Escape to: LA

Last weekend, I booked a trip to LA for my 25th birthday and as promised, I'm gonna keep up with this series and share how I spent my stay and a few things you can do within that time span! 

Just like the last post in this series, the first step is lodging. I resided at the Beverly Hills Marriott and to maximize comfort, I chose a 1 bedroom suite which I would highly recommend, it gets rid of that cliché hotel vibe and lots more space to relax. The hotel is conveniently located within a mile of Rodeo Drive to fulfill all your shopping needs, and walking distance of tons of cafe's/restaurants for quick bites.   

My go-to wherever I go is food. I'm a sucker for brunch and I'm so thankful for the youtubers that I watch out of LA who inspire me to try new places. Pictured above is the French toast from Perch LA. When I tell you this was the BEST French toast I've ever had, I'm not kidding, 10/10. The atmosphere was also note worthy, you can enjoy your meal on the 16th floor patio dining and overlook downtown LA. I would suggest to book your reservations in advance, they go quick!

Explore, explore, explore! You'd be surprised on all there is to do if you slightly step outside of LA. Pictured above is the Korean Bell of Friendship located in San Pedro, CA. What was about a 20 minute drive from Beverly Hills was absolute paradise. Not only do you get to take in the amazing architecture of this site, but you'll be able to overlook the coast. 

(Image taken by Greater Good)

This may fall under the same category as exploring or you may consider it your own form of entertainment. My boyfriend and I were able to book a last minute ferry out of Long Beach, CA, to Santa Catalina Island, Avalon, CA. It's crazy to think that this island is part of LA County. It reminded me so much of the Caribbean due to the colorful houses and compact nature. We only stayed a little over two hours but it was worth the trip. Tons of views off the ocean, amazing food, and nice people!

There's so much you can do in such little time. Just be sure to remember that LA traffic is real so planning in advance is recommended. I enjoyed my birthday and everything almost felt normal again despite the pandemic. Always remember to stay safe and cautious!