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The Garland Hotel, Visit California, Max Whittaker

Photo by Max Whittaker; courtesy of Visit California

The Garland Hotel

Why Now: Known to locals as NoHo, North Hollywood has deep roots—literally. Its fertile soil was where the San Fernando Valley’s agricultural industry began, but the area has since seen some darker days. Now, more than 20 new eateries and boutiques, funky bars, affordable mixed-use housing developments, the establishment of an official arts district and an active theater community have revitalized this bohemian enclave.

Where to Go: The one-square-mile NoHo Arts District is the epicenter of action. See live theater at The NoHo Arts Center, which has been pushing the limits since 2004. South on Vineland Avenue, the area’s newest boutique hotel, The Garland, is an urban oasis on seven tree-shaded acres. Its retro-chic vibe carries into its restaurant, The Front Yard, where dishes are influenced by the LA food scene (don’t miss the short rib Royale with Cheese burger). Locals love cozying up at Republic of Pie for a perfectly pulled espresso and pies baked in-house. Score a pair of dancing shoes while shopping at Iguana Vintage Clothing, one of the largest vintage retailers in the U.S., then dance with the stars at the Millennium Dance Complex, a favorite rehearsal spot for celebrities such as Justin Timberlake and Usher. At Bow & Truss, executive chef James Markham whips up pan-Latin cuisine that tastes even better when eaten under umbrellas on the patio with your feet buried in crushed granite sand. 

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