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Summer Getaway: Malibu

Though we’re constantly bemoaning the fact that we don’t vacation enough, our land-locked friends in the middle of the country like to remind us that we actually live in what is essentially a beach town.  While a house in Malibu may still be a few Powerball jackpots out of reach (we’re eyeing property next to the Geffens, obviously), a day trip to Malibu is attainable to anyone with a tank (and yes, potentially a whole tank) of gas and some SPF. Here’s our guide to one of the prettiest places on Earth, mudslide survival kit not included. 

Travel Time: Depends on where you’re coming from, but expect to park it a bit on PCH through the summer months. 

Where to Eat: Malibu Cafe at Calamingos Ranch, for the bottomless Mimosa brunch; Cafe Habana, for the grilled corn; Neptune’s Net, or ‘The Net’, for East-Coast-style seafood and biker gangs. 

Where to Shop: Hidden Treasures Vintage Shop (154 S Topanga Canyon Blvd). You may have to dig, but you’ll definitely find gold. 

Where to Sun & Surf: Ideally, on the property of a well-to-do friend out in Carbon. Realistically, we like Zuma, El Matador, or La Piedra best in terms of public beaches.   

Where to Hike: Escondido Falls 

Where to Find Culture: The Getty Villa, anytime.  This weekend only, The Malibu Arts Festival, where the work of award-winning painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, and other artisans will be featured. 

Where to Wine: Pack a picnic and enjoy live music with a bottle or two at Malibu Wines, or post up at the Rosenthal Tasting Room for a $12 4-wine flight. 

Best Bar in Town: The Sunset; just be sure to stick to the booze as the food is pricey. 

Non-Cheesy Must-Do: Deep fried fish, BYOB Miller Lite (or whatever suits your cheap-booze fancy) and picture perfect seaside views at Malibu Seafood.  

What to Wear: 

1.  Torn, Morgan Drip Dress, $163.99

2.  Zara Wedge with Tassles, $19.99

3.  American Apparel Floppy Summer Hat, $38

4.  Beach Bag Style Sea•thos Foundation Tote, $25

5.  Yellow Plastic Keyhole Aviator Sunglasses by Squint Topshop, $45

6.  AE Denim Midi Short, $29.99

7.  Macramé Triangle Top, $24

8.  Beaded Wrap Bracelet, $5.80

9.  Woman’s Chiffon-Trim Racerback Tank, $19.94

10. Tilly’s Mexican Beach Blanket, $31.99

Jul 26, 2011 - 07:33 AM

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