Monday, January 31, 2011

Our Beautiful "Backyard" - aka Open Space in Los Angeles

Many of our guests wonder about the Inn at Playa del Rey's "backyard", the Ballona Wetlands. This 600 acre nature preserve is the last of its kind in Southern California and there are several groups working on its preservation.

While unescorted entrance to the Wetlands is prohibited during the restoration process, you do have a few opportunities a month to go out with a guide:

Friends of Ballona offer a free tour on the second Sunday of each month from 1-3pm. You are also welcome to explore on your own at their monthly Open House, hosted on the second Saturday of each month from 2-4pm. A public restoration day is held on the fourth Saturday of each month from 9am-12noon; you'll get hands-on experience while learning about wetlands ecology. All of the Friends of Ballona events are free, though you are encouraged to make a donation.

The Los Angeles Chapter of the Audubon Society invites the public to join them on the third Saturday of every month for a free bird walk from 8am-12noon.

You can always enjoy a beautiful view of the Wetlands from the Inn's balconies. Relax on your private balcony in one of our rooms that face the Wetlands, or from the Inn's living room.


On a clear day, you can see the Santa Monica Mountains, the San Gabriel Mountains, the San Bernardino Mountains and the Hollywood Hills and Hollywood sign. It's spectacular!



Private tours for groups of 10 or more can be arranged through the Inn and the Friends of Ballona. Please ask one of our staff if you need more information.

Enjoy the natural beauty of Los Angeles from Playa del Rey!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Valentine's Day Treats!

Here are the Inn at Playa del Rey's recommendations for a beautiful Valentine's Day!

First of all, you definitely need to spend a night in one of the Inn at Playa del Rey's beautiful appointed guest rooms. To make a real splash, enjoy a night in our Romantic suite - complete with a jacuzzi tub for two and a peek-a-boo fireplace and a balcony overlooking the Ballona Wetlands. Ask about our Celebration Special! Romantic Los Angeles getaways are our specialty!

If you can't make it to the Inn for Valentines day, a perfect gift for your loved one is a gift certificate to stay with us at a later date :). Call us at 310-574-1920 to get one all set up!

You can't go wrong with chocolates! Go to Essential Chocolate Desserts in Culver City for Heart-Shaped Red Velvet Ding Dongs, Belgian Chocolate Gift Boxes, Chocolate Dipped Long-Stemmed Strawberries and Other Treats. Call the Bakery to place your order today! www.essentialchocolate.com 310-287-0699

For flowers, try the Inn's go to flower shop - Flowers by Felicia. She'll make a special bouquet just for your sweetheart and deliver it to the Inn! www.flowersbyfelicia.net 310-305-1200

Bountiful Baskets by Jean will make you a fabulous custom gift basket - filled with amazing goodies. www.bountifulbasketsbyjean.com - 310-399-9394

If you're looking for something to help you relax, we recommend a massage! If you're staying here at the Inn at Playa del Rey, we can arrange one for you in your room. Otherwise here are a few of our favorites locally:
- The Lounge Spa: www.theloungespa.com - 11911 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles - 310-398-1498
- Massage Garage: www.massagegarage.com - 3812 Main Street, Culver City, CA - 310-202-0082

A perfect way to spend the evening would be a dinner cruise through the Marina. Hornblower Cruises and Events is just a few minutes away and they are offering a variety of different cruises for you and your sweetheart. Check them out here on their Valentine's Day website: http://www.hornblower.com/hce/port/category/mdr+valentines or call them at 888-467-6256

Finally, you and your beloved will need a magnificent dinner. Make a reservation at one of the Inn's nearby restaurants, all walking distance from the hotel:
- For fine French fare, try Bistro du Soleil - www.bistrodusoliel.com 310-823-1530
- For an upscale Italian restaurant with a romantic outdoor patio, we recommend Caffe Pinguini - www.caffepinguini.com - 310-306-0117
- More casual, but equally delicious italian fare, can be had at Cantalini's Salerno Beach - www.salernobeach.com - 310-821-0018
- For the more adventurous palate, try Destini Cafe for Asian Fusion cuisine - www.destinicafe.com - 424-228-2140

Need more ideas for something special? Call the Inn and one of our staff members will be glad to assist you in planning a magical Valentine's Day Celebration!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

And they say there's no culture in Los Angeles...

The CULVER CITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA presents an historic concert comprised solely of Women, American composers, American Beat - Women Composers. This concert is part of the orchestra’s American Beat series in which an American orchestra performs music of American composers. It is also a historic perspective of works by Women composers from the turn of last century, to the mid-century and late 20th Century; to contemporary composers.
The concert is Saturday, January 29, 2011, 8:00P.M., at Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City; at the corner of Culver Boulevard and Overland Avenue. Free parking is available. This concert is under the direction of its Conductor-Frank Fetta. For concert information please visit: www.culvercitysymphony.org or call 310-717-5500 or send an e-mail to info@culvercitysymphony.org.
Admission Charge: $10, at the box office, the night of the concert. Box office opens at 7PM.
This performance is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program Fund with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

DineLA Restaurant Week is coming up!

Jan 23 - Jan 28th and Jan 30 - Feb 4th, 2011

This is a magnificent opportunity to take advantage of some of Los Angeles' top rated restaurants at very affordable prices. The complete list just came out - dineLA Some wonderful restaurants in nearby Marina del Rey, Venice and Culver City will be participating.

Pair one with a night (or two) at the Inn at Playa del Rey and you've got yourself a sweet deal!

Which restaurants will you try??