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January 3rd, 2017

RESOLUTION REVOLUTION: 4 MARINA-STYLE PLEDGES YOU WON’T WANT TO BREAK IN 2017

Happy New Year again, Marina del Rey — and welcome to the third fabulous day of 2017. If you’re like most of the population, there’s a good chance you have New Year’s resolutions on your mind. Or more specifically, the age-old “NY Resolutions Question” is hanging in the air: “should I even bother this year?” Our sound advice on that front is simple — yes, make some. But make them so fun and so do-able, you’ll totally want to follow through! Need some ideas? Read on…

Resolution #1: I Will Go to the Beach More.
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You live in (or around) Marina del Rey — why are you not at the beach like… every day? Between Mother’s Beach, Venice Beach, Santa Monica Beach and even Manhattan Beach — there’s zero excuse to get your zen on by the water.

 

Resolution #2: I Will Broaden My Restaurant Repertoire 
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Now, here’s a fun resolution! We’re not saying to forego your old standbys — because favorites are favorites for a reason. But trying out a spot off your usual beaten path is a great way to add a new winner to your dining list. Plus, with Dine LA coming up this month, there’s no better time to put this resolution to work!

A couple suggestions to get you started: The grilled to perfection yumminess at Charcoal Venice will satisfy every craving with both meat and veggie dishes available. Address is 425 Washington Blvd. One more can’t miss is Casa Ado. If you haven’t tried their “Tagliollini Rossi con Ragu di Pollo alla Marsala” yet (aka: the legendary beet pasta on a bed of parmesan fondue) — put it on your to-do list pronto. Address is 12 W Washington Blvd.

 

Resolution #3: I Will Save Money … by Taking Advantage of Happy Hour Deals
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Saving money is always on the resolutions list. And it’s a good one. So go ahead and make a plan: up the percentage of your 401K contribution; be savvier with the online shopping; and by all means, hit up the endless Happy Hour deals when you’re out on the town. Check out this list — Easiest. Resolution. Ever.

Beachside Restaurant at the Jamaica Bay Inn ­— 4175 Admiralty Way
Happy Hour: Monday through Friday 4–6:30 pm & Saturday/Sunday 3:30–6:00 pm.

Café del Rey — 4451 Admiralty Way
Happy Hour: Daily from 2:30 pm until closing time.

SALT at the Marina del Rey Hotel — 13534 Bali Way
Happy Hour: Daily from 4–6:30 pm

Tony P’s — 4445 Admiralty Way
Happy Hour: Monday through Thursday from 3–6:00 pm & Fridays from 3–7:00 pm.

Whiskey Red’s — 13813 Fiji Way
Happy Hour: Monday through Friday from 4–7:00 pm.

Killer Shrimp — 4211 Admiralty Way
Happy Hour: Monday through Friday from 3–7:00 pm; Saturday/Sunday, 3–5:00 pm.

Warehouse Restaurant (in the Wharf Bar) — 4499 Admiralty Way
Happy Hour: Monday through Friday from 3–7:00 pm.

 

Resolution #4: I Will Do Something Nice for Myself at Least Once a Month
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Treating yourself to something nice every month can be your way of patting yourself on the back — just for being you. Reserve one day each month (like the third Sunday) and do something that feels great. Ideas? How about a Hot Stone Massage at Spa Del Rey or if you’d rather, book a 60- or 90-minute at-home massage at Spa Soleil by calling (310) 822-4200. For a little pick-me-up, you could also book a blowout at Drybar® with your BFF and then show off those lush tresses around town. Or take a private YogAqua lesson at Mother’s Beach for 90 minutes and treat your mind and body to an amazing experience. Other thoughts? How about giving yourself a sugar-smile with an ice cream cone at Salt & Straw or a Sinners and Saints mini-sweet treat in Venice? Bottom line — resolve to spoil yourself every once in a while. You’re totally worth it.

 

Are you ready for a resolution-revolution? Let us know your resolution pledges for 2017!

 

 

Events

December 27th, 2016

FIREWORKS, DINNERS & MORE: RING IN 2017 WITH MARINA-STYLE FUN

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

 

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.

Food

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!

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December 13th, 2016

How to Make the Most of Winter in and Around Marina del Rey

 

Just because you live in one of the most beautiful, cool, forever-summer spots in the world, doesn’t mean you have to bypass the fun of a winter wonderland. Au contraire. In and around Marina del Rey, there are plenty of ways to indulge your wintry cravings, even if you have palm trees and 70-degree temps chilling in the backdrop. Ready for your winter wonderland plans? Read on!

GO ICE SKATING

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ICE Santa Monica

Yes! Ice skating is not reserved for the snowcapped crowd, people. Skip over to 5th & Arizona in Santa Monica for ICE and zip across the outdoor rink for the public open skate, or take lessons with one of the amazing professional skaters.  Another awesome option, if you don’t mind the drive to Long Beach, is the insanely cool rink at the Queen Mary. The 6,000 square-foot rink is right outside the ship — making it one of the coolest skate spots anywhere. This year, the Queen Mary is also hosting CHILL, which features an ultra-cool, interactive 14,000 square-foot Alice in Winterland adventure (not to be missed!). CHILL ticket holders will also enjoy Glacier Glide Ice Tubing, Michael Jackson’s “Swingin’ Sleigh Ride,” live entertainment, access to the legendary Queen Mary and much more. Tickets start at $34.99 online.

 

CHILL BY THE FIRE

Firepit Seating at SALT Restaurant

Firepit Seating at SALT Restaurant

 

Is there anything more winter-cozy than relaxing by an open flame? How about relaxing by an open flame with a harbor breeze and a hot toddy in hand? Pretty perfect, eh?  Well that can be an easy reality in and around the Marina — especially if you score one of the firepit tables at Cast & Plow or SALT — or on the patio at Whiskey Red’s. Another firepit option? Right at home if you live in an incredible waterfront community like Esprit. Residents can unwind by sleek firepits right on the sundeck — and at night, you can imagine how relaxing that would be. Luxury living – gotta love it.

 

GO SEE DICKEN’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL

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It’s winter, Christmas is just around the corner and one of the most legendary holiday stories ever is hitting the stage.  OF COURSE you have to go. Until December 18th, the Santa Monica Repertory Theater is putting on the Scrooge-themed play at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, and it’s rumored to be a fantastic production (directed by Jen Bloom) with a bonus at the end. Spoiler Alert: After each performance, the audience is invited to stick around to share egg nog and caroling with the cast — how very merry! Tickets start at $20 ($10 for children 12 and under).

 

ORDER UP SOME PIPING HOT SOUP

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Sure, it’s not 20 below and none of us are really freezing our patooties off in the 70-degree sunshine, but still, there’s something warm and wonderful about soup on a December day. And around town, we just happen to have some of the best creamy, dreamy winter soup selections to ever hit the human palate. The New England Clam Chowder at Whiskey Red’s? Divine. French Onion Soup at Tony P’s? Yes, please! Or perhaps the Lobster Bisque at Charthouse? Or maybe it’s time to try the ramen goodness at the delectable Venice Ramen? Soup — it’s definitely what’s for dinner.

 

DRESS THE WINTRY PART

Free People Beanies

Free People Beanies

So, it may be more fashion than necessity, but this season means you have an excuse to put the flip flops away for a while and dive head first into some super stylish winter wear. And the fab trends hitting the streets right now are too fun to resist — chunky boots, comfy turtlenecks, vegan Moto jackets, plaid shirts, flowy capes, bright velvets, oodles of scarves, a beanie hat bonanza — this is the time to layer it on and look super hot doing it.

Are you feeling the December love this season? How do you get yourself in a wintry frame of mind? Please…let us know!