1. Catch-- A must-do. This restaurant is in a beautiful hotel right on the ocean. They have a gluten-free menu and have delicious fresh fish entrees as well as options like a tuscan kale salad with pine-nuts (yum) and cauliflower chive soup. Make sure you request a seat by the window and get there before the sun sets. $$$
2. Hugo's Restaurant-- We went here for breakfast two days in a row because it was so amazing. They literally have hundreds of options on their menus from vegan and vegetarian to gluten-free. I was able to get a "go green omelet" with quinoa. YUM! Any place that offers a ton of greens is on my list. (Also open for lunch and din) $$
3. The Ivy-- Another unbelievable eatery. Also a chance you may see someone famous here as it is right in Beverly Hills. I got an unbelievable local sea bass with a coconut curry sauce. We also got fresh stone crab claws chilled and I had a delicious vegan butternut squash soup. Go on a warm evening so you can sit outside. It is such a lovely setting. And be sure to go on a walk after dinner-- the stores in the area are neat! $$$$
4. Moonshadows-- This restaurant is a 30 minute drive outside of LA (in Malibu), but the view and food is so worth it. Another restaurant where the window seat should be requested. If you go for lunch and the weather is nice, try to get a seat outside! Some of the amazing things we ordered on the menu were sauteed scallops, grilled octopus with olive oil and small potatoes, and a pork chop with mashed sweet potatoes! $$$
1. Rent a bike on Venice Beach.
2. Shop or walk on Rodeo Drive.
3. Drive through Bel Air and check out the huge mansions!
4. Spend a day on the beach in Malibu surfing.
5. Go to Bikram Yoga. They have some great studios in the LA area. I recommend the one in Silver Lake, if you are close.
2. Casa Del Mar. This hotel is absolutely beautiful. Originally built in the 1920's and renovated, it has a spacious lobby perfect for lounging with the family, chatting, and sipping tea. It is also right on the ocean so gets gorgeous views of the sunset and easy access to the walkway for those early riser runners or walkers. $$$$
3. The Peninsula. I have not personally stayed here, but I have heard from friends that it is an amazing hotel with grandiose rooms and top service. It is also located in the middle of West Hollywood, which gives perfect access to some of the best restaurants in town. Only down side is that if you are young, the fun bars in downtown LA are quite a drive away. $$$$
4. The W. Another hip hotel with flashy guests and a gigantic well-furnished lobby. Expect great service and a location in LA perfect for the bar-hopping type. $$$