Monday, October 1, 2007

California Dreaming

When you are next in Los Angeles, forget the Mondrian, drive past the Beverly Hills, ignore the Beverly Wilshire and head for a fabulous beach holiday in Santa Monica at Shutters Hotel on the Beach. I’ve been going there for well over a decade. It’s a Hampton Beach resort transported to California. Two great restaurants, One Pico and Coast, serve healthy, clean, fresh California food; fantastic seafood, great fish, with a terrific collection of cold American and French white wines to wash it down. They have Becks, Heineken and Stella cold in the fridge, and have just opened a beach valet service where they provide you with everything you need for fun and games in the Pacific. Shutters also has bikes for rent on one of the most fun bike paths in the world, running along the Pacific coast and through Venice Beach, where you can still see every freak and weirdo from the last four decades. Staying at Shutters you can almost feel the sand between your toes and the place has tremendous service and a great country house feel. My advice is to get one of the rooms in the big house at the back of the hotel overlooking the pool and the beach. You’ll find the big, flat screen LG televisions and great movie selection perfect aids in overcoming jetlag. And remember, you are less than 30 minutes from the airport and about the same in a straight line from Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Living well is the best revenge.

4 comments:

Susan Plunkett said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEGmd-3Gg-s

Piotr Jakubowski said...

One of my fondest memories from the beaches of California is from my friend's house on Manhattan Beach just south of LAX. As far as I remember, it was far enough that we couldn't hear the planes landing, but close enough for a quick drive to the airport.

It's funny how there are small little nooks and crannies like this among the metropoli of the world. A recluse for people overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of life.

Susan Plunkett said...

Piotr.. I was reminded yesterday of the show 'Green Acres'. I can still sing the theme song to it :) Fresh air and Times Square. I also think scattered open spaces and simplicity important to (balance) city life.

George Parker said...

Kevin...
Shutters is great... But only if the client is picking up the tab for the world's most expensive shoot.
Cheers/George