Archive for the ‘Just for FUN’ Category
Winter Weather is Fine for an Outdoor Christmas Tour in Los Angeles
The Americana at Brand in Glendale, just north of downtown Los Angeles, is lit up and ready for the holidays. Adults love the shopping, children love the lights and Santa Claus, and the puppies love the loving spirit and excitement on a pleasant evening walk through this fashionable town square and mall. While it might be difficult to imagine even more lights in the evening than we usually show our private tour guests in and around Hollywood it is true, there is so much light the full moon pales in comparison. Stores, business, neighborhoods even buildings and monuments are alit in holiday colors and decorated beyond description. All this and no snow, not even really cold temperatures makes Los Angeles a perfect Christmas destination.
Our Private Tour Guests Love to See Movie Locations
Like an establishing shot in a movie our helicopter tour of Los Angeles gives our guests a chance to see film locations as the filmmakers do. This particular photograph was taken during a flight over Century City and features the Fox Plaza Building (left) and the Intercontinental Hotel. The Fox Plaza building was called the Nakatomi Tower in the first Die Hard film, John McTiernan’s blockbuster that turned Bruce Willis into an action hero. It was a convenient location for the 20th Century Fox production with the studio located just behind the skyscraper (also seen in the photo).
Now the Intercontinental Hotel, the ziggarat like structure next to the Fox Plaza, also a favorite movie and television filming location, was where important scenes in Lethal Weapon 2 were filmed. From this angle you can see the swimming pool where Mel Gibson as detective Martin Riggs falls with the faux room service attendant in one exciting scene. Our helicopter tours can be combined with a ground tour so our guests get a custom tour experience that fully captures everything about Los Angeles.
Street Art to Make our Private Tour Guests Hungry
We always want to celebrate those artists who improve the look of Los Angeles for everyone and today we feature a street utility box in front of a grocery store in Hollywood that has been painted on both sides – and the theme is food. Melting food, specifically cheese. Above Brandon Maurier reminds us of how much we love grilled cheese sandwiches which we can assert from listening to our private Los Angeles tour guests is a universal treat. Different breads, varying cheeses but essentially the same everywhere. Universal. Maybe even grilled green cheese on the moon.
Below, on the other side of the same utility box is a possibly Salvadore Dali inspired melting pizza. Kudos to HavenArtStudio.com for giving us the urge for a southwest flavored pizza. Is it lunchtime yet? Our custom luxury tours stop for food, even pizza or grilled cheese sandwiches.
Not Too Many Homes Have Helipads for Our Luxury Tour
We are still very excited about our Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate private tour for our Los Angeles guests. Flying to the vineyard estate just adds to our guests’ enjoyment. As you see above we land on a helipad adjacent to the home which is situated on top of a Malibu mountain. The views from all around the home are incredible and not just at sunset. It is easy to understand why this is a perfect filming location for television and movies. Once inside the home our guests see why Los Angeles party planners covet the estate for important social events and why Hollywood celebrities want to host private parties in this luxurious home where there are no neighbors to disturb. Malibu definitely has something to offer that you cannot find in Beverly Hills.
Howl At the Moon on a Night Tour
Thanks to our photography friend who thought this moonrise time lapse photo would be nice for the blog. With generally clear skies throughout the year that means that we enjoy excellent views of the full moon coming up over the city at least once a month. The light makes enjoying the nighttime activities of a major city even more fun. We do many After Dark tours during the year enthralling our guests with different looks at popular locations as well as taking them by restaurants and clubs frequented by the stars and celebutantes of Hollywood. Now that downtown Los Angeles has evolved into a place to go there are many great things to do from L.A. Live to the Arts District. The city is focusing right now on reviving L.A.’s Broadway and we are eagerly waiting new development along the storied boulevard.
Bedroom Eyes Greet Our Private Tour Guests at the Loews Hollywood
We capture images for our private Los Angeles tour guests that they generally do not think to get for themselves. A product of seeing Hollywood and Beverly Hills every day results in our looking at the buildings, people and objects of Los Angeles with different eyes. We get our guests to different parts of town at varying times of day because we are not working with pre-determined schedules and routes. Every tour is a custom itinerary and different for every guest. It also helps that we have our camera with us every moment. If traffic comes to a halt for construction we can look up and think, “that would make a good picture.” Thus, the mural on the side of the Hollywood Loews Hotel makes it into a tour photo album for guests to remember when hearing about the former rotating restaurant and later grand suite at the top of the building. The hotel sits adjacent to the Hollywood and Highland Center with its many shops and restaurants, close to the Chinese Theatre complex and the El Capitan Theater, walking distance to the Jimmy Kimmel Show studio and the Roosevelt Hotel, and come Oscar time it is right beside the Dolby Theater.
Our Private Tour Does Museums
The film industry uses the term “cover set” to mean an alternate indoor or protected film location to be used in the case of inclement weather on any given shooting day. Los Angeles is a mecca for filming, in fact, became the film capitol known as Hollywood in part because of its excellent weather. However, while they say it never rains in California, it does. It pours. But, not often. The film industry has its cover sets and we offer our private tour guests – museums. Of the myriad museums close to our general touring vicinity one of our favorites is the Getty Museum. As much a work of art on the outside as what you will see on the gallery walls, this grand art facility offers spectacular views from around its Brentwood acreage and fine ongoing and visiting exhibits inside. Noted for its art conservation efforts the museum is a global resource in this area. A trip to the Getty Museum, or its ocean front predecessor, the Getty Villa, is a fine inclusion into any custom luxury tour around Los Angeles no matter what the weather is.
We here at Elite Adventure Tours are thankful for all the wonderful guests we have spent time with in Los Angeles and southern California this year. Each and every private tour of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Venice and Malibu was a perfect treat. We are also thankful for our hospitality partners at the fine hotels whose guests we serve and at those businesses we work closely with throughout the year. After our tours today you can sure we will be sitting down to a fine Thanksgiving meal accompanied by some of the excellent local wines whose vineyards we have visited on our wine adventures.
Baking a High Flying Los Angeles Tour
The beauty of seeing Los Angeles on a private helicopter tour is that the flight path is quite flexible, just like our ground tour routes through Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Malibu. While our drivers do not have to contend with any flight restrictions or air traffic in the proximity of several major and minor airfields and can go wherever they want whenever they want, a helicopter still has more control of its route than a fixed wing aircraft. A guest wanting a close-up view of MacArthur Park because he is so attached to memories of Richard Harris‘ recording of the Jimmy Webb folk anthem can ask to fly over the urban lake and picnic areas and we can accommodate our guest’s wish.
I don’t think that I can take it
’cause it took so long to bake it
and I’ll never have the recipe again, oh no
Cooler autumn and winter days mean much clearer skies so we can capture brilliant photographs like this one. Can you pick out some of L.A.’s notable landmarks: City Hall, Wilshire Boulevard, Library Tower, Langer’s Delicatessen?
Private Tour Guest Takes Measure of the Hollywood Sign
We are often surprised by the poses of our guests at the Hollywood Sign and even more surprised when we learn which of the multitude of photos we take they say is the best. To each their own, we say. No matter, all our guests have a fine digital tour photograph album to take home with them after their luxury Los Angeles tour. Our photos complement the photos they take with their cellphones and cameras. We get our feedback when we show them the photographs we have taken (inside the van on our 23″ flatscreen monitor) at the end of their tour. It is like instant replay of their tour and always delights our guests.