This sprawling resort on manicured lawns, which first opened in the early 1900s, is the picture of traditional elegance—which, combined with L.A. County’s balmy weather, makes for sunny holiday bliss. Inside, the resort pulls out all the stops: It’s known for its Teddy Bear Tea throughout the season, where young revelers and the snuggly of their choice can sit down to a fancy tea on Wedgewood china, paired with story times, photos with Santa, and a marionette puppet show.
For big feast days, choose from dining options like the Thanksgiving buffet, a Christmas morning brunch, or dinner in the 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 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.