There aren't a ton of international travel options for globe-trotting Angelenos (and other Americans, for that matter) these days. Vacationers around the world are also putting their plans on hold, including to our sunny City of Angels. That's why the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board recently launched a slew of social distancing-friendly staycation deals for local wanderlusts bitten by the travel bug.
L.A. Tourism yesterday debuted LA ♥, a new program running through the end of the year designed to boost the local hospitality industry by offering special rates and discounts at some of our city's coolest hotels, restaurants, museums, shopping destinations, outdoor attractions, and more. All of the participants closely follow the L.A. County Department of Public Health's coronavirus safety guidelines, which includes providing employees with face masks and gloves, installing hand sanitizer stations, and frequent cleaning, to name a few protocols.
The nonprofit organization recently surveyed 1,500 L.A. residents and found that three out of four would take a local vacay to support local businesses, and a third of respondents would even consider crossing the 405 (!!!) to explore new-to-them local territory as the city safely reopens.
Those looking to hole up west of the
Santa Monica San Diego Freeway have plenty of hotel options, including Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Hotel Erwin, Shutters on the Beach, and W Los Angeles, to name a few. East of the 405, you can check into stylish spots in the Beverly Hills/Beverly Grove/WeHo area such as 1 Hotel, Beverly Hills Hotel, the Beverly Hilton, Farmers Daughter, Hotel Bel-Air, and Waldorf Astoria, among others.
Downtown destinations include Ace Hotel, Freehand Los Angeles, Hotel Figueroa, the Millenium Biltmore, and NoMad, and there are also plenty of other options in the Valley, Pasadena, and the South Bay. You can also score discounts at 71Above, Angel City Brewery, the Beverly Center (its retailers are open for curbside pickup), Downtown LA Walking Tours, Bikes and Hikes, Malibu Wine Hikes, private Starline Tours of Hollywood, and many other eateries and al fresco activities.
Per L.A. Tourism's survey, employed Angelenos have some serious spending power that can boost the local economy — to the tune of $1.4 billion and 20,000 new jobs. If you're ready to play tourist in your own town, learn more and check out all of the deals here.
Main photo: 1 Hotel West Hollywood