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October 10, 2012updated Feb 08, 2013

Turn Laps in the Lap of Luxury with Montage Hotels’ and Mercedes Benz’s Autumn Drives

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Laguna Beach, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

This fall, Montage Hotels & Resorts guests may enjoy the crisp weather and take in views of autumnal grandeur from the driver’s seat of a Mercedes-Benz. Through October 31, guests who book a suite at Montage Laguna Beach, Montage Beverly Hills, or Montage Deer Valley are given the keys to a Mercedes-Benz to drive throughout their stay. The concierge team at each property has curated a collection of perfect fall drives that capture the charm and allure of each destination.

Begin at Montage Laguna Beach and the Pacific Coast Highway, a region famous for its awe-inspiring views of one of the pacific’s most beautiful coastlines and one of America’s best-loved drives. Make to sure to see Newport Beach, and experience its premier shopping destination, Fashion Island, before heading up to Huntington for 8.5 miles of uninterrupted beaches, consistent waves, and local art galleries. Don’t forget Mission San Juan Capistrano, and its 200-year-old historic landmark and museum (widely regarded as the birthplace of Orange County), either.

If the glamour of Los Angeles hustle and bustle revs your engines then a stay at Montage Beverly Hills is sure to satisfy even your glitziest desires. However, those wishing to temporarily escape from the hum of the busy city can opt for a tranquil ride along Mulholland Drive, a 55-mile Hollywood Sign-adorned joyride, or dart up the Malibu Coast for captivating views of the Pacific and boundless antiquities collecting at Getty Villa. Slip into Topanga Canyon and forget La La Land entirely with a winding, exhilarating drive between US 101 and the Pacific Coast Highway that seamlessly blends serenity and beauty.

Finally, capture the spirit of the American west with horsepower instead of horses at Montage Deer Valley. Scenic highways lined with vibrant shades of golden yellow, deep red, and burnt orange bring Northern Utah pavement to life. Guardsman Pass shimmers with aspens and towering pines as you carve your route to Midway Crater, while the Mirror Lake trek winds high into the Uinta Mountains, threads through lush forests of spruce and traces a smattering of a smaller lakes that dot the drive. Cap it all like the snow caps the Wasatch Range with the Alpine Loop, which weaves for 20 miles and offers stupendous views of Mount Timpanogos and other glacier-carved peaks.

The Mercedes-Benz getaway is available at the three properties through October 31, 2012 (contingent upon weather conditions for Montage Deer Valley). Packages require a 48-hour advance purchase.

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