L.A.’s Best Day Trip

Contributing editor Carolynn Carreño takes us on a low-key “daycation” of strolling canals, bohemian shops, and gourmet cafés in her favorite neighborhood, Venice Beach.

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Venice Beach Eco Cottage rentals
Photographer Thomas J. Story

Stay Awhile

Venice doesn’t have a hotel, per se. For that, you have to go a couple miles to Santa Monica. For a unique lodging experience, check into the Eco Cottages (447 Grand Blvd.; 866/802-3110 or venicebeachecocottages.com). The three houses, each with its own decor, offer the amenities of home―an albeit tiny but adorable home. For a more traditional experience, go north a mile to Santa Monica, to the recently redone Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows (101 Wilshire Blvd.; 866/540-4470 or fairmont.com/santamonica) or the swanky Viceroy (1819 Ocean Ave.; 800/670-6185 or viceroysantamonica.com). Want to stay a little longer? Rent for a week or a month at the darling Venice Beach Cottages. (Weekly rates start at $1,595; vrbo.com/117220; can sleep up to six.) This would be my perfect daycation home.

Left: Eco Cottage rentals are solar-powered retreats four blocks from the beach.

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100 Comfy Cottage Rooms 

Develop your coastal cottage’s style by following these simple tricks.

Lacy curtains, fresh florals, and plenty of monogrammed pillows are just a few of the feminine touches that give this room its calming and sweet mood. Pieces scored at thrift stores and flea markets were refreshed with paint, then artfully applied to achieve the shabby-chic distressed look.