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Under the Fig Tree

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New at the Fairmont Miramar, Dogtown Coffee Honors the Z-Boys’ Skateboard and Surf Culture

New at the Fairmont Miramar, Dogtown Coffee Honors the Z-Boys’ Skateboard and Surf Culture

Food & Spirits

By Robert Spuhler The spirit of Southern California’s surfing and skating culture can be seen across every inch of Dogtown Coffee, from photos and murals that line the walls to the…

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Father’s Office: The Birth of LA’s Burger

Food & Spirits

By Robert Spuhler Inside a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it storefront along a busy stretch of Montana Avenue, just over a mile away from the Fairmont Miramar, Sang Yoon became one of the most…

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The Community Inspiration Behind Santa Monica’s Night Market

Lifestyle

There’s something magical about a balmy Los Angeles summer evening — especially at Santa Monica’s newest Thursday hotspot, Night Market. The product of a dream-turned-reality by nightlife entrepreneur Brent Bolthouse,…

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6 Tips for Creating the Hotel Wedding of Your Dreams, According to Celeb Wedding Planner David Tutera

Lifestyle

By Lizbeth Scordo Anyone who’s planned a wedding knows that choosing where you’ll get married is often the biggest decision you’ll make, and venue options are seemingly infinite. Take it…

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FIG Named One of LA’s Top Brunch Spots

Food & Spirits

From the innovative, locally driven menu to the chic greenhouse-inspired setting, brunch at FIG restaurant is a can’t-miss culinary experience in Santa Monica — and Thrillist has taken note. They’ve included FIG in their top picks for the best brunch…

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Mastering the Art of the Perfect Summer Cocktail

Food & Spirits

By Robert Spuhler You’re by the pool, or on the patio, or even just by an open window at a bar. It’s summer, it’s sunny all the way through happy…

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A Family-Friendly Escape to Santa Monica

Activities

For families seeking a dose of sun, sand, and surf, there’s a special place tucked along the California coast known for its broad beaches, stunning pink and gold sunsets, and…

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The Love Story That Sparked Vilebrequin’s Swimwear Revolution

Lifestyle

Amid the sands and surf of Santa Monica Beach, visitors don’t have to look far to spot a pair of iconic Vilebrequin swim shorts — especially at the nearby Fairmont…

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The Summer Tradition of Outdoor Movies in Los Angeles

Activities

By Robert Spuhler Whenever possible, Angelenos are outside — to work out on the beach, to read in a park, or to drink on a patio. They’re even outside to…

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A Chef’s Trip to the Santa Monica Farmers Market

Food & Spirits

By Lizbeth Scordo There are plenty of reasons why the menu at FIG Restaurant at the Fairmont Miramar is overflowing with seasonal, farm-fresh, and deliciously obscure ingredients. To start, the…

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