Hundreds of Feet Up Already Our Private Tour Prepares for Flight
The skies are clear and the wind is calm at our rooftop helipad in downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). We are taking photos of our guests posing with their luxury helicopter before we take to the sky for a one-hour flight around Los Angeles. We are ready to show them several local universities from the air: USC, UCLA, Loyola and Pepperdine. Maybe they will want to go to school in this wonderful city. We will also get a good look at the Los Angeles beaches from Marina del Rey all the way to Malibu. We will encourage them to compare celebrity homes on the surf and movie star mansions in the hills nearer Hollywood Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, Brentwood, Bel Air… there are some amazing properties to see from above as we soar over the traffic on Sunset Boulevard. If our guests think the rooftop departure was exciting, suddenly seeing themselves way above the sidewalks of downtown, then just wait until we circle in between the tall buildings enroute to our gentle landing on what seems at first way too small a landing zone. This is better than an amusement park ride. We’ll finish off the tour with a sightseeing excursion in our SUV to see close up some of the wonderful sights of the city we just saw from the air.
Where Husbands on a Private Tour Can Get Their Nails Done
In a city of beautiful people we know where to go for shopping so that our private Los Angeles tour guests can dress like the celebrities whose homes we have just visited. One wonderful street full of cutting edge fashions and designs is Melrose Avenue. Most fashion boutiques are there for women, as you would expect. But there are still plenty of places where men can shop (or be taken for shopping). From hippie to hipster, from dealmaker to doctor, there are stores along this mile long stretch of retail businesses for every look. And now, to counter all the store fronts catering to female grooming (hair and nail salons) there is now a nail salon just for men. Hammer & Nails is modeled after the ideal man cave to let guys let their hair down as their finger- and toenails are shaped to perfection. If you are a fan of Shark Tank then you might have seen this unique concept featured back in September, 2014. Since then the Melrose store has flourished as Michael Elliot, its creator, envisioned. Not to be a shill for this manly business, there really is more to having pedicures than looking good in sandals (pretty much yearlong footwear in Los Angeles). There are a good number of health benefits attributed to well cared for feet and nails. Health is important so feel free to make an appointment even during a custom tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills with us and we will deposit the men here and carry on shopping along Melrose with the women.
Buckle Up Pups and Let’s Tour Beverly Hills
Here is another interesting sight as our private Los Angeles tour guests compare their home city with Beverly Hills. This professional dog walker impresses us with his management style. His herd of carefree canines seem comfortable leashed to his belt as he, what, checks his next appointment? Tries to remember each animal’s name and where they live? Looks on Google Maps to find the closest dog park? In regard to that last question all of our tour guides can help. We know the location of dog parks of the stars throughout the area because our company and our tours are dog-friendly. In fact, we are dog welcoming. We love pooches aboard and showing families the best dog parks and puppy runs all through Hollywood and Beverly Hills. We even write often about dogs on our blog.
Our Private Hollywood Tour Learns Where the Romance Is
There are fine restaurants all over Los Angeles. We maintain a list of those most sought after by our guests enjoying a private tour of Los Angeles with us. But few of those fine restaurants offer such comfortable and exotic ambiance and spectacular views as does Yamashiro Hollywood. The stories this building could tell would make enough movies to support several film studios. The building itself has been in numerous notable films over the years. What is most important for our private Los Angeles tour is to arrive early in the day, long before the restaurant opens (5:00 p.m.), to enjoy the jawdropping views of Hollywood all the way to downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) in one direction and Santa Monica Bay in the other. We walk through the beautifully landscaped garden to enjoy all the angles this elevated perspective offers of the Los Angeles basin. Oh, the romance of this spot. In the evening, as the sun sets, sitting on the deck with a cocktail or wine, this is a destination of destinations for lovers and friends. The historic building, once a home, offers a number of different “rooms” to enjoy the restaurant’s cuisine so that each visit can be a wholly different experience. From May through August there is a farmers market from 5-9pm which allows shoppers to enjoy the mild weather and extraordinary location while they purchase farm fresh fruit and vegetables.
Flight to Catalina Is a Great Way to Begin a Private Catalina Tour
Avalon Bay is like a welcoming jewel as our twin-jet helicopter streaks across the 23-mile wide channel separating Santa Catalina Island from Los Angeles. The tiny bay is nestled in the arms of steep hillsides, some rising to almost 2,100 feet, mountains really, but Avalon faces the mainland so the waters are generally calm. The island feels almost like a protective barrier keeping the wild Pacific Ocean from harming the great metropolis to the east. We have many ways to enjoy a visit to this, the largest of the eight Channel Islands which rise from the sea from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Besides the beautiful flight and arrival at our helipad near the water, we can board a golf cart and sightsee throughout the town. A special place to visit is the old Avalon Casino, the largest structure on the island. Now a museum and community auditorium there are often special programs and films available for our private Los Angeles tour guests. Art and film festivals are organized throughout the year. The city offers quaint lodging, fine restaurants and shopping. Our favorite island artist, Porschia Rene Denning, has recently opened a new art gallery, Rain Dance Art. We enjoy showing off Porschia’s murals as we amble around town. For our more adventurous guests wishing some physical outlet during this custom luxury tour of Catalina, there is hiking, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Oh, and for those who really want to get their adrenaline pumping there is a five level zipline with an ecology theme and incredible views of the island and sea. Herd of buffalo? Why yes, in fact, we can visit the island buffalo, too.
Private Tour Sees Hollywood Movie Premiere Prep
Timing is everything. Our private Los Angeles tour group arrived in Hollywood as the preparations for a big movie premiere were finishing up just before the arrival later that afternoon of the stars of the film and many of Hollywood’s biggest players. The movie was Captain America: Civil War, the next epic episode of this ongoing Marvel film series. Our family learned that a Hollywood movie premiere is as big as the Hollywood movie itself. The entire block in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Dolby Theatre (where the premiere was hosted), Disney’s El Capitan Theater and the Jimmy Kimmel theater was taken up by structures, props, lights and a whole lot of red carpet. An army of technicians and a swarm of media folks occupied the street while we and hundreds of other interested bystanders eagerly observed all the activity. Needless to say, our guests where thrilled and excited and will probably be first in line at their neighborhood theater when the movie opens on May 6th.
Popular Private Tour Lunch Stop – Pink’s Hot Dogs
When our guests begin their private tour of Los Angeles in the morning it more often than not runs past lunch. There is that much to see and do in L.A. and our custom tour approach means we can take our guests sightseeing anywhere they want. When hunger strikes, though, it’s time to find someplace to eat that is particular to Los Angeles. We know a number of great lunch time stops throughout the city. When we are in Hollywood, though, the top of our list is Pink’s. The large food stand is always crowded in its central location near the shopping mecca known as Melrose and on a major thoroughfare into and out of Hollywood. For non-vegans it is good food at reasonable prices with a strong flavor of celebrity and history. From a small walking cart parked at the same location back in 1939, Paul Pink has created a landmark. Known not just for the small building adored by the world of Los Angeles lovers but for the food. Kosher hot dogs, hamburgers and fries are what is on the menu. The toppings are creative and tasty. The line moves quickly but not so fast our guests can’t enjoy the celebrity headshots lining the walls everywhere. Everyone eats at Pink’s at one time or another. For those of us who live here and go to late shows anywhere near Hollywood then Pink’s is great because it stays open until 2am (3am on weekends). While we maintain a list of fine restaurants, hip, chic, fancy places that our guests use to plan their dinners while they are in Los Angeles, when it comes to lunch time we are more inclined to lead them to places like Pink’s which they will really enjoy and they will always remember.
When Our Private Tour Gets to Hollywood
We never know who we are going to run into when we get to Hollywood. Superheros by the boatload inhabit Hollywood Boulevard near Grauman’s Chinese Theater whenever school is out. Spring break recently saw practically every member of the Avengers walking the boulevard and saving our young private Los Angeles tour guests from boring pictures with their parents. Our tour guides understand how the kids need cool photos to show their friends back in school. Photographs with movie stars like Spiderman. Iron Man. The Hulk. Homer Simpson.
Our Private Tour Knows Where They Are
There is as much looking down as looking up when our private Los Angeles tour arrives in Hollywood. We are, of course, talking about the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the 2,600+ stars embedded in the sidewalk along 17 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. Talk about a stroll down memory lane….wow, this is it! We know where a good number of the stars are so if a guest mentions a beloved favorite we can get them to the star for a photograph and some adoration. If we do not know the exact location then we can quickly find it (there’s an app for that). At the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue (above) we are also at the Hollywood & Highland Center. So as not to forget where we are the city has marked the sidewalk in brilliant gold letters. For other looking at our feet activities here in Hollywood there is the Road to Hollywood, an art installation through the Hollywood & Highland Center leading from the Walk of Fame to the shrink’s couch with a view of the Hollywood Sign. Do not forget Grauman’s Chinese Theater courtyard filled with hand and footprints of movie stars throughout history. The nearby Rockwalk at the Guitar Center has the handprints of famous musicians. Thankfully, because of the all the looking down the sidewalks are always kept clear and clean. That’s a noteworthy accomplishment in a major American city.
Our Private Tour to the Koi Pond
The celebrated pond in the Will Rogers Memorial Park is full of large (fat?) koi. Lots of them. These gold and white bottom feeders live an opulent life in the center of Beverly Hills. Located on Sunset Boulevard across from the Pink Palace (Beverly Hills Hotel) this is a wonderful stop for our private Los Angeles tour as we make our way from Hollywood into this famous city located completely within Los Angeles. The park is a perfect place to stretch our legs, take photographs of the glorious pink building across the boulevard, and observe the natural wildlife of Beverly Hills. We see all kinds of birds including escaped parrots and other exotic birds now living a feral life amid the lush and varied landscapes of the manicured gardens surrounding us. The young folk with us are always fascinated by the giant goldfish, the koi, who live for 50 or more (sometimes many more) years. We teach them that koi and goldfish have common carp ancestors but that koi were bred in Japan and goldfish in China. We show them that little fleshy mustaches (called barbels) easily distinguish koi. The park was once readily accessible from the hotel but as Sunset Boulevard became almost a major highway connecting downtown Los Angeles to the ocean getting there from the hotel involves a bit of walking and waiting to cross at the nearby intersections. We like to drive here and park near the public restrooms which sometimes are pointed out as the location where singer George Michael was arrested for a public indiscretion. For some of our guests that might be worth posing for a photograph for their tour album.