Weekending in LA

This weekend, I was in Los Angeles for the long holiday weekend.  On Valentine’s Day we went to a cute little restaurant (Little Fork in Hollywood) for dinner. Gosh was the food amazing! We wrapped up our evening at the famous Laugh Factory. I love stand up comedy and the comedians that performed did not disappoint! At one point I was laughing so hard I cried :).

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Saturday we biked from Venice Beach to the Pacific Palisades (12 miles in all!). It was hazy out, but still a pretty view out to the ocean. As you can see I am wearing pants and a long sleeve top. The Northeastern gal in me can’t quite get on board with a bikini and cut off shorts in February.  February is winter! Not time to sunbathe and playing beach volleyball.  Maybe one day I will become a true “California girl”…

Sunday we headed over to the Huntington Library and Art Gallery. I was thrilled about the Rose Garden and Tea Room. However, when we finally got there I was greatly disappointed. There were no roses! I am assuming rose season is later in the year? Also the tea room was horrible looking. Nothing cute or girly about it. It was this crowded room with a cheapy looking buffet in the center. Ugh. I made the boyfriend turn around seconds after we went in.

Other than this, the rest of the grounds were wonderful. There are several different types of gardens to explore (Japanese, Chinese, Desert, Australian) and cute little ponds to sit by.  Mr. Huntington’s residence has been turned into an art museum. The house itself was pretty stellar. The owners have preserved the architecture and decor nicely.  The portrait gallery was amazing. The detail that painters used back then is out of this world!

I also liked this park because it was family friendly. Along the way there were several craft stations related to the garden you were in. For instance, Origami in the Japanese Garden. That was a great touch to keep kids occupied and promote the arts of the region. Overall, this was a great change of pace from the bustling city life.

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