Culver City: Los Angeles County’s Newest Hot Spot for Art and Cuisine

Exterior of the Culver Hotel in Culver City

Exterior of the Culver Hotel in Culver City

For Los Angeles residents, when friends from out of town ask where to go when visiting, three places usually come to mind: Santa Monica, Hollywood, and Venice Beach. Well, it’s time to add another location to that list. What was once thought of as a sleepy place to drive by on your way to somewhere else has become one of Los Angeles’ most talked about walking neighborhoods and trendy places to go: Culver City.

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Sail Away to Marina del Rey

Half of Marina del Rey’s 800 acres are underwater; make a splash and explore them by boat or board

Half of Marina del Rey’s 800 acres are underwater; make a splash and explore them by boat or board

No one plans a birthday party quite like Marina del Rey. The picturesque seaside community pulled out all the stops for its 50th birthday celebration, complete with fireworks, a tall ships parade, a weekend-long fair, and a bounty of dining and drink specials around town. What better place to pick up a little inspiration (and maybe a few cocktail recipes!) for one’s own birthday, anniversary, or special weekend getaway? Here are the building blocks for a perfect getaway in one of Los Angeles’ most unique neighborhoods—whether you’re looking to save, spend, or splurge.

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Beverly Hills: A Local Rediscovers the Golden Triangle and Beyond

The famous “Beverly Hills” sign is the centerpiece at Beverly Gardens Park, a public linear park created in 1911

The famous “Beverly Hills” sign is the centerpiece at Beverly Gardens Park, a public linear park created in 1911

When Beverly Hills turned 100 last year (the city was incorporated on January 28, 1914), I decided it was time to get reacquainted with one of the world’s most iconic cities that is right in my own backyard. Truth be told, living on the opposite end of the Los Angeles metropolis I save treks to the west side for business—and for out-of-town guests who have Rodeo Drive on their must-see list.

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Traveling to Thailand Through Its Food

Food on display at a marketplace in Thailand

Food on display at a marketplace in Thailand

Those of us who do not travel often can still explore a far-away culture through its food, and the food of Thailand in Los Angeles brings us as close to the Thai culture as possible, even though our lands are separated by more than 8,000 miles. Srunyu Ampartrakarn, consul for the Royal Thai Consulate-General, estimates LA is home to the largest population of Thai people outside of Thailand; their influence on the LA landscape is on display through the volume of Thai restaurants located from Long Beach to Valencia.

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Historic & Hip: An Architecture-Themed Trip to Los Angeles

The lobby at the Line Hotel

The lobby at the Line Hotel

Just like travel, architecture has the ability to immerse and inspire. As often as I can I indulge my love of each, and a recent trip to Los Angeles provided the perfect fix. The sprawling Southern California metropolis hides an impressive number of landmark buildings that span eras and styles, including Art Deco, Craftsman, and an unparalleled collection of Mid-Century Modernism.

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