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VENICE If you want a more beach­side chilled vibe, look no fur­ther than Venice and ex­plore up to Ojai, Ven­tura, Topanga and Los Alamos. There are so many amaz­ing ways to while away your time in this pocket of Cal­i­for­nia.

THE ROSE HO­TEL Owned by fash­ion photographer Glen Luch­ford, this ho­tel is a stone’s throw from Venice Beach. The up­stairs/down­stairs Cal­i­for­nian bun­ga­low-style build­ing, painted in grey and white with sim­ple sig­nage and pot­ted white roses, is not too fancy but beau­ti­fully con­sid­ered, un­der­stated and friendly. We first stayed in a down­stairs queen room with a share bath­room – great value, sim­ple and stylish. The sec­ond night we stayed up­stairs in the Abbot Kin­ney suite with a wide front ve­ran­dah that over­looks the beach, a per­fect spot for sun­set cock­tails. More of an apart­ment with a grey peb­ble fire­place, vin­tage finds and great cu­ra­tion of fur­ni­ture. The walls are lined with a fab­u­lous se­lec­tion of framed art & B&W photography. The cool front lobby has su­per-friendly staff. For break­fast, there’s a long com­mu­nal found ta­ble laden with flaky crois­sants, home­made jams and cof­fee. Hang out, work or read the mag­a­zines and news­pa­pers. This street is steeped in his­tory – Char­lie Chap­lin’s mother’s house is two doors up and still stand­ing. therose­hotel­venice.com

PALIHOUSE A very hand­some ho­tel in­deed with gor­geous gar­dens in a land­mark Mediter­ranean Re­vival build­ing that dates back to 1927. This lovely 37-room ho­tel feels se­cret and some­what hid­den away as though you’ve stum­bled into an­other time. The ground floor cafe is open for break­fast

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