Las Vegas and Los Angeles are so close, just one affordable 70-minute flight away. But I have not been back once since I moved back to the United States more than a year ago. The huge elephant in the room is that L.A. was not good to me, and I really don’t have any affinity for the place at all, although I have two very dear friends there. But while I do like to get all riled up about the place, saying “why would I ever go back?” blah blah, the truth is simpler. My life in Las Vegas is ridiculously, over-the-top, out-of-control busy. I moved here from a town of 3,000 people, people. When I want a weekend off from Sin City, I am not headed to L.A., where I get lost and sit in traffic and can’t find parking. When I can get away for a few days, I want peace, a charming little getaway where I can see lush landscapes and get outside.
My friend Catherine was headed to southern California to do a story for a little magazine called Vegas. I’m not sure how it all got started, but I somehow invited myself, and it somehow all worked out. We were so excited! Our fireplace suites at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (you know how much I love hotels) were breathtaking: crisp apples laid out in bowls, fresh lavender on the towels, views of the lush valley… That place is a dream. I slept in until 8:30 the first morning! It was no wonder — we both agreed it was the most relaxed we’d been in ages.
With a welcome basket like this, there’s almost no need to leave the property!
These soaps filled the room with the fragrance of the freshest local herbs and ingredients of Ojai.
The Inn’s beds all but guarantee a good night’s sleep.
L.A. does have beautiful views, but I have never found a place there with comparable peace to what I felt in Ojai.
Where do YOU go to get away? And at what expense? I really would love to have a week in L.A. to meet up with contacts in my industry and see my friends. But there is only so much time!
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