WHERE TO STAY
The Avalon Hotel. Its Craftsman-inspired interiors are stylish, its rooms spacious, and the ocean view from its rooftop deck sweeping. 15 rooms from $195, including continental breakfast; www.theavalonhotel.com or 310/510-7070.
Hotel Vista Del Mar. Newly remodeled, this hotel overlooks Avalon's main street and the bay beyond. Most of the 14 rooms are equipped with wide-screen TVs and ultra-luxe bathrooms. From $215 through Sep, including continental breakfast; www.hotel-vistadelmar.com or 800/601-3836.
WHERE TO EAT
Armstrong's Fish Market & Seafood Restaurant. Not fancy, but good, fresh seafood and, from the patio, views of sailboats bobbing in the bay. $$; 306 Crescent Ave.; 310/510-0113.
Ristorante Villa Portofino. Classically romantic, all soft candlelight and dark wood, and elegant, haute pasta dishes that'll have your partner spearing at the food on your plate. $$; 101 Crescent; 310/510-2009.
Steve's Steakhouse Bar and Grille. A menu to please the carnivore as well as the fish lover, with a sweeping ocean overlook from a second-story location. $$$$; 417 Crescent; 310/510-0333.