April 18, 2018

Attention Silicon Beach Enthusiasts: This is For You!

 

Car enthusiasts near and far, we have an announcement for you! Every Friday, night now through October 28, Ruby's Diner in Redondo Beach, CA becomes a showcase of cars of all kinds, from modern sports cars to vintage automobiles.

 

“Cruise on the Beach” takes place from 4:00pm through 8:00pm, and car owners and enthusiasts are both welcome! Bring your muscle car, street car, or bike to 254 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach to showcase it in this weekly event!

 

Then, head on into Ruby’s for a delicious meal! Ruby’s menu includes classic diner foods like burgers, french fries, and onion rings. They also have a long list of milkshakes including their signature “Double Whoppers Malt,” a milkshake made with creamy vanilla ice cream, blended whoppers, whipped cream and a cherry.

 

Other upcoming car shows in California include:

 

April 11, 2018

Free Things to Do in Silicon Beach!

 

There is never a lack of things to do in Silicon Beach, but the problem is that most of the activities cost money.

Every so often though, you can find free things to do that are just as fun as the pricey stuff. Below, you can find a list of the best free activities in Silicon Beach!

 

Marina del Rey Weekend Concert Series

Pack a picnic and a blanket and settle in for the Marina del Rey Weekend Concert Series! Each Saturday and Sunday in April you can head to Fisherman’s Village (13737 Fiji Highway) for a free concert.

Upcoming performances include Upstream, Floyd & The Flyboys, Blue Breeze, 2 AZZ 1, JB & The BC Riders, and Susie Hansen Latin Band.

Parking is free for 2 hours with validation.

 

Venice Beach Boardwalk

Take in the street art and all of the eclectic views that Venice Beach has to offer on the Venice Beach Boardwalk! From artwork to magic tricks, there is never a dull moment!

 

Sunset Series Regatta

The California Yacht Club puts on an annual summer sailing series, that is free to watch from pretty much anywhere in the Marina that has a view of the main channel, including Burton Chace Park and Fisherman’s Village. Boats race from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays, April 18-September 5, 2018. Bring the kids or a date and enjoy the view of the gorgeous sunset and the racing sailboats.  

 

Marina Del Rey Farmers Market

Head to County Parking Lot 11 (Via Marina @ Panay Way) every Saturday for farm-fresh produce, flowers, prepared foods, handmade items, music, and entertainment. Though the goods aren’t free, the admission, music and entertainment is, and parking is just $1 per hour! It’s a great way to spend a spring morning in Silicon Beach!

 

Third Street Promenade

Pay a visit to the 3rd Street Promenade and enjoy the street performers and entertainers who make this pedestrian?only boulevard their stage. You’ll walk down the street with the sound of drums, acoustic guitars, and tambourines filling your ears. While the musicians are taking a break, you can stop to watch the acrobats, dancers, psychic cats, mimes and bubble blowers, who entertain the crowds!



April 4, 2018

Relax in Silicon Beach!

 

Life can be stressful, that’s why having a go to way to relax is crucial. Whether you enjoy yoga, wine or facials to relax, we have a list of some of the best places to escape to in Silicon Beach when life gets stressful!

 

Yoga

 

Yoga is a fantastic way to relieve the tension of day to day life, and Silicon Beach is home to some of the best yoga studios in Southern California!

 

Because all of the communities in Silicon Beach are along the water, waterfront yoga is a go to for most of the studios around here. For example, Brad and Friends is one of the most popular beach classes in the area. Just bring your yoga pants and a mat and let the Brad and the ocean do the rest. You will walk off the beach sandy and renewed!

 

If the idea of doing yoga down in the sand doesn’t appeal to you, The Yoga Nest Venice is a great alternative. The Yoga Nest is close enough to the ocean to pick up on the vibrant energy of the waves, but it’s still inside the comfort of a studio.



Spa

Looking for a way to relax without having to actually having to do anything to relieve the tension? Then these Day Spas are probably for you!

Willow Spa in Santa Monica draws crowds from across Southern California because of its unique Asian-inspired treatments not found elsewhere in Los Angeles! According to their site you’ll “be transported to a tropical setting complete with exotic, fragrant flowers, the sound of running waterfalls, streams, and lantern lit stone walkways leading to plush day beds around a lush relaxing garden.”

If Willow Spa isn’t what you’re looking for, The Raven Spa is another great option! Raven Spa features the Traditional Thai Massage, that is an ancient system of healing dating back 2,500 years, with its roots in yoga, Ayurvedic medicine and meditation.



Getaways

 

Sometimes you just need a little getaway, even when it’s in your hometown! Silicon Beach is where everyone in Hollywood goes to get away from the Hills and traffic, and sometimes you just have to enjoy being a tourist in your own town!

 

The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica overlooks the breathtaking ocean and mountains that define the California coast. If the view itself isn’t relaxing enough, enjoy the Huntley’s amenities which includes Breakfast in Bed, a Rooftop restaurant and lounge, and Bvlgari bath amenities.

 

If the Huntley is already booked, try the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows! The Fairmont’s ten-story Ocean Tower looks out upon spectacular views of the Pacific ocean, while their six-story historical Palisades wing has traditional guest rooms. If you really want a getaway though, book one of their 32 secluded garden bungalows. Nestled in tropical flowers, palm trees and tranquil waterfalls, you will feel like you’re in Hawaii, not you’re back yard.

March 26, 2018

The Allure of the Santa Monic Canyon

Photo via Creative Commons

 

Santa Monica is one of the most sought-after places to live in Southern California, and the Santa Monica Canyon is one of the most exclusive parts of this community.

 

Santa Monica Canyon, known simply as the "The Canyon" to the people who call it home, lies just north of the city of Santa Monica. It is a shallow, flat-bottomed valley, full of small-frame cottages and upscale real estate. The people who move to The Canyon tend to be both influential and interesting, their eccentricities clear as soon as you walk into their homes. Though the community has seen its share of outsiders, it’s still the Greenwich Village of Los Angeles, full of bohemian flare.

 

The Canyon was discovered in the 1920's by artists, writers and old Hollywood stars. Inhabitants of the Canyon have included producer Joe Roth, old Hollywood film star Delores Del Rio and her husband, MGM set designer Cedric Gibbons, author Christopher Isherwood, artist Don Bachardy, and photographer Edward Weston -- to name just a few of the influential bunch who have called this place home.  

 

The history behind The Canyon is an interesting one, in brief the Mexican government issued land grants to Francisco Marquez and Ysidro Reyes, for the 6,656 acre "Rancho Boca de Santa Monica" in 1834. Marquez built his first home on what is now San Lorenzo Street and Reyes built his ranch house a short distance away on what is now Sunset Boulevard.

 

American sovereignty in California began on Feb. 2, 1848, and by the late 19th century small shops and lodging places could be found. Uplifter's Ranch, a social club for well-off gentlemen with a hankering for booze and the fellowship of other guys, was established in Rustic Canyon in 1913. Over time it boasted a Who's Who of Hollywood, including Walt Disney, Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, Will Rogers and "Wizard of Oz" author L. Frank Baum, who gave the club its name.

 

By the 1930's, Hollywood had discovered the Canyon's charms. Screenwriter Salka Viertel owned a charming home on Mabery Road, which became a magnet for the famous. The rest if history!

 

Today in The Canyon, you can find well kept family homes, that range in price from about $2 million for a small cottage to $10 million and more for large, elaborate properties. But, you can still find that old Hollywood charm in the homes that hide behind the tree-lined streets.



March 25, 2018

See Your Film on the Silver Screen: The Silicon Beach Film Festival

Photo Credit: Silicon Beach Film Festival Facebook Page

 

Do you have a film that you’re dying to see on the big screen? Well we have the place for you! The Silicon Beach Film Festival is just around the corner, and they are still accepting submissions of films!

 

The goal of the Silicon Beach Film Festival is to bring together technology and the film industry. Be apart of the Silicon Beach Film festival and get your film noticed in one of the worlds largest technology media areas! The Film Festival arose from the dedication of Jon Gursha & Peter Greene, who are the creators of the Marina del Rey and Culver City Film Festivals & Silicon Beach Film Distribution.

 

The screenings take place from April 24 through the 29th at the Cinemark 18 & XD Playa Vista at Howard Hughes HHLA.

 

Submissions will be accepted here until April 19th, but the sooner you submit, the sooner you’ll know if your film got picked to screen! Submitting your film does not guarantee festival acceptance or screening, acceptance into the festival does not guarantee award or prize and submission fees are nonrefundable.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

March 21, 2018

Celebrate Easter in Silicon Beach!

 

Easter is just around the corner, and whether you plan on searching for eggs with the kids or enjoying an easter brunch mimosa with friends, Silicon Beach has something for you! Below we’ve listed our favorite easter activities in Silicon Beach!

 

Annual Easter Spring Egg Hunt by Venice Beach

This annual event draws a massive crowd as children of all ages search to find the most hidden eggs! The event is split up into 4 different time slots, so that children of all ages have a chance to enjoy the fun at their own pace. Children 3 years and under start the day with the 10:30am hunt, followed by  4-5 years old at 11:00am and 6-8 years old at 11:30am. The 9-11 years old finish out the day at 12:00 noon with the hardest of the Easter egg hunts.

 

All children will get free candy, and there will be prizes for whoever gets the most number of eggs in their age group. There is also a meet and greet with “Peter Cottontail” so bring your camera! You’ll also need to bring your own basket as non with be provided at the event.



Marina del Rey Easter Brunch Cruise

There are few better ways to celebrate a beautiful Easter morning than on a Brunch cruise with friends and family. Hop aboard a boat and enjoy the gorgeous view of the Southern California coastline.

 

The cruise features a generous brunch buffet brimming with classic breakfast fare, holiday classics and chocolatey treats. To make the morning even more fun, you can enjot free-flowing Champagne, live entertainment and even a visit from the Easter Bunny himself.

 

The cruise is 2 hours long and is offered at 2 different times on Easter Sunday, 10 AM and 11 AM. Tickets are $75 a person, and they can be purchased here!

 

Peter Rabbit Day in Santa Monica

For the 24th consecutive year, Santa Monica is celebrating easter with Peter Rabbit Day! The whole family is invited to Douglas Park in Santa Monica for some egg dying, hunting, tossing, and more. The event will also feature a visit from the local police and fire stations, as well as the Easter bunny himself, Peter Rabbit!

 

The free event takes place on Saturday, March 31 from 9:00am through 12:00pm!



March 14, 2018

The Benefits of Buying Waterfront Homes in Silicon Beach

 

 Silicon Beach Homes Waterfront

 

 

There are a great many benefits of buying waterfront homes in Silicon Beach. Whether you’re seeking beautiful views or the serenity of the water, Silicon Beach is overflowing with these priceless homes. If you are unsure if a waterfront property is right for you, keep reading as we list all of the benefits of buying waterfront homes in Silicon Beach.

 

 

A Rewarding Investment

 

Let’s get right to what we are all thinking about: money. Is the money spent on a Silicon Beach waterfront home worth the money I will get out of it? The answer: almost certainly yes. Property on the water is normally scarce to find, allowing the property to retain its value over a longer period as compared to properties elsewhere. In addition to its excellent resale value, waterfront homes can pay for themselves if rented out during peak times of the year.

 

 

Watersports and other activities

 

As previously mentioned, people want to rent Silicon Beach waterfront properties for the same reason why you want to buy them: activities. Buying a home on the water means that you can spend every free moment out on your motor boat, jet ski or kayak. There is always something fun to do out on the water! 

 

 

Relaxation

 

On the flipside of the aforementioned watersports, you can spend all day on a lawn chair enjoying the sun and peaceful waves if you want to. That is the perk of living by the water, you can spend all day enjoying watersports or you can spend all day sunbathing, and no one will judge you either way.

 

 

 

Health benefits of buying Waterfront Homes in Silicon Beach

 

It has been proven that spending time by the water reduces stress and reducing stress can lower your risk of having a heart attack and suffering from headaches and migraines. Simply being away from the city and breathing in fresh air with nothing but absolute nature around, has a great effect on your health, mood, and well-being.

 

 

 

 

Silicon Beach Views

 

One of the biggest reasons people aim for waterfront property is because of the beautiful views that come with it. There is something so breathtaking about drinking your morning coffee while the waves crash on the shore in front of you. Let’s face it, there are few views in the world that are more beautiful than the water views of Silicon Beach. 

 

March 7, 2018

How to Get Aboard the Most Epic Cruise in Marina Del Rey

Photo Credit: Via Daybreaker Facebook

 

We’ve written quite a few blog posts about all of the amazing Marina Del Rey cruises. From Mother’s Day brunches to Thanksgiving Dinner on the water, we’ve listed them all. Of all of the themed cruises we’ve talked about, this one might just take the cake.

 

Daybreaker LA is hosting Beauties in Bloom as a way to ring in the spring! Grab your flower headbands and some floral stick on tattoos and join us for a morning you will never forget. At Daybreaker, you never know where the next location will be and what surprises are in store. You don’t need alcohol. You don’t need to pretend to be someone else. Come as you are to sweat, dance and connect with yourself and each other.

 

Start your day with energy and intention, instead of hitting the gym as soon as you wake up, head on down to the Marina. Start your day with an hour long Yoga Pre-Game to get those muscles up and moving. Then, jump aboard and join in for the main event, a 2 hour long dance party with epic surprises! When you need to take a break from all of that dancing around, grab complimentary beverage or breakfast treat and catch a secret concert performed by local artists.

 

After you have exerted all of your physical energy, grab a notebook and start letting go of some of your pent up emotional energy. Write down your intentions and share them with the new friends around you. Leave the boat feeling healthier and happier than you have in ages.

 

Daybreaker hosts these epic boat dance parties in 22 different cities all around the world, and we are lucky enough to have one of those ships casting off from our backyard! The LA event takes place on March 13, 2018 at Hornblower Cruises and Events, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. Tickets are $30-$45 and you can get them here!

 

Check out the lineup below!

  • Yoga 5:30 - 6:15 am (please bring a yoga mat!)

  • Dance Party 6:30 - 8:30 am

  • Cast off at 6:45am SHARP!

  • Dock at 8:15am

  • Silent Disco Featuring Alyx Ander

  • Free cold brew, treats by Manitoba Harvest, healthy juices + more

  • Special surprises & performances

 

Feb. 28, 2018

Venice Open Mic Night

 

Venice Beach is the artist capital of Southern California. Between the street art on every corner, the eclectic houses lining the beach, and the artists selling their work on the boardwalk, it’s a town made for all kinds of artists.  The connection to art shouldn’t be surprising, considering the Silicon Beach community was made to look like Venice, Italy -- a city full of art and culture.

 

There are so many places in Venice where you can wander around and see art, most of which is colorfully painted right along the street. If street art isn’t for you, you can also purchase art at some of the most exclusive art galleries in all of California.

 

But Venice isn’t just a home to visual artists-- talented musicians are also lining the streets. One of the best places to hear new talent is Venice Open Mic Night.

 

Every Wednesday night join your neighbors and listen to some of the most talented performing artists in Venice. The talent is constantly rotating, so each week you get a fresh new artist to enjoy!

 

For those of you listening, the night begins at 9:00 pm and lasts until 1:00 am. For those of you singing, show up early and sign in at 8:00 pm. Be sure to get there before 8 though, as the sign up list sometimes fills up fast!

 

If you are interested in showcasing your talent at Open Mic Night, there are some rules. First of all you must be present to Sign Up and have your own instrument with you and ready to go. Second, acts with acapella and background tracks will not be accepted. Third, sorry but no comedians; this is a place to show off your musical ability, not your jokes. Fourth, they’re trying to give as many people as possible a chance to show their stuff, so there will be no repeats artists throughout the night. And last but not least, each artists can only sing 2 songs; so be sure to pick the two that highlight your best talents!

 

Feb. 21, 2018

Where to Mix and Mingle in Silicon Beach

 

Moving to a new place can be hard, but having ways to meet and mingle with other people can be a savior to a new LA transplant. In Silicon Beach, there are plenty of meetups where you can mingle and mix with those who like the same things you do! Below we have listed some of the favorites in Silicon Beach!

 

Silicon Beach Young Professionals

Each month, the Silicon Beach Young Professionals hosts a mixer so that young people in the area can get to know each other! At this month’s event you get to mingle with highly successful Men & Women in the Startup, TECH & Entrepreneurially space! This is a great event to network, mingle and make some new clients.

 

Silicon Beach Young Professionals is currently 62,000+ members strong and growing every month!

 

The events are comprised of the most influential professionals in the area. Silicon Beach Young Professional’s purpose is to help members forge strong, lasting relationships within the Silicon Beach community – combining Fortune 500/1000s with Entrepreneurs and Startups. This month’s event is February 22 from 6:00-9:00 pm at Viceroy, 1819 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica.

 

Next Month’s event is March 22 from 6:00-9:00 pm and takes place at Hotel Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica. If you can’t make either of those events, the third mixer takes place on March 29 from 6:00-9:00 pm in DTLA at Omni Los Angeles, 251 South Olive Street, Noe Lounge, Los Angeles.



Los Angeles Single Professionals and Friends

When you move to a new city, dating can be really hard! That’s why Los Angeles Single Professionals and Friends mixers are so great! Each month you can mix and mingle with other success young people who are looking for more than just someone to network with! The next event is Friday, February 23 at Busby's East. The event takes place from 8:00 pm through 2:00 am with the DJ starting at 10:00 pm.

 

Note that a $10 cover starts at 10:00 pm so get there early to avoid the cover!

 

I Wanted To Do That Just Not Alone!

Okay, so this mixer is a bit more unconventional but it’s still a fantastic way to meet new people! This group on Meetups is just a bunch of events that would be no fun to do alone! They do everything from vacations, like a recent trip to Costa Rica, to fun nights out! There are events for this group nearly every single day, but we’ve listed some of the fun upcoming events below!