Los Angeles, California




Shutters on the Beach sits directly on the sand, a block from the Santa Monica Pier. This luxury hotel has the feel of a 1920’s New England beach resort – sophisticated, yet comfortable.  For me, absolutely nothing beats falling asleep to the sound of the ocean. The rooms are spacious and stylish, some have fireplaces; all have a balcony. The hotel’s spa One, offers full spa services. Shutters has 2 restaurants, the upscale One Pico and the more casual Pedals – both offer great meals. One Pico has perhaps the best Mother’s Day Brunch in L.A. After a rejuvenating walk along the beach, head to nearby Main Street for some of L.A.’s best shopping.

One Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Avalon Hotel


There is certainly no shortage of hip hotels in Los Angeles, but some stand out above the rest. My pick is Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. The small boutique hotel is hard to find, tucked between tall buildings and trees on Olympic Boulevard.

Custom designed contemporary pieces mingle with vintage mid-20th century classics to create a comfortable and chic hideaway. The rooms are spacious and each includes a separate sitting area; many have private patios. The hotel’s restaurant Blue on Blue features modern American cuisine and was named one of Food & Wine’s “50 Best Hotel Restaurants.” Avalon’s most architecturally beautiful and striking feature it it’s figure eight shaped pool lined with restaurant tables and cozy cabanas. Whether you’re visiting for work or pleasure, ease into the night sipping on the bar’s signature drink, the Blue Avalon (Bacardi, Malibu, blue curacao, Sprite and pineapple juice), in a poolside cabana.

9400 West Olympic Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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