It’s been a crazy few months in my world. I recently started a new job and sadly, I’ve had a lot less time to dedicate to writing. Before I got settled into my current routine, I wisely took a week off to relax before jumping into a new position. Flash back a few weeks to when my girlfriend (also known as the force behind the fashion blog Haute Turntable) suggested a trip to LA. She was going for work and I had never been before. It was the prefect excuse to make a trip to the west coast. A three day getaway to Los Angeles was exactly what I needed.
I arrived at LAX after a long flight and headed over to the Sixty Hotel Beverly Hills. I’d never stayed at a Sixty hotel before, so I was unsure what to expect. After entering the room, I was impressed with the modern, stylish design. The marble bathroom, mirrored walls and sleek accents were totally my style. There was also a view of Los Angeles from our balcony that wasn’t too shabby.
We settled in, then decided to venture out for dinner and drinks. Our first stop Laurel Hardware in West Hollywood, which I soon realized is often shortened to WeHo by the locals. It’s actually a former hardware store, but is now a popular place with good drinks and an even better atmosphere. Unfortunately, we were unable to find a table in the outdoor courtyard, but we did score a seat right by the floor to ceiling glass windows that overlook it. At the suggestion of our server, we ordered two of their surprisingly strong banana rum drinks. Those were accompanied by two pizzas, which came topped with creative ingredients like squash and corn. After a few hours of people watching, it was time to head back to the hotel and hit the hay, since we were exhausted from the time change.
Since I was between jobs, I woke up the next morning with no agenda, which was a nice change. With my friend’s time taken up with work commitments, I was on my own. This meant I was free to spend my days lounging by the pool or exploring Beverly Hills. I walked up to the Sixty’s rooftop pool area around 10 a.m. and was met with amazing 360 degree views of LA. If you squint, you can even see the Hollywood sign in the distance. The rooftop was spacious, with plenty of lounge chairs and cabanas. Some sort of photo shoot was taking place when I arrived. Only in LA, right?
After a morning taking in the sun, I decided to explore the area surrounding the hotel. The hotel is situated on busy Wilshire drive, next to office buildings and near restaurants. A quick walk and I was at Beverly Gardens Park, and a few blocks more took me through the heart of Rodeo Drive. The hotel’s location was perfect for strolling through Beverly Hills. After a few hours of shopping, it was time to freshen up for another night out. It started with cocktails at the Chateau Marmont, followed by dinner at one of my new favorite LA restaurants, Gracias Madre (shoutout to their friendly bartenders). We rounded out the night with drinks at the Mondrian.
The next morning had an early call time to make our early flights back east. Overall, my jaunt to the west coast was a great little getaway. It may have been short and sweet, but it was just what I needed before jumping into a new chapter.