This week, Living‘s executive editor (and resident travel expert), Yolanda Edwards, is hosting California Week on her blog, Travels With Clara. Check back here every day for Yolanda’s favorite spots along the California coast, and head over to her blog for even more photos.
Our favorite new tradition (this is our second year) is to take off on a vacation on the last day of school. Last year we drove through Rhode Island and Maine, and this year we did a California road trip. We started in Los Angeles, and on this trip, we stayed on the west side at the Hotel Oceana, which is in Santa Monica, just outside of the mayhem of the 3rd Street Promenade, in a more residential neighborhood, although the Pacific Ocean is just across the road. I can’t say enough good things about the property. At check-in, you’re offered a glass of prosecco or water–such a thoughtful touch. All of the rooms surround the lovely pool, and the rooms are really spacious. When we got to the room, they had a beautiful fruit bowl for us, with the best tasting fruit we have ever had. Seriously. The note from the hotel management said they had picked it out from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market that morning…sweet!
Breakfast, which is included, is fantastic. It’s a European style buffet breakfast, with options like smoked salmon, meats and cheeses, granola, muesli, and then scrambled eggs, some of the best sausages we’ve had, and then a juice of the day. (They aim for organic and local ingredients.) Sitting outside next to the pool eating breakfast..doesn’t get much better than that.
Plenty of shade around the pool, and that lounger is great for hanging out with a baby.
Inside the dining room.
Looking back from the beach towards the hotel. It sits up on the bluff just behind where those palm trees are.
Entrance to our room.
We had fantastic tortilla soup for dinner in the hotel restaurant.