May 22, 2017

Viva Travels: My Weekend Guide to LA as a Seekender {Part 2}



A few weeks back, I shared with you Part I of my LA weekend guide as a Seekender with Hampton by Hilton (here it is in case you missed it) For today's installment, I'll be sharing with you what I did on my last day in LA.  The day before was pretty action packed with a trip to Santa Monica, Venice Beach and the Griffith Observatory. We knew we wanted to squeeze in as much as we could on our last day too.



We started off our day really early planning out what we wanted to do that day. First up was checking out the infamous Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame. Although it is very "touristy" it's one of those things you have to experience at least once. It's filled with souvenir shops, restaurants, as well as the TCL Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Andy loved seeing the people on the streets dressed in costumes from Spiderman to Mickey Mouse haha. 



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After walking around we decided to go inside the wax museum Madame Tussaud's. Andy got a kick out of dressing up with characters such as E.T. and posing with the wax figures (they had a great mix of wax characters from movie stars, musicians, super heroes to old school Hollywood stars).  It was pretty cool seeing how tall or short the celebrities really were. It's something fun to do if you're in Hollywood and have time (kids will enjoy it). Andy even made his own wax hand (which now sits on my office desk).






Andy's wax hand, holding up the number 4 (his age) 


Next up, we grabbed lunch in West Hollywood at a vegan Mexican restaurant called 'Gracias Madre.' If you know me, you know I'm always trying to find organic restaurants when I travel. This one was highly recommended. It's a hip spot in LA with indoor and outdoor seating (it's also a favorite among celebs like Jessica Alba). The place itself is very charming. The entire menu is 100% organic and made fresh daily. It's also from the same owners as Cafe Gratitude (another one of my favorite organic spots). They source most of their ingredients from the owners' organic farm.  I had the tacos made with barbecue "carnitas," which was actually jackfruit (the place is entirely vegan). It was a little bit spicy, but overall really good.




We finished up our last day with a walk around Beverly Hills, before heading back to our hotel. The next day our flight left in the morning. If you ever stay at a Hampton by Hilton make sure to take advantage of their On The Run Breakfast Bags, which you can find in the lobby. It's such a nice and thoughtful concept, especially when you don't have time to grab breakfast and want a little snack (especially when you're heading to the airport). It was packed with everything from a water bottle, fresh fruit and other goodies.




I hope my LA weekend guide has inspired you to go out there and be a Seekender yourself. Sometimes all you need is just a few days to really help you reset and feel reenergized. Besides, we all need a little break from our day to day every now and then and Hampton by Hilton makes it so easy.

Thank you so much to my friends at  Hampton by Hilton for letting me be part of their Ultimate Seekender Team and making this experience possible. I cherish every single memory we made on this trip.

You can book your own Seekender trip here. Stay tuned for my next adventure.... 








This post is brought to you by Hampton by Hilton. All opinions, as always, are my own. 



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