The Ultimate Social-Distance-Friendly Staycation Guide to Los Angeles – The Manual

Posted By on February 16, 2021

Someday, you can start taking advantage of everything Los Angeles has to offer again like belting out your favorite song at a concert, cheering on your favorite sports team from the stands, or mingling over a drink at a beach bar. In the meantime, there are stillsome things you can safely do. Well give you an update when this is over.

How can you get away from it all when all this chaos is happening around you? Our answer: A staycation. Our favorite way to define a staycation is staying within the boundaries of your own city or state, but visiting somewhere other than your home for a period. So, instead of jumping on a plane and going halfway across the world, you can hop in the car to your Los Angeles staycation destination at these hotels.

The LINE LA is located in the heart of Koreatown where decades of Korean, Latino, and American heritage converge (authentic Mexican blankets and Korean snacks can be found in the rooms). Originally built in 1964 and once home to journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson, the LINE LA embraces its mid-century design and heritage, and celebrates the culturally rich neighborhood its tucked in. Since the hotels opening in 2013, it has become a destination for urban explorers and creatives. The LINE LA also gives back to the community, and has partnered with philanthropic organizations like Alexandria House, a resource for women and children without housing, Spacemakers for queer and trans people of color, and World Central Kitchen for communities in crisis.

Price: From $169


Wood tones and boho dcor make up Hotel June, which pays homage to its SoCal roots. Just a stones throw away from LAX, the mid-century modern hotel building has a laid-back aesthetic, complemented by a soothing color palette. Dont sleep on viewing the pieces from the artist in residency every month. As part of a Proper Hospitality Hotel, Hotel Junes mission is to donate 1% of their time, hotel space, and management fees toward the betterment of the surrounding communities. In 2021, they are working to fight homelessness in the city.

Price: From $134/night

Rejuvenate in this luxury modernist retreat with its own private desert-style cactus garden. This eco-friendly guesthouse is equipped for sustainable living via solar electric power, solar radiant floor heating and organic bedding very on-brand for Venice, CA. The host suggests lighting a fire in the outdoor fireplace and relaxing in a lounge chair under the stairs in the evening.

Price: From $297/night

Book from $297 at AirBnB.

While its not possible to dine in at restaurants in Los Angeles, you can feel relieved to know that there are plenty of outdoor dining, take-out and pick-up options. These are our favorite restaurants that are still serving during this difficult time.

This is the place to find L.A.s best bites under one roof. Grand Central Market opened in 1917 and never looked back. The Market has always reflected the changing population of downtown Los Angeles. In the 1920s, the Market was an open grocery. The 90 stalls back in the day included green grocers, fishmongers, Jewish delis, and butchers. Today, the Market is a destination dining spot with 40 of Los Angeles most exciting culinary concepts. Evolution has been a through line for the markets dynamic lineup of vendors over the decades, as downtown Los Angeles evolves, Grand Central Market evolves with it. Our favorite places to graze at the Market: PBJ. LA, Saritas Pupuseria and Sticky Rice. Delivery and curbside pickup are available.

Night + Market is an animated Thai spot with a menu that features the classics. Its almost impossible to go wrong at this restaurant, but you may order a dish thats spicier than expected. As long as you have a cold drink nearby, and youre not ashamed to sweat a little, all of their dishes are a must-try. The best part about this place is its backstory a local kid opened his own Thai restaurant attached to his parents old place on Sunset. Today, there are three locations around LA.

Milo & Olive is a neighborhood bakery and pizzeria created by a husband-and-wife team. The menu is a reflection of the best ingredients available from local farmers and vendors with sustainable practices and it represents the teams continued commitment to truly seasonal, market-driven cuisine. Even the wine and beer list focuses on highlighting small vineyards and breweries from across the globe. Additionally, their coffee is from a local artisan roaster. Theres no wrong answer when it comes to pizza at Milo + Olive, but the Burrata & Prosciutto di Parma is a game changer. The garlic knots and homemade dipping sauces are also mouthwatering. Their fresh bread, pastries, coffee, hot breakfast, pizza, wood-grilled veggies, handmade pasta, wine, beer, and more are all available for outdoor dining, curbside pickup, takeout, and delivery. They also offer Cooking Kits for an easy DIY dinner at home.

There may not be a lot to do in the city, but there are a few fun outdoor options if youre willing to grab a car and venture out a bit. Just dont leave during rush hour.

Youve most likely heard people rave above the wineries and tasting rooms in Napa Valley or even Paso Robles, but, theres a place closer to home that shouldnt be overlooked. Ojai is a charming small town located in Ventura county. If you plan on exploring it for a day, dont forget to hit up these spots. Wine taste on Tipple and Rambles wine and cheese patio. The wine bar also sells food and cocktail wares and even home dcor. Pop into Barts Books, an open-air bookstore (literally) that is a book-lovers heaven. Fuel up at Farmer and the Cook, an organic market and bohemian caf with a large patio serving vegetarian Mexican cuisine.

Solvang was birthed after Danish immigrants made their way west and eventually settled in the Santa Ynez Valley. Although there arent many Danes in Solvang anymore, you will find wooden windmills and rural houses. Youll also find an assortment of Christmas shops, Hans Christian Andersen and Little Mermaid keepsakes, and Danish bakeries around town.

Culver Citys Platform (made up of independent shops and restaurants) has turned into a contactless drive-thru during the pandemic. You can support small businesses by shopping for essentials and feel-good items and picking them up within 45 minutes. A portion of the proceeds goes to Meals on Wheels. Platforms hope is that you experience a nice trip outside of the house, something that feels a little bit like normal. In addition, social services non-profit, The People Concern, is holding a contactless drive-thru where you can donate cold-weather clothing.

Treat yourself to a delicious donut from Sidecar Doughnuts. They make their doughnuts fresh every hour and claim to have the worlds freshest donuts. Sidecar fries the doughnuts in small batches all day long, for a warm, fresh treat (we recommend their signature Huckleberry). On the first of every month, Sidecar drop a few seasonal flavor options (in addition to their 11 daily flavors). Gluten-friendly and vegan options are available. The shop also gives back to the community via The SideCares program, which donate leftover sweets to local food banks and shelters.

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