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El Segundo

A February 2006 trip to El Segundo by vondrejech

Main Street  and Grand Avenue Photo, El Segundo, California More Photos
Quote: A hidden community so quaint that numerous movies are filmed here. There is a secret beach, fine dining, neighborhood "cheers" all safe, and it is right next to LAX.

El Segundo

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Overview

Main Street  and Grand Avenue Photo, El Segundo, California
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Visit our secret beach, stroll down our famous streets or take an art walk, but enjoy our town's hospitality. Full of friendly charm and vintage brick buildings (many movies are filmed here) downtown, El Segundo is a little hometown village located right smack in the middle of Los Angeles County. Quaint shops, fine dining and beautiful parks welcome the visitor, and we invite you to visit and rest in our safe and friendly little corner of LA. Grab a picnic and hang out in one of our many perfectly manicured parks including one with a gazebo. Catch the right weekend and our town band will serenade you with a free concert in the park.Enjoy watching jets take off fr...Read More

Second City Bistro

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Restaurant | "Second City Bistro - El Segundo"

Second City Bistro Photo, El Segundo, California
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Second City Bistro is extraordinary when it comes to fabulous wine and scrumptious food. Their motto "American flair with flair" says it all. This Zagat reviewed restaurant offers those with a discriminating palate the best place, in and around town, to sample fabulous four-star dining. New Zeland chef Nikki Hoelsey mixes up the menu with presentations that rival the décor. With attention to detail she orders her fresh halibut whole so that she can carve it herself. The pasta is so full of fresh red peppers, artichokes and veggies that it’s hard to know where to begin on the savory plate. Stuffed filet mignon, oysters bursting over the appetizer spoons and a wine list longer than the menu ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 9, 2006

Second City Bistro
223 Richhmond Street
El Segundo, California 90245
(310) 322-0865

Second City Bistro

Attraction

Second City Bistro Photo, El Segundo, California
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Second City Bistro is extraordinary when it comes to fabulous wine and scrumptious food. Their motto "American flair with flair" says it all. This Zagat reviewed restaurant offers those with a discriminating palate the best place, in and around town, to sample fabulous four star dining. New Zeland chef Nikki Hoelsey mixes up the menu with presentations that rival the décor. With attention to detail she orders her fresh halibut whole so that she can carve it herself. The pasta is so full of fresh red peppers, artichokes and veggies that it’s hard to know where to begin on the savory plate. Stuffed filet mignon, oysters bursting over the appetizer spoons and a wine list longer than the menu ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2006

Second City Bistro
223 Richmond Street
El Segundo, California 90245
(310) 322-6085

Purple Orchid

Attraction | "The Purple Orchid"

Purple Orchid Photo, El Segundo, California
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The Purple Orchid is a fun, Tiki themed, bar with a stage for small bands. We love to hang out here in the evenings with friends for real drinks. Most of our favorite places are beer and wine licensed, and don't have the full alcohol license. The owners are fun and very involved in the local community, you can usually spot Dave and Rebecca dressed in a fun purple outfit with accessories. In fact, if you happen to notice everyone is dressed up, you've probably walked into one of their famous themed parties. They just had a trucker night, so if you walk into the Orchid and feel out of place either a surf band is playing or there is a theme party going on. Don't worry about a costume, just grab a f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2006

Purple Orchid
221 Richmond Street
El Segundo, California 90245
(310) 322-5829

Richmond Bar and Grill Photo, El Segundo, California
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This is the "Cheers" of our town. When we walk in, the owners or bar staff begin pouring our drinks, before we even start our "how ya doin's". This is the place to have a beer with the mayor, local business owners, famous athletes, and the rest of the gang. Families with kids, and singles on the look out, are all welcome. This is a place for great priced drinks, and delicious food. Nothing on the menu is over $6.95, so it's easy on your wallet, a definite bargain as we love their menu. Their fresh cut potato chips are a must order, even if you're only in for a beer, which by the way is a steal, a 32 ounce Schooner of draft beer is only $4.50. With all of the wonderful people, friendly atmosphere ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2006

Richmond Bar and Grill
145 Richmond Street
El Segundo, California 90245
(310) 322-7397

Dockweiler State Beach

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Attraction | "El Segundo Beach"

Dockweiler State Beach Photo, Los Angeles, California
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The El Segundo Beach is a hidden treasure, it's uncrowded, offers easy parking, and the view on a clear day stretches from Santa Monica and Malibu to the North, to Palos Verdes on the South end. You can sit on the sand and watch the planes take off from LAX just north of the beach, or you can hit the paved trails along the sand that stretch for miles longer than I can bike, skate or jog. Take a picnic or head back into downtown for a great meal (less than a mile away). There are volleyball courts and a jetty that the kids love to play on, but the biggest draws are the moderate waves that are so much fun to splash in. The beach is staffed with lifeguards during the summer months, but d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2006

Dockweiler State Beach
Vista Del Mar Blvd From El Segundo North To Del Rey Lagoon
Playa Del Rey 90293
(310) 322 7036

Murals and Historic Buildings

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Attraction

Murals and Historic Buildings Photo, El Segundo, California
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There are numerous murals throughout the town, keep an eye out as you walk down Main Street. If you begin at the corner of Mariposa and Main, where the Masonic Temple is located, there is a huge (I'll get the dimensions and add them) mural reflecting man's journey through space. Continue south on Main Street, and just past Grand Avenue you'll see a mural about military aircraft next to the Chevron Station (we manufacture fighter jets in El Segundo in the industrial area, and we have a little known Air Force Base). The post office is connected to this building, and it too has some fabulous art painted on the front. Turn right (west) at the corner of Franklin and Main Streets and take a loo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2006

Murals and Historic Buildings
Throughout El Segundo
El Segundo, California

Parks

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Attraction | "Parks of El Segundo"

Parks Photo, El Segundo, California
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In our two-mile by two-mile downtown community, we are focused on families. You'll see kids of all ages jogging, riding bikes, and skateboarding. It's so safe here that there are kids everywhere, don't be surprised if people take a close look at you because they don't know you... they just want to keep the kids safe. Let the locals know you came by for a visit and you'll find yourself with new friends. Obviously, with a focus on family we have phenomenal parks; we have over 12 parks, including a skate park and a dog park. The three largest parks are Recreation Park, located on Pine (one block South of Mariposa); Eucalyptus (two blocks east of Main); and Library Park, across the street from the Hi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2006

Parks
Througout El Segundo
El Segundo, California

Viewing Area of Los Angeles Airport

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Attraction

Viewing Area of Los Angeles Airport Photo, El Segundo, California
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LAX is the fifth busiest airport in the world, and it's in our backyard (quite literally). So what do you do besides soundproof your house when you live this close to the airport? You build a deck and make a hobby out of viewing those airplanes; that's just what our city has done. If you haven't been outside to witness airplanes take off from an unobstructed and clear view, then this is the place to sit back with a cappuccino and do so. Benches, tables, and viewing binoculars are available at this hillside deck. Bring some checkers or chess pieces if you want to hang out awhile, as the tables have checkerboards built in them. If you're a real enthusiast, bring your camera and a monster telepho...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2006

Viewing Area of Los Angeles Airport
Imperial Avenue
El Segundo, California 90045
(310) 646-5252

Walking / Jogging

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Attraction | "Brisk walk/jog around town from local hotels"

Walking / Jogging Photo, El Segundo, California
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Don't stay cooped up in your hotel room because you're afraid of the icky industrial neighborhood that you are probably viewing from your window. Head west to the wonderful downtown area of El Segundo. If you are staying at the Hacienda Hotel or the nearby Marriott, you can head west of Sepulveda and have an enjoyable walk or jog. Grand Avenue is a couple of blocks south of Mariposa and leads straight to the beach, so if you're a great jogger and want a challenge head this way. Grand Avenue hill is great while you're jogging/walking down, but it's not fun on the way back up (trust me, I do it all the time). Grand is not as pretty as the walk I detail below, but it is the direct street to the b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2006

Walking / Jogging
Throughout El Segundo
El Segundo, California