The San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California
Sure, the San Ysidro Ranch was the backdrop for the weddings of Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier, newlyweds President John F. Kennedy and Jackie Onassis honeymooned here, and icons like Marlon Brando used it as a regular escape from LA. But don’t let the clientele intimidate you—the staff makes you feel right at home, as if everything was waiting for you as you left it in another lifetime. Next to the front door of your private cottage, you’ll see your last name hand-lettered on a stand. Inside, once you get past the impeccable hardwood floors, canopy bed, and private patio surrounded by lush greens, you’ll find personalized stationary ready for your thoughtful words. For an elegant dinner, try the on-site Stonehouse Restaurant, or head downstairs to the more casual Plow & Angel for a cocktail and their famed macaroni and cheese. End the night (if staying in the 1,800-square-foot Kennedy suite) in a private hot tub or outdoor rain shower overlooking the Pacific. Welcome home.