Safe Social Distancing Activities in Los Angeles During Coronavirus

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Safe Social Distancing

As Californians begin to adjust to new rules and regulations on where they can and can’t go due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are seeking options for getting out of their house in a safe way. Places like restaurants, bars, movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys and salons have now been ordered to shut down by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Gavin Newsom. However, there are still a number of safe ways Angelenos can participate in social distancing activities in Los Angeles.

 

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At Home Workouts

With gyms and hiking trails now closed, you can always get in shape right in your own home with a home workout. Fitness gurus and online publications offer plenty of advice on how you can continue staying active during this unprecedented time.




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Virtual Happy Hour

Just because bars and restaurants are closed doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy happy hour, with apps like Zoom and Houseparty gaining popularity for uniting groups of friends for a video celebration. Pour yourself a drink and toast the camera for a fun way to stay social during social distancing.




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Cook a New Recipe

With so much indoor time on your hands, now may be the perfect time to become an expert in the kitchen. Cooking is a great stress-reliever and can boost your creativity by trying out something new. Crack open an old cookbook or look up recipes online for an endless amount of dishes to keep you busy.




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Live Streaming Music Sets

Many musicians have taken to Instagram Live to continue performing for massive crowds, each in their own home. DJs like Diplo and DJ D-Nice have made waves through the quarantine by spinning playlists for fans. Check out your favorite artist’s Instagram to see if they’ll be going live for an intimate performance during self-isolation.

 

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Low-Contact Sports

While the NBA, NFL and MLB have all ceased operations, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your own sporting events with select low-contact activities. Sports like tennis and volleyball are great for staying active, with the proper precautions in place to minimize spreading germs. Even more casual sports like frisbee or badminton are great for a quarantine break.

 

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Biking

Take your bike out for a ride to enjoy Los Angeles’ springtime weather. Places like Santa Monica, the Venice Beach boardwalk or Echo Park are perfect for enjoying the fresh air at a safe social distance.

 

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Dog Park

Plenty of LA citizens have their pets to worry about during the statewide Stay at Home order. For those with dogs, a visit to the dog park might be just what you and your pup need to clear your mind. Dogs are not known to contract or carry COVID-19, so them playing with other dogs is perfectly safe as a social distancing activity.

 

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Road Trip

Why not take the extra time on your hands and go for a drive? If you’re road tripping with a friend, wearing face masks helps keep your germs to yourself along with making use of the backseat and cracking the windows for proper ventilation.

 

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Swimming & Jacuzzi

Anyone with swimming pool or jacuzzi access is in luck, as the CDC confirms that the heat, humidity and chlorine will inactivate the COVID-19 virus. A properly-maintained pool or jacuzzi is perfectly safe to lounge in during the statewide quarantine.

 

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Jogging & Walking

One of the easiest ways to get some fresh air during quarantine is to go for a walk or jog in your neighborhood. This social distancing activity gives you just enough exercise and allows you to take in the Los Angeles weather safely.

 

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    Note: Suggestions by Zocha Group are not to be taken as medical advice. Participating in these activities should be done at your own risk, and the best judgement for your personal situation should be taken into account before leaving your home. Official information on COVID-19 safety can be found through the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

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    The 9 Best Farmers Markets Around Los Angeles

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    Experience a Farmers Market in Los Angeles

    Farmers’ markets are a great place to go for locally-sourced, organic produce, handmade products, and other great commodities. With the vast number of markets in Los Angeles, it’s easier here than anywhere else to buy groceries that support the city’s variety of local businesses. Consider taking your next shopping trip to these options for the best farmers markets around Los Angeles.




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    South Pasadena Farmers Market

    There are quite a few farmers’ markets to choose from in Pasadena, but out of all of them, the South Pasadena Farmers’ Market rises to the top. Held every Thursday from 4-8 pm, this market offers a large selection of vendors no matter what your diet, ranging from vegan wheatgrass to locally raised beef. Located right next to the Gold Line’s South Pasadena station, it’s an easy destination for anyone to get to for a quality shopping trip.




    Silver Lake Farmers Market

    If you’re looking for a great farmers’ market that offers more than just produce, this is the place for you. The neighborhood farmers’ market in Silver Lake offers locally-grown produce as well as vintage clothing, handmade jewelry, books, crystals, and a variety of other lifestyle products.




    Mar Vista Farmers Market

    Along with produce, this market offers tables and tables of prepared food, with many vendors offering free samples. Brands such as Decadently Raw, Homeboy Bakery and Aris Natural Foods make this a great stop for anybody who needs an excuse to leave the house. After you pick up some groceries, go listen to the live music playing in the dining area and grab a freshly made meal.

    Atwater Village Farmers Market

    This longtime Sunday morning market is a staple for Los Angeles Eastsiders. Locals continue to come back every week for this market’s great selection of grade A produce, friendly employees, and unique and tasty treats that are offered by a variety of vendors. Along with produce, you can expect to find gardening tools, flowers, and freshly-brewed coffee to help get your day started.

    Hollywood Farmers Market

    There are California-grown fruits and vegetables abound at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market. Here you can find a variety of locally-sourced foods such as freshly-grown avocados, seafood, free-range poultry and beef, fresh honey, and much more. Along with food vendors offering produce, the market also hosts book signings, music performances, and live professional chef demonstrations.

    Altadena Farmers Market

    Every Wednesday afternoon you can expect to find dozens of booths offering a variety of artisanal foods and wares that are all locally-made. Started by the head of the Institute of Domestic Technology, a center for culinary arts and technologies, the Altadena Farmers’ Market is a great place for a family outing, a date, or just somewhere to spend some time with friends.

    Brentwood Farmers Market

    Known for having a surplus of free samples, the Brentwood Farmers’ Market draws huge crowds every Sunday where locals (and local celebrities) grab their groceries, fresh pastries, and other organic goods. Make sure to arrive early and come hungry, as the free parking fills up fast but the free samples last all day!

    Santa Monica Farmers Market

    The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market is where LA’s elite chefs go to grab their astonishingly fresh produce and get ideas for new dishes. As such, the market is more catered to dealing with large orders, so if you ever find yourself needing 10 lbs of fresh carrots or 20 jars of organic hummus, this is the place to go.

    Beverly Hills Farmers Market

    With over 60 farmers and vendors contributing to the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market, there is a large selection of options for you to choose from. Fresh fruit, crepes, live music, and even a petting zoo for your kids are all things you can expect to see on an average Sunday at the Beverly Hills market.

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      L’Horizon Hotel & Spa: A Palm Springs Desert Oasis

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      Experience L Horizon

      Palm Springs has classically been known as a desert haven where Los Angeles elite escape for mini vacations filled with fine dining, shopping and most importantly, relaxation. The L’Horizon Hotel and Spa has maintained the city’s prestige through hosting guests for a private, luxury experience with their intimate bungalows and indulgent spa treatments. Guests step into a world of exemplary accommodations at this lavish boutique hotel.




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      The Horizon

      Built as “The Horizon” in 1952 by William F. Cody, an architect that helped shape the iconic mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs, the hotel quickly became a celebrity hot spot. During the 1950s and ‘60s, it drew Hollywood elite like Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, producer Jack Wrather and a number of US Presidents to come experience the sprawling, three-acre desert sanctuary.




      In the Heart of the Desert

      Los Angeles designer Steve Hermann was brought in to revitalize the property in 2015 while still keeping its mid-century character intact. The original style of the hotel is now combined with modern and vintage furniture to create a nostalgic yet contemporary space for a whole new generation of trendsetters. Hermann’s addition of an open-air spa and alfresco restaurant SoPa added even more to the attractive vacation spot. The welcoming interior creates an air of residential luxury leaving guests to feel right at home in the heart of the desert.




      The Bungalows

      The 25 bungalows throughout the property are designed with handpicked decor and custom finishes to create an intimate space filled with comfort. Entering into their bungalow guests will never have to remember a room number, as each domain is personalized with a gold, etched name plate. Exposed wood, marble accents, and stone walls bring natural touches to the room against its mountainous desert backdrop. The indoor-outdoor feel is enhanced by glass doors that provide plenty of natural light for a tranquil stay. Guests can also lounge on their own private outdoor patio or reach the ultimate relaxation with an outdoor shower using lush Le Labo bath products.

      The Residence

      One of the most impressive aspects of L’Horizon is its signature presidential suite The Residence–a secluded oasis formerly home to Hollywood entrepreneur Jack Wrather. The more than 3000-square-foot habitat comes with a private, full-sized pool and yard. Unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape deliver eye-catching views of the natural, mountain terrain. The Residence can be booked as a one-bedroom accommodation or upgraded to the full two-bedroom home, both options leaving guests to enjoy a wood-burning fireplace, wet bar and luxury amenities.

      Peaceful Ambiance

      Outside of lounging in the spacious bungalow rooms, the hotel boasts an inviting indoor-outdoor Spa for pampering guests in a peaceful setting. From massages to facials to aromatherapy, relaxation is guaranteed with services customized to fit each guest’s desires. Other activities like private personal training, yoga classes and guided hikes add an element of fitness perfect for any guest wishing to stay active during their getaway. The onsite restaurant SoPa is also a welcoming draw, with a refined dining experience in an intimate atmosphere. The garden-esque outdoor seating creates an enchanting setting where a flavorful, local menu of European and Californian dishes please the palate thanks to Michelin-star Chef Giacomo Pettinari.

      The Location

      Aside from the number of amenities throughout the property, L’Horizon is also located within minutes of Palm Springs’ bustling downtown. Restaurants, nightlife and shopping are some of the main attractions for visitors taking advantage of the city’s offerings. The area is also home to multiple casinos, museums and design studios creating a unique landscape for exploring the classic destination.

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        Spend Your Summer Beachside at The Bungalow

         

        Experience Summer at The Bungalow

        The Bungalow has a reputation for being one of Santa Monica’s most buzzed about hot spots. With intricate, cozy décor and views overlooking the Pacific shoreline, this beachside bar has captured the essence of the city along with the fondness of its citizens. After launching The Bungalow Huntington Beach in 2016, the brand has been solidified as a Southern California go-to. Summertime will bring plenty of opportunities to sip drinks and celebrate with friends at either of The Bungalow’s inviting beach locations. Spend your summer beachside at The Bungalow.




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        The Bungalow Santa Monica

        As guests enter The Bungalow Santa Monica, they are immediately transported into what could be a sophisticated house party, complete with a ping pong and pool table. It’s easy to mistake the bar itself for the home of a close friend, as guests are free to roam in and out of the property’s numerous rooms and lounge locations. The charming, kitsch table arrangements and vintage accessories round out the look, giving the space the feel of a venue that’s been around for decades. Between the indoor bar, complete with a flat screen during game time, and the front patio deck decorated with twinkling lanterns and often featuring live music performances, there’s something for everyone as guests mingle about the space with drinks in hand.

        The Bungalow was conceived by nightlife impresario Brent Bolthouse as a neighborhood bar with a luxurious flair that fits in perfectly with the city’s culture of casual refinement. Attached to Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel, their impressive Exhale Spa, fitness center, and Lloyd’s Barbershop stand alongside The Bungalow in providing hotel guests with whatever they may need during their travels, especially if it’s a refreshing cocktail. Whether they’re visiting for business or pleasure, guests have the ideal hotel amenity of being just a short walk away from one of the most popular bars on the Westside.




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        The Bungalow Huntington Beach

        With the resounding success of The Bungalow Santa Monica, Bolthouse expanded the brand into its newest Huntington Beach location. Huntington’s bustling Pacific City retail hub acts as the perfect environment for the new locale as it complements The Bungalow Santa Monica’s signature beachside positioning. The two properties are similar in style, but still uniquely different. The Bungalow Huntington Beach location united with the nearby Bear Flag Fish Co. for their culinary needs, offering patrons an appetizing menu of exclusive bites. People-watching and beautiful sunsets come standard at both spots however, with Orange County and Santa Monica surf culture permeating the vintage scenery.

        From out-of-town visitors to local Santa Monica natives, the Bungalow brand has been cultivated as a welcoming yet trendy venue guaranteed to entertain guests with their variety and charm. Pop in on a Tuesday night for a live folk music performance or stop by on a Sunday afternoon for sangria and mimosas after brunch. No matter the day or night, The Bungalow brand never fails to impress while rising over and above to differentiate itself from the typical LA bar scene.




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          Top 10 Most Romantic Hotels in the World

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          Most Romantic Hotels in the World

          Whether it’s for a honeymoon, anniversary or a spontaneous retreat, there are romantic destinations around the world to visit for an intimate stay with your loved one. Parisian views of the Eiffel Tower and tropical Balinese resorts whisk couples away to a getaway filled with beauty. Explore some of the most romantic hotels in the world to cozy up with a partner at these extravagant escapes.




          Hotel Wailea – Hawaii, US

          Escape from the everyday at Hawaii’s only adults-only resort, with 15 acres of space and a stunning view of the neighboring islands. Spend your days getting cozy in a poolside cabana or enjoy a massage treatment by the impeccable staff. Take an onsite shuttle to the beach to enjoy an unforgettable evening picnic with a view of the sunset.




          Hotel Esencia – Riviera Maya, Mexico

          Located an hour south of Cancun and in close proximity to nearby Tulum, Hotel Esencia paints the picture of a romantic getaway thanks to its natural landscape of palm trees and a secluded beach. An onsite restaurant, bar and spa, along with pristine white rooms dotted with color will create a well-rounded stay at one of the most romantic hotels in the world.




          Lanis Suites Deluxe – Puerto del Carmen, Mexico

          Book one of the 25 suites at Lani’s to share a beautiful experience with your loved one. Enjoy dazzling views of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean from your room perched above a private beach. Have a picnic on the beach, swim in the heated pool or book a couples massage to take in the serenity of Puerto del Carmen at this adults-only destination.

          The Lowell – New York City, US

          You’ll be transported to 1920s New York City at The Lowell, one of the most romantic hotels in the world. Take in views of the skyline from your pristine room filled with art deco furnishings and cozy up to the elegant, wood-burning fireplace.

          Nayara Springs – La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

          Experience the ultimate seclusion at Nayara Springs, located in Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano National Park. Adventurous couples will enjoy watersports, yoga classes and horseback riding before retreating to their villa to soak in the private plunge pool. A host dedicated to your stay will also fulfill your every need during your romantic getaway.

          Villa Cora – Florence, Italy

          Book your stay in this historic, 19th Century building to be surrounded by a garden escape. The opulent design with antique furnishings and silk accents will whisk you away into Italian elegance, while a beautiful pool creates a serene retreat in spring and summer months.

          Amandari Bali – Bali, Indonesia

          Surround yourself in the luxury of Bali at Amandari, one of the most romantic hotels in the world. The unparalleled landscape of lush greenery creates an air of seclusion with views of the stunning, natural valley below. Villas are made with a traditional Balinese design and come with a private infinity pool for a peaceful stay. 

          The Shangri-La Hotel – Paris, France

          With a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower, there’s no more romantic destination than Paris’ Shangri-La Hotel. This exclusive hotel is decorated with grand, ornate accents and is home to 81 rooms filled with luxury. Wake up to an al fresco breakfast on your private balcony to experience unparalleled romance.

          The Royal Mansour – Marrakech, Morocco

          Get lost in the beauty of Marrakech at The Royal Mansour, a palatial Moroccan hotel with 53 riads that dazzle guests with romance and extravagance. Everything you can dream of is right at your fingertips, with a private plunge pool, rooftop terrace, bar, library and even a dedicated butler to ensure your stay is excellent.

          Anastasis Apartments – Imerovigli, Greece

          Couples are surrounded by the beauty of the Aegean Sea at this boutique Santorini resort. Choose from 10 suites and an exclusive villa to experience the stark, white elegance of Greece. Your home away from home comes with a jacuzzi and infinity pool to watch the sunset along the horizon in one of the most romantic hotels in the world.

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            The Necker Cup 2020: A Tennis Tournament for the Stars

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            Experience The Necker Cup

            The luxurious and completely private Necker Island is home to not only a lavish resort, but is also the site of the annual Manuka Doctor Necker Cup 2020—a pro-am tennis tournament put on to close out tennis season. With a number of high-profile guests and participants, the Necker Cup 2020 is an exciting event that also raises money for a good cause.




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            The 2020 Manuka Doctor Necker Cup

            The 74-acre Necker Island stands as a luxurious vacation destination for celebrities and world leaders such as President Barack Obama, along with being the site of numerous events. The 2020 Manuka Doctor Necker Cup presented by Metal is now in its eighth year on the island, taking place November 16th-21st, 2020. The Necker Cup is expected to be the event of the season for those with a ticket to the exclusive tournament. Pro tennis players from ATP / WTA tours unite with amateurs to bring their A-game and see who will take home the coveted Necker Cup. Stars like Martina Navratilova, Caroline Wozniacki and Sir Richard Branson will show off their talents during the six-day event.




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            A Week of Excitement

            While on the island, guests are treated to a week of excitement with activities like paddle boarding, sailing, and snorkeling to name a few. Guests will have exclusive access to the Great House overlooking the sparkling Caribbean seas below. Along with the Necker Cup, guests can also participate in the Manuka Doctor Legends Camp. The three-day clinic with instruction from professional coaches and players lets you train with the best in preparation for the big tournament. With a choice between tennis or golf, the Camp gives the full experience leaving guests with a variety of skills to bring home at the end of the week. Guests can also start the experience three days early with the Dream @ Sea aboard the SeaDream II Yacht. The luxury accommodations are the perfect fit for Legends Camp attendees to enjoy views of the ocean waters along with world-class cuisine and personalized service.




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            End of the World Beach Party

            The event is organized by Premier Live and Mehow, and in the past seven years has raised more than $3 million for the selected charity beneficiaries. A charity auction that takes place during the week treats guests to an elegant dining experience while they make their bids. One-hundred percent of proceeds are donated to charities like The National Tennis Foundation and several other player charities. The highlight of the week for many is the End of the World Beach Party that occurs after the charity auction. Past years have seen performances from Jamie Foxx and LMFAO’s Redfoo, Kenny Chesney and more.

             

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              The Most Stylish Coffee Shops in Los Angeles

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              Drink your Coffee in Style

              Grabbing coffee is an essential part of the morning routine for many LA residents aiming to make the most of their busy day. Why not take the time to indulge in a quality coffee experience? Los Angeles is filled with coffee novices and experts alike, with the city offering up great selections to start your morning right. It’s impossible to visit them all, but consider taking a trip to these stylish coffee shops in Los Angeles where you can drink your brew in style.




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              Coffee Dose Cafe

              This coffee shop on Melrose Avenue has a bright and airy atmosphere for you to sip on their “serums” of delicious brew. Modern art deco furnishings with neon signs and cheeky wallpaper make this trendy locale worth visiting. Specialty lattes and vegan pastries keep health-conscious customers coming back in the heart of West Hollywood.

              Verve Coffee

              Verve Coffee’s three locations each offer great brews along with a welcoming work area for the community to enjoy. With in-house roasted beans and lots of interior foliage and industrial vibes, it’s easy to spend hours in this fantastical coffee bar. If you’re on a cleanse, don’t worry–they have an awesome selection of organic juices as well.




              Alfred Coffee

              With a classic neon sign saying “But First, Coffee,” as well as wonderfully tasty concoctions, this popular local chain is an Instagram-addict’s dream. Whether you get a cold brew or a double shot of espresso in a waffle cone cup, you’re guaranteed to be satisfied at Alfred Coffee.




              Intelligentsia Venice Coffeebar

              One of Los Angeles’ favorite coffee chains, Intelligentsia offers up a unique style in its Venice location on the famed Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The spacious layout is filled with plenty of seating, outlets and of course delicious coffee concoctions for a morning pick-me-up. The beachfront location gives a quintessential California feel to go along with the modern design.

              The Cafe at Conservatory

              Take a seat at this open-air cafe that’s a part of the larger Conservatory restaurant space. Enjoy West Hollywood people-watching while enjoying their menu of offerings supplied by Verve Coffee. Sip your favorite brew in bistro-style seats while taking a bite from their food menu for a unique, al fresco coffee experience.

              The Assembly

              The Assembly’s interior of coastal modernity ushers in a bright and airy atmosphere to go along with your morning cup of Joe. Sleek lines built into the wooden furnishings make for an eye-catching ambiance to match the equally attractive beverages and pastries. Enjoy minimalism at its best at this refined, West Hollywood coffee outpost.

              Coffee Commissary

              Coffee Commissary brings an industrial chic style to their Burbank locale. Bright and dark walls, low lighting, and lots of funky lines create an atmosphere of originality perfect for getting work done while you sip. The indoor plants also bring in a fresh element that goes great with their quirky wall art and quality coffee.

              Carrera Cafe

              This picturesque European-style cafe serves great coffee as well as sandwiches and salads. With a cute, black and white interior and plenty of natural light, it’s the perfect place to bring a book and escape for a couple hours. You can also stop in and grab your drink to-go and bring their delicious tastes along with you.

              Eightfold Coffee

              This light and airy coffee house is a sophisticated destination to try for a cup of coffee or tea. Their delicate but delicious pastries are also sure to make even the worst days better. The European bistro-style seating and and friendly service make for an inviting space to spend your morning.

              Dinosaur Coffee

              If you need a spot to work on your laptop, or just to hang out with friends, Dinosaur Coffee in Silver Lake is a definite must-try coffee shop. A welcoming staff, warm interior, and delicious coffee make it the perfect place to spend a few hours. Their dinosaur skeleton wooden sculpture that hangs from the ceiling also helps to make for a unique environment for your coffee needs.

              Copa Vida

              Copa Vida in Pasadena is a wonderful community coffee shop that aims to help bring value to the surrounding community. Getting their beans from a farm in Costa Rica, the shop seeks to be completely transparent in the coffee-making process. Weekdays are great for bringing in work to get done, but on weekends Copa Vida turns their Wifi off for part of the day vowing to bring customers closer together.

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                Best Luxury Resorts in Los Cabos

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                Best Luxury Resorts in Los Cabos

                No matter where you’re coming from, a destination with a sparkling blue ocean, tropical scenery and luxury accommodations sounds like a dream vacation. That dream becomes a reality when you visit the lush paradise of Los Cabos, Mexico. Their lavish hotels are the epitome of relaxation with the nearby ocean waves letting you drift off into the serene landscape. The best luxury resorts in Los Cabos will have you feeling right at home as you settle into your Mexico getaway.




                Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal

                Escape into a world of extravagance at Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, a property situated overlooking the water with a backdrop of a majestic mountainside. Take a dip in your own private plunge pool in each guest room, or head to the five-star spa for a calming indulgence. Four swimming pools on the property make for a variety of scenes for you to take in, each with a pristine view of the ocean. Butler service and private transportation during your stay will elevate your getaway to the next level, ensuring your Los Cabos luxury resort holiday is flawless and unforgettable.




                One&Only Palmilla

                No other resort in Los Cabos measures up to One&Only Palmilla, located in San Jose del Cabo. Every aspect of the hotel has been given the utmost attention to place you right in the lap of luxury. Each of the four restaurants offers an elegant dining experience with award-winning chefs to create flavorful dishes. The two refreshing swimming pools and stone-carved spa create a dreamlike escape into the picturesque surroundings. The luxurious rooms are decorated with a mix of modern and traditional Mexican details paired with unique accommodations such as aromatherapy, fresh fruit delivery, and luggage unpacking services.




                Thompson Cape

                This contemporary, upscale destination provides a scenic experience with a view of the point break and rooms to overlook the El Arco and Bahia Cabo San Lucas horizon. A surfer’s paradise, the secluded hotel sits right on the beach but also has two pools for guests to take a dip. The renowned Los Cabos hotel has over 160 rooms along with multiple restaurants and bars that each present a different view of the luxurious property. Inside the rooms, guests are treated to a private cocktail bar, hot tub and balcony for their own unique vantage point of the shores below.

                Marquis Los Cabos

                This all-inclusive resort at the southern tip of the Baja peninsula brings forth beautiful desert and ocean landscapes that come together to create an atmosphere of serenity. Suites at the Marquis come complete with balcony views of Mar de Cortes that you can view from your private plunge pool. You’ll have no problem filling your days as the three swimming pools, full-service spa and activities like archery and live entertainment will round out your vacation. The five restaurants and hotel bar act as the ultimate treat where you can indulge in quality Los Cabos cuisine with a spectacular view of the sparkling ocean.

                Esperanza

                The welcoming atmosphere of Esperanza can’t be beat as the mix of intimate and modern makes for a romantic getaway. The scenic location will have you mesmerized as the soft ocean waves are picture-perfect from the open view in your living space. The thoughtful décor and rustic accents create an ambiance of serenity throughout the property. A spacious infinity pool is the star of the resort as it seems to disappear into the ocean in the distance. The hotel restaurant La Palapa is well-known for its fresh ingredients and authentic taste of Mexican cuisine. With activities such as tequila tasting, yoga classes and a weekly fiesta on the patio, you’re sure to enjoy the diversity of elegant amenities Esperanza has to offer.

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                Chileno Bay Resort

                Positioned on a protected cove, Los Cabos’ Chileno Bay stands as a lavish and modern hotel experience for you to embrace relaxation. The natural surroundings inspire the décor with a seaside touch to the property’s aesthetic. Rooms come complete with floor-to-ceiling windows to relish in the breathtaking views of the ocean, along with a deep soaking tub for ultimate relaxation. Their dining venues include a restaurant, bar and café that each take care of your every need with menus of impeccable dishes made with local ingredients. You can also take a break from life’s stresses with a visit the spa to unwind and rejuvenate in the salt room, reflexology pool or ice fountain.

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                Montage Los Cabos

                Explore the peaceful atmosphere of this Mexican sanctuary situated right along the beach of Santa Maria Bay. The 39-acre property is made up of over 100 rooms and 52 private residences offering a home-away-from-home experience. Wake up in a private suite with stunning views of the water and spend your day snorkeling, golfing, enjoying the spa or taking in the dozens of available onsite experiences. Your trip will be a memorable getaway with the Montage’s luxury amenities and dining destinations like signature restaurant Mezcal, that provides a pristine view with dinner.

                Four Seasons Los Cabos

                Enjoy this beachfront property located on the Baja California Peninsula, situated right along the sparkling blue Sea of Cortez. You’ll have plenty of options for adventure with snorkeling, golf and even guided excursions to introduce you to Mexico’s natural terrain. Choose between spacious rooms as well as luxury home residences to elevate your vacation to a lavish retreat of tranquility. Sleep well with the ocean breeze and crashing waves creating a peaceful escape in this pristine stretch of Los Cabos.

                Viceroy Los Cabos

                This awe-inspiring destination will whisk you away to paradise, offering a Los Cabos luxury resort experience. The Viceroy is surrounded by views of the water giving guests a serene experience from bright and airy rooms fitted with minimalist, luxury furnishings. Enjoy the hotel’s outdoor restaurants and bars uniquely designed as works of art that sit within the water, surrounding you in an oasis of decadence. Sip cocktails and watch the sunset over the Pacific at the Viceroy for an unmatched Los Cabos luxury resort vacation.

                Nobu Los Cabos

                Inspired by the world-renowned restaurant, Nobu Los Cabos is the first of the hotel brand in Mexico, offering 200 beautifully-designed rooms at the tip of the Baja Peninsula. The property’s amenities will make you never want to leave, with days spent lounging in a private cabana and evenings spent dining al fresco from Nobu’s world-famous cuisine. Fresh, farm-to-table ingredients will be the trend throughout your stay as you enjoy bites and cocktails at any of the property’s exquisite dining destinations.

                Solaz Los Cabos

                You’ll have a home away from home in Mexico when you visit Solaz Los Cabos, a resort oasis on the water with a modern feel. Enjoy both indoor and outdoor space in lavish rooms featuring marble accents, locally-sourced wood and fashionable furnishings. The enchanting view of the sparkling, blue water will be your daily backdrop as you take in the property’s lavish amenities. A spa and fitness center, multiple dining outposts and butler service will each make your Los Cabos resort escape an enhanced experience.

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                  Experience a Proper Getaway at the Santa Monica Proper Hotel

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                  Photo: Zocha Group – Experience a Proper Getaway at the Santa Monica Proper Hotel

                   

                  A Proper Experience

                  Anyone in need of a stylish, beachside stay will thrive at Santa Monica’s Proper Hotel. This luxury destination on Wilshire Boulevard mixes organic textures and a thoughtful design to create a modern, coastal escape. Restaurants run by award-winning chefs and the only rooftop pool deck on the Westside means you’ll have a unique stay filled with exclusive experiences. A standout from their properties in San Francisco, Downtown LA and Austin, you can take in the ocean breeze right from your private balcony when you book a stay at the Santa Monica Proper Hotel.




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                  Photo: Calabra Rooftop – Proper Santa Monica

                  Rooms & Suites

                  Enter a world of California cool in one of the Santa Monica Proper Hotel’s 271 stylishly-designed rooms and suites. A view of the ocean will create an atmosphere of serenity with textured linens, marble surfaces and patterned walls crafted by award-winning designer Kelly Wearstler. Choose between two room styles–some with more modern accents and midcentury furnishings, and another type of space with a nostalgic, Spanish flair. Luxury amenities like walk-in showers and sumptuous bath products create a dreamlike setting you’ll enjoy throughout your stay.




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                  Photo: Santa Monica Proper Hotel – Deluxe King

                  Dining & Cocktails

                  Situated within walking distance of the beach, the coastal inspiration for the Santa Monica Proper’s three dining outlets complement the breezy, ocean nearby. The onsite restaurant Onda, run in part by James Beard-award winning chef Jessica Koslow of Silver Lake’s Sqirl, delivers fresh seafood plates made up of locally-sourced ingredients. The lobby lounge Palma finds ingredients right in their backyard from the nearby Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. You can also visit the rooftop restaurant Calabra for a mix of California and Mediterranean fare.




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                  Photo: Santa Monica Proper Hotel – Palma

                  Amenities & Experiences

                  You’ll never run out of things to do during your stay, with the Santa Monica Proper offering countless forms of entertainment. Focus on wellness by visiting the fitness center and Surya Spa, which offers treatments like therapeutic massage, meditation sessions and even wellness-focused cooking classes. Guests can also get to know Santa Monica through the Proper’s curated guided experiences. Surf lessons, a beach bike tour, and even a local market shopping trip with Calabra’s Executive Chef will get you up close and personal with Santa Monica living. Monthly events also provide plenty to look forward to with things like sound bath sessions and live DJ performances adding a touch of excitement to your stay.

                   

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                  Location

                  While the Santa Monica Proper has plenty to offer on its own, you can also explore the city to truly experience a California, beachside getaway. Dine at Katsuya Brentwood for delectable Japanese cuisine and a connected, sultry lounge S Bar. Drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to experience the world-renowned Nobu Malibu, and enjoy coastal fare right on the ocean. Mix and mingle while you watch the sunset at famed bar The Bungalow, and end your night at trendy hot spot Shorebar to dance the night away.

                   

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                    California Hotels by the Beach Perfect for a Surfing Vacation

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                    California Beachside Hotels

                    Beautiful beaches are one of California’s biggest attractions, and with those come great opportunities to catch some waves. Surfing has been a popular activity for Californians since the early sixties, and for good reason. If you’re interested in catching some of these world-famous waves, take a look at these California hotels by the beach to stay in while you search for your next monster wave on some of the most picturesque private beaches in the world.




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                    Post Ranch Inn

                    Even though Big Sur’s biggest attraction is the beautiful nature, you don’t need to rough it camping to enjoy the inviting landscape. Post Ranch Inn offers guests ultra-luxurious rooms and private houses carved into the cliffs, a top tier spa, and world-class dining within walking distance. After a full day of ripping waves, you’ll feel perfectly relaxed and at home in the Post Ranch Inn.




                    Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

                    If you drive an hour south of San Francisco, you’ll be met with immense luxury and privacy in the form of the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. Private, gated beaches and constant waves create the perfect spot to bring the board out and experience the ocean in a unique way. When you’re finished on the water, swim inland to try out one of the hotel restaurant’s many same-day catch dishes like roasted local black cod.




                    The Lodge at Pebble Beach

                    Stately and elegant, The Lodge at Pebble Beach greets guests with views overlooking some of California’s most pristine private beaches. It also has a view of and one of golf’s most famous landmarks, the oceanfront 18th green on the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Head inside and get ready to be truly pampered. Fireplaces in every room along with huge picture windows overlooking the ocean, a private spa, and restaurants serving up the day’s catch are just a few perks guests can take advantage of.

                    Malibu Beach Inn

                    Located on a stretch of oceanfront property known as “Billionaire’s Beach,” the Malibu Beach Inn is situated alongside a bevy of high rent real estate. Take a quick walk to Carbon Beach or Surfrider Beach to catch some unforgettable waves. Malibu and Santa Monica sit just 20 minutes away if you feel like hanging up your wetsuit and experiencing some of California’s coolest beachside cities.

                    Hotel Del Coronado

                    If you’re looking to get away for an oceanside escape, check out the small island paradise known as Coronado, that’s just a stone’s throw off the coast of San Diego. Sitting atop it all is the island’s crown jewel, the Hotel Del Coronado. You might think you’ve walked into an old war fort, but you’ll soon find yourself being treated in one of the most luxurious hotels in California. Check out the beaches that surround the whole landmass, or rent a bike and explore the charming community.

                    Elk Cove Inn & Spa

                    Drive a bit north of San Francisco and you’ll stumble upon a tucked away bed-and-breakfast in the small community of Elk. Known for its privacy and luxury, Elk Cove Inn & Spa sits just above some beautiful stretches of beaches that give surfers great opportunities to catch the perfect wave. If you look carefully enough, you might even catch a group of migrating whales or sunbathing sea otters.

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