The Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel

The Skybar was the ultra-hip hangout of the swanky set for quite a while. Frankly, weíre glad the buzz has died down, because the inside-out setting is truly beautiful. The bar is located off of the deck of the Mondrian Hotel, one of Ian Schragerís swishy urban gems. At night, the space becomes an outdoor lounge, with twinkling candles and scented flowers and oversized futons where you can sip drinks and relax. Take a stroll around the deck and look out on the view, and be sure to take a spin around the lobby, which is a true visual treat. Youíll leave feeling like a true trendista.

 

The Ferris wheel on the Promenade in Santa Monica

Who says romance has to be all opulence and grown-up sophistication? We like the thought of couples sitting side-by-side in a Ferris wheel on a warm summer night, dangling their legs over the edge and looking down on the scene below. So if youíre in the mood for some innocent summer fun, head down to the promenade on the Santa Monica Pier deck, and hop on board. The good news is, the wheel isnít even powered with electricity, but rather by solar energy, making it truly guilt-free! While youíre soaking in the view of the ocean and the little people running here and there, donít forget that itís good luck to kiss at the top of the ride. Then, when youíre finished going round and round, scout along the pier for ice cream cones or cotton candy or curly fries. Hot tip: If youíre hungry for dinner, you canít do better than The Lobster, a waterfront restaurant with breathtaking views and oh-so-yummy seafood. Enjoy!

 

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

The Getty is grand and the Museum of Contemporary Art is impressive, but we prefer this private collection of gardens and art to all of the others. Henry Huntington began developing the Botanical Gardens in 1903, and today they span over 100 acres, an oasis of lawns and foliage and statuary. Thousands of plants from all over the world make up the botanical collections, and are divided into themes, including Japanese, lily ponds, jungle, desert, palm, subtropical, herb, and Australian gardens. But donít spend all of your time outside; the library and three art galleries are absolutely superb. Highlights of the collection include the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales (c.1410), a Gutenberg Bible (c.1455), Thomas Gainsborough's masterpiece The Blue Boy (c. 1770) and Sir Thomas Lawrence's Pinkie (1794). Many new pieces are added on a regular basis. After a few hours of browsing, refresh with a traditional English tea at the Rose Garden Tea room, overlooking the lush landscape. The central buffet table is weighed down with tasty bites such as finger sandwiches, miniature pastries, strawberries and cream, and many other goodies. Plan on spending an entire afternoon!
 


Additional Information
 


The Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel

8440 Sunset Boulevard

West Hollywood CA 90059

Phone: 213 650 8999

 

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Rd

San Marino, CA 91108

Tel: 626.405.2141

 


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