For a healthy dose of sunny holiday bliss with a touch of the timeless, look no further than Los Angeles County’s The Langham Huntington. The resort, sprawled across manicured palm- and cactus-dotted lawns just south of downtown Pasadena, first opened its doors in the early 1900s and is the picture of traditional elegance. Inside, the resort pulls out all the stops: It’s known for its Teddy Bear Teas throughout the season, where young revelers and the snuggly friend of their choice can sit down to a fancy tea on Wedgewood china, paired with storytelling with one of Santa’s helpers, photos with Santa, and a marionette puppet show.
For big feast days, choose from dining options like the Thanksgiving buffet, a Christmas-morning brunch in the Huntington Ballroom with live entertainment, or dinner at the hotel’s own Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse. “We carefully design our holiday programming to encompass all of the traditions celebrated during the holiday season,” says the hotel’s director of communications Susan Williger, “with a focus on family and togetherness.”
This is also a prime spot to stay for that pair of famous Pasadena events, the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade, if you plan to linger through New Year’s. For a decadent break from togetherness, don’t miss the seasonal offerings in the hotel’s Chuan Spa, like the Vanilla Sugar Cookie Body Polish or Scalp Massage treatments. Bonus: Sparky does not have to spend the holidays alone. Any time of year, pet guests get their own treats and amenities.