Earlier this week I spent two nights in Hermosa Beach with my family for a little “staycation” action. My brother recently started working at a music venue in Hermosa (Saint Rocke) as a Digital Marketing Assistant, and he also hosts their Open Mic Nights on Tuesdays. My parents wanted to see him in action, but making the trek home to the Conejo Valley didn’t sound too appealing to them, so my mom booked an awesome beach house via VRBO for all of us for two nights.
Our #clowclanstaycation began on Monday. While my brother was at work, my parents and I had an early dinner at the Hook & Plow on Pier Ave.
I enjoyed this Atticus IPA from the local Strand Brewing Co. (Torrance, CA). For my dinner, I had a delicious salad made with arugula, buratta cheese, a peach, and organic chicken. Yum!
After dinner, we headed to Saint Rocke’s trivia night. My brother was too cool to play on our team, so my parents and I tried to be contenders. We named our team Santos L. Halper (because #EverySimpsonsEver). We started out pretty well and then TANKED. There was an entire round on movies about magic where we got zero right. I’m not the biggest movie fan (they’re SUCH a commitment and most movies suck) so I’m okay that we didn’t get those right.
Proud of my Dad for getting a bonus question right (you have to not only know the answer but be the fastest team to tell the guy the right answer). The question was: “What is the name of the song that begins ‘Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.'” Answer: “The Christmas Song.” My Dad knew it right away (I knew it, but it would have taken me a second). Glad I was raised on Mel Torme!
A question I am embarrassed I didn’t know: What is the most popular wine varietal in Australia and what is the same grape called in France? Answer: Shiraz/Syrah. #notawineo.
The next day, my parents and I spent a lot of time walking around Hermosa — we walked to the Manhattan Beach pier and just spent some time enjoying the strand and the pier. We also had a delicious and inexpensive lunch at The Standing Room. Loved my $7 kale + candied bacon salad!
That night, we spent a couple of hours enjoying Saint Rocke’s surprisingly delicious $1 tacos and $5 margaritas, and watching my brother channel his inner Carson Daly during Open Mic Night. There were some good acts! On Wednesday morning, my mom and I took a couple of bikes (included in our vacation rental!) out for a bit. We rode just a few miles to the Redondo Beach pier and back, but I was glad to add another thing to my “do something fun every day before I start work” list.
Where is your favorite place to #staycation?
Do you have any vacation traditions?