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Santa Monica’s Untouched Natural Paradise

Pop quiz: Where is the world’s largest urban national park? If you said Santa Monica, CA, you would be absolutely right....

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Candytopia: A Confectioner’s Dreamscape

As a child, did you imagine the bliss of wandering the Rainbow Road through Candyland Kingdom? Did you dream at night of joining Willy Wonka in pursuit of everlasting gobstoppers and gushing chocolate fountains?...

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Hike the Grand Canyon at Santa Monica’s Historic Broad Stage Theater

If we were compiling a list of the Seven Wonders of the Americas, the Grand Canyon would certainly be near the top. In recent years, however, this iconic geological formation has been increasingly threatened by human development....

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A Play on the Pier

Famous for its world-class aquarium, nearly century-old carousel hippodrome, and iconic solar-powered Ferris wheel, the Santa Monica Pier is a premier destination for good eats, casual shopping, and live entertainment....

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The Improv Diary Show: Teen Angst Has Never Been So Funny

When you were a teenager, did you keep a diary? Have you read that diary lately? What if you had to read it in front of a room full of strangers—strangers looking for a good laugh?...

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ICE at Santa Monica: Wintering by the Pacific

Santa Monica might not be the number one spot for a white Christmas, but if you’re not a fan of wearing seven layers and tunneling your car out from beneath massive snow drifts, then you’ve found the right place to spend December....

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An Evening with the Stars at Griffith Observatory

From its perch on Mount Hollywood, the Griffith Observatory enjoys breathtaking views of Hollywood, downtown L.A., and the Pacific Ocean. But of course, what keeps tourists coming back to the observatory year after year is not what’s below, but what’s above....

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A B(e)arrel of Laughs at the Westside Comedy Theatre

If you love to laugh as much as we do, then you have to check out Bear Supply, ranked among “The 100 Best Things in Comedy” last year by The Comedy Bureau....

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From Classic to Cult: Movies as They Should Be Seen

Since 1981 American Cinematheque has devoted itself to preserving and promoting the best of classic and cult film to the viewing public. The Cinematheque operates two venues, the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and the Aero Theatre right here in Santa Monica....

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Bergamot Station Arts Center: An Art Lover's Playground

Named for the Los Angeles to Santa Monica trolley stop that once occupied the site, Bergamot Station Arts Center is comprised of more than forty art galleries and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. ...

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Your Beachside Mansion Awaits

We’ve told you before about the outstanding art exhibits at the Annenberg Community Beach House, but in fact, that’s just one of many attractions that this unique Santa Monica venue has to offer. ...

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Discovering Identity through Art

A testament to Santa Monica's desire to cultivate new artistic visions and talent, the Annenberg Community Beach House hosts a year-round rotating exhibition that features the work of local painters, sculptors, photographers, performance artists, artist collectives, and more....

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From Canopied Forest to Ocean Vista

As the world’s largest urban national park, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area spans over 154,000 acres and boasts over 30 trails perfect for hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, campers, and more....

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Santa Monica Theaters Raise the Curtain

Crowd around these fabulous Santa Monica stages before the good tables fill up....

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Remember Santa Monica With a Walk

Spring makes its far-flung way across the eastern half of the country....

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Crack Up Something Lovely Together

Surprise your valentine this year with the gift of laughter and thrills....

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Sunday is for Walking in Santa Monica

Give your legs a good stretch with a peaceful walk through sunny Santa Monica....

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Santa Claus comes to Santa Monica

A bright display of twinkling holiday lights and hot chocolate are in tow as Santa Claus makes his way to Santa Monica this season. ...

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A Little Space for the Stars

There are plenty of museum around Santa Monica, but if you have any interest in the cosmos, the Griffith Observatory is the place for you. ...

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Brews, Brats, & Bikes

Santa Monica is one of the perfect places to be this October, as the city has several fall events for kids and adults alike. ...

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Classic Movies on a Classic Screen

For our film lovers, Aero Theatre in Santa Monica has just what you need. Owned by the same group that runs the famous Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, American Cinematheque brings the magic of old time movies back to old time theaters for the city of Santa Monica....

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Bodybuilding at the Beach

There are always those who somehow keep up on their training routines even while on vacation. In between eating healthy and downing protein smoothies, we invite you to Muscle Beach, a famous stretch of sand perfect for those who like to work out in style....

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A Glimpse of Santa Monica's Art Scene

For those who can’t have a satisfying trip without seeing work by local artists, the Bergamot Station Arts Center has your trip to Santa Monica covered....

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Spend a Day with History

Few of those who visit Santa Monica know about one of its most spectacular pieces of history. The Annenberg Community Beach House may sound like any run of the mill beachfront community center, but don’t let its name fool you....

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Breathe Easy

Though Santa Monica is known for its beaches, piers, and boardwalks, those looking to take a break from the tourist traps should try one of the many parks along the...

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Take the Scenic Route

Compliment your beachside yoga classes with a workout and stunning vistas from the Santa Monica Mountains. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area covers an area of more than 154,000 acres and is the largest urban national park in the world....

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Third Street Promenade

There’s more to our Southern California lifestyle than the beach, though it may be hard to believe. For a taste, head over to the Third Street Promenade, located less than fifteen minutes from our Santa Monica boutique hotel....

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Local and Fresh

Start your Wednesday morning off on a fresh note at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, just 10 minutes from our Santa Monica hotel....

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Art in the Park

Just fifteen minutes from our Santa Monica hotel, Tongva Park is an ocean-adjacent haven that harbors a playground, meadows, waterfalls, walking paths and a conch-sculpture overlooking the Pacific. ...

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Segue to The Segways

If you want to see all that Santa Monica and Venice Beach have to offer with ease, we recommend checking out Segway Los Angeles, located just a mile from our Santa Monica boutique hotel....

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Have Bike, Will Travel

Some might be surprised to learn that the number-one rated activity for Santa Monica on TripAdvisor is a bike path, but that’s just because they haven’t seen it yet. 26-Mile Bike Path is, as the name would suggest, a miles-long bike path that stretches up and down the Pacific coastline, starting just five minutes from our Santa Monica boutique hotel at the Pier....

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Surf's Up

If you're done relaxing by the waves, we suggest getting on top of them and catching a wave with Aqua Surf School. Located less than fifteen minutes from our Santa Monica boutique hotel, Aqua Surf offers surfing classes for all ages, including adults, so if you've ever dreamed of cutting through the waves on a board, now's the time to make it happen. ...

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Food Truck Fever

Street food and food trucks are a fun and familiar sight in SoCal - after all, who doesn't love a colorful, kitchen-equipped van serving up an endless array of tacos, gelatos and empanadas?...

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