For many, heading to Los Angles from Las Vegas for a quick, relaxing weekend getaway doesn’t sound appetizing at all. Leaving one large, overcrowded city for an even more overcrowded city? What’s relaxing about that? Plenty.

Hidden amongst the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles’ many well-known tourist attractions are quite a few hidden gems that help make for a perfect weekend escape.

EAT:

Barton G. Los Angeles

As a self-proclaimed “foodie,” I’m always on the hunt for cool new restaurants to try. Since eating at Barton G. Los Angeles, I’m yet to find a restaurant that has been more fun than the experience I had there. At Barton G., whatever you read on the menu is exactly what you’re going to get, which is what makes it so fun. For example, my husband and I ordered lobster pop tarts and we were delivered an actual toaster with two lobster pop tarts sticking out. When it came time for dessert, we opted for the “Pot Pie Garden,” which included six actual gardening pots filled with different flavors of pies and gardening tools.

Though it’s not as expansive as the original flagship location in New York City’s Upper East Side, Dylan’s Candy Bar at Los Angeles’ Original Farmers Market at The Grove is always on my Los Angeles to-do list. If you’re wondering who “Dylan” is and how she can design such an incredible place — well, the “Dylan” in Dylan’s Candy Bar is actually the daughter of Ralph Lauren. I promise you, just step one foot inside this candy store/cafe and you’ll see why it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever experienced.

 PLAY:

Catch a movie in a cemetery

Arguably one of the most unique cinema experiences one could ever have, Cinespias films in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery offer a chance to watch your favorite movies under the stars — with some stars. Not only is Cinespia’s movie screen set up right in the middle of Hollywood’s most famous cemetery, but it also backs up to the Paramount Pictures backlot, so you might just catch them filming the next blockbuster hit.

If you can recall the scene in the cheesy rom-com “Valentines Day”, where they are watching a movie in a cemetery, this is the very cemetery and exact movie-watching experience from the film!

My husband and I recently joined some friends for a screening of Brad Pitt’s classic “Seven” at the cemetery — which if you’ve ever seen this film, you can imagine how much more nerve-wracking it is to watch at night, inside a decades-old cemetery

STAY:

This past Valentine’s Day, my husband surprised me with a stay at the legendary “pink palace,” aka the Beverly Hills Hotel. Staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel was just as luxurious as one could ever imagine and totally makes you feel like you’re living the life of Eloise at The Plaza. For me, staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel was a “bucket list” item. However, if you ever have a chance to stay here yourself, you won’t regret it.

 -submitted by Caitlin Lilly