and try one of their refreshing shrub cocktails. Indulge in the hotel’s exclusive “Spoon Service” and get a pint of local, organic McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream directly delivered to your hands within minutes. The next morning, enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast (home-made granola) and take a quick drive to a local hike. In just 20 minutes, your exercise efforts will be rewarded by the beauty of a natural waterfall. By the time you check out, you’ll be so relaxed you’ll even feel zen on the 101 on the way home. Prices start at $259.
1576 Mission Dr.
photo: The Canary Hotel
Looking for the height of beauty and luxury? You’ve found it at the Canary in Santa Barbara. The rooftop bar and lounge offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and Pacific Ocean, the perfect set up for sunbathing and relaxation. They’re even offering the ideal get-away package for you and your friends. The Nesting Collection will accommodate all the important people in your life, with three-bedroom boutique hotel suites connected by private hallways. Perfect for you and your girlfriends! Enjoy the spacious living rooms, hardwood floors and canopy beds while you and your friends relax. Get your zen on during the Saturday morning yoga on the beautiful rooftop, perhaps followed by an open-air chair massage.
But don’t get entirely caught up in the height of grown-up luxury. The Canary still offers playful fun, catering to the young at heart. Feel like a teenager again when you use the Selfie Station in the lobby, and don’t forget to order the Fire-Roasted Milkshake at Finch & Fork, the hotel restaurant. It’s by far the most elegant milkshake you’ll ever have. Plus, the hotel is only a block away from State Street in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, if you want to discover the pulse of this colorful city. Choose from varied day activities like surfing or kayaking or wine tasting, before retiring to your suite. Prices start at $375.
31 West Carrillo St.
photo: Belmond El Encanto
Belmond El Encanto
Another gorgeous offering in Santa Barbara, the Belmond El Encanto has literally everything you could ever hope for. With seven acres of lush, manicured gardens and grounds dotted with fragrant fruit trees, tropical flowers and stunning ocean views, it’s not a question of how you can relax, but where. No matter where you head on the grounds, you’ll be amidst beauty. Indulge in an idyllic on-site spa treatment before floating back to your bungalow or suite. Dine in elegance with unobstructed views of the blue water and bite into some of the freshest fare you’ve ever tasted. There’s even an on-site vegetable garden and house-made cheese (from their own cow, Elli) not to mention home-made beer. Once here, you’ll quickly see why it’s Santa Barbara’s only Forbes Five-Star resort; it’s truly a piece of paradise. Prices start at $525.
800 Alvarado Place
photo: The Colony Palms Hotel
The Colony Palms Hotel
Offering a glam, Hollywood-meets-Morrocco look, The Colony Palms Hotel offers all the modern details you need for a luxury Palms Springs get away. Because while we love the Splashtopia-type hotels with the kids, sometimes you want peace and quiet in the desert…Originally built as a desert clubhouse for the members of the infamous Purple Gang, a mob of bootleggers and hijackers, the Colony received a massive refurb, and now exists as a desert oasis, complete with a Morroccan-themed spa, beautiful pool and stylish restaurant. Only a five-minute walk from Palm Canyon Drive, with numerous restaurants and midcentury-modern furniture shops, The Colony is private enough to feel secluded, but still accessible to action. Prices start at $229.
572 N. Indian Canyon Dr.
We hope you enjoy the gift of a Moms get-away soon! Let us know where you go, and how long it took you to stop checking your phone for updates on the kids…
—Elena Wurlitzer Fenegan