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L.A Sites and Scenes for the Quirky at Heart

18 January 2019 Written by   Jeff Shotwell Published in blog
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What makes your visit memorable might be a little left of the typical tourist sites. There are always new and unique places to see, so we've highlighted a few below.

Even L.A. natives may not be aware of this cultural gem that originated in Portland and then migrated south in 2013 along with its owners. Tucked away in Chinatown, the Velveteria museum is where you'll peruse hundreds of carefully curated portraits and paintings, all done on velvet. Kitschy? Sure. But you won't leave disappointed. Where else can you find Snoop Dog and Mona Lisa under the same roof?

When in La La Land, definitely visit Venice Beach, where the people watching along the boardwalk is some of the best. While there, be sure to stop by the Mosaic House, because next to the Gaudi building in Barcelona, this is one of the most uniquely artistic structures you'll ever come across. It's only open Saturdays, but make a day of it and have lunch or dinner atop nearby Hotel Erwin, a slightly hidden, hip scene where you'll enjoy sweeping views of Venice and beyond.

If you love beach culture, be sure to pay homage to the Beach Boys by visiting the site of the Wilson brothers' childhood home. While the house itself is now gone, there's a lovely monument you can take a selfie with, located in the city of Hawthorne near the 105 Freeway. If you seek to blend in with the seaside vibe, head to ET Surf in Hermosa Beach, around since 1972 and as much a local's hangout as one-stop shop for all things surf and skate.

Street art has become a trendy form of expression over the typical museum art, so try not to miss a downtown L.A. Art Tour. Not only will you see some of the coolest urban talent on display, but you're likely to run into some of the best food trucks, like the infamous Kogi BBQ or Grilled Cheese Truck. Get your art and grub on while covering the city by foot!

In the mood for some souvenirs from your visit? The Time Travel Mart is not your ordinary shopping experience, but their offbeat inventory is great for gift giving and a fun alternative to your typical retail therapy. Get yourself a copy of Self Defense For Time Travelers for the trip home, or choose from various t-shirts, accessories and tchotchkes. It's a tongue-in-cheek palooza filled with one of a kind items. There are two L.A. area locations to choose from.

For more on where to go and what to see in L.A., contact us and we'll guide you in the right, or left, direction for whatever strikes your mood.