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    Break a Sweat Running Through the Scenic Streets of Santa Monica

    Biking, skateboarding, and hiking are all zesty ways to explore our city, but if you are an avid runner like we are, lace-up your sneaks and let's get started. Sweating through the Santa Monica streets is a genuinely Californian way to explore our bustling town....

    Time to burn off those fish tacos you had at Blue Plate Taco and stretch your newly tanned legs. Our favorite routes include the wide grassy median along San Vicente Boulevard that continue for four miles to Ocean Avenue. At the widest part, it can accommodate up to 12 runners side-by-side. The Strand begins at Will Rogers State Beach and continues until Redondo Beach. The flat terrain and Pacific coastal views make it popular amongst hobby runners and sightseers. However, we suggest jogging in the hills behind Santa Monica’s Main Street for quality window shopping. Pop back into the Ocean View Hotel to freshen up before heading back to stores like Pacific Strand, Hollister, and Bicknell. 

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    Experience the Magic of a Drive-In Movie

    For a uniquely classic silver screen experience, we recommend going to see a film at the San Fernando Valley Drive-In Theatre, which is set to reopen this month....

    To maintain social distance, moviegoers are turning to a vintage trend for a safer way of spending time at the cinema. For a uniquely classic silver screen experience, we recommend going to see a film at the San Fernando Valley Drive-In Theatre, which is set to reopen this month.

    Formerly located in Lake Balboa, Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley Drive-In Theatre will soon be opening at a new destination within the area. Since all guests watch a movie from the privacy of their cars with audio broadcasted on the radio, social distancing protocol is built-in as part of this retro nighttime activity. Plus, there’s a nostalgic charm to watching a motion picture beneath the stars from the safety of your vehicle.

    While the first drive-in movie theatre was opened in 1915, outdoor drive-in theatres peaked in popularity during the 1950s and early 1960s. It’s only natural, then, that San Fernando Valley Drive-In Theatre will be showing a stellar selection of classic films this month, including The Sandlot, Grease, and Jurassic Park. At its new location in Westfield Fashion Square - about 20 minutes from Ocean View - the San Fernando Valley Drive-In Theatre will be showing each movie at 8:30 pm, beginning on Thursday, August 13th.

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    How the Hollywood Sign Came to Be

    It’s arguably the most iconic landmark in all of Los Angeles. Sitting high above the city, the Hollywood Sign is a quintessential part of the LA skyline....

    It’s arguably the most iconic landmark in all of Los Angeles. Sitting high above the city, the Hollywood Sign is a quintessential part of the LA skyline. It’s one of the most recognizable sights in popular culture, akin to America’s history of fame and stardom. But where did the Hollywood Sign come from originally?

    The first version of the Hollywood Sign was built in 1923 to advertise a residential development within the Hollywood Hills. This community was called “Hollywoodland”, which is what the original sign read. During the 1940s, the sign had begun to deteriorate, and the letter “H” was destroyed. However, in 1949, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce became owners of the sign and took over responsibility for its maintenance. The sign was then shortened to simply “Hollywood” to reference the city below. In 1973, it was officially declared a Historical Landmark by LA’s Cultural Heritage Board. To this day, the legendary marker can be spotted throughout the City of Angels.

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    Cruise Santa Monica in Style

    On your next visit to Santa Monica, lose the crowds and take charge of your own tour by renting a...

    On your next visit to Santa Monica, lose the crowds and take charge of your own tour by renting a bike and hitting up the Marvin Braude Bike Path. Locals love this inexpensive and green way to explore the city. Also known as “The Strand,” the Marvin Braude Bike Path is a multi-use, recreational trail that stretches 22 miles down the Pacific Coastline, making it an excellent way to discover Santa Monica without worrying about getting lost. The trail is also friendly to foot traffic, but we recommend biking to cover more distance. You can rent a bike at Will Rogers State Park and take it all the way to the end of the trail at Torrance County Beach. You’ll have no issues seeing the many hotspots that Santa Monica has to offer, all while getting in some great exercise and people-watching along the way.

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    Your Start to Surfing in Santa Monica

    Whether you’re looking for private or group lessons, there are tons of opportunities to hone your surfing skills on nearby shores....

    With a number of surf schools and instructors to learn from, Santa Monica offers beginners a stellar selection of resources. All visitors have to do is glance at the waves by Santa Monica Pier to see the immense popularity of surfing in the area. With that said, whether you’re looking for private or group lessons, there are tons of opportunities to hone your surfing skills on nearby shores.

    It’s important to remember that the waters of Santa Monica can sometimes be crowded with surfers, so hitting the waves earlier in the day or during the week can guarantee you some more open water. Additionally, before setting off for a day of surfing, it’s always a good idea to go online and check the surfing conditions in Los Angeles. The ocean swell, tides, and the wind are all factors that affect the water’s surfing conditions. Also, the waters of Santa Monica Bay tend to be on the chillier side, so we recommend wearing a wetsuit to keep warm in the water.

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    Making Healthy Strides near Ocean Drive

    Health is wealth, and if you’re staying with us here in Santa Monica, that is a commitment that we want...

    Health is wealth, and if you’re staying with us here in Santa Monica, that is a commitment that we want to make to you. It’s no secret that Californians love to stay active — by being mindful as a community, we have been able to incorporate wellness into our everyday lives. Some of the best parts about our brand is that we have made fitness and health extremely accessible to all of our guests. Each guest room is allotted two daily passes to our neighboring gym, 24-Hour Fitness, as well as complimentary beach cruiser rentals upon availability. We also have to mention the great running path more formally known as “The Strand” that stretches from Santa Monica Pier to Venice Beach. And we even have products available for purchase in our hotel from EarthBar, a health-conscious company created and based out of Southern California. We hope when you choose to stay with us at Ocean View Hotel that you are able to indulge in all the healthy amenities we have available for you to enjoy!  

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    Let Your Inner Leprechaun out in Santa Monica

    The time has come to grab all your green gear and go grab yourself a green beer. One of our...

    The time has come to grab all your green gear and go grab yourself a green beer. One of our favorite holidays has arrived, and we couldn't be more excited to spend the day celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. In Southern California, we love to party and this holiday gives us the perfect excuse — we have tons of great bars to visit in Santa Monica, but if you’re going to go out this year, you need to do it right. O'Brien's Irish Pub, Sonny McLean’s Irish Pub, Ye Olde King’s Head, and Jameson’s Pub are all traditional Irish bars that are just five minutes from our hotel. When you step inside, it feels like you are stepping right out of LA and right into a small pub in Ireland. All of these pubs serve traditional Shepard's Pie and Guinness, so grab your gang and get ready to hit the streets of Santa Monica this leprechaun season. 

      

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    Say Merlot to Santa Monica Wine Fest

    Wine Country is coming to Santa Monica the weekend of February 23rd and 24th. This one weekend celebration will be...

    Wine Country is coming to Santa Monica the weekend of February 23rd and 24th. This one weekend celebration will be debuting wines from all around the world in one eccentric location — the Barker Hanger. What better way to taste international wines then being surrounded by airplanes and runways, it seems pretty fitting to us. The event will have three separate tasting times and VIP tickets available for those that would like to elevate their experience. Each session will last three hours and are completely unlimited, which is ideal for those guests that enjoy multiple types of wine. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Surfrider Foundation, an organization that focuses their efforts on protecting and enjoying the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches. This one-of-a-kind event will have great food that will pair well with your tastings, and every type of grape you can imagine to wash it all down. Purchase your tickets ahead of time right here — it's time for Santa Monica's very own wine experience — sip, sip, HOORAY!

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    Bring in the Lunar New Year in Santa Monica

    It’s the end of an era, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate. Come help the city of Santa Monica...

    It’s the end of an era, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate. Come help the city of Santa Monica ring in the Lunar New Year on Saturday, January 25th. This year we will commemorate the year of the rat with cultural dancing, delicious food, and a whole lot of fun. Some of our favorite events include the Chinese Lion Dance, stilt walkers, elaborate costumes, and of course, the food.

    Although the year of the rat may sound a little less desirable than some of the other animals, it is actually an omen of surplus and wealth! It is the first sign of all the Zodiac, making it a powerful and youthful sign. Don’t run away from the rodent this 2020, the Lunar New Year will only bring you closer to what your heart truly desires. Stop by this years festival, you may just pick up more than you bargained for! 

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    The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Is in Santa Monica

    It’s December, which means it's officially holiday season on the Third Street Promenade! Join the city of Santa Monica for...

    It’s December, which means it's officially holiday season on the Third Street Promenade! Join the city of Santa Monica for their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 5th and the fun festivities that will be happening all month long. The tree lighting is a spectacular time to visit the promenade—the glittering lights of the tree will really help give your holiday cheer a little boost. Get your photo or your pet's pic with Santa and Mrs. Claus, right in the center of the action, but not before you lace up your skates and hit the ice to get you feeling like you're really in the north-pole. Winterlit will be available during the weekends to squeeze in shopping for holiday decorations and gifts. There will also be the annual Menorah lighting beginning on December 22nd. We can’t help but smile, because in our opinion it's finally the most wonderful time of the year! 

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    What Took You so Long to Visit Little Tokyo?

    We love our little spot by the beach, but a trip to Los Angeles is not complete until you make...

    We love our little spot by the beach, but a trip to Los Angeles is not complete until you make a stop at one of the many eccentric neighborhoods that are hidden all around the city. One of our favorite places to spend the afternoon is in Little Tokyo. This electric spot is a happy medium between tradition and modern waves. Little Tokyo sprouted up in 1886 and has been evolving ever since—you can find great ramen here as well as ancient Japanese gardens and authentic shops. Just like Japan, it doesn’t secure a large amount of space, but do not let the size of Little Tokyo prevent you from experiencing this larger-than-life cultural attraction. Stroll along East Temple Street to feel like you just hopped on a private jet to take spend a Saturday afternoon on the island itself. We have no doubt that you will be wowed by this cool, eclectic neighborhood while visiting us here at the Ocean View Hotel. 

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    Bring Your Imagination to the California Heritage Museum

    California is a beautifully dynamic state, full of creative people and wonderful displays. If your fall trip brings you all...

    California is a beautifully dynamic state, full of creative people and wonderful displays. If your fall trip brings you all the way out to the west coast, we suggest that you make a stop at the California Heritage Museum right around the corner. This sweet little museum is situated in the heart of Santa Monica in a historic home that was once owned by Roy Jones, son of the founder of Santa Monica. In the 1970s, this historic home was completely moved from its original location to the center of Main Street and declared an Official City Landmark. This landmark now holds rotating exhibits and lots of unique collections throughout the year. Aside from the obvious art that is included in a visit to the Roy Jones house, you can find a food truck festival every Tuesday night, our local farmers market every Sunday morning, and through the end of the month, an annual flea market in this exact location. Complete your Santa Monica visit in true Californian fashion, right in the heart of Main Street.

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    Santa Monica Pier Celebrates 110 Years!

    Stick up for the Santa Monica Pier this Monday, September 9th. Santa Monica is celebrating 110 years of this iconic...

    Stick up for the Santa Monica Pier this Monday, September 9th. Santa Monica is celebrating 110 years of this iconic structure by inviting everyone to come down for free and discounted family-friendly rides. Did you know that if it wasn’t for the protests in the 1970s to protect the adjacent piers, that the skyline of Santa Monica could look much different today? If you are a history buff or just a stone-cold Santa Monica lover, come down to Ocean Avenue on the 8th and 9th to watch the reenactment of the 1972 grassroots fight to stop the demolition of the Santa Monica Pier. We know this pier is full of learning potential—from the start of its creation for fishing lessons to the aquarium—and simply the value of quality time with the people you love most. But if there is one important thing you take away from the piers 110th birthday, is the power of protest for the things we believe in! 

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    Jazzin' up the Park in August

    Jazz on the Lawn returns this summer for the fourteenth year in a row. Fold up your summer blanket and...

    Jazz on the Lawn returns this summer for the fourteenth year in a row. Fold up your summer blanket and pack those dancing shoes, because Sunday night at Gandara Park is the spot you need to be! This concert series has been a local favorite for over a decade. Head over to the park around 4 pm to enjoy family-friendly activities as well as free dance lessons before the show is underway. If you’re more of an observer, have no fear—there are plenty of spaces around the park that you can settle in and get your weekly dose of people watching. This series is completely free to enjoy and there will even be some of the area's most popular food trucks parked around the vicinity of Gandara Park. Come out and enjoy these last tasty California summer nights with good people, delicious food, and even better music! You can find the full line up for August right here. 

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    Celebrate Independence Day in True Ocean Fashion

    Santa Monica is the perfect place to dig your feet in the sand and stay for a while—especially during the...

    Santa Monica is the perfect place to dig your feet in the sand and stay for a while—especially during the holidays. The Fourth of July is a particularly busy time in the beach areas, as people from all over the country flock to the pier for the famous weather and laid back atmosphere. But you can expect a little action this Fourth. Deck yourself out in red, white, and blue and head down to Main Street for this year's annual parade festivities. The 13th Annual Fourth Of July Parade will begin at 9:30 am and is a perfect place to start your daily celebrations. If fireworks are what you seek, be sure to check out all the light-filled shows that surround the Santa Monica area. Fireworks are not permitted directly on the beach, but there are plenty of shows to choose from HERE.  We hope your Fourth is filled with a little red, a little white, and a lot of boom! 

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    Cheer on Your Peers at Pier 360

    Calling all athletes: Pier 360 is here and it's time for you to showcase your athleticism this June. Summertime in Santa...

    Calling all athletes: Pier 360 is here and it's time for you to showcase your athleticism this June. Summertime in Santa Monica brings the most perfectly balanced weather to the area, it’s still cool in the evening but is flawlessly sunny during the day. This is the best weather for the Pier 360 event. Pier 360 is Southern California’s way of celebrating the beach culture that has cultivated here since the beginning. The celebrations are held through a series of sports that are iconic to the Southern California area like swimming, skating, and beach running. The festival will take place for two full days right underneath the Santa Monica Pier and will include these athletic competitions as well as food vendors, live music and cocktails. Strut your stuff in one of the many competitions throughout the weekend or be a spectator of sorts while cheering on all the dedicated athletes, this event is here for a great time and a great cause. 

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    Playland Is a Perfect Place for the Kid at Heart

    Are you still a kid at heart? Then the Playland Arcade might be the perfect afternoon outing for you and...

    Are you still a kid at heart? Then the Playland Arcade might be the perfect afternoon outing for you and your friends. Playland is located right on the Santa Monica Pier, and with over 200 different arcade games to choose from, you could truly make an entire day scheduled around it. The arcade has adjusted hours for the summertime so that you can actually get your gaming fix on as early as 9 am all summer long. Playland has been a staple spot to visit while in Santa Monica for years because of its ideal location right in the heart of the hustle and bustle. But the best part about this arcade is that there is a game for everyone in attendance. Whether you come with your kids, friends, or even parents, we guarantee a heavy dose of nostalgia and big smiles! 

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    See Whats in the Sea in Santa Monica

    Get your feet wet at the Santa Monica Aquarium this Earth Day! April is a very important month in California....

    Get your feet wet at the Santa Monica Aquarium this Earth Day! April is a very important month in California. We love our ocean and the life that it brings to our community. A fun way to get involved and support the local ecosystem is by celebrating Earth Day at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium with Heal the Bay. The aquarium has over one-hundred different local species from the sea and tons of hands-on activities like touch tanks and the Sand Crab Science exhibit for the little ones. Learn about the kelp forests that make up much of the Pacific Ocean, and learn how to become less of an impact on the sea no matter where you are visiting from. Come out on April 22nd to support this awesome organization and to learn a little bit more about the West Coast of the United States. 

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    Happy Hunting in Santa Monica

    Throw a little fun into your vacation the virtual way and win a prize while you do it! Did you...

    Throw a little fun into your vacation the virtual way and win a prize while you do it! Did you know that Santa Monica has it’s very own scavenger hunt put on by Downtown Santa Monica and the Third Street Promenade? The rules are simple — start by following @DTSantaMonica on Instagram. Next, you’ll need to take a photo of the answers to each clue and post to your Instagram page with the hashtag #DTSantaMonica. Be sure to tag @DTSantaMonica in each post. Once you find all the clues and answers go claim your prize at Parking Structure 4 with one of the ambassadors. You can find all the clues here. It is one prize per contestant and you can totally do it at your leisure — happy hunting and good luck!

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    The Streets of Santa Monica! 

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    Forage at the Farmers Market, Santa Monica Style

    If there is one thing we love in the great state of California, it has to be the Farmers Market!...

    If there is one thing we love in the great state of California, it has to be the Farmers Market! These local markets are a staple in Southern California society and are a way of life for many people in the area. Fresh food and sunshine are what we thrive off of. The Santa Monica Farmers Market is open every Wednesday, rain or shine, on Arizona Avenue between 4th and Ocean. 

    Check out the selection of fresh fruits, seasonal vegetables, baked goods, and prepared foods while listening to local musicians and people watching. Buying local food isn’t just good for the environment, it's great for the Santa Monica community and your belly too. Local foods are always more flavorful and fresh — that is why you can spot tons of Southern California chefs picking out their ingredients right here at the Downtown Farmers Market of Santa Monica. 

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    Workout Your Muscles at Muscle Beach

    New Year's Resolutions are in high gear this month — everyone is eating healthy and heading back to the gym....

    New Year's Resolutions are in high gear this month — everyone is eating healthy and heading back to the gym. A fun way to exercise during your visit to Santa Monica is by visiting Muscle Beach, just a short distance away. Workout alongside muscular men and women and try your best to keep up with their intense routines. If a group workout isn’t really your thing, you can still hit this outdoor calisthenics gym at your own pace. 

    Being outdoors and exerting your muscles is a fun way to get in shape and an even better way to people watch. After your workout, you can stroll on the beach or catch a healthy snack on your walk back to the hotel. Muscle beach has been an iconic spot for bodybuilders and tourists to visit over the many years it has been around. Check out this active and iconic spot! 

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    Watch the Sky Light up in Santa Monica

    What is New Year's Eve without fireworks? That is one of the best ways to ring in the new year! ...

    What is New Year's Eve without fireworks? That is one of the best ways to ring in the new year! Santa Monica is the perfect spot for firework viewing because you don’t just get one show you get two. Of course the iconic Santa Monica Pier lights up the sky with their fiery show of impressive fireworks, but if you are nestled on the beach you will definitely catch a glimpse of the fireworks from Marina del Rey and private fireworks from the houses in Malibu, making this spot the place to be on New Years Eve! The Pier is open until 12:30 am but our suggestion is to grab a towel, a couple of snacks and beverages, a blanket and head down to Santa Monica beach early and get settled into the perfect spot while you wait for this magnificent annual night show to begin. 

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