LA Weekend Getaway
LA Weekend Getaway
Going to LA is like flying home after a long year abroad. I’m always missing the food and always missing my friends.
I went this time with my sister to show her around since she has never seen LA the way I have. My goal was to show her why I love LA so much and try to convert her into a LA fan.
We landed early in the morning at LAX and quickly got our rental car from Mid Way Car Rental, which I have rented before and is now the only place I rent my car from. We met up with my cousin and went for dim sum. We were heading for a great start.
The thing about LA is not how beautiful or clean the city looks. It’s how many hidden gems you can find in it. Most tourists end up disliking LA because the only thing they have seen is Sunset Dr. or the Kodak Theater, or Hollywood. And that my friend, are the worst part of LA. So how do I find these local gems? Ask locals, search on Yelp, or follow key people on Instagram. My friends are always amazed at how I know so much about these new places when I have been out of the city for so long. This is how. I will have a post next on the restaurants I went this time.
After Dim Sum, it was time to check in and we headed to our Airbnb in Echo Park, an uncharted territory for me but turned out to be perfect. We took it easy that day so we could wake up early the next day for San Diego.
Road-Trip To San Diego
San Diego is a short drive away from LA if there’s no traffic. Of course, this was not the case. It took us 3 hours to get there and we were tired and cranky from the long drive. We stopped at a rest area that turned out to be a really nice area to catch some fresh air but we didn’t’ stay long. The plan was to get brunch with a friend in San Diego but it was pushed to a late lunch. A few drinks later, we were dancing flamenco at Café Sevilla. The next day we had a well-deserved brunch and then visited Balboa Park, a newly constructed colonial park with a Japanese garden. Sadly, our day in San Diego came to an end and we headed back to LA, which only took us an hour to get back.
On our third night, we stayed at a loft in Downtown LA. It was very sketchy when we arrived but as soon as we entered the building, everything got better. The apartment was the quintessential LA industrial loft, which I absolutely love.
The best things about traveling is meeting new people or reconnecting with old friends. I met up with an old friend that currently lives in Australia but was visiting LA. at the same time. He also introduced us to a group of his friends and we ended up been a group of six having crepes on 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica.
I took my sister to see one of the most amazing view of Malibu. If you drive north from Los Angeles on the Pacific Coast Highway or CA 1N you will find one of the best view of Malibu. If you drive there in the early morning, you will be able to find a parking spot instead of parking on the lots which you would have to pay.
I have been to the Getty Center countless time but this was my first time at the Getty Villa.The museum is a beautiful colonial house with Greek and Roman antiques dating from 6,500 BC to 400 AD. I called to make reservations for two. Although the admission is free, you have to call to reserve a timed ticket. Parking fee is $15 but it covers both parking at the Getty Center and Getty Villa if you visit them both on the same day.
Road Trip To Big Bear
Big Bear – Snow Summit
Jet lag helped us wake up early in the morning and we headed for Hong Kong style breakfast at JJ Café. We had a hearty meal to prepare us for the slope, preserved egg congee and sunny side up eggs with pork chop.
We drove for an hour and a half and reached our destination: Snow Summit.
Did I accomplish my goal?
Yes and no. She did not appreciate the LA “look” but she did like the abundance of coffee places, restaurants, and things to do. She also discovered a new breed of people aside from the party animals in Miami and she found it refreshing. She finally understood what I mean when I say there’s more out there than this small party city in which we live in. This is when I realized, I have accomplished more than what I have set out for.