Going Back to (So)Cali


Today’s guest post is from Leah Corradino of Joie de Vivre’s SoCal team. Leah shares her vast knowledge of what to do, see, eat and drink in Southern California – including a few bon mots from our hotels in the region: Shorebreak Hotel (Huntington Beach), Hotel Angeleno (Los Angeles), Hotel Maya (Long Beach), and Hotel Erwin (Venice Beach). Stay tuned also for our new Pacific Edge Hotel, which debuts in Laguna Beach this month. Thanks, Leah, we can’t wait to get back to SoCali and try some of these!

1. Intellegentsia for the BEST coffee experience on Abbot Kinney in Venice

2. The Hollywood Bowl for the best “under the stars” summer performances

3. Temescal Canyon Trail for a hike and to see the waterfall and ocean views from the Pacific Palisades

4. Opening Ceremony just opened on La Cienega!  Serious competition for Fred Segal!

5. Paradise Cove in Malibu for a scenic Sunday drive up the coast and for their gigantic iced seafood tower

6. The Other Room for great people-watching and drinks on Abbot Kinney in Venice

7. The Wiltern, Troubador, and the Fonda for intimate live music concerts

8. High at Hotel Erwin in Venice Beach for “Liquid Brunch” on Sundays

9. Make-your-own Bloody Mary’s at West’s Pacific Skyline Brunch every Sunday.

10. Barney’s Beanery to watch sports, especially college football, Westwood or West Hollywood location

11. Gjelina for their butterscotch pot de crème On Abbot Kinney in Venice

12. Homemade soft pretzels at Zimzala and hanging out on the outdoor deck

13. The Varnish and The Edison in downtown L.A. for that speakeasy atmosphere, hand chipped ice, and artisanal hand-crafted cocktails from mixologists like the “Dark and Stormy”

14. Cinespia movie viewing and a picnic in the Hollywood Forever cemetery

15. The Getty Center to see the most amazing collections of art and for spectacular views of L.A.

16. Hanging out by the pool in the private “floating” cabanas at Hotel Maya


19 Responses to “Going Back to (So)Cali”

  1. Anthony Says:

    Whenever I visit my hometown of Riverside, I live taking a detour to Temecula Valley for Southern California’s own wine region. Every year they host their annual Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival!

  2. Stacy Says:

    Disneyland, of course!

  3. Donna Brinton Says:

    The stunning panoramic view of the LA basin from the top of the Runyon Canyon trail can’t be beat!

  4. diane Says:

    I love the Griffith Observatory. Always been a favorite spot in LA for me.

  5. Megan Smith Says:

    The Malibu Getty – breathtaking view, great breezes. Underrated, I think; it got eclipsed by the bigger Getty.

    Also love to sit on the wraparound patio at Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego with a Bloody Mary on a warm fall morning.

  6. Rachel Says:

    I love going to see the California Harbor Seals that have taken over the La Jolla “Children’s Pool” near the La Jolla Cove.

  7. Raquel Marter Says:

    I love escaping the Vegas heat by Taking my dog to the Huntington Dog Beach and the Long Beach Dog Zone! And The ShoreBreak and Hotel Maya offer a great dog friendly place for us to stay!

  8. Kate Says:

    In all honesty- Disneyland…(and I’m turning 30!)

  9. Erica Ryan Says:

    If you go at New Years, seeing the Rose Parade is a great experience! You can even get in to see the floats while they are still working on them. I’ve helped two fo the last three years decorate floats and it’s a very rewarding experience.

    If you are near the UCLA campus, there’s a small bakery called Diddy Riese which has great sweets at unbeatable prices! IT’s definitely worth stopping at!!!

    • Kristina Hjelsand Says:

      Hi there, Erica – you are the lucky winner of our Hornblower Cruise tickets for two! Just e-mail me at khjelsand@jdvhospitality.com with your address and I will make sure the tickets are sent to you ASAP. Thanks for your great comment!

  10. Jessie B. R. Says:

    My favorite SoCal activities all wrapped up into one perfect day include: Drive to Santa Monica to go running along Ocean Ave with a view of the ocean. Drive East. Stop to do yoga at Runyon Canyon. Drive further East. Hang by the merry go round at Griffith Park. Take in a view of the mountains and a handful of nachos. Drive to the Arclight for an evening showing of a new film. Do all driving with KPCC on the radio. And the sunroof open.

  11. Stella Cook Says:

    My favorite SoCal spots to visit is stay at the Hotel Maya, go to the Dog Show at the Queen Mary in June. We also like all the attractions they have going on in Long Beach alot to do there.

  12. Flash White Says:

    Can’t say I have ever spent much time in SoCal but would like to one day.. Yeah how about Joie de Vivre opening a hotel in Alaska!! That would be so cool to have one of your great little hotels up here. We don’t have anything like it.

  13. greg Says:

    the arboretum and the Griffith obs. my favs!

  14. mary Says:

    i love a stiff one at the cat & the fiddle with my dog & my husband. and a shopping trip to the paul smith store.

  15. Mary Says:

    You much check out the Griffith Observatory! I went and took my family for the first time this year and we all had a blast. It’s fun way to learn. There was something for all ages there. My husband and I loved it. So did my young kids.

  16. kate Says:

    we don’t know S. Cal- but oh do we love N. Cal- and Acqua up here- the BEST!!!!

  17. mary Says:

    kate, unfortunately aqua closed down. they may open a new location soon.

  18. Andrew Says:

    I love the aquarium of the pacific and the reef restaurant in LB!

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