Life + Style, Travel

Santa Monica | Travel

CecyJSantaMonica

Awesome weekend of work + fun in Santa Monica.

Stayed at the chic Palihouse Hotel just a few blocks from the heart of everything: 3rd Street Promenade shopping, a plethora of yoga, pilates and spin studios + great eats.  Palihouse’s chic interiors and amazing coffee bar made up for the fact that they don’t sell cocktails.  Ratings before I booked said the service was horrible.  I found everyone to be overwhelmingly friendly… just maybe a bit short staffed.

Sugar Fish is no secret to LA Locals for  a “roll free” sushi experience.  The wait was about 45 minutes but they graciously brought us drinks while we people watched and chatted with the locals.  Impeccable, creative presentation and the freshness was on par with sushi I’ve eaten in Hawaii and Cabo.

Shopped along Venice’s Abbott Kinney Blvd.  Potentially the birthplace of “So Cal hipster cool” with everything to offer from top notch food and drinks to amazing Interior Design shops and original clothing boutiques.  Loved the Australian Bohemian vibe of Flannel and stopped by Aviator Nation for some made-in-California surf sweatshirts for my kids.