The Blue House 1402 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA90403 The Blue House has been operating since 1975. It is a very popular home furnishing store that sells fine European…More antiques and contemporary accessories. The store is a fun spot to browse pieces so unique they would look great in any living room or office. The staff here is also very knowledgeable, having been in the business for more than 30 years. They can answer any customer questions about their products and offer home decor suggestions.
14 Buddhas 1003 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA90401 From the outside, this salon may look like a small-time in-home business. With the exception of the large face statue…More out front, there's not much that distinguishes it on the block. But the inside will shock you. There's a full salon that's got a soothing, white theme with a small waterfall. It offers a number of hair, body and skin treatment options. The salon also performs house calls.
Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club 1210 4th St, Santa Monica, CA90401 In 1914, the large building that houses the SMB Woman's Club was created in the hopes of giving local women a home away…More from home to gather and chat. The same is true today, but the group has taken on a multitude of extra functions after over 105 years as a club. Working with a number of charitable organizations such as the Salvation Army, Heal the Bay, the Rape Treatment Center and the Santa Monica Firefighters' Association, the club organizes events like bake sales and benefit parties to raise funds. Additionally, members enjoy bridge games, luncheons and the like. There is also an arts department that puts on plays and organizes art galleries. Although membership has decreased from its high of 700 members during the 1950s, club leaders don't mind; this is almost exclusively due to the rise of women in the workplace. The 250-capacity ballroom is available for rental.
Stretching 3.5 miles, Santa Monica Beach lies between Venice and Malibu and is one of the most popular attractions…More in Los Angeles. In 2008, the American Planning Association bestowed its Great Places in America honor upon Santa Monica Beach. Marriage services are performed here, too.
Lifeguards are on duty year-round between sunrise and sunset, and the lifeguard headquarters is open around the clock.
A boardwalk runs along the waterfront, as well as the South Bay Bicycle Trail, which stretches for 22 miles. Fishing is open to the public, with no license required. Surfing is also allowed depending on the amount of beach traffic and weather conditions. Volleyball courts are open to the public for no charge, while boogie boards and additional beach equipment is available for rent.
Ballplaying is only allowed in permitted areas at Santa Monica Beach. Tents, sleeping and camping are banned, as are glass containers, percussion instruments and vendors. Audible electronic devices cannot be played between 10pm and 8am.
In an effort to ensure water quality, Santa Monica has teamed with Heal the Bay, which provides weekly water-quality reports at HealTheBay.org.
In addition to the Santa Monica Pier, the beach is also home to the restored Annenberg Community Beach House, which reopened in April 2009. Once owned by Marion Davies, the primary mansion was demolished decades ago, but many of the original guest houses, the swimming pool and the tennis court have been preserved. The pool is open to the public and available for use from 10am to 6pm; the rest of the establishment is open from 8:30am to 8:30pm. Community meetings are often held at the house, and tours are provided as well. The Annenberg Foundation is primarily responsible for the restoration of the landmark.