Where to Stay: Southern California is home to some of the priciest real estate in the U.S., but you don't need the salary of a Texas oil magnate to visit. I stayed at the Estancia La Jolla, which is technically tucked between La Jolla and Del Mar, but less than 10 minutes from town. The hacienda-esque property is a favorite for weddings, which is no surprise once you take in the 10 acres of bougainvillea, olive trees, and other greenery (it was once an equestrian farm). There's an on-site spa where you could splurge on an outdoor massage or a spirulina wrap, but, honestly, you'd do just as well lounging at the saltwater pool and sipping on complimentary fruit-infused water.
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa