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Sofie goes to Santa Monica

Some call Shutters on the Beach the most comfortable hotel in the world — and they may be right. It’s just the perfect mix of that Deco glamour, old world coziness and modern LA laissez-faire, but it also has a lot of what the modern traveler wants — quiet. Though we all like to be near the buzz, sometimes we don’t want to feel like we’re smack in the center, and Shutters on the Beach, which is invisible from the road, is that perfect paradox: an urban hotel that feels l…

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Sofie Goes To Manhattan Beach

These days Manhattan Beach is perhaps best known for its swanky restaurants, luxury retailers and expensive homes — not to mention a certain Christopher Lowell–designed boutique hotel. At first glance it’s not the most obvious place to find a thriving surf culture, at least of the old-fashioned beach-bum variety. Yet head to the water and you’ll see why the area is renowned for its winter swells, with waves regularly reaching nine feet. Check rates at Shade hotel…

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