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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 16 December 2014

It’s Not Your Daddy’s Rose Bowl Game Any More

New Years Day and the Rose Bowl always go together

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Enjoy a Stadium Tour

Pasadena gets the country’s attention on New Years Day for two reasons: the Tournament of Roses Parade in the morning and the Rose Bowl game in the afternoon.  Parade lovers and those able to awaken early on January 1st are treated to one of the most beloved and historic processions of floats, marching bands, animals and entertainers we ever get to enjoy.  What a way to begin a new year.  But that’s not all.  After lunch begins the contest for the best college football team.  This year begins the new BCS (Bowl Championship Series) tournament-style format to determine the best of the college teams in the U.S.  Those fortunate enough to get tickets to watch the game in this century old stadium that is the 11th largest in the U.S. and the rest of us watching on television will get to see the Oregon Ducks (ranked #3) versus the Florida State Seminoles (ranked #2).  We will be urging our private Los Angeles tour guests booking custom luxury sightseeing excursions with us to reserve their tickets immediately (we can help with that).  We will be happy to include Pasadena and the Rose Bowl Stadium on any tour we do including a look inside the stadium for a view of the field, press and luxury boxes and locker and training rooms.  The site of two past Olympics, four Superbowls and numerous other significant athletic events the Rose Bowl really is a gem in the Los Angeles area.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 4 November 2014

The Mysterious Kingdom of the Arroyo

Visit the Magical Arroyo on a

Private Tour in Pasadena

The cover of a new children's fantasy The Mysterious Kingdom of the ArroyoThe Mysterious Kingdom of the Arroyo is a powerful children’s fantasy written by a friend of ours who lives overlooking the fantastical Arroyo Seco in Pasadena.  Within the arroyo seco (“dry creek” in Spanish) our private Los Angeles tour guests can explore the Rose Bowl Stadium, Kidspace Museum and the Pasadena Aquatics Center (mentioned in the book).  The arroyo runs from near the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to the north, an area once inhabited by Chief Hahamongna and the Tongva indians all the way into South Pasadena where it feeds into the Los Angeles River.  The dry creek is largely cemented now as part of flood controls from 1920 Army Corps of Engineering efforts to prevent damage from the occasional massive rains that inundate the area.  The Devil’s Gate Dam stands where rapids would arise during these infrequent deluges.  But there is still woodland and open creek bed, ponds and …

… there is magic in the arroyo, too, captured by Boualem Bousseloub in his lovely adventure of a young boy named Astor.  Astor’s mother suffers from severe depression since the death of her husband, his father, in a tragic accident, yet the boy allows himself to be led by a giant rabbit, Blanca, to find a way to cure the unknown illness that plagues Lady Irena, who with her husband Lord Iridio, rule the magical kingdom.  Astor must learn to rely on his own strengths and the teachings of his father and grandmother to avert the chaos that would ensue from the failing health of Lady Irena.

A look at the magical woodland of the arroyo in Pasadena

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

Volunteer to Decorate a Rose Parade Float

Artist's drawing of City of Hope Rose Parade Float

Something Special To Do When Visiting Los Angeles

The Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena is only 11 days away and the floats have to be completed Just In Time so that the flowers look and smell their best on parade day.  New Years Day.  January 1st.  Locals and visitors alike have an opportunity to help decorate these beautiful rolling mechanisms.  In fact, without volunteers this would not happen.  The City of Hope is inviting those interested to join them in the Rosemont Pavilion next to the Rose Bowl Stadium for one (or more) of several upcoming decorating shifts:

  • Thursday, Dec. 26th, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. & 4 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Friday-Monday, Dec. 27th-30th, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. & 4 p.m.-11 p.m.

Imagine knowing your work will be seen by millions of people around the world when the Tournament of Roses Parade is broadcast.  For our private Los Angeles tour guests, this is a great fun, family activity before New Years where you can meet people from Los Angeles and participate in an enduring and worthwhile tradition.  There is more to do when visiting Los Angeles than sightseeing in Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 15 December 2013

Pasadena New Year Means Football

The Rose Bowl Game and BCS Game in Pasadena

Two Reasons to Tour Pasadena this Holiday

The historic Rose Bowl Stadium is prepared to host the 100th Rose Bowl Game with its brand new look and amenities.  All the construction with its attendant noise and dust will be have been worth it as the Stanford Cardinal and the Michigan State Spartans vie for the Rose Queen’s favor the afternoon of the first day of 2014.  Stanford is back for a second year in a row representing the Pac-12.  This will be the Spartans’ fifth appearance in the New Year’s Rose Bowl contest.  Interestingly, Stanford played in the first game ever at the Rose Bowl back in 1902, though the Rose Bowl then was hardly a shadow of the stadium today.  And we think of the Rose Bowl Game as the Grandmother of all bowl games.  Our private Los Angeles tour guests get a good look at the stadium when they are interested in visiting Pasadena.

If that is not enough, the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) will pit the Auburn Tigers against the Florida State Seminoles on Monday, January 6th.  This will be the final BCS game played with this format for choosing the competitors (through an obscure point system and polls).  Next year begins a more traditional playoff system for the college teams.

Tickets to the stadium for both games are still available (though probably not for long).  However, seats will be available in bars, restaurants, lobbies and living rooms everywhere to watch the contests live on television.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 15 November 2013

UCLA Bruins Football Tonight

The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA

No Rose Bowl Tours Today – It’s Football Time

The historic Rose Bowl Stadium set in its beautiful arroyo in Pasadena has hosted some of the greatest college football games ever, and let us not forget to mention NFL games including the Super Bowl (5 times).  But tonight it is time for the UCLA Bruins, the home team, to bring on the Friday Night Lights.  The 7-2 Bruins need to win to continue on their path to the PAC-12 South Division title.  Their opponents, the 6-3 Washington Huskies, their own quest failed, would like to spoil the Bruin season.  Kickoff is at 6pm whether you are at the stadium or watching on television.  If football is not your thing but historic architecture is then we suggest telling your private Los Angeles tour guide to bring you over to Pasadena to see this incredible structure and its almost complete renovation.  Now 100 years old and going strong, good for another 100 years they tell us, the stadium will not likely be setting attendance records as it has in the past (almost 107,000 fans for the 1973 Rose Bowl game – USC vs. Ohio State).  The renovation reduced the number of seats in favor of increased fan comfort and safety.  This is a really impressive sporting facility set in an exquisite park setting and well worth visiting with or without an event bringing you to Pasadena.

UCLA Bruins logo

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 16 October 2013

Celebrate Craftsman Weekend in Pasadena

Photograph of the Bolton House, a Pasadena Craftsman

Take Our Private Los Angeles Tour to a Craftsman Tour in Pasadena

So many of our luxury tour guests express deep interest in architecture and design knowing how many remarkable structures are present in and around Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills, our prime touring neighborhoods.  We always remind them of the importance of Pasadena and its contributions to the aesthetics and historicity of American architecture and design.  This weekend Pasadena Heritage once again opens up distinguished homes and exhibitions of that particular style of construction that this city just north of downtown Los Angeles is so famous for: Arts and Crafts architecture, better known here as Craftsman-style.  The Bolton House (pictured) was completed in 1906 and is a prime example from Greene & Greene, brothers famous worldwide for their designs and the resulting structures.  While the Gamble House, a familiar Greene & Greene residence, is now a museum and open for visiting throughout the year, the Bolton House and other notable homes are only rarely available to see up close.  This is the weekend to explore some of these amazing buildings.  Three days (Friday – Sunday) of guided tours, walking tours, open houses, exhibits and expositions should allow everyone a chance and a good reason to visit Pasadena and see why so many commercials and establishing shots in movies and television are filmed here.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 10 October 2013

Art for Fun’s Sake in Pasadena

Art Night/Art Walk Pasadena – A Special Tour Destination

Photo of watercolor by Will KimFriday is Art Night in Pasadena.  Saturday is the Art Walk.  A day and a night of art, music, performance, food and fun brings thousands and thousands of people streaming into this little city just north of downtown Los Angeles.  Free shuttles move people between all the different locations on Friday night.  All the museums are open. Almost 20 venues will be hosting activities.  There is no admission charge to visit any of the exhibits.  A dozen familiar food trucks will serve the famished.

Photo of Roberto Matta painting at the Norton Simon MuseumPasadena is an amazing city of art in and of itself, home to the Norton Simon Museum and the Art Center College of Design, Armory for the Arts, Pacific Asia Museum and Museum of California Art and numerous galleries and exhibit spaces throughout the city.  Art Night and Art Walk are at least annual events that give everyone a chance to enjoy the work, design and vision of artists as well as get some good walking in and enjoy some really fine food truck eats.  We bring our private Los Angeles tour folks to Pasadena for many different reasons and we strongly urge them to be here this weekend to enjoy the arts.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 3 July 2013

The Best Fireworks Show in Los Angeles

Photo of July 4th fireworks over the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA

Take a Private Tour to Pasadena for July 4th

The best of the best, Pyro Spectaculars, once again has choreographed a full half-hour show of bombs, rockets, ground displays and all sorts of flaming and flying explosive tributes to our country’s independence at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA.  Called Americafest, this is the best fireworks show in Southern California at one of the most beautiful spots anywhere around.  This historic venue, almost through a novel rehabilitation and renovation that will keep it hosting America’s favorite college football game well into the next century, is the best place to spend the entire day celebrating Independence Day.  Among the various activities in and around the stadium on July 4th are a motorcycle stunt show, military aircraft flyovers, parachutists, a kids’ activities area, and lots of food and drink available for purchase.  For music the special guests are The Mariachi Divas and Kenny G.  It is quite a day and quite a night for picnickers, families and anyone else wanting to see the best fireworks show in Southern California in one of the prettiest places in the area.  We suggest you enjoy a private Los Angeles tour in the morning and have us drop you and your picnic basket off at the Rose Bowl to celebrate.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 2 June 2013

Beyond the Olive in Pasadena

The street sign for Beyond the Olive in PasadenaOlive Oil for Your Private Pasadena Tour

California is synonymous with wine, sure, but olive oil?  Olives have been grown in the state longer and once in greater quantities than wine.  Originally imported by Spanish missionaries and planted as the California missions were established along the Camino Real, olive groves and olive oil milling were important activities for nearly two centuries.  After an unfortunate period of neglect, the olive industry is once again becoming a mainstay of the 300+ crops produced in the state.

Photo of the interior of Beyond the Olive in PasadenaBeyond the Olive in Old Town Pasadena is not only a fine place to purchase fresh, locally produced artisanal olive oil, but you can visit and speak with the owners and staff to learn more about this tasty and healthy cooking product.  We are sure Chip and Crystal Reibel will have all the details about this rapidly growing agricultural segment and how the California Olive Oil Council is leading the way to establish California olive oils as some of the best in the world just as our wine is so highly respected.  Much as the University of California at Davis has provided continual research and guidance to the wine industry, since 2008 they are doing the same thing for olive ranchers.

Photo of olive oil at Beyond the Olive in Old Town PasadenaWe will bring our private Los Angeles tour guests to visit Beyond the Olive when exploring Old Town Pasadena and we love to point out that, unlike wine, customers can bring their empty olive oil bottles back to the store for refills at a substantial discount.  If we can be there for an instructional event so much the better.  If not, there is always tasting and samples and the opportunity to learn more about olive oil.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 16 May 2013

Bimmerfest – Pasadena – May 18th

BMWs Get Love in Pasadena

Touring Los Angeles in a BMW

Saturday, May 18th (9am-3pm), at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena (just north of Los Angeles), is the return of Bimmerfest, a festival of BMW automobiles and merchandise.  At last count the celebration is expecting more than 1,700 cars and almost 4,200 BMW lovers and enthusiasts.  With a number of competition categories for maintenance and customization, you will have an opportunity to see just about every model of BMW in every possible color and, of course, the latest models.  And surprises!  If there is anything you need for your baby bimmer you will be able to find everything here in one place at the Bimmerfest.  We will likely have one or two of our Saturday private Los Angeles tours swing by as so many of our guests love their own BMWs, more so than a chance to see the cars of Hollywood and Beverly Hills celebrities.  Go figure.

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