Posts Tagged ‘Rodeo Drive’
Our Private Tour Guests Needed Sunglasses as This Mercedes Passes By
There are so many late model Mercedes cars around Beverly Hills and Hollywood that we hardly notice them. Just part of the ever moving (hopefully) traffic that we are happy to talk about on a Los Angeles private tour. We often see some quite amazing cars on our roads. There are expensive ones from fashionable car designers in Italy as well as Hollywood stunt cars. With our nice weather autos last forever so we will often encounter an antique automobile looking like it did as it rolled out of the factory. This car, though, a Mercedes CLS550 really caught our attention as it caught up and passed us just as we arrived at Rodeo Drive. Our guide snapped this photo with the silverized Louis Vuitton building in the background. Coincidentally, because so many of our custom tour guests are truly car buffs (Los Angeles is a perfect destination for folks who love pretty cars) and we write about them so often here at PrivateLosAngelesTours.com, someone just sent us an article about a 1936 Ford Tudor Sedan made of stainless steel built for Allegheny Ludlum Steel. Stainless steel was a new manufacturing process at the time and the automobiles made (4 in total) were an experiment conducted by Ford and the steel company. Only one of the autos exists today. Sadly, the experiment failed because the manufacturing process damaged the dies used to stamp the parts. At least today we have paint processes that can accomplish the shiny silver look of this elegant Mercedes.
Let’s Sightsee and Window Shop on Your Private Tour
Many of our Los Angeles private tour guests want to see the homes of the movie stars, their favorite celebrity mansions and the driveways, gates, mailboxes and gardens of the rich and famous in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. We are happy to make that a highlight of their tour. But we also suggest we visit some of the fine stores and boutiques frequented by the Hollywood A-listers when they need a new outfit. That means a visit to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills (and the Golden Triangle), Robertson Boulevard (also in Beverly Hills), Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, and for the really hip some extra exploration of Melrose Avenue in Hollywood and W. Hollywood. Of course, there are superior stores all around Los Angeles from downtown to the beach and up into the Valley and we can head over there quickly if requested. Want to spend some time in DASH? Heard about The Grove and want to experience it yourself? Your friend’s said the Century City Mall is extraordinary? We have room in the SUV for your packages so let us get shopping on your tour of Los Angeles.
Beauty Is in the Eye of Every Beholder
on Our Private Tour
Most days a walk along Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is just a peek into the shopping preferences of the world’s wealthy. Remember Julia Roberts in PRETTY WOMAN shopping on Richard Gere‘s dime? It’s like that. From lingerie to leather wallets to watches delivered by Brinks trucks, Rodeo Drive is a Mile of Style not to be forgotten. We usually window shop and sometimes venture into the designer boutiques for a closer look. Occasionally we even plan shopping trips here with our guests. There are not too many retail neighborhoods like this one. And sometimes something special happens. This day it was the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, a car show most fitting for this monied street in the middle of its little city. The only requirement for each vehicle was that it had to be beautiful. And they were. Cars from all ages of automobile history and lovers of cars of all ages. The old Bentley roadster pictured might have once parked on this street. Now it is one of a hundred extraordinary vehicles garnering oohs and aahs from the visitors to Beverly Hills including our private Los Angeles tour guests.
Shopping for Jewelry on a Private Tour
in Beverly Hills
Tiffany and Co. has been associated with the best in fine jewelry in our country since they began in 1837. That is a long to time to perfect the design and manufacture not to mention the display of the finest of fine jewelry. From its origin in New York City, where the flagship store continues to stand at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, Tiffany & Co. has notable showcase buildings all around the world. Here in Beverly Hills the company that designed the New York Yankees logo caters to our private tour guests sightseeing (and shopping) in Los Angeles at their store on Rodeo Drive right across the street from the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The store occupies a corner location and two levels of the little European street mall known as Two Rodeo. If you are arranging a private custom tour of Los Angeles around a special occasion, like an engagement or wedding, perhaps a visit to Tiffany & Co. is in order to look at rings. On the other hand, baseball season has begun so perhaps a diamond encrusted Yankees logo brooch might be a worthwhile purchase.
Our Los Angeles Tour Guests Join the Crowds on Rodeo Drive
Like a giant honeybee seen through the blooms of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills‘ Golden Triangle district, the Bijan Bugatti is as much an attractor of eyes and attention as any flowers growing along the famed road. Without a doubt one of the most requested stops our private Los Angeles tour guests make during a custom luxury tour of the big city as well as Hollywood and Beverly Hills, we cruise up and down Rodeo Drive and park to visit close hand the stores and boutiques that line the ritzy shopping area, the Mile of Style. The Bijan store draws big crowds when the master is in simply by having the Bugatti, the Rolls Royce or the Ferrari parked on the street outside. Each vehicle has been custom designed by the late designer and is now driven by his son who continues to run the business.
Our Private Tour Guests Go Googoo-eyes for Gold Ferrari
The store window displays draw a good amount of attention as we show our private Beverly Hills tour guests around Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. All the great designers have stores here. They do not call this general area of Beverly Hills the “Golden Triangle” for nothing. We were treated to the sight of this gold Ferrari parked on the street that was itself drawing a crowd. The owner might have been shopping or might have been a doctor at the cosmetic surgery in the building. Or a patient. This was just another amazing automobile seen as we were sightseeing through Beverly Hills and Hollywood. Nothing out of the ordinary, really.
A Private Beverly Hills Shopping Tour – You Betcha!
“Look at all this room to put our packages,” is a typical quote from our guests who wish a “shopping themed” private tour of Los Angeles as they board our luxury black custom vans. Six passengers and packages – no problem. We head off for stops along Rodeo Drive and Robertson Avenue, Montana Avenue, even sometimes the Citadel in City of Industry. Our more adventurous guests might wish to fly out to Desert Hills or up to Camarillo to enjoy a retail excursion in those premium outlet centers. But Rodeo Drive (pictured) is the gold standard for our tour and the Louis Vuitton store right on the corner of Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard, across from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, is the eyecatching destination all our guests head for. The Fall 2014 collections are out and now is the time to “sightsee” at Louis Vuitton in Beverly Hills.
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.
A Custom Tour to a Custom Car in Beverly Hills
Twelve cylinders and over 1200 horsepower would make a private Los Angeles tour over very quickly in a Bugatti roadster. But you can’t drive 200 mph in most places* near Beverly Hills where this black and yellow beauty can be seen parked in front of Bijan on Rodeo Drive most days. Adding the design touches that distinguish the car the late designer made all the automobiles he drove to work and parked in front of his business easily recognizable on this street famous for its luxury storefronts. Even today his son who now runs the Bijan enterprise follows the same routine. Make an appointment to visit the store. Look for the car and you’ll be there.
*The Beverly Hills Speedway was located at the end of Rodeo Drive once upon a time (1919-23). Average speeds: 103 mph.
High above Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills the figure of Wonder Woman watches over the happy shoppers wandering in and out of fine boutiques and salons and galleries. The figure is a part of the current exhibit at the Paley Center for Media called TV Out of the Box. This extensive and exciting collection of props, costumes, photographs, video clips and set pieces is a fun multimedia and interactive way to explore great productions from Warner Brothers from the past (Kung Fu, Murphy Brown) to the present (The Closer, The Mentalist). Over 60 series are represented. Our private luxury tour guests are always shown the museum as we tour Beverly Hills and many make it a point to visit the exhibit or even attend one of the many lectures and presentations open to the public (now that’s a good way to see, and talk to, Hollywood celebrities).