Archives for November 2011

Tours of Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills with Designer Showcase Maison de Luxe

Whenever we conduct tours of Beverly Hills, one of our most popular stops is Greystone Mansion.  This stunning 46,000 sq. ft. home is on 18.5 acres in the heart of prime 90210 real estate.  As a Beverly Hills park, it’s usually open for the public to walk its grounds and admire the Welsh slate and limestone structure. Good news, bad news…it’s closed to the general public, BUT it’s open as a designer show house.  This is a rare occasion to see the interior of the home, and a chance to view the work of 20 professional designers.  If this 1928 estate looks familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it in dozens and dozens of Hollywood’s biggest films and television shows. Greystone 

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Shopping and Dining in Beverly Hills

Often when guests take tours of Beverly Hills, they are intimidated by that famous zip code of 90210.  But there’s something for everyone in this beautiful city.    Of course there’s Rodeo Drive with dozens of stores like Tom Ford, Chanel, Versace, Harry Winston, Juicy Couture, Hermes, Prada and Brook’s Brothers, but also in the Golden Triangle, you’ve got Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Barney’s New York on Wilshire Boulevard.  Two of my favorite streets include Canon and Beverly just to the east of Rodeo Drive.  It’s here that you’ll find dozens of storefronts and a large selection of dining options.  Beverly Hills restaurants in this area include Spago, Il Pastaio, Mastro’s Steakhouse, Bouchon, Scarpetta, The Farm of Beverly 

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Hollywood Time Capsule at Sunset and Vine

While conducting Hollywood Tours, we drive by locations hundreds of times.  Until you actually walk some of these streets, you don’t notice the little gems.  Came across one of Hollywood’s time capsules this afternoon at the corner of Sunset & Vine.  (Enlarged photo may display upside-down on some systems).

The World Famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine

The most famous intersection in Hollywood is the corner of Hollywood & Vine.  Made famous in the 1920’s by the radio and film industries, this plot of land is now hotter than ever.  Within a one block radius, you’ve got the hip W Hollywood Hotel with Drai’s Nightclub and Delphine Restaurant, The Redbury Hotel with Cleo Restaurant, Katsuya Hollywood, Capitol Records, The Lexington Social House, Beso Restaurant, The Pantages Theatre, Wood & Vine Restaurant, Dillon’s Irish Pub, Off Vine Restaurant, Frolic Room, Hemingways Lounge, and The Arclight Hollywood Theaters with The Cinerama Dome.  Plus, you’ve got a metro station right under the W Hotel, and the Walk of Fame runs both North/South and West/East on the corner. If you’re there on a 

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Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive will sparkle for the holidays

Beginning November 21, visitors to Beverly Hills will be mesmerized by the spectacular display of Swarovski crystals illuminating the center median along Rodeo Drive.  Thousands of crystals will adorn the jaw-dropping SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS installation that will feature a helix-shaped sculpture embedded with LED lights and an electronic “ticker tape” utilizing social media technology.  People from around the world are encouraged to tweet holiday messages that will scroll along the tape, offering greetings of peace and joy to all who come to Beverly Hills to experience the holidays. The decor illumination ceremony is Monday, November 21 at 7pm on the 200 Block of Rodeo Drive. Public welcome, though space is limited. This holiday season, the sparkle of Beverly Hills lights up 

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Glitterati Says, Our recommendations on all things L.A.

We’ve recently added several dozen recommendations to our website for visitors taking tours of Los Angeles.  Our new “Glitterati Says” lists include the areas of Downtown L.A., Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Venice, Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Recommended hotels in Los Angeles Things to do in Los Angeles Best restaurants in Los Angeles Check back often, for these lists will be updated on a regular basis.

Cirque du Soleil’s OVO Coming to Santa Monica

When taking Hollywood tours, we highly recommend attending Cirque Du Soleil’s Iris at The Kodak Theater.  I’ve always been a fan of their Vegas productions, having been to “Ka,” “Love,” “O,” “Mystere,” and “Le Reve.” “Iris” did not disappoint.  The tens of millions they put into transforming the Kodak stage paid off big time.  Paying homage to Hollywood, this huge stage production with its aerial acts, gymnasts, mind-blowing stunts, along with a driving score by Danny Elfman, make this a must-see show. Los Angeles is about to get another Cirque show when Ovo comes to Santa Monica. Opens on January 20th. For more information, check out the Cirque website.  

Quickie food for Visitors to Los Angeles

Of course L.A. has become a major foodie destination, but if you’re short on time, and want something unique to the area, try In & Out Burgers, Pink’s Hotdogs on La Brea and Melrose, Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles on Gower, Pinkberry Yogurt, Sprinkles Cupcakes, or the various gourmet food trucks on Wilshire and Fairfax at lunchtime.  While most of these establishments have various locations, they tend to be on visitor’s radars the minute they arrive in Los Angeles.  Of course, time and wallet permitting, we’ve listed some of our personal favorites at the Tours of Beverly Hills page on our website.  Happy eating!

Cirque du Soleil and Beverly Hills Present OVO Family Days

OVO Family Days DECEMBER 3, 2011 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Cirque du Soleil & Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau invites kids, young and old, to OVO Family Days on December 3 and 17 (10 am – 1 pm) at Beverly Canon Gardens. In celebration of OVO from Cirque du Soleil, under the big top at the Santa Monica Pier beginning January 20, 2012,   this family-friendly afternoon will feature face painting, chalk and balloon artists, interactive exhibits and more!  A perfect event for the whole family! Get tickets to OVO now before they go on-sale to the general public on November 13th. for all the details and a special family 4-pack offer! Beverly Canon Gardens between N. 

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Neveux Artisan Creamery on Melrose Avenue

Gotta try Neveux Artisan Creamery on Melrose Avenue when enjoying  Los Angeles sightseeing.  Leo Neveux has created unbelievable flavors such as: Caliente Cinnamon Chocolate, Roasted Banana, Honey Lavender, Blueberry Chevre, Strawberry Balsamic, Rosemary Butterscotch, Espresso Caramel, Pepper Peach, Creme Fraiche & Salted Caramel. Check back often.  New flavors are always being created. 7407 1/2 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles  90046