Venice Beach is my favorite of the beach towns along Los Angeles, Westside. It fulfills my fantasy of living in a sleepy beach community where you can walk around all day in flip flops and nothing is rushed. This is my second trip to LA this year, my first being in February to West Hollywood. On this trip we chose to get some winter sun and rented a town house from One Fine Stay and spent five days in Venice Beach.
Previously my experience with Venice was walking up and down the sun drenched, touristy and always crowded Venice Beach Boardwalk . On this visit I was able to become more integrated into the Venice community. Early mornings included walks to pick up coffee at either Blue Bottle, Intelligentsia or Tom’s Shoe store with a coffee shop at the back. It may be a small point, but for me, coming from Chicago, the fact that I can walk around outside in jeans and and a light jacket on a December morning heightens the thrill of the whole experience. I loved people watching in Venice Beach. The Venice Beach community is a wonderful hodge podge of creative types, bohemian types, hipster types and this being Los Angeles, Hollywood types.
Morning coffee was followed by our daily walks on chic and buzzy Abbot Kinney Blvd, the main commercial street in Venice Beach, full of vintage shops, little home stores, juice bars and a good smattering of big label brands. Kale is king here as I have never seen so many vegetarian and vegan restaurants in one place.
The store fronts on Abbot Kinney are so cute, they take curb appeal to another level.
Next to Abbot Kinney, the Venice Canals is a community unto itself. Created at the turn of the 20th Century by tobacco millionaire, Abbot Kinney, with the intention of making Venice Beach the Venice of the West. The contemporary style houses are so perfect looking I had to wonder did Abbot Kinney know about Instagram in 1905 ?
I had to make at least one trip to the beach, even though it was a little chilly to spend to long on the sand it was fun to go down to muscle beach where Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno worked out in the early 70’s
I know for sure I will be back in Venice, I have already seen another house to rent on One Fine Stay.