A Golden Holiday

It’s beginning to look a lot like—California! Keep it local and lively with these hip-and-happening holiday adventures, guaranteed to inspire pure joy as we burst into an exciting new year.


Home for the holidays? Joy to the world!

Tucked mid-mountain at Northstar California Resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, delivers with stellar winter activities including mountain concierge services and ski-in/ski-out access. This winter season, Tahoe’s most luxurious resort will celebrate the holidays with its “12 Days of Magic,” featuring enchanting events and programming for guests, including a winter solstice celebration, snowman-building contests, and holiday trunk shows. After a day on the mountain, guests can ski up to enjoy the resort’s Après-Ski Experience for a lively toast featuring Moët & Chandon selections and a raw bar of chef favorites, including chilled shrimp cocktail, oysters on the half shell, and ceviche.

Visit www.ritzcarlton.com/LakeTahoe or call 800.241.3333.

Sawyer Hotel Lobby

Finally, a holiday gift worthy of the most die-hard sports fan! The NBA tip-off has started, and so has gift-giving season. For the ultimate basketball fans, Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento is offering two epic travel experiences complete with exclusive access to players, pre-game practice, signed memorabilia, courtside seats, and other VIP on- and off-court perks. VIP treatment at the Sawyer Hotel—located next to the Golden 1 Center, home to the Sacramento Kings—comes complete with an underground entrance typically reserved only for players and club members.

Visit sawyerhotel.com or call 877. 678.6255. 

Rosewood Sand Hill

Nestled amid 16 pristine acres in Silicon Valley, Rosewood Sand Hill melds the rich heritage of relaxed California Ranch architecture with fragrant gardens and stunning views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. This holiday season, one of our all-time favorite local landmarks invites you to shop until you drop with the ultimate Holiday Shopping Experience Package at Stanford Shopping Center. With complimentary Tesla transfers, families will be delighted with VIP “first in line” passes to sit on Santa’s lap while exploring the luxury outdoor mall. The experience continues with a private tour at Tiffany & Co, followed by a shopping spree with a $100 gift card. After a day of checking off the gift list, guests can retreat back to Rosewood Sand Hill for a relaxing evening.

Visit www.rosewoodhotels.com or call 650.561.1500.

Hotel Californian


Experience the spirit of the holiday season with these festive holiday H2O ideas. So close and yet… so close.

Winter in Santa Barbara brings breathtaking sunsets, strong swells for surfing, and unparalleled whale watching. Experience it all at Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara, the iconic and glamorous hotel just steps away from the Pacific Ocean and in the heart of Santa Barbara’s trendy Funk Zone neighborhood. The Sayonara Summer deal at Hotel Californian offers guests 35% off on stays of three or more nights and is good for stay dates through January 31, 2020.

Visit www.hotelcalifornian.com

Avalon, Catalina

Catalina Island is offering a new hotel experience just in time for the holidays. After undergoing a top-to-bottom renovation, the historic Hotel Atwater on Catalina Island has reopened, bringing a fresh guest experience to the beautiful seaside town of Avalon. Just a block from the beach, the hotel offers 95 refreshed rooms and suites complete with modern amenities, coastal-chic décor, welcoming public spaces, and hints of exotic art deco. Visitors this winter can experience a variety of activities without the crowds—from the thrilling Zip Line Eco Tour through the crisp autumn air, to a day of pampering at Island Spa Catalina, to a bison-spotting expedition through the interior while taking in the beautiful foliage. Now through March 26, visitors can take advantage of the Best of Fall & Winter sale, which includes up to 25% off boat and Hotel Atwater packages when you book a midweek stay. Note: you must travel to Catalina Sunday–Thursday and return Monday–Friday.

Visit reservations.visitcatalinaisland.com or call 877.778-8322.

Shutters, Santa Monica


As the temperatures plunge, join the bold and the beautiful at these hot Southern California holiday hits.

This winter, luxury oceanfront mainstay Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica invites guests to “Stay More, Save More.” For a four-night stay, guests receive 10% best available rate, and for five nights or more, guests save up to 15%. Guests who book through Stay More, Save More also receive a one-time $100 hotel credit per stay. In the spirit of the holidays, the hotel will be offering complimentary hot cocoa to guests during the month of December.

Visit www.shuttersonthebeach.com

Shutters, Santa Monica

Experience the magic of a Southern California snowy White Christmas at the iconic, beachfront Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. The Del will transform this holiday season into a Winter Wonderland with stunning decor, (Ice-) Skating by the Sea, Jingle S’mores Roast under the stars, Sunday Brunch with Santa, and holiday movies on the beach. A fabulous Bal Masque will ring in the New Year—a chic evening in black and white, dripping with mystery and decadence alongside a five-course feast, open bar featuring Veuve Clicquot, and live entertainment.

Visit hoteldel.com or call 619.435-6611.

La Quinta, Palm Springs

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the rugged Santa Rosa Mountains, the legendary La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs is the longest-running resort in the Palm Springs desert area. In honor of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the timeless classic penned by frequent La Quinta Resort guest Frank Capra, the resort’s grounds will be transformed into the quaint town of Bedford Falls and will offer a Vintage Holiday package including two specialty cocktails at Morgan’s in the Desert, special edition La Quinta Resort & Club holiday keepsake ornament, and breakfast daily. Don’t miss Clicquot in the Snow in partnership with Veuve Clicquot, which will include Clicquot Snowballs and a seasonal menu of Veuve Clicquot cocktails to toast the season!

Visit www.laquintaresort.com

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