CALIFORNIA DREAMING – LA TRAVEL GUIDE

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When the East Coast settles into winter temperatures, there’s really only two ways to deal with it. Go into full-on hibernation mode, or pack a bag and make a run for it. If you’re following me on Social Media, you know by now that I chose the latter – and hopped on a plane to LAX (cue that Miley song). 

The last and only time I visited LA was brief, so I was super happy to finally spend some quality time in the City of Angels – both for work and fun. I was determined to explore as many parts of the city as possible, and if I thought my social schedule’s survival was depending on transport in NY, Los Angeles was a whole other story. Getting around in Cali without a car is close to impossible – so Uber will be your best wingman.

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Depending on your tolerance for heat (and crowds), LA is always a good idea.

March – May: Spring. Long sleeves morning and night, but most afternoons will be warm enough for the beach.

June – August: Summer is peak season, it’s hot and busy, but for good reason.

September – November: Similar temperatures to Spring, incredible sunsets.

December – Feb: “Winter” Hardly though. No parka needed.the-rue-collective-california-uber-7

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Malibu Farm 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy

Pizzana 3510 Sunset Boulevard

Republique 624 South La Brea

SUGARFISH (Sushi) multiple locations

Mixed Company 3903 W Sunset Blvd.

PYT (Vegetarian) 400 S. Main Street

Botanica 1620 Silver Lake Blvd

Pink Taco 88 Sunset Blvd.

Cafe Birdie 5631 N. Figueroa Street

Leona 123 Washington Boulevard

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Beverly Hills Sixty Hotel (pictured above)

The Beverly Hills Hotel

The Line Hotel

The Hollywood Roosevelt

ACE Hotel DTLA

Malibu Beach Inn

Nobu Ryokan

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*This post is sponsored by Uber, but all opinions are my own.

NASHVILLE TENNESSEE

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Nashville, Tennessee, accurately nicknamed Music City is waiting to swoon your inner cowboy, feed your southern appetite and take you on a tour of it’s smoky, beer infused live music scene.   

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when-to-gowhen-to-goThe warm weather brings the live music scene to life and when it starts to cool off, the changing colours and country side bring all the Fall feels.

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(this is how you splitfare with Uber)

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The Flipside: Retro style diner, world famous for it’s chicken, but as I’m currently a veggo I had the soup and inhaled the tatter tots. Omg they were good.   

Cafe Roze: Trendy all day cafe with healthy dishes, good coffee and cocktails.

Henley: Definitely not your standard menu. Chic and modern with a great cocktail menu. Get the Flake and drink the Mezcal Cocktail. 

Mas Tacos: Trendy street food style Mexican, to feed your taco coma. 

Biscuit Love: Wildly popular and famous for its biscuits. You will wait in line, but it’s worth it. Leave your diet outside.

Salt & Vine: Super chic, not-so-little wine bar with flavour-filled small plates. 

Marsh HouseI almost drank the butter sauce from the bottom of my shrimp dish.

Vegan Options:

House of Veggies & Vegan: Some of the best Vegan pizza I’ve ever had. They deliver, for a post Nash Vegas bedtime snack.

Sunshine Cafe: Vegan wraps, salads and bowls. I had the buffalo ‘chicken’ wrap and I’m still thinking about it. 

 

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Urban Cowboy Public House: Rustic-chic backyard bar with a large patio. In the cooler months they have a fire on the patio.  

The Patterson House: Fancy cocktails. Featured in GQ.

3 Crow Bar: Good and divey. Just my tune.

Santa’s Pub: K, I LOVE this place. It’s a serious dive bar with karaoke in a double-wide trailer. Hilarious. Get ready to smell like smoke. Also, it’s cash only.

Tootsie’s: Famous Broadway country bar with 3 floors. I never wanted to leave. 

ACME Feed & SeedAlan Jackson’s bar on Broadway, multiple levels with a sushi floor and rooftop. 

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Urban Cowboy Im obsessed with this place. It’s a rustic-chic B&B. Exactly what I thought of when I first pictured Nashville!

Union Station Hotel This is the original train station converted into a hotel. The building is really cool and it’s super close to downtown, but depending on how many Whiskey’s you sank before bed the trains are a little loud. 

Thompson Nashville I’m always a fan of Thompson Hotels. This one is done up in a rustic theme, has a wicked rooftop and Marsh House is downstairs.

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*This post is sponsored by Uber, but all opinions are my own.