Since I travel so much, it makes me really appreciate home when I return. To settle back in, I like to visit my favorite neighborhood spots, and I thought it would be fun to share these insider gems for you to enjoy should you visit Palos Verdes, California!
I love living on the almost untouched California coast; its serenity makes me feel miles away from anywhere. Even though we are near one of the biggest and busiest ports in the world, the town of Palos Verdes feels like its own calm bubble. One of my first stops is always the Great American Seafood Market. I love to stock up my fridge and pantry with their countless types of fresh fish, crab, shrimp, and an incredible selection of Italian specialty foods and fresh bread.
When I’m feeling a little continental, my go-to is Compagnon Bistro in San Pedro. As the name suggests, it’s a French restaurant that specializes in seasonal French fare. A quaint setting with an excellent wine list and a chocolate mousse that is to die for! A true “Joie de Vivre” culinary experience.
After a full belly (or before) a visit to the breathtaking Terranea Resort is a must. I always take friends here when they come to visit. It’s an easy walk around the beautiful grounds, with stunning ocean views. For a casual lunch, Nelson’s perched on the cliffs at the far corner of the hotel property has great Baja fish tacos and regional microbrews. And, if you're there in the summer, there's a fun live music series every Friday and Saturday night – a perfect backdrop to catch a sunset.
Soak up some history by visiting and touring the Point Vicente Lighthouse. You can take in even more of the coast with a seaside bluff stroll at the Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is said to be one of Palos Verdes “jewels” because it draws in so much attention from tourists and artists alike. And I can see why. When standing along the bluff close to sunset the views are spectacular. The soft orange hue inspired me to create my Dailies Small Earclip 825. The Montana agate at the center is reminiscent of a beach sunset – the yellows and oranges blending together like delicate brushstrokes on canvas.
If you have a fur baby you love to spoil (like I do), then Sowley For Pets is a must visit. I always prefer supporting local small businesses, so I’m constantly stopping in here to pick up treats for Kodak. As the day winds down naturally it’s time for my favorite meal…DESSERT! Granny’s Donuts has one of the best glazed donuts on the planet (I like to think I’m a donut aficionado). You’ll forget all about Krispy Kreme the moment you eat one of these warm delights from Granny’s. Want to branch out? Go for the cookie crumble top or the jelly donut and you can’t go wrong.
The end of your Palos Verdes tour can’t really conclude without a stop at Catalina View Gardens Wine. It’s close to my house and features a gorgeous vineyard, and an excellent white wine. Which is not usually my first choice, and a chardonnay no less, but it’s a flavorful, light and crisp beverage to take in the sunset and views around Palos Verdes. If the CVG isn’t open, pick up a bottle at the above mentioned Great American Seafood Market!
If I wrote a love letter to Palos Verdes, it would be penned while wearing my Space Earrings. With its pear-shaped sunstone and moonstone, it has the perfect contrast of a color pop and modest grey. They’re chic and elegant but also with a subtle tone of funky. You have to do a double take and really take your time to examine its details. Just like Palos Verdes.
Maybe I am biased, but Palos Verdes is one of the most charming and stunning areas in not just California, but may I say even the world. Technically an enclave of Greater Los Angeles however, it stands in its own right as a true hidden gem. It’s certainly one of the best gems I’ve ever found, and I am proud to call it home.
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