Archive for the ‘Shopping’ Category
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.
Our Private Tour Helps Family Prepare for School
We do not offer Back to School Specials or anything like that but towards the end of the summer we do have lots of families coming to Los Angeles with their recently matriculated teenagers ready to start at any number of our well known colleges and universities. We think of our Los Angeles private tour as an orientation day for the new students. In fact, the late summer tours we do are often an extension of tours we did the previous year when high school seniors and their families were visiting here to inspect potential campuses for study. Now, though, that school is about to start we are looking more at neighborhoods and getting some pre-school shopping done. Here we are on a sightseeing adventure with a new UCLA student and her mother about to enter the lovely environs of Fred Segal. First will be lunch at Mauro, the divine café in the store. Look at the familiar faces many with their offspring also preparing to begin a new school year. Jeans, tops and accessories all bagged and stowed in our SUV we can explore some more of Melrose Avenue‘s famous storefronts offering chic nightclub wear to t-shirts and shorts. Melrose offers everything and is truly a Mile of Style. Then we can head over to Westwood for some serious street-by-street looks at the various neighborhoods and show our young student where everything is that she will need to know right away. We envy her good times ahead but traffic and tales of the city keep us focused on this orientation tour.
Where We Don’t Park on a Private Tour along Rodeo Drive
It is a special moment when we are driving down Rodeo Drive and see either the yellow Rolls Royce or the black and yellow Bugatti Veyron parked in front of Bijan, a very exclusive clothing store for men. How exclusive? The front window lists some of the royals, dignitaries, statesmen and celebrities that have been customers over almost forty years. Kings, presidents, movie stars and sports all-stars, enough names to exhaust any reader staring at the window. How special? As you can see in this photograph there is a bright yellow parking meter where a Bijan-designed automobile will be parked. When Bijan passed away five years ago the operation of his enterprise fell to his children and protégés who carry on the designer’s work with automobile companies and aircraft manufacturers as well as continue to produce clothing, accessories and scents for every discerning man and their equally discerning ladies. The tradition of parking in front of the store continues and always impresses our guests on their Los Angeles private tour through Beverly Hills and the Golden Triangle.
A “Must Shop” Stop at DASH on a Private Luxury Tour
We are always in contact with our Los Angeles private tour guests before we pick them up. Sometimes when tours are booked through our website there are numerous emails and telephone calls working out the plans and itineraries that give our guests the custom tour of their dreams. If we are introduced through their hotels we still exchange ideas and provide suggestions in advance and make sure we get to the important sights and destinations they wish to visit. No matter what exchanges are made before we begin our sightseeing adventure we always begin the actual tour by asking, “Where do you want to go today?” We understand that just being in Los Angeles brings new ideas to mind. Plus, some days you just feel like doing this and not that. We get that. It’s a custom tour and we can change the route and itinerary from the beginning or as we go along. So when our guests say “We want to go shopping” then off we head to the most exciting shops and boutiques that we know. And when our young guests say “We want to go to DASH” then that is where we drive. We go there so often we should have our own parking space in front of the elegant and popular store. As part of the Melrose Avenue shopping experience we visit both this La Cienega end of high end boutiques as well as the other Fairfax/La Brea portion of young and hip boutiques. Between both we can fill our SUV with designer shopping bags and more nondescript packaging that will outfit a young person for an entire school year.
Let’s Sightsee and Window Shop on Your Private Tour
Many of our Los Angeles private tour guests want to see the homes of the movie stars, their favorite celebrity mansions and the driveways, gates, mailboxes and gardens of the rich and famous in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. We are happy to make that a highlight of their tour. But we also suggest we visit some of the fine stores and boutiques frequented by the Hollywood A-listers when they need a new outfit. That means a visit to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills (and the Golden Triangle), Robertson Boulevard (also in Beverly Hills), Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, and for the really hip some extra exploration of Melrose Avenue in Hollywood and W. Hollywood. Of course, there are superior stores all around Los Angeles from downtown to the beach and up into the Valley and we can head over there quickly if requested. Want to spend some time in DASH? Heard about The Grove and want to experience it yourself? Your friend’s said the Century City Mall is extraordinary? We have room in the SUV for your packages so let us get shopping on your tour of Los Angeles.
Always Surprises When Our Private Tour is at The Grove
The convenience of our private Los Angeles tour is that we meet our guests at their hotels when they are staying in the area. We also meet them at whatever time of the day they want. That is the essence of a private custom luxury tour. From their hotel we show them around the city visiting all the destinations they express an interest in seeing. No set route, no set itinerary. We can proceed, double back and stop whenever our guests wish. Now, sometimes our guests are driving into the city just for the day and request that we meet them where they can park their vehicle. That is pretty common. One of our favorite rendezvous locations is The Grove. This wonderful outdoor shopping mall is unlike any other (except for the developer’s equally impressive mall in nearby Glendale, the Americana at Brand). Designed to be like a village there is dining, entertainment, shopping and apartment-living all in one location. The mall is extremely walkable but there is also a double-decked trolley that circumnavigates the mall to save some wear and tear on the soles of our guests. The Grove is immediately adjacent to Los Angeles’ famed Original Farmers Market which only adds to the pleasure of spending time here. We find that the ample parking (most important, a valet service!) and assorted activities make this a perfect place to meet our guests. They can really enjoy themselves before and after our tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills and wherever else in Los Angeles they want to visit with us. And who knows, they might find themselves there the day a giant bubble-making machine is rolled out. Bubbles in spring, as joyful as the manufactured snow that falls here during the winter holidays.
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.
A Spring Break Shopping Stop on a Private Tour
Our next busy season is almost upon us. Four to six weeks of families with young people visiting Los Angeles when school is on break. The period is extended these days as every school takes a different week or weeks to send its students back out into the world. We will be setting up private Los Angeles tours for Spring Breakers from Europe, Australia and New Zealand and for families from all over the world. One thing kids like to do when exploring Los Angeles is to shop for the latest L.A. fashions. What the celebrities are wearing, that’s what they want. Where are the film stars and professional athletes buying their kicks and gear, that’s where we head for a bit of shopping as part of a custom tour. Melrose Avenue and Sportie L.A. is one of those great unique boutiques that identify Melrose as a shopping heaven where chain stores are not welcome. Where else would a young rocker want to look for stage wear? Shoes and jackets for men, women and kids are available. We can spend a good deal of time exploring and shopping along Melrose (and we have space in the SUV for lots of bags and packages) but there are several other exciting places to visit, too, where the theme can be shopping.
Of Course We Stop to Shop on Melrose
During a Private Tour
Our large luxury SUVs have a lot of space aboard to fill with all the cool things that can be purchased along the way on a private Los Angeles tour. We do not even need to focus on shopping (unless our guests wish us to and we easily can fill a day visiting the best shopping districts in town). We make it a point to stop and investigate the best stores where we are doing our sightseeing as part of all our custom tours. Cruising from Hollywood to the Miracle Mile (once a very famous shopping district) we always take a look at Melrose Avenue with its unique boutiques and fashion mystique. Among the great stores we reveal to our guests is Yonada. T-shirts galore! Bands, concerts, retro – all sorts of styles and cuts perfect for any age, any occasion. We can gather new clothing articles here and then head out to the Sunset Strip nightclubs for photos wearing our new band t-shirts. Whatever your shopping desires are we can find the perfect businesses to visit when you are exploring Los Angeles with us.
Time and Money Together for Our
Hollywoodland today is an adorable village setting just inside the giant stone portals that were erected back in 1923 to welcome residents to a new real estate development – HOLLYWOODLAND. You couldn’t miss the road up Beachwood Canyon to this location. All you needed to do was look up at the giant illuminated sign comprised of 30′ tall letters. The original real estate company office remains just inside the portals along with a tiny commercial district to serve the hillside community just above Hollywood. One business, there since 1996, is Hollywoodland Antiques. Jeff Meyer and his wonderful staff present a wild assortment of high quality items and memorabilia representative of Los Angeles and Hollywood since the first movie star arrived. The store also specializes in time… exotic and vintage watches and timepieces adorn the shop where they each have stories to be told to our private Los Angeles tour guests with whom we venture in for some fun exploring. Food, shopping and a touch of Hollywood history are part of what we experience on our way up to take pictures of the Hollywood Sign.