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One Night Stands

Four quick-and-easy getaways for the sleep-deprived

There’s a real dichotomy between a new mom’s dire need for relaxation and the anxiety of leaving the baby at home. That’s why we’re big fans of the overnight getaway. For a quickie dose of rest and romance, book a night pour deux at one of these nearby retreats.

Ojai Valley Inn, Ojai, CA
Distance from LA: 80 miles (90-minute drive)
Room to book: Fireplace Shangri-La room, with a fireplace, soaking tub, and balcony
Most relaxing spa treatment: Kuyam Chamber, a healing trifecta of cleansing desert clay, dry heat, and Chumash Indian meditation
What to order: Trout with butternut squash and enoki mushrooms
Best souvenir for baby: Lavender essential oil (sourced from the neighboring ranch) for post-bath massages
Details: ojairesort.com; doubles from $369 ($449 for the Fireplace Shangri-La)

Parker Palm Springs, Palm Springs, CA
Distance from LA: 107 miles (2-hour drive)
Room to book: Patio Room, hammock included
Most relaxing spa treatment: Hot Stone Massage
What to order: Breakfast in bed. Doughnuts with lemon custard and blueberry jams, please!
Best souvenir for baby: A Parker Palm Springs onesie
Details: theparkerpalmsprings.com; Patio Hammock rooms range from $350 to $475

Cass House Inn, Cayucos, CA
Distance from LA: 200 miles (3-and-a-half hour drive)
Room to book: The Captain’s Room, with cast-iron soaking tub
Most relaxing spot: Sitting in the garden with a pot of lavender tea
What to order: Chef Jensen Lorenzen’s tasting menu
Best souvenir for baby: Flips flops or a swimsuit from the Good Clean Fun surf shop down the street
Details: casshouseinn.com; Captain’s House room ranges from $275 to $325

Rancho Valencia, Rancho Santa Fe, CA (reopening this October)
Distance from LA: 105 miles (2-hour drive)
Room to book: Grove Suite, with indoor and outdoor fireplaces and a hot tub
Most relaxing spa treatment: Sixth Sense Ritual, includes bath soak and body-and-scalp massage with juniper-infused oil
What to order: Ono Crudo with pickled apple
Best souvenir for baby: A snuggly baby blanket from the on-site boutique
Details: ranchovalencia.com; standard rooms from $600, Grove Suites start at $900