Weekend Getaway: Santa Monica, California
Stay for a dreamy weekend: Three days of eating, drinking, and playing well in Southern California. Here, Travel Editor Tracey Minkin shares a perfectly planned itinerary.
Friday / 5 p.m.
Banish travel kinks (and let the wellness journey begin!) at The Raven Spa with a Traditional Thai massage, a life-changing (and fully clothed) bodywork event that combines rhythmic massage, acupressure, and deep stretching.
Friday / 8 p.m.
Get your taco fix at Blue Plate Taco, where the beach view is superb and the tacos are perfectly elevated.
Pictured: Public-pool glamour at Anneberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach
Saturday / 9 a.m.
Blow out the cobwebs with Core Fusion Barre at Exhale, a superb fitness studio/spa on the grounds of the Fairmont Miramar. Or, if an intense cardio spin studio is more your speed, walk down the beach to Cycle House, where spirited instructors make sure you seriously get your sweat on. Caffeinate at Dogtown Coffee, located in a former surf shop.
Saturday / 12 p.m.
Santa Monica locals have two wardrobes: one for work, and one for working out. Get in the flow—both fashion and vinyasa—at Australian fitness favorite Lorna Jane's U.S. flagship store and Sweaty Betty, the tribal-chic U.K. brand.
Pictured: Tongva Park, a downtown oasis that once was a large parking lot across from Santa Monica City Hall
Saturday / 4 p.m.
Hop on a complimentary BMW bike from the Fairmont Miramar for a breezy afternoon cruise on The Strand, part of a 22-mile paved path that runs along the coast. Refuel with a cold-pressed juice at Nékter Juice Bar.
Saturday / 7 p.m.
You've earned this: craft cocktails with a killer ocean view at The Penthouse at the Huntley Santa Monica Beach hotel. Regain your equilibrium with the stunning, Asian-inspired plates at Cassia.
Pictured: Santa Monica's sandy scene
Sunday / 8:30 a.m.
Whether you're here for the food or the celebrity-spotting, the Sunday Main Street Farmers Market is a Santa Monica must (just bring your own bag!). And bid a tasty farewell to the weekend with the reward of a fresh-baked pastry (or pizza) at Milo & Olive.
Pictured: The Bianca pizza at Milo & Olive
Where to Stay
The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, fronting Ocean Avenue (and just beyond, the beach and sea) is a luxurious trifecta. This historic hotel is home to a buzzing watering-hole scene; its 32 bungalows, recently imagined in bold oceanic palettes, are the perfect retreat for luxury- and privacy-seekers. Book it right now, here. Rates start at $439.