hermosaretrovolleyballIt’s June and I am at the beach, feeling a bit more like I have been transported in time instead of just space. Hermosa Beach has such a fun, funky, retro, charming feel that I half expect Annette to come bopping up the beach. Yup, this little beach town seems frozen in time and full of the stuff my teen memories are filled with. Not that I am as old as Annette mind you.

I am staying at the adorable Beach House Hotel and this is the view from my patio. Beach volleyball literally 15 steps away.   My room is a comfortable small suite, equipped with a mini fridge, hot plate, basic kitchen utensils, two flat screen televisions, a fireplace and a comfy bed I don’t have to share with anyone. I’m here meeting with the Toyota Women’s Influencer Network and the family stayed behind this time. Mama is here to drive some new cars.

BeachHouseHB-RoomwithPierDuring my stay in Hermosa Beach I will get the chance to eat at 3 fabulous area restaurants: Melba’s Bistro (at which I will go crazy over the calamari), Good Stuff (Kim Orlando swears by and is TOTALLY right. Breakfast is the bomb and it is right next to the Beach House Hotel) and The Depot Restaurant (a modern Urban Grill located in the restored historical Southern Pacific Railway Depot of Torrance, CA.)

While I will enjoy all of this during my stay, I will be most impressed with what I don’t see:  barriers. This quaint little beach town is very wheelchair friendly. The Strand (what the locals refer to as the boardwalk), Pier Avenue and the Hermosa Pier all can easily be accessed by chair. I was not able to see a way that direct access to the ocean could be reached however which was the only downside. 


Karin has some great advice on accessing Southern California beaches that may solve that issue.

Everything you would need for a stay here is in walking (or rolling) distance. The Beach House Hotel has 10 ADA compliant rooms. Rooms that are wheelchair accessible are considered Ocean View (as opposed to Ocean Front) but are mostly located on the North/ West corner of the building, allowing almost full Ocean View. The two rooms equipped to accommodate hearing impaired are Ocean Front.

I will be having a wonderful time while here. But I will wish the family was with me. It’s not often we come across a beach town with wonderful wheelchair access. Carter would so enjoy it here. Right now, I will have to just have to suck it up and miss them….and I mean that literally, that wine bottle is just calling for a companion over there.

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