In what I refer to as my former life in corporate America I traveled out to LA more times a year than I care to remember. So often that I should have just had corporate housing out there! I never got a chance to relax, take that hike, spend time on the beach but I did get to experience the nightmare that is LA traffic! Nowadays my trips out to the west coast are more about seeing friends and savoring every moment of that Cali life that I can! My most recent trip was not long enough (are they ever really though??!) but four days gave me a chance to refamiliarize myself with this lovely city – plus I got to stay at The Loews Hollywood!
Where to stay:
Anytime I’m out in LA I know that I need to be centrally located – especially during this trip as I was seeing friends in Venice, Santa Monica, Hollywood and Brentwood. The Loews Hollywoodcould not have been a better location. It’s in the heart of Hollywood for sure but that’s also an appeal here because I could get wherever I really needed to quite easily.
As Mr. Bourdain (RIP) put it, we can get so much by experiencing the local flavors of a place. Whether that is an bustling city or an off the map town of 25 people there is a lot to be said for supporting local and trying the local flavors. That’s why I love that Loews Hollywood is all about brining local flavors into their hotels. FLAVOR is a very cool innovative food and beverage experience serving up the best of Southern California’s local flavors so that guests can dine like a local within the four walls of the hotel. Pretty awesome right? At Loews Hollywood they have everything from an exclusive local Sauvignon Blanc from Deep Sea Wines, a family owned winery outside of Santa Barbara to delicious sweet treats like Chocolate Walnut Bread and Gluten Free Brownies from Duidough’s Cookie Lab. Duidough’s Cookie Lab has also created a special treat, the German Chocolate Blondie, that is sold exclusively at Loews Hollywood.
Need I say more? The pool at the Loews Hollywood is unbelievable, with views of the iconic Hollywood sign plus add in that it overlooks the bustling Hollywood-Highland makes it a bit of a dream. It’s serene, I had a swim after one of my morning hikes and to be in such a high-energy part of this crazed city but not feel or hear that is something of a rarity.
Get your hike on
I highly recommend grabbing a coffee at Bodega at Loews Hollywood along with a slice of that delicious Chocolate Walnut Bread or Lemon Poppyseed bread and making your way to Runyon Canyon. Check their calendars too or ask the concierge because there are often times yoga classes or mediation hikes offered.
Uber, Lyft, just ride share everywhere – just don’t attempt to drive or use the rather terrible local transportation. It cost me a mere $26 to get out to Venice Beach and about $22 to get back to Loews Hollywood from Santa Monica. Note, I am not sponsored by Uber or Lyft but an advocate for ride sharing especially in busy cities such as LA where traffic is such an issue.
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