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ZOOMER Magazine - - SNOWBIRDS 2017 - —Kim Izzo

Go Glam Check into Bev­erly Hills The City of An­gels has been hav­ing a bit of a re­nais­sance of late. No longer merely the ob­ject of New York snob­bery, with cracks about smog, cos­metic surgery and driveby shoot­ings, Los An­ge­les has sur­passed its East Coast cousin as the nexus of cool chic. Be it the restora­tion of Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard to its former glory and epi­cen­tre of the film busi­ness or the re­vi­tal­iza­tion of its down­town core, the L.A. of right­this-minute is a sprawl­ing can­vas for artists, en­trepreneurs and any­one who seeks rein­ven­tion and re­demp­tion in equal mea­sure.

But what does that have to do with me, you ask? When it comes to en­joy­ing all the West Coast has to of­fer, age is not a fac­tor, and cer­tain ho­tel chains have come to of­fer up prop­er­ties that mix and match taste and at­ti­tude. W Los An­ge­les-West Bev­erly Hills is sit­u­ated in West­wood Vil­lage, play­ground of nearby UCLA and the home of two vin­tage sin­gle­screen movie houses, the Bruin and the Fox, which are used fre­quently for Hol­ly­wood pre­mieres. The area is also where Bev­erly Hills, Bel-Air and Brent­wood meet – known lo­cally as Los An­ge­les’ Plat­inum Tri­an­gle. It’s this min­gling of youth­ful en­ergy, clas­sic Hol­ly­wood and old money that makes the ho­tel a stel­lar choice for guests seek­ing seclu­sion, com­fort and glamour all at once. The ho- tel of­fers Bliss Spa, the the beauty brand cre­ated by Cana­dian Mar­cia Kil­gore, pool­side din­ing and ca­bana rental and a serene park-like feel in the city. It is also an easy drive to the scenic Pa­cific Coast High­way to the west and Hol­ly­wood to the east, with The J. Paul Getty Mu­seum around the cor­ner. www.wlosan­ge­les.com Go Cul­tural Mu­seum Row on

Mir­a­cle Mile Get your fill of art and cul­ture by strolling this por­tion of Wil­shire Boule­vard, home to the Los An­ge­les County Mu­seum of Art (LACMA), Page Mu­seum at La Brea Tar Pits, Petersen Au­to­mo­tive Mu­seum and the Craft and Folk Art Mu­seum. Added bonus: must-see out­door shop­ping mall, The Grove, and the Orig­i­nal Farm­ers Mar­ket, is a jaunty 10- to 15-minute walk. Go Coastal Venice Beach You can’t say you’ve been to L.A. with­out a stroll or bike ride along the fa­mous board­walk. Re­mem­ber Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger’s Mus­cle Beach work­outs from the 1980s? He may be long re­tired, at least from the sport, but other body builders are still at it, as are the mimes, mu­si­cians, jug­glers and other hu­man od­di­ties. The area has a litany of bars, restau­rants and shops for rest­ing up and re­viv­ing as you make the 2.5-kilo­me­tre trek up the coast. Go In­land Joshua Tree Na­tional Park Where the Mo­jave and Colorado deserts meet. The land­scape is sur­real and un­like any­thing you’ve likely seen be­fore – an in­cred­i­ble back­drop for hik­ing, horse­back rid­ing, rock climb­ing, camp­ing or wildlife watch­ing. But make it quick – part of the park is on a list of na­tional mon­u­ments the Repub­li­can party wants to shrink, in this case, the Mo­jave Trails Na­tional Mon­u­ment.

Artist Chris Bur­den’s in­stal­la­tion of old Los An­ge­les street lamps at the Broad Con­tem­po­rary Art Mu­seum at LACMA

W Los An­ge­les–West Bev­erly Hills

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