If you're receiving a tax refund, now is great time to put some returned money in savings but reward yourself with a weekend trip. Here are three perfect locations that require no flying, offer amazing package deals and locations that have something for everyone.
The Viceroy, Palm Springs
Nestled at the base of The San Jacinto Mountain Range, on grounds dating back to the 1930's, The Viceroy is the quintessential luxury hotel reflecting the old-Hollywood style popular during the desert's original John Wayne/Marilyn Monroe glory days. Steps away from historic downtown Palm Springs, the hotel provides complimentary bikes to explore all the city has to offer. If you're looking to invite your hardworking, tax-paying friends, the Viceroy's one and two bedroom villas are the perfect fit for a weekend full of eating, drinking and poolside enjoyment with great company. The hotel has three pools -- including a family pool and adults-only tranquility pool, surrounded by cabanas for extra shade and comfort.
Suggested Package: "Breathe Easy": discounted rates plus generous spa credits.
The Westin Monache, Mammoth
Built in the heart of Mammoth, this hotel's set-up is ideal to enjoy the many pleasures of Mammoth, from outdoor recreation to The Village's shops and restaurants. The Westin Monache is directly next to the gondola that takes snowboarders (and skiers) straight to the chairlift in the morning, beating the long lines and walk other weekenders are forced to do. To help keep things dry and clutter-free, guests can store their skis or snowboards with complimentary valet service. To top it off, embracing the active yet relaxing lifestyle, the Monache's restaurant, White Bark, is the perfect way to end the day and enjoy a drink by the open, indoor fire.
Suggested Package: "Ski and Stay": eliminate needing to wait in long lines for $100+ lift tickets by providing complimentary mountain passes.
The Four Seasons, Westlake Village
If you need a shorter drive, Westlake Village is the perfect opportunity for you to unwind and take a break from the outside world. The Four Seasons Westlake Village is designed with a warm blend of Southern California culture and residential comfort to make you feel at home. Complete with lush gardens full of over 25,000 plants and shrub, a full service spa and the California Health & Longevity Institute on-site, you will feel at peace with yourself by Saturday morning. With two pools, one indoors and one out, rain or shine, guests can capitalize on the tranquility the hotel prides itself on.
Suggested Package: "Friday Night Fever": $199/night (March only) includes valet parking, a welcome beverage, special pricing for select spa treatments ($99 for 50 min./$150 for 80-min. services), 20 percent off afternoon poolside dining and at the Friday night Raw Bar, and free fitness classes.