January 2nd, 2018

5 Ways to Make 2018 Rock in Marina del Rey

2018 has arrived and you can just feel the excitement in the air for another fabulous 365 days in Marina del Rey! Sure, we’re just a wee bit into it, but you can already tell it’s starting out strong with tons of amazing stuff on the horizon (like DineLA—visit TMDR next week for details) plus, countless everyday opportunities that could make this an exceptionally outstanding year.

Need some inspiration to make that goal come true? Here are five ways to make 2018 rock in and around our beautiful town.


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Since Marina del Rey’s prime location puts the best of West LA within minutes of home, it would be downright silly to NOT take advantage now and then. For example, have you tasted the divine, homemade pasta at Felix Trattoria yet (where Venice’s legendary Joe’s Restaurant used to sit)? Well, now that it’s cemented its spot as Italian-culinary royalty on the Westside, your New Year must include at least a handful of stops here (if you can score a reservation, that is! Plan ahead). You’ll start with the billowy Sfincione focaccia—and then move on to something amazing like the fried, stuffed squash blossoms, followed by a decadent plate of the Gnocci or the Pappardelle. You’ll thank us later.

A second hotspot to try that’s perfect for date night is the casual-chic (and upbeat!) Neighbor, another new-ish restaurant on Abbot Kinney that happens to have a great outdoor patio. Dishes like their Hamachi Sashimi, veggie-fabulous Cauliflower starter and “best I’ve ever had!” Diver Scallop main have fans raving big time. They also have a fun, creative cocktail menu with goodies like the Chet Baker (dark rum, honey and sweet vermouth) and refreshing Lowrider (gin, cucumber, mint and lime). P.S. They do an incredible Brunch on Saturdays & Sundays as well—and their Buttermilk Pancakes with coffee butter should be first on your ordering list.

The final must-try for 2018 is Dialogue on the 3rd Street Promenade—experiencing this just once will be enough to keep you talking until 2019. This isn’t a call last minute, grab a nice bite kind of spot. It is an 18-seat, fine-dining establishment led by a James Beard award-winning chef. You purchase tickets well ahead of time and when you arrive, you’re immersed in a multi-course, one-menu dining experience that typically lasts around two and one-half hours. Prices will range from approximately $180 (plus fees) to over $210 per person (beverage pairing is extra). Is it a major indulgence? Yes. Is it worth it? For true foodies—absolutely. Seatings for January are already selling out so visit the site soon for tickets.



If you didn’t know, Yvonne Burke Park is getting an upgrade—and once it’s completed, it’s going to be an awesome retreat. Construction will be in phases, so the changes won’t happen overnight, but in the future (hopefully by springtime of this year) there will be new and improved fitness equipment (including sit-up boards, balance beams, a squat press and more); upgraded seat benches, drinking fountains and pet waste stations; concrete walkway replacements; a new park monument sign and more. So, make a point to stop up there now and again to watch the renovations unfold. The park will be open throughout construction, including the bike path—and as we all know, cruising up the Marvin Braude Bike Path never gets old!



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Set 2018 up as the year you conquered new challenges and start looking into all of the cool stuff available in and around town. Try a Trapeze lesson right by the ocean. Take on the 67-mile Backbone Trail across the Santa Monica Mountains (experience hikers or hikers with experienced guides recommended). Learn to hang glide at Dockweiler beach and soar over the sandy terrain! Or finally discover the freedom of scuba diving through Marina del Rey’s Ocean Adventures Dive Company.



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Deepening your love for arts and culture is such a worthwhile New Year endeavor—especially because there are tons of opportunities all around the Marina del Rey area. Learn about the Marina’s rich past at the Marina Historical Society’s History Gallery (right in Fisherman’s Village) to see historical photos, a DVD presentation and more.  For your ever-evolving urban art fix, stroll up to Venice Beach and check out the graffiti masterpieces on the Venice Art Walls. Or see aviation history come to life at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica. Stop into the California Heritage Museum for quirky art exhibits like the current “Not Your Grandmother’s Quilt Show!” going on until March 18th (and if you stop by on a Tuesday, hang around until 5:30 pm for the gourmet food trucks!). And of course, keep an eye out for the 2018 pop-art extravaganza—ArtSea at Mother’s Beach—coming later this year!



Be a joiner and take advantage of all the great events and local festivals happening in Marina del Rey and our neighboring towns all year long. Go to the weekend concerts at Fisherman’s Village. Hit up First Fridays on Abbot Kinney for food trucks, late night shopping and entertainment. Save the date for all of the sweet, local annual events like Marinafest in May and the Halibut Derby in June. Make sure to hit up Venice’s Annual Spring Fling and summer Beach Music Festival. There’s so much going on every month, every season, for every one! And having it all at your fingertips is one of the greatest perks of living in Marina del Rey.

Happy New Year, everyone. Let’s make it one of the best, most memorable years ever. See you out and about!