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Hey Bees! Help me out? DH and I are spending our anniversary weekend in LA. I went to UCLA and lived there for 6 years so I’m trying to think out of the box for what to do. Our biggest open day is Sunday.
Here’s the basic itinerary. Get there Sat midday. Staying in Hollywood. Go to hotel pool. Find restaurant for dinner, maybe Coy? This is the night before our anniversary so dinner will be slightly more low-key. Going to see cover band at The Whiskey that night.
Sunday day open. 3rd St. Promenade? Malibu? Charteau Marmont? Go to places featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives? Not sure.
Staying at the W in Westwood this night and want to go somewhere special for anniversary dinner. Also not sure where.
Monday will tour UCLA.
So please help with DINNER RECS, BRUNCH RECS, SUNDAY FUN RECS
Thanks!!! : )
Post # 3
Griffith Observatory? Newly renovated.
Biking on the Strand? You can get a tandem at Santa Monica pier or Hermosa pier. You can bike down at Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo and eat brunch at Martha’s on 22nd street. My favorite breakfast place! They have killer scrambles and like 10 different permutations of eggs benedict.
Getty Villa in Malibu and dinner at Gladstones. My favorite ever restaurant it’s on the beach in Malibu and it’s amazing. I’m drooling just thinking about it. There’s also a few really nice hiking trails in Malibu if you’re into that kinda thing. (you have to get “reservations” ahead for the Getty but it’s free).
If you want something a little different you could go to the crazy huge Flea Market in the Rose Bowl on Sunday and then do the Norton Simon Museum or hiking in Eaton Canyon. I’d rec’ Carmella’s Ice Cream. They’re Lavender Honey ice cream is worth dying for.
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@kala_way: Mmm Lavender Honey ice cream. I might have to make special trip out to that one!
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The Griffith Observatory & the Getty are so much fun! LA Natural History Museum has a dinosaur exhibit right now that is pretty interesting. A fun breakfast place in Hollywood is the Grinder.. Red velvet pancakes.. ‘nough said! They open at 8 show up at 7:30-7:45… For dinner Geofferey’s in Malibu is romantic but pricey. Or you can go to Fogo de Chau, Il cielo in Beverly Hills is so romantic too!
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@cherrydoll: Awesome thanks! I went to Il Cielo for Valentine’s Day years ago. It was the best date place ever!
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http://www.westatangeleno.com/home.html this place has beautiful scenery
The Little Door in LA is also nice
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i live in orange county, ca but still to this day want to do one of those hollywood tour buses… i really want to go on the TMZ one but its really expensive 🙁
Post # 10
@MrsJVP: That would be funny!
My LA friends have suggested Bazaar for dinner. Any other ideas?
I think we’re definitely going to rent a tandem bike!
Post # 11
@JaneyD: I think the Bazaar is a great dining experience, if you’re into molecular gastronomy. Another nice anniversary choice is Providence.
For Sunday Funday if you plan to go to Santa Monica, it’s worthwhile checking out the promenade. It’s changed a lot since a couple years ago (new mall)! Also, if you’re in that area, drive south to Main Street Santa Monica, there will be a huge farmer’s market with lots of goodies, even cooked products to eat. Drive a little bit more south and then you’re in Abbot Kinney where you can have brunch. Off of Abbot Kinney there’s Joe’s Restaurant. If that one is unavailable, try Primitivo which is right next to Joe’s. Primitivo has live music and is also a wine bar. Another good brunch place on Abbot Kinney is Gjelina. Make reservations!
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@cherrydoll: Agreed I was just about to suggest the Getty, such an amazing place. You could spend all day there!
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@yinyang: Another vote for Main St here. I like it so much better than 3rd St. It’s mroe laid back and “beachy” feeling.
My Darling Husband and I live in Venice. Our favorite Sundays involve the farmers market, then riding our bikes down to the beach, people watching and drinking heifeweizens at On the Waterfront on the Venice boardwalk, hanging out on the Santa Monica Pier, and then having dinner somewhere.
If you’re looking for low key, try the Galley on Main St. It’s the oldest restaurant in Santa Monica. Great for seafood/steaks. And the decor is AWESOME. Lots of colorful twinkly xmas lights.
If you’re looking for something fancier/more expensive, try Capo on Ocean Ave. Very romantic atmosphere. Pretty $$$ though.
Brunch at Salute Wine Bar on Main St is pretty good too. They have bottomless mimosas for about $12 bucks, if I remember correctly.
Post # 14
Cute little cafe spot: Royal/T in Culver City!
You can do a bonfire and snuggle up with some smores at Dockweiler beach?
Go visit LA Live downtown!
There’s a great pub at in Hollywood across the street from the W that serves $3 beers!
Maybe go to the Grove/Farmer’s market?
I agree with the suggestions above too! Getty, the Observatory, and the Strand/Redondo.
I’d also suggest getting yourself a copy of LA Weekly when you get into town (it’s free). It shows you all the things going on in LA that week!
Post # 15
I’m late seeing this post – but what did you end up doing?