Weekends in Los Angeles are exhausting! I was there for my friends 30th birthday in early September and feel like I’m still catching up. I remember when I was in college thinking by 30 I would surely have life figured out. Lucky for me I get to keep my youthful vibrancy thanks to the close friends I’ve made along the way. And, I don’t have life figured out - none of us do. Keep reading if you want to hear more about the shenanigans we got into.
If you’re going to LA for a long weekend, I highly suggest you fly in on Thursday night. DFW has plenty of flights throughout the evening to make this possible. So, that’s what I did.
Friday morning we got right into our California vibes and went hiking at the Bronson Canyon. This is a section of the Griffith Park and is surprisingly empty. Actually, it might’ve been empty because we got there at 11ish and the sun was right above us. I do not recommend you go at this time if, a. You’re not physical regularly b. If you don’t like to sweat and get dusty. I happen to like all of that so I had a great time. You can rent horses if you don’t feel like hiking.
That night we ate Tatsu Ramen and I was too hungry and tired to take a picture. It was unbelievably delicious. I keep getting their emails and wish I were nearby. You can’t go to LA and not eat ramen. Do it!
The following day we made the trek to Malibu Wine Safari. I could recommend this more but I don’t have the words to say how fun this was. Again, we hiked about 3ish miles with stops in between. They have several packages to choose from but we did the actual walking hike, animal feeding, met stanley the giraffe, and tasted wine in the tasting garden area. Let’s just say exhaustion and $7 glasses of wine got the best of us. Yeah, you get a discount on the glasses of wine after the tasting. I know! I lost count eeek.
That night we went to Osteria La Buca and had some of the best Italian food I’ve ever had. Their noodles are hand made along with almost everything on their menu. The best $85 dollars I’ve spent in a while. Because we were a large group, we got set up with a family style menu that included appetizers, main courses, and unlimited wine and beer. I only took pictures of the main courses because the appetizers flew off the plates. I can’t think of words to describe the bolognese noodles. All the flavors came together beautifully. The bolognese was the perfect blend of bold, creamy tomato sauce with rich beef flavor. Seriously, my mouth waters thinking about it. After that, we went to Adults Only and Mama Shelter. Two totally different vibes. Adults Only is a lounge with a club feel. It’s tiny and packed with douchebags. Not my scene anymore. Mama Shelter has a rooftop and was super chill when we were there.
By Sunday we were all super exhausted. We went to LACMA and walked around the La Brea Tarr Pits. This place is probably already on your LA to-do list, but if it’s not, add it. Great for children too.
You can never go wrong with a weekend in Los Angeles. What are your favorite places to check-out? I’d love to hear from you!