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Perfect Private Tour Event at the Fairmont
Visiting the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica recently to gather some guests for a private luxury tour of Los Angeles we grabbed a photograph of the posted invitiation to join the staff, guests and visitors for a holiday event under the giant Moreton Bay Fig tree in the courtyard. Upon further investigation we learned that Santa Claus will be present as well as some of his favorite musicians to entertain the gathered holiday revelers. There will, of course, be food and refreshments, activities appropriate for guests of all ages, and a genuine sharing of peace and joy. We will be there this afternoon possibly with our luxury tour guests. Just look for the snazzy black van and the glasses of eggnog and join us to celebrate the holiday season.
Avoid Vampires, Eat at Raw After a Late Private Tour
Los Angeles is a pretty easy town to find late night dining, especially if IHOP and Denny’s revs your engines. However, we also have Norm’s, Pink’s, The Pantry and a number of pizza pits to fulfill the need for hot food after midnight. But what if you are a vegetarian and want something healthy and delectable and appealing when you leave the midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show? If you are anywhere around W. Hollywood then get yourself to Planet Raw and embrace the raw food movement in the wee hours of the morning. Chef Juliano, who grew up in restaurants around the U.S., became a vegan before he turned 20 and later developed a philosophy and food preparation style embracing raw foods. With a complete understanding of nutrition and digestion the restaurant emphasizes proper food combining as well as selection. While we are mentioning it as a late night choice, Planet Raw is open all day, too.
How to Cool the Puppies Off After a Hot Private Tour
In an increasingly pet friendly world of hotels and restaurants, especially here in Los Angeles, we are doing more and more private K9 tours of the southland. That means visiting the best celebrity dog parks – ever. We also show their masters around Hollywood and Beverly Hills to human-friendly sights and destinations. Our guests (hirsute or otherwise) always have a great time and this is truly a valuable way to enjoy a visit to Los Angeles with your pet along for the ride. But what else is there to do with your four-footed family member? Our dog-loving guides all recommend Paradise Ranch Pet Resort, a spa and water park (hotel and restaurant) just for dogs. Big or small, outgoing or shy, loud or quiet, it doesn’t matter to them because fun and frolic is the name of the game. It is a hop-skip-and-a-bark away from all the studios and glamor of Hollywood. Sharing our philosophy of cage-free boarding for dogs, Kristyn Goddard and Brian Kneier, the owners, treat all the animals with great love and respect. Take the kids to Raging Waters or Magic Mountain and take the dog to Paradise Ranch Pet Resort.
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.
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.
Private Tour Guests See 2 Hollywood Icons at One Time
We get so much positive feedback from our descriptions of Los Angeles mural art that we are delighted to have a new image to share today. David Flores has brought his “stained glass” mural painting style to the side of the iconic Sunset Strip music club The Viper Room. Honoring the club’s black and white color theme the artist refrains from color but still renders his familiar country music star, Johnny Cash, in a captivating way. It was back in December 1993 that Cash appeared at the club in person, not long after the tragic Halloween night death of River Phoenix just outside the club’s door which itself was only weeks after Johnny Depp and his partners opened The Viper Room. Cash’s appearance was at once an historic event but also a salve for the sadness still permeating the club since the loss of its friend. So much music history, so much Hollywood history in this one building. Be sure to ask your guide about it while on your private Los Angeles tour with us and take a look at some of our other mural blogs.
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.
Enjoy a Private Tour to Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate
More than 10 acres of vineyards at the top of a Malibu hillside and a golden crowning jewel is Malibu Rocky Oaks. This exquisite Tuscan home glows even when it is not sunset. Fine wines, breathtaking views, art and architecture that makes our private Los Angeles tour guests feel like royalty. We are now welcome to visit with our custom tour guests and experience this 9,000 ft² home set amid the 35 acre estate at over 2,000′ above the nearby Pacific Ocean. Sit in luxurious comfort beside the infinity pool and sample from many of the estate’s award-winning wines. Remember episodes of The Bachelorette or the Kardashian family filmed here or many of the other Hollywood productions that have taken advantage of the setting for their movies and television shows. There is even a helipad where we can land our helicopter when our guests prefer to fly to Malibu Rocky Oaks.
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.