Archive for March, 2015
Start a Luxury Tour from a Luxury Hotel
Here is a coastal resort in Los Angeles favored by professional sports teams and celebrities alike, the Ritz-Carlton at Marina del Rey. With a choice to swim in the ocean or in the giant pool there is a true comfort to the facilities as well as the accommodations so close to downtown Los Angeles (and the Staples Center and Dodger Stadium). We begin our private yacht tours in the adjacent marina or entertain our ground tour guests with a drive over to the quaint Fisherman’s Village nearby. Our private Los Angeles tour visitors are always eager to drive the short distance to see Venice beach and the boardwalk and then up the coast to Santa Monica and perhaps Malibu. Otherwise, Culver City and Sony (once MGM) Studios is close by and we can then jaunt over to Beverly Hills and Hollywood. Santa Monica Airport is handy if our guests are eager for a helicopter flight above and around the city before beginning their ground tour. Guests of a luxury hotel should always expect VIP treatment on their tours and adventures which we are pleased to provide.
Our Luxury Tour Guests Think about Blue
Until you visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame you might believe that all the stars along the sidewalk are, well, stars. As of now there are more than 2,500 stars to inspect on the Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street walkways dedicated to remembering and honoring the great entertainers connected with Los Angeles and the film, recording, television, broadcast and performing industries. As you can see from a photograph we took on a recent private Los Angeles tour we honor more than just individuals. With signs of spring abundant our minds turn to baseball and that means the Los Angeles Dodgers. With a last few days of Spring Training in Arizona’s Cactus League the final preparatory touches are being applied to make ready the fabulous Dodger Stadium for a great season of Major League Baseball. Will they have the great season we are anticipating? Will they be able to finally beat the Victoria’s Secret Angels? We will just have to wait and see.
Harrison Ford Leaves a Divot and an Impression
on Our Private Tour
Our helicopter tour of Los Angeles is generally a big circle that includes close looks at downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Malibu and the shoreline, and all points along the way. At one point we traverse Santa Monica Airport. From here we can see exactly where Harrison Ford used the adjacent Penmar public golf course to crash land his 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR. As we explain to our private Los Angeles tour guests the flight path and circumstances of the unfortunate accident someone exclaims, “He was so close to the runway.” Yes, he almost made it back. Almost, but not quite. He severely damaged his aircraft (totaled?) and suffered some significant injuries himself. He will have left the hospital and be on the road to recovery as you read this. We wish him good health and a smooth flying and we are really looking forward to seeing Han Solo in the next Star Wars installment (THE FORCE AWAKENS) at the end of this year.
If You Love Marilyn Monroe Our
Private Tour is for You
We can visit her gravesite, we can visit her homes, we can drop by her favorite restaurants and nightclubs, but our private Los Angeles tour guests who feel connected to Marilyn Monroe are happiest when we spend time at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Here we can celebrate Marilyn Monroe at her best. Her handprints and footprints in the theater forecourt are there as well as a large image from a photograph taken on the day she placed her hands in the wet cement, one of the most memorable photos taken of either her or the handprint ceremony. Just across Hollywood Boulevard is her Walk of Fame star. We never have to look far, either, to find a hopeful actress or two channeling Marilyn Monroe and happy to pose with visitors wishing a photograph with a Marilyn lookalike.
Walking with the Monsters on a
Want to know what our private Los Angeles tour groups this time of year (Spring Break, yeah!) love to do? When there are kids the La Brea Tar Pits is a bountiful destination for any number of reasons. Mom and dad will love it, too. The Page Museum houses not only skeletons of long extinct monster species that once roamed this neighborhood (mammoths, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, giant sloths) but has a laboratory facility that visitors can see into and watch the scientists and technicians examine and prepare bones continually being excavated from the tar pits. That’s right, the tar pits are active and open to public viewing. Kids will love the hands-on exhibits and explanations of the natural history of the Los Angeles basin while the parents marvel at the mixture of petroleum industry and archeology that resulted in the La Brea Tar Pits and its parkland. There is lots of space to run, a giant hill to roll down, trees and statues to climb, tiny tar pits to avoid. This is like no other place you will visit considering you are right in the middle of a major metropolitan city in the shadow of the actors union (SAG-AFTRA) building, the Variety office, and numerous film production companies. You might want to review the movies VOLCANO and MIRACLE MILE to see the tar pits featured prominently in Hollywood movies before you get here.
Hard Rock Café Seen below Our
Unlike taking off in a airliner from LAX at hundreds of miles per hour on a steep climb out of the city or even on a flight path into the airport at a more reasonable speed, when we are flying above the city in a luxury helicopter talking directly to the pilot we can request a closer look (within FAA limits) at places on the ground that capture our interest. For instance, flying over Universal CityWalk and the studios, which from above look like a very fun toybox, we can get some extraordinary photographs of the very recognizable structures below us like the Hard Rock Café with its white dome and giant red Stratocaster guitar. CityWalk features entertainment, dining and shopping facilities but all around it movies and televisions shows are being produced and planned. It is an entertainment mecca within an entertainment mecca (Hollywood). The VIP Tour of the studios is definitely a “must do” when in Los Angeles and remember to include time to amble long the CityWalk promenade. Even better, remember to arrange for a private Los Angeles tour to put all of Hollywood and areas like Beverly Hills in proper perspective when you visit our wonderful city.
Our Private Tour Guests Agree –
Beverly Hills is Fun
The sign was not our idea but we certainly agree that Beverly Hills is a wonderful city in which to STOP and play when we are here on a private Los Angeles tour. What kind of play are we talking about? Well, there is shopping on Rodeo Drive and throughout the Golden Triangle. We can also offer to join with a Segway tour on the sidewalks past some of the notable and historic movie stars’ homes in one of the neighborhoods. There is a pitch and putt golf course in a park in nearby Holmby Hills. Beverly Gardens Park in central Beverly Hills is a wonderful place to allow the kids to run and cavort and enjoy the fine weather. If our guests include a dog this is a sweet walking park for our guest pet who can sniff at the flowers in the garden and visit all the trees and posts.
Our Private Tour Learns the Future in Venice
What worked for Tom Hanks in BIG might bring an amazing adventure to our guests on a private Los Angeles tour while we visited the Venice boardwalk. Zoltar knows all. It seems fitting that this rising silicon beach neighborhood of high tech companies and their trendsetting staffs would find joy in an automated fortune teller. Judging by the crowds we would say that Zoltar is very busy these days. Does he know who will win Oscars? What the box office receipts of new releases will be? Hollywood watchers will want to know. Which new apps will go viral and their creators become zillionaires? Will the new Tesla SUV replace the omnipresent Prius on the west side of Los Angeles? The digital crowd would make use of that information. And for us, mere Los Angeles tour guides? We could use some foresight into traffic obstacles and new restaurants. Oh, and celebrity sightings….please, Zoltar, where is Justin Bieber eating lunch today?
Our Private Tour Celebrates 30 Years of
Back to the Future
Is that Marty McFly driving or Doc Brown here in Hollywood not very far from Universal Studios where BACK TO THE FUTURE was made thirty years ago? We were never able to determine who the driver was despite the excited urgings of our guests on a luxury private tour of Los Angeles to go faster and pass the DeLorean with the GOING BK license plate and the GB country plaque. As cool as our luxury SUV is for our excursions it is not that good at weaving in traffic and passing a super fine sports car. Our first thought when we saw the plate was Going Broke or Going Bankrupt, a snide reference to John DeLorean or perhaps to someone who purchased one of these futuristic automobiles back in the 70s. With this being a big anniversary for a groundbreaking film we were delighted to happen upon this tribute vehicle, close enough to get this action shot as we drove along.
This Is a Favorite Los Angeles Tour Guest Request
The fame of In-n-Out is spread worldwide if our luxury tour guests in Los Angeles are any indication. Available only in five western states most of the restaurants are in California where the business started in 1945 (in Los Angeles). Our guests who travel to Los Angeles from all over the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand often indicate to their tour guide that a meal stop should be planned at one of the several In-n-Outs that we are likely to pass as we sightsee in and around the city. Most often we stop in Hollywood near Hollywood High School but the restaurants near Universal Studios and Sony Studios are also convenient. We find it so interesting that In-n-Out is such a high priority in a city full of quirky, interesting and fabulous places to grab a quick meal or snack. But we get it. In-n-Out is always a treat for our guides and staff. And now that there are 300 restaurants we know that visits to just about anywhere in the west means an In-n-Out burger, fries and milkshake are in order.