Exterior photo of the Four Seasons in Westlake Village.
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A weekend away in the West San Fernando Valley

The exterior of the Four Season in Westlake Village might be a little uninspiring, but inside, the concept is multilayered: This is a luxury medi-hotel that weds holistic self-care principles with the pampering of an upscale resort spa. (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
There’s a welcome abundance of light — and lighting — in the hotel’s well-appointed guestrooms. The amenities include flat-screen TVs and DVD players. Read more in staff writer Valli Herman’s March 28, 2007 review(Ken Hively/ Los Angeles Times)
The bar in the Asian-themed Onyx restaurant at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village(Ken Hively/ Los Angeles Times)
There’s plenty of room in the Four Seasons indoor pool for laps, dog paddling or frolicking. Then grab a thirsty towel and a pool-side chaise longue. (Ken Hively/ Los Angeles Times)
Need a facial, massage or some other pampering? The hotel’s large Euro-Asian spa is just a short stroll from guestrooms. (Ken Hively/ Los Angeles Times)
Cross that bridge to a stress-free world at the Chinese-style pagoda on the grounds of the Four Seasons. Peaceful surroundings invite meditation. (Ken Hively, Los Angeles Times)
Sushi chef Masa Matsumoto serves out some sushi at his restaurant, Sushi Yotsuya in Tarzana. (Lori Shepler/ Los Angeles Times)
Salmon eggs, uni, hamachi, spanish mackerel and salmon from Sushi Yotsuya on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana(Mel Melcon/ Los Angeles Times)
The indoor dining area of Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabasas, an old hunting lodge/game restaurant in the Santa Monica mountains. (Spencer Weiner/ Los Angeles Times)
Seared New Zealand Elk Tenderloin served with chestnut veloute, bacon lardon, pearl onions and chive spatzle at the Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabasas(Mel Melcon/ Los Angeles Times)
Malibu Creek State Park is a popular place for hiking and mountain biking. (Pete Thomas/ Los Angeles Times)
Brian Rooney stands next to a re-creation of the signpost from the television series, “MASH” near the show’s former filming location in Malibu Creek State Park(Genaro Molina/ Los Angeles Times)
Amateur photographers will find no shortage of willing subjects at Malibu Creek State Park during the spring time. The park is a stopping place for ducks and other migratory waterfowl. (Pete Thomas/ Los Angeles Times)
Cool off after a hike or bike ride with a dive into the rock pool at Malibu Creek State Park(Ricardo DeAratanha/ Los Angeles Times)