Excellent L.A. Picnic Spots | KCET
Excellent L.A. Picnic Spots
Solstice Canyon Ruins: A short, level hike up a trailhead off Solstice Canyon Road in Malibu is LA's version of a Roman ruin--the former manse of an eccentric supermarket magnate, lost to an all-too-predictable wildfire. Only the foundations remain, providing a host of romantic outdoor settings for your al fresco dining adventures. You can work up an appetite climbing the adjacent waterfall or simply sit back, sip from your thermos and imagine what it would've been like to live full-time in such serene surroundings. (P.S.: the area's pet-friendly.)
Solstice Canyon Road and PCH, Malibu
Lake Hollywood Park: If your picnic party won't be complete without your canine companion, follow serpentine Hollywood Hills sidestreets to the gorgeous Lake Hollywood Park. A lush field of green surrounded by mountains and offering the best view of the Hollywood sign in town, the park is an unofficial haven for the area's pooches and their people--if you're lucky you may even spot a celebrity giving his dogwalker a holiday. There are a few actual picnic tables, though the prevailing trend is to spread out a blanket on the grass. Just keep an eye out underfoot, as dogs will be dogs.
3200 Canyon Lake Dr.
32100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
Silver Lake Meadow: As pristine as can be--literally, since it just opened in the spring--the Silver Lake Meadow offers three acres of green with a view of the adjacent reservoir. There's a spot outside the fence where dogs on leashes can mellow out while their owners enjoy a people-only zone, and as you might expect in Silver Lake, both hipster kids and their grown-up counterparts are prevalent. Shady spots are in short supply, so remember your sunglasses and pack some SPF15 in case you start to feel a little crispy after a couple of hours basking in the Rockwellian glow.
Earl Street and Silver Lake Blvd.
4100 S. La Cienega Blvd.
701 State Dr.
[Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area image via Flickr user ericrichardson]
[Exposition Park Rose Garden image via Flickr user anikascreations]
[Solstice Canyon image via Flickr user maveric2003]
[El Matador State Beach image via Flickr user tvvork]
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