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Weekend Escape: In Cornell, rediscover Southern California's Old West
Weekend Escape: In Cornell, rediscover Southern California's Old West

The smells are what get me. Smoke from an open-air oakwood grill. The sweet earthiness of sagebrush fields. They take me back to a childhood spent in the mountains of Utah and Wyoming, but in fact I'm less than 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles in the tiny 1890s canyon town of Cornell. Sandwiched between Agoura Hills and Malibu, this hidden haven smells of the Old West in all the best ways and makes you feel as if you've left L.A. in your dust. The tab: My boyfriend and I spent two days here for less than $300. The bed The Caboose in Cornell (www.airbnb.com/rooms/1668703; $228 a night) is not only the best bed in Cornell, but it also may be one of the best beds in Southern...

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