Lagonita Lodge in the San Fernando Valley is a big spot.
It’s not only one of the most photographed spots in Los Angeles, but the largest in the world, too.
But the lodge’s owner says you don’t have to travel much to enjoy its beauty.
“It’s an amazing location, a little more than 20 minutes from the airport,” said Lagonitas co-owner and founder Marjorie Johnson.
“It’s not an hour-and-a-half drive to Disneyland.”
Johnson said she has to get to the lodge to check out the park.
“We’re going to take our kids to Disneyland, but we’re going back to Lagonitta Lodge.”
Johnson said Laganitas Lodge has a history of providing a home away from home for families that come to the park for the holidays.
“For the first 100 years, we’ve been here to help people get home,” she said.
The family runs the lodge through a trust and Johnson said that the lodge and its staff members are paid $1.25 an hour, plus a bonus of $100 if they check in.
The family also provides a “free” day pass to guests.
“We just want people to feel safe and welcome,” she added.
Johnson said her family is proud to be a part of the Lagonits family.
“Our family members come from a long line of people who have come here for the resort and then go on to have amazing lives and families,” she explained.
“When I look at my wife and kids and my parents, they look like any other family, but they’re a different family,” Johnson said.
“They’re the kids of the resort.”