Archive for the ‘Shopping’ Category
Hollywood & Highland Is a Grand Private Tour Destination
How else would you expect the escalator area to be made interesting in the heart of Hollywood? With a floating piano, of course. A grand piano and candelabra is suspended between the levels of the grand Hollywood & Highland Center, a superb location for shopping, eating and being entertained. There is always something going on at the H&H Center – music, magic, special events. So many interesting businesses are packed into this corner at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue (thus the name!) that we can bring our private Los Angeles tour guests here and spend a great deal of time, not even thinking about Grauman’s Chinese Theatre next door or the El Capitan Theater right across the street. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is very nearby as are three wax figure museums and the Hollywood Museum (in the pink art deco Max Factor building). Needless to say, this is a major sightseeing destination for anyone visiting Hollywood. Allow plenty of time to see it all!
Best Private Hollywood Tour (Ever!) Stops for Awards
We stop to shop. What better thing can you say about a private custom tour in Los Angeles? We are not limited in the time we spend with guests except by their continued interest. If they wish to visit a Hollywood gift store to pick up some knick-knacks and chotchkes for family and friends back home then we take them to what we know to be the best souvenir stores around (there are couple we like). We also stop to shop on Beverly Hills‘ Rodeo Drive and along S. Robertson Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. There are distinctive stores and boutiques in each of those shopping areas that make it a very worthwhile tour destination for us. Best of all, we have plenty of room aboard our custom vans for shopping bags and boxes. Now, back to our Best Tour Guide honors. And the award goes to ….
We Photograph Dogs on Our Private Tours
The mile-and-a-half Venice Beach boardwalk can take a very long time to walk as we so often stop to buy souvenirs, snacks and drinks. We also stop to photograph the odd and interesting things we see along the way — places, people and animals. We know this photo will go viral because so many dog lovers follow our writings. Must be because we love dogs so much we have a special Canine (“K9″) Tour just for visitors traveling with their pooches. We notice the dogs everywhere we go and get many adorable photos of our Los Angeles furry friends. Type “dog” in the search window and see how many times we have posted cute pictures of dogs we’ve seen on our private luxury tours around Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
The Americana at Brand Lights the Way for a Private Tour
A beautiful outdoor mall experience awaits us and our private Los Angeles tour guests at the Americana at Brand in Glendale. Believe it or not our guests often request to visit this wonderful mix of elegant residences, fine stores, great restaurants, a trolley and dancing fountain, all designed to resemble a village in the middle of town. The chandelier hanging above the valet parking area is just a simple sign of the thought and consideration that went into making this a must-see destination for shopping and entertainment both day and night. We also regularly visit the sister mall, The Grove, in Hollywood if we are showcasing the Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills nightlife or we stop here at the Americana at Brand and then visit Old Town in Pasadena.
Enjoying a Walking and Shopping Tour of Santa Monica
The 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica is three city blocks closed to vehicle traffic and designed for pedestrians. Complete with a variety of stores and sidewalk cafes there are also outdoor entertainers, clubs, restaurants and movie theaters and at one end the recently remodeled Santa Monica Place shopping mall. Even if you do not feel like shopping the walking and people watching is a lot of fun, too. The dinosaur topiary (pictured above) will enthrall the kids. Day and night the 3rd Street Promenade is a fine destination for our private Los Angeles tour guests whether they are staying nearby or we are bringing them over as part of a sightseeing tour after we have showed them Hollywood and Beverly Hills. We have plenty of room aboard our spacious custom vehicle for packages.
Private Shopping Tour — Beverly Hills — Rodeo Drive
Unlike any other private Los Angeles tour company we can take you shopping and visit all the best stores in all the best neighborhoods. Even better, our luxury vans have plenty of room to carry your packages back to the hotel. Our Los Angeles shopping tour can include the fabulous and tony Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, including Two Rodeo, the neo-Italian promenade across Wilshire Boulevard from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (think: Pretty Woman). Nearby are the stores along Beverly Drive. We can also take you to see the upscale boutiques on Robertson Boulevard. If you prefer designer outlet malls we have the Citadel, an epitome of this kind of shopping. But that’s not all. How about flying by luxury helicopter to either Thousand Oaks north of Los Angeles or Desert Hills west of the city for a VIP visit to either of these two premium designer outlet malls? This is a Los Angeles adventure tour we do often enough to have devoted a webpage to it.
Olive Oil for Your Private Pasadena Tour
California is synonymous with wine, sure, but olive oil? Olives have been grown in the state longer and once in greater quantities than wine. Originally imported by Spanish missionaries and planted as the California missions were established along the Camino Real, olive groves and olive oil milling were important activities for nearly two centuries. After an unfortunate period of neglect, the olive industry is once again becoming a mainstay of the 300+ crops produced in the state.
Beyond the Olive in Old Town Pasadena is not only a fine place to purchase fresh, locally produced artisanal olive oil, but you can visit and speak with the owners and staff to learn more about this tasty and healthy cooking product. We are sure Chip and Crystal Reibel will have all the details about this rapidly growing agricultural segment and how the California Olive Oil Council is leading the way to establish California olive oils as some of the best in the world just as our wine is so highly respected. Much as the University of California at Davis has provided continual research and guidance to the wine industry, since 2008 they are doing the same thing for olive ranchers.
We will bring our private Los Angeles tour guests to visit Beyond the Olive when exploring Old Town Pasadena and we love to point out that, unlike wine, customers can bring their empty olive oil bottles back to the store for refills at a substantial discount. If we can be there for an instructional event so much the better. If not, there is always tasting and samples and the opportunity to learn more about olive oil.
For This Private Los Angeles Tour She Signs Her New Book
Award winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow will appear at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at The Grove today at 6:00 p.m. to sign her latest book, It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes that Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great. This fabulous bookstore located in the center of The Grove, a magnificent and exciting outdoor mall near Hollywood and Beverly Hills, often hosts film and television celebrities when they have written books. Other celebrities recently seen there include Valerie Harper and Carly Rae Jepson. We often schedule our private Hollywood tour schedules to accommodate our guests who wish to stop by these celebrity public events. After driving through neighborhoods with celebrity homes it is especially rewarding for them to see a star in person. And this way they can also buy a book of healthy recipes.
A Delightful Los Angeles Tour Destination – The Grove
The Grove is a regular stopping point on our private Hollywood tour especially if we are sightseeing during lunchtime. The sculpture above, De L’Esprie’s Lemonade Stand, in the park area at this wonderful outdoor shopping mall, reminds our guests that a drink is in order and there are myriad stores and concessions around to get exactly what they want. The Grove also serves as a rendezvous for our luxury Los Angeles tour guests driving into the area. We direct them here to meet us because of the central location, easy parking and amenities. Our guests drive in and we drive them around. It is a perfect way to spend a day.
A Puzzle We Enjoy on Our Los Angeles Tours
One of the entertaining features of the Hollywood & Highland Center is this pathway throughout the outdoor mall consisting of quotes from unnamed stars describing their journeys to fame and fortune in Tinsel Town. Actors, writers, directors and others tell short stories that inspire and amuse our private Los Angeles tour guests while we visit the stores in the mall, perhaps indulge in a snack, visit the Dolby Theater and enjoy the atmosphere of this busy Hollywood location. When we head out of Hollywood to Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, Bel Air and Brentwood and maybe on to Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu, our guests are laughing and trying to guess who said what and sometimes even imagining what their own quote might one day say.