Counting Whales at Terranea

Keep watch on the aquatic mammals while enjoying vacation, too.

ACT NOW: Whale season is soon to come to an end 'round Southern California, or the spying-of-whales season, rather. But there's a way to get your spout fix in before those famous greys continue onwards in their yearly migration. Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes has a whale-watching package on for guests that includes a harbor cruise for two, binocs for both watchers, and a stay-over at the posh property. The cost starts at $560 a night, but note that whales will wave bye-bye starting around April. But here's something to note: You actually don't have to go out onto the water to spy a spout; the resort estimates that there are about 2,500 sightings made from the coast each season. This is thanks in part to the whales swimming by as close as 50 yards off-shore. If we didn't know any better, we'd call them show-offs.

OTHER TERRANEA HAPS: The resort will honor Earth Day on April 15 with a dimming of all lights. There will also be a pelican release with International Bird Rescue on April 20 at Terranea Beach Cove (the pelican has been rehabilitated and is ready to return to the wild).

EASTER BRUNCH: If you're looking for a fancy holiday meal at the bluffside resort, and not an actual stay-over, that can happen, too. There are a couple of early afternoon seatings left for Easter Brunch on Sunday, March 31.

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