January 29 2008

Relax in Luxury at a Lavish South Bay Spa

 

journeyPod is your guide to luxury travel around the world. Beyond L.A.'s  tangle of freeways, you can pedal, snorkel, and kayak your way to a truly great outdoor weekend. Whether it is for a few hours or a few days, we all got to get away sometime. Just beyond the urban sprawl is The South Bay -- consisting of the beach cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach.  

Besides the beautiful beaches, and beautiful people, there is a ton of boutique shopping, lunching, and just plain-old professional athlete sight-seeing to be had. Whether it is watching your favorite professional beach volleyball player spike the ball around, or boutique shopping, the South Bay is a trendy and hip place to be seen. On any given night you may run into Andy Roddick or Nomar Garciaparra at Zinc Lounge in Manhattan Beach.

After all that strenuous outdoor activity, you will be needing some TLC. Head to the place where the local professional athletes go when they need to relax and rejuvenate. You may even run into a certain robe-clad outfielder from the Dodgers, like I did in the Quiet Room at Trilogy Spa in Manhattan Beach. Trilogy Spa is a journeyPod pick for best spa in Los Angeles.

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AVP: Beach Volleyball at its best

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It is beach volleyball season! The AVP tour, established in 1983,  is in full-swing, with records already being broken. This year the tour kicked off April 13 in Miami, and now in its 5th week, it is in Hermosa Beach, CA where journeyPod caught up with some of the great players like second seed Sean Rosenthal, better known by his fans as "Rosie", had the chance to chat with the "official voice" of the AVP, Chris "Geeter" McGee, and landed an interview with indie band PaperBack Hero who just happened to be doing an acoustic set with their friend Ben Carey of Lifehouse. (Ladies, be sure to listen to find out what accent this Aussie guy prefers.) Hermosa Beach is a favorite stop on the tour for many of the players as they grew up here and this is their "home turf."  Besides, as Rosie said, it's great to roll out of bed and walk to the tourney!

journeyPod also had the honour of watching the great legend of volleyball, Karch Kiraly, play for his last time in Hermosa Beach and partake in history as Misty May-Treanor (see photo above) beat Holly McPeak's record for most female wins: 73. 

You do not have to live at the beach to experience these amazing athletic contests.  The tour continues this coming weekend in Louisville, KY, then makes stops in Tampa, Atlanta, Charleston, Chicago, Boston, Brooklyn, Cinicinnati, and many more. Check out the complete schedule.

And if you are in need of new volleyball apparel or gear, the VB Superstore is your one-stop online shop for everything volleyball.

Check out my new favorite song at the end of the podcast, Comic Book Hero Girl, by PaperBack Hero. If you are in the Los Angeles area on July 9th check them out in Hollywood at The Key Club, and tell them Andrea from journeyPod sent you.

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