Within just an hour or two in any direction from Los Angeles you can end up in another city and environment. (Mountains? Beach? City? Island? Whatever you want, you can find.) One of our favorite short road trips is down to San Diego and the little beach towns that live along the coastline. We especially love north county where you find quaint beach towns like Encinitas, Cardiff and Solana Beach. Once here, you can find a neat furniture area called...
...the Cedros Design District. Art galleries, furniture stores, design boutiques, great restaurants line for five blocks and create a magical and fun environment.
We especially enjoy SoLo, a huge space in a refurbished warehouse that showcases various designers and artists such as Eames, Knoll, mid-century modern and vintage American furniture, British Kaki, Dos Dueños pewter, semiprecious jewelry, fine designer stationery and modern hand-blown glass work.
Aside from furniture and design, the 3rd Thursday of every month features live music and exhibits. There's also a yummy Farmers Market here every Sunday from 2pm - 5pm.
Just over an hour south of Los Angeles, the pretty little beach town of Solana Beach is worth the drive. And don't forget to head over to Encinitas (just 10 minutes away) to check out Grounded and Gardenology.
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