As much as I love Los Angeles, leaving this city on the regular is crucial to my mental health. One of my favorite places to go semi-off-the-grid is Los Alamos, a cozy town less than 3 hours Northeast of L.A. I love hitting the open road to clear my mind and the drive to Los Alamos is a beautiful one. On this journey up the 101 to the 154, there is an expansive ocean view, lush mountains, rolling hills and the ability to inhale the kind of air you often forget exists in California. I open my sunroof, roll down all the windows, blast my favorite tracks, and breathe out all the bullshit. Highly recommend.
The Alamo Motel is my lodging choice when staying in Los Alamos. Completely renovated by the creative duo behind Shelter Social Club, this boutique motel offers everything I need when I want to unwind – a clawfoot tub, cozy bed, and outdoor fire pit perfect for star gazing. A personal favorite is the portable heater - which looks like tiny fireplace - that I like to place at the foot of the bed in the colder months. Across the street from The Alamo Motel are some of my favorite restaurants in California. Los Alamos is killing the farm-to-table culinary game and I cannot wait to share my favorite spots with you; keep your eyes open for my complete restaurant guide. And if it's wine you love, this makes for an ideal location for a wine turn up, because everything is within walking distance. Don't want to leave the property? Pull up a stool at Muni Wines, located on site, with lots of great options. Rosé in the Spring is just my vibe
Nice things don't always have to deplete your bank account and this is another reason why I love staying at The Alamo Motel. The standard room during the week can be as low at $99 and on the weekends $199. I'm going share a secret with you though. Are you listening? You can cop a room for $80 on a weekday via the Hotel Tonight app. That's something I discovered on my own and my life has been better for it since. Whether you snag the deal or not, Los Alamos is the perfect place to unplug, or to start writing that book you've been putting off. Need a solo getaway, a girls trip, or romantic romp – Los Alamos is ideal for it all.
The Alamo Motel | 425 Bell Street, Los Alamos CA 93440