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Hollywood is Quite the Town as
Our Private Tour Learns
Hurray for Hollywood which is today a bustling district in Los Angeles. After some not so heady times over several decades the angels of redevelopment and repurposing are creating a vibrant and exciting neighborhood where a hundred years ago the first movie studios were cranking out films for an audience just discovering the magic of the silver screen. Hollywood Boulevard a century ago had only just been renamed from Prospect Avenue. There was a streetcar line carrying local residents and a new group of visitors, tourists, coming to see where movies were made. The streetcar line is now an underground subway and the visitors to Hollywood some days seem to outnumber the locals. We are pleased to know all the ins and outs, nooks and crannies of this area, its hotels, restaurants and attractions, so that we can provide our guests with the best custom luxury sightseeing tour of Los Angeles available. For instance, this photograph was taken by us on a combination helicopter and ground tour. We pointed out the highlights of this part of Hollywood first from the air (Capitol Records, the W Hotel, the Pantages Theater, the Redbury) and then after our flight returned in the SUV to explore this very important part of Hollywood (Hollywood and Vine) more closely.
An Early Morning Private Tour of Los Angeles
Enjoys L.A. Live
It was important for our private Los Angeles tour guests to be the first ones to enter the Grammy Museum and see the Taylor Swift Experience exhibit so we made that happen for them. The museum is part of a complex of hotels (the J.W. Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton), restaurants, movie theaters and a spectacular auditorium, the Microsoft Theater, where award shows have been staged for the world to see. Right across the street is the Staples Center, home to four professional sports franchises (Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks) and the Los Angeles Convention Center. There is much happening around here all the time except for early in the morning. Downtown Los Angeles continues its renaissance and the southern part of the city’s redevelopment is anchored by activities at L.A. Live. Do not miss any opportunity to visit this energetic and exciting part of the city. We are here all the time on our custom luxury tours because so many of our guests are staying at these two fabulous hotels. We can begin our tours just by walking out of the lobby.
Our Private Tour Guests Wish to
Walk in the Sand
California beaches are like no other and many of our Los Angeles tour guests when seeing the wide sand expanses in Santa Monica just have to have us park the SUV and take a walk. Early in the day the deep sand is perfect for the somewhat strenuous trek to the ocean but oh so worth it. The Santa Monica Bay is exquisite with mountains on the west (as seen in the photograph) and highlands to the east (the Palos Verdes Peninsula). We know it seems odd but most of the beach faces south. The bike path is busy with bicycles, inline skaters and joggers and the Venice Boardwalk begins not far behind where we were standing when this picture was taken. Up ahead is the Santa Monica Pier just getting started for another busy day ahead. The pier offers all sorts of carnival fun and a lively place for local fishermen to set their lines. We envy our guests staying at the Loews, Casa del Mar and Shutters hotels because they can simply step outside their rooms and they are here.
Sure, Paris is renowned as the City of Lights but we think Los Angeles challenges the French capital in every way. This beautiful photograph of Century City (the Intercontinental Hotel is the ziggurat on the left, the Century Plaza is lit in red in the center, and Beverly Hills High School has a football game on the right) was taken from high atop the Mr. C Hotel just east of Century City. Our private luxury tour guests were happily back at their hotels after a day of sightseeing with us through Los Angeles and Hollywood. We had the pleasure of attending a Los Angeles Concierge Association (LACA) party at this recently remodeled boutique hotel and this was the view from the parapet outside the lounge. Were this Christmas eve you would certainly be able to see Santa Claus and his reindeer-powered sleigh flying through the clear December sky.