We are thinking of staying 4 nights (Sat-Tues) for our anniversary. We live in Portland, which does not have a lot of fine dining, so we would like to do some of that (especially Tuesday night, which is the actual anniversary).
We don't want to be driving/cabbing all over the place, though, so what part of LA makes the most sense to stay for 3-4 fine dining spots at night and other interesting (ethnic/casual) spots for brunch/lunch. We are willing to drive/cab a bit if necessary, but would like a great home base so most nights we can have short rides or even walk (up to 2 miles each way assuming good weather and safe streets).
Also love great craft cocktails, so restaurants that have this would be great or bars nearby to stop before dinner would also work.
We have received a recommendation from non-Chowhounders for Santa Monica, but would appreciate some input from the Board...
Thanks in advance!