17 In los angeles/ travel

a staycation in venice

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!

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  • Melbourneyum

    Girl the Kinney sounds like a perfect spot for a staycation!
    I totally love doing that in my town too.You can see things from a whole new perspective and it’s so cool you can bike from the hotel to such scenic views.Your so lucky to live in LA it’s my dream to one day move over there.
    Natalia k

  • Lana Luu

    I love staycations too, best way to enliven yourself. And I love to stay at the hotels haha. Venice beach is such a cool place and I love your hotel room, so bright and colourful.
    Glad that you enjoyed your stay in this amazing hotel 🙂


  • Jessie Li (4evajessie)

    I love staycations!!! The Venice canals look so amazing! To be honest, I won’t call this a staycation, it is a true getaway!! With the beautiful views and cute and cozy hotel.The hotel room is so cute with the colourful decorations! So cute that you actually rode home on that beautiful red bike!! Such a perfect staycation girl !

    xx, Jessie

  • myclosetjourney

    I love love staycations and am actually doing one in a few weeks! I 150% agree with you that they’re a cool way to live someone else’s local. ALSO the traffic in LA sounds outrageous! What a cute hotel, and such a great location– i absolutely love Venice ! It looks like the perfect staycation! – xx

  • Hey Love,
    Hows you?
    So In Love with your Pink Hair, Fits you Amazing, and that Black Maxi Dress is a Dream:)
    That Red Bike is sooo cool:) What a Nice One:)
    Ps: Donuts and Netflix are the Best Combo:) ehhhe:)
    Love and Happy Week
    Open Kloset By Karina

  • Maggie S.

    Kinney looks super cute. The bright decor is right on point with the whole Venice culture. I never rode a bike to the Venice Canals, but that actually sounds like a perfect summer date activity to do. I’m also loving your maxi dress. The cut is perfect and it looks really comfy too!

    Maggie S.

  • Christine

    I am a total fan of staycations and I love that you went to Venice. Even though I live in SoCal I haven’t been to Venice in quite some time. It is such a cute area and it looks like you and David had so much fun riding bikes, going to the beach and eating some great food. Venice is so happening right now and I definitely need to check it out. This hotel looks amazing and I love the room decor with the teal, yellow and greys. Such a cute space and it looks lively and fun. It sounds like the perfect relaxation before a move. =). xoxo, Christine

  • Oh Venice! It’s totally a cool place, I went last month and I had a great time walking around the Venice Canals. The Kinney looks so comfy and love its decoration, so fun and unique. I will definitely check it out for my next trip to LA, because the location is perfect and I totally love the idea about riding a bike.
    I almost forgot to mention about your dress, you look gorgeous on it!


  • Tandya

    I love a good staycation as well! I probably staycation more than I do vacation! I love Venice! It is honestly one of my favorite cities, I pretty much live at Abbot Kinney!
    The Kinney is in the best location! I love that you are right on the boardwalk and a bike ride away from the Canals. NEVER skip out on dessert! I am glad that you were able to get donuts thanks to Ubereats. What would we do without them?


  • Oh a staycation in the middle of packing is such a nice escape! The Kinney is the perfect place for that. I love the colorful decor of the hotel. The bikes that were available for guests was a great idea to ride around Venice for exploring. I’m glad you got to have fun and relax before the craziness of unpacking now.

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  • Looks like the perfect getaway! Love the colorful décor and love that it’s right on the beach! And I also only eat in bed in hotels LOL. So much easier when you don’t have to clean! How cute are those red bikes? Must have been so fun to cruise around on them!

  • Aurela Fashionista

    Staycation sounds amazing, I need one of these very soon. I love the Kinney colourful decor and the location is amazing I l was in Venice last year with my hubby and loved it. Bike riding is always more fun when you visit a new place, I much prefer to bike then driving. The perfect relaxation before your move. Happy move babe. PS you look so pretty in that maxi dress!
    Aurela x

  • This staycation looked amazing! The Kinney is such a cute, eclectic hotel. I love the colorful fun vibes…clearly demonstrated by that bright red bike. Your Reformation dress is amazing, you look so elegant. How can you pass on dessert at Rose Cafe?!!! I’m a sucker for their baked goods. Sounds like you got some R&R in between the madness of moving!

    xo Sheree

  • Thomas Falkenstedt

    Staycations are so much fun and the main reason must be the fact you mentioned, that you don’t have to clean up after yourself so eating in bed and messing things up is kinda allowed. Something I’d NEVER do at home, haha. But it also allows you to briefly just have a quick break in a hectic schedule without going anywhere far. This break at Kinney in Venice seemed lovely and I never realized there was so much pastel action going on over there. Definitely need to add that to my itinerary! 🙂
    Thomas xx

  • Kayla

    First, I’m a first timer here, and obsessed with your hair! lol But The Kinney is so cute, fun, and colorful! I love fun little boutique hotels like this. And I’ve always been a fan of staycations, like you said, traveling with out the travel time! lol I love their bar area and that they have bikes to rent and cruise around town. How far from the beach is the hotel? I would absolutely to stay here when I finally get to travel out to the west coast! 🙂

  • EverestSays

    Staycations are such great idea and indeed Travelling time can be such a pain somethings. It is so much easier and comfortable to just head for a comfy staycation. The place looks really funky yet homely and having such nice looking bikes for rental gives you all the reasons to explore the place in a jazzy looking bike! Love all your outfits in this trip and your hair is such A nice complement to the the decor!

  • Hey Ravayna. It’s the first time I’ve been reading your blog. First of all, I’m inspired by your colorful life. Love all bright details: your pink hair, the decor of your room, and those cute donuts. Actually, now I’m planning to go on staycation too. I’ve even booked a room at Astoria Hotel (Saint- Petersburg, Russia). Hope, It’ll be as perfect as your getaway.


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