If you’re down in Los Angeles and looking for less glitz and more kitsch, I highly suggest checking into the Farmer’s Daughter. Located in a prime tourist spot just across the street from The Grove and Original LA Farmers’ Market, this adorable throwback to mid-century motel culture is as fresh as a summer picnic.
Recommended Hotel: The Farmer’s Daughter. A family-owned business, the motel turned boutique hotel has plenty of character and personal touches. From the blue gingham exterior to the poolside ping-pong table, the retro ambiance makes for a quintessential southern California experience. The rooms are modest, but fun. But don’t expect any big frills. The charm lies in the simplicity and cool factor. Think more Mary-Ann than Ginger.
Check In: 115 S. Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. 323-937-3930, farmersdaughterhotel.com
Check Out: Tart. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Tart is fun, fried and filling. For such an unassuming little eatery, the service is excellent (we got complimentary jello shots upon arrival) and the food is wonderfully bad for you. I suggest the fried pickles to start (there was not a slice left at the end of the meal) and pairing your meat and sides with a refreshing cocktail. If the weather’s nice, head to the patio.
Don’t Miss: The Original Farmers’ Market. An L.A. landmark, you’ll miss out if you don’t cross the street to this local treasure. It’s not all fruits and vegetables here. Sample from dozens of food vendors — from old-school BBQ to Brazilian — or sort through a handful of great shops, like a vintage toy store filled with games and memorabilia from days past. Just swell.
Blog post by Always a Bridesmaid Contributor Darren Elms.
Photos courtesy of Farmer’s Daughter Hotel.