Archive for February, 2014
Los Angeles Tour Guest’s Special Request
Our private Los Angeles tour guides are ready for everything. They have to be. The guest this day wanted to see homes that inspired songs. An unusual request but, like others we have had in the past, a challenge we were happy to accommodate. Among the houses shown that day was this one. Once the home of Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson, and the inspirational location of his song Love Street, this Laurel Canyon apartment building in the Hollywood Hills still stands. Their tumultuous relationship disturbed and entertained the neighbors who would often witness her tossing his clothing over the balcony. The 1968 song appears on The Doors‘ album Waiting for the Sun. Jim Morrison also lived up behind the Whiskey a Go-Go at one time.
Los Angeles Tour Guests Witness Hollywood’s Renaissance
Los Angeles and its visitors are so pleased to note the remaking of Hollywood as Vine Street and Hollywood Boulevard come alive with new construction and businesses. The famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine now has new life with a brand new contemporary hotel (the W Hotel) and a new boutique hotel (the Redbury) as well as new restaurants (Katsuya and Lexington Social House) and new nightclubs along Hollywood Boulevard and nearby Cahuenga. Flying over Hollywood in our luxury helicopter on a private, custom aerial Los Angeles tour reveals new buildings on the way as the neighborhood enjoys a well-timed facelift. Hollywood is happening!
Los Angeles Tour Guest Gets An Eyeful
Our tour guides have to remember that their guests are new to Los Angeles and not used to seeing sights around town that locals hardly notice. Take the winged walker above, for instance. Resting his wings between flights or just mindful of other pedestrians? We could say that this is something that only a private Los Angeles tour guest would see here in West Hollywood. However, the angel in America might also be an another overlooked exerciser in San Francisco, SoHo, Key West, Providence, Palm Beach, …
Looking for a Great Oscar Party? How About Catalina Island?
We anticipate that many of our private Los Angeles tour guests will not be on the Oscar guest list at the Dolby Theatre this year. We are offering them ideas as to the best places to watch the Academy Awards that will make their visit to Los Angeles extra special. One of our suggestions is the An Evening with Oscar Gala being hosted by the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation. This black tie optional event will take place in the Avalon Casino Ballroom, 25 miles offshore from Los Angeles. Food, dancing and silent auctions to raise money for a good cause will make for an enchanting evening as the world celebrates Hollywood and the movies.
Public Art Abounds for Our Open-Minded Los Angeles Tour Guests.
We have mentioned Robert Graham‘s sculpture, Naked Torso, before, most recently when writing about Fred Hayman who sponsored the artwork placed in the center of Rodeo Drive in 2003. The eye-catching piece stands elevated in the center of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, right in the middle of the Mile of Style. We like our guide’s stylish image captured heading south toward the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (the “Pretty Woman” hotel) passing right beside the median for an up-close-and-personal photograph. Public art is very much a part of Los Angeles ranging from abstract sculptures to playful ones to graffiti and installation projects. We keep abreast of where these pieces are so we can showcase them when a private Los Angeles tour family with us is interested.
Our Los Angeles Tour Guests are excited about Oscar Night!
March 2nd is still one week away but our private Los Angeles tour guests are already in the mood for movie stars and golden statuettes. As the preparations proceed around the Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars since 2002, Hollywood Boulevard is thrumming with excitement. Even the costumed superheroes protecting the entrance are ironing their capes and polishing their utility belts as the world’s attention turns to Hollywood for her big night. Expect 3,400 attendees to fill the Dolby Theatre seats next Sunday evening as about 40 million Americans and additional millions in more than 150 countries around the world make themselves comfortable in front of their television sets. Who will win? Feel free to discuss it with our experts on Facebook.
Birthplace of the Los Angeles Rock ‘n Roll Scene
Still a Tour Favorite
First there was the Whisky a Go-Go and Johnny Rivers. Soon after came the Rainbow Bar & Grill and the Roxy. But it was the Whiskey that started it all and that remains the flagship rock ‘n roll venue in Los Angeles. The big red corner building on Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood began its history in 1964 and through countless young music lovers continues hosting the latest in rock music today. Groups making their name at the Whiskey include The Doors, The Turtles, Guns and Roses, Metallica and Mötley Crüe. A list of performers in this past 50 years would include everybody who is anybody in rock ‘n roll. When we have guests on a custom private Los Angeles tour interested in the musical history of Los Angeles we are sure to spend time around the Whiskey and its sister music venues. Be sure to visit the Whisky a Go-Go this year as it celebrates half a century of music history.
Our Private Tour Guests Visit Favorite Show Locations in Los Angeles.
It is not at all unusual for our guests to board our custom black luxury vehicle with a list in hand of all the places they wish to go. This modern family was principally interested in locations where Modern Family is filmed. Above is the house used as Jay and Gloria’s home. We also stopped for photos at Mitchell and Cameron’s house and Claire and Phil’s house. Amongst the other stops on this private Los Angeles and Hollywood tour were locations used for Entourage and Grey’s Anatomy. Our guides, film and television buffs themselves, keep track of these locations for just such occasions as a special list in the hands of our tour guests.
Our Private Los Angeles Tour Pays Its Respects.
Another star has fallen. This time it is Sid Caesar, comedian and television star who entertained all of America since television first arrived en masse in the 1950s. Along with comedy luminaries like Alan King and Woody Allen, Carl Reiner and Imogene Coca, Caesar worked with the best and the brightest who created what television comedy was to become. Your Show of Shows and Caesar’s Hour ushered in evenings of hilarity and humor in front of a television set. As always, when the Hollywood Walk of Fame star passes on a wreath is delivered and placed on the sidewalk by their star. Often times fans will come by and leave mementos and candles, too. Our custom black van brought its Los Angeles tour guests right to Sid’s star and wreath for a quiet moment of remembrance.
Our Los Angeles Tour Guests See Malibu Seal
Flying this morning up the Los Angeles coast to Malibu we enjoyed views from our private helicopter of the rows of beach houses built along the shore from Santa Monica to Pt. Dume. At this point, flying low along the calm sea we saw a happy seal sunning itself on a rock, more interested in watching us flying by than the movie stars enjoying coffee on their decks. We never know who we are going to see (or who will see us) on a private Los Angeles tour whether we are traveling by air in our helicopter, by sea on a small yacht or along the streets in our custom van. We let our guests choose the conveyance they prefer for their tours in and around Los Angeles.