Road Trippin Vacation to Southern California

BY JERRY HARDESTY • APRIL 4, 2017 • PERSONAL STORY

For several years, my wife and I go on a Road Trippin Vacation to Southern California. It is usually centered around tennis and art. It’s good to get away from distractions of daily living and enjoy each other’s company. We both like tennis and my wife likes art by default.

Vegas Layover. For us, our Road Trippin’ involves an overnight stop in Las Vegas. We have a nice dinner, gamble a little (I came out ahead), and then pig out on the breakfast buffet at the Golden Nugget.

Paribas Open at Indian Wells. For two weeks during March the World’s greatest tennis players descend on the desert at Indian Wells, California. In one day, we saw Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Fernando Verdasco, Venus Williams, and Novak Djokovic. All our favorites.

Palm Springs. We stayed in Palm Springs. After a great breakfast at Rick’s Restaurant & Bakery on N. Palm Canyon, we enjoyed walking the streets (shopping) and browsed through Stewart Galleries where we purchased a piece of Steampunk art. By the way, the staff at Rick’s is very friendly and the food is great.

Los Angeles. Then we were off to the Hollywood Historic Hotel on Melrose in Los Angeles. An old hotel with a lot of charm and within our budget. Our room was small by today’s standards, but I would definitely stay there again and would recommend it to anyone.

The Broad. Pronounced Brod, not Brawd. It’s a relatively new contemporary museum in downtown LA. Watch for a separate post about this venue soon. While in downtown LA, we also visited the Last Bookstore. I could have spent hours there. It had a lot of booklover charm with most of its volumes being recycled from previous owners. We capped off our day with dinner at Engine Co. #28.

Road Trippin back to Salt Lake City. Another layover in Vegas with an Italian dinner, and back to reality the following day.

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