TRAVEL & LGBT
3 Day Getaway Itinerary in Torrance California
Meg likes to say she’s a New Yorker but she didn’t actually move there until she was in high school. A large chunk of Meg’s childhood was spent in the Southern California area. She was born in Riverside and has tons of stories and memories in places that I’ve never been. That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to partner with Discover Torrance and experience Southern California for the first time together.
Torrance is centrally located and the perfect base for exploring SoCal. Torrance is just 20 minutes from LAX and 35 from downtown Los Angeles. We were pleasantly surprised how minimally we were affected by the infamous LA traffic.
Take advantage of how close you are to the Strand Bike Trail. It’s 22 miles of coastal biking starting at Torrance State Beach. You can rent bikes and spend the morning soaking up the salty air while enjoying a fair low effort bike ride. There are tons of places to stop for coffee or a meal depending on how long you ride. Riding to the Redondo Beach Pier is 4 miles round trip with beautiful views.
Visit the Del Amo Fashion Center – this place is huge! We aren’t typically big shoppers but this place is amazing. After spending months in Mexico we were probably a little too excited to browse through all of our favorites stores. You name a store and you can probably find it here along with some incredible restaurants. Walk passed Din Tai Fung and you watch them making fresh dumplings in the window. That was enough to have us asking for a table. We ordered soup, Shrimp and Pork Shao Mai and Vegetable and Pork Dumplings. We devoured the food so fast we considered asking for another menu to order more. Easily a 10/10 would go back again!
Check Disneyland off your bucket list! We got up early, made it to Anaheim in under an hour and were at the gates when they opened. Describing Meg as “not a morning person” is a wild understatement but she shot out of bed grinning ear to ear that morning. As a Southern California kid, she not only has tons of Disney memories but also has a wealth of tips and tricks that made our day run smooth. We bought the ears, watched the shows, took the pictures and ate all the desserts. You could easily spend days enjoying the Disney Parks but we found one day to be the exact right amount of time for us. We smiled and laughed like little kids all day.
Plan ahead to pamper yourself the day after Disneyland. There is so much to see you will walk a lot and probably fill up on a bit more fried or sugar coated food than usual. DuBunne Day Spa offers full spa services including couple’s massage packages perfect for your tired bodies. Follow the massage up with a healthy lunch at FishBonz Grill. We both enjoyed fresh salads topped with generous portions of grilled fish. I particularly enjoyed the Cajun Salmon with feta, walnuts and cranberries.
Spend your afternoon checking out the Torrance Art Museum. The focus is on contemporary art from Southern California artists. Admission to the museum is free and space is not overwhelming. There is in the main room and two smaller rooms but you will be pleasantly surprised with how much there is to see.
Soak up the last few hours of sun by the pool at the Courtyard Marriott Torrance/South Bay. The pool is very large, surrounded by big palm trees and comfortable couches. The perfect place to finish our relaxing day before getting ready for dinner at Aristo Cafe. We both love Mediterranean food so we were excited to stop here before leaving town. The food did not disappoint. We took and sent photos throughout the meal to my Dad bragging about how incredible it was. Get the extra side of tzatziki and warm pitas, you wont be dissapointed.