Sometimes, granting yourself a holiday during the holidays can be a reward that’s smarter than most. But what about all of your loved ones who live in Los Angeles? Won’t you miss them? If so, how about planning a trip for which you don’t go anywhere further than the 405 freeway? That means you’ll still be in town but you won’t be left without having some fun, letting work slide until your vacation is over. That said, following are five viable ideas for how to make the most of your upcoming holiday staycation.
The Langham Huntington
1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 568 3900
Check into an upscale hotel for an evening or two to experience LA from the tourist’s point of view as well as for a way to be pampered as much as possible without having to depend on those who dwell in your usual home. The Langham Huntington makes guests feel special in so many ways, keeping up the tradition for a whole century of catering to discerning guests. Choose to languish in your posh room, enjoying the glamour, or get out and survey the rarefied surroundings of this 23-acre retreat many consider nirvana.
212 S. Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills , CA 90212
LA foodies are constantly looking for the most recently opened dining spot with clout so bragging rights can begin. Enter Maude, Curtis Stone’s newest baby and named the “best new restaurant in Los Angeles 2014″ by LA Weekly. Set menus are the highlight of this charming, 25-seat outpost where “one key ingredient” drives Stone’s menu, like winter squash for December. Nine different tasting dishes include this market-driven fresh food in one way or another and become the conversation piece for the whole evening and beyond.
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Treat yourself! Since Los Angeles’ shopping roster covers a whole lot of turf when you’re looking for a place to buy whatever’s in style, it’s nice to still roam the outdoors before and after wandering in a store. If that sounds tempting, take to The Grove post haste. Waterfalls and splash areas are a fun part of the fascinating cement landscape of this giant outdoor shopping center popular with celebrities as well as regular folk who find the rarified boutiques, great dining and food outlets, and big box stores offering just about anything anyone would ever want — and then some.
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Want to make sure you experience wicked fun while you’re staycation-ing? Get thee to the legendary Pantages for the return of “Wicked” — a repeat performance unfolding in this legendary Art Deco house that will be a real treat even if you’ve already seen this highly praised musical. Running from December 10 to March 15 of next year, the three Tony award-winning offering will knock your socks off every time with amazing music, colorful sets and top-notch performances.
Pacific Dining Car
1310 West 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Dining in the middle of the night is a great way to switch things up from your regular regime. Serving night owls for nearly a century, the Pacific Dining Car came into being as part of a train parked in a vacant lot in downtown Tinseltown. This outpost serves 24/7 at its current place of residence near the original as well as in Santa Monica. A festive place that never closes (not even on Christmas), this Los Angeles restaurant will feed you with everything from eggs Benedict to corn-fed beef and everything in between.
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Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.