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 Technicolor Mural
Photographer Thomas J. Story

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No matter where else I’m headed on the boulevard, I try to make time to scan the shelves at Equator Books (1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; 310/399-5544 or equatorbooks.com). I also love the bright, fresh atmosphere of Vert (1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; 310/581-6126 or vertla.com), a sunlit shop showcasing natural products from perfumes and lotions to makeup, baby products, and candles―all chosen for being organic, environmentally friendly, or otherwise qualifying as, well, vert

Left: One of the city’s Technicolor murals

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