Have Yourself a Merry California Christmas
A very special “thank you” to Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, California for hosting The JetSet Family and inviting us to experience this Winter Wonderland experience first hand. For more information on this year’s festivities, please visit the hotel website at FourSeasons.com/WestlakeVillage.
I found Christmas. I hadn’t exactly lost it it, but maybe just misplaced it little bit. With each passing year, I secretly long for childhood Christmas memories such as snow days, chestnuts roasting on an open fire , L.L. Bean camp moccasins and holiday tunes, only before I’m jolted back into reality. Suddenly, I remember, snow turns quickly turns charcoal gray, I’m not even a fan of chestnuts, My UGG boots are rad and no one makes a better Christmas music playlist than me. What I am a fan of is Santa hang ten’ing it on his long board while eight tiny reindeer follow behind on jet skis along the coast of Malibu. Now if only I could satisfy my high (perhaps unrealistic,) expectations by blending the east coast with the west…
I can’t, but Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village certainly did.
Let It Snow! Getaway at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
At the base of the Santa Monica mountain range, Four Seasons Westlake has become a regular favorite JetSet Mom + Tot girls weekend getaway spot. This December our Four Seasons friends kicked the Christmas spirit into high gear for their annual #LetItSnow event, and after spending time at the resort, there is no questioning why the readers of Conde Nast Traveler named them the #1 Hotel in Southern California and Los Angeles for 2014. Simply put, they’ve earned it.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
The 3rd Annual Winter Wonderland event at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village takes place on selected Friday and Saturday nights during December. Tot and I watched as the property transformed right before our eyes complete with snow flurries. I have to say, it’s quite magical and breathtaking to experience especially with a hot cocoa or cider in hand…or even better with a nice glass of champagne from Lookout Lounge. (See, it’s not alllll about the kiddos.)
The all-new Hybrid Ice Skating Rink was a BIG hit with Tot. I’m very proud to say she did pretty well for the first time on blades. She held her own, but if we’re telling the truth, she was about as graceful as Johnny Weir in combat boots. She loved every minute and hasn’t stopped gushing about it since.
“Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, California greatly succeeds in making the future generation of pint-sized guests very happy year round…especially during the holidays.” JetSetMom
During our visit to Santa’s workshop, Tot told Jolly St. Nick all of the American Girl toys she was hoping to find under the tree, but was pretty bummed she forgot to mention an iPad. Pffft. Kids these days. Regardless, her dismay was quickly forgotten by the time we took a spin on the Holiday Express Train Ride where Mr. Grinch gifted the passengers with candy canes.
After hanging up our skates, Tot worked up an appetite and mama was looking for a nightcap. We retreated up to Mercato Italiano for the most wonderful dinner with selections from the the Toscana region of Italy. Just close your eyes and dream of Smoked Salmon, Fig Compote and Chive crostinis; a selection of antipastas such as Marinated Italian Olives, Toasted Almon, Citrus Oregano and Thyme; passed oven roasted shrimp and mushroom pizzas; Lasagna Bolognese; “Tri Colore” Radicchio and Asparagus Frisee with Pine Nuts; and the most delicious Lamb Osso Bucco with Pickled Onion and Lemon Zest Gremolata you could possibly imagine.
No One Does Christmas Like #FSHolidays
The surprises continued after our stroll through the Winter Wonderland. Upon entering our beautiful room on the sixth floor, better known as the “Tranquility Floor,” we found gifts galore! Personalized child-size robes and slippers with our favorite mascot of the weekend: Olaf! There were edibles, and a fantastic plate of treats for Mom that featured my Instagram which was an added touch that I simply adored.
The Breakfast Club
So one of the most memorable parts of the entire weekend was JetSet Tot having the opportunity to dine with the cast of Frozen. She was a bit starstruck when Olaf came by our table, but who wouldn’t be? I mean, who doesn’t want to build a snowman? Me on the other hand, well let’s just say I was so obsessed partially with Anna’s beauty and the locally sourced ingredients at the Farmers’ Market buffet. So much that I may have tried to smuggle out a freshly made smoothies (or twelve….)
After breakfast we took advantage of some of the many child-friendly spots throughout the hotel like the indoor pool and arcade. Next time? Tot and I will be spending our January birthdays at the California Health & Longevity Institute for some R&R and pampering.
And as always, she loved every minute of pool time.
Elf On The Shelf
Our elf at home is named, “Melman” and we found out that his cousin Elf Julian has taken up residency at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. Julian hides in a new spot each day, so as you walk around the Lobby Level of the hotel, keep an eye out because if you spot Julian, the Concierge will have a special prize for you.
By the way, elves are everywhere at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village this holiday season! On Friday and Saturday afternoons at 4:30pm, hotel guests can enjoy a special story time in the lobby where an Elf will read The Elf on the Shelf and another holiday classic such as Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or Curious George. But what if the Elf on the Shelf was real? At Four Seasons Hotels Westlake Village Christmas miracles are everywhere you look, even your own guest room! Parents can speak with the Concierge an arrange for your very own Elf to visit your room for a special Elf Tuck-in and holiday bedtime story. Each child will receive a special keepsake. Reservations recommended.
Let It Snow!
So how do you make this Winter Wonderland all yours? By checking into the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village for a weekend of festive fun with the Winter Wonderland package of course! The package includes the special Breakfast with Holiday Characters for two adults and one child on Saturday morning; free admission to the #LetItSnow event with ice skating and train rides on Friday or Saturday night; complimentary self parking and premium Internet access and we cannot forget about the luxurious accommodations that you can always expect from Four Seasons.*
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Photo credits: Nicole Standley
Promotional consideration has been furnished by Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. On occasion, contributors of The JetSet Family receive products, compensation and/or services gratis or at discounted rates. This practice does not hinder the influencer’s point of view. All descriptions are factual and accurately reflect the overall experience. This post may contain affiliate links. *This offer is available on three weekends only (December 5 and 6, 12 and 13, and 19 and 20, 2014) for your choice of a Friday or Saturday arrival, however the breakfast event will take place only on Saturdays (December 6, 13 and 20) at 7:30 am. The offer must be booked at least two days in advance and includes breakfast for two adults and one child. Breakfast charges for additional guests are USD 40 per adult and USD 20 per child. A 48-hour cancellation policy applies to stays in guest rooms and a 72-hour cancellation policy applies to stays in suites.