Inspired from the brilliant Donna and Tom from Parks and Recreation, my friends (Phoebe and Michelle) and I just returned from a treat yo’ self trip to LA. Yes, we did TREATYOSELF2017 in LA (if you’ve watched the show you’ll get the significance).

We stayed in Venice Beach (at an Airbnb) and traveled around a bit during a long weekend (Friday – Monday). Here’s my vacation recap and a travel guide (if you like beaches, sunsets and food, you’ll like this travel guide).

Day One: Venice Beach and West Hollywood

We arrived in the early afternoon and had a horrible rental car experience (i.e. waiting over an hour for the car). So, we went immediately to In-N-Out burger because it’s delicious and we were starving. After eating our body weight in burgers, fries and shakes, we drove to the Airbnb in Venice Beach and started exploring the area.

Dinner: SUR | 606 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA

The only picture I have from here is a cute Boomerang.

Day Two: Laguna Beach

We started the day at Eggslut in Venice (1611 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA) also known as Michelle’s happy place. Seriously. She went back for a shirt. I mean, look at this picture, I really can’t blame her.

After breakfast we drove down to Laguna Beach and spent the day bumming on the beach (i.e. my happy place). We had dinner in Laguna and then caught the sunset.

Dinner: Alessa by Pirozzi | 234 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA

My hair is the result of deciding to swim in the ocean (I turn into a kid at the beach) and then finding some after or before sun oil (can’t remember) to buy to tame the frizz. Maybe this is how you get a beach wave?

How bout this sunset though? I seriously love it here.

Day Three: Hiking and Manhattan Beach

Day three began with breakfast at a place I’ve been stalking on Instagram since I saw the founder speak at Create + Cultivate a couple years ago: Alfred Coffee. I bought a mug.

Alfred in the Alley | 8509 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA

Glendale Peak Hike | Griffith Park, 2715 N Vermont Canyon Rd, Los Angeles

Per my request, we went on a hike. We decided on the Glendale Peak trailhead and hiked out to Vista Point and back. It was a great way to get outside, not too crowded, and had amazing views of the city.

Lunch: Gjusta | 320 Sunset Ave, Venice, CA

After the hike we met my friend Molly for lunch and she recommended Gjusta. It was so good and outdoor seating (my two qualifiers of any good restaurant). You have to go! Also, try the Smoked Brisket Banh Mi (thanks Michelle for the photo!).

After lunch we got ice cream at Salt & Straw and I did get a picture (1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA).

That evening we went to Manhattan Beach for the sunset. Another incredible beach sunset.


I could stare at those pictures all day.

Dinner was Din Tai Fung (we went to the Torrance location since it wasn’t too far from the beach: 21540 Hawthorne Blvd #519, Torrance, CA). The food was amazing – I especially loved the garlic green beans. It could have been because I was starving but I promise they were delicious. This picture is of the veggie dumplings:

Day Four: Mr. Holmes and Departure

I’ve been to Mr. Holmes Bakehouse twice in San Francisco and was never able to secure a cruffin. This time I was determined and forced my friends to leave the Airbnb at 7am (sorry Michelle and Phoebe) so we could make sure we got one. Here’s the funny part: they don’t put out the cruffins until 9am (we arrived around 8). So, we did what any normal human would do, we waited. I had a latte and got my book out of the car. The cruffin was worth it and the flavor of the day was strawberry milkshake.

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse | 111 S Ave 59, Los Angeles, CA

We didn’t have much time after since we had to go to the airport, so we killed some time at Nordstrom Rack (a personal favorite spot) and grabbed lunch.

Overall it was a great weekend! I can’t wait for Treat yo’ Self 2018 (not yet planned) and also need to plan another trip to California.

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