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L.A. Live is a giant people magnet drawing crowds to downtown Los Angeles

Our Private Tour Guests Love L.A. Live

Some of our Los Angeles private tour guests even stay here in the heart of downtown Los Angeles (DTLA)L.A. Live is more than a slick name and logo it is a considerable force in the renewed life of a once failing downtown core.  Grand hotels (including the Ritz-Carlton), movie theaters, the Microsoft Theater for live performance and many of the award shows seen by millions on television, the Staples Center which is home to four professional sports teams (Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks) as well as a regular concert venue for mega stars (Selena Gomez and Carrie Underwood coming up later this year), the Grammy Museum for lovers of all kinds of music and the L.A. Convention Center all are part of this redeveloped quarter at the southern end of downtown.  We can easily spend a half of a tour day exploring and enjoying what L.A. Live has to offer.  We also like to show our guests the historic parts of town, too.  Old Broadway (undergoing its own renaissance right now as former movie palaces become entertainment showcases once again), the great downtown library, Pershing Square and the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, the former banking zone now an arts district of creatively reused office and business space, Chinatown with its important contributions to the history of Los Angeles and the birthplace of Los Angeles, Olvera Street – all of these sights and destinations and many more can impress any visitor to Los Angeles easily as much as Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the neighborhoods where we showcase celebrity homes and hangouts.  Just so you know, this is a photo taken from a tour helicopter as we came through downtown and will be a part of the tour photo album our guests will have by the end of the day.

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3:00 17 August 2015

A Rare Quiet at L.A. Live

An unusually quiet view of L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles

An Early Morning Private Tour of Los Angeles

Enjoys L.A. Live

It was important for our private Los Angeles tour guests to be the first ones to enter the Grammy Museum and see the Taylor Swift Experience Taylor Swift lovers rejoice at the Grammy Museumexhibit so we made that happen for them.  The museum is part of a complex of hotels (the J.W. Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton), restaurants, movie theaters and a spectacular auditorium, the Microsoft Theater, where award shows have been staged for the world to see.  Right across the street is the Staples Center, home to four professional sports franchises (Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks) and the Los Angeles Convention Center.  There is much happening around here all the time except for early in the morning.  Downtown Los Angeles continues its renaissance and the southern part of the city’s redevelopment is anchored by activities at L.A. Live.  Do not miss any opportunity to visit this energetic and exciting part of the city.  We are here all the time on our custom luxury tours because so many of our guests are staying at these two fabulous hotels.  We can begin our tours just by walking out of the lobby.

 

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Aerial photograph of downtown Los Angeles

Fly and Drive Your Los Angeles Private Tour

Cooler weather and clearer skies are coming which means our aerial tours of Los Angeles will allow our guests to see the entire 500 square miles of the city and much of the 5,000 square miles of Los Angeles county.  We offer departures from a skyscraper helipad downtown which is how this photograph was taken earlier this year when snow capped the local mountains.  These are postcard photographs of the city that need no retouching.  The L.A. Convention Center, Staples Center, the Nokia Theater, the beautiful Ritz-Carlton and J.W. Marriott hotels all make up what is called L.A. Live, a central hub of entertainment and hospitality activity just south of the downtown business district.  We often find ourselves here with our guests dining at the Original Pantry or visiting the Grammy Museum.  Our aerial tours can be taken in combination with a luxury custom ground tour in our luxury vans which gives our guests a thorough examination of Los Angeles including Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

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Tiffany & Co. on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, a good place to begin holiday shopping

There is Always Time for Tiffany & Co. When Your Private Tour Gets to Beverly Hills

Early is always a good time to arrive at the exquisite outdoor, top tier shopping area that is Two Rodeo in Beverly Hills.  We can first pop in for breakfast at 208 Rodeo Restaurant and watch the early visitors to Tiffany & Co. next door.  The morning sun illuminates the nooks and crannies of this European cityscape that is as much fun to walk through as to surrender to luxury consumer desires and enter the shops along the pathway.  Besides Tiffany there are Versace, Brequet, Lladro, Jimmy Choo and Porsche Design (and a number of other fashion and design creators) ready to welcome discerning high fashion lovers.  Two Rodeo is right in the center of Beverly Hills’ Golden Triangle and at the corner of Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard across the street from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  Our Los Angeles private tour generally explores all around this part of Beverly Hills besides driving up into the mansion district to look at movie stars’ homes.  Our guests can see where the celebrities eat, shop and live and experience some of the amenities themselves at the same time as they are enjoying the VIP treatment we give them.

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3:00 18 September 2015

Venice – L.A.’s Cool Hood

Venice (California) welcomes you

Our Private Los Angeles Tour Guests Enjoy

Venice Day and Night

When we time just right an all day or just a late afternoon custom luxury tour of Los Angeles we can get through Hollywood and Beverly Hills, even downtown L.A., before heading to the beach to watch the sunset.  That means we get to explore Venice after the sun goes down when the cool evening breezes carry the aromas of ocean and food along the shore.  The boardwalk closes down and the crowds head back inland but the night people emerge to fill the sidewalks, food stands, cafés and restaurants.  The lighter traffic means that music can be heard everywhere, much of it live from street performers and some within businesses or just pouring out of the open windows of nearby residents.  Our hungry guests can decide to visit a Zagat-rated Venice restaurant or we can remain on the beach for deli at Danny’s or walk along to choose between the Figtree’s Café and Grill, the Sidewalk Café or the Venice Ale House.  The sea gulls settle onto the perches as we walk along the remaining canals and look into neighbors’ houses and completely enjoy a romantic promenade over arched wooden bridges through the waterways left from Abbot Kinney’s dream of a playground on a Los Angeles beach.

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Los Angeles comes alive at night

Custom City Tour Goes Into the Night

A late afternoon private Los Angeles tour often extends past sunset and darkness is no reason to conclude the excursion.  Los Angeles is beautiful when the sun sets on Sunset Boulevard as you can see in our recent photograph taken from a tour stop in the hills looking over Hollywood to downtown.  Street lights, store lights, neon lights and billboards add their glow to the scene as we continue to explore almost all of the same sights we would see during the daytime.  The only unfortunate omission would be the Hollywood Sign which is not illuminated except by the moon on a clear night.  But during a full moon even that stop on the side of Mt. Lee can be exhilarating for our luxury tour guests who can howl with the coyotes in the moonglow.  We heartily suggest to our guests that they consider joining us for sightseeing in Los Angeles as the day ends and the night begins, “Golden Time” as the Hollywood filmmakers refer to it.

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Book cover Who Killed Love by Don Scribner

Not Quite Gritty Look at Los Angeles Is Like a Private Tour

We often use this space to tout friends of the company whose work will interest our website visitors and prospective Los Angeles tour guests.  Don Scribneractor, screenwriter, songwriter – is now a novelist with the publication of his first work of literary fiction, Who Killed Love.  Set mostly in North Hollywood, this meditation on an artist’s life, not suffering but not quite successful, takes the reader through the paces of living in Los Angeles in the wake of great fortunes and the struggle to attain it.  The book is also a murder mystery.  Not a cozy mystery for you airport paperback readers nor the gritty, underbelly of the city, tough talking kind of puzzle you love from Elmore Leonard and his Los Angeles ilk.  Don has either broken all the rules of homicide novels or created a few new ones that make his story really work.  This is a perfect book for a vacation to Los Angeles with time at the hotel pool or Venice Beach or for those of us who simply love Los Angeles and prefer to read late into the night.  Don, a character himself, populates his mystery with many of the same people you would meet when out for a night of country western bar beer slinging in Hollywood.  But Beverly Hills is also a part of the story as you might imagine.  Don knows the city and its entertainment industry denizens so well that he is on our list of “celebrities” that join us for certain custom private tours with guests who want to know not just where the movie stars live but how to one day live there themselves (or show their children the path).  Don has great anecdotes and tales of behind the scenes in movieland and really tells those stories well.  He makes the tour even more than special for our guests and for us.

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The Los Angeles Greekfest Logo for 2012

If you like Greek food, dancing in the street, panpipes, Zorba, raffles, crafts, celebrities (guest hosts Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson), surprises and a chance to mingle with thousands of like-minded Los Angelenos, then go to the L.A. Greek Fest this weekend.  Take a look at the schedule to see when the dancing exhibitions are and the Greek cooking demonstrations as well as the times the live bands will be providing all kinds of music for the gathered crowds.  It is a wonderful street fair for an entire weekend.  As a local luxury private tour company showing guests visiting Los Angeles all the interesting sights and sounds around town, not just Hollywood and Beverly Hills, we pay attention to events like this so we can stop by on our tours this weekend to enjoy a quick dance and some souvlaki with our guests.

Photo of band playing at last year's L.A. Greek Fest

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9:46 20 October 2011

Whisky Live LA

Oct. 21. Taste some of the finest scotches, bourbons and whiskies, along with gourmet dining, custom chocolate/whisky pairings, cocktail demonstrations, master classes, live music and entertainment. It has a bit of a unique atmosphere that’s for sure, I definitely advise checking this place out while take a tour of Los Angeles. Mingle with the producers and distillers, independent bottlers and brand ambassadors, and speak with the stars of the industry. 5:30-10 p.m. $105/$135 VIP. Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, L.A. www.whiskylive.com

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Thursdays through August. Oenophiles can sip and savor four new French wines from Provence at “Summer Thursdays”—alongside open forum discussions with the vintners and a complimentary appetizer with the purchase of a glass of Côtes de Provence rosé ($10; one appetizer per guest). Yet another of many cool places to indulge while your on a sightseeing tour of Los Angeles. The Côtes de Provence Appellation d’Origine Controlee (AOC) is the largest appellation in Provence and is known internationally for producing some of the world’s best rosé wines.

5–7 p.m. Fig & Olive Melrose Place, 8490 Melrose Place, L.A., 310.360.9100.

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