This post was sponsored by Los Angeles Tourism. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Los Angeles Tourism.
Happy International Women’s Day ladies! Fun fact: March is Women’s History Month in the US and this month is dedicated to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to United States history. I was so thrilled to be a part of the Women Celebrated Press Trip to Los Angeles which took place recently (Feb 28-March 3) and today’s post highlights my take away from this travel put together by Los Angeles Tourism.If you haven’t done so already, head to my Instagram page and check out my LA HIGHLIGHTS.
1. Unique Hotels
We stayed in one, the newly opened The Hoxton, Downtown LA hotel during this trip. The Hoxton DTLA is part of the Hoxton hotel brand which is based in London, United Kingdom and has outposts in London’s Shoreditch and Holborn, Amsterdam, Paris, Williamsburg and Portland. The Hoxton, Downtown LA is the perfect blend of everything I seek for in a hotel these days, unique character, great service, easy check-in/out process and an on-sight restaurant.
Their rooftop bar called Pilot & the pool were just an added bonus! Ask for the Honeybear on Holiday drink at Pilot and get a pie (brownie is my fav) for dessert at Sibling Rival a spot that is perfect day or night.
2. Los Angeles was at the forefront of women’s right/history in the US
During the Women Who Shaped L.A. DTLA Walking Tour by Downtown LA Walking Tours, I found out about the history of LA and one of the highlights was knowing that Los Angeles was one of the first states in the US where women were allowed to own property. I heard about the name Biddy Mason, also known as “Aunt Biddy or Grandma Mason” a former slave who later became a Californian real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is also the founder of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, California.
From fashion, real estate, theatre and more, women made a mark in the history of LA. United Artists theatre which still stands was co-founded by Mary Pickford, one of the most powerful and popular actresses of the 1910s and 1920s.
3. The food scene
One thing I absolutely love about Downtown LosAngeles (DTLA) is that it is a melting pot of different cultures. We had a chance to visit Grand Central Market where I had one the best Avocado Toast of my life at Clark Street Bread (no lie!) It is a must visit when in LA, if you are craving fresh delicious food (from different parts of the world) at pocket friendly prices.
4. ROW DTLA/ Smorgasburg
I was super excited that we got a chance to visit Smorgasburg LA a must visit if you’re a foodie like me. Smorgasburg is part of the new development called ROW DTLA and a place to find dozens of food vendors, crafts, vintage, wellness and more. It operates every Sunday. We got to chat with a number of female-owned food vendors. Enjoyed shaved ice from Chichi Dango.
I got to try Candle making at Maker’s Mess which is located in ROW DTLA.
Candles I made during the session
5. LACMA has more to offer beyond Urban Light Sculpture
I have always wanted to visit LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) so I was excited it was part of our tour. The Urban Light Sculptures is as beautiful as I imagined. During our tour of LACMA, I learned about Luchita Hurtado a painter from Venezuela who now calls California home. Her work that spans over 5 decades is currently on display.
Wearing a sweatshirt by H. Merrick an LA based female fashion designer who I got to meet during this trip.
There is so much I didn’t know about Los Angeles beyond Hollywood and Disney and I am so glad I got to Discover Los Angeles through a new lens. Discover Los Angeles is a great place to look for unique things to do when in LA. Thank you to the Los Angeles Tourism board for a trip highlighting influential locals and their female-led businesses. Don’t forget to check my HIGHLIGHTS for more. Let’s keep celebrating Women’s History beyond March!