Don’t let these long summer days slip away. It’s only Fall’s nature to creep closer towards an evening of outdoor movies or alfresco dining, yet there’s still time to check those activities off your summer-to-do list, like sharing a leisurely meal in the park, on the beach, or by the mountains.
Los Angeles offers a rich variety of venues to do just that. The Hollywood Bowl is a fan favorite combining live music with a relaxed atmosphere and great dining options—$35 will get you a three-course meal of Mozza caliber complete with utensils and plates thanks to chef/baker Nancy Silverton. Griffith Park, Silver Lake Meadow & Forage, Echo Park Lake, and the Exposition Rose Garden are all worthy settings depending on your mood.
Or, if you want to go the ultra exclusive route, book the private “Picnic For Four” package at the Eames House and Studio where, in addition to touring the entire property, you will enjoy a full picnic feast on the normally off-limits meadow. Then again, what’s better than an impromptu happy hour in the heat of summer? Here are a few of our favorite picnic-inspired goods for taking full advantage of living in Los Angeles—just don’t forget your corkscrew.
This charming wicker basket is lined with their CH-logo fabric and stocked with matching flatware and glasses, all fastened in place by leather straps. Available by special order at CH Carolina Herrera New York. (212) 744-2076
Made from renewable bamboo, the built-in recessed well in the center of this no-fuss table pops up to perfectly accommodate a bottle of wine, two glasses, and your best charcuterie spread.
This sophisticated tote, made with hand-stiched pebbled calf-skin handles and fasteners, unzips to create a waterproof sitting blanket.
Arrive prepared with goodies with this lightweight basket featuring two-way zip-top openings that reveal signature Kate Spade lining in easy-to-clean vinyl.
Hermes Kelly Picnic,$29,199
If you had to blink twice while looking at the sticker price, don’t worry—so did we. That’s because this picnic-inspired gem is modeled after Hermes’ classic Kelly handbag and currently a limited edition collectors piece.
City Boy Picnic Grill, $229
The perfect representation of minimalist design and convenience is this white, powder-coated steel mini grill easily carried by a handle made of steel and oak. Designed by Klaus Aalto of The Finnish Design Shop.