Warm weather is on the horizon, and for our West Coast members, it’s time to start planning an adventure for summer 2019. Whether the goal is to get the adrenaline pumping, tee off on a gorgeous golf course, or kick back on the beach, these five destinations are convenient for our West Coast members and sure to exceed expectations.
Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
Nestled along the shores of Maui’s western coast, Wailea perfectly pairs adventure with relaxation. Explore lush rainforests, catch glimpses of wildlife (most notably, humpback whales), hit the links at some of Wailea’s incredible golf courses, or just relax on pristine stretches of beach. A half hour’s drive will put members at the start of the Road to Hana, a gorgeous scenic drive across the eastern coast of Maui with plenty of panoramic vistas worthy of pulling over. And because of its location, Wailea’s sunsets are some of the best Hawaii has to offer.
Deer Valley, Utah
Though renowned for its world-class skiing, Deer Valley in the summer is a sight to behold. Tucked into the Wasatch Mountain range, the area offers a plethora of outdoorsy summer activities, from fantastic fly-fishing to mountain biking. And come summer, Deer Valley Resort repurposes its lifts to carry mountain bikers up to more than 70 miles of trails. After hitting the trails, wind down in Royal Lookout, a standalone home with a private hot tub and its own home theater. (Fun fact: The “Grease” poster in the basement was actually signed by John Travolta.)
Cacique Peninsula, Costa Rica
Adventure awaits on Cacique Peninsula, stretching from Playa Hermosa to Playa Coco on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Ziplining, wildlife-viewing, sailing, and volcano hiking are among the area’s top activities. And with a quick day trip, explore Granada, Nicaragua, one of the oldest cities in Central America. Alaska Airlines offers a nonstop flight from Los Angeles into the city of Liberia, a 30-minute drive from our residences in Cacique.
Whistler, British Columbia
The beauty of British Columbia is best viewed atop a mountain, and there’s no better time to conquer one than summer. Whistler is known for its phenomenal skiing, but enjoying the unspoiled Canadian wilderness is incredible in the warmer months. Garibaldi Provincial Park is less than a half-hour from Whistler and offers an opportunity to bask in the quintessential Pacific Northwest outdoors: the coast, the mountains, and temperate rainforests.
Palm Springs, California
Though already a popular vacation spot for Southern Californians, there’s more to Palm Springs than just golf—115 courses, to be exact—and Coachella. This oasis in the Sonoran Desert is an old retreat for the Hollywood elite, but offers plenty of outdoor recreation, too. Indian Canyons, a scenic desert landscape rich with history and sacred to Native Americans, is prime for hiking and horseback riding. When the day’s adventures are through, consider relaxing in Vista San Jacinto, a four-bedroom, modern estate with its own hot tub, pool, tennis and basketballs courts—you may not even want to leave.