Archive for July, 2013

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 31 July 2013

Fly to Catalina for Ziplining

Ziplining Tour to Catalina Island

Photo of our helicopter parked on Catalina IslandWhat’s better than flying over Catalina Island safely harnessed and riding a long thin rope?  Flying over to the island aboard a luxury helicopter and spending the day on a beautiful desert island that includes a ziplining tour as one of the many interesting activities available to our private Los Angeles tour guests interested in a little more excitement than simple sightseeing provides.  This is where the ADVENTURE in Elite Adventure Tours becomes evident.  Join us on ocean skimming flight to the largest of the Channel Islands just 25 miles off the coast of Los Angeles for a safari-like adventure through the island.  Besides ziplining there are buffalo and incredible wildlife to see, great hiking trails and excellent lunch destinations in the town of Avalon.  You may just be visiting Los Angeles on a summer vacation or here for a major family event like a wedding or graduation, maybe just passing through on a cruise or flight layover.  We can entertain you with great fun activities no matter how long you plan to be here.

Ziplining on Catalina Island

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 29 July 2013

Our Private Tour Guest is a Future Shirley Temple

Photo of our little tour guest at Shirley Temple's handprints

The Next Shirley Temple on Our Private Hollywood Tour

Animal crackers in her soup, lions and tigers loop-da-loop….isn’t she just precious?  She was so photogenic, as were her siblings, that it is a very good thing their private Los Angeles tour guide had a digital SLR camera to take LOTS of pictures for the family’s photo album of their tour around Hollywood and Beverly Hills.  They had photos by the Hollywood Sign and at the La Brea Tar Pits and got to see the Nickelodeon and Jim Henson Studios.  Naturally, our guides know where the stars’ homes are of celebrities that the kids know (including one where Shirley Temple lived).  Her smile was ear to ear the whole time she was with us even though she has probably never seen one of the 40 or so feature films Shirley Temple made.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 28 July 2013

Elvis and the Beatles Overlooked?

Photo of Elvis and Beatles Hollywood Walk of Fame stars

Our Private Tour Sees the Big Stars

“Fascinating,” as Mr. Spock might say, that of the 2,500+ stars of the Hollywood Walk of Fame along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, so many visitors manage to miss two of the most important stars there are: Elvis Presley and the Beatles.  There is a good reason for this.  These stars are separated by roadway from the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard and are on an island with the famous sculpture to the Women of Hollywood (the Four Ladies statue). Our tour guides will know our private Los Angeles tour guests’ favorite stars and see that they get to see as many of them as they want, even Elvis and the Beatles.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 27 July 2013

Mural Art and Deli Food at Canter’s in Los Angeles

Photo of mural on side of Canter's deli in Los Angeles

Private Los Angeles Tour at a Single Mural

The seven panel mural along the side of Canter’s Deli in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles (near Hollywood) depicts more than 100 years of  history and life of the Los Angeles Jewish community.  Beginning in the left-most panel with the organizing of the first Jewish inhabitants in downtown Los Angeles (mid-1800s) the story proceeds to the right through the time the mural was painted (1985).  Businesses, film, sports, social activism and the influence of Jewish life in southern California history are illustrated within vignettes on each panel.  The artist, Art Mortimer, is a southern California native and is considered one of the fathers of the Los Angeles mural movement, many examples of which we have written about in other blog entries (“mural” posts).  A number of our custom private tours throughout the year will be specifically designed to take our curious guests through the neighborhoods to visit notable and renowned murals.  Let us know if you are interested and we will be happy to show you these large outdoor artworks.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 26 July 2013

Los Angeles Driving Goes to the Dogs

Photo of dog driving in Los Angeles

Our Private Los Angeles Tour Drivers Are People

Another cute photograph came in recently from one of our private Los Angeles tour guides.  He mentioned he was not sure if this was an expert driver or just a driving lesson.  But you have to admit the little fellow seems quite attentive to his surroundings and looks to be ready to make a safe left turn in Los Angeles (or Hollywood or Beverly Hills).  As anyone will tell you, this is the hardest thing to do as a driver.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 25 July 2013

The Big Blue Blimp of Los Angeles

Photo of the Goodyear blimp docked near Los Angeles

The Things You See on a Private Tour

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company‘s famous west coast blimp, Spirit of America, resides just off the 405 Freeway in Carson, near Los Angeles.  Seeing it moored as we drive by during a private Los Angeles tour is always a treat and creates a lasting impression — it is really big!  If we are lucky enough to see it depart the image of a giant leaping porpoise comes right to mind.  The four Goodyear blimps around the country are built and designed with the Zeppelin Company of Germany and are almost 200 ft. long, 60 ft. tall and 50 ft. wide.  That’s one big helium balloon.  These flying billboards and camera platforms also carry passengers and do great work for the sports networks covering local events at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Rose Bowl Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium, as well as working for Hollywood when aerial filming is necessary or if the screenplay calls for a blimp.  Spirit of America also flies up and down the state when work calls.  She really gets around albeit slowly.

Photo of the Goodyear blimp over Los Angeles

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 24 July 2013

Reflection on the Santa Monica Pier

Interesting photo reflection of the Santa Monica Pier

Another Private Beach Tour Photo

If we do not start our private Los Angeles tour right at the beach from one of the many fine hotels where our guests like to stay then we get there anyway with our Hollywood, Beverly Hills or downtown guests.  Contrary to what many of our guests this week have been talking about, the destruction of the Santa Monica Pier by a Mexican hurricane and shark-infested tornados (SHARKNADO on the SyFy Channel), the pier is just fine and showing everyone a good time.  The Ferris Wheel is intact and all the food and fun stands are operating at full tilt.  Live Twilight Concerts FREE every Thursday night sponsored by MySpace attract a singing, dancing, finger-snapping crowd every week.  No matter what time of day or what day of the week you get to the pier, with us on a luxury tour or on your own, you will have a great time.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 23 July 2013

Peter Falk on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Photo portrait of Peter Falk as Frank Columbo

Enjoy a Private Tour Dedicated to Peter Falk

There were days when we would regularly see Peter Falk walking about near his Beverly Hills home and we would exchange polite nods.  Our vehicle does not appear at all like a tour bus.  We look like we belong and so do not disturb celebrities and their neighbors.  Plus, Peter’s home has a bit more Hollywood history than just him and so deserves an appropriate visit and discussion.  When he passed away we would visit his grave at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.  We are very pleased to let you know that as of July 25th we will be able to pay tribute to this wonderful actor by visiting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  The Walk of Fame committee posthumously honors one or two celebrities every year.  Peter Falk’s star is sponsored by his friend, Joe Mantegna, who I hope will be present at the ceremony.  Our private Los Angeles tour guests that morning will have an opportunity to visit the ceremony and take photographs.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 22 July 2013

Fire Storm Clouds the Desert Sky

Smoke clouds bloom over the San Jacinto Mountains

Private Desert Tour Witnesses Wildfire

Our custom luxury tours take our guests wherever they want to go in California.  Our custom vehicles generally explore southern California including the desert out to Palm Springs.  This past week we had occasion to show off the wide open space east of Los Angeles (the Mojave Desert) heading into that spectacular desert community.  Just south of our route are the San Jacinto Mountains where a large fire has been burning for more than a week near the camping and art community of Idyllwild.  The smoke clouds billow above the jagged rocky peaks while closer in an army of firefighting specialists battle the blaze to save the small mountain communities threatened by the blaze.  As we got closer we were treated to the sight of an air tanker arriving to fight the fire.  Favorable weather over the weekend has increased containment of the fire significantly.  We wish the best for threatened communities and for the safety of the firefighters.

Photo of air tanker near Idyllwild

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 21 July 2013

“Out, Damned Spot!” — Get Out to Macbeth

Macbeth by Independent Shakespear Co.

Free Shakespeare in Griffith Park

Witches, intrigue, murder, tongue twisting turns of Old English — what more could make for a fine summer evening with hundreds of Shakespeare-loving theater goers?  And, it is outdoors in Griffith Park, at the Old Zoo site.  And, it is free!  You get considerably more than you pay for in this riveting production of Macbeth by the Independent Shakespeare Co.  After 10 years bringing the Bard’s works to outdoor crowds the ISC has well-produced and acted theater productions each summer.  Tonight Macbeth but on Thursdays through Sundays in July and August you can also enjoy As You Like It and She Stoops to Conquer (we know, not Shakespeare but still excellent and fun).  Los Angeles is better for the opportunity to enjoy great theater.  What better place than Griffith Park, too, where we often spend much of a summer with our private Los Angeles tour guests at the Los Angeles Zoo, the Autry Museum, the Griffth Park Merry Go Round and walking through Fern Dell.

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