Los Angeles has always had a rich history of storytelling and has provided the setting for some of history's greatest books so it's no surprise the city has no shortage of stores dedicated to the written word. Whether you're looking to revisit an old favorite or find your next beach read, celebrate this National Book Lover's Day (August 9th) by checking out these unique Los Angeles area independent bookstores.
Manhattan Beach Boulevard runs from the Pacific coast and ends just shy of Interstate 110. There's plenty to keep you entertained throughout the day. Here are a few attractions along the strip, all culminating into a relaxing beachfront evening right around your Manhattan Beach hotel, The Sea View Inn..
Breakfast options are abundant on the boulevard. Blue Star Donuts features flavors such as raspberry rosemary buttermilk and poppy seed lemon buttermilk donuts. They even had a Bacon Maple Glazed donut! For those looking for a heartier or lighter breakfast, head over to Noah's Bagels for coffee, bagels, sandwiches, and other treats.
Start the morning off with a nice walk at the Alondra Community Regional Park. The park opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. Sites include a wooded prairie with a large lake over 53 acres. There are several other parks along the boulevard including Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden, and Manhattan Heights Park.
The perks of living on Manhattan Beach are well documented. Beautiful sunlight, beautiful water, beautiful weather and beautiful Manhattan Beach hotels. We all know riding the waves or tanning on the beach are a couple of the must-do activities when out and about with friends, but what about in and around the gorgeous landscape? What else does Manhattan beach provide for its residents? Well, here are 3 things to keep you busy in between those beach getaways:
When visiting Manhattan Beach, you will be delighted by the amazing variety of shopping choices available. From boogie boards to swimwear, and all the beach themed must-haves imaginable, you won’t have to look far for supplies or souvenirs.
However, if you’d prefer to discover some of the more offbeat shops Manhattan Beach has to offer, there are some fun places nearby to purchase antiques, artwork and unconventional oddities.
Whether you’re out to find a good read by a local author, Himalayan fair trade items or a peculiar gift for a particularly eccentric friend, the following six shops will not disappoint!
Situated next to the historic LA Farmer’s Market in the stylish Fairfax district, The Grove is a feast for the senses with delicious food, great shopping and plenty of celebrity sightings.
The Grove is designed around a large, beautiful fountain that displays choreographed water shows, every hour on the hour. And after the water show, you can head to Nordstrom, Michael Kors, Anthropologie, Barneys New York, Kiehl's, the two-story Gap or many of the other great stores The Grove has to offer.
Whether you like to shop till you drop or you're the guy on the bench, holding all the bags and waiting for the nightmare to end, Manhattan Beach has a shopping experience sure to please all: the Metlox. A combination of sleek, European modernism and Californian heritage, the Metlox offers shopping, fine dining, and entertainment for all ages.
Located right at the gateway of downtown Manhattan Beach, the Metlox isn't your typical "lifestyle center," offering a much more upscale choice of shopping and dining. It's also an incredibly beautiful environment just to be in, with numerous fountains and landscaped courtyards.
Where can you find more than 100 of the most chic shops in the world all together in a beautiful setting? On Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, of course - the address alone practically defines fashion and style.
The "crown jewel" in the heart of this fashionista's paradise is Two Rodeo Drive, which couples European charm and ambiance with world famous designer shops. Along this winding cobblestone street, you'll find luxury boutiques like Jimmy Choo, Tiffany & Co., Versace, Lalique, Harry Winston and a host of others.