First and foremost let me say that if you have never visited Los Angeles, GO!
Second, if you’re looking for all of the “touristy” things to do, you’re in the wrong place because this particular post is not about hitting the major tourist attractions it’s about hitting the local ones.
Ok, got it? Got it? Good and Let’s Goooooo!
My day started with a great flight with JetBlue. I landed at the Long Beach Airport and had my “free checked” bag within 10 minutes or less after deplaning. After getting my bag, I went to Enterprise to get my rental (deposit is only 20%) and I also had my rental within 20 minutes. Prior to coming to the LA area, I had researched, sought out and pre-planned a 3Day Mecation. (Remember, Mecations you are on a solo trip and you have the freedom to do what you and want and see who you want all in your timing)
First stop – Brunch
I decided to invite one of my girlfriends who lived in Cali, to have brunch with me in Long Beach prior to me checking into my hotel. She agreed and we decided to try out a place called Plunge, which is inside the 1900 building. So, if you did not know… parking is always crazy and limited in Long Beach. The building where Plunge is located in an upscale high-rise on Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach. After finding parking spaces and walking to the building we made it to this open and airy restaurant that is open not only to their residents but to the public as well.
The view alone puts you in a relaxed mindset and the food on top of that will make you want to come back. The restaurant faces the beach and it doesn’t matter where you sit, you have a good seat and good views.
Second Stop – Checking Into Hotel (Hilton Long Beach)
I normally would stay at one particular Hilton property but I wanted to try this one out. Like Plunge it’s also on Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach. This hotel, however, is smack dap next to the World Trade Center. This particular hotel is more of a business luxury hotel, with all of the bells and whistles of the modern age. After checking in and getting settled, I decided it was time to venture to the Venice Beach area.
Third Stop – Abbot Kinney Boulevard (TOMS Coffee)
One thing to know off the back about Venice is the artistry, hipster, bohemian-chic vibe. Abbot Kinney Boulevard also seems to always be extremely packed and parking is limited. But once, you are parked the street is your zoo to explore. From restaurants and coffee shops to clothing and makeup stores to green living and energy cleaner stores – this street has it all.
I wanted to get some local coffee and I heard TOMS actually has a coffee shop…Yes, you read correctly…TOMS as in shoes and sunglasses…well they have a coffee shop that sells shoes and sunglasses lol. The coffee is rich and the staff is great, definitely will go and spend more time in there and might even buy some shoes. While I at TOMS I noticed a store I was not expecting to see…Asa Kaftans!
Yes, the beautiful Shah’s of Sunset star Asa Sulton has her shop on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Now, I fell in love with her collection of Kaftans when she started her clothing line on the Bravo hit show…so like any woman I had to go in an check it out…and it was LIFE. I was able to FINALLY able to buy a Kaftan for a reasonable price.
Fourth Stop – Santa Monica secluded beach – The People’s Peninsula Beach
I decided after having another cup of coffee to just drive and I ended up on the further end of the beach of Santa Monica. Just a nice walk, enjoying the sun.
Fifth Stop – Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in Inglewood near Manchester and the 405
I met up with a couple of my friends who live there and I must say…the food is LIFE and everything you hear about it is true. I understand now why anyone I know who visit LA multiple times always has Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles on a MUST DO list.
After that, my guy friend spent the night with me – no need to go into details on that 🙂
Sunday – Date Myself and Detox
Sunday was ALL about me! I got up dressed to the nines, makeup slayed and beat to the GODS and I took myself to brunch in Beverly Hills; to The Blvd Restaurant inside the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The hotel alone is lavish, immaculate and everything you can imagine. This is also the very same hotel Pretty Woman took place in and it faces Rodeo Drive. The restaurant was beautiful, lavish but in an old classic Beverly Hills way. The food and staff were awesome and everything was reasonably priced for it to be a restaurant in Beverly Hills.
After brunch, I decided to go ahead and go to Marina Del Rey to check out the community before my spa. I was an hour early when I arrived at the Ritz Carlton-Marina Del Rey but I was able to go ahead and check-in and let me just say the spa (Sisley Paris) was everything I could have pictured, wanted and so much more. The spa was recently bought by another company so I will not give prices because they are different now, but mark my words I will be back to the hotel no matter what. I ended up spending right at 5 hours at the spa because I bought a package.
Being that I didn’t plan on what I wanted for dinner I saw my guy friend again at his job before heading back to Long Beach. When I got to the hotel, I decided to eat in and I must say the food was awesome. I had some chicken nachos, a hard cider, molten cake and coffee and I was ready to pass out.
Monday – Last Day
Monday, was leave day and I decided to eat at the Queen Mary’s Promenade Café….great food – buffet style – wish I had time to check out the ship but I did not.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and will be doing another mecation to LA again to check out more hip-local places, lavish places and detox places.
-Calisolotrip from The Travel Queen