My Eclectic Guide to L.A. for Boingo Wireless

Howdy, dear readers! How’ve you been lately?

For much of April, I’ve been endlessly recovering from walking pneumonia, planning an impending/exciting/fun/eventually romantic/hopefully-not-too-exhausting month-long trip to Europe (more on that next week) and writing two Los Angeles-area guides for USA Today.com‘s travel section, which I’ll happily share just as soon as they’re ready.

What I haven’t been doing? Writing anything new here on Travels With Two.

A lovely coincidence, then, that my guest post for Boingo Wireless has just been published!

Boingo, my favorite international Wi-Fi-hotspot provider, has asked me to share my top five off-the-beaten-path pursuits when visiting Los Angeles (or even just LAX, our semi-delightful airport). I hope you enjoy these recommendations for exploring my home city, and become inspired to seek out your own adventures here.

Here’s the link, and I wish you a great weekend — wherever you are!

Melanie Waldman’s Eclectic Guide to LA 2012: Roller Derby, Dumplings and Pop Art

A Weekend Getaway to Malibu

El Matador Beach, Malibu, California

I’m excited to present my first published article for the San Francisco Chronicle‘s travel section!

Malibu’s surf and sand a respite from urban L.A. is a “Weekend Getaway” for the Chron, and takes you on a journey to only a handful of my favorite spots in my favorite 27-mile stretch of Los Angeles-area coastline.

Please enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions about Malibu!

(Or if you’d like to go — I’d happily be your tour guide.)

– Melanie

Three Great Malibu Beaches

Windward Beach at Point Dume

Less than a mile north of Kanan Dume Road (also known as Latigo Canyon), you’ll find three great Malibu beaches in a row.

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The Far Northern End of Malibu

View from PCH, just past County Line

Along Pacific Coast Highway from Broad Beach to the Ventura County Line, the northern stretch of Malibu, California feels windswept, remote and exciting.

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Malibu via Latigo Canyon

Latigo Canyon, otherwise known as Kanan-Dume Road,  is the northernmost direct canyon artery from the 101, connecting Agoura Hills with Malibu.

Here you’ll find unusual rock formations, vivid yellow wildflowers in Spring, the best mountain views, but also the most nauseously winding route. It’s the top choice for motorcycle riders, and you’re bound to see a lot of them.

You’ll also see a lot of mansions, and as in other places along the 27-mile stretch of Malibu, you might marvel at the myopic logic of building them in a place where huge hillside fires are a yearly occurrence.

As with all things in Malibu, enjoy them for now.

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