Archive for November, 2013

Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 30 November 2013

Johnny Cash on the Viper Room

Johnny Cash on the wall of the Viper Room in Hollywood

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 a 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.

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

Art and Architecture at the Getty in Los Angeles

The steps at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles

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.

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

Happy Thanksgiving from Elite Adventure Tours

Happy ThanksgivingWe 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.

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

Party Hardy Tour Destination

Malibu Rocky Oaks estate infinity pool

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.

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

Jimmy Webb, Richard Harris, MacArthur Park, Los Angeles

Aerial photograph over MacArthur Park looking to downtown Los Angeles

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?

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

Every Guest is a Director When They Visit Hollywood

Private tour guest takes measure of Hollywood Sign

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.

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

Holmby Hills Backyard from the Air

Holmby Hills mansion backyard

Private Tour Guests See All from the Air

Backyards of the rich and famous, our Los Angeles guests can peer into those places not seen from our luxury van on the street as they fly over the large and elegant properties of Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Holmby Hills in a quiet jet copter of their own.  Traveling just like the homeowners below in comfort with large tinted windows to see everything there is to see and get some great photos along the way.  We won’t identify the property above but our readers can probably guess who lives here from the arrangement of the pools.  You can always use Google Maps in satellite view to pinpoint the location.  We’ll give you a hint: boys will play in Holmby Hills.

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

Lemonade Is More Than a Summer Drink

Lemonade café on Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood

Private Tour Lunch Stop in W. Hollywood

Lunch time on a private Los Angeles tour means so many things for our guests and us.  Hot dogs, hamburgers, tacos, sushi – there are so many quick meal choices at recognizable and memorable food stops throughout our regular touring area in Hollywood and Beverly Hills.  If lunch time strikes while we are cruising through West Hollywood then Lemonade is where we gently guide our guests for a delectable and healthy meal that is fast and fun.  Cafeteria style, the café offers fresh made salads created from local and freshly grown vegetables and fruits and savory meat dishes that fill your stomach without emptying your pocket.  It’s quick and easy with flavored lemonades that competently fit the southern California climate throughout the year.  The man behind the plan, Alan Jackson, is the grandson of film legend Alan Ladd and the son of radio talk show host Michael Jackson.  If you lunch with us on your tour then be prepared to learn about Ladd’s films and the Ladd Company while you enjoy young Ladd’s culinary creations.

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

King Solomon Tames Snakes on Hollywood Boulevard

One of Hollywood Boulevard's favorite characters

Los Angeles Tour Guests Love the King

King Solomon, that is, who we see during the summer months on the Venice Boardwalk and who then winters in Hollywood on Hollywood Boulevard working with the other costumed characters.  He tames snakes, plays a wooden flute, rides a unicycle – a man of inspired talents who poses with our private Los Angeles tour guests while we take photographs (for a little Solomonic lucre – aka tips).  For more than a dozen years that we know of he has been entertaining the crowds and staying in good shape (thankfully).  You might think that Express would offer him a makeover.  However, if they did we would surely miss King Solomon.

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

Dock Your Dinghy Here

The dinghy dock on Catalina Island

Private Tour Guests Love to Laugh

And laugh they did when they saw the sign for the Barbara Pearson Dinghy Dock.  Trying saying “Dock your dinghy at the dinghy dock” three times fast.  Our private Los Angeles tour guests visiting Santa Catalina Island with us this summer did indeed say it.  The kids in particular.  Over and over and over.  We suggested they offer it up to their drama coaches as an elocution exercise.  The dinghy docks are an important part of the Avalon harbor experience as our guests witnessed sailors come in from their anchor-outs to spend time ashore on the island.  We ride the ferry to the island almost as often as we fly there by helicopter.  Some of our guests like the seagoing experience though the flight is faster and smoother.  We are happy to present everyone with a choice of conveyance.  What is important is seeing this pretty haven off the coast of Los Angeles where Hollywood gamboled and gambled during Prohibition.  The island is still great fun for hiking, swimming, snorkeling, diving, ziplining and just plain hanging out.

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