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Charcuterie board at Villa CarlottaDo you daydream of frolicking through our neighborhood and bringing home some local favorites to wine and dine on? Then look no further! Villa Carlotta’s dreamy area regularly hosts some of the nation’s top farmers markets, which means they’re just steps outside our front door. We ventured out to the markets that we’ve noticed some of neighborhood restaurant chefs love and regularly shop from to set you up in the kitchen this summer.

 

  • The Original Farmers Market

Open seven days a week, The Original Farmers Market is home to more than 100 specialty shops, gourmet grocers and world-class eaters in an al-fresco setting. Open Sunday-Thursday from 10am-8pm and Friday-Saturday from 10am-9pm, this market has everything you could dream of. If there’s a missing ingredient from your summer recipe, this is where you’ll find it. From live music and fresh produce to skincare and a postal office, this is your one stop shop.

 

  • Silver Lake Certified Farmers Market

Established in 2001, the Silver Lake Certified Farmers Market puts an emphasis on farmers, produce, arts and crafts and vegan vendors. Open for business Tuesdays from 1:30pm-7pm and Saturdays from 8am-1:30pm, you’re sure to find all the ingredients you’ll need to make the Gem Lettuce and Avocado Salad from one of our neighborhood favorites, Little Dom’s.

 

  • Larchmont Village Farmers Market

Sundays are for Larchmont! The Larchmont Village Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 10am-2pm officially, though many of the vendors are ready around 9am. Offering a variety of vendors including fish, produce and more, this market will have everything you need to recreate our neighborhood restaurant pal All Time Los Feliz’s Yellowtail Ceviche in the comfort of your own home. Need a night off from the kitchen? Order your dish online here.

 

 

Supporting our local farmers and chefs is one of our main priorities at Villa Carlotta. Our community makes it easy to do with the charms and whimsy in each bite and sip. Want to join us? Call 213.640.5559 or visit villacarlottala.com for more information.

With summer in full swing and the world reopening, we’re all feeling a bout of cabin fever. What better way to enjoy the fruits of a Southern California summer than a day trip to one of Villa Carlotta’s gorgeous neighboring cities! There’s a vast array of possibilities in our region for an entertaining way to spend a day. Our favorite? Santa Barbara!

 

GETTING THERE | Hop in your car and take a drive up the 101, or take a look at the train schedule for an easy day-trip up the Santa Barbara coastline. Just north of downtown, LA’s Union Station offers travelers an alternative transportation option, with trains that leave periodically throughout the day. Ticket prices for the scenic trip north floating around $30. If the train isn’t your speed, hop in the car and cue up your favorite road trip mix for a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway. Why not as speedy as taking the 101, the PCH provides a more scenic route, peppered with lovely spots to stop along the way such as the Getty Villa, Malibu and Carpinteria.

 

THE FUNK ZONE | Downtown Santa Barbara, a.k.a “The Funk Zone” is the main drag on State Street, stretching a few blocks between the ocean and Highway 101. Conveniently adjacent to the Amtrak Train Station, the Funk Zone district speaks to Santa Barbara’s contemporary side, offering a variety of boutique tasting rooms, cafes, galleries and shops for a charming stroll in Santa Barbara proper.

 

URBAN WINE TRAIL | Reserve tickets of the Urban Wine Trail experience, spanning six neighborhoods including the Funk Zone, Presidio, Midtown, La Arcada, Goleta and Summerland. With 24 wineries to experience, we understand if you can’t make it to all of them. If we had to choose, we’d send you over to Deep Sea Wine to take in 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands and Riviera.

 

BEACHES | What’s a trip to Santa Barbara without some much-needed beach time? There are plenty of gorgeous beach options we love, like Butterfly Beach, East Beach and Arroyo Beach. Bring a beach blanket and some snacks for some sea-sprayed down time in this charming corner of the SoCal coast.

 

BOTANIC GARDEN | Check out 10 different communities of California-native plants at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden! Open every day from 10am-6pm, the garden offers a Japanese tea shop and garden-style gift shop. Tickets are just $16 for adults and $8 for children.

 

HISTORY | Santa Barbara is rich in history. Plan to take self-guided interior and exterior tours of the Santa Barbara Courthouse, built in 1939 and still in operation today. Pop into the Santa Barbara Old Mission House and Park, also known as the “Queen of the Missions,” for a dose of California history. We also recommend visiting some exhibits at Santa Barbara’s Museum of Natural History, located on the historic Stearns Wharf.

 

To top off your day of adventures, travel back to Villa Carlotta and unwind with some of our perks. Take a dip in our heated saltwater pool or pop open one of your new bottles of Santa Barbara wine and enjoy some rooftop views.

 

One day not enough? There are tons of Airbnb’s and hotels in the area that are perfect to extend your day-trip into a weekend staycation. We love being neighbors with special places like Santa Barbara. We can’t wait to hear the stories you bring back with you. Start your journey, book your extended stay at Villa Carlotta today!  213.640.5559

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to plan the perfect day for those special ladies in your life. Whether you’re planning to have mom visit you or you both already happen to be staying at our beautiful property, we’ve got a full day packed with activities. Tell mom to bring her shiniest outfit because she’ll definitely be feeling like star walking down Hollywood Blvd.

 

Start the day by taking mom to a hip and trendy coffee shop nearby. We love all our local spots, but if we had to choose, we’d pick Beachwood Café and Locali. Both cafes have a variety of options that are not only tasty but also will fuel your for your day ahead.

 

Next, take mom to The Grove – a high-end shopping area with beautiful water features and delectable dining options. Have her shop till she drops and then grab an Italian dinner at Little Doms. The food will meet all your delicious expectations and ignite your taste buds.

 

Now it’s time to treat mom to a pampering day at the spa! We love TOMOKO Spa in Beverly Hills for their luxurious massages which blend eastern and western healing modalities. For an unforgettable facial look no further than Hollywood legend, Kate Somerville, known for her clinical skincare treatments that will leave mom looking red carpet ready on her special day. Back at Villa Carlotta, we offer luxurious amenities like slippers and robes to make you feel like royalty. Mom can continue unwinding at the end of the day by relaxing poolside at our property.

 

With so many things to enjoy in every direction, Villa Carlotta is the place to be. Book your perfect extended stay today for you and mom. Trust us, she’ll be delighted to join us. Call us at 213.640.5559 for details.

Villa Carlotta Hollywood Pool
Spring has sprung at Villa Carlotta! There’s no better time of the year to enjoy the California sunshine, pleasant weather and crisp blue skies. Situated in Los Angeles, our beautiful residences provide you with easy access to all the outdoor attractions the city has to offer. With a variety of things to see and do in the city of dreams, the possibilities are endless. Read on to discover our favorite activities to partake in this season.

 

What better way to take advantage of the outdoors than by taking a hike? Runyon Canyon Park is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Los Angeles. The 160-acre park is dog friendly and offers a variety of loops for walking, jogging and hiking. Celebrated for its views of Griffith Park and the Hollywood sign, Runyon Canyon Park is the perfect spot for getting those daily steps in all while taking in the breathtaking views of the city. That’s not the only hike you can do, Los Angeles has a plethora of other trails you can explore to take in the natural beauty of the city.

 

Los Angeles parks are also the perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon of spring sunshine. Pack your favorite snacks for a picnic, bring a book and head over to Echo Park Lake or Grand Park. Now relax on the grassy area and enjoy some fresh air. Come sundown you can also visit the best drive-in outdoor movie series in Los Angeles with food trucks – Street Food Cinema. During the evening, you can go out to dinner on one of the many beautiful rooftop’s bars in LA like Skybar where you can enjoy sprawling city views. Spring is also the best time to visit the Hollywood Farmers’ Market. They boast some of the best produce and goods in town.

 

After a full day of adventures, cap off the day at Villa Carlotta and enjoy our outdoor amenities. Relax and dip in our heated saltwater pool which is enveloped by greenery and lined with chaise lounge chairs for guests to revel in the California sun. Another great spot to take in the spring beauty is at The Palm Garden here at our residences. The perfect tranquil urban refuge. You can also enjoy beautiful city views from our rooftop.

 

What are you waiting for, darling? Book your stay with us today to enjoy the spring months in paradise. There are plenty of options nearby for savoring the outdoors. Call us at 213.460.5559 and reserve a room today.

 

Best Coffee Spots Near Villa Carlotta

 

Explore all the craft coffee that LA has to offer when staying at Villa Carlotta! The temperature here in Southern California is finally dropping with the winter months, so it’s time to go pick up a hot beverage to warm things up. Here are our top three favorite spots to get your morning off on the right foot when staying on the iconic Franklin Blvd in Hollywood.

 

Rubies + Diamonds

Ready to try something different? Rubies + Diamonds is an out of the box woman-owned coffee shop off of Sunset Blvd. Try their famous coconut sea salt cold brew- we promise you won’t regret it! Postmates delivery is also available- so you can order from the comfort of your own home.

 

Groundwork Coffee

Good coffee is all in the groundwork. Head over to Groundwork Coffee for organic, ethically sourced and fairly traded coffee. We love this local gem for their commitment to properly sourced ingredients. And on top of that, the coffee is delicious!

 

Rise N Grind Café

Last but not least, Rise N Grind Café is the peak of LA culture. It’s the only coffee shop in LA with cold brew on tap, and they also have an extensive food menu. Head over to pick up a delicious and hearty lunch paired with your perfectly crafted cold brew.

 

One of the many benefits of staying at Villa Carlotta, is that you are provided with the convenience of in-suite kitchen amenities to start each day with ultimate ease. Pick up your coffee shop favorites and enjoy in your Parisian-style dining area. The perfect way to satisfy your morning caffeine cravings.

 

Residing in well-appointed spaces that are perfect to rest, work, create, and dream. No matter your daily goal, Villa Carlotta is here for you. Give us a call to inquire about our current availability: 213.463.2722.