WESTLAKE VILLAGE, SIMI VALLEY & THOUSAND OAKS
-Westlake Commons: This shopping area is across the street from the Hyatt and there are lots of great shops, bars, and restaurants to check out.
-Westlake Lake: There is a beautiful 125-acre lake right in the middle of town. You can visit the southwest side of the lake to enjoy a meal at one of several lakefront restaurants (Boccacio's, Zin Bistro Americana, The Landing Grill & Sushi Bar). Or just stroll around and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere.
-Ronald Reagan Library: Perched atop a hill with sweeping views, this presidential library is really cool. It features interesting exhibits, including an Air Force One hangar/plane, a full-size replica of the oval office, and a special exhibit on Leonardo da Vinci. There's also a piece of the Berlin Wall at the library.
MALIBU (30 MINUTES FROM WESTLAKE)
-El Matador Beach: It's a small and private collection of 3 cliff-foot beaches with blufftop parking. There are also a ton of other breathtaking beaches around here, up and down PCH (Zuma Beach is an easily accessible beach).
-Nobu: If you have a fancy sushi craving, Nobu is just south of the pier and the views are stunning.
SANTA BARBARA (1 HOUR FROM WESTLAKE)
-Santa Barbara is just an hour north of the Westlake area, if you have an extra day to kill. It's a nice drive and a charming town. Check out the beach, State Street, the Funk Zone, and nearby wineries if you make it out there (Santa Ynez is just a bit further north and is filled with gorgeous wineries).