Hollywood Hideaways: Make your next sleepover a celebrity memory
Although the Academy Awards are over, we are always fascinated by celebrity brushes and anything to do with Hollywood. Along the Pacific, California has a wealth of properties with celebrity ties, retro vibes and authentic vintage getaways. Top stops to shake it up leading to Oscar season include:
Cypress Inn/Carmel - Co-owned by Doris Day (still the top grossing actress to date) and haunt of Lauren Bacall, James Franco and Orlando Bloom; a 1929 historic landmark with classic Mediterranean architecture, tea service and lounge spotlighting Drago the "Startender," who shook it up for the original Rat Pack. New classic cocktail menu playing off Day’s key co-stars; Retro Rendezvous Package. 44 guestrooms; www.cypress-inn.com.
Mission Ranch/Carmel - Owned by Clint Eastwood; classic ranch style getaway with a 1850s bunkhouse in the mix. Local haunt for the Hollywood set, with Eastwood holding court in the piano bar around 5 p.m. nightly. 31 rooms; www.missionranchcarmel.com.
Los Laureles Lodge/Carmel Valley - Owned in the early 1930s by Muriel Vanderbilt Phelps, this early California rancho was tweaked into a party house for high profile guests and stables for their string of thoroughbred horses. Today, guestrooms have been cleverly crafted from the horse stables, clean and reasonable. 31 rooms; www.loslaureles.com.
The Hacienda Guest House/Ft. Hunter Liggett (King City)– In the out there file, 26 miles off Highway 101 lies William Randolph Hearst’s custom hunting lodge designed by architect Julia Morgan. Next door is the classic Mission San Antonio de Padula and a jump over Nacimento-Fergusson Rd. delivers Big Sur. 12 rooms; www.liggett.army.mil/sites/mwr/hacienda .
Montecito Inn/Montecito – A favorite hideaway for the rich and cultured ever since Charlie Chaplin waddled into town to open it in 1928. The inn catered to such luminaries at Carole Lombard, Marion Davies and Norma Shearer who lounged at nearby Butterfly Beach. 61 guestrooms; www.montecitoinn.com.
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore/Santa Barbara - Built in 1927, this celebrity haunt has seen it all, from world leaders to big screen actors including legends like Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford and today hosts the majority of rock and screen stars. Pop into Cottage #5 where Rock Hudson married Phyllis Gates in a private ceremony in 1955. 207 guestrooms; www.fourseasons.com/santabarbara.
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