THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO 24- AND 48-HOUR SOCAL SUMMER STAYCATIONS
9:00 AM 7/25/2016
by THR Staff
Get away for a day (or two) — but not too far away — with seven itineraries of the au courant in Venice/Santa Monica, Malibu, Santa Barbara, San Diego and more.
Times likes these, one might feel inclined not to stray too far from home. This tendency is not uncommon, says travel advisory data scientist Patrick Surry of Hopper Research: “We have certainly seen that there has been a trend away from international travel, particularly with the European crises and with Zika in South America.” Yet, as life goes on, so might the need to decompress, and new, innovative outposts within a 25-mile radius reassuringly continue to arise, as does the local economy.
The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board reports that revenue per available rooms has gone up 15.2 percent since 2015, and, adds Surry, “The mix of domestic travel seems to be up in general.” And while private travel concierge Gen Hershey of Genuine Access hasn’t seen a decline in European bookings, “People are purchasing the ‘cancel for any reason’ travel insurance rather than just for business or sick reasons,” she says.
For those whose travel leanings are tending to the locavore lately, industry insiders recommend the following places to eat, stay, shop and relax in three microdestinations just a short drive away.
24 Hours in Downtown L.A.
BREAKFAST + SHOPPING Brooklyn’s beloved outdoor food market Smorgasburg has landed in commercial district ROW DTLA showcasing more than 100 food, design, craft and vintage vendors from both coasts every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., including L.A. favorite Guerilla Tacos and Gjusta alum Nicole Rucker’s Rucker Pies. Fans of the weekly event include celebrity stylist Benjamin Mohapi, whose new downtown salon is Benjamin Arts District (Courteney Cox and St. Vincent are patrons of his West Hollywood outpost); he comes for Elvio’s Chimichurri. Producer Phil Rosenthal told co-curator Zach Brooks that the weekly event is “the happiest place on Earth.” Rose Apodaca, co-founder of design resource A+R, who is opening a 7,000-square-foot flagship nearby, is partial to “the rolls made from lobster flown in from Maine weekly at Red Hook Lobster Pound.” Alameda and Bay Street
JUICE Take a cue from the likes of downtown denizen Emily Ratajkowski, who refuels with organic, cold-pressed juices from The Springs, also home to a newly revamped plant-based restaurant, wine bar, yoga studio, wellness center (with detoxifying treatments ranging from nutritional consultations to infrared sauna) and workshops including a soundbath experience on July 30. 608 Mateo St.; (213) 223-6226
Read the full 24-hour guide here