Beach City Heaven: Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo Beaches

The three Beach Cities in the South Bay are bustling, unpretentious havens of ocean adoration. Locals seem to have drifted into town for love of the sea and have stayed on for decades, abiding by it’s rhythms and managing their …

7.23.14

Which Malibu Beach Is for You?

Santa Monica and Venice tend to be the go-to beach destination for West L.A.-ers. But, we drove north on PHC to explore the diverse offerings of Malibu’s many beaches and discovered endlessly diverse and spectacular options. For one thing, the …

7.18.14

Malibu Farm Pier Cafe Sets the Table for Summer!

How Do You Know It’s Summertime in LA? You have time to drive up the coast for a perfect outdoor lunch!

Before the crush of the summer season makes a midday trip to Malibu seem like insanity, treat yourself to …

6.16.14

Local Outdoor Destinations for Spring Adventures

Sometimes a long drive isn’t in the cards…Sometimes the closer the better.  Los Angeles is brimming with hidden gems that are close enough to avoid the whining and far enough to escape the every day blahs.  Two of these are …

3.19.14

Wildlife Adventures are Just a Drive Away

In a big city like LA there is very little in the way of wildlife — let’s face, it: sometimes the Farmers’ Market petting zoos and mall pet stores aren’t quite enough to satisfy the nature itch.  A short drive

3.18.14

The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore

Are your local Barnes and Nobles bookstores either closing or overrun with computer-fixated patrons? Are you a little too dependent upon your Amazon wish list? We might have the perfect https://www.thefamilysavvy.com/2014/01/the-last-bookstore/ to modern book malaise:  a cavernous and strangely beautiful …

1.18.14

3 Reasons to Explore DTLA

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Surprise, surprise! DTLA has been listed at the tippy top of several travel lists for 2014.  GC magazine declared that “America’s Next Best City is inside LA” — declaring DTLA one of the coolest places in the country …

1.15.14

Malibu’s Public Spaces

Malibu conjures all the cliches of LA. We took a mid-week visit off season to remind ourselves how Malibu became Malibu. In other words, why do those who can afford to live here choose to live here, despite the fires and flooding and traffic? The answer is simple: when the land meets the sea, remarkable things happen.
10.3.13

A Crush on Cathedrals: Stained Glass at The Getty Center & Other Impressive Religious Spaces in LA

A new show at The Getty Center leads us back to Chaucer and Saint Thomas Becket and onward to visits to LA's spiritual spaces.
9.27.13