Sunday, November 7, 2010

One Lovely Stop Along the Ocean - Santa Monica

Shutters on the Beach @ Santa Monica
What is a there to do in LA on a warm November Sunday after having a very satisfying brunch at the Grove?  Why take a drive down to Malibu, of course... It was my husband's first time in Los Angeles and we just had to show him the drive along the ocean. 

Even though living on the West Coast holds no appeal for me, I still admire the drive to Malibu along the ocean... It is such a scenic route that can always uplift my spirits.  Today was no exception... we just followed the signs for Santa Monica and then when we hit the ocean, continued on North, driving along looking at all the lovely homes and watching the surfers out on the ocean.  One of the greatest things about this drive is that one doesn't need directions, we decided to just drive... We drove North for about one hour then decided to turn around and go to Santa Monica.  When we got to Santa Monica, my husband as well as the baby were both sleeping so Wendy and I left them in the car with Murat and went out on the boardwalk.  We had parked the car in a lot near the Shutters on the Beach Hotel so that we could go over and check it out.  Wendy actually had made reservations at their restaurant One Pico but we still had the lingering effects of our wonderful brunch at the Farm of Beverly Hills, so all I could manage was a walk around the quaint hotel.  It is truly a lovely hotel with a dreamy lobby and two restaurants that both fit my taste perfectly.

Shutters on the Beach
One Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA, 90405

The Santa Monica Pier, was right behind us and it was nice to look at from afar.  I had been there on my previous trip to LA when I had rented a bicycle and ridden along these paths on the beach with Hasan and Murat.  It was a great way to experience Santa Monica like a local.  I hope to repeat it in the future again.

From here we wanted to head to Marina del Ray because I had heard the sunset there, was something that had to be seen... we were not disappointed.

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