Last Saturday was our first opportunity to do some exploring with the use of the rental car. (There are three available cars here that are shared by six people on this project.) The weather forecast called for a 70% chance of rain, but we decided to venture out regardless of the rain. I'm so glad we did- not only did it not rain, but it was a beautiful day. Our point of destination was to the Third Street Promenade (less than 5 miles north) in Santa Monica. Due to some navigation issues, it took us a lot longer but it also allowed us to see more of the area.
Third Street Promenade is a three-block stretch of stores & restaurants open to pedestrians only. We enjoyed walking through the Farmer's Market seeing very unusual produce and plants. There were a few street performers, but not the same kind as at Venice Beach (to our relief). After lunch, we walked back to the car and drove to Montana Ave. - which according to TripAdvisor, is "a great place to celebrity watch" as it has many upscale shops and restaurants. Sounds like a good place to explore when family & friends come to visit- which speaking of, I'm ready to start booking reservations!