Can’t decide which 2019 MINI Cooper to buy? Consider these three models:
With a handful of thoughtfully-chosen changes and much-needed improvements made for this season, the 34th annual, FREE, and all-ages cool concert series held at the world-famous Santa Monica Pier is booked and ready to launch in September.
Every once in a blue moon, a truly iconic vehicle is designed so distinctly differently from every other vehicle that it creates a space all its own in the automotive industry. Throughout the decades since it was first unveiled, the MINI Brand is one such mainstay..
MINI Cooper From The Beginning
In the late 1950s when fuel prices were skyrocketing, Alec Issigonis – the top design engineer at the Morris Company – was asked to draft and build a fuel-efficient little vehicle that could comfortably hold four adults and be affordable for just about everyone. The creative challenge was embraced with enthusiasm! In 1959, the first two-door, 4-cyclinder engine MINI (Mark I) was launched. Issigonis had designed a small vehicle with plenty of room in the front – due to his ingenious idea to strategically place the vehicle’s wheels all the way to the corners, and with plenty of room in the back– due to his clever idea to turn the engine sideways (which also gave the mini vehicle more stability in tight turns).
From Central to Southern California, there are countless places to explore in your BMW.
Sand Dollar Beach in Big Sur
As you venture down the central coast of California in your Bimmer, you’ll want to pull over and spend some time in the rugged, mountainous, and stunningly-scenic section known as Big Sur. Although this national treasure of undeveloped coastline offers many beaches that seem hard to access (either because they are blocked by private properties or require precarious hikes to get to), there are some Big Sur beaches you can access, including Sand Dollar Beach. Located along the southern Big Sur coast about half-way between Cambria and Big Sur Station, the long and wide sandy Sand Dollar Beach offers a nice picnic area and great place to watch hardcore surfers ride the waves. While sand dollars are not ever-present along the shores, you can find some beautiful jade stones and rounded sea rock. This destination on your BMW road trip is perfect for fishing, picnicking, or simply beachcombing – and it’s dog-friendly, so feel free to bring Fido. While there are plenty of diverse places to eat in Big Sur, you’ll want to patronize The Big Sur Bakery. Beloved for their credo to “slow down and come to your senses” you’ll enjoy their fresh, homemade pastries and pizzas.
There are tons of fabulous burgers being grilled in food trucks, little diners, and sleek kitchens all across Southern California. If you have a craving for a really juicy burger in the Valley, Santa Monica, or downtown LA, you’ve got many options. Here are some great burger eateries open 7 days a week:
This season, forget about looking up to watch birds soar through the California blue skies – you’ll want to keep your eyes on the lookout for the Birds zooming through the streets of Santa Monica, Westwood, Venice, and UCLA instead. And there’s an ever-increasing flock of them. Headquartered in Venice, the Bird shareable electric scooter is a way-cool, easily-accessible concept for getting around town that has already raised hundreds of millions in capital to soar in other states and other countries as well.
You don’t have to be from Cleveland to agree that watching (King) James LeBron on the basketball court is watching poetry in motion. You don’t even have to be a basketball fan to witness what it looks like to see someone who knows his job, loves his job, is awesome at his job, and is 100 percent mindfully in the moment – every minute of every quarter during a game – whether on the court or while taking a break for a few moments on the sidelines. While Cleveland fans will surely miss cheering for their beloved LeBron and watching him help their team make history over and over, the Los Angeles Lakers now have the opportunity to experience – firsthand – what all the passion, excitement, and dedication was about back in Ohio. As it was when LeBron returned to play with the Cavaliers four years ago, the impact LeBron James signing with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer will be just as profound – for the team, for the city, and for the history of the sport. While the L.A. Lakers certainly have an impressive roster of phenomenal past players on their team, the young talent that currently is the Lakers will develop exponentially with LeBron leading, orchestrating, and inspiring the California players. The value LeBron’s arrival will be to the entire L.A. region is magnanimous. From igniting a renewed spark in any formerly-lackluster Lakers fans and generating brand new fans (many of whom will undoubtedly be cheering from the shores of Lake Erie) to helping to generate millions of dollars to the business economy throughout the region simply from the patronage of new and loyal fans supporting the team and its brand, to the benevolent service he will surely bring to the community as he did in Cleveland, (King) James is a breath of fresh air and welcomed member to the Lakers family and region.
Car maintenance and repair are frustrating but inevitable aspects of owning a vehicle. Every car will eventually need some repair work done. Of course, basic maintenance like regular oil changes, fluid replacement, and tire rotation are good ways to help avoid more costly repairs. If you’re the proud owner of a Mini Cooper, you, too, will be faced with the need to get your car fixed. Although there are a few common problems with most Mini Cooper models, The Haus is your go-to place for help with any/all Mini Cooper issues.
Summertime is almost here — the season of grilled food, lazy afternoons, and long car rides along the coast with friends. There’s nothing better than beating the heat at some of the coolest spots in town in your BMW or MINI. Next time you’re searching for something fun to do with your crew, consider checking out a few of the trendy bars, restaurants, and other places in Santa Monica.
Los Angeles is rich in history. Pico Boulevard is a perfect example of a unique, vibrant L.A. street that has a wealth of stories and personality. Named after the last Mexican governor of California, Pio Pico, this iconic Los Angeles street is home to tons of restaurants, landmarks, neighborhoods, and more. Here’s some highlights about this quintessential piece of the California culture.