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Of his stay near Hollywood, Murphy remembers: “My first impression of the Beverly Wilshire was, this hotel is very exclusive and I can imagine running into someone famous.”

A Scenic Sojourn Through Southern California

A photographer captures timeless appeal along the West Coast during a romantic escape to Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara.

Though Michael Murphy is a project manager by trade, the lensman’s eye for photography is what earned him a winning spot in the Focus on Four Seasons Instagram contest.

The New Hampshire–based talent, along with his wife Liz, recently returned from a six-day escape to the West Coast, where they soaked up the sun, sand and hospitality offered by Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara and Beverly Hills Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel).

“Both properties were very impressive, but the professionalism of the staff was what stood out,” Murphy says. “Our experience started and ended with a genuine interaction, which enhanced the mood and set the tone.”

Now that the two are back home, Murphy is dishing up all the picture-perfect destination snapshots he captured along the way.

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