The place that was built in the 1940s as a rustic celebrity getaway with a trout-fishing pond transitioned gracefully into a hotel and a banquet hall for Easter brunches, bar mitzvahs, and quinceañera celebrations. In 2007, Malibu Lumber Yard developer Richard Weintraub purchased the 11-acre former fish farm from the family that built it and chose not to renew the lease of the lodge’s operator. Decades of tradition were lost, and the halls were stripped of their brick, stone, and wood veneer. The facility reopened last fall after going through the style deflavorizer. Hotel rooms start at $119.
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