Westlake Village Travel Guide
Restaurant herb gardens seem to be the newest de rigueur kitchen accessory these days. Every chef in Los Angeles seems to be trying out his or her green thumb, including Alberto Vazquez, the chef at the Westlake Village Inn’s restaurant, Mediterraneo, who just planted a new herb garden at the resort.
However, you don’t find too many restaurants (or hotels for that matter) that have their very own vineyard. Starting what will perhaps be the next trend in hotel restaurant farming, the Westlake Village Inn has just planted a new vineyard in one corner of its property, and is hosting a contest for guests to “Name the Vineyard” from now until December 31.
We're not sure we'd have a smile on our face after five days of fattie bootcamp.
Everyone is looking to shed a few pounds, but if you want to do it in a hurry, Biggest Loser style, check into the Four Seasons Westlake Village, whose California Health & Longevity Institute was featured in the TV show's premiere episode this month.
The CHLI offers a crazy-intense five-day Weight Loss Training package that's all weight-focused, all of the time. For a staggering $4,700 (which doesn't include hotel accommodations), you'll get a medical evaluation with a physician, including lab analysis; a choice of three alternative medicine treatments, such as hypnotherapy, energy healing or acupuncture; a read of your body mass composition in a space capsule-looking thing called a BOD POD; fitness assessments; a consultation with an exercise specialist and four personal training sessions; along with nutrition advice from a registered dietitian; follow up strategies and tools to keep up the healthy living after you check-out.
If you find yourself stuck on the West Coast over the long Labor Day Weekend, unable to get to the Aloha State (or unable to afford it), never fear -- Hawaii will come to you.
The Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village has created a Hawaii-style "staycation" for left coasters in this snitzy LA burb. They've taken cues from the island of Lanai, which this month's Conde Nast Traveler coincidentally sums up as "essentially a pineapple plantation until 1990, when two resorts (now owned by Four Seasons) opened." Funny, that!
For $195 a night for the nights of August 27-31, you'll get an Aloha-style laua with all the Pacific Rim poi, lilikoi, and pork you could ever want, plus the bar will serve up mai tais and lava flows.
After we did our story yesterday on the Westlake Village Inn, we got another tip about the place and it involves Ronald Reagan. We just can't turn that down.
With the political season just getting started or if you're having a serious case of 80s nostalgia, you can get yourself in the mood by spending a night in Westlake Village Inn's official Ronald Reagan Suite.
It seems that some people are still really into ol' Ronald. In 2000, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation chose this Westlake (right by the outlet center!) master suite as the official red throwback room, featuring tons of memorabilia from the Reagan era, some portraits of the couple and even an "official jar" of Presidential jelly beans.
You too can get in touch with your inner Reagen-lovin' self by booking the Inn's Presidential Package ($360) which includes one night in the suite complete wih a VIP tour of the Reagan Presidential Library, a copy of The Reagan Diaries, and VIP welcome amenities (lemonade, chocolate, and flowers).
And yes, your very own Official Jar of Presidential Jellybellies is included.
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Over at Jaunted, we've been profiling places to shop in Southern California. Just last week, we took a look at the Camarillo Outlets which is just beyond the San Fernando Valley near Westlake Village.
Last time a bunch of us went to these outlets we shopped till we dropped then stayed overnight at the nearby Westlake Village Inn with a great restaurant and cool club. We hung out in the pool/hot tub all morning and then left. WVI is off 101 at Lindero.
The inn aims to be a country-style inn with "European fountains, ivy lined trellis walkways, streams, floral ponds, gardens and a picturesque rose arbor featuring over 25 different hues and fragrances." These extravagant grounds are the highlight of the hotel as many guests like the fact that you don't have to walk down a dark hotel corridor to get to your room.
Inside the rooms are the latest in hotel amenities--from WiFi throughout the property to Bose radios and plasma TVs. The restaurant ExNewYorker writes about is Mediterraneo which serves bistro-style fare and the nightclub Bogie's has live music playing every Friday and Saturday nights.
The rates on the place are great too. We checked a room for Friday August 10 for two nights and the going rate was $170 a night.