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WINE TASTING

With more than 50 vineyards in the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu is primed to be Southern California's next up-and-coming wine region. 

Here's where to sample the area's best vintages:

Sip Malibu Sit at shaded tables on the hillside and sample Cielo Wineyard's estate-grown wines, like the big, leathery Cabernet Sauvignon, or the crisp Woodstock Honey Pie, a white blend made from Napa fruit. Flights are $10 to $15 for four tastes.

Cornell Winery & Tasting Room  This art-filled space isn't a winery at all, but it is a great spot for sipping local and Central Coast wines ($15 for eight); the selection changes daily. Hit The Old Place next door for a wine-absorbing brunch or dinner.

Malibu Family Wines  Bring a picnic and sprawl out on the lovely grounds for the afternoon. In the tasting room, you'll sample the newest releases of Semler and Saddlerock wines, including the easy-drinking Semler rosé.

Rosenthal Estate Wines You can't visit the spectacular Rosenthal Wines estate in Malibu-Newton Canyon, but you can stop at this tasting room on the Pacific Coast Highway. Try all of the estate wines, plus Surfrider reds and whites ($15 for flight), then sit on the patio and watch the waves.

And on your way back, head over to Malibu Country Mart- up PCH by Pepperdine.  Cute shops, you'll def see a celeb or 2 there.

 
SANTA MONICA
 
Eat.
Milo and Olive for food and wine for foodies and winos.
 
The Original Father's Office for the blue cheese burger and draft beers. But please proceed with caution, they don't serve their burgers with ketchup. There is also a second location in Culver City with great outdoor seating and people watching. 
 
Huckleberry for the excellent counter service salads, sandwiches, and baked goods. Hands down, Josh's favorite breakfast.  Try the Green Eggs & Ham.
 
Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery - get The Godmother.  A Santa Monica institution.  Bring one back on the plane with you and people may try to buy your sandwich from you. 
 
Cha Cha Chicken- Grab some Caribbean chicken after a day at the beach, one of Josh's favorites. 
 
 
Shop. 
Hennessy and Ingalls for art, architecture, and design books.
 
The 3rd Street Promenade for people watching and a smorgasbord of stores, all outdoors.
 
Planet Blue for the likes of hip casual wear. On Montana and on Main St.
 
ZJ's surf shop on Main St.
 
 
Do.
Beach. Enough said!
 
 
 
Santa Monica Surf School
 Rebecca's c
hildhood friend, Nick owns it and will give you a great deal if you mention the "Levy/Rothstein Wedding Extravaganza"
 
Farmer's Market on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. See a celeb or 2 and best produce around.
 
Rent bikes at Ocean Park and cruise the boardwalk from SM pier to Venice pier. 
 
The Huntley Hotel rooftop for a New York City priced cocktail and breathtaking Santa Monica view.
 
 
 
VENICE
 
Eat.
Gjelina for wood fire oven squash blossom pizza, great atmosphere.
 
Abbott's Pizza company - get the salad pizza.
 
3 Square for brunch, get the fried avocado and pretzel rolls.
 
Intelligentsia for the best $7 cup of coffee you'll ever have.  After you finally get your cup of coffee, go to the store next to Intelligencia, it's a vintage housewares store that is beyond adorable. 
 
Lemonade on Abbot Kinney and Venice.  So delicious for lunch.  Or any meal for that matter. Rebecca' recommends a side of the Israeli truffle cous cous.
 
Shop.
Urbanic for cute paper goods.
 
The Stronghold for custom made jeans and suspenders and for the occasional speakeasy cocktail and live music at night, head upstairs.
 
Steven Alan for classic Americana.
 
 
Principessa Cute store on Abbot Kinney, mix of designer clothing and more budget friendly stuff.
 
Do
Walk the canals. 
 
Eat at some food truck that will be parked on Abbott Kinney.
 
 
SOME OTHER SAFE BETS
 
 
Eat.
Apple Pan for the longest running mom and pop burger house in the city. 
 
Junior's Deli for potato latkes and matzo ball soup.
 
Stan's Donuts for the peanut butter and chocolate filled monster donut.
 
In N Out near UCLA or in Venice for the design and burger.
 
Reddi Chick for cheap and good fried chicken and BBQ sauce.
 
 
Sweet Rose Creamery for small batch, homemade ice cream. Get the Basil, Salted Caramel or Black Sesame Soy.
 
Pressed Juicery for fresh concoctions straight from the cold press. Fave is pear ginger pineapple mint.
 
Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles- enough said, it's legendary
 
Mozza- insanely good pizza- but like nice pizza, not grab a slice. They also offer cooking classes, if you'd be interested in that. You have to call if you want the cooking class schedule.
 
Bazaar- totally expensive and over the top crazy gastronomy in H.Wood at the SLS Hotel
 
 
Do
Hike in Runyon Canyon- more H.wood area'ish
 
Getty Villa Museum- Off the PCH in Malibu. Go for the view first, art second. 
 
Hike in Temescal Canyon- Santa Monica Mts. 
 
 
 

 

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WHERE TO GET GORGEOUS. 

Need your nails done?
Elegant Nails- 518 Wilshire Blvd, 3 blocks from The Fairmont 310-458-1287

Main Attractions Nails - 2654 Main Street in Santa Monica 310-450-1688

Need your hair done?
The DryBar on San Vicente in Brentwood www.TheDryBar.com 11677 San Vicente Blvd. 310-442-6084

Forme Salon on Main Street in Santa Monica www.FormeSalon.com 3110 Main St 310-899-4444

By-u-ti - 510 Wilshire Blvd. 310-587-2207

Hair Designer- 1507 4th St 310-458-6951

Piero Hair Salon- 2431 Main St. 310-314-1566

Sechoir Dry Bar- 1121 Montana Ave 310-310-8238

 

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