The City of Angels toasts the end of summer with a ton of celebrations. The LA Times and Food & Wine throw a four-day foodie fest at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, there’s an all things Greek Festival, a Polynesian celebration and a blues festival in Long Beach, Knott’s Berry Farm hosts a giant barbecue complete with fireworks in Calico Square and Laguna Beach wraps up its three summer-long art festivals. Where to stay? Montage Beverly Hills is smack in the middle of everything—so, sip your morning coffee on your private balcony and take in the view of Beverly Hills while you decide which festival to hit.
Take advantage of the last long weekend of l’été and stroll down the boulevards while sundresses and sidewalk cafés are still out in full force. Stay at the just-reopened Hôtel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel and make use of the lovely weather with a feast en plein air in the Tuileries Gardens: Paris PicNic sources all the bread, wine, cheese, charcuterie you’ll need from local artisans and delivers it right to you—blanket included.
The end of summer is a fine time to get some nature in. Up in Banff, the mountain lakes have thawed into turquoise pools and the trails are teeming with wildlife. Check into the castle-esque Fairmont Banff Springs and ready yourself for a long weekend of hiking, prairie dog and elk spotting, canoeing, golfing (on their 9- or 18-hole course), bowling and savoring the local, sustainably raised beef and bison at 1888 Chop House.