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Friday

Kick off your trip by kicking
up some dirt on the hiking
trail. Many locals swear by
the paths in Runyon Canyon
and around the Hollywood
Reservoir, but we prefer to
give our butt and quads a
workout on the five-mile
out-and-back Paseo Miramar
Trail in Topanga State
Park. To get to the trailhead,
which is in a residential
neighborhood in Pacific
Palisades, turn north on
Paseo Miramar and follow it
to the end. The first half of
the hike is uphill, but at the
top you're rewarded with
a panoramic view of the
Pacific Ocean.

Post-hike, pop a gym bag
into your trunk and fuel up at
Firehouse in Venice (213
Rose Ave.). The café is
known for its "bodybuilder
combos," like the ground
turkey and egg-white scramble,
but its menu also boasts
delicious sandwiches, salads,
and tandoori chicken.

Walk off your meal by
strolling over to Main Street,
one of the area's hottest
shopping districts, and check
out the boutique Blonde.
The shop is renowned for its
selection of casual beachwear,
jeans, and dresses.

After exercising your
credit card for a while,
head a mile south to the
equally hip Abbot Kinney
area and saddle up at YAS
Yoga and Spinning ($15
per class; 1101 Abbot Kinney
Blvd.) Owner Kimberly
Fowler offers both workouts
throughout the day.

Saturday

Get your ocean-breeze fix
with a morning ride on part
of the city's 22-mile beach
path. Rent a bike from Blazing
Saddles ($8 per hour;
320 Santa Monica Pier) and
pick up a free map while
you're there. Cruise around
while enjoying the wind in
your hair, then wheel over
to Washington Boulevard
in Venice. Pedal east one
mile and stop for a bite at
26 Beach (at the corner of
Washington Boulevard and
Yale Avenue). The restaurant
makes some of the best burgers in town,
including healthy varieties
like the grilled salmon patty,
and on weekends you'll find
13 kinds of French toast.

Return your bike after
brunch, then drive to West
Hollywood and give yourself
the celebrity treatment.
Start with a yoga class at
City Yoga (7904 Santa
Monica Blvd.). Don't be
surprised if you spy a few
sweaty stars posing beside
you—everyone loves the $8
bargain of the Saturday
afternoon community class.
Keep that relaxed feeling
going with an 80-minute
Ambassador massage ($180;
a combo of Swedish, deeptissue,
and shiatsu styles) at
the Argyle Salon & Spa at
8358 Sunset Blvd. The
treatment takes place in a
suite—complete with a flatscreen
TV, bathtub, and
plush seating area. You can
even reserve time (for an
additional fee) after your
therapist leaves to chill in
your temporary digs.

Sunday

Squeeze in a workout on the
Santa Monica Stairs (the top
is at Fourth and Adelaide
streets) before your flight.
The 170 steps can be
clogged with people, so be
sure to obey the three
unwritten rules: Stay to your
right (the middle is for runners),
keep moving, and stop
only at the halfway mark's
landing. If you have extra
steam when you're done,
join the other folks cranking
out crunches and push-ups
along
Fourth
Street. (Or if
you just want to jog, the
grassy median dividing San
Vicente Boulevard is easy on
your feet.) You should still
have plenty of time to dash
back to the hotel, shower,
and get to the airport—for
lunch! Encounter, the
funky, circular-shaped restaurant
in the center of
LAX, is a mere fiveminute
walk from any of
the terminals. Take in the
Star Trek-inspired décor as
you feast on a few appetizers;
the California market salad
and cayenne-citrus chicken
drummettes make a delicious
and filling meal for
two. As you head home,
tune out the plane distractions
and think about how
fit and relaxed you feel
instead—not a bad souvenir
considering you were away
for only three days.

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