Check out these experiences reminiscent of popular international summer destinations abroad.
Who needs Capri when we’ve got Malibu?
Daydreaming of an Aperol Spritz on a patio overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea? Book a night or two at Malibu Beach Inn, located directly on Carbon Beach (nicknamed “Billionaire’s Beach”) and featuring extensive ocean views. Guests can take advantage of the direct stairway to the beach and lounge on the hotel’s European-inspired chairs to soak in the year-round sun and people watch. Or enjoy a trip to the Malibu Country Mart, featuring unique and upscale boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and more in a beautiful atmosphere nestled against the majestic mountains.
Sorry Switzerland, we’ve got the Lost Sierra
While Switzerland is one big natural playground, the Lost Sierra in California also provides scenic landscapes with some of the world’s most spectacular recreational areas and mountains. The Nakoma Resort has a 42-room lodge with a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed clubhouse, an 18-hole golf course, and Altitude Recreation Center with weight room, sauna, steam room, climbing wall, lap pools, and theater. Compare Switzerland’s glacial lakes to the 50-plus glacially carved lakes that are decidedly untrammeled in the Lost Sierra region. Other heart-pounding activities include hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, kayaking, and more.
Seeking that perfect wave? Goodbye, Portugal. Hello, Carlsbad.
If surfers need an alternative to the popular Algarve region in Portugal, then the sun-kissed town of Carlsbad, California, is the place to be. The destination mirrors the area’s warm weather, its many golf course offerings, idyllic sandy beaches along a stunning coastline, and plentiful rich local culture. Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa is a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond resort set to debut a $50 million transformation this summer that will include new guestrooms and suites, upgraded meetings and event spaces, new restaurant and bar concepts, as well as enhancements to the resort’s grand lobby entrance, renowned spa, and fitness center. Hit the waves in Carlsbad for a private surf experience in comparable surf conditions to Portugal.