The 7 Most Stylish Coffee Shops in Los Angeles

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 trendy coffee destinations where you can drink your brew in style.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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Experience Austin at the Best Bars and Lounges in the City

Austin is a city drenched with history and culture and is home to great events such as SXSW, an internationally-acclaimed music and film festival. The city also boasts an incredibly diverse nightlife scene that is always changing and adapting to new trends. Whether you’re looking for a quiet lounge for relaxing after a day of sightseeing, or a lively neighborhood hotspot, there is sure to be something out there for everyone. Check out some of these hotspots to experience the best bars and lounges during your next trip to Austin.

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The Driskill Bar

On the corner of 6th and Brazos Street is where you’ll find the historic and distinguished Driskill Bar. Housed beside two other top-tier eateries and lounges inside the Driskill Hotel, the Driskill Bar swells inspiration and whimsy with their elegant aesthetic that has plenty of nooks and crannies to explore along with history-inspired drinks.

 

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The Roosevelt Room

The Roosevelt Room’s wide-ranging menu of cocktails will have you feeling excited by the opportunity to try their variety of options. With drinks inspired by different periods of history and a comfortable industrial chic interior, The Roosevelt Room is the perfect place to unwind after a day of enjoying all that Austin has to offer.

 

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The Townsend

Built in 1875, the Thompson-Townsend building where this darkly elegant bar is housed has been a cornerstone of Austin’s historic foundation. The Townsend takes advantage of this rich history and applies aspects of it all over their interior, creating a unique aesthetic that is sure to enthrall anyone interested in the city’s culture.

 

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Nickel City

Formerly the Longbranch Inn, this iconic and vivacious cocktail lounge offers everything you could ever want during a night out in Austin. Refreshing drinks, friendly service, and even a Detroit-inspired food truck out back are all things you’ll find yourself loving at Nickel City.

 

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Garage

This hidden gem of Austin is tucked away in an out-of-commission parking garage on Colorado Street. A raw concrete interior lit only by candles and the light coming from a central, circular bar creates an alluring mix of fantasy and realism. The signature drinks at the Garage are modern takes on classic cocktails that are sure to have you refreshed and satisfied.

 

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Half Step

Found in a renovated house on Rainey Street, Half Step is truly set apart from its competition with a creative and unique interior and an upper-echelon bar staff. Founder Chris Bostick used his years of experience in the beverage industry to create a tremendous nightlife experience for all who enter.

 

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Small Victory

The name of this cozy drinking den is actually quite the opposite of what it actually is, which is a massive win. Small Victory is a home run with a sprawling social area, quirky and eccentric cocktails, and a speakeasy-inspired interior. Despite the bar’s acclaim, you will still feel as if you’re drinking in an underground, secret pub.

 

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The Benefits of SevenRooms Technology in Hospitality

With an ever-evolving market of technology being integrated into hospitality, some companies rise to the forefront by offering innovative services to improve the operational flow of businesses. Customer relations management systems like SevenRooms help brands to connect with their guests through providing insight into their needs. SevenRooms has made an impact in a number of hotels, restaurants and hospitality venues across the world, and continues to provide services that help businesses take their brands to the next level.

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Company

For venues looking to make an impression on their guests, advancements in technology have ushered in a new era where businesses rely on tech to support their success. Owners now have to consider how these new innovations are integrated into customer expectations, and how these tools can be used to enhance the guest experience. SevenRooms aims to provide these solutions through empowering businesses to be able to connect with their guests and build personalized relationships. Making guests feel right at home is their primary goal, building their company around taking hospitality to a new level fit for the 21st Century.

 

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Services

The variety of solutions SevenRooms is able to provide makes for a one-stop-shop for owners aiming to improve their guests’ experience before, during and after arriving at their venue. Making a reservation has never been easier as both web and mobile applications assist guests in planning their visit to a venue. Guest profiles help both the customer and the venue through managing covers in an organized way, beginning before they even walk through the door. During their visit, guests’ profiles are updated with relevant information to build a database for owners to draw from in customizing future visits. SevenRooms is also able to offer reservation upgrades and additional experiences, along with event management systems that help organize processes to generate more revenue for businesses. Marketing campaigns can also be tracked to make targeting relevant guests a simple task.

 

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Hospitality Spaces

There are a number of environments where SevenRooms can be integrated to streamline operational processes and improve guest relations. Restaurants see improvements through utilizing reservation features that build customer profiles and create ease within in-house seating. In the world of hotels, staying organized with the thousands of guests staying at the venue each year becomes an essential priority. With SevenRooms, guest information can be synced across properties to create a seamless experience no matter where they stay. Successful marketing campaigns created through the system make for loyal guests as they see the perks of repeating visits across properties. Nightlife venues also benefit from using SevenRooms through keeping track of the bevy of patrons that often slip through the cracks. Guestlist management, promoter tracking tools and check-in systems all contribute to a successful night of service. Live spend tracking lets owners see which of their guests are big supporters of the brand, and information kept in guest profiles contributes to helpug them feel like a welcomed regular. Other entertainment spaces like sporting and entertainment venues, membership clubs and the like have also seen benefits from SevenRooms’ organizational support.

 

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The Best Fine Dining in Santa Monica

With its unparalleled weather and sophisticated, beachy culture, Santa Monica is a world-renowned destination that serves up a variety of attractions for visitors and locals alike. If you’re looking for a special place to enjoy a fine dining meal, there are plenty of options for you to get a taste of a quality menu. You’ll have an unforgettable experience when you visit any of these Santa Monica fine dining destinations.

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Melisse

A favorite in the industry, the cuisine at Melisse is worth the visit with a refined menu of French-American dishes. The world-class service and lively atmosphere have kept guests coming back for more than twenty years, and is sure to see even more success with an upcoming remodel of the classic brand.

 

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Photo: Melisse

Elephante

This destination has become a hot spot on the Westside with its menu of coastal Italian dishes. The rooftop view overlooking the ocean adds to the atmosphere with craft cocktails being served up at this indoor-outdoor space. Head there for a trendy crowd who loves to mix and mingle while watching the beachside sunset.

 

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Photo: Elephante

Rustic Canyon

If you’re a fan of farm-to-table, Rustic Canyon is the place to visit with a menu of fresh ingredients that make up the variety of comfort food inspired dishes. The shareable small plates pair perfectly with a glass of wine as you refresh your mind and body with a healthy meal.

 

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Photo: Rustic Canyon

Cassia

This critically acclaimed go-to is known for its delicious and unique menu of French-Vietnamese cuisine. You’ll be sure to enjoy the mouth-watering seafood dishes of things like prawns, snow crab and scallops that are served fresh thanks to the Santa Monica location.

 

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Photo: Cassia

Michaels

This long-standing Santa Monica destination is known for its seasonal menu with innovative flavors. The outdoor patio with lush greenery provides a nature-filled ambiance as you enjoy the California cuisine nade with ingredients from local farmers’ markets.

 

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Photo: Michael’s

Milo & Olive

This delicious Santa Monica favorite serves up Italian dishes like wood-fired pizzas and appetizing pastas. They even have espresso concoctions and a selection of pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth. Enjoy their creative plates in the simplistic setting that’s sure to keep your mouth watering.

 

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Photo: Milo & Olive

Dialogue

You’d never expect to find this upscale location hidden in the bustling Santa Monica Promenade. The 21-course tasting menu created by James Beard award-winning chef Dave Beran is filled with imaginative dishes creating a meal to remember. The minimalist setting ensures that all the attention goes to the food creating a photo-worthy visual presentation.

 

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Photo: Dialogue

Tar & Roses

Come to Tar & Roses with friends or for a date night to share a meal of charcuterie plates, cheese and wine that will put you in the Santa Monica spirit. The bustling restaurant is known for its fusion of American, Asian and Mediterranean vibes with delectable flavors.

 

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Photo: Tar Roses

Via Veneto

What better way to get a taste of Italy than by heading to this enjoyable Santa Monica locale. You’ll feel like you’re in the heart of Rome at this destination perfect for a gourmet dining experience. The romantic environment puts a charming touch on your night out along with an Italian staff that creates an authentic experience.

 

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Photo: Via Veneto

Little Prince

If you’re in need of a brunch destination, head to Little Prince to embrace their airy, Santa Monica setting. The sandwiches and pancakes are sure to hit the spot thanks to their fresh, natural ingredients. You’re sure to find a trendy crowd ready to dish out a taste at this delightful go-to.

 

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Photo: Little Prince

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10 of the Best Bars to Stay Warm in Los Angeles

While LA may be known for its sunny days, winter time can get chilly enough to make you want to curl up by an open fire. Leaving the house may take some convincing, but once you’re out you’ll find that there are plenty of others looking to have a good time in spite of the cold. Don’t let the brisk weather stop you from going out and getting warm with a cocktail in the city’s coziest bars and lounges.

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The Wellesbourne

This 19th Century England-style hideaway will be just what you need for a winter night out. Warm up by the fire in the charming atmosphere that will transport you to the study of a Shakespearean village.

 

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Cliftons

This monolithic, four-level destination is an LA landmark with its forest-themed space standing the test of time since opening in 1931. You’ll have plenty of space to warm up through grabbing a drink at the bar or dancing with friends on the upper level to their jazzy, vintage live music.

 

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The Lincoln

Sit back and relax at this West Side hot spot perfect for cozying up on a breezy day. The welcoming vibe lets guests mix and mingle with patrons while they sip from a variety of beers and cocktails. The atrium seating will also give you the best of both worlds by keeping in the heat alongside an outdoor feel.

 

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Sassafras

You’ll be transported right to 1930s New Orleans when you enter this Hollywood go-to neighborhood bar. Have a fireside chat with friends while sipping from their menu of signature drinks. Come by to witness the burlesque dancing on weekends for a surefire way to steam things up.

 

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Melrose Umbrella Company

The prohibition-era style of this Melrose Avenue staple gives a cozy, vintage feel whether you stop by during the day for coffee or at night for cocktails. The space fills up with patrons ready for a good time bringing warmth to the environment in more ways than one.

 

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Library Bar

Head to Downtown Los Angeles to experience Library Bar’s inviting lounge atmosphere. There are plenty of books lining the walls for you to take in a story or two along with a menu filled with delicious drinks.

 

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Gold Line

Music lovers will enjoy a taste of this Highland Park locale that caters its surroundings to a quality playlist. The cozy space is filled with vintage records along with a disco ball as a finishing touch to the intimate space.

 

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The Roger Room

Duck into this classic spot in Beverly Grove to sip cocktails in a fun, warm environment. Whether it’s for date night or gathering with friends, you’ll be able to connect with those you love at this sophisticated space decorated with vintage circus visuals.

 

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Bigfoot West

You may feel like you’re in a log cabin up in the mountains at this woodsy location in West LA. Named after the mythical monster, you’ll be able to escape to find shelter and a quality drink while mixing and mingling with the locals at this charming destination.

 

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The Old Chalet

Duck into this bar on the East Side for a boozy escape into a wintery ski lodge ambiance. You’ll stay entertained at this neighborhood spot with foosball, darts and a fireplace that’s sure to keep you toasty. Grab a group of friends and try their shot-skis to start the night off right.

 

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8 of LA’s Best Women-Owned Hospitality Businesses

Women’s contribution to the hospitality industry has skyrocketed through the years with numerous bars, restaurants and hotels being run by impressive female owners who bring their expertise to the business. With International Women’s Day being celebrated each year, we’re highlighting some of the best women-run businesses bringing diversity and promoting gender equality in the city of Los Angeles.

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Coolhaus

Locals of the Los Angeles area will recognize the name Coolhaus as some of the best ice cream you can get in the city. Started in 2008 by Natasha Case and Freya Estreller, the creamery quickly gained popularity prompting the owners to expand to another building and several ice cream trucks.

 

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Photo: Coolhaus

Vinovore

This East Hollywood wine shop features wines made by female winemakers and caters to a female clientele. Founder Coly Den Haan is a certified Sommelier that started Vinovore in hopes to further women’s role in the wine community. She has played a large part in starting multiple wine loving women’s groups that regularly connect to learn more about the industry.

 

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Photo: Vinovore

Genever

Genever, started by Red Capiz Partners, is one of the only bars owned by a group of women in Los Angeles. Located in Filipinotown, Genever is an intimate escape that highlights gin-related cocktails, but also serves wine and beer as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Genever prides itself on the use of local produce, syrups and shrubs made in the Los Angeles area.

 

Photo: Genever Founders / Kristie-Valerie Hoang

Photo: Genever

Kismet

Kismet is an inviting Mediterranean restaurant that does more than just make food. Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer are dedicated to creating opportunities and positive influences within the East Hollywood community. Their wine list of small producers and ingredients sourced from local farmers helps to support other small businesses in the LA area.

 

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Photo: Kismet

Sqirl

Head chef Jessica Koslow is an inventive and well-rounded chef whose food has become a staple among Los Angeles’ trendy crowds. You’ll always find a line stretching out the door of Sqirl in East Hollywood as people crave their well-known breakfasts and brunches.

 

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Lucques

Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, the head chefs and owners of Lucques, dish out taste and sophistication with their Mediterranean-focused cuisine. Great wine, a warm atmosphere, and wonderful food are always on the menu at this West Hollywood locale.

 

Photo: Caroline Styne and Suzanne-Goin / Lucques

Photo: Lucques

Bar Franca

Bar Franca has made waves as a refined and elegant cocktail bar located on Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles. The drinks are world-class with an atmosphere that transports you to a charming, French hideaway. Owner Rachel Thomas’ vision for a laid back but sophisticated cocktail bar that would fit right in with the historic core of Downtown came to life in this dimly lit escape.

 

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Photo: Bar Franca

 

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Prepare to Book Your Stay at LA’s Newest Hotel Openings

Los Angeles is a city where new and exciting projects are always just around the corner. A boom of new hotels hitting the scene in recent years has created a number of destinations for visitors looking to have a luxury LA experience. The best is yet to come with even more elegant and trendy hotels preparing to open their doors to the City of Angels.

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1 Hotel West Hollywood

Sunset Strip will never be the same after the opening of 1 Hotel, sitting right across from the famed Hollywood Hills. The brand is establishing its nationwide influence with its first location on the West Coast. Thoughtfully designed rooms with an already buzzed about rooftop lounge, Harriets, the space will draw in guests who appreciate a good time and a breathtaking, scenic view.

 

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Photo: 1 Hotel West Hollywood

Thompson Hollywood

With its first foray into California hospitality, the Thompson will plant its roots in Hollywood with a luxury experience focused on design and amenities. The bustling location will create an energetic backdrop as a penthouse lounge, rooftop bar and pool deck will attract LA’s finest to lounge and mingle. The Thompson will redefine a boutique hotel experience through sophisticated restaurant and nightlife outlets that will live up to the dazzling Hollywood locale.

 

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Photo: Thompson Hollywood

Fairmont Century Plaza

This new addition to Century City aims to create a walkable destination where guests will have everything they need within reach. With retail spaces, restaurants, art installations and a rooftop bar, the Fairmont is bringing forth a whole new habitat to the area as a “city within a city.”

 

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Photo: Fairmont Century Plaza

Downtown LA Proper Hotel

Revamping a historical Downtown building constructed in 1926, the new Proper Hotel will boast 148 rooms and two restaurants in its prime location situated just a few blocks from the Staples Center. The expansive meeting spaces and rooftop restaurant, bar and pool will satisfy its guests as they get the true Downtown LA experience.

 

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Photo: Proper DTLA

The Pendry West Hollywood

Centering itself in the heart of West Hollywood, the Pendry aims to provide luxury and innovation to its guests along with an attention to detail. The 149 guest rooms will be joined by 40 residences that will all receive top of the line care with access to the diversity of amenities. A bowling alley, spa and fitness center are just a few of the exciting outlets framing the new space as a go-to in the city.

 

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Photo: Pendry West Hollywood

The Hoxton Hotel

Downtown Los Angeles will have a new stylish hotel with the Hoxton opening up in a historic Broadway building. The classic yet modern design will mix with LA’s trendy culture with a lobby restaurant and bar and a rooftop pool—the first for the brand’s collection of properties.

 

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Photo: Hoxton Hotel Los Angeles

Tommie Hotel Hollywood

This hotel will be the first in the world for the Thompson Hotels brand, bringing the Tommie to the heart of Hollywood. With 212 rooms and a customizable experience, the space plans to cater to LA’s artistic and entrepreneurial community. The rooftop terrace will be sure to draw in guests to catch a view of the city with nightlife outlets keeping up a fun, youthful vibe.

 

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Photo: Tommie Hotel Hollywood

W Los Angeles Downtown

This massive undertaking Downtown is slated to have two towers and 300 rooms overlooking their across-the-street neighbors LA Live and the Staples Center. Being the first hotel in the neighborhood from Starwood Hotels & Resorts, the new property will be sure to draw in trendsetters with its youthful and chic branding.

 

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Photo: W Hotel DTLA

West Hollywood EDITION

The new EDITION hotel sits on Sunset Boulevard where West Hollywood and Beverly Hills collide. The luxury rooms, signature restaurant, lounge, spa, nightclub and rooftop pool leave all of their guests’ needs covered for a stay that gives the full LA experience. The 190 guestrooms and 20 luxury residences will be filled with those ready to take on a vacation to remember.

 

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Photo: West Hollywood Edition

Park Hyatt Los Angeles at Oceanwide Plaza

Coming soon to Downtown Los Angeles, the sophisticated design of this luxury hotel will lure you in to experience an elegant stay in a bustling neighborhood. The experience-driven accommodations will offer a personalized stay for guests who will enjoy world-class amenities and service under the Park Hyatt name.

 

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Photo: Park Hyatt DTLA

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The 8 Best CBD-Infused Drinks and Dishes from Around the Country

Cannabidiol or CBD has been all the rage in recent years with plenty of buzz about out-of-this-world health benefits with zero negative side effects. While science is still in the process of proving the the perks, people with adventures taste buds are loving the potential. Dive into the trend with some of the best CBD drinks and dishes from around the country.

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Ankeny Tap and Table – Portland, OR

This hip neighborhood pub boasts quite an extensive list of CBD infused beers on tap. With a laid back family-friendly atmosphere, it’s easy to get stuck here for quite a while enjoying the tasty local beers and good company.

 

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Koku – New York City, NY

Koku is truly one of a kind. Owner Carli Blum has created a healthy and natural alternative to soft serve ice cream, and even offers CBD-infused toppings. With shops located all across the city, you’ll never be too far away from getting your sweet tooth fix and your CBD fix in the same shop.

 

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Fuel – Philadelphia, PA

This health-food chain is doing something a little different than its counterparts. After your workout, you can stop into any Fuel location and grab a smoothie or a juice, and request to add in a shot of CBD oil. It’s sure to make for the perfect way to relax after an intense workout.

 

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by CHLOE. – New York City, NY

This organic, vegan sweet shop uses all-natural and locally-sourced ingredients to create CBD-infused brownies, cookies, and other fun treats. In addition to the sweet, they have also started offering a full menu of vegan food items. If you have an uncontrollable sweet-tooth and need a moment of relaxation, by CHLOE. is definitely the spot to be.

 

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Glazed and Confused – Denver, CO

This donut shop in Colorado takes their “Mary Jane”-infused food pretty seriously. They serve up a variety of CBD-infused products, but their signature item is a donut topped with a CBD glaze and a whole candied marijuana leaf to finish it off.

 

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Caffeine Underground – Brooklyn, NY

Stop into this hip and trendy coffee shop and grab yourself a latte with a little bit of something special to top it off. Caffeine Underground makes delicious coffee-based drinks with CBD oil included so you can take great Instagram pictures, but also enjoy your relaxing drink.

 

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Monarch & The Milkweed – Burlington, VT

Monarch & The Milkweed is a unique shop with a menu of cocktails, pastries, and also fine dining cuisine. The unlikely combination of offerings also includes the addition of CBD and also the psychoactive THC into many of their dishes. All doubts quickly drift away after a visit as everything they create is made even better with their signature secret ingredients.

 

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Bubby’s – New York, NY

Bubby’s is a classic American restaurant that serves hamburgers, pies, milkshakes and the works. This chain of downhome diners has been a New York staple since 1990, and they’ve recently branched out by serving up CBD drinks right alongside the apple pie. The great food and atmosphere are enough for anybody to enjoy Bubby’s, but for adventurous types, there’s a little extra on the menu for you.

 

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The 7 Best Wineries to Visit in California

California is globally known for its exceptional wine, and for good reason–some of the best wines in the world come out of the Golden State. When deciding where you should spend your Sunday afternoon wine tasting session, it can be overwhelming to choose with such a massive number of wineries throughout California. To help in your decision-making process, take a look at some of the best California wineries that will be the perfect spot for you to toast glasses.

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Sterling Vineyards – Napa Valley

Sterling Vineyards is known to be a Napa Valley legend. They started producing wine in 1969 and has been internationally known and award winning since 1981. Offering breathtaking views of the Valley, art galleries, wine production viewing areas, and classic Greek architecture along with incredible wine, Sterling Vineyards is sure to end up with another visit.

 

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Malibu Wines – Malibu

When thinking of winemaking areas in California, people are quick to think of Napa Valley and Sonoma rather than Los Angeles. However, Malibu Wines may change that perspective for you. If you ever need a break from the hustle and bustle of LA life, just take a quick trip north for stunning views of the countryside and some excellent wines.

 

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Melville Vineyards & Winery – Santa Ynez Valley

This Mediterranean-style villa is the perfect weekend escape for anyone who loves great wine and a picnic with a view. With an expertly styled tasting room and an expansive patio along with a large lawn right next to the vineyard, you can truly enjoy your tasting any way you would like.

 

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Heitz Cellar – St. Helena

Heitz Cellar is truly a cornerstone of American winemaking. This 375-acre estate is a large part of the reason Martha’s Vineyard became internationally known for great wine. If you appreciate learning about the history of the wine you’re drinking, you will love this iconic destination.

 

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Tablas Creek Vineyard – Paso Robles

If you’re interested in the conservation and preservation of the planet, Tablas Creek Vineyard is a place you simply must check out. Along with their award-winning wines of all varieties, they are the global leader in earth-conscious practices while growing and harvesting their grapes.

 

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Au Bon Climat Winery – Santa Barbara

Ranked as one of the top wineries in all of America, Au Bon Climat Winery has been producing some of the country’s best wines for more than 30 years. If you’re ever fortunate enough to taste some of Jim Clendenen’s fabled wine, it’s a taste you won’t soon forget. This incredible reputation along with stunning views of the estate’s countryside vineyards has earned Au Bon Climat Winery global recognition.

 

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Round Pond Estate – Rutherford

If you’re looking for more of an experience than just a simple wine tasting, you’ll need to check out Round Pond Estate, known for their great wine as well as exceptional wine-related activities. During your outing, you can expect to create their own custom blend of wine alongside winemaker and owner Jaime Dowell. If you visit during the fall season, you can participate in the grape picking process and watch as the winemaking takes place. This immersive experience is a must for anybody with a taste for quality wine.

 

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Experience the Outback at a Luxury Australian Resort

If you’re in the mood for a luxury vacation, head down under to visit one of Australia’s lavish resorts. With plenty of coastline to take advantage of, there are destinations all across the continent that provide beachside stays in tropical environments. With stunning views from every angle, book an Australian getaway for beautiful weather and natural landscapes that will make for the trip of a lifetime.

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Southern Ocean Lodge – Southern Australia

Overlooking a panoramic ocean view at the top of a secluded cliff, Southern Ocean Lodge mixes the shoreline with the wilderness in a clean, modern design. Each of the 21 suites offers views of Kangaroo Island’s beauty along with lavish furnishings that are built for rest and relaxation. The eco-friendly design with artwork from local artisans integrates the landscape of the destination with all the comforts of a luxury stay. The abundance of wildlife is sure to entertain while the rich soil of Southern Australia lends to fresh, organic ingredients incorporated into the resort’s dining menus.

 

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Photo: Southern Ocean Lodge

Longitude 131 – Northern Territory

Enjoy a tranquil escape when you visit this resort in the beautiful Uluru-Kata Tjuta. You’ll get to enjoy breathtaking views of the sacred Uluru mountain alongside the World Heritage-listed national park. Learn about the traditional culture of the indigenous Anangu Australians while exploring the terrain to get in touch with the natural environment. Guests can take in the elements by lounging on the balcony deck in each of the resort’s luxury suites to get the full experience of the outback.

 

Photo: Longitude 131

Photo: Longitude 131

Saffire Freycinet – Tasmania

The luxury suites and private pavilions at this resort will help you relax through taking in the views of Tasmania’s East Coast. The stunning landscape of greenery and rolling hills will transport you to another place and time with modern architecture placing you in the middle of a contemporary escape. The resort also offers one-of-a-kind experiences including cooking demonstrations, private guided hikes, or activities like kayaking and beach biking to keep your island adventure exciting.

 

Photo: Saffire Freycinet

Photo: Saffire Freycinet

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa – New South Wales

This retreat in the Greater Blue Mountains is home to over 40 luxury villas that promise privacy and seclusion while you get in touch with the natural surroundings. Watch the sunrise on the veranda or take a dip in the pool with the backdrop of a the scenic valley. Situated in between two national parks, the resort only accounts for 1% of the expansive site boasting a 7,000-acre wildlife reserve. Enjoy elegant Australian cuisine at either of the onsite restaurants, and toast glasses at the intimate bar featuring a walk-in wine cellar.

 

Photo: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

Photo: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

Qualia Resort – Queensland

With an unparalleled view of the Great Barrier Reef, Qualia gives the ultimate luxury experience with a private location on Hamilton Island. Each of the resort’s 60 pavilions provides an escape into an elegant getaway with amenities like private plunge pools and outdoor showers. The Hamilton Island Golf Club, the only island championship golf course in the country, keeps guests entertained with dazzling views of the ocean as the backdrop to each round.

 

Photo: Qualia Resort

Photo: Qualia Resort

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