Right before we moved, we escaped the packing madness for a short staycation near the beach. The Kinney in Venice was kind enough to host us for a little respite, and it was so nice to run away from the mess. It blows my mind just how endless packing was- such a beating. Comparatively, the Kinney was heaven on earth!
I’m a huge staycation fan- all the fun without the travel time! Especially in LA, which is so huge and diverse, they are great ways to hyper focus on singular neighborhoods. I love the concept of living someone else’s local, and getting an opportunity to immerse oneself. Venice is only 16 miles from our house, but that’s always over an hour in traffic, so it was so nice not to have to battle with that.
We settled into our suite, and I loved the colorful decor! It was funky and fun, roomy and well appointed. Teal and yellow are some of my favorite accent colors, so I was feeling it. The location of the Kinney is excellent, so we decided to head out and explore. They have cruiser bikes available to borrow, so we snagged a pair and rode off towards the ocean.
We rode along the beach paths for a while, eventually turning into the narrow streets leading towards the canals. That’s one of my favorite areas in LA- I love looking at all the bungalows and succulent gardens.
We rode home in the waning light and quickly cleaned up (I changed into this favorite Reformation dress), and headed out to the courtyard for a pre-dinner cocktail. There’s a really adorable bar area, and we had it all to ourselves to enjoy befor heading out to dinner at Rose Cafe.
I made the mistake of passing on dessert at dinner, and realized my foolishness soon after we got back to the hotel. Ubereats came to the rescue- I ordered some yummies from DK’s donuts (ube coconut, not pictured, is my fave). I’m super strict about no food in bed at home, but that goes out the window in a hotel- I’m totally shameless when I don’t have to do the laundry. So donuts and Netflix in bed it was- a wild Wednesday night.
We had to scoot early the next morning- I had soulcycle, then a meeting and David needed to prep for the moving van’s arrival the following day. But I’ve never been able to turn down a fresh Belgian waffle, and the Kinney does a pretty bountiful spread in their breakfast room. We took it to go, though, and had a quick breakfast by the fire pit in the courtyard before our departure. I was sad to go for sure!