Summer may be over, but life is still hot in West Hollywood. As the calendar turns, do you find yourself thinking, “I need a vacation.” Well, come here, where the living is easy, in that so-called quiet period between now and New Year’s. Don’t worry, we’ve done the homework; here’s a cheat sheet of five ways to reclaim some freedom and fall into West Hollywood this season.
- Stay ahead of the holiday shopping curve
Do yourself a favor and tackle that shopping list before you succumb to the perils of holiday crowds. For a one-of-a-kind purchase, head to the shopping streets of Melrose Avenue and Robertson Boulevard in the Design District, or to the many boutiques in Sunset Plaza. To make any fashionista happy, visit The Beverly Center– under transformation but still open.
- Have you been outside?
Sorry for the arrogance (not really), but West Hollywood’s fall weather is better than most of the country and proves it with up-to-the-second weather posted on the home page of the website, www.visitwesthollywood.com. Take in the sunshine and hike in nearby Runyon Canyon, or bike all over LA for a day with a guide from Bikes and Hikes LA. Or, relax, sip poolside, and do nothing at all.
- Get yourself fit, fab and flawless before the New Year
With the unruly equation of indulgent festivities and the Dec 31 date you have with your little black dress, look to the experts to get you looking your best. Tone it up at Shape House, WeHo’s urban sweat lodge, get a B12 shot or even better, an IV-infused facial at Rehab Wellness, or go a long way to reshaping the back end with a few sessions at Cycle House and Training Mate. Who needs a New Year’s resolution, anyway?
- Fine dining, no hassle
Reservations at West Hollywood’s hottest spots don’t play as hard to get after high season visitors go home. Dine above it all, al fresco, at rooftop favorites CATCH LA and E.P. & L.P. For a no-drama dinner party, gather your chosen family to celebrate Friendsgiving at a WeHo restaurant offering a hassle-free, Thanksgiving menu. For those thinking about turning over a new leaf in the new year, Gracias Madre and Hugo’s Restaurant offer meat-free meals that don’t disappoint.
- Stay a couple of nights and get rewarded
Leave it to West Hollywood to offer a can’t-refuse extra at almost a dozen signature hotels in this 1.9 square mile city of fun. Stay two nights, midweek or weekend, and get a $50 room credit for your stay now to January 1, 2018. Take off, claim your power, no strings attached. Go to VisitWestHollywood.com/offer/weho50 to book your stay.
Participating hotels include Andaz West Hollywood, Best Western Sunset Plaza, Grafton on Sunset, Le Parc Suite Hotel, Le Montrose Suite Hotel, The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills, Mondrian Los Angeles, Palihouse West Hollywood, Ramada Plaza Hotel & Suites, and The Standard, Hollywood.
While the red carpet is at the cleaners, and summer has waved goodbye, now is the time to slip down to West Hollywood for a couple of days of relaxation, refreshment and refining, for all that needs to glow in the new year.