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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 30 May 2014

Music and Gumbo for Farmers Market Nights

Cajun food at the Gumbo Pot at the Original Farmers Market in Hollywood

Food and Music for the Original Farmers Market Crowd

The summer music series begins this week at the Original Farmers Market in Hollywood.  That means there is a reason for our private Los Angeles tour guests to head back to this historic Hollywood agora on Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening through August for a wide selection of ethnic and international foods, snacks, drinks and some truly eclectic musical experiences.  The music is free.  The food is excellent.  The fun is outstanding.  Pictured above is just part of the Gumbo Pot menu if you happen to have a hankering for Cajun cuisine (jambalaya with beignets for dessert, oh my!).  We like to meet our guests who are driving into Los Angeles for their custom luxury tour with us at the adjacent Grove outdoor shopping mall knowing they can eat before or after their tour (even during the tour) at the Farmers Market.  We can tell from their gushing appreciation that this is always a perfect choice for a rendezvous.  Now we can suggest an evening of music for the entire family throughout the summer.

Live music at the Original Farmers Market

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 29 May 2014

From Hollywood to Catalina in a One Day Los Angeles Tour

Mt. Lee to the Sea –

A Private Los Angeles Tour Sees It All

Mt. Lee and the Hollywood SignSummer is pretty much here now and the long warm days inspire our private Los Angeles tour guests to see everything they can…sometimes in a single day.  We are up for the challenge and have the photographs to prove it.  Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills can be explored from our custom van, even the neighborhoods of the stars and other luminaries who mistake our van for a private luxury vehicle heading home in Bel Air or Brentwood.  But then we drive over to a local airfield to board one of our luxury French helicopters for the quick flight to Santa Catalina Island just 23 miles off the coast of Los Angeles.  The calm Avalon Harbor at Catalina IslandOur guests might decide to enjoy the Catalina Eco-Zipline experience or just hike the trails and discover the true nature of the island.  Otherwise, there are restaurants, a museum, local art and other activities throughout the year to make a visit to Catalina memorable.

 

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 28 May 2014

Studio A – Capitol Records Opens for Our L.A. Tour

The Capitol Records building in all its glory

Our Los Angeles Tour Takes Us Inside the Hallowed Studio A

We cruise around the Capitol Records building whenever our private Los Angeles tour makes it to Hollywood and that is pretty much all the time.  The Walk of Fame stars continue up along the Vine Street sidewalk in front of the well-recognized tubular building with the quaint sunshades and tall spire.  Our guides tell stories about the musical artists who have come and gone through the doorway over the 60 years the building has stood.  Children love to learn the fact that the red beacon atop the building continues to flash out the word HOLLYWOOD in Morse Code as it has since the light first came on.  But we never enter.  Restricted access.  No tours given.  Unless, that is, that our guests are invited in to watch a recording session and we accompany them.  More fabulous was that the session was in Studio A, a magical and powerful recording facility where so many great musicians, singers and artists have laid down their tracks for posterity.  Frank SinatraThe Beatles.  The Beach Boys.  And on and on to today.  Enjoy a couple of the photos we took on that wonderful tour.  (Click the images for larger views)

Above the doorway leading into Studio AInside Studio A ready for a session

A Studio A photograph of the Beatles

Another framed photo in Studio A – the Beach Boys

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 27 May 2014

Michael Jackson Fan Enjoys Fantasy Tour

Young Frankie at Michael Jackson's cement handprints

Our Custom Los Angeles Tour Gets Her to Michael Jackson

In town for the Radio Disney Awards our young guest, Frankie, was a devoted Michael Jackson fan.  When we learned of this we could do nothing less than get her to all of Michael’s places around Hollywood, Beverly Hills and throughout Los Angeles.  That meant a stop at Grauman’s Chinese Theater to visit his hand and footprints.  On the same block a visit to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum meant a chance to stand next to the Pop King for a photograph.  She posed near other famous stars while in the museum including Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks as Forest Gump.  Frankie’s box of chocolates private Los Angeles tour also included other Michael Jackson destinations where she learned more about her musical icon.

Frankie poses with Michael Jackson wax sculpture

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 26 May 2014

Remember the Iowa on Memorial Day

USS Iowa moored in San Pedro, CA

Have Your Los Angeles Tour Visit the USS Iowa Museum

Last year was the first Memorial Day for the U.S.S. Iowa in its new home in San Pedro, CA just south of Los Angeles.  The celebration was a huge success and promises to be even better this year.  Music, food, history and attractions and a loving tribute to all the men and women who served and are serving in the armed forces.  Our private Los Angeles tours visit this port of Los Angeles regularly, sometimes meeting our guests at the nearby cruise ship terminal, and sometimes just driving down from Los Angeles along the Palos Verdes peninsula to marvel at the exquisite southern California coastline before arriving at the largest port area in the United States.  The busy port now is graced by this exemplary naval vessel that plied the seas for the U.S. Navy for 48 years while seeing action in WWII and Korea.  The marvelous Navy museum is perfect for these festivities.  Be a part of this wonderful celebration and head to San Pedro between 8:00 a.m. (0800) and 3:00 p.m. (1500) this Memorial Day.  Bring someone to kiss.

World War II ended with a kiss you can see at the U.S.S. Iowa

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 23 May 2014

Language Overload on the Sunset Strip

The Sunset Strip

Sunset Boulevard Leads to the Sunset Strip on a Los Angeles Tour

You can’t miss this hyper-busy mile or so of Sunset Boulevard between Hollywood and Beverly Hills.  Billboards both printed and electronic, flashing neon in stores and on buildings and the sights, sounds and aromas of a hip and active district that draws people from all over the world throughout the year.  There are celebrity homes both current and historic all along the way as well as famous hotels (that’s the Sunset Tower on the left) where the stars have lived and played.  In fact, it’s one whole gigantic ever changing playground for adults.  Carneys, the railroad car restaurant pictured, offers deluxe hot dogs to rival Pink’s as the human and car traffic move past the diner’s windows.  You want it, the Sunset Strip has it, and more.  We are likely to stop and park with our private Los Angeles tour guests at any number of locations along the way to explore some of the myriad offerings of this famous (infamous?) strip of Los Angeles roadway.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 22 May 2014

You Must Remember This, A Kiss is Still a Kiss…

A kiss for Hollywood

Private Tour Photography Inspires Our Guests

We include personal photograph as part of each private Los Angeles tour and adventure that we do.  And not with a cell phone or point-and-shoot camera.  This is Hollywood, after all.  Each of our guides is trained on and equipped with a professional quality digital SLR camera.  Most of our guests have a chance to look through 50-75 photographs that we take on most tours (special tours and adventures, helicopter rides, yacht cruises – these can be counted on to produce many more photos).  Our 23″-LCD monitor built-in to our custom vans is a perfect place to review the tour photographs even before the tour is over.  Our guests select their own complementary photographs or make arrangements with us for internet delivery of all images taken on the tour.  They can be sharing their photos on all their social media streams by the evening of their private luxury tour.  Now that’s quick delivery and just a small part of the quality of service we provide for all our guests sightseeing with us.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 21 May 2014

Rising Up in Hollywood by Helicopter

They are ready to fly over Hollywood in a helicopter

The Joy of Flight When Touring Los Angeles

Our most popular adventure tour throughout the year is our combination Air + Ground tour of Los Angeles.  Our guests can choose how long they wish to fly (½ or 1 hour) and if they want a 3+ hour road excursion after their flight.  We also provide our guests with a number of departure locations, basically three airports (Van Nuys, Burbank, Santa Monica) as well as from the top of a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper (that really is an adventure!).  These are just starting points for the custom tour that best suits our guests.  They can fly and drive longer if they want, visit a winery or estate, go shopping or skeet shooting.  Our goal is to expose our private tour guests to as much of the excitement of this great city by the sea where the entertainment industry is a siren’s call to visitors from all over the world.  They love looking down on the fabulous celebrity homes in Beverly Hills and then getting a closer look later from the street.  We hover right in front of the Hollywood Sign and then later park and walk to a wonderfully close vantage point for excellent photographs with the iconic landmark.

The Hollywood Sign and the valley beyond

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 20 May 2014

Cooling Off a Private Los Angeles Tour with Lemonade

 

Nothing beats Lemonade on a warm Los Angeles day

Our Private Tour Guests Wanted Lemonade So We Stopped at Lemonade

With eleven Los Angeles locations it is pretty easy to find a nearby Lemonade when our private Los Angeles tour guests get thirsty and want something a little more special than the cold hydration offerings we always have on hand in our cooler.  Treats, too.  This Lemonade on Larchmont is blocks away from Paramount Pictures Studios and Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  If Los Angeles should be known for anything it is for the high quality of many of its quick food and drink offerings.  There is no reason at all that fast food shouldn’t be carefully made with only the best ingredients and L.A. entrepreneurs have discovered this.  Our tour guides know of many places to stop in all parts of town when our guests get thirsty or peckish but do not want to sit down for a meal.  And really, our all leather seats, air-conditioning and quiet ambience make for a much better snacking environment.  We will keep the show on the road while our guests savor their delicious treats.

Lemonade at Larchmost was a handy stop for our Los Angeles tour

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 19 May 2014

There’s Magic in Hollywood

Hollywood's Magic Castle

Our Private Tour Guests Delight in the Magic of the Magic Castle

Let us make this perfectly clear.  The Magic Castle – a theater for the world’s greatest magicians, illusionists, prestidigitationists and mind-benders, a restaurant and a museum of magic – is a private club.  Members only!  Coat and tie formality, and a membership card, get you through the spooky incantation door into the building where dining, drinks and magical entertainment await.  So how, ask our private Los Angeles tour guests, do we get to enjoy a evening at the Magic Castle?  Well, if you are friends with a member you can enjoy a reservation for dinner and a show courtesy of your friend.  Or, you can arrange to stay at the Magic Castle Hotel adjacent to the old 1909 mansion overlooking Hollywood.  Accommodations include entrance to the night club.  Or, you can purchase an Open Sesame 30-day trial membership at the door.  Finally, you can just ask your hotel concierge.  Concierges, as everyone knows, are truly magicians and they can do their own special hocus-pocus and produce a reservation for you.  At the very least, let our tour guides show you around the building and tell you stories of magic, mystery and Hollywood dazzle about the castle.  Abracadabra!  Zim-salabim!

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