It’s not surprising to hear how many people love to travel but hate what it takes to get there. Everyone has their tricks on how to manage the long lines, the lack of comfort and, of course, the inevitable jet lag. But what if you could plan a weekend getaway that took you around the world without ever having to check a bag?
Of all the creative pockets and unique neighborhoods in Los Angeles, we spent the weekend in Beverly Hills to rediscover what’s right in our own backyard. It’s so much more than what the crowds of tourists or reality television shows can make it out to be, so here’s our guide to what’s classic, historical and always impressive in Beverly Hills.
The Montage Hotel feels like you stepped out of Los Angeles and into Rome; there’s world-class dining at the ready within its walls. Feast on some cacio e pepe agnolotti or pumpkin cappelletti at Georgie, the perfect blend of modern meets comfort. Room balconies look out over an open walkway lined with cafes, and it feels as thought you’ve been instantly transported to a European city from the comfort of your hotel.
For lunch, stop by the Beverly Hills Peninsula Hotel for the most decadent, fresh Mediterranean cuisine at animated Chef Codney’s The Belevedere, where a glass of rosé pairs great with some sustainably-harvested oysters or the cauliflower flatbread. Snag a seat on the gorgeous outdoor patio, if you can.
You’ll have your pick of global dinner destinations, too, ranging from Kyoto-style Japanese at Tempura Endo, the Amalfi Coast-inspired Nerano, or the classic American/New York experience at Wolfgang Puck’s CUT Steakhouse, located in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Want to end the night with drinks before you’re off to bed? Fortunately, back at the Montage and discreetly tucked away on the second floor is a whisky bar called £10, serving some of the best and most rare Scotch in the world. LA might not have Scotland’s drizzly ambiance, but they have 65-year-old Macallan, so it’s an even trade.
Of course, we can’t write a guide on Beverly Hills without mentioning the shopping — regardless if you plan on buying anything or not. There’s nothing quite like strolling down Rodeo Drive on a warm summer night, or as magical as admiring the stunning holiday window displays during the winter. Walking up the street feels as though you are walking through a museum, with a gallery of buildings on parade built by some of the greatest architects in the world.
Bucket lists are never-ending, as far as we’re concerned. Fortunately, Beverly Hills sprinkles in some of the world’s best with the sunshine and glam Los Angeles is known for. Whenever you make your way here, don’t skip over the 90210 — we’re sure you, like us, will discover more than you were looking for.
What are your thoughts on Beverly Hills? Has this changed your mind to visit?
Images Courtesy of Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau