Skyview, Los Alamos
With most travellers’ wings clipped for the time being, the demand for a quality, local escape has never been higher. Located along the Pacific coast, not far from Santa Barbara, Skyview in Los Alamos is a reimagined roadside motel from the late 1950s that now boasts contemporary comforts such as a restaurant specializing in seasonal, locally sourced fare and a heated pool. Situated on a hillside nestled amongst Santa Ynez wine country, the stylish hotel, which makes nods to the mid-century has five acres to call its own.
As far as accommodations go, each of Skyview’s 33 guest rooms are lovingly appointed with individualized pieces. From stripey woven cotton throw blankets to vintage furniture and Spanish tile bathrooms, each dwelling offers guests bucolic views of either the surrounding wine country or the mountains in the distance. Larger rooms, like the superior, deluxe and junior suites, are also equipped with an in-room fireplace, as well as an outdoor shower, private outdoor patio and fire pit – a perfect setting to enjoy the hotel’s complimentary breakfast while savouring its natural beauty.
Although being smack in the middle of wine country is undoubtedly hard to beat, Skyview’s immaculately restored 1950s swimming pool certainly comes close. Scalloped sun umbrellas and striped loungers keep the nostalgia going, while still respecting the distancing needs and safety requirements that now comes with hotel stays in these current times. Hotel guest pool use is currently available in two-hour timeslots through a reservation system that not only allows the number of guests to be regulated, but also facilitates sanitizing and cleaning between use.
And while the indoor dining room of Norman, the hotel’s restaurant, remains closed, its seasonal, Californian fare can still be enjoyed on its patio under the shade of a luscious tree. Pitch up there, or dine by one of the hotel’s firepits and you’d easily be fooled into thinking that anything was lacking in the first place.
Words: Pei-Ru Keh
9150 US-101Los Alamos, CA 93440