Vacation With Frank Lloyd Wright


There seems to be vacation packages to fit every type of traveler: Cruises with Christian rock stars, jungle getaways for enlightenment-seeking yogis and for the programmer set, high-tech tours of the world’s most plugged in cities. Typically, I like to travel in order to get out of my element, not crammed even deeper into it, but when I read about this week-long tour of some of Southern California’s most architecturally significant houses, I must say, I couldn’t help but picture myself spending a sunny week in SoCal with a group of like-minded design lovers exploring some of the region’s most beautiful architecture.

“California Dreaming the Wright Way: Beaches, Bungalows and Wright” is being put on by The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust and is a six-night architectural adventure that includes private guided tours of Wright’s iconic Hollyhock House (top) and Freeman House, as well as four projects by Greene and Greene—the Gamble (below), Blacker and Laurabelle Robinson houses and Casa Barranca winery. Travelers will also take an in-depth bus tour of Los Angeles to check out designs by Frank Gehry, R.M. Schindler, Lloyd Wright, I.M. Pei and Richard Meier, whose fabulous Getty Museum (above) will be the site of a private architectural tour, led by a curator, followed by free time to explore the Getty’s world-renowned collection. A full day at the Pasadena Heritage’s Annual Craftsman Weekend will include a bungalow walk, featuring six of Pasadena’s most lovely, privately owned bungalows and the last stop will be a tour the Sam Maloof Historic Residence and Woodworking Studio—Nnestled in a lemon grove near the San Gabriel Mountains, the residence is filled with Maloof furniture and one of America’s most outstanding arts and crafts collections.

The trip will take place October 12 though 18 of this year and is priced at is $3,295 for FLW Preservation Trust members, including two nights at Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, one night at the Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara and three nights at the Westin Pasadena; three breakfasts, four lunches and three dinners; all guide and entrance fees; and transfers by luxury motor coach.

If this sounds like your dream vacation, you can visit for more details.

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