Just north of the bustle of Los Angeles, Malibu is a world unto itself. We got to know it when we shot our April Guide to Style there. Quiet and quietly glamorous, Malibu offers everything from sun and sand, to illuminating art, to excellent wine. We’ve got your whole weekend covered, including what to pack.
Where to Stay
Malibu Beach Inn
This is the place to stay in Malibu directly on the beach—Billionaires’ Beach to be exact. Recently renovated (thanks to local, David Geffen,) the Inn is directly on the water, just off the Pacific Coast Highway. Besides the breathtaking sunset views, it has a lovely spa, kind service, comfortable rooms and great food to boot.
Where to Sip & Dine
The Malibu Farm Restaurant and Cafe
You may already know that we are huge fans of Helene Henderson, the owner and chef of Malibu Farm. One of the many reasons is that her amazingly located restaurant, and it’s more casual sister, the cafe, have wonderful, simple, delicious food. You can’t go wrong for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Stop by in the morning for a croissant that will transport you to Paris—it was voted the best in LA for a reason. Or go for classic French dinner that’s the opposite of fussy.
For a taste of the Hollywood side of Malibu, nothing can beat Nobu. The epitome of casual chic, if you think the person at the next table is familiar—they most likely are. The food and the views are equally spectacular.
What to See
There’s no shortage of things to do or see in Malibu. Here are a few highlights. But if you choose to sit on the beach with a book and watch the waves, we’d understand.
The Getty Villa
A passion project for John Paul Getty, this villa, built in the 1970’s and updated in the late ’90s, is a re-creation of an Ancient Roman Villa, Villa dei Papiri, which was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius. Now open to the public, it contains beautiful gardens, also based on Roman designs, and features art from the Ancient world.
Point Dume Beach
For drama, we can’t think of a more magnificent place than Point Dume, with its rolling surf, rocky outcrops, and jaw-dropping views. Bring a blanket, a bottle of wine, and spend the afternoon gazing out to sea.
Built in 1929 by Rhoda Rindge Adamson, whose father literally owned all of Malibu, this gorgeous home contains many of its original fixtures and furnishings, offering a glimpse at what the good life must have been like in the early years of the 20th Century. Located on one of the most picturesque spots in Malibu, there’s also a small museum on site dedicated to the history of the area.
For the cost of a bottle of (grown on site) wine, this is the perfect spot for enjoying a picnic (which you can bring from Maison Giraud or Malibu Farm.) Keep an eye on the calendar—movie nights under the stars are not to be missed.
What to pack for cool weather
The weather in Malibu can be many things—often in one day. Mornings, when the marine layer settles in, are usually cool and grey, with an explosion of sunshine in the afternoon. Check out our recommendations on what to pack.