On Location: The Los Angeles Video Project
It’s been a busy summer and you may have noticed something new on venicebeachhouse.com. A new video! (Click on “Watch Video” anywhere on the site to view.) But that’s not all! Our amazing video or “short film”, if you will, has been selected as one of the finalists for On Location: The Los Angeles Video Project, a wonderful festival essentially formed to help promote tourism in Los Angeles and surrounding communities. You can read all about it here, and purchase tickets if you’d like to see all the competition first hand and be front and center when they announce the winner! Very exciting for us and everyone in the community that is involved. Thank you everyone for your support!
Large Gray Whale Spotted in Marina del Rey Harbor
A large gray whale first spotted off the coast of Topanga Canyon later moved to Marina del Rey where it entertained various people.
The animal did not appear to be distressed. Whales normally are migrating to Baja California around this time, according to ABC7.
Authorities were telling people to avoid getting too close to the whale, both for its sake and theirs.
City News Service
Almost Time for Summerfest 2014!
There is no shortage of things to do around The Venice Beach House but next weekend Venice Beach is host to the 6th Annual Summerfest, a family friendly festival of music, food, unique arts & crafts, and more.
The 2 day event starts on Saturday, July 26th and ends on Sunday, July 27th. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. If you’re looking for something fun and different that only happens once a year, then this event is for you.
Come out and support the walk for homeless youth with S.P.Y (a Safe Place for Youth) and enjoy the entertainment, food, exhibitors, and surely a variety of things that you will only get to experience here in our wonderful community.
Check out this video from last year and we’ll see you there!
VENICE BEACH EATERIES – LOCAL FAVORITES
Trendy restaurant that offers affordable Mediterranean and Cuban fusion food. Up early in the morning? The Grill opens every day at 7:30 a.m., so be sure to order one of their notoriously delicious omelets for a replenishing start to the day. The Mercedes Grill operating hours are longer than most eateries, making it perfect for not only breakfast but lunch and dinner as well. Whether it be fresh fish or the black beans, you will love the Cuban taste in a cozy restaurant just minutes from the beach. They offer “Real Bailout” prices during the Monday – Friday workweek, omelets are half-price between 8-9 a.m., salads are half-price from 1-2 p.m., and appetizers are half-price from 3-4 p.m. These times don’t work for you? Come in Monday – Friday from 4-7 p.m. for happy hour in which one can enjoy discounted appetizers, tacos, sushi, and drinks at an appetite and budget satisfying price.
14 Washington Boulevard
M-Thu, Sun 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Fri-Sat 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
This tasty wine bar open from afternoons until almost midnight is an intimate hangout for a small group. Bin 73 offers a great food menu but portions are small, so don’t come hungry. Instead, come thirsty for wines made in Napa and Sonoma Valley, Italy, and even New Zealand! Can’t decide? Bin 73 has an ongoing promotion offering 1 oz. of any bottle at any time for just $1. A glass or two, or any wine pairs great with “Goat Cheese & Crushed Rolled Grapes”.
18 Washington Blvd
The options are endless at Gjelina, an American cuisine with a local flair. Order any pizza (we recommend the Squash Blossom) or truffle pasta and your taste buds will be sent out of this world! There are many vegetarian options, including kale salad, seared okra, or grilled nectarines, but no matter what you choose, no one leaves dissatisfied. Make sure to leave room for the Butterscotch Pot de creme dessert that will literally be a sweet ending to your visit.
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Joe’s yellow painted exterior creates a cozy ambiance before you even walk inside, only to be greeted by the friendly waitresses and busboy who offers customers 3 different kinds of bread. This restaurant and its delicious selection of French-American cuisine is one of the oldest and most prestigious in Venice! There are slightly more options on the dinner menu, as Joe’s is primarily open in the evening, and there are a number of dishes that include fresh fish from the sea (such as, our favorite, the grilled octopus). Joe’s also offers a unique Beef Tartare, or for the vegetarians at the table, an exquisite Wild Mushroom Ravioli. For desert, the Passion Fruit Panna Cotta is to die for- a hibiscus sorbet complemented by roasted pistachios and coconut snow. Joe’s is definitely a must-have experience when in the area for dinner.
1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd
T-Thu, Sun 6pm-10pm
The Tasting Kitchen
The Kitchen is a very popular spot for brunch, where many hungry customers stop to order chicken and waffles and enjoy the homey atmosphere. In the mood for something less casual? A few favorites of the Tasting Kitchen are the clams with chorizo, the Lasagnette Bolognese, and the succulent beef marrow bones. The name speaks for itself- “The Tasting Kitchen” is a restaurant where essentially everything on the menu needs to be tasted because it’s so delicious! Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are both served but there is no happy hour. Also, we recommend making a reservation as it is a popular place.
1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd
BIG TOURIST SUMMER!
There’s never a shortage of entertaining things to do in Venice Beach, especially during summer. Whether you’re a local or here on vacation, Venice Beach is a place to come socialize, learn and enjoy. There are plenty of events that take place during the summer for people of all ages to enjoy. Looking for a fun evening out, or entertaining out-of-town guests? Below are some of the highlighted festivities, in addition to year-round local favorites.
5th Annual Summer Fest in Venice Beach
The heat is on at the 5th Annual Summer Fest! Almost 250,000 people are expected to attend the festival. Featuring up to 200 arts and crafts vendors, community organizations, over 60 live bands and performers, rock climbing wall, as well as food from all over the world, and fun in the sun for two days.
Saturday, July 27, 2013 & Sunday, July 28, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Venice Beach Boardwalk
800 Ocean Front Walk
Venice, CA 90291
Venice Art Crawl: Every third Thursday of the month by the Venice Beach Boardwalk, local businesses and residents become pop-up art galleries. There are parties, live music, themed events and most of all, lots of great art! www.veniceartcrawl.com
First Friday’s on Abbot Kinney: The merchants of Abbot Kinney invite you to join them on the first Friday of every month for extended shopping hours where stores stay open until 10:00 p.m. Bars and restaurants run normal business hours, however there are plenty of food trucks to suit any palette.
Venice Farmer’s Market:
Every Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
501 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
Venice Oceanarium Museum “A museum without walls”–
This non-profit organization hosts displays of ever-changing sea life and creatures on the beach and pier.
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
End of Washington Boulevard
Summer Events at the Boardwalk
July 4, 2013 – Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach at Muscle Beach Gym. (Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini)
July 4, 2013: 4th of July Fireworks in Venice and Marina del Rey
Aug 17-22: Skateboarding-ASA Girl Jam
Aug 25- 28: Basketball- ESPN Rise
Sept 5: Figure and Bodybuilding- Labor Day Championships
PIER LIFE – FISHING THE VENICE BEACH PIER!
People love fishing in L.A. You don’t have to know what you are doing, and you don’t have to catch anything, but you do have to maintain an attitude that simply being outdoors in the Southern California weather is just fine. With outdoor pleasure in mind, Venice is filled with canals, boats, gondolas, hotels, amusements and piers.
The 1,310 foot Venice Pier has survived storms, weathering and a few earthquakes during its lifetime. It first opened in 1964, was closed in 1983 due to storm damage, and re-opened in the mid-1990’s. On December 21, 2005, the pier again suffered damage when waves from a large northern swell caused the part of the pier where the restrooms were located to fall into the ocean. The pier remained closed until May 25, 2006, when it was finally re-opened after an engineering study concluded the pier was structurally sound. Today, locals from all over Los Angeles and world-wide visitors alike are able to enjoy the unique atmosphere that first attracted tens of thousands to Venice Beach a century ago. On clear days you can gaze at and enjoy the views stretching from Palos Verdes and Catalina Island to the stunning Santa Monica Mountains, or catch local surfers waiting for the next big wave. Kids of all ages stroll along the pier, enjoy the ocean breeze, and even drop their fishing lines in the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
And the fish are indeed biting out on the Venice Pier! Not only will you get the standard Southern California fish like mackerel and smelts, but you can get a fair amount of highly sought after sport fish like halibut, the occasional kelp bass, and from time to time, even a leopard shark. You’re never going to see fewer than fifteen fishermen out there on the pier, and on busy weekends there can be as many as seventy-five. Families gather day and night around their fishing poles and coolers to enjoy the amazing weather and the fun spirit of the pier.
Like California itself, Venice Pier is a melting pot of races, cultures and languages. You will hear Chinese, Russian, Greek, Vietnamese, Korean and even Swedish mixed among the Spanish and English. But between the fishermen themselves, and those just enjoying the ambiance, the pier has no language barrier.
Fishing at the Venice Beach Pier is free. A public parking lot next to the pier charges a flat rate, and street parking is available throughout the adjoining neighborhoods.
Location: Washington Blvd. and Ocean Walk Front (Boardwalk)
Venice, CA 90291
Hours: The pier is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Food/dining: There is a wide variety of food and drink on the boardwalk and Washington Blvd.
Restrooms: Restrooms are available on the pier.
The Venice Garden & Home Tour!
The Venice Garden & Home Tour is an annual fundraiser benefiting the children of the Neighborhood Youth Association (NYA) in Venice, CA and has been a Venice signature event for the past 20 years. This self-guided walking tour has showcased The Venice Beach House a half dozen times or more, and continues to introduce visitors to unique homes and gardens of the creative Venice Beach community. Each year the tour showcases different nooks and enclaves in the neighborhood so no tour is ever the same. You can visit properties of creative homeowners, artists’ studios, the homes and offices of architects and designers, and view gardens that vary from lush to minimalist pocket-gardens.
It all started when NYA needed a new home, so Jan Brilliot, Jay Griffith and Linda Lucks stepped up, creating the first Venice Garden Tour. It was a just-go-with-it event, as they walked with 20 guests, raising $1,200. With the help of that first tour, NYA secured a small DWP building that was lifted off its foundation and transplanted to Pleasant View Avenue on property leased from LAUSD. This new home became NYA’s Las Doradas Children’s Center and is still here today.
The second year the team got more sophisticated and they raised $8,000. The rest is history. With each year, the event – and the monies raised – continued to grow, culminating with 2,000 guests and $250,000 gross in 2012. In total, the renamed Venice Garden & Home Tour has grossed over $2.5 million for NYA in its 20-year history!
Las Doradas Children’s Center in Venice, a licensed childcare facility that provides full-time, education-based childcare to low-income working families. The event also provides support for the association’s after-school programs at the Mar Vista Learning Center and other sites in Los Angeles where students receive academic support, counseling, career planning and cultural enrichment activities.
The Venice Garden & Home Tour starts at the Neighborhood Youth Association, 804 Broadway, at the corner of Broadway and Pleasant View in Venice at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. Neighborhood parking is available, as are shuttle vans, and biking is encouraged.
Food will be available at Abbot Kinney restaurants, food stands, and trucks.
Tickets are $60 in advance, or $70 the day of the event. Children under 12 years of age are admitted free.
For tickets and information, (310) 821-1857 or www.venicegardentour.org
Venice Beach Gets an A+ for Water Quality!
Hey everyone, summer is here and you know what that means…beach time! I know what you’re saying, it’s Venice Beach, it’s always beach time here. True, but with the summer months we not only get the warm days but we get warm water! And not only warm water, but according to Heal the Bay, clean water!
That’s right, it’s the time of year for the annual Heal the Bay Beach Report Card. The people around Venice take great pride in making sure we have a nice, relaxing beach to lounge and play on as well as making sure we do all we can to keep our waters clean and pollution free. This year looks like our efforts have not gone to waste as Venice Beach received an A+!!
Click on the link below for the full story and more from our friends over at Heal the bay.
Let’s Go Surfing!
There are many great local attractions and things to do around the Venice Beach House, and one of our favorite activities we recommend to guests is surfing.
If you’ve never been in the water it’s an experience you’ll never forget, and our friends at Learn to Surf L.A. have a lot of experience with teaching locals, visitors, young and old to surf and it’s a guaranteed good time.
They offer private lessons, kids surf camps and corporate, team building packages. And, of course, they take care of all the equipment you’ll need so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
Next time you’re at the Venice Beach House feel free to ask us any questions you might have about learning to surf and we can give you all the information you need to get hooked up with the friendly folks at Learn to Surf L.A.
Get Out of Our House!
Come on, you really don’t think we want you to leave, do you? Of course not! We just want you to experience our beautiful city for all that it is…and was. Which brings us to a local attraction that will help you burn off the calories from the wonderful meal you just ate and lets you learn something in the process.
Venice Beach Walking Tours is a guided tour of the city by Jeffrey Solomon, who has been a Venice local for more than 40 years. This 2-3 hour sightseeing tour will take you by all the most interesting spots, show you what this eclectic community is all about and what made Venice the city it is today. This is a fun adventure for the couple on a romantic getaway or the whole family!
There are so many great things to do around here it’s always our pleasure to provide you with ideas while in town. So don’t be shy, come on up and chat with us, shoot us an email or give us a call about how we can make your stay here at The Venice Beach House as fun and memorable as possible.
One of the more interesting and fun activities for those visiting the Venice Beach or Los Angeles area in general, is sportfishing. Marina Del Rey Sportfishing Charters is a long walk, short bike ride or even shorter cab ride away from The Venice Beach House and has a variety of boats, and trip lengths, that can accommodate a private group or just a few of you that want to hit the sea for an amazing boat ride and to hopefully catch some dinner!
Having personally gone on a tour with these guys in their big boat, the New Del Mar, I have to admit that it was fun just being out on the water and almost everyone on the boat caught some fish. Including a friend of mine who pulled in a 35lb. halibut! Needless to say, we ate well that night.
Inexpensive, fun and something unique to this area, be sure to check these guys out. (They even do whale watching tours!) The staff is very friendly and helpful and you won’t be disappointed.
The weather in Venice Beach is so amazing that we encourage all our guests to take full advantage of the outdoors while they are here. And one of the best ways to spend a day in the sun is with a boat excursion with our neighbors over at Marina del Rey Boat Rentals.
This isn’t the place to find a guided tour, but a place where you are in control and get to chart your own course. If you’re looking to get some exercise they have stand-up paddleboards and kayaks for rent. Or if you’re looking to lounge around and take in all the sights that the Marina offers they also have a variety of boats that you drive yourself; from pedal boats to power boats!
So if you’re feeling adventurous hop on a wave runner and see what the shoreline looks like whizzing by at 30 mph. Or for those looking to just cruuuiiiisseeee along, pack a nice picnic basket and rent out one of their Duffy Electric Boats to explore the harbor and all the amazing wildlife within it! (No doubt you’ll have some adorable new seal buddies by end of trip.)