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    Thanksgiving Made Easy in Santa Monica

    With the holidays quickly approaching we decided that you should take a spin on your regular Thanksgiving tradition and try to approach it California style....

    With the holidays quickly approaching we decided that you should take a spin on your regular Thanksgiving tradition and try to approach it California style. Every year, people from all over the country gather around the kitchen to cook and watch football as they prepare their holiday feast, but have you ever considered leaving the mess behind and having a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner out on the town? 

    All over Santa Monica, restaurants offer a Prix Fixe Menu to diners that are looking to get out of their normal holiday routine. The best part about this style of Thanksgiving is that you can actually spend more one-on-one time with your entire family. Check out a complete list of the restaurants in Santa Monica that are offering a no-stress Thanksgiving meal this holiday season right here. We wish you all the best to a great start to this year's holiday season!

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    Spin Your Wheels on the Santa Monica Bike Path

    Take your trip to the streets and rent a bicycle to ride down Santa Monica’s incredible 26-mile bike trail. ...

    Take your trip to the streets and rent a bicycle to ride down Santa Monica’s incredible 26-mile bike trail. This trail stretches from Santa Monica all the way to Venice Beach — and it's an enjoyable way to see the ocean side of this part of California and immerse yourself in the diverse culture. The people watching on this route is completely satisfying from the street performers to the incredible central California fashion. 

    There are tons of bike rental shops all throughout this trail and beach cruisers can be rented for the full day or just a half day. They also offer different type of bike tours depending on their audience, that stop at all the most interesting points in Santa Monica. This great outdoor activity is a perfect way to sneak in a full workout while still having a fun day on vacation!

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    The World's Only Park on a Pier

    You haven’t truly seen the city of Santa Monica without a pitstop to our beloved and iconic Santa Monica Pier, a must-see while staying in Southern California....

    You haven’t truly seen the city of Santa Monica without a pitstop to our beloved and iconic Santa Monica Pier, a must-see while visiting Southern California. We would venture to say that whether you have already visited our little corner of the world or not, you are probably familiar with this quintessential stop. One of the coolest things about our pier is Pacific Park, a lively little theme park that looks over the ocean and the beach. Try your luck at the arcade games or ride a roller coaster late into the evening, Pacific Park is a really fun way to experience Santa Monica. For the last 20 years we have been lucky enough to be the only city with a theme park on a pier. Be sure to visit the world's one and only pier park during your next stay in Los Angeles. 

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    Health Benefits of Walking on the Beach

    Imagine the sun rising over the golden sands of the Pacific coastline. Santa Monica beaches are the most beautiful early in the morning. Take a light stroll to increase your oxygen while connecting with nature....

    Imagine the sun rising over the golden sands of the Pacific coastline. Santa Monica beaches are the most beautiful early in the morning. Take a light stroll to increase your oxygen while connecting with nature. Walking on the sand provides more of a workout than you may think. Activate those dormant muscles and utilize the tendons that have been cruising through life. Each step on the sand uses 2.1 to 2.7 more energy than walking on a hard surface. Plus the environment is so relaxing you will likely go further and for longer than you realize. Open your mind and connect with Mother Nature while breaking a sweat. Depending on the time of day, you will also be absorbing Vitamin D from the sun rays. For an added dose of fun, take off your shoes and feel the soft sand under your feet, a perfect start to any day.

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    Picnic Under The Cali Sky

    Los Angeles is one of the most eclectic culinary cities in the world. With thousands of five-star restaurants to choose from, it’s easy to get lost in the food maze. However, not all great meals need a star rating. After spending the day seaside on our Santa Monica beach, we suggest heading over to the California Heritage Museum located on Main St. for their weekly Tuesday Food Truck Bazaar. ...

    Los Angeles is one of the most eclectic culinary cities in the world. With thousands of five-star restaurants to choose from, it’s easy to get lost in the food maze. However, not all great meals need a star rating. After spending the day seaside on our Santa Monica beach, we suggest heading over to the California Heritage Museum located on Main St. for their weekly Tuesday Food Truck Bazaar. Every week they boast an array of delicious and diverse gourmet trucks, and the organizers keep things fresh by showcasing new trucks weekly. Examples of popular vendors are ZemaTruck Latin Vibes (latin), the Big Cheese Truck (grilled cheese), Merguez Et Al (Mediterranean), and Black Flour (crepes). Bring a small blanket to sit on the lawn and experience a soul-stirring Santa Monica sunset. Enjoy and Bon Appetite.

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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. ...

    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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    A Night at Universal City Walk: It’s Not Just for Kids

    Whether your vacation plans include going to Universal Studios, you can still visit Universal City Walk for a night of dining, shopping, music, and more. We know it seems a little touristy, but tasting the magic is a guilty pleasure even the most seasoned traveler can enjoy....

    Whether your vacation plans include going to Universal Studios, you can still visit Universal City Walk for a night of dining, shopping, music, and more. We know it seems a little touristy, but tasting the magic is a guilty pleasure even the most seasoned traveler can enjoy. For casual dining, devour Pink’s Famous Hot Dogs or transport to the Florida Keys at newly added Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. Cruise by the Universal Store to load up on your favorite characters. Bring a Minion home or snag some Harry Potter garb, the enigmatic isles may encourage you to visit Universal Studios. After shopping, dueling pianos await at Howl at the Moon. Come prepared with golden oldies or challenge the pianist to some modern jams. If you’ve never been, let us use one word to describe it, “unbelievable!” Spring weather makes wandering the miniature metropolis a joy, but pack a light jacket in case spring temperatures drop.

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    The Museum of Selfies: Yeah, It’s a Thing

    Ever since primitive artists created crude depictions of themselves on cave walls, humans have been obsessed with their own images....

    Ever since primitive artists created crude depictions of themselves on cave walls, humans have been obsessed with their own images. From Van Gogh’s self-portrait with a bandage covering his missing ear, to Frida Kahlo’s artistic revelations of her affection for monkeys and her own unibrow, artists throughout history have found ways to depict themselves in a variety of media, and the Museum of Selfies is a must-see. From a throne made entirely of selfie sticks, to a variety of interactive and selfie-friendly installations, the museum is pure fun from start to finish.

    Showing through May 31, the Museum of Selfies is a place to take a look at the work of those who painted, sculpted, drew, or cast themselves throughout history. Guests can browse and explore, take advantage of some epic art, and take some cool snaps of their own. So, whether you feel that selfie enthusiasts are duck-lipping narcissists, or new-wave, pop-culture artists, you’ll definitely want to check it out. And, yes, you can bring your selfie stick - in fact, they may not let you in the door without it. For more information, click here.

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    Elevate Your Sightseeing: Three Santa Monica Spots Worth Visiting

    Venture out for a day filled with fun, history, and mystique--just off the beaten path are cool and unusual spots worth visiting. Check out our top three for a day to remember. ...

    Venture out for a day filled with fun, history, and mystique--just off the beaten path are cool and unusual spots worth visiting. Check out our top three for a day to remember.

    Route 66: End of the Trail

    See where the first highway in the U.S. highway system meets its end at the edge of the Santa Monica Pier. Symbolizing that only the Pacific Ocean has the power to stop the “Mother Road.” Get ready for Instagram-worthy shots and cool ocean breezes.

    Frank Gehry’s Home

    Observe the home where Frank Gehry lived himself--situated inside a calm Santa Monica neighborhood, his iconic architecture makes this home unmissable. Located at the intersection of 22nd street and Washington Avenue, please respect the current residents, but make sure to pass by and enjoy from the outside.

    jAdis: Legendary Prop Shop

    Explore the eccentric collection of one man’s scientific instruments and sci-fi movie paraphernalia. Opened for 30 years, this spot is an institution and draws visitors near and far. Located at 2701 Main St, Santa Monica, once you see the quirky window, you have arrived.

    Treat yourself to a spring day outdoors exploring the local culture and history of Santa Monica. 

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    Romance in Santa Monica | Celebrate Your Love the Green Way

    Ocean View Hotel Santa Monica has been helping couples reduce their carbon footprint while spending quality time together since 2007. Holder of the Santa Monica Green Business Certification, we take eco-responsibility seriously, so that you don’t have to. ...

    Ocean View Hotel Santa Monica has been helping couples reduce their carbon footprint while spending quality time together since 2007. Holder of the Santa Monica Green Business Certification, we take eco-responsibility seriously, so that you don’t have to.

    Treat your beloved to a romantic getaway in one of the most naturally beautiful areas of the world, while enjoying our state-of-the-art hotel. Everything from LED lighting, to water efficient fixtures, to our sustainable laundry practices, helps make our hotel luxurious without the guilt. Take your love to new levels by rekindling your relationship with an eco-friendly bike ride along the Santa Monica Pier, or a lazy day spent at the beach. Pick up complimentary towels and fresh baked cookies, house amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We suggest passing by Santa Monica Main Street Farmer’s Market for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day, followed by a oceanside picnic of farm-fresh goodies. We look forward to celebrating your relationships this February. For reservations click here

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    New Year’s Resolutions For the California Traveler

    We understand the difficulties of keeping new year’s resolutions. New year, new you, or same you, just the best version possible. Follow these three simple suggestions to be the best California traveler yet. ...

    We understand the difficulties of keeping new year’s resolutions. New year, new you, or same you, just the best version possible. Follow these three simple suggestions to be the best California traveler yet.

    Get Fit: Ocean View Hotel is just a stones throw away from the Santa Monica Pier, making it easy to go for a sweat-breaking run along the coast or take a leisurely stroll. However, if you are craving a heart-pounding gym session, take advantage of our complimentary passes to 24 Fitness. There are no excuses.

    Live Life to the Fullest: Whether that means reading a soul-stirring book on our balconies or challenging yourself to a day of surfing--find what excites you and ride that wave.

    Relax: Stash your smartphone at the bottom of your beach bag and snag a complimentary towel--a day at the beach is the optimal way to relax, unwind, and reset.

    Start 2018 with a renewed sense of self and beach glow. We can’t wait to support you on your journey.

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    Visiting Santa Monica for the Holidays: Indulge in Festive Traditions

    Time to lift your holiday spirits. Santa Monica is centrally located and provides the ideal spot to spend time with your loved ones while creating new traditions. Here’s a list of our top three winter-time activities: ...

    Time to lift your holiday spirits. Santa Monica is centrally located and provides the ideal spot to spend time with your loved ones while creating new traditions. Here’s a list of our top three winter-time activities:

    Ice Skating: ICE Santa Monica

    80 degree weather does not prevent tourist and locals from flocking to this 8,000 square foot rink. Flex your skills or hold each others hands while navigating this tricky terrain for a festive time.

    ICE Santa Monica, 1324 5th Street, corner of 5th and Arizona

    The Nutcracker Ballet: Broad Stage at Santa Monica Performing Arts Center

    Visit the sugar plum fairies and the dreams of youth while enjoying this classic ballet.

    Broad Stage, Santa Monica Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Disneyland:Christmas Fantasy

    Get into the mood with Mickey and the crew. Main Street USA is strewn with sparkling lights and the 60 foot Christmas tree towers over with holiday cheer. Not to mention, it may be one of the only time you get to see “snow” in Southern California.

    Disneyland, 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802

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    Enjoy Santa Monica Like A Local: What To See & Do

    Visiting Santa Monica for a couple of days? Let us be your expert guide on fun activities the whole crew will enjoy. ...

    Visiting Santa Monica for a couple of days? Let us be your expert guide on fun activities the whole crew will enjoy.

    See The Santa Monica Pier - Visit the historic landmark that has been a Los Angeles prize since 1909. Whether it’s your first time or you’ve been before, spend the day on the 360-degree Ferris wheel, pop into the aquarium, ride the roller coaster, or just go for brilliant people watching and dinning.

    Stroll Around Will Rogers State Beach - Skip the busy beach next to the pier and head to Will Rogers for a quiet day on the Pacific Ocean. Pack a picnic for a unforgettable time under the sun.

    Catch A Flick At The Aero Theater - Feeling nostalgic? Catch an old-fashioned movie at the Aero Theater on Montana Avenue for an iconic Los Angeles movie moment. The flicks are seasonally themed, so get into the fall mood with a festive matinee.

    We hope you enjoy your stay in our classic laid-back beach town!

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    It's Time to Celebrate Halloween!

    Californians like to celebrate, and with our year-round al fresco weather, it’s easy. Join half a million costumed monster, goblins, and ghouls, at the WeHo Carnaval on Halloween night from 6 to 11 p.m. Join Los Angeles’ most creative glitter-clad crowd for a night of musical acts, celebrations, and more....

    Californians like to celebrate, and with our year-round al fresco weather, it’s easy. Join half a million costumed monster, goblins, and ghouls, at the WeHo Carnaval on Halloween night from 6 to 11 p.m. Join Los Angeles’ most creative glitter-clad crowd for a night of musical acts, celebrations, and more.

    Taking place along the one-mile stretch of Santa Monica Blvd, watch as West Hollywood is transformed into the biggest Halloween celebration of it’s kind in the world. Grab your festive spirit and head into the excitement. Expert tip: arrive early to enjoy all of the entertainment that takes place over six stages. Previous years have included performances by Pink, Robyn, Boy George, a Rocky Horror Picture Show tribute featuring Tim Curry and more. You never know who you are going to run in to. However, this event is adult only, so leave the little ghosts and ghouls at home. We hope you have a great time, and Happy Halloween! For more information, visit West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval.

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    Visit The Los Angeles County Museum of Art This Fall

    Museums visits are on the rise with 850 million visits per year in America--outranking major sporting events and theme parks combined. Fortunately, Los Angeles is home to one of the biggest cultural institutions and art museums in the western United States. Head to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) during fall for a perfect day spent visiting various exhibitions and enjoying the crisp weather outside. With over 128,000 pieces of work, there is plenty for everyone to see, and exhibits cater to contemporary art lovers too. ...

    Museums visits are on the rise with 850 million visits per year in America--outranking major sporting events and theme parks combined. Fortunately, Los Angeles is home to one of the biggest cultural institutions and art museums in the western United States. Head to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) during fall for a perfect day spent visiting various exhibitions and enjoying the crisp weather outside.With over 128,000 pieces of work, there is plenty for everyone to see, and exhibits cater to contemporary art lovers too.

    Currently on view is Chagall, Fantasies For The Stage, featuring the elaborate costume design by famed artist Marc Chagall. Ornate and mysterious creations are on view from four famous ballets. Enjoy the visual feast highlighting his creative contributions to Aleko by Pytor Tchaikovsky, The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky, Daphnis and Chloe by Maurice Ravel, and The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Once you have finished the exhibition, head over their hip onsite C+M coffee shop for a decadent boozy milkshake or craft baked cookies and gourmet sandwiches.

    Los Angeles County Museum of Arts, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angles, CA 90036

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    The Three Best Spots to Shop in Santa Monica

    Santa Monica is known for it’s charming pedestrian friendly streets with stunning coastal views, making it one of our favorite places to shop. Below you will find our breakdown of the best shopping districts. ...

    Santa Monica is known for it’s charming pedestrian friendly streets with stunning coastal views, making it one of our favorite places to shop. Below you will find our breakdown of the best shopping districts.

    Third Street Promenade

    Hands down the most famous shopping area in town, select from dozens of stores ranging from Bloomingdales to Nordstrom to J.Crew to mom and pop kiosks. Catch a street performer in between stores and enjoy the fresh California air.

    Montana Avenue

    A quaint Westside favorite, take a stroll and check out Splendid, Clare V, Benefit, Planet Blue, and more. Easy to navigate and expertly curated, this street has it all. Need a break? Burrow into one of the many charming restaurants or coffee shops to refuel.

    Main Street

    Head to the southern tip of Santa Monica for an eclectic vintage shopping extravaganza. Bordering Venice, Main Street has all the funk and excitement of a treasure hunt – with custom surfboards, vintage jean jackets, and California memorabilia all on the list.

    Now that you have our insider’s list, grab your sunglasses and head for the shops!

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