Style Insiders Share Their Summer Staycation Spots

23 Jul


Summer always seems to fly by too quickly, so packing in a sufficient amount of relaxing long weekends is key for creating a cool, balanced and stylish season.

Long weekends (or even just a long afternoon) spent on “staycation” near the city where you live or maybe even not that far from your house, are the perfect thing to pepper throughout the summer and feel like you were properly pampered and recharged.

Throw some key denim pieces, like cut off shorts, white jeans and a denim jacket for layering, into a weekend bag and head out to an old haunt or to discover somewhere new.

We tapped some of our favorite fashion and media influencers to see what their personal favorite staycation spots are for escaping this summer:

Sara Riff, director of VIP for Jimmy Choo and co-founder of


“I love a day on Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach CA, where I grew up. Its always the perfect way to relax and recharge.”.

Natalie Alcala, Racked LA editor


The Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs is the ultimate staycation. I love that a painless two-hour drive transports me from sunny Los Angeles to an even sunnier, dreamier world where my agenda only includes two tasks: drink lemonade (there’s is delicious!) and swim as often as possible. Colony’s glorious, 1,800-square-foot Palme d’Or Residence is a must-book if you’re traveling with a group of friends.”

Nicole Mann Novick, Style Writer and Founder of Garland Collection Fine Jewelry, Vintage Jewelry & Maison.

North Folk

My perfect staycation would be spending a beautiful summer day with my husband wine tasting and treasure hunting our way through the vineyards and antique shops along the North Fork of Long Island. Just a short jaunt from the tony Hamptons, the equally scenic North Fork moves at a scrumptiously slower pace. I would of course pick up fresh local goodies at one of the many farm stands along the way. We’d end the day watching the sun set over the Sound with a romantic seaside picnic and one of our new bottles of wine to celebrate all of our fabulous finds.

Bryan Smith, Director of Public Relations for the Wall Group.LeZinque

“My idea of an amazing LA summer stay-cation involves a glass of rose with friends on sunny Sunday afternoons. Currently my local go-to spot for this is Le Zinque on the corner of Melrose and San Vicente. It’s cute, easy and has a fantastic outdoor seating area.”

Erin Weinger, Style Editor,

“My favorite part of living in California (or one of my many favorite parts of living in California) is the ability to hop in the car on a whim and be somewhere completely different in a matter of hours, which is why I frequently find myself at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara. I don’t let the fact that I’m a working girl who can’t swing 5-star hotel rooms just because deter me from going, as I find enjoying lunch and a cocktail by their pool to be a completely transformative experience that oozes luxury without spending a ton of money (also, they have free valet!). Hint: When you’re done, Santa Barbara has some randomly killer vintage and thrift stores that are worth checking out.”


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