16 Replies Latest reply: Aug 19, 2014 2:01 AM by jerrycoin RSS

Santa Monica & Reagan Library

Frogs Platinum 9 Reviews
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_erigotmerWell, my surprise trip for my husband to the Reagan library keeps changing.  I was going to stay in the Simi Valley area but as I looked around I realized that maybe staying in the Santa Monica area was a better option - more things to do.  We are going the weekend over Labor Day - short trip from Ohio.

 

With that said, I now have reservations at the JW Marriott LeMerigot (always subject to change).

 

My questions are:

 

  1. Thoughts on this hotel and getting an upgrade - I am using points, LTP, and Platinum (waiting for Premier ...)
  2. Must see places?
  3. Must eat places?

 

Saturday will be dedicated to the Library - don't want to rush him.  Leaves Friday afternoon/evening, Saturday evening, Sunday with time to fill.  We fly back on Monday.

 

What else can I do to make this weekend special.  It's also our 26th wedding anniversary.

 

Thanks in advance for your help!

 

Happy Travels!

 

Kim

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Santa Monica, CA, USA
  • Re: Santa Monica & Reagan Library
    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    Frogs!

     

    Sounds like a wonderful trip!  You will be very pleased at your "Surprise" for your husband.  I would recommend looking up my post on "The Reagan Ranch" and "Santa Barbara" late last year.  I will post some photo's and information for you early this week.

     

    One tip I would like to share with you is "Get to The Reagan Library early", the parking lot fills up fast, and if you have to park on the entrance drive, it is a long walk up the hill to the Library!

     

    More later!  BTW, you may choose to save points, money and time by staying at the very nice RI in Oxnard, CA!  You would have easy access to Santa Barbara, Ventura, Hollywood, etc.  Just a thought!

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    • Re: Santa Monica & Reagan Library
      Frogs Platinum 9 Reviews
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      Thank you jerrycoin!  When I travel with my husband I usually go for the nicer places (if it's reasonable) and use my points freely.  I have 1,000,000 points so using them isn't painful - I hoard points!    Since I am in a FS Marriott every week paid by work I figure I should treat my husband to the same experience since he doesn't travel much.  However, I did consider staying further up the coast with Santa Barbara in mind.  If I remember correctly, you got the invite to the Reagan Ranch for a meal ... any help in gaining the same on Sunday?    That would THRILL my husband to no end!

       

      I will take a look again at your pictures, plus the ones you have already posted.  I am getting so excited to surprising him with this trip!  The visit to the library will be memorable for him for many reasons.  He didn't get to go to DC for Reagan's funeral, this will hopefully make up for that a little (sore point for me personally that he didn't get the experience that he had always hoped for).

       

      Anyway!  Thanks for the advice!  Keep it coming!

       

      Kim

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      • Re: Santa Monica & Reagan Library
        californian Platinum 37 Reviews
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        I was told that one can get invited to the ranch by making a sizable donation.  They did not say what sizable meant.  For the library, check what events are on the day that you plan to go.  They have many events that draw huge crowds and parking can be really bad.  Most are held on Saturdays.

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      • Re: Santa Monica & Reagan Library
        jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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        Frogs,

         

        Sorry it took me so long to get back to you!

         

        I have been traveling in Minneapolis, and have really not been able to stay in touch.

         

        Your trip may be over by now, and if so, I hope it went well.

         

        You may want to check in at the Santa Barbara, Reagan Museum, for how you get to go to The Reagan Ranch.

         

        All I know, is I got an invitation, and it was wonderful, and yes, we did make a gift contribution.

         

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        Hope you enjoy!

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  • Re: Santa Monica & Reagan Library
    ssindc Platinum 42 Reviews
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    Apologies if this isn't what you're looking for, but I'm a huge fan of the Santa Monica JW, which I've favorably reviewd (OK, raved about):  Santa Monica - Le Merigot, JW Marriott

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    • Re: Santa Monica & Reagan Library
      jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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      ssindc,

       

      That sounds wonderful, I have not stayed there, but totally respect your opinion and experience there!

       

      The area is a wonderful experience and here are a few photos Frogs may enjoy!

       

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      This is a fabulous place to visit in Santa Barbara, directly across from the AMTRAK station!

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      The Reagan Library is wonderful and his grave is a somber reflection on this mans life!

       

      Hope you enjoy your trip!

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      • Re: Santa Monica & Reagan Library
        rinny54 Platinum 1 Reviews
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        We went there almost 2 yrs. ago while staying @ MVC's Newport Coast.  It was truly a moving experience.

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      • Re: Santa Monica & Reagan Library
        Frogs Platinum 9 Reviews
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        These are awesome!  I am getting excited myself!!  My husband will LOVE this!!!

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    • Re: Santa Monica & Reagan Library
      Frogs Platinum 9 Reviews
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      Just the kind of things I am looking for!  I want to have the best experience possible at the best place to stay!

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  • Re: Santa Monica & Reagan Library
    lindseyh Community Manager Marriott Associate Member
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    Great teamwork from a great community! Have a fantastic trip Frogs! I'm excited for you!

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  • Re: Santa Monica & Reagan Library
    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    Frogs,

     

    Here are a few more things you might consider doing!

     

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    Try to visit The Ventura Marina!  It is worth it!  Maybe take a boat ride to The Channel Islands, it is nice!

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    Solvang, Ca, is a very interesting place to visit as well.  North of Santa Barbara!

     

    Have fun!

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    • Re: Santa Monica & Reagan Library
      Frogs Platinum 9 Reviews
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      I may have to consider another trip to the beautiful CA coast!  There is lots to see and so little time on this trip!

       

      Thanks for sharing jerrycoin!

       

      Kim

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      • Re: Santa Monica & Reagan Library
        jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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        Frogs,

         

        Enjoy your trip, and do think about your next trip!

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  • Re: Santa Monica & Reagan Library
    Frogs Platinum 9 Reviews
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    Any suggestions for dinner in the Sana Monica area?  We are staying at the LeMerigot Marriott Santa Monica - 5 stars and are renting a car so we can get anywhere or will take a taxi.  This is our first time in the area and want to have a great eating experience!

     

    Hoping we can score an upgrade at the hotel as well!  We are celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary and would love for it to be extra special and romantic!

     

    I've appreciated all of the feedback I have received earlier and would love to hear from others.

     

    I'm thinking another trip will have to happen in the future further north on the coast.

     

    The closer this weekend gets the more excited I am getting!

     

    Happy Travels!

     

    Kim

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    • Re: Santa Monica & Reagan Library
      erc Platinum
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      I've had two excellent meals at the Santa Monica (Wilshire Blvd) Hillstone (one, a wedding anniversary also).

      Hillstone Restaurant Finder

       

      Don't be mislead that it is a chain (think Autograph Collection or Kimpton). I've eaten at several of their brands and restaurants (thanks to tef6178 and curiousone) and they are all consistently excellent. You can make reservations on Urbanspoon, or for your type of special occasion, I'd call and 'give them the scoop'.   Have a great evening/trip wherever you end up.

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    • Re: Santa Monica & Reagan Library
      NathalieF Community Manager Marriott Associate
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      Sounds like you have a great trip planned, Frogs. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband! (PS - can't believe it's almost Labor Day weekend already!)

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