I was in need of an escape from the craziness that is LA. A quick drive away is Venice Beach. It reminds me a bit of Byron Bay in Australia. Eek, I still need to share my Aussie posts with you guys. I guess all of California kind of reminded me of Australia in a way. The beach, the coastline, the healthy lifestyle, and the beautiful scenery.
It was a nice change in pace to escape to this seaside spot.
The Kinney is just a short walk away from the iconic street, Abbot Kinney. As if The Kinney wasn’t already one of the most colorful hotels I’ve visited, you open the door to the Crash Pad Suite and it is a colorful feast for the eyes! Decorated with popular pop art, jewel tones and unique patterns I wasn’t sure where to look first. See for yourself
Crash Pad Suite Bonus: it is right off the quad, meaning you open your door to the pool area!
The location is perfect. Just a short walk from Abbot Kinney, the main shopping street, Venice Beach Boardwalk, the Venice Canals and the Santa Monica Pier!
Every inch of this place screams wanderlust, literally. There is a huge neon sign that says Wanderlust! Continental breakfast is included in your stay and an added bonus is that you can rent bicycles for just $5! This is less expensive than an Uber so I highly recommend. Plus, you’ll get to feel like a local! There are bikes everywhere.
SEE & DO
Exact location not needed. You can walk up and down Abbot Kinney and spot them. If you’re like me an always looking around, these won’t be hard to miss. Here are a few of my favorites:
Bike/Walk the Boardwalk to Santa Monica Pier
I’m not much of a boardwalk fan and you will see some interesting stuff. It is pretty commercialized and a tourist trap nonetheless, but I had to throw this in. If you’re hungry, eat at the Venice Ale House. There are a ton of healthy options and there is a gluten free menu!
I recommend making this walk in the late afternoon. Be sure to be on the left side of the pier for sunset. It makes for beautiful photos!
Shop on Abbot Kinney
DUH! This is a must. Even if you don’t feel like shopping it’s fun just to walk down the street sipping coffee or a fresh squeezed juice with a good girlfriend by your side.
This is a ‘grammers DREAM! And when I mentioned earlier that Venice Beach reminded me of Byron Bay, this place was one of the reasons why. It is completely plant based restaurant, café and juice bar. It is mostly vegan and gluten free- can I get an AMEN! These spots are so hard to find on the East Coast. Order the avocado toast and matcha latte- you won’t be disappointed. I mean, you could probably order just about anything on the menu and not be disappointed.
The eat well, live well slogan has never been more fitting for a restaurant. You’ll find seasonal dishes, gluten free and dairy free options, and fresh ingredients. Eat in or take out, but I suggest eating in and trying some of their delicious cocktails!
Drinks at Hotel Erwin
No worries, you don’t need to be a guest at Hotel Erwin to get rooftop access. Head over at sunset and enjoy an icy cold libation accompanied by the warm rays from the sun. Golden hour never looked so good.
Walk the Venice Canals
Obviously you have to do this! I had no idea how quirky some of the homes were. Some were painted neon yellow and others had their yards decorated with fake flamingos. There was a balance though, some beautiful Mexicali inspired homes were sprinkled throughout.
There you have it! We spent three short days here but I think we covered a lot of ground. Have you been to Venice Beach before? What are your must sees?
This post is written in partnership with Pacifica Hotels and The Kinney, as always, my opinions are my own.