Great Escape: Santa Monica
Located nearly 30 miles south of the Santa Clarita Valley sits Santa Monica, a fabulous beach town known for its bustling nightlife, delicious eateries and stellar hotels for your enjoyment. Santa Monica is just far enough away for you to enjoy a day at the beach or get some much-needed retail therapy. Whether you come for a day trip or want to do a fun weekend getaway Santa Monica has everything you need for the perfect vacation.
Santa Monica Pier
Breathtaking views, an intimate gallery, world class food selections, shopping, and a historic Carousel are some of the things that draws over six million people per year to the Santa Monica Pier. For over a century, people from all over the world flock to this almost 2000-foot-long structure that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. This has also been the premiere place for weddings and private events. During the month of December be sure to catch some of the interesting events like photos with Surfer Santa, Unique LA and Bob Barker’s Marionette Theater.
Check out the full calendar on their website: www.santamonicapier.org.
A favorite amongst locals and travelers alike, the Misfit is a must when visiting Santa Monica. Stop in for Happy Hour offered every day until 7p.m. Built in the historic 1929 Clock Tower building the Misfit represents a “back to the bar” idea of casual destination dining, serving accessible comfort food created by renowned executive chef Zak Walters. The entrees here are made sharable with fresh ingredients from the local farmer’s markets brought in daily by a dedicated full-time staff. While here, be sure to try one of their signature cocktails with house made ingredients including the lime cordial in the Basil Gimlet.
Find out more at their website: www.themisfitbar.com.
Downtown Santa Monica
Home to the 3rd Street Promenade a premiere destination for entertainment, arts and culture and everyone’s favorite… luxury shopping at stores like Bloomingdale’s, Club Monaco, and Barney’s New York! Throughout December, Downtown Santa Monica will be hosting several holiday themed events for your enjoyment. From a tree lighting ceremony to Ice at Santa Monica where ice is brought to the beachside community, transforming the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue into the winter wonderland known as Ice at Santa Monica, an 8,000-square-foot ice-skating rink.
To find something cool for you and the whole family to do, please visit: www.downtownsm.com.
Hampton Inn and Suites
Across from an Expo Line station serving Downtown L.A., this straightforward hotel in a glass-and-steel building is a 7-minute walk from both the Santa Monica Pier and the shops on the 3rd Street Promenade. Relaxed rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, as well as mini-fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add balconies. Suites have living rooms and/or pull-out sofas, while upgraded suites include wrap-around patios and sea views.
Hot breakfast is complimentary. Other amenities include an open-air pool with an adjacent hot tub and fire pit, as well as a 24/7 gym, a convenience store and an electric car charging station.
For an unforgettable experience and a good night’s rest after hanging out at the beach visit: www.hilton.com/en/hotels/smocahx-hampton-suites-santa-monica.
Ingo’s Tasty Diner
Though it’s housed in a 1946 building that once hosted patrons such as Mae West and the Rolling Stones, Ingo’s is far from your traditional diner. Since 2015, the Santa Monica restaurant has featured a sleek mid-century design with a full bar and an array of locally sourced farm to table dishes, paying homage to the space’s musical legacy through state-of-the-art speakers with a carefully curated playlist as well as their live jazz brunch on Sundays. Stop by for happy hour, available every day until 7 pm — where the entire library of spirits is half off, as well as select high end wines and house crafted cocktails. Stop by for Live Lounge at Ingo’s on Saturday nights, 10pm-1am, where you can get great cocktails and hear LA’s best studio musicians!
To see their full menu and all the happenings for you to try visit the website: www.ingostastydiner.com.
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