My Hometown: Welcome to Los Angeles, With Energy Stylist Colleen McCann - Full-Time Travel

My Hometown: Welcome to Los Angeles, With Energy Stylist Colleen McCann

My Hometown: Welcome to Los Angeles, With Energy Stylist Colleen McCann

In FTT’s series My Hometown, notable travelers divulge local places they couldn’t live without.

By Esme Benjamin

This month, Colleen McCann, fashion stylist turned modern mystic, shares her go-tos for Los Angeles. When Colleen isn’t hosting healing ceremonies in her Santa Monica studio (AKA “the crystal cave”), she’s running Charm’d School™, a year-long program designed to help curious students enhance their energetic knowledge and intuition.

From the best restaurant gardens for alfresco dining and must-do hikes to the dreamiest bookstore and the most moreish bolognese, Colleen’s recommendations will show you how to live well on your next trip to LA.

Venice Canals, LA | By Esme Benjamin

My hometown is special because I can walk to the beach from my house.

The best place to stay in my hometown is at a vacation rental along the Venice Canals.

When you're in my hometown, you absolutely need to eat and drink outside in as many garden settings as possible. Definitely get an Aperol Spritz on Lunettas ivy-covered patio at cocktail hour and order the vegan cheese plate under the olive trees at Plant Food & Wine. Don't forget to stop for dessert at the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga Canyon. It’s especially amazing at night, illuminated by twinkly lights, candles, an outdoor fireplace and the stars (plus, there’s an attached mystical boutique with Tarot decks, crystal talismans and more items for your wellness adventures.)

Courtesy of Plant Food & Wine

When friends visit my hometown, I always take them to the Malibu Farm restaurant for an ocean view dinner at sunset.

If you are looking for something a bit more adventurous, check out The Hummingbird Trail. Hike to the cave swing and take in the magical view (but don't forget to throw a snake bite kit and an airhorn in your backpack in case of wildlife encounters – not kidding).

Without question, the most romantic date night spot in my hometown is Elephante, an Italian restaurant with ocean views in Santa Monica.

Courtesy of Urban Paper Boutique

I spend far too much money at Urbanic Paper Boutique. Well labeled candles, bespoke notepads, thoughtfully designed greeting cards and custom gift wrapping really speak to my Virgo sensibilities.

When you're in the mood for some "me time" head straight to Koreatown to Olympic Spa to lay on the heated Jade floors, detox in the Himalayan Salt Cave and boost your energy in the Mugwort Pool.

My secret obsession is the Bolognese at Uovo! Every noodle is handmade in Italy and flown in overnight. Sidling up to the cozy counter to talk to the owner and getting my entree with record speed makes this former New Yorker feel at home in a local’s spot while also reminding me of one of my favorite trips through Tuscany.

Courtesy of Uovo

Something only locals know about my hometown is that the best way to connect with your inner "woo-woo" is to have a ritual Fire Ceremony at the waterfront fire pits at Dockweiler Beach, smell the poppies (a symbol of regeneration) at the annual spring bloom in Antelope Valley, or walk the Labyrinth with a personal intention under the full moon at the ocean overlook in Tuna Canyon...if you can find it!

Don't end a trip to my hometown without going to The Last Bookstore. I love the smell, feel and energy of old books. They have a rare books room with out-of-print design publications and plenty of places for Insta-worthy moments upstairs.

The Last Bookstore | By Lex Voight

FTT's Los Angeles Recommendations 

STAY at Gold-Diggers, a hip venue on Santa Monica Boulevard that's a bar (with live music nightly), recording studio and 11-room boutique hotel.

EAT at Botanica, a Silver Lake spot, for veggie-centric meals and natural wines in a beautiful space. 

DRINK at the JuneShine Santa Monica tasting room for sips of hard kombucha (so LA) in flavors like Chili Mango and Grapefruit Paloma.

Read our guide to the coolest LA neighborhoods

In the latest episode of our podcast, author Meg Stafford joins her daughter on a high school project to Nepal and Bhutan researching happiness. It was a mother-daughter trip that pushed Meg outside of her comfort zone. She found herself avoiding avalanches while climbing to Annapurna basecamp and dodging paint at the Holi Festival in Kathmandu. It also gave her the opportunity to examine what it means for a parent to love and to let go. 🎧 Link in bio to listen! ...

24 0

Istanbul`s beauty lies in its historic architecture, the Bosphorus Strait`s scenic charm, vibrant neighborhoods, bustling markets, rich cuisine, Sufi traditions, captivating sunsets, street art, and its unique blend of cultures as a crossroads of Europe and Asia.

Reel: @samisrt

159 0

Sweeping mountain views of the Dolomites, beautiful wildflowers, and the most delicious dinner included with your stay at @hotel_dolomitenhof_u_altepost.

Reel: @tc.travels

257 3

In the latest episode of our podcast, Christine Winebrenner Irick, entrepreneur (@lotussojourns) and podcaster (@souloftravelpodcast) shares the story of her first big trip to Asia. In the midst of a period of rebirth, as her career and marriage were crumbling, Christine took inspiration from Alex Garland`s book, The Beach, and set off for Thailand with one good friend and no solid plans. What unfolded was a perspective-shifting experience that would, in Christine`s own words, "reveal who she would become." 🎧 Link in bio to listen!

#tttcm #traveltok #thetripthatchangedme #podcast #travelpodcast #thailand #travelthailand

41 0

Is it too early to think about Fall? Daydreaming of autumn in Patagonia.

Reel: @ramirotorrents

693 5

A lovely town on the French Riviera, Menton is known for its beauty, mild weather, colorful buildings, and lemon production. Enjoy beaches, history, and a laid-back vibe.

Reel: @sofikulin

101 0

Full-Time Travel`s sister brand, @kingdomgolf, invites you to a join special guests from the world of golf and entertainment, including Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sörenstam, for a luxury island experience. Play the incredible courses at Wexford and Palmetto Hall Golf and Country Club. ⛳️ Link in bio to reserve your spot at the 2023 Kingdom Cup on Thursday, September 21st thru Sunday, September 24th. ...

49 4

One night in the desert inspires a corporate worker to follow her dream of becoming a travel journalist.

In the latest episode of our podcast, The Trip That Changed Me, travel journalist, podcaster, and entrepreneur Yulia Denisyuk (@insearchofperfect) shares the story of a career-altering trip to Morocco. It`s an ode to the power of looking for signs when you need confirmation you`re on the right track. If you`re harboring a dream but it never quite feels like the right time to make the leap, this episode is for you. 🎧 Link in bio to listen!

#fulltimetravel #travelreel #ftt #thetripthatchangedme #podcast #travelpodcast

23 1

Submerged beneath the ocean waves or inside a kaleidoscopic aquarium, these rare underwater restaurants serve meals alongside a cast of aquatic creatures. Book a table and enjoy a whole new spin on dinner and a show. ...

121 1

Bike through the world`s largest salt flats in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.

Reel: @islayjoy

1113 8

Known for its stunning sand dunes that create a landscape resembling white sheets (lençóis in Portuguese), Lençóis Maranhenses is a unique national park located in the state of Maranhão, Brazil.

The park`s most iconic feature is the series of turquoise lagoons formed by rainwater that collects between the dunes. These lagoons are a stark contrast to the surrounding white sands and provide a refreshing oasis for visitors.

Reel: @melly_ba

1971 208

A travel entrepreneur rows 3,000 miles in 36 days, completely unsupported.

In the latest episode of our podcast, The Trip That Changed Me, travel entrepreneur, Jimmy Carroll (@jimmyalexandercarroll), shares his experiences of participating in the world’s toughest rowing race: the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge.

For 36 days, Jimmy and his three teammates rowed in alternating two-hour stints for 24 hours a day, through storms, sleep deprivation, and an unexpected attack from a 12-foot blue marlin. It was an experience that pushed them to the limit of their resilience but one that was also full of profound beauty and awe.

🎧 Link in bio to listen!

#thetripthatchangedme #fulltimetravel #ftt #travelpodcast #podcast #jimmycarroll

114 7