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September 12th, 2017

2017 Summer Farewell: 4 Must-Do’s Before the End of Season

Even though autumn officially begins on September 22nd, the summer vibes are still going strong in Marina del Rey. It could have something to do with the fact that living in paradise tends to blur the lines between seasons! However, there are definitely a few tell-tale signs that remind us another fabulous summer is coming to a close (like Beach Eats 2017 wraps up before too long!). To stave off the farewell-to-summer bummers, we suggest partaking in some of the best summer-inspired to-do’s while you still can!




September 5th, 2017

6 Winning Wine Spots to Celebrate California Wine Month In and Around Marina del Rey

September is California Wine Month, and whether you’re a connoisseur who loves to swirl and sniff (and throw around snazzy descriptors like “earthy” and “oaky”) — or you just know what you like with zero decorum — it’s your right as a Californian to indulge and enjoy our region’s most delectable wines, all month long. There are so many great restaurants, shops and bars in and around Marina del Rey with incredible wine lists (that OF COURSE include some amazing California vintages) — and now is the ideal time to check them out and enjoy the wondrous magic of California grapes in action.

Here are six must-go destinations around town and beyond that won’t disappoint your palette. Salut, friends!

Esprit Marina

August 28th, 2017

5 Ways to Make the Most of Labor Day Weekend in & Around Marina del Rey

Labor Day weekend starts in just few days, marking the final curtain call for SUMMER 2017 in Marina del Rey. We’ve had a great time, haven’t we? Awesome beach days, yoga on the water, waterbus rides, outdoor movies, concerts in the park, Beach Eats, Sunday Fundays…yes, it’s been downright epic. So, how do we say goodbye to such a grand-slam summer? With a monumentally fun Labor Day weekend, of course.

Here is your guide to the best long holiday weekend to-dos in beautiful Marina del Rey and beyond!

Labor Day Beer & Bubbly Brunch Cruise — Monday, September 4th

The best part of a long weekend is that extra, wonderful day — Labor Day Monday. So, make it more than just a day to sleep in — book your spot on Hornblower’s snazzy, jazzy Labor Day Beer & Bubby Brunch Cruise! You’ll glide around the harbor for two luxurious hours on one of their gorgeous yachts, relax at a private table, and enjoy a huge buffet, free-flowing champagne and live music. It’s pretty spectacular and will sell out for sure — so purchase your tickets asap! The ship cruises from 12 pm to 2 pm on Monday, September 4. Adults: $68.95 + fees/Seniors & Military: $62.06 + fees/Kids 4 and up: $41.37 + fees.


August 22nd, 2017


Dogs are, without a doubt, one of the best creations in the universe. Their adorable-ness knows no limits. They’re incredibly loyal, and they’re the perfect blend of smart and hilarious. In other words, they’re the perfect BFFs — and if anybody deserves a holiday celebrating their innate greatness, it’s them. Well guess what? This Saturday, August 26th is National Dog Day and that means it’s our duty in Marina del Rey to honor the canine kingdom and give thanks for every wag, lick and smile they give us.

Since we’re smack dab in the middle of such a wonderfully dog-friendly area, there are a ton of ways to celebrate your pooch in and around the Marina. Take a peek at some of our favorite ideas and get ready to treat your best buddy to a day out on the town. (If you’re wanting a dog and haven’t found your soul mate yet, scroll down to the bottom to see some great adoption options in the area. Your future BFF is out there!)



August 8th, 2017


Happy Hours are one of those sensational summer traditions that never, ever go out of style. They’re great deals, they’re awesome after-work AND after-play outings — and if you do them Marina del Rey-style — they’re typically accompanied by spectacular water views (which somehow makes the happiest happy hour seem even …. well, happier!) So, in the spirit of this fun-filled, much-loved cultural institution (that rocks even more in the hottest season), we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite Marina del Rey Happy Hour hotspots. Take a look and by all means, indulge in the deals and enjoy!

Beachside Restaurant Cocktails

Beachside Restaurant Cocktails

13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey

The Marina del Rey Hotel’s SALT is a favorite happy hour spot in town, framed by our town’s signature waterside views (of course!), plus sleek bar seating and a sweet outdoor patio (with lots of fire pit action). Happy hour goodness happens every single day from 4 pm to 6:30 pm.

Special Menu Highlights: $9 Fish tacos • $12 Shish Kebob • $8 Avocado hummus • $7 Chopped salad

Drink Specials: Nice selection of $5 drafts or bottled beer • $6 glass of house wine • $8 well cocktails