Archive for the ‘Southern California’ Category

Going Back to (So)Cali

June 23, 2010

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 (more…)


One-Day, $100 Rates at SoCal Hotels

June 1, 2010

Three of Joie de Vivre’s Southern California hotels, Hotel Maya, Shorebreak Hotel, and Hotel Angeleno, are celebrating their birthdays (one year for Shorebreak and Maya, four years for Angeleno) by offering $100/night rates (not including taxes and fees) for one day only, June 1…gee willikers, summer road trippers, the day is here! If you want to take a little SoCal sojourn, book your rooms today and use the promotion code JDVSAR when making your reservation. Rates are good through Dec. 31, based on availability, and weekends may require a minimum stay.

JetPride Takes Off

May 20, 2010

JetBlue, Joie de Vivre, and joined forces to present JetPride last week, the first U.S. commercial LGBT flight. JetPride spirited a flight of Long Beach Pride festival goers from SFO to Joie de Vivre’s Hotel Maya in Long Beach, with pink cocktails and in-flight witticisms offered by Australian entertainer and “air hostess” Pam Ann (with a little help from our own Chip Conley). (Photos courtesy Rick Andreoli,

Road Trippin’

May 16, 2010

William Least Heat Moon wrote that there are no yesterdays on the road, and it does seem like the road trip has a special power to temporarily untether us from our lives and, in so doing, let us reimagine them. One of the gifts of travel is that it frees you from your everyday context. The road trip, properly undertaken, boils life down to a post-it where normally it may feel like an Excel spreadsheet with too many tabs. You can plan excessively if you want to, but the best road trips are a little shaggy and undefined at the edges, leaving space for the unexpected.

The road trip is about all of your favorite music along for the ride, turned up loud when there’s a lull in conversation. It’s about inappropriate snacks of questionable vintage from a gas station in Barstow and BLT’s on under-toasted white bread in Redding. It’s about going out of your way to visit Frank Sinatra’s grave in Palm Springs or crossing the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time. It’s those hours when the usual tug of to and fro and bills to pay and Facebook seem as trivial as they are and you listen to your trip mate’s story with real attention.

Road trippin’ is kind of like the exhilaratingly mild shock of swimming in the ocean for the first time in years: it wakes you up, brings you back to who you are, and reminds you that the simplest pleasures are all you really need to be content. And at the end of every day on the road? Cool, clean sheets on a bed you don’t have to make. This summer the travel sugar plums that are dancing in our heads are all about Road Trippin’ California. We’re putting our playlists together, calling our friends, and packing our swimsuits. Let summer begin!

Get Your JetPride On!

May 10, 2010

Oh, Monday joie…sadly ’tis raining buckets here in San Francisco, but the weather forecast calls for sunny days the rest of the week. Just in time to book your ticket for JetPride! There are still some seats left on JetBlue’s Friday, May 14th flight from San Francisco to Long Beach for this first-ever LGBT flight by a U.S. airline. Flight #1969 will celebrate forty-plus years of the gay rights movement and is bound for Long Beach’s LGBT Pride celebration, one of the biggest Pride celebrations in the state, if not the country. Australian entertainer Pam Ann will be on board as “air hostess,” pink cocktails will be served, and the skies will never be friendlier. Once in Long Beach, check in at Hotel Maya, one of Joie de Vivre’s newest SoCal properties. Their special JetPride package includes two tickets to Long Beach Pride, tickets to an exclusive private party sponsored by, and other goodies galore. To book the flight, call JetBlue at 888-538-2583/option 4 for and visit to book your stay at Hotel Maya.

Good Morning, Venice Beach

April 7, 2010

Venice Beach is known for its bohemian, street carnival vibe, and for its role in skateboarding history, but in the morning it’s just another beautiful California beach town. This morning when I arrived at Hotel Erwin, the sun was big and bright, and the smell of the ocean was hypnotic. I’m thankful I got to snap a few shots in that quiet, misty, sunshiney hour before starting my day at the beach.

Venice Beach, Baby

March 29, 2010

Love is (or was) in the air this winter, and one lucky soon-to-be mama pigeon chose to lay her eggs among the seagrass at HIGH. The HIGH team has affectionately named this mama “Joie.” And her unhatched baby? Puff! Puff is patiently awaiting his arrival in the crazy world that is Venice Beach, but in the meantime he’s keeping himself busy on Twitter. He’s quite the modern little bird, after all! Follow @PuffthePigeon on Twitter and track his journey from Chilled Out Egg to Venice Beach Baby.

Beach Baby

February 18, 2010

(Photo: Christian Horan)

Travel + Leisure’s March issue names two Joie de Vivre hotels, Dream Inn (Santa Cruz) and Hotel Erwin (Venice Beach) to its list of Best Affordable Beach Resorts. Dream Inn is #22 on the list of 42 properties around the world, and Hotel Erwin comes in at #23. Can’t you just feel the sand between your toes?

West With the Nog

December 17, 2009

People either seem to like eggnog or vehemently dislike it. Personally, combining dairy products with bourbon, whisky (yes, that is the Scotch spelling) or rum has always seemed like a good idea to me.  This heady nog recipe from West Restaurant & Lounge doesn’t limit itself to just one spirit, and in fact eggnog, which heralds from England, has historically been made with everything from sherry, brandy, Madeira, whisky, bourbon, and rum. This version contains vodka and kahlua, the potent partners usually found in a White Russian, and your choice or rum or Frangelico. It truly is a wonderful life. (more…)

Viva la Vevo

December 10, 2009

Thanks to the folks at Vevo and pop celebre Adam Lambert for the shout out to Hotel Angeleno in this fun making-of-the-video bit. Lambert and the Vevo crew were on site at the Angeleno recently to film a music video for the new online music video channel. We love Adam’s energy and forthrightness in being who he is and are glad he got a chance to jump for joie on one of our beds!