In California’s South Bay, Torrance is a terrific spot for a winter vacation. The city has a moderate year-round climate with pleasant temperatures and the sea breeze keeps the air fresh. If the seasonal rain strikes, you have plenty of indoor activities to stay dry.
The Miyako Hybrid Hotel is well-placed for exploring these winter attractions of Torrance.
1. Take a scenic bicycle ride
Make the most of the cooler weather by hiring a bicycle and taking a ride along the coast. Cycle north from Torrance Beach and explore neighboring beaches of Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach. Turn around when you’ve had enough and treat yourself to a nourishing meal at a traditional Japanese restaurant in the heart of California.
2. Shop at Mitsuwa Marketplace
If you’re feeling inspired to inject some eastern flavors into your own kitchen after your experience at the best Japanese restaurant in the area, make a shopping date with Mitsuwa Marketplace. You can pick up all the essentials to whip up your own Japanese fare back at home and remember your vacation at the Miyako.
3. Hit the surf
Torrance Beach is prone to some impressive swells from the Pacific Ocean all through the winter months. Depending on the size of the swell, Torrance Beach offers welcoming conditions for beginner surfers to catch their first waves as it is generally quieter than neighboring surf spots. Ask your California accommodation for the surf forecast. Be sure to reserve a table at your local Japanese restaurant in California’s laid-back surfer town of Torrance afterward.
4. Delve into Torrance’s history at the Torrance Historical Society
This compact museum is perfect for that drizzly winter day in Torrance! As well as permanent galleries which will teach you about the history of the city, you will find rotating galleries and the museum also hosts walking tours around the city. Pack an umbrella as you leave the Miyako Hybrid Hotel just in case.
5. Uncover Chinese culture at the Chen Art Gallery
Another indoor attraction is the Chen Art Gallery. This museum houses over 1000 artifacts spanning 5000 years of riveting Chinese history. It’s free to visit the gallery, but you must call in advance to schedule your complimentary tour. The gallery is less than 10 minutes’ walk away from your accommodation in California. Please note the gallery reopens on 3 December 2019.
6. Browse the Torrance Antique Street Faire
This market opens once a month, and winter dates are 24 November and 22 December. A laid-back affair, you can browse 200 vendors selling antique wares – you’ll find the perfect Christmas gift for each and every one of your loved ones.
7. Snuggle up indoors
If the California rain does persist, simply retreat to your Torrance honeymoon suite and cozy up listening to the sound of the rain. Enjoy a romantic meal at Ise-Shima and a hot stone massage at the Relaken Spa, without leaving the comfort of the hotel.