TV DivaGal’s Where To Eat & Stay In L.A. – And Beyond! (PICS)By Delaina Dixon | August 21, 2017 | Gals On The Town
Hey DivaGals! TV DivaGal just spent an incredible two weeks in Los Angeles and neighboring cities, and I had a blast!
My first stop was in funky sleepy town of Ojai, a 90-minute drive from L.A. in northern Ventura County. Invited to teach two fitness classes at The Oaks at Ojai, a healthy sanctuary for women in the heart of town, it was great to connect with ladies who have been visiting the retreat for decades (Oaks founder Sheila Cluff is an aerobics pioneer) to recharge and rejuvenate.
The renowned oasis offers fun┬ácardio classes (we did kickboxing) and daily hikes (see if you can keep up with their 78-year-old guide, I was breathless!).
There are also yoga and meditation classes and water aerobics, along with enrichment programs, health-oriented lectures and cooking demos.
I loved our earthy cottage with its garden patio and walk-in shower, perfect for enjoying one of The Oaks healthy and calorie-conscious meals.
There’s also a full-service spa and gift shop off the lobby to get spa goodies for home.
The retreat isn’t too far from La Conchita Beach, where I soaked in the rays – but didn’t get in the water (it was too cold!)
Fully recharged, I returned to Los Angeles to spend a day at The Kimpton Everly Hollywood, their new location in la la land. This is one chic boutique, with welcoming sleek decor…
…and amazing views of the Hollywood skyline.
We spent the afternoon on the fifth floor, the location of the Everly’s Skyline Pool. It’s a perfect place to get some rays…
We enjoyed a glass a complimentary wine during Everly’s happy hour in their lobby and then retreated downstairs to their cafe Jane Q.
Ordering from the large billboard menu, we tried the duck confit monkey bread…
…and the housemade shrimp sausage with spicy tomato and polenta.
We closed the evening┬áat┬áMama Lion┬áfor the private debut of its supper club. We enjoyed an array of artisan cocktails and champagne as well as oysters on the half shell, gulf shrimp on toast, crispy avocado samosas and specialty cocktails.
We spotted #WBWD┬áBryan Greenberg┬ávibing to the sounds of┬áDallas and DollΓÇÖs┬álive performance of classic hits including Michael JacksonΓÇÖs ΓÇ£P.Y.T.ΓÇ¥ and PrinceΓÇÖs ΓÇ£1999.ΓÇ¥
The next day, it was time for another road trip – this time to Manhattan Beach to dine at the tiny and chic establishment Fishing With Dynamite. Who wouldn’t love a lunch of premier oysters, incredibly tasty fries and a chilled glass of┬áRos├⌐?
Other great spots I visited in Los Angeles include SIXTY Beverly Hills Hotel with their rooftop pool & bar and our favorite concierge┬áChristopher Mooney; Santa Monica Pier; Griffith Observatory and the town of Paso Robles – read about our visit this Wednesday!