Santa Monica, CA

BY Michelle Lyn

The westernmost point of Los Angeles’ hustle and bustle lies in swanky Santa Monica, just neighboring hipster Venice. Shutters on the Beach is the iconic oceanfront property with Cape Cod-style shuttered windows (hence the name) that proffers the best view of the Pacific in town. Cozy up in the living room bar and plan out the perfect weekend on LA’s westside.

MORNINGS
Start with complimentary classes in meditation and yoga, or grab a coffee and go for a walk on the boardwalk. Shutters on the Beach sits perfectly on the sand of Santa Monica Bay near the historic Santa Monica Pier, the perfect place to watch the sunrise.

Head back to the hotel for breakfast at Coast Beach Café & Bar, taking full advantage of views of the ocean and the open kitchen. A self-heating floor provides warmth on cooler days, and two plasma screens are above the long, inviting bar with a lively communal table. Coast is situated directly on the bicycle path, so you can indulge in people watching while you eat. If you want to try somewhere off property, Huckleberry Bakery & Café is a cozy spot that offers homemade artisan breads, pastries, breakfast items, flatbreads, soups, salads, sandwiches, rotisserie 

chickens and desserts. Produce comes from the local farmer’s market, and they only use free range hormone- and antibiotic-free meat, poultry and dairy.

AFTERNOONS
Shutters is near famed Montana Avenue (for shopping), Third Street Promenade (for people watching) and Venice’s Abbot Kinney (for hipster shopping and watching).

The beaches of Venice and Malibu are within 20 minutes, so take a ride on a beach cruiser, have your fortune read on Venice Beach, ride on the Ferris wheel, build a sandcastle, take a surfing lesson or go for a hike. The options are practically limitless and if you dream it, the Shutters team is happy to make it happen.

If you’re kind of a foodie and looking for a unique experience, M.A.K.E. is a living foods restaurant featuring cutting edge plant-based cuisine. The menu is executed under the guidance of raw food chef and author Matthew Kenney, whose adjacent Matthew Kenney Culinary is a state-of-the-art raw food chef school that draws students from all over the globe. The restaurant’s menu features innovative ideas inspired by seasonal, local produce as well as many of Kenney’s classic raw food dishes. His dining area has three components: a communal omakase-style bar where guests have a fresh juice or cocktail while watching chefs prepare a tasting menu; an airy dining room accented with natural woods and fabrics; and a full service outdoor patio to take advantage of the near-perfect Santa Monica weather.

EVENINGS
Transition into darkness by relaxing at ONE the Spa at Shutters, where they combine organic and indulgent body treatments, facials, massages, tropical rain showers, manicures and pedicures. The interior is clean, crisp and ship-shape, recalling the romantic era of the 1930s yachting scene and blending succinctly with Shutters on the Beach. Natural woods and stone combined with subtle tones of sand and sea evoke the healing powers of the Pacific.

A seat in Living Room at Shutters is one of the most sought-after spots in LA for a cocktail at sunset. Offering drinks and light meals, Living Room is a wonderful respite from the sun or daytime routine.

Just a few steps from your room, One Pico has a market-fresh menu that is perfect for a romantic seaside dinner. A couple other great options are BOA Steakhouse, a dark and sexy restaurant, and Tar & Roses, a great little spot for unique dishes to share.

PLANNING AHEAD

When to Go
Santa Monica enjoys moderate-to-warm temperatures year round averaging in the 70s and 80s most of the year.

Rates
They begin at $625 per night, and suites are available from $1,295 to $6,500 per night (subject to change)

Book It
Shutters on the Beach, One Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, California 90405 • (310) 458-0030 • ShuttersOnTheBeach.com