I was first introduced to Santa Monica thanks to its brief-but-memorable cameo in the ’94 Tom Hanks weepie, Forrest Gump. A heavily bearded Forrest is part way through his three-year coast-to-coast marathon when we catch him winding his way along the iconic Santa Monica Pier.
True to form, this California beachfront city immediately feels like a chance to pause, breathe and rethink things. A city where many people dobreeze around in yoga-ready Lycra and where dogs in sunglasses bask gleefully in the front baskets of electrically powered bikes, but also one that offers the rare changes to recharge and escape from the frenzied rumpus of bustling cities – such as neighbouring LA.
– Stylist Magazine, June 2014