If you're looking to stick around Los Angeles but don't know where to go, consider taking a night at a home-away-from-home with one of these five LA staycations. Thanks to our friends at Los Angeles magazine, we are full of ideas for weekend getaways because of their current '52 Great Weekends' issue. Recently, we brought you the best camping in California and now we go the opposite direction. Leave your tents, canteens and flashlights at home. Pack an overnight bag and head to a different LA neighborhood for a weekend of relaxation, good food and great views.
The Family Escape
An expanse of Spanish-style buildings on the edge of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, <strong>Terranea Resort</strong> comes with multiple pools, a golf course, several restaurants, an enormous spa, and nearby options for cycling, kayaking, and hiking. The fire pits scattered about are a cozy touch (s'mores kits are available), and the Pacific is right there. The only thing missing is a sandy beach. Rooms are understated, with weathered-wood headboards and framed coastal landscapes. Dogs are welcome. <em>Points of Interest: kid friendly, ocean <a href="http://www.terranea.com/" target="_hplink">Terranea Resort</a> <em>(866) 802-8000</em> <em>Rates: $375 and up</em></em> <em>Dogs allowed ($150 non-refundable fee)</em>
The <strong>Hotel Bel-Air</strong>'s famous white swans are still here, and the grounds are as lush as ever. But a two-year head-to-toe renovation replaced the Laura Ashley aesthetic with sexy, albeit restrained, Hollywood regency moderne in a palate of cream, khaki, gray, and black. Rooms feature rain showers, Toto toilets, and iPads. Most have private patios, too. There's a new spa, of course, and Wolfgang Puck now runs the food service. <em>Points of Interest: city <a href="http://www.hotelbelair.com/" target="_hplink">Hotel Bel-Air</a> (310) 472-1211 Rates: $590 and up Dogs under 30 pounds allowed ($200 non-refundable deposit)</em>
The Grand Dame
The leafy neighborhood, century-old architecture, and verdant Horseshoe Garden of the <strong>Langham Huntington</strong> in Pasadena feel far from home. And no, those aren't the Himalayas; they're the towering San Gabriel Mountains. For the perfect location, book room 167 and step past your eight-foot French doors onto a private veranda to drink it all in. The Huntington Library, Norton Simon Museum, and Old Pasadena are minutes away. Closer still is the Royce, the hotel's impressive restaurant. <em>Points of Interest: city, kid friendly <a href="http://pasadena.langhamhotels.com/" target="_hplink">Langham Huntington</a> (626) 568-3900 is preferred (877) 499-7176 for toll-free Rates: start at $249 Pets under 30 pounds are allowed ($150 fee per stay applies; branded bowl, doggy bed, treats, and bags are included)</em>
The carefully placed graffiti in the carport should be enough to tell you that this isn't a Best Western anymore. One block from the Venice Boardwalk, <strong>Hotel Erwin</strong> brings in droves of pretty young things with its rooftop lounge, High. Rooms are basic but cheery with splashes of bright color; request an ocean view and balcony. Barlo, the haute diner on the ground level, serves breakfast and dinner. <em>Points of Interest: ocean <a href="http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/losangeles/erwin" target="_hplink">Hotel Erwin</a> (800) 786-7789 Rates: $199 and up Dogs are not allowed</em>
A stylish modern boutique property, The Shade is where you go when relaxing isn't your idea of an in-town vacation. Rooms feature sizable whirlpools and are only a couple blocks inland from the Manhattan Beach Pier--along with the bars and restaurants and shops that cluster around it. The Shade is also beside a busy thoroughfare and has a hopping lounge where a DJ spins Friday and Saturday nights. So book wisely. Beach cruisers and breakfast are complimentary. <em>Points of Interest: ocean <a href="http://www.shadehotel.com/" target="_hplink">Shade</a> (310) 546-4995 Rates: $299-325 Dogs allowed ($50 fee)</em>