We are a family of 4 (with 2 boys aged 16 and 13) travelling to the US in December 12. We are starting in LA (staying 7 days) from around the 8th Dec and have been looking at some nice Venice Beach accommodation (the area sounds really vibrant and interesting), However, it has occurred to me that Venice is probably at its best in summer - would appreciate some advice on whether we would still get the "atmosphere" of Venice in December.
I have also been looking at Beverley Hills/Grove area which also sounds great. We will have a car. Plan on doing Universal studios but not Disneyland (have been to Disney World) and perhaps a Warner Bros tour. We really like staying in areas where you feel a bit like a local (we use VRBO a lot) .
and have easy access to good food stores (eg WHolefoods or farmers markets).
Any advice greatly appreciated!