A travel journal
to Los Angeles by compass
Quote: Perfect days begin with perfect mornings. Whether you are up at the crack of dawn or rise more slowly, there are great activities, pamperings, and brunches awaiting you in Los Angeles. Here are some of my favorites and my thoughts on some well-know offerings.
Hotel | "Shutters on the Beach/ best sunrise view"
Pico One, the hotel restaurant, has an uncluttered menu of traditional and Californian fare. Deck side seating is available in the café portion. The lobby is spacious. The staff is always friendly and offers understated efficiency.
Nearby attractions: Santa Monica boardwalk, Venice farmers market and Muscle Beach, Malibu hikes and restaurants (see my future journals on these).
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2000
Shutters On The Beach
One Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, California 90405
Attraction | "Hollywood Sign Hike/ best overall view of LA"
Although the steep beginning will leave you a little winded, the view at the first peak is breathtaking in its own right. On a clear day you can see for miles in three directions-- Griffith Observatory to the east, downtown Los Angeles and beyond southeast, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The terrain quickly changes to rolling hills just as you pass bridle paths leading from a commercial stable.
At the first fork in the road, elect the backswitch to your left. Then work your way up winding elevated paths. You’ll encounter a paved path for the fire engines. Take a right here up the steeper incline. (Left leads you back to the neighborhood.) The paved road leads to views of Los Angeles’ Valley views and the Hollywood sign. (The sign is gated off. Climbing it is illegal.)
Should you choose to go left at the path’s you will shortly encounter another fork that offers the choice of a downhill path to lush ravines or the unmarked junction with Mulholland Trail. The Mullholland Trail junction leads to Griffith Park Observatory (12 miles later!).
I recommend the Mt. Lee hike for quiet morning hike that will leave you feeling your in nature’s backyard. Hiking boots not required. Bring water and expect higher temperatures in afternoon.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 22, 2000
6342 Mulholland Highway
Hollywood, California 90068
Attraction | "Easton Gym/ best morning gym"
The second is commitment to quality over quantity. This means low client numbers, plenty of new treadmills, rowers, and spin bicycles. Rarely are there lines for equipment. Small size, however, translates to fewer class offerings than at corporate gyms. There a limited number of classes in a few key disciplines. Among these are the standard aerobics and muscle classes. There is always one offering in new trends, like kwando. Each class I have tried has been lead by knowledgeable friendly staff.
If you prefer working out in a dark corner, this is not the place for you. But if your need for personal workout space comes with a desire for a snazzy environment and in-n-out access to equipment, there are few places better than Easton.
Showers, lockers, and towels provided. Television screens throughout gym. Personal trainers by appointment. Limited number of day passes are available for $45. Membership rates vary.
Easton Gym Hollywood
8053 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90048
los angeles, California