Travel Bag Bites: May 2018

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West Hollwood
We’ve written about TV-show-themed travel packages in this space on several occasions, including European Game of Thrones tours and a Big Little Lies sojourn in Monterey. So strap on your spurs for the “action-packed” Westworld Package offered by Gateway Canyons Resort on the Colorado-Utah border, just a few miles from where exterior portions of the popular HBO series are shot. Starting at $999/night, guests will have access to all kinds of Old West-y fun depicted in the series, such as horseback riding, archery and, um, DIY Moscow Mules? Must have missed that episode. Also: No animatronic soiled doves, in case that needed to be stipulated. gatewaycanyons.com

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‘Rillo Grand
Organic farm junkies might want to put Camarillo, California, on their summer vacay shortlist. Located an hour northwest of Los Angeles in Ventura Country, the one-time farming community – now an upscale, politically-conservative near-beach town – has retained traces of its agrarian roots, offer several u-pick experiences, including legendary McGrath Family Farm (mcgrathfamilyfarm.com). And then if you want to get shnookered at the wineries in nearby Santa Barbara, you can do that, too. visitcamarillo.com

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Mad for Madeline
Another summer, another opportunity to extoll the warm-weather virtues of Telluride, that alpine Colorado ski town poised so tantalizingly close to the Arizona border. Mentioned in this month’s Rocky Mountain feature for its majestic Via Ferrata experience, the town also has a new landlord in town with the acquisition of Madeline Hotel & Residences by the august Auberge Resort Collection. Stay at the chalet-style property for fall-out-of-bed access to hiking trails and million-dollar views, or make it your home-base while attending the Telluride Film Festival (Sept. 1-4). madeline.aubergeresorts.com

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