Magazine article Sunset

Night of the Iguana. (Lodging)

Magazine article Sunset

Night of the Iguana. (Lodging)

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* Ojai, California Architect Marc Whitman and his wife, Julia, owners of the cool roadside motor court Blue Iguana, have given Blue a posher cousin: the Emerald Iguana Inn, an oak-shaded enclave of cottages (and a pool) that is one of the prettiest grown-up retreats imaginable. 12 rooms and cottages from $129. End of Blanche St., downtown; (805) 6465277 or www.emeraldiguana.com.

* San Francisco The best aspect of the new Omni San Francisco Hotel isn't the understated elegance of the wood and marble lobby, the 20-ounce rib eye at Bob's Steak & Chop House, or even the thoughtful design of the efficient but luxurious rooms. It's the lobby bar: tucked into the corner of California and Montgomery Streets, it serves up great peoplewatching. 362 rooms from $189. 500 California St.; (415) 677-9494 or www.omnisanftancisco.com.

* Santa Fe One of Santa Fe's oldest hotels, La Fonda, has a host of new amenities: a state-of-the-art fitness center, an outdoor pool and indoor spa designed and created by local artisans, luxurious suites built around a private rooftop garden, and a "nuevo Latino" menu in the beautiful La Plazuela restaurant. …

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