The Talk of the Town: What’s Trending in WeHo
Simply put, West Hollywood is hot. But it’s more than perpetual sunshine and pretty people. WeHo is a city where ideas pop, trends percolate and creativity abounds. Here’s a look at what’s ultra-popular in WeHo right now.
Fresh new hotels
On the hotel front, put these terrific new properties on your radar: The 1 Hotel West Hollywood opened in May 2019.
Cutting-edge fitness & spa
As for planning a day of hot pursuits, why not try a cutting-edge fitness treatment that spikes the temperature? For instance, Shape House is an urban sweat lodge that lets you lounge in a bed and watch your favorite shows as infrared sweat technology kicks your body’s cleansing into high gear, burning calories at the same time.
Similarly, the Urban Spa Melt – an infrared blanket sweat session – at Ole Henriksen Face & Body Spa offers an impressive list of benefits, from shedding inches to better sleep.
Of course, there are plenty of great places in WeHo for aromatherapy. You won’t go wrong at Carasoin Spa, where basalt stones are placed on key energy points, then warmed oils are massaged into your body.
In need of some retail therapy? WeHo’s Design District is an easy fix. From Alberta Ferretti to Zellij Gallery (Moroccan tile), there’s a plethora of cool shops here. A few of the standouts include: Stella McCartney, Helmut Lang, Du Vin Wine & Spirits, Eskandar, James Perse, Jenni Kayne and Woven.
Fun fact: The building that houses Domus Design Collection is the brainchild of renowned designers Charles and Ray Eames.
Captivating City Tours
Wish you had a chill friend who could fill you in on the Sunset Strip’s back story? Jon D’Amico of Rock N’ Walk Tours has lived and worked on the Sunset Strip for 25 years, as a musician and behind the scenes. He shares the storied history and his personal perspective as he takes you walking from site to site.
If “La La Land” ranks as one of your favorite flicks, you definitely need to take a La La Land Luxury Tour, offered by Green Lux Ride. You’ll be picked up and dropped off at your home or hotel and you’ll ride in a Tesla Model S. There are three versions of the tour, from a three-hour excursion to an all-day event.
Another superb option is Bikes and Hikes LA. Routes are designed to bypass traffic so you can explore the most beautiful parts of the city.
Live Theatre & Art
And don’t leave town without checking out some live theatre.
“Frida: Stroke of Passion,” a play written by and starring Odalys Nanin, comes to the Macha Theatre with a red carpet gala on Sept. 15. (Previews start Sept. 9.) Nanin’s play explores what might have killed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
Another hot ticket that’s also a tribute to Kahlo is the Frida Fest, an art exhibit and musical/dance performances. The fest takes place Sept. 23, from 5-8 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall.
Or, check out “Elevator: The Play” at the Coast Playhouse. Writer and director Michael Leoni shows us what happens when several strangers are trapped together in an elevator.
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Running Sept. 22 through Oct. 14, at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre at the Lee Strasberg Creative Center, is Martin McDonagh’s first play set in America: “A Behanding in Spokane.”
Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles / Latin America (PST: LA/LA), running September 2017 to January 2018, is a vast new exploration of Latin American and Latino art. Led by the Getty, the idea is to present a variety of art works through thematically linked exhibitions. Check out our PST: LA/LA blog for details on all the exhibitions.
Additionally, West Hollywood continues to heat up the Los Angeles dining scene with a host of sizzling restaurants. In the mood for swank dining and entertainment that recalls the roaring 1920s? Then Delilah is the place to go. The Daisy B. cocktail is one of the nods to F. Scott Fitzgerald and his peeps.
Down the street, eclectic American food is delighting diners at the simple yet stunningly chic Norah restaurant. Cast-iron cornbread and roasted duck breast, anyone?
Another stylish selection is Rosaliné, which is named after chef Ricardo Zarate’s mother and celebrates Peruvian cooking. Try the ceviche, paella or pork ossobuco.
At Ysabel, an upscale spot with relaxed elegance, steak gets its own menu, including a 40 oz tomahawk rib-eye! Seriously.