Life in the LA area can get quite hectic–especially for those who do a lot of driving and deal with traffic on a consistent basis. Fortunately, the LA area is also home to a lot of natural getaways. Many prefer the beaches but I prefer the mountains–especially Mt. Baldy. A mere hour from Los Angeles, Mt. Baldy still has that nice SoCal weather (though it certainly gets a little chillier at 6,000 feet and above).