One of my favorite things about LA, are its beaches. Having grown up in Florida (where, yes, life was a walk on the beach) and then being in Chicago for 10 years, I’ve missed it. Now, I put in as much free time as I can on the sand. Early morning walks are my fave, especially along Escondido Beach, a wide stretch of heaven off the PCH.. It’s a public-private beach offering unfettered views–and killer waves. Starting off your week here puts me at ease and inspires me to take things easy.