3 Reasons to Hit This Booming South Bay City This Summer
Everything’s sunny in El Segundo.
El Segundo’s having a moment. An upswing in development and revitalization from Smoky Hollow to south of LAX put the sleepy city back on everyone’s radar, and we couldn’t be happier. Squeeze these three El Segundo offerings into your summertime schedule.
For out-of-town guests who want the best of the South Bay and the convenience of LAX, check out El Segundo’s new AC Hotel. Design Force is behind the hotel’s locally inspired look and feel. The dichotomy of nature and aerospace served as an underlying influence of the design. The space combines hues of warm neutrals, fresh greys and cool metals accented by leathery cordovan, while showcasing original metal artwork and an overall geometry of flight motif throughout in homage to its surroundings. An open- concept, communal space that extends outdoors, the AC Lounge serves as a creative coworking hub by day and transitions into a bustling social scene by night.
2130 East Maple Avenue | marriott.com
El Segundo Art Walk
A celebration of the city’s vibrant art and design scene, Main Street and its surrounding galleries and creative spaces open their doors every third Thursday in July and August for food, libations and a plethora of pop-up art exhibits. Stroll hip Smoky Hollow and view the work of local painters, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and makers.
July 18 and August 15, 5 to 9 p.m. | elsegundoartwalk.com
Smoky Hollow Coffee Roasters
With an appropriately industrial vibe, this latest java joint from the creators of neighborhood favorite Blue Butterfly invites you to marvel at the machinery that goes into your cup of Joe. Part bean roaster, part coffee bar, part community hangout, the diverse operation has plenty to love—especially that perfectly brewed cup of coffee. Come for the caffeine, stay for the sweet vibe.
118 Sierra Street, Unit C | smokyhollowroasters.com
There’s no controversy surrounding this treat: 100% vegan, mostly organic and bursting with 22 ingredients. (Is that saffron I detect?) Every bite supports a healthy ethos we can all get on board with. So go ahead … be a cookie monster. And savor the chewy goodness that Hermosa Pie & Cake Company’s Chef David has baked with pride.