You think beach, pier and the Third Street Promendae when entertaining Santa Monica comes to mind. What about airport? What? It's not so far off to think of the airport as a venue of fun in Santa Monica even though it's way east from the shore. Specifically, at the Barker Hangar is a very unique place to go to live it up. Noted for its large sound stage, it is an ideal location to set up a great party. Both on the exterior and inside the hangar, the look is an authentic drabby-shabby but is effective enough. Special events occur throughout the year here including the grand shopping must-come , the Barneys department storesale. You'll really need a couple of grand to truly make the most of the sale. See my shopping tip for more on Barney sale!
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3021 Airport Ave.
between Ocean Park and Palms Ave, East Santa Monica
Fom the outside, the Bergamot Station is nothing but a group of old warehouse buildings but all that is within is worth talking about but most of all -seen! As the largest art gallery complex in the west, Bergamot St is a must see for any art lover. There are numerous galleries, plus a museum, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and cafe. Much southern california is here on the grounds. Bergamot used to be a functioning station for the discontinue Red linetrolleys of the Los Angeles area back in the early 1900s. In the future, there may be rail line service here which would be very convenient for visiting tourists and locals alike. Though knowing the LA transportation system, there may be delays with the rail!
Bergamont , the name, comes from the mint (herb) family.
Hours are as followed:
10 AM-6 PM Tuesday-Friday
11 AM-5:30 PM Sat
Enetring the complex is free (we love free!), though in the museum there is a suggested donation to give of $2
A Day Trip to Catalina:
We drove to Long Beach one day (about 45 min. away),and took a boat to Catalina Island. It was the best day of the trip, and I highly recommend you visit there as well. I have made a page describing our trip if you'd like more info.
One of the great opportunities to visit while you are here, is the new J.P. Getty Museum, up by the Brentwood-Westwood area. You can also take the Santa Monica Blue Bus to get you there! Also you can go up to the Will Rogers State Park and watch some great polo playing, and while you are at the park, you can do some great hiking.
Bergamont Station - located further inland, away from the touristy areas of Santa Monica. It is located off of the Cloverfield exit on the 10 freeway. An enclosed area of about 15-25 stand alone buildings, all housing individual art galleries.