January 3rd, 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.

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 

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

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

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!