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For a genuine local wine country experience, spend a night or two at one of the region’s picturesque wineries.
Like the wines, these accommodations vary by taste but are equally elegant and refined.
An elegant and informal artist colony, the seaside town of Laguna Beach is a seven-mile stretch of coastline punctuated by scenic coves, curvy canyons, and small streets lined with shops, galleries, and restaurants.
Visitors flock to Laguna in the summer, not just for the beach, but for the annual Festival of Arts Pageant of the Masters, a 90-minute narrated performance of (living pictures), set on a stage in an outdoor amphitheater with actors posing in hyper-realistic, recreated works of classical and contemporary art that will fool your eyes.
Although California is known for all its fresh foods, to experience L. like an Angelino, head to the counter at The Apple Pan in Westwood for a paper-wrapped burger, then finish off with their famous apple or banana cream pie. A.’s oldest continuing operating burger joints, The Apple Pan was the inspiration for the Johnny Rockets chain of restaurants.
During the day, head to Grand Central Market for the sites and scents of everything gastronomic you can think of.Now a celebrity chef, Kogi BBQ’s co-founder Roy Choi is at the helm of five brick and mortar restaurants, the Commissary, Chego! A glass greenhouse with exposed aluminum pipes, the Commissary is perched on the roof of the uber-cool The Line in Koreatown between Hollywood and Downtown L. Following Choi’s “not fancy” food philosophy, the Commissary offers a minimalistic, primarily plant-focused menu.Tree limbs sprouting small lights appear to float from the glass ceiling while hanging plants and potted trees mingle among the distressed stools at the bar.Visit some olive groves to sample the superb artisan small-batch olive oils.Regalo Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Ojai Olive Oil are both family-owned presses dating back to the mid-1800s era of the Spanish missions when the valley had a communal olive press.
Sprinkled with restaurants, cool boutiques, and galleries, Ojai’s quaint two-block downtown is a great place to walk or bike.