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Where To Go For a Stylish Staycation in LA and Beyond

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If your tight budget and schedule or expired passport have rendered your style star-inspired global getaway a no-go, that's all the more reason to play tourist in your own town. From the beachy boho vibes in Venice to Downtown's seriously on-the-rise shopping scene, plus a whole host of road trip-worthy destos in SoCal, we've rounded up plenty of places to vacay in style on your home turf and beyond. So pack your bags, fill that gas tank and let's go!


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Palihouse

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Shopping at Sunset Plaza, pampering at Ole Henriksen Spa & Salon, fancy bites at celeb-faved Cafe Med: No wonder plenty of stylish events and fashionable pop-ups regularly hold court at this chic boutique hotel in WeHo. Image via Palihouse West Hollywood

AKA Beverly Hills

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Whatever you do, don't call it a hotel. The epitome of livin' large, the uber luxe AKA Residences is for folks looking to spend beaucoup bucks for a month-long home away from home. In addition to offering a host of hands-on activities—including their next-level DIY Denim Refinery workshop—as part of their Live It! program, the AKA BH is also minutes from super-spendy shopping stretches like Rodeo Drive and Robertson Boulevard. Image via AKA Beverly Hills

Sofitel Los Angeles

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And for us mere mortals who just need to get away for a day or two, Beverly Hill's super stylish Sofitel is an alternative (and more affordable) option to set up temporary shop in the 90210. Image via Sofitel

Omni Hotel

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Back in the day—we're talking early 1900s—Bunker Hill was a happenin' place. The cute Victorian homes might be gone today, but this spot is booming once again. Architecture buffs will dig the Disney Concert Hall, history lovers will swoon at Angels Flight and plenty of other historic landmarks, and shoppers can make a beeline to the Historic Core, where faves like Buttons & Bows, Brigade, Round2 and Curio await. Oh, and we hear Omni's spa is pretty killer, too. Image via Omni Hotel

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

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Okay, we're kind of cheating with this one. Though Ace Hotel DTLA isn't opening until mid-January 2014, we already know the area's on-the-rise shopping stretch of 9th and Broadway is gonna be the place to be. Acne, Aesop Apothecary, Urban Outfitters and the monthly DTFlea are just a few reasons to start RSVPing for your suite stat. Image via Ace Hotel Palm Springs

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

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If you live anywhere east of the 405, then you know heading over the hill is quite the commitment. This historic hotel's got everything within arm's reach. Shopping? (Santa Monica Place, Third Street Promenade, Main Street, Montana Avenue.) Check. Views? Check. R&R? Check. Bonus points for being pet-friendly, too. Fun fact: Fairmont's massive Moreton Bay fig trees boast their own serious history. Image via Fairmont Miramar Hotel

Hotel Erwin

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Ever wanted to channel your inner beach boho? This eclective enclave is the place to go. Prime views of Venice Beach, Abbot Kinney's serious mix of designer and indie boutiques, plenty of nearby spas and restos, and a swanky rooftop bar makes this affordable hotel an ideal weekend home-away-from-home. Image via Hotel Erwin

Canary Hotel

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There's more to Santa Barbara than bachelorette bashes and frat parties. This luxe (and pet-friendly!) boutique hotel is right off State Street, which boasts a generous mix of chain retailers (Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21), designer resale stores and indie shops; plus plenty of dining, drinking, day spas and more. Vino enthusiasts will be grateful for the myriad of winery tours, too. As for the hotel, it's got in-room spa services, a rooftop pool, complimentary bike rentals (it is SB, after all) and a hosted (read: FREE) wine hour from 5pm to 6pm. Nice. Image via Canary Hotel

Parker Palm Springs

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The gorgeous green grounds. The killer views. The insanely indulgent spa. The oh-so-swanky Mister Parker's. And if you're into it, perhaps a game of croquet or petanque? This stylish oasis in the desert has it all, from mid century modern furniture shops to a variety of top-notch restos. If you're in the mood for a little day trip, don't forget the serious shopping sitch in nearby Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree. Image via The Parker Palm Springs

The Avalon Hotel

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Catalina Island's the place to go if you're looking for a relaxing retreat away from the mainland. A regular go-to for starlets and Hollywood heavy-hitters back in the day, this charming paradise offers an array of eclectic boutiques, adventurous activities (Hiking! Ziplining! Buffalo gazing! Geocache hunting!) the legendary Casino (sorry, no gambling here—it's now a museum, ballroom and theatre) and more. Natch, the views here are to-die-for. Image via the Avalon Hotel

Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast

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Sunny San Diego is home to a host of happening 'hoods, including the very LGBT-friendly Hillcrest. Here, expect to find no shortage of vintage and designer consignment boutiques nearby, tons of must-try taco shops (Colima's is a local fave) and more. Oh, and don't forget to explore the massive Balboa Park, too. Image via Hillcrest House B&B

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Palihouse

Shopping at Sunset Plaza, pampering at Ole Henriksen Spa & Salon, fancy bites at celeb-faved Cafe Med: No wonder plenty of stylish events and fashionable pop-ups regularly hold court at this chic boutique hotel in WeHo. Image via Palihouse West Hollywood

AKA Beverly Hills

Whatever you do, don't call it a hotel. The epitome of livin' large, the uber luxe AKA Residences is for folks looking to spend beaucoup bucks for a month-long home away from home. In addition to offering a host of hands-on activities—including their next-level DIY Denim Refinery workshop—as part of their Live It! program, the AKA BH is also minutes from super-spendy shopping stretches like Rodeo Drive and Robertson Boulevard. Image via AKA Beverly Hills

Sofitel Los Angeles

And for us mere mortals who just need to get away for a day or two, Beverly Hill's super stylish Sofitel is an alternative (and more affordable) option to set up temporary shop in the 90210. Image via Sofitel

Omni Hotel

Back in the day—we're talking early 1900s—Bunker Hill was a happenin' place. The cute Victorian homes might be gone today, but this spot is booming once again. Architecture buffs will dig the Disney Concert Hall, history lovers will swoon at Angels Flight and plenty of other historic landmarks, and shoppers can make a beeline to the Historic Core, where faves like Buttons & Bows, Brigade, Round2 and Curio await. Oh, and we hear Omni's spa is pretty killer, too. Image via Omni Hotel

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Okay, we're kind of cheating with this one. Though Ace Hotel DTLA isn't opening until mid-January 2014, we already know the area's on-the-rise shopping stretch of 9th and Broadway is gonna be the place to be. Acne, Aesop Apothecary, Urban Outfitters and the monthly DTFlea are just a few reasons to start RSVPing for your suite stat. Image via Ace Hotel Palm Springs

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

If you live anywhere east of the 405, then you know heading over the hill is quite the commitment. This historic hotel's got everything within arm's reach. Shopping? (Santa Monica Place, Third Street Promenade, Main Street, Montana Avenue.) Check. Views? Check. R&R? Check. Bonus points for being pet-friendly, too. Fun fact: Fairmont's massive Moreton Bay fig trees boast their own serious history. Image via Fairmont Miramar Hotel

Hotel Erwin

Ever wanted to channel your inner beach boho? This eclective enclave is the place to go. Prime views of Venice Beach, Abbot Kinney's serious mix of designer and indie boutiques, plenty of nearby spas and restos, and a swanky rooftop bar makes this affordable hotel an ideal weekend home-away-from-home. Image via Hotel Erwin

Canary Hotel

There's more to Santa Barbara than bachelorette bashes and frat parties. This luxe (and pet-friendly!) boutique hotel is right off State Street, which boasts a generous mix of chain retailers (Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21), designer resale stores and indie shops; plus plenty of dining, drinking, day spas and more. Vino enthusiasts will be grateful for the myriad of winery tours, too. As for the hotel, it's got in-room spa services, a rooftop pool, complimentary bike rentals (it is SB, after all) and a hosted (read: FREE) wine hour from 5pm to 6pm. Nice. Image via Canary Hotel

Parker Palm Springs

The gorgeous green grounds. The killer views. The insanely indulgent spa. The oh-so-swanky Mister Parker's. And if you're into it, perhaps a game of croquet or petanque? This stylish oasis in the desert has it all, from mid century modern furniture shops to a variety of top-notch restos. If you're in the mood for a little day trip, don't forget the serious shopping sitch in nearby Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree. Image via The Parker Palm Springs

The Avalon Hotel

Catalina Island's the place to go if you're looking for a relaxing retreat away from the mainland. A regular go-to for starlets and Hollywood heavy-hitters back in the day, this charming paradise offers an array of eclectic boutiques, adventurous activities (Hiking! Ziplining! Buffalo gazing! Geocache hunting!) the legendary Casino (sorry, no gambling here—it's now a museum, ballroom and theatre) and more. Natch, the views here are to-die-for. Image via the Avalon Hotel

Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast

Sunny San Diego is home to a host of happening 'hoods, including the very LGBT-friendly Hillcrest. Here, expect to find no shortage of vintage and designer consignment boutiques nearby, tons of must-try taco shops (Colima's is a local fave) and more. Oh, and don't forget to explore the massive Balboa Park, too. Image via Hillcrest House B&B