Nothing says summer like a day in Southern California. SoCal has some of my favorite beaches and, if you move a bit inland, there are night skies that dazzle with millions of twinkling stars. Summer is the perfect time to grab some fun in the sun. Here are three options that offer cool summer deals in SoCal.

L'Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel

I always feel at home when I visit the beaches north of San Diego. A couple of decades ago, I lived there and somehow it remains a part of me. There's a magical quality about the smell of the sea and watching the sun dip below the Pacific each evening. Nowhere is that more evident that at L'Auberge Del Mar, where you'll find the summer's hottest party in conjunction with the 2016 opening day of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club—another Del Mar classic.

From 5 pm to midnight, horse racing fans will be celebrating Del Mar's big day at the famous Opening Day After Party happening throughout L'Auberge Del Mar resort on Friday, July 15. DJ FishFonics and DJ Gabe Vega will be there to rock the resort, and jockey-themed go-go dancers will perform for more entertainment.

L'Auberge Del Mar Opening Day After Party. Photo courtesy L'Auberge Del Mar

L'Auberge Del Mar Opening Day After Party. Photo courtesy L'Auberge Del Mar

Food attractions include a California Ingredient-Inspired Station featuring such local treats as foie gras with pickled strawberries, ABJ (almond butter and strawberry jam) and much more. Craft beer, featured liquors and cash bars will be everywhere.

For the ultimate party, chic private cabanas will be available on the resort's Sunset and Pacific Terraces, offering spectacular ocean views or poolside fun right in the middle of the party!

Tickets are $229 each, plus tax, and day-of-party tickets will be sold on July 15 at $250 each, plus tax. Check out all the great details and book accommodations at

Hotel Irvine: Movie Nights in The OC

I stayed at Hotel Irvine in March and was really surprised at the great location, friendly staff, comfortable rooms, and fun vibe. The hotel is a quick shuttle ride from Orange County's John Wayne Airport, putting you in a quiet area, but with easy access to nearby beaches, amusement parks and incredible shopping in The OC. The hotel was completely revamped in 2014, making it a great spot for your California summer getaway.

Movie Nights at Hotel Irvine. Photo courtesy Hotel Irvine

Movie Nights at Hotel Irvine. Photo courtesy Hotel Irvine

This summer, you can enjoy Movie Nights in The Backyard on select Friday evenings. Vacationing movie-goers can watch classic blockbuster favorites outdoors under the gorgeous SoCal summer night sky on a 16-foot giant screen. This is great for families, or a fun date night for couples. Guests can pre-order a picnic from Marketplace, or enjoy the chef's outdoor concession stand offering freshly prepared burgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, summer sides and staple movie snacks like ice cream, nachos, popcorn and favorite movie candies. Wine and cocktails are also available.

The line-up of movies are fun for a summer getaway:

  • Friday, July 22: Avengers, Age of Ultron
  • Friday, July 29: E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
  • Friday, August 19: The Breakfast Club
  • Friday, August 26: Pitch Perfect 2

A Movie Night Package includes one-night accommodations, four tickets to the Friday night show, picnic blanket and a complimentary movie night welcome amenity. Starting at $169 per night, with additional nights starting at $149. Pricing excludes applicable taxes and service charge. Visit online for details.

Miramonte Resort & Spa, A Destination Hotel

Miramonte Resort & Spa might not be SoCal beachfront, but the location is breathtaking in the high desert of Indian Wells at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Miramonte was recently remodeled, giving guests the feel of a boutique hotel, but with all the amenities of a large resort. And, you're only a half hour from all the fun and excitement of Palm Springs.

Now through Labor Day, September 5, 2016, Miramonte offers an exclusive summer package—the Dive into Summer Package—that delivers great value and plenty of complimentary activities in Indian Wells and Palm Springs.

Sunset over Miramonte Resort and Spa. Photo courtesy Miramonte Resort and Spa

Sunset over Miramonte Resort and Spa. Photo courtesy Miramonte Resort and Spa

You can relax by the pool, enjoy indoor and outdoor spa treatments and dine on great food and signature beverages. How about scheduling a hot air balloon trip or taking to the backcountry on a Jeep tour?

Starting at just $97 per night (about 25% off the regular rate), guests receive a $25 dining credit and $25 credit for Well Spa. Your stay also includes the use of resort bikes, wellness classes at Well Spa, access to the 24-hour fitness center, bocce ball court and croquet lawn. Visit online at and use promo code SUMMER16 to book.


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