My husband and I will be coming to LA next week. We are going to be staying at Le Meridian in Beverly Hills. On Sunday and Monday I will be in a conference and my husband will be on his own. Is this hotel in a good location where he can walk or use public tranportation to explore the area? What would you recommend he see? We were planning on picking up a car on Monday evening and driving down Sunset Blvd., going to Santa Monica, etc. Tuesday is my husbands birthday and I would like to do something really special. I was thinking of driving up the coast to Santa Barbara and staying there for 2 nights, exploring the wine country. Do you have any other ideas on where to go for a short getaway? I am looking for something relaxing near the beach. If we did go to Santa Barbara, how much time should we allow to get back to LAX? Thanks in advance for your help.