PILATES PLATINUM

1255 2nd Street, Santa Monica | 1653A Abbott Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach

Looking to strengthen and tone? Pilates Platinum is our all-time favorite pilates studio in Los Angeles. Their signature Platinum Pilates class – a fusion of pilates, cardio, and strength training – is a guaranteed shirt-drenching full body workout in only 55 minutes. Other classes offered include Platinum Cycle, Platinum Cycle with Weights, Platinum Barre, and Platinum 30/30 – 30 minutes of Platinum Pilates followed by 30 minutes of Platinum Cycle. You are guaranteed to walk out feeling like a million bucks.

YAS FITNESS

1101 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice

Torn between a high-energy spin class and yoga? You no longer need to compromise. Yas combines yoga and spinning to give you the very most out of your workout. Classes are high energy, the music is infectious, and the upbeat instructors keep you on your toes. Yas’s philosophy is “no chanting, no granola, no Sanskrit” – it is yoga for real people who want a great workout every time.

EXHALE SPA

Fairmont Miramar Hotel 101 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica | 245 S Main St (yoga only), Venice

Considered to be one of the benchmark studios that popularized boutique fitness, Exhale’s most well known, coveted classes are its “Core Fusion” and “Barre Method” classes. Sessions are an hour long and taught by talented instructors – many of whom are performers or dancers who keep all of its classes lively and engaging. Looking to treat yourself after a good workout? Exhale’s Santa Monica location has a full-service spa including massages, facials, mani/pedis, and a zen lounge.

EQUINOX GYM

201 Santa Monica Blvd #100, Santa Monica | 13455 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey

According to Equinox, It’s not fitness, it’s life. We couldn’t agree more. Equinox takes the gym experience to a whole new level. With high end amenities such as a spa, beautiful changing rooms, fully stocked juice/food bars, and friendly/energetic staff you will feel pampered every time you step foot in the gym. Traveling to Santa Monica, but are turned off by the hotel gym? Equinox offers visitors $25 day passes which gives you access to the entire Equinox experience including the steam room and sauna.

CIRCUIT WORKS

2005 Main Street, Santa Monica

Looking to get a full body workout? Circuit Works is a combination of strength and cardio circuits that work every inch of you. With ten, totally different strength intervals, you’ll cover all your fitness bases and blast fitness boredom blues. Each interval is only 2-3 minutes. Entertaining? Check. Challenging? You bet ya. And, for all you travelers, it definitely beats the hotel gym any day of the week.

TRUE FOOD KITCHEN

395 Santa Monica Pl #172, Santa Monica

This quintessential Santa Monica restaurant is a must-try with a bevy of cleverly disguised healthy dishes posing as decadent treats. A delightful drink called the Kale Aid will keep you from missing that glass of wine you thought you were craving. The Spaghetti Squash Casserole and the Shiitake and Tofu Lettuce Cups are on our list of favorites, but the Edamame Dumplings are absolutely to die for! With so many delicious, healthy options it is impossible to pick just one.

M STREET KITCHEN

2000 Main Street, Santa Monica

A cozy restaurant serving organic California cuisine, M Street is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The menu is simple and light, and includes favorites such as the vegetarian chili, organic tomato gazpacho, homemade guacamole, oven roasted beets & burrata, and pulled chicken nachos. In addition to their kids menu, M Street gives you a real taste of Santa Monica’s sophisticated chic beach living.

 

NEKTER JUICE BAR

1422 2nd St, Santa Monica

A delectable juice bar located just steps away from Santa Monica’s popular 2nd Street “studio hub”, this spot is surrounded by best in class studios such as Pilates Platinum, Hot 8, and Soul Cycle. Juices and smoothies are made to order. If you are craving a treat with more

TENDER GREENS

201 Arizona Avenue, Santa Monica

Their menu has gourmet culinary creations and a variety of flavorful sides without outrageous prices. Where else can you order marinated sliced steak, or seared albacore tuna for $11? Healthy and quick, it’s a great option for health-conscious eaters who are tired of standard, boring salads. The fast, assembly-line service and unique drinks (hibiscus and watermelon lemonade anyone?) make Tender Greens a winner.

CO-OPPORTUNITY

1525 Broadway, Santa Monica

Want a quick, healthy bite? Traveling and forgot an important necessity? This health food store stocks all the essentials, and has the best vegan split pea soup we have ever tasted. Santa Monica locals can become members for monthly discount days. You can also buy all of your natural body care and supplements here for the most competitive prices around. Don’t miss the juice bar, where they are serving up a delicious green juice.

HOT 8 YOGA

1422 2nd Street, Santa Monica

One-hour sweat sessions designed to sculpt your body, calm your mind, and deepen your flexibility. Classes include Hot Power Yoga, Yoga Sculpt, Yoga Pilates, and Yoga Barre. Rooms are highly heated to guarantee that you get your sweat on. Not only is the studio super trendy and accommodating, it’s also completely and comfortably odor-free.

YOGA WORKS

2215 Main Street, Santa Monica | 1426 Montana Ave, Santa Monica

YogaWorks takes a gold-standard approach to all things yoga offering an extensive list of yoga and Pilates classes. The studio offers classes for yoga virgins all the way to yoga pros. YogaWorks signature classes are paced according to their level of intensity, ranging from moderate to vigorous.

POINT DUME

Trailhead Address: Westward Beach Road, Malibu, CA 90265

Parking: FREE in lot | NO pets allowed | Duration: 2 hours

This easy, relaxing hike is a 4-mile round-trip journey that will make any lover swoon. It begins on a beautiful beach in Malibu and takes you all the way down to Paradise Cove. When you get to the top, you will understand why this is one of the most romantic spots. You are literally on top of the ocean, listening to the sound of crashing waves. If it’s a clear day, you may even be able to spot the whales bobbing in the distance. The trail continues to Dume Cove, alongside the ocean, and ends at the famous Paradise Cove Pier (a great lunch spot or sunbathing haven).

SANTA MONICA FARMER’S MARKET

3rd Street Promenade at Arizona Ave, Santa Monica

The Farmer’s Market on the 3rd Street Promenade (each Wednesday & Saturday) is a must see. Our go-to spots are Maggie’s Farm, for the best organic greens we have ever munched on, and Harry’s Berries for strawberries that taste like candy. It doesn’t get much better than healthy fare, beautiful organic produce, friendly vendors and a stunning view of the ocean in the backdrop to boot.

2013 Santa Monica Summer Guide

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