Post # 1
Hi Bees! I got some stellar advice from the NYC Bees for a recent trip to the Big Apple, so I’m hoping for some advice from the LA-area ladies!
I’m going to LA for the weekend, leaving tomorrow, meeting Fi there (who’s already there for work). I have never been to CA before. We have all of Saturday to do whatever we want, and I think it would be great to spend a day at the beach. I am totally unschooled on LA and its environs and I have no idea where we should go. I gather that Venice Beach and Malibu are close to where we are staying (at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills; close being “within a one-hour drive”).
I’d love a place with a fun boardwalk, bike rental shops are a plus. My romantic notion is to bike and/or stroll around the boardwalk, have a lunch at an outdoor restaurant, sit on the beach for awhile and soak up the sun. I don’t want to go somewhere that’s too over-the-top kitschy or touristy, necessarily. If it’s a place locals like, that’s great. We like to people-watch and stroll around and eat good fun in the sunshine, and I’d love a pretty beach to sit on. I like the thought of a scenic drive, although we won’t have a convertible.
I’m also open to ideas for Sunday! Our flight doesn’t leave until 5:00 on Sunday, so we have the morning and some of the afternoon to do something. Is there a great brunch place in/near Beverly Hills? What would YOU do with a Sunday morning to spare in/near Beverly Hills?
Thanks in advance!!
Post # 3
Hi! I live in Venice, but only having moved here a few months ago, may not be the best person to answer this question. But I’ll try!
Venice definitely has bike rentals and the famous Venice Boardwalk (which is not actually a boardwalk as east coast people would imagine). It’s a sight to see. You will see all the stereotypical “Venice people” including guys breakdancing, artisans selling things, people rollerblading, etc. You will also see about more medical marijuana shops than you thought was possible, large groups of guys trying to get you to listen to their rap cds, and lots of crazy homeless people. But if you love to people watch, this is definitely your place! Most of the shops directly on the boardwalk are very touristy, but you can walk a few blocks away for some fun restaurants. You definitely want to check out the skate park (which is right on the boardwalk) for at least a few minutes – that’s usually as much as I can stand before I get so scared that they’re going to wipe out and get hurt! It’s also just a short walk to the Venice canals (yes, Venice, CA has them too!) If you want to shop, I suggest a quick bike ride over to Abbott Kinney to see some cool shops and art galleries. The beach is quite nice and not usually too crowded and there’s supposed to be very nice weather this weekend. If you like a scenic drive, PCH is definitely for you – I still LOVE driving it, despite LA traffic.
You also might want to consider Santa Monica (which is just north of Venice). You could visit the Santa Monica Pier and ride the ferris wheel! The restaurants in Santa Monica are also a bit nicer than Venice. One thing to keep in mind when visiting LA (that I had NO idea about before moving here) is that though it can be quite warm during the day, it cools down a LOT at night (this past week it has been in the 30s!), especially at the beach. Bring a sweater when you go to dinner!!
Hope this helped, feel free to PM me with any questions!!