Posts Tagged ‘Sunset Boulevard’
An Action Lunch on this Private Tour in Hollywood
One of the most entertaining “theme” restaurants around Los Angeles, this one right on the Sunset Strip, is the Saddle Ranch Chop House. From our real cowboy guests enjoying a luxury private tour of Los Angeles to those who are only urban cowboys and wannabees, here is a fun saloon with good food, good music and, yes, a mechanical bull right in the center of all the action. Los Angeles does “faux” right as you would expect in our city of make-believe. The Sunset Strip has always been a stretch of Sunset Boulevard between Hollywood and Beverly Hills where entertainment was the principal objective. Bars, restaurants, clubs, theaters… it is difficult to characterize or even remember from day to day what choices are available for visitors and locals alike looking for something fun to do. If our guests are hungry as we cruise along the boulevard and if they are in a Texas frame of mind then we can pull right into the Saddle Ranch for some good grilling, beers and maybe a little bull-tussling. For our guides it is always fun to see their guests enjoying themselves in a rodeo way and even a little two-stepping to country-western music is a nice change from, say, the Hard Rock Café.
A Favorite Home to Pass By on A Private Los Angeles Tour
The front lawn of 10000 Sunset Boulevard in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles seems always to be quite busy. People, children and pets are all engaged in life activities in a perpetual tableau. These are all sculpted works on display in front of this Wallace Neff designed home that has been occupied at one time or another by Vincent Minelli and Judy Garland, Howard Hughes and Jennifer Jones. The driveway was used in a scene in the classic film Sunset Boulevard. The work featured in this top photo is by J. Seward Johnson, Jr., scion of the bandaid empire and titled “A Little to the Right.” Below is the playful work of Mexican artist Victor Salmones, “Curiosity.” This is just one home we can visit during our Los Angeles custom tour that features significant art on display. Sometimes we can only see the art and not much of the home behind and the “life” of the house stand in suspended animation in a silent welcome to passersby and visitors.
Building-sized billboards abound in Los Angeles. They are called “supergraphics” and are sometimes controversial. But they get attention and that is their purpose. We took this photograph during a private luxury tour of Hollywood as we passed by this Sunset Boulevard office structure. The advertisement for the film was more interesting than the film itself, so we understand. Los Angeles not only has supergraphics but also LED animated billboards and the occasional special effects sign with moving parts or smoke or some catchy feature. The Sunset Strip is still the best place to see and enjoy these large scale advertisments. There is even a new book out recounting the Rock ‘n’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip by Robert Landau.