Sometimes parting with our magnificent city for a few days is good for a babes soul. You’ll probably want to reserve the West Coast for at least a long weekend or a time when you can take a couple of extra days. If you don’t have time time, opt for a babes road trip instead.
American Airlines, Spirit, and Delta often have very reasonable fares for flying MSY to LAX (ranging from $120 – $300) round trip. We flew American Airlines for just $215 round trip and on Labor Day Weekend! Don’t forget, most airlines charge for a bag these days, so that added $25 each way.
There are so many areas you can choose to stay in a city like L.A.: Santa Monica if you’d like to be near the beach, West Hollywood to be near the party scene and younger crowd, Venice Beach, or Mailbu for a solitary retreat with beach and mountain views. Where ever you choose, getting to each area from the others is easy enough with a rental car or Uber.
Santa Monica has it all. Great shopping at The Promenade, a beach with to die for views, an awesome farmer’s market; and great dining and bars. All just a short walk away from each other.
To get to the beach walk toward Ocean Avenue. Be sure to check out the view from Palisades Park which sits on bluffs alongside the avenue overlooking the coast. Set up a picnic there on the public tables before taking the path down to the beach.
Weekend brunch must go on where ever a babe may be. Brunch in Santa Monica at Herringbone features oyster and drink specials. Did someone say endless rosé and bottomless mimosas? Count us in!
If you’re up to more day drinking post-brunch, head to one of Santa Monica’s best bars like The Bungalow (if you are patient enough to wait in line), or one of the many rooftop bars with like Hotel Shangri-La for yummy cocktails and views.
Not feeling like continuing your brunch buzz? Riding bikes along the pathway from Santa Monica to Venice Beach is a great way to get some light exercise and fit in time to see the the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk. Reminiscent of NOLA’s French Quarter, the boardwalk is filled with street performers, tattoo shops and funky souvenir shops. You can rent bikes right on the beach in Santa Monica for just $20 for a few hours.
Ready for cocktails now babes? There’s also no shortage of bars with a view to watch the sunset and enjoy a cocktail in Venice Beach like Hotel Erwin’s rooftop bar.
The drive from Los Angeles to Malibu is about 45 minutes, but it is not uncommon for locals to make for the day to indulge in the beautiful beaches, delicious seafood and other hidden gems. If you don’t have a car, it’s even affordable to take an Uber for the scenic drive along the Pacific Coast Highway (known by locals as the “PCH”).If it’s warm enough for a beach day, head to Zuma Beach, known for it’s long wide sands.
Babes tip: If you climb over the rock wall on the far end of the beach, you’ll be in what’s known as “the cove,” almost like your own private beach.
Hike the ridge for a breathtaking view. You’ll often see seals and dolphins from the top!
If you’re not feeling the beach, pack a picnic and head to Malibu Wines for an afternoon of delicious wine, more fabulous views (of course); and live music in a delightful atmosphere. Think Bacchanal in the mountains (with better weather).
WeHo is a great central area to stay in filled with the hippest shops, restaurants, bars and people. There’s no shortage of delicious eats and cocktails which we made sure to get our fill of.
A secret escape, that you can only get to if you know the way in – literally walking through the kitchen of a small unassuming grilled cheese restaurant on Melrose Avenue – Maré makes you feel like you’ve escaped to a cozy European city on the coast. The menu featuresa selection of shellfish (clams, mussels or shrimp), and a choice of broth to accompany the seafood and broth.
Jones Hollywood has a retro diner vibe with delicious basic Italian fare like Spaghetti and Meatballs (pictured below), killer pizzas and delicious cocktails like The Hendrix: a pear basil margarita with Herradura Silver Tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime, fresh pear juice and basil.
We even found a NOLA-themed bar, Sassafras Saloon, with a menu featuring our city’s signature cocktails, live music and sexy burlesque dancers.
You absolutely have to take a hike up to the Hollywood sign before you leave (do it for the insta, babes ;)). Save it for your last day to burn off some of the calories you’ve consumed while vacationing.
WINE COUNTRY: SANTA YNEZ VALLEY
If you’ve got time to escape the city for the day and night, Santa Ynez Valley is well worth the 2 hour drive north for a day of wine tastings.
Located in Santa Barbara County, the valley is made up of countryside vineyards and small towns like Los Olivos with tasting rooms where you can indulge in wine tasting menus for as little as $15 – $20. Santa Ynez is like a less expensive, less touristy version of Napa Valley.
We’d highly recommend making the drive in a convertible if you can. Belting out Britney Spears and Destiny’s Child with the wind blowing in your hair with your babes, makes the drive less of a task and one of the most fun parts of the experience!
We visited a couple of wineries in the valley, and then headed into the adorable town of Los Olivos to one of the many tasting rooms. Pack up in the morning and get there early because most the vineyards and tasting rooms close between 5 and 6 p.m.
We’re already planning a trip back to stay in this charming area for longer.
Did we miss any of your favorite Cali spots babes? Let us know if the comments! We hope you had as wonderful of a Labor Day weekend as we did.
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