Escapes: Two Days in LA

Escapes: Two Days in LA


Last summer, I was playing around with flight booking sites and found a ridiculous nonstop fare from BWI to LAX for $215. I knew I was going to be busy in the winter with a new baby and decided to treat myself to a trip to the West Coast to visit my best friend and explore Southern California. We decided to add two days in Los Angeles to our itinerary. LA is huge and has so much to see and so many places to eat! Here are some highlights and suggestions for how to spend two days in LA, Dining Traveler style.

Two Days in LA: Hollywood Sign

Two Days in LA: Hollywood Sign

Touristy Indulgence: Hollywood Sign

It sounds cheesy, but I had to go see the Hollywood sign. At this point I was 34 weeks pregnant, but it didn’t stop me from going on that hike! I was going to see that that iconic LA landmark. There are several trails where you can catch a great view of the sign, but the one with the easiest access, in terms of trails and parking, was the Griffith Observatory. We knew to get there early, and I’m glad we did. At 9 a.m. on a Sunday morning, the park was already packed with hikers.

Two Days in LA go to Bazaar by Jose Andres Drinks

Two Days in LA: Bazaar by Jose Andres

Eating in LA: From Tapas to Korean Barbecue

Considering how many great restaurants are in LA, there’s too much to choose from when planning for just two days. My dining highlights of the trip included The Bazaar by Jose Andres and Korean barbecue at Quarters in Koreatown. Our experience at The Bazaar was the epitome of fine dining, with gorgeous dining rooms and an inventive menu. At Quarters, we enjoyed the Korean tapas concept and ordered our barbecue meat in quarter portions. Dining Traveler Tip: Quarters doesn’t take reservations, so be prepared to wait a bit.

Two Days in LA: Langham Hotel High Tea

Two Days in LA: Langham Hotel High Tea

Experience: Day Trip to Pasadena


As I was planning my two days in LA, my friend suggested that we take a day trip to Pasadena to get a different perspective. We began with the afternoon tea at the Langham Hotel Pasadena. As you enter the dining room at The Langham, a chocolate fountain and a decadent dessert bar welcome you. We walked off all the sweets from tea at the stunning grounds of the nearby Huntington Library. Here, you can spend a whole afternoon taking in the many art exhibitions or wandering through the many beautiful gardens.

Two Days in LA Sofitel LA

Restaurant Le Jardin
Photo Credit: Sofitel LA

Where to Stay: Best Shopping Access at Sofitel LA

After looking for great hotel deals in LA, we stayed at the Sofitel LA in Beverly Hills. We loved its central location right across from the Beverly Center, just a 10-minute drive from Rodeo Drive and The Grove. The hotel rooms are nice and cozy, and the breakfast buffet is a must. I loved having breakfast on the beautifully decorated terrace, Le Jardin at Estérel.

 

Two Days in LA Farmer's Market at The Grove

Two Days in LA: Farmer’s Market at The Grove

Two days in LA didn’t give me enough time to see everything, but I spent enough time in LA to realize that I need to plan another trip. I’m looking forward to diving deeper into its art and food scene when I return.

Disclaimer: This “Two Days in LA” post was sponsored by Hotel Planner, but as always opinions are my own.
  • Travelling Chingrita

    Southern California is definitely on my list to check out but feel that I would need copious amounts of time to eat, beach and hike it! The Langham looks like a stellar spot!

    • Yes! I was in SoCal: Carlsbad, Santa Monica, Downtown LA for a week and felt like it went by so fast! Hope you visit soon!

  • Elaine J Masters

    This is a different experience of LA than I’ve ever had but fun. Last time I was in LA I stayed downtown and visited the Arts District and Museums. Highly recommend it!

    • I hope to check out the museums next! My best friend lives in SoCal so hope to be back soon!

  • Megan Claire

    Our favorite part of visiting LA was hiking up to the Hollywood sign – so glad to hear you guys did it too! I don’t know if most tourists realize you can actually take a trail up to it, but it was fab, and such awesome views over the city! We only had a few days too, so will hopefully be back at some point – too much to discover for such a short amount of time!

  • I’ve visited Southern Cali back in 2008 – we had 3 days there and it went so quickly! We hiked up to the sign too, although we only knew about it because one of the guys in our hostel told us! It was great! Would love to go back for some shopping too!

  • Arvin- Kohli

    I lived 4 years in California and didnt hike the Hollywood sign, its always interesting to read about a city from a tourists point of view.

    • I know how you feel! I live in DC and there are plenty of museums that I haven’t been to yet!