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I’m leaving for Los Angeles today! It’s been a bit chilly and cloudy in Chicago lately—I’m ready to get back into the sunshine :) I’ll be in the city for over a week. While I’m in town, do you have any suggestions as to what to do? I will have five free mornings and afternoons (while the boy is at work) entirely to myself to explore. Are there any museums, parks or boutiques that I can’t miss out on? As a Kansas City native, I know nothing about the West Coast—I need your help!    

(photos of L.A. courtesy of the Cherry Blossom Girl; 1, 2, 3, 4)

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I *really* recommend the Getty museum. The location is breathtaking, the artwork is gorgeous, and the gardens are beautiful. It's easy to spend a whole day there. The Huntington is also wonderful and another place you could lose yourself for some time; they have gardens, artwork, and a library. Hope these suggestions help!

09.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi

beautiful shots, hope you come back with some that are equally sunny!


09.10.2010 | Unregistered Commentersamantha

Brandi -- my boyfriend's mother encourage me to go to the Getty, too. After your glowing review, I definitely have to visit!

Samantha -- thank you.. I hope so, too :)

09.10.2010 | Registered Commentera lovely being

my bf is from LA and i've spent two summers there so i am trying to think of things for you to do..definitely go to the getty! santa monica is great for shopping. roberston boulevard in beverly hills is high end shopping and is where all the celebs shop. i love going to the grove to go shopping - its a mall but done beautifully. venice is a really fun area to walk around in - very artsy and down to earth! if you have time to go to malibu, the lumberyard is a cool shopping spot!

09.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

The Getty is beautiful and the cafe has good food too:)

Can you get to Santa Monica? You can find great restaurants, shopping and the beach all in one place. If you like gourmet hamburgers make sure to get the one at Father's Office and the fries with it. http://www.fathersoffice.com/

Also Venice Beach/Abbott Kinney area(which is right by Santa Monica).

Sunday morning I would hit up the Melrose Flea Market-http://www.melrosetradingpost.org/

09.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMoodboard

Moca in downtown is always really fun to go to, to bad you weren't in town yesturday they had a downtown artwork walk, Also you should definatly check out melrose to go shopping

09.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

brunch @ the little door

dinner al fresco @ cliff's edge, tacos @ tacos por favor and a gourmet street burger @ umami.

shopping on 3rd street: hillary rush, milk & american rag!

have a glorious so cal getaway!

sylvie of silver lining

oh my goodness, thank you for all of the advice! you are SO wonderful. I'm taking notes :)

09.10.2010 | Unregistered Commentera lovely being

The getty museum and/or the getty villa in malibu are both Fab!

The Grove is a fun place to go, and attached to the old farmer's market which is fun to wander around it.

Its also really cheesy but fun to get one of those maps of the stars homes and drive around searching for them, mostly its older stars like Lucille Ball and its really cool to see where they lived in Beverly hills.

Have fun!

09.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

Welcome to our city....

I would agree with the Getty suggestions. There are two locations. The Getty Center, which is huge and has many collections and the Villa, which is in Santa Monica. That is the Roman and Greek collections and the property is reflective of a Roman home. Both are fabulous; however you can't just pop in. You need reservations. They are free, but this insures that the museum isn't overly crowded. I would ask your hotel or hop online to find out if space is still availalbe during your stay.

The Huntington Gardens are in San Marino which isn't as close to the city. Depending on where you are staying in could be a traffic bother. It's near Pasadena which is a great shopping district and one of my favorite spots in all of LA. There are many exhibits indoors and out and the Huntington. I'm a member and love to go for a morning.

The Wilshire area has many museums also, LACMA and the Page are in the heart of the city. Which is near the Grove, Melrose and Sunset shopping.

I would definitely check out Yelp.com for restaurant recommendations once you know what neighborhood you are staying in. Or try to hit up some yummy food trucks.

Enjoy your week here, it's supposed to be lovely. Email me if you have any other specific questions. I love your blog and I've been reading for about 5 months now.

sincerefaith at gmail.com

09.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna

Definitely have tea at the Huntington Library. And then walk the grounds–amazing. Now that I am going to be living somewhat near the Huntington I'm thinking about becoming a member. Have fun!

09.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterHappenstance

For shopping, reform school in silver lake, the pasadena rose bowl flea market is sunday (the 12th) and lots of fun shopping streets, such as beverly and melrose, 3rd street, and beverly dr in beverly hills. The farmers market, at 3rd and fairfax is great for people watching and breakfast/lunch. I would avoid beverly center + 3rd street promenade. Fun sights are the huntington library which are beautiful gardens and a museum in pasadena, and the MOCA, downtown and little tokyo.
for food- canters deli on fairfax for pastrami, nice dinner- the bazaar at the sls hotel beverly hills, bottega louie downtown.

what part of town are you staying in?
I live in la, if you'd more recommendations you can email me paperpastries@gmail.com

have fun!

09.11.2010 | Unregistered Commentermargaret

oh my goodness, thank you for your suggestions! you all are seriously too kind. I have to admit that because I've spent all weekend thus far doting on the, I have yet to go through all of them. Come Monday morning, I'll have to make a schedule for myself :)
xoxoxo fallon

09.12.2010 | Unregistered Commentera lovely being

i second the venice beach/abbott kinney area…cool eateries (Gjelina | http://gjelina.com/) and window shopping; the silverlake/los feliz area (intelligentsia coffee, pazzo gelato and forage are all near each other). have a drink at the bar or meal at little dom's (i suggest monday nights). you might see a celeb or two if you're into that. go to the getty villa in malibu vs the getty center in LA. if the LACMA is too overwhelming, then i suggest the armand hammer museum in westwood; or MOCA (museum of contemporary art + geffen contemporary at MOCA) or bergamot station in santa monica (http://www.bergamotstation.com/).

enjoy your trip!

09.13.2010 | Unregistered Commentersebby

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