February 7th, 2017

How to Add Some Marina del Rey Romance to Your Valentine’s Day

Today is February 7th — and that means if you’re a Valentine’s Day fan, you have ONE short week to get your romance agenda in order. The classic red roses and chocolates is always a solid starter. But from there, how about taking it to the next level with some seriously romantic gestures right here in Marina del Rey? You’ve got to admit this town is ready-made for this wonderfully sweet holiday with magical harbor sunsets, a tranquil beach, a beautiful park and so much more.

If you’re looking for some ideas, oh boy, we’ve got them. So take a look, get your tablet out and prepare to make your reservations pronto (seriously, they go quickly!). You’re about to give your #1 date a Valentine’s Day they’ll always remember. Have fun!


This is the picture of Valentine’s Day magic – gliding across the water; a gondolier steering the path; the sun is setting; the stars are brightening; pillows, candles and music are setting the tone; wine is chilling in an ice-filled bucket; champagne glasses and appetizers are laid out to enjoy — mmmhmmm, old-school romance is totally in play here. Sound good? Reserve your gondola at Gondolas d’Amore by calling 310.736.7301. The price for two people ranges from $140 to $200, depending on the length of the tour. Address: 14045 Panay Way



Spa Del Rey

Spa Del Rey

Pampering + romance = the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. Reserve Spa del Rey’s Love Me Tender Massage for February 14 and enjoy a deep moisturizing body massage for couples, plus a glass of champagne. The price is $300 for a 60-minute treatment. Call 310.574.4356 to book. Address: 4375 Admiralty Way.



Mariner Sailing

Mariner Sailing

Mariner Sailing Charters offers a seriously glamourous Valentine’s Day option with their dazzling sunset-dinner cruise. For $525, you and your sweetheart will be treated to a private, three-hour cruise on the “Amethyst” yacht, complete with live music and a sunset sail towards Malibu. You can bring a picnic dinner with you (the table will be beautifully set for you) or you can pay a bit extra to have a catered dinner served. Call Captain Mack at 310.822.7550 to book reservations or reserve online.



Another less-private (but still fabulous) cruise-dining alternative is to book your table on Hornblower’s Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise. The price is $149 per person (plus fees), and includes a five-course dinner with both a regular menu (featuring Pacific sea bass, petite filet mignon and more) AND a vegetarian menu (offering Roasted beet & mango “tartare,” vegan chocolate decadence dessert and more). Aside from the delicious food, there will be a DJ and dancing, plus champagne and those gorgeous views from the water. If you want to enhance the romance a little more, you can also order a bouquet of roses to surprise your date! Just make sure to place your roses order by 5 pm on February 11th. Book reservations online or call 310.301.9900. Address: 13755 Fiji Way.



Cafe del Rey

Cafe del Rey

One of the advantages of living in Marina del Rey is that you have all of these phenomenal harbor-side restaurants just minutes from home. And while it may seem cliché to take your date out for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day, let’s face it — it never gets old. Especially when you can nibble on some of the best food in LA and gaze out at panoramas that pretty much take your breath away. Here are three top spots to consider — but book now. Reservations go fast when Cupid’s in town.


Cast & Plow

4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey

The inspired chef at Cast & Plow knows how to put the dazzle in a holiday menu and his Valentine’s Day dishes will not disappoint. The prix-fixe dinner includes highlights like Smoked salmon tartar with caviar; mushroom risotto; duo of beef; and a “Chocolate & Strawberry” dessert that combines strawberry mousse, vanilla cake, crème brûlée and meringue that will offer an elegant finish to your meal. Price is $95 per person. Call for reservations at 310.574.4333.



Since opening at the Marina del Rey Hotel a couple years ago, SALT has made itself one of the area’s must-try modern American restaurants (with exceptional outdoor seating). Their Valentine’s Day menu is all a la carte and enormous! Lots of seafood options like Nantucket bay scallops, an impressive shellfish platter, Maine lobster pasta and a zillion other dishes. And if you want to truly go the romance route, you can opt for one of their “designed for two” meals, such as the “Cote de Boeuf” (36 oz. prime beef). Prices per dish range from $14 appetizers to $145 dinners for two. Book reservations online or call 310.301.1000. Address: 13534 Bali Way.

SALT Restaurant

SALT Restaurant


Café del Rey

Of course the fabulous Café del Rey is on the Valentine’s list – their prix-fixe menus are always amazing and with those harbor views, you can’t beat it for romance. What dishes can you expect? Just some of the highlights cooking are the French Onion Soup (you can do it, just bring some mints), three-cheese ravioli, wine-poached Chinook salmon, a strawberry panna cotta dessert and more. The price is $95 per person. Book reservations online or call 310.823.6395. Address is 4451 Admiralty Way.



Are you ready for romance on next Tuesday, February 14th?  Let us know your plans — especially if you’re trying one of the great options above!



January 23rd, 2017

Buy or Bake Your Way to a Smile! It’s National Pie Day In & Around Marina del Rey

“PIE.” Just the word brings a smile to your face, doesn’t it? There’s a reason for that — pie is one of the greatest creations on the planet. And guess what? Monday (TODAY!), January 23rd is National Pie Day — aka: the day it’s almost patriotic to dive fork-first into some flaky, sweet pie goodness.

To celebrate, you’re obviously obliged to have at least one slice for yourself, but you can also honor the holiday by hosting a pie party after work, surprising friends or co-workers with a pie, giving a pie to the local fire or police station (as a thank you for their selfless work) or brush up on your pie baking skills just for the fun of it!


December 27th, 2016


Ready to bid a fond farewell to the wild, wacky and wonderful 2016? Then hold on to your party hats, Marina del Rey, because there are a zillion epic ways to welcome the New Year in and around this fantastic town of ours. We have amazing dinners, fab parties, champagne cruises and yes, breathtaking fireworks all happening on December 31st — and man, it’s going to be a good time.

So take a look at your best options and start making plans now because when it comes to New Year’s razzle dazzle, Marina del Rey is smack dab in the middle of it all.



New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Burton Chace Park

Grab the family, load up your lawn chairs, and pack a picnic for the quintessentially-cool Marina New Year celebration at Burton Chace Park. Starting at 7 pm, a live broadcast of CNN’s Live from Times Square (with Anderson Cooper and zany Kathy Griffin) will be streaming on the jumbo screen, leading up to the traditional Time Square ball drop countdown at 8:59:30 pm and fireworks! Then, at 11:59:30 pm, we’ll have our own West Coast countdown to the New Year and, you guessed it, a second gorgeous fireworks display lighting up the sky over the harbor. Address: 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.


December 19th, 2016

6 Amazing Places to Dine Out for the Holidays in Marina del Rey (and Beyond!)

The jolliest time of the year is quickly approaching and while the super organized have their plans set in stone, a lot of us are furiously tapping our way through online gift guides, wrapping presents like Santa’s busiest elf and still deciding “do I cook or do I book?” Well, we happen to lean on the side of booking reservations for the holidays. Think of it this way — you’ve already shopped, wrapped and decorated — do you really want to be knee deep in dishes, too? Plus, when you consider just how many fantastic restaurants are serving up holiday and holiday eve meals in and around Marina del Rey, it’s a seriously irresistible option.

Think we’re kidding? Take a look at the spectacular list below and tell us you’d still rather go the home-cooking route (no judgment if you do — we bet your home-cooked spread will be nothing short of fabulous!). But if you’re on-board with the dining-out idea, make your reservations asap because the joy of dining-out for the holidays is kind of the worst-kept secret ever. Happy Holiday Dining, everyone!


December 6th, 2016

Get Your Holiday Jollies at the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade & Snow Wonder Fest, December 10th

The weather outside is the opposite of frightful, and our moods are SO delightful — because this Saturday, Marina del Rey’s winter holiday fun is happening in a big, fun, snowy way! Head to Burton Chace Park for a free all-day event that starts with the Snow Wonder Festival at 12 pm, and flows right into the 54th Annual Holiday Boat Parade, beginning at 6 pm. It will be an incredible day and night in the Marina, with thousands gathering for family-friendly good times that will include REAL SNOW for romping and sledding, plus face painters, food trucks, music and more.

A little before 6 pm, fireworks will light up the sky to introduce the start of another spectacular two-hour Holiday Boat Parade, where sparkling, festively decorated boats will circle the main channel in hopes of being 2016’s coveted NUMBER 1.