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San Ysidro

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A modest sign announces the entrance to a honeymoon spot for one of most famous couples in U.S. history. John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy stayed in a cottage at historic San Ysidro Ranch in the hills of the Montecito area of California. Their lodging, now known as the Kennedy Cottage, recently reopened after a yearlong restoration. (Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times)
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The living room of the 1,621-square-foot Kennedy Cottage, where the newlyweds stayed for one or more nights beginning Sept. 28, 1953. Whereas they probably paid $27 a night, the going rate at the time, the cottage now is offered at $2,990 a night. Its renovation is part of a $150-million redo of the 40-unit resort, which opened in 1893. (Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times)
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A canopy bed is the centerpiece of one of the cottage’s two master bedrooms. Although the cottage’s basic layout and structure are unchanged since the Kennedys’ ’53 visit, furnishings have since been gleaned from such sources as antiques stores and the travels of the resort’s owner, Ty Warner. (Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times)
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The photograph of the young Kennedys was taken during their stay at the ranch. Their extended trip also included a stop at Acapulco, Mexico, before they headed up the California coast. (Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times)
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Claw-foot tubs are included in redone bathrooms off the master suites. The bathrooms also have white tile, nickel-plated fixtures and glass-door showers. (Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times)
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Call the cottage’s décor eclectic — it features Asian-style chests and prints, animal paintings and pig and rooster figurines, among other touches. (Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times)
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There’s room for six in a hot tub at the rear of the cottage, along with a 480-square-foot stone patio and an outdoor shower since renovation. (Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times)
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The Plow & Angel restaurant is a study in soft, romantic lighting. This restaurant and another at San Ysidro Ranch, the Stonehouse, reopened late last year with a private dining room and a wine cellar. (Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times)
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Diners get comfortable at the Stonehouse, with light coming from several directions. (Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times)
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One guess as to why they call this restaurant the Stonehouse. (Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times)
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