There’s something nostalgic about the California breeze, and that twenty-seven mile stretch of historic coastline just north of the city of Los Angeles that will set your soul on fire.

The story unfolds on remote beaches featuring rocky points where you can bask in the endless sunshine that is summer once the June Gloom passes.

At its heart, the city of Malibu is a small town—with its remarkable concentration of some of the prettiest hiking trails in the country, 20-plus distinct beaches, and a close-knit community of local-owned businesses, it’s also so much more.  There’s a lot of history here - the land was originally inhabited by the Chumash Native Americans and the ocean breaks were among the first to welcome surfers back in the 1920s, the best of which, many would argue, is still in the making thanks to a recent influx of fledgling shops, boutique hotels, and restaurants. An easy twenty five minute drive from LA, Malibu is bisected by the Pacific Coast Highway, which runs along the California coast from Orange County, through Big Sur and all the way up to Mendocino, leaving the beach on one side and the stunning Santa Monica mountains on the other—in other words it is road-trip gold.
Where to stop and shop
True to its name, this shop is perfect for decorating a coastal beach house—or any house for that matte. Packed to the rafters with pillows, throws, and bedding done in intricate Shibori patterns and crisp shades of blue—plus, every imaginable candle, Cali-themed coffee-table book, and trinkets to tickle your fancy.

Floral heaven…

Whether you are and orchid enthusiast or not, this sprawling greenhouse and the surrounding grounds are worth a visit. In addition to à la carte flowers, the staff will gladly put together a beautiful arrangement right on the spot, arrange a local delivery, or even shipping. This is a sweet   family run business , so expect hands-on service and a bunch of beauty filled with love,

Where to stay…

Formerly known as the Malibu Riviera, and built back in 1947, a recent renovation has brought to life to this charming beach hideaway. Just steps from the iconic surf Point Dume, thirteen rooms, all with king-sized beds, Simple endearingly comfortable and designed to resemble a boathouse with  brass fixtures. There’s a beautiful collection of artwork, much of which was created by local artists especially for the hotel. Since the Native just quietly opened its doors in US Spring this year.


Photography by BLISS KAUFMAN -