Searching for Sanctuary: Theatricum Botanicum & Tuscali Mountain Inn, Topanga Canyon

This August we recommend two beautiful destinations, each a sanctuary of sorts. They couldn’t be more different—in origin, urgency of purpose, or experiences offered—but both are stirring. Consider them opportunities: benevolent, gentle nudges to our humanity, in inspiring settings.

Theatricum Botanicum & Tuscali Mountain Inn, Topanga Canyon

Before “The Waltons,” Will Geer was a blacklisted actor—bereft and broke—who retreated into 5 wooded acres of Topanga Canyon. He grew and sold vegetables, hosted like-minded artists such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and slowly built an artist colony and rustic theater. Theatricum Botanicum now is a highly respected company known for its Shakespeare productions, performed in the summer twilight under old eucalyptus and oak trees. Earning particular praise this season: “Lear” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Performance tickets start at $25. Afterward, we recommend a short drive to the Tuscali Mountain Inn ($275 and up), a luxurious, intimate bed-and-breakfast boasting big views of rolling hills, oak groves, and the Pacific.

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