FIG & Fairmont Miramar for Summer: Where Wilshire Meets the Sea


I am often asked, “What should we do for our summer vacation?” I have been fortunate to travel around the world several times and I have to admit, I love Los Angeles. I have lived on the beach in Thailand, in Jerusalem and traveled for months at a time in India, Nepal and Indonesia.

Lisa and Chef FIGMy suggestions for what should you do this summer? Stroll on the beach in Santa Monica. Los Angeles is a top choice for travelers. Whether you are looking for somewhere to fly to or the perfect stay-cation, I recommend the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows.

Waking up at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, located at Wilshire and Ocean, is a great start to any day. The location is fantastic and the food at Fig is phenomenal. I have enjoyed Chef Yousef Ghalaini’s creations many times and can highly recommend the locally sourced farm fresh ingredients. My recent lunch included Kale Tabbouli with Fregola, Castelveltrano Olives, Radishes, Mint and Sumac as well as tasty fish tacos. I built my own rice bowl for lunch; I chose lemon herb chicken breast with organic brown rice and citrus soy.

Video: My visit to Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica

For breakfast, lunch or dinner, there is always something new to try as FIG serves seasonally inspired Mediterranean influenced dished that are now cooked on the wood burning oven and wood burning grill. Come see their new wood fire oven and new ceramic plates. I am a potter and I notice the dishes! I do think it makes a difference what food is served on and attention to detail is one of the things Fairmont Hotels do best.

Make sure to sit by the pool, take a class at Exhale, have a shave at Lloyd’s, and visit the ZenBunni Rabbit Hole for their beyond organic chocolate creations. I hope you get to meet Alchemy, their delightful four year old salesperson, who will tell you all about the 13 flavors.

First established in 1921, the property is less than one mile from Santa Monica Pier and only eight miles from Getty Center art Museum. I love this location and the feeling of being under the  127 year old Australian Morton Bay Fig Tree.

Stop by FIG at FIVE from 5pm – 6pm daily for their incredible happy hour promotion, everything on the menu is 50%! There are no reservations and it can get busy but this is a great option to test out the menu and enjoy the property.

Are these #fish #tacos calling your name? Thank you @figsantamonica @lebanesechef #grateful #lunch

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Come try #chocolate at #rabbit #hole with Alchemy 13 #flavor of #biodynamic #delicious @fairmontmiramar

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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