7 Southern California Guidebooks to Help You Find Summer Adventures

By Hill, Allison K | Daily News (Los Angeles, CA), July 25, 2016 | Go to article overview

7 Southern California Guidebooks to Help You Find Summer Adventures


Hill, Allison K, Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)


After listening to the podcast "Happier with Gretchen Rubin" by the author of one of my favorite books, "The Happiness Project," my family was inspired to, as Rubin suggested, "design" our summer; we declared it the Summer of Southern California Adventure.

So far we've taken the Metro Expo Line's new extension from downtown to Bergamot Station, booked our tickets to the Cindy Sherman exhibit at The Broad Museum, scheduled the Long Beach Great Sand Sculpture Contest on the calendar for August and made plans to attend the musical festivities at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. Our long list also includes the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, the graffiti art of Sunken City and a road trip to Idyllwild. We don't have a big vacation planned, but we have dozens of budget-friendly, mini-vacations to offer us a new appreciation of "home."

To make our list, we turned to books. Not your traditional travel guides with the expected sections on where to stay and where to eat, but concise, creative, carefully curated specialty guides focused on themes and intended to delight. Here are some of my favorites to help you design your own SoCal summer adventure.

'111 Shops in Los Angeles That You Must Not Miss'

By Desa Philadelphia

I usually view shopping as a chore rather than an adventure, but this beautifully designed book contains treasures that will inspire even the most reluctant shopper with specialty stores such as Aldik Home, a Christmas wonderland (come October), in Van Nuys; the Pasadena treasure of art and objects that is Gold Bug; the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM in Beverly Hills; and the coffeehouse for board game fans, GameHaus in Glendale.

'An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles'

By David Gebhard and Robert Winter

This comprehensive guide covers landmarks and buildings throughout Los Angeles County. Keep this book in your car as a reference guide or use it to plan your day around destinations like folk art favorite Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village in Simi Valley.

'Quiet Los Angeles'

By Rebecca Razo

This charming series reveals the small, quiet places hidden in big, noisy cities. The Los Angeles edition features 120 restful spots organized by chapters such as "quiet drives," "parks and green spaces," and "places of worship. …

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