One of the many wonderful things about Los Angeles is that you're never more than a few hours drive from the desert, the mountains, the beach, or some vineyards. We've rounded up 11 vacation rentals with a little something for everyone (including people who like geodesic domes and yurts), so you can get out of Dodge if necessary around these rapidly-approaching holidays. Enjoy!Read More
11 Lovely Vacation Rentals Within a Few Hours Drive of LA
Pioneertown, CA 92268
This off-the-grid prototype house near Joshua Tree has, naturally, been featured in Dwell. It sleeps four, rents for $350 a night, but has no TV or WiFi (so you can enjoy the serenity).
2. Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Here's a geodesic dome in Joshua Tree that sleeps eight, rents for $350 per night, and is a geodesic dome.
3. Palm Springs
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Here's a not-entirely-classic Alexander home in Palm Springs with a restoration by Bruce Mink. It sleeps six and rents for $395 per night.
4. Big Bear Lake
Big Bear Lake, CA 92314
The "Magic Moon Chalet" was once owned by Magic Johnson, according to its listing. It sleeps 10 and rents for between $620 and $1,145 per night. Magic Johnson connections don't come cheap.
5. Big Bear
Big Bear City, CA 92314
One thing about Southern California is you can find geodesic dome houses in the desert and in the mountains. This house sleeps six and rents for $216 to $543 per night.
6. Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Down in Laguna, here's a mid-century beach house that sleeps six and rents for $360 per night.
7. San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Rent this cute cottage in San Juan Cap for $260 per night, get a chicken coop and a barrel-shaped spa thrown in for free.
8. Santa Ynez
Santa Ynez, CA
If you want serious seclusion, here's a little guesthouse on a five-acre ranch in wine country. It sleeps four and rents for $235 per night.
9. Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
10. San Clemente
San Clemente, CA 92672
Near the beach in San Clemente, there's this cottage sleeping five and renting for $275 per night.
Ojai, CA 93023
This is a one-bedroom suite in what's known as the "Taj Mahal" of Ojai, built in 1929 as a Liberal Catholic church, according to the listing. It sleeps two and rents for $125 per night.