Maybe it’s the sunny skies and anything goes attitude, architecture everywhere, celebrity spotting or the opportunity to shop Beverly Hills in the morning, then hit hip Melrose boutiques after lunch, but I can always find a reason for a trip to LA.
LA sparkles for the sheer size and scope of things to do. In the few years I called it home, I explored new places every weekend and still didn’t see it all. Every time I go back, I discover a new hidden gem. Whether you’re a beach bum, art addict, outdoor enthusiast or shopaholic foodie, LA has something for you.
Los Angeles has a lot in common with big Texas cities like Houston and Dallas – it’s really a collection of “villages” each with a unique personality, connected by freeways and beautiful boulevards. Wake up watching the surfers in Malibu, then head inland up gorgeous Sunset Boulevard and spend the afternoon in the hills watching the stars come out at the Griffith Observatory as you gaze over the Hollywood sign. A quintessential LA day. For Texans, airlines have made it super easy (and therefore super cheap) with no less than 30 daily non-stop flights departing almost every hour from major Texas cities.
Over the next week, I’ll give you day by day tips for how to stay & play in LA for a great girls’ trip or couples getaway. Be the coolest parent (ever!) and make it a Spring Break or Summer adventure with your tweens & tweens. I’ll even tell you where to take them for Instagram photos to make them the talk of the lunch table. Everything you need to plan your trip, including discount Promo codes for hotels, and links to all the places to eat, explore and enjoy. LA Your Way starts today!
Day 1 – Arrive & Conquer
Landing at LAX, I always marvel at the expanse of America’s second largest city. Mountains and sea separated by skyscrapers, urban sprawl, and long, beautiful connectors with dreamy names like Sunset, Santa Monica, and Pacific Coast Highway.
Trip Tip: LAX has possibly the slowest baggage claim in the planet. Don’t check bags!
On your way out of LAX, find your first foodie stop (swoon), In N Out Burger, (9149 South Sepulveda Blvd). Some say it’s the buns, or the fact that they only do a few things and they do them perfectly – In N Out is a fast food legend. There’s a reason the lines are long. Great burgers, fries and shakes, super cheap.
Now that we’ve checked this culinary gem off our list, it’s time to check into the hotel. I found a hidden gem at Luxe Rodeo Drive (360 North Rodeo Drive), smack in the middle of the best street in oh-so-chic Beverly Hills. Nestled between the who’s who of the fashion world – Cartier, Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Fendi, Gucci – you cannot find a better location for strolling and shopping. Bonus – the people watching is priceless.
Standouts at the Luxe Rodeo Drive:
Great Staff – a rarity in posh BH. Every time I turned around someone was saying hello, smiling genially, asking if they could do something for me or if I was enjoying myself. It added greatly to my stay and made me feel as if I was a treasured guest.
The Best Sleep – Uber comfy beds (in the travel business, I sleep around a lot) with silky soft sheets, plush robes and a tablet based TV, alarm and ordering system that personally greeted me when I arrived.
Shower Power – Rain shower heads, great water pressure and bath products for the whole family so my husband won’t emerge from the bathroom smelling like he just fell into a rosebush.
Special Treats – Complimentary light bites and continental breakfast – also a rarity in BH.
Now that you’ve check in, drop you bags, grab a bite and head out to the explore the glitz and glamour that is Beverly Hills. If you’re in the mood to selfie and spot celebrities here’s a hint – look closely – they really do look like everyone else when they’re not all dolled up. BH shuts down when the shops close at 8. Sleep off the Jet lag (your body is 2 hours ahead) so you can be up and at’em for Day 2 of discovering LA Your Way.
Coming up next – Sea to Sky on Sunset