Spring break is exciting in The City of Angeles, even for those of us who call LA home.
Indeed, east side dwellers--like Angelenos who live in Los Feliz or Echo Park--don't have to travel farther than across town to get nearer to the water to share a bounty of fun and fantasy with others who come to our neck of the woods from across the four corners of the world.
That said, a great place to settle for a night or two in this nirvana is The Shore Hotel, a resort style property that bowed last September as the first newly built, gold LEED-registered hotel in Santa Monica.
So, while you step into a heavenly place, you are also stepping into an edifice that is significantly reducing your carbon footprint. Half of the unused materials needed to erect this green respite have been either recycled or salvaged, the wood used to erect this new outpost comes from sustainable forests, and the native landscaping in and around the property greatly reduced the extent of required irrigation.
The Shore Hotel, situated directly across Ocean Avenue from the Santa Monica Pier, is a colorful ode to the environment that is decked out in punchy colors and contemporary decor.
Take, for instance, the cool pool on the premises. This splashy environment provides screaming orange lounges to guests who like to swim in a confined space that is not only inviting but enticing.
Meanwhile, the outside melds with the inside at The Shore, especially noticeable in the lobby where floor-to-ceiling windows catch perfect sunsets as day turns into night over the Pacific.
Just one word of advice: When booking into this Santa Monica oasis that does as much as possible to reduce your carbon footprint as is humanly possible, ask for a room with an ocean view. That way you'll get to feel the full effect of the ocean as the Pacific brings peace to you and yours, an uncommon commodity that is especially so if you happen to go during spring break.