Our first destination where we tried out the two very different lifestyles California has to offer; laid back surfing and sparkling city nights. When we first visited Hollywood we took a tour at Both Universal and Paramount Pictures. It was a great way to gain special access to the Hollywood magic. As a Paramount VIP Tour Guest, you will have exclusive access to private areas of the Studio operations including Special Effects, Prop Warehouse, and Sound Stages. You will be introduced to the people who bring Hollywood to life and are the heart and soul of Paramount. At Universal Studios Hollywood I felt like I walked into a tourist trap and a VIP experience cames at a price tag. We enjoyed the tour at Paramount the most, by far. But would still recommend you do both, if you’re into the Hollywood life. The good thing is that now we can say, been there, done that, so next time we go back we can focus on other places and things to do. One month at Palihouse is on that list. And spending more time feeding the Foodie I became. Trying places like INK, LUCQUES, OLIVER’S, MARMONT and AMARONE.
Palihouse is where the creative community gathers. To connect. To reconnect. To work. To live. Not a boutique hotel and not a luxury residence, Palihouse offers the best of both. West Hollywood is a dynamic city known as one of LA’s most popular destinations for its entertainment venues, unparalleled nightlife, and shopping. A center of progressive and trendsetting design, West Hollywood is home to the West Coast’s leading resources of interior design, the Pacific Design Center and the Avenues of Arts & Design. Palihouse West Hollywood is a boutique urban lodge offering 37 studio, one- and two-bedroom guest suites and loft-style residences, all featuring fully equipped kitchens and open floor plans. Select furnished residential pied-à-terres are now being offered for one – three month stays. Palihouse West Hollywood also features a leafy courtyard restaurant, rooftop ‘Sunset Cocktail Lounge’ and a luxurious lobby lounge, which brings guests, residents and neighbours together for signature cocktails, food and more.
Palihouse takes to heart that few things in life are as transformative as the people and places you encounter when you travel. Because when all is said and done, living the life is all about the experience.
With epic waves breaking along eight and a half miles of sand, Huntington Beach epitomizes the California beach lifestyle. It was here that Duke Kahanamoku, the legendary Hawaiian swimmer and surfer, introduced surfing in 1925, and the sport’s popularity quickly spread along the California Coast leading to Huntington Beach earning its nickname as Surf City USA. We recommend lunch at Duke’s Huntington Beach and “Gastrobar” Red Table, have a look at the Brunch Menu (PDF). Other highly recommended places to eat : coffee and wine bar : Le Zinque and Le Food Lab
Since opening in 1957, the legendary Troubadour club in West Hollywood has helped launch some of contemporary music’s most talented performers. Greats such as Elton John, James Taylor and Tom Waits performed there early in their careers, and it continues to be a destination for cutting-edge acts from around the world.
The Roxy Theatre is a famous nightclub, on the Sunset Strip, in West Hollywood, California. The Roxy is owned by Lou Adler, his son, Nic, operates the club
The Museum of Contemporary Art moca.org/exhibitions Occupying over 3,000 square-feet of exhibition space, MOCA Pacific Design Center continues to feature new work by emerging and established artists in architecture, design, photography and contemporary art. pacificdesigncenter.com
Palihotel Melrose is a boutique hotel offering 32 intimate, fun and comfortable guest rooms, a lobby lounge, and the acclaimed Hart and The Hunter restaurant. Palihotel Melrose is located in the heart of the Melrose Shopping District, a vibrant and dynamic area known as one of Los Angeles’ most popular and trendsetting destinations for entertainment, dining and shopping.
Shorebreak Hotel combines the relaxed, sun-drenched spirit of the Orange County coastline with edgy modern accents. The only hotel located near the iconic intersection of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Shorebreak situates you at the center of eclectic shopping, dining, and entertainment…all within earshot of crashing ocean waves. Shorebreak’s Zimzala Restaurant and Bar will be a popular attraction for locals and visitors, offering rustic Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood, surf-inspired décor, and free-spirited good times.
“Malibu consists of the most beautiful 23 miles of coastline in the United States. Located just west of the City of Los Angeles and east of Ventura County, Malibu is famous for its warm and sandy beaches. Rooted with history dating back to the Chumash, the expedition of Juan Cabrillo in 1542, Captain Juan Bautista de Anza in 1776, the Ridge Family and the Adamson Family, then the Battle for the Malibu and the introduction of the Pacific Railroad. All the way to the paving of the Pacific Coast Highway. The development of La Costa was the first major real estate acquired for $6 Million dollars in 1928. The 1930’s and 1940’s invasion of Hollywood and it’s biggest stars made the formation of the Colony, the first surfers in California, up to the most recent re-opening of the Adamson House.” Photo Credit : come2malibu.com
Malibu’s proximity to Hollywood was one of the main reasons why I was so keen to visit this area but we had zero swell during our stay. Another reason why we are keen to go back. Few surf towns have the backstory Malibu does. Malibu is not just a Hollywood set. Chumash Indians, the area’s first permanent inhabitants, named it “Humawilo” which translates to “the surf sounds loudly.
“On any given day you’ll be dropped in on by pop-culture icons. This is where Mickey Dora first radiated the anti-establishmentarian vibe that would come to be surfers’ calling card, and the attitude of Malibu’s Black Knight still lives in the locals, who continue to spray-paint variations of “Dora Rules” on the wall at Surfrider Beach, no matter how many times it’s painted over by the city.
Protected from further development by national parks, intimidating costal mountains, vigilant environmental groups fronted by famous TV personalities, staggering real-estate prices, and a profound lack of freeway access, the area is an homage to how well preservation can work when a bunch of rich people decide to invest in their community. You may never be able to buy a house there, but you can bet that a century from now it’s rolling hills, costal lagoons, and native plant life will be unchanged.” Source: Surfer