24 hours: Santa Monica, California

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It’s always important to take a little time off and have a vacation, even if it is in your own backyard. We decided to get a hotel in Santa Monica, California for the night and really explore the city. Santa Monica is only a 35-minute drive from home but we’ve never had a chance to really enjoy its vibe. Even though we live in Southern California, we tend to take for granted all the fun things Santa Monica can offer. We stayed at the Viceroy Hotel, which is a 4.5-star luxury boutique hotel just a 10 min walk from the famous Santa Monica Pier and 1 block from the beach just south of the Pier, home to the original ‘Muscle Beach’.

12 PM – Check-in at Viceroy Hotel

Local Tip: You’ll get a glass of Prosecco upon check-in ūüôā

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The Viceroy Hotel features a trendy bar lounge where you can grab a well-made cocktail

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The outdoor space features two pools, private cabanas, and plenty of lounge areas to enjoy a drink or food from the in-house restaurant.

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The room was spacious and modern with a view of the restaurant and pool area featuring city views.

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Grab a cocktail by the pool in the Hotel before heading out on the town.

Local Tip: Get the Santa Monica Poolside! Top shelf Vodka, lime juice, fresh raspberries and a splash of Prosecco. It was so delicious that I came back for another round later in the evening.

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2 PM – Main Street

Stay away from the tourist traps on the 3rd street Promenade and head to Main St. Local boutiques, shops and plenty of restaurant choices. Grab a bite and locally brewed beer at Ashland Hill.

Local tip: Get the Falafel Veggie Burger (no Yogurt). The flavoring with the chickpea patty will have your taste buds dancing.

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5:30 PM – Head to the beach for Sunset

Stroll up and down the pier or hang out by the Original Muscle Beach and watch the acrobatics and Sunset behind the Ferris Wheel.

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8:00 PM – Dinner Time

Make sure to plan ahead and secure a reservation since Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica is very popular both with tourists and locals.

 

My recommendation is Sushi Roku. Very sleek and trendy sushi restaurant that has plenty of Vegan options, exquisite cocktails and of course some of the freshest seafood around for you carnivores.

Local Vegan tip: We ordered tapas style. First, we started with Edemene and a seaweed salad with a sweet plum ginger dressing. Round two consisted of Miso eggplant dangaku, flash fried Brussel sprouts, roasted cauliflower with pine nuts and red dates, shishito peppers (sub out the oyster sauce) and a mixed veggie tempura. Sushi Roku also made us an off the menu Vegan roll, filled with asparagus, carrots, jalapenos, crispy shiitake topped with avocados and a vegan teriyaki sauce.

10:00 until closing – Live it up!

Santa Monica is one of the most beautiful and lively cities in the world. Chances are the weather is perfect at night and there are plenty of hot spots to check out. Whether its a rooftop bar like ONYX located in the Shangri-La Hotel or my recommendation is The Bungalow of Santa Monica. 

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8:30 AM – Call the front desk to get a late checkout! Or sneak down to the pool to get some early morning rays before leaving your staycation.

10:30 AM – Hangover Brunch

Get your bearings together, make sure you didn’t lose your keys/credit card/phone, and head out for a healthy meal at Flower Child to get back on track. Enjoy a much deserved Latte and savor one of their many Vegan brunch items. I recommend the Mother Earth bowl full of nutrients that will reset your body and soul and a long night out on the town.

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I hope you enjoyed these suggestions. Have you been to Santa Monica before? What’s your favorite part of the city?

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