Book Early for the Best of Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills

The summer season is fast approaching and the general feeling around Los Angeles is that it will be a record-breaking year for tourism. Be prepared and book early!  Whether it’s a hotel, restaurant, car rental or VIP entrance to Warner Bros., or Universal Studios, you don’t want to miss a special opportunity to truly experience the best of Los Angeles.  If you’re staying at a hotel while in the city, don’t be shy about utilizing your concierge.  We work with hundreds of concierges and they are magicians at making things happen. As a sponsoring member of the Los Angeles Concierge Association, I’m privy to their passion in providing unparalleled service to their guests. Glitterati Tours is also here to assist 

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Los Angeles is Now the Number 2 Destination for Overseas Travelers in the U.S.

Congratulations to Los Angeles on becoming the number two destination for overseas travelers with over 3.3 million guests last year!  We’re now right behind New York, bumping Miami into the 3rd spot.   At Glitterati Tours, we’ve booked international visitors from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Russia, China, Japan, Bahrain, Canada, England, Egypt, Indonesia, Nigeria, Germany, Norway, Hungary, Spain, Mexico, Switzerland, Syria, Israel, France, and of course, our biggest increase hasbeen with the Australians.   For years, Los Angeles was usually the layover city with most guests never leaving the airport terminal.  Now, visitors are spending more time in the city and dispelling the many myths one usually associates with L.A.—smoggy, dirty, shoot-outs on every corner, fake plastic unfriendly people, no green 

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23rd Vintage Bouquet at Greystone Mansion Beverly Hills

Another great event happening up at Greystone Mansion.  On May 15th, 2011, the 23rd Vintage Bouquet will take place.  Tickets purchased in advance are $125, and VIP tickets are going for $175. Ticket includes an afternoon of unlimited wine tasting, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and auctions.   This event will be hosted by Elia Aboumrad, from Top Chef fame. Participating Beverly Hills and Los Angeles restaurants include:  Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, STK, The Capitol Grille, Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive, Kate Mantilini, Il Fornaio Beverly Hills, and Lawry’s.  Participating wineries include:  Demetria Estate, Flowers Winery, Conjure Imports, Cass Winery, Realm Cellars, Justin Vineyards and Winery and Eric Kent Wine Cellars. Schedule of Events: Wine Tasting & Hors d’oeuvres 12:00 p.m. to 

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Farmer’s Market 2011 Calendar

The Farmer’s Market just released their calendar for the remainder of 2011.  This venue, along with its neighbor, The Grove, is a local favorite and a major tourist attraction in the city of Los Angeles.  Great food, shopping, entertainment, and celebrity sightings.  SUMMER MUSIC SERIES, Thursdays and Fridays, May 26– September 9, 7–9pm: Free evening concert performances every Thursday (Jazz) and Friday (Eclectic) on the West Patio featuring L.A.’s best musical acts. 17TH ANNUAL GILMORE HERITAGE AUTO SHOW, Saturday, June 4, 11am–5pm: Over 100 pre-1980 American classics are on display throughout the Market. This year’s show will pay tribute to two- toned and multi-colored cars. SUMMER FAMILY FUN SERIES, June–August starting June 12, 12–3pm: A new crop of excitement arrives 

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Special Thanks for Supporting Glitterati Tours

Many thanks go out to the individual concierges throughout L.A., The Los Angeles Concierge Association, and our domestic and international travel agents.  Your trust in our services to provide personalized tours of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Malibu and Santa Monica, has put us on the map as one of the most respected private tour companies in Los Angeles.   You’ve also helped put Glitterati Tours on several industry lists as a must-do attraction in our amazing city.  Also, a special thanks to all of our guests for their feedback and referrals which has solidified our rock solid reputation for quality, knowledge, amenities, cleanliness, and flexibility. –Jimmy

Greystone Mansion and Concours d’Elegance

One of Beverly Hills’ gems is open to the public on Sunday, May 1, 2011, from 10am-4pm. Get a peek into a legendary estate while viewing over 150 world class vintage automobiles and motorcycles.   Concours d’Elegance will also have live music, a marketplace of automobilia, books, fashions and antiques.  Seminars hosted by Industry Experts and 2 for 1 admission to the Peterson Automotive Museum will all be included in the ticket price.  Also, enjoy gourmet food from Beverly Hills finest restaurants, two beer gardens, two expresso bars and two Margarita bars.  $100 advanced tickets available, or day of event tickets are $125.  For ticket information:  310.285.6850 or visit  

Melrose Avenue

Don’t judge a book by its cover.  I remember Melrose Avenue during its heyday in the 80’s and 90’s.  You could spend all day shopping, eating and people watching.  Melrose lost some off its allure over the years, but now it’s coming back big time.   I walked the stretch between Fairfax and La Brea earlier this week.  I highly recommend footing this stretch, because you miss so much of this legendary street’s personality if you only view it by car.  This area is much more hip and trendy than the west end of Melrose. The shop and restaurant owners have been extremely creative in showcasing their establishments.  This is where you’ll find Christian Audigier, Ed Hardy, Affliction and dozens 

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Recent Addition to The Hollywood Walk of Fame

A huge crowd gathered today in front of The El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Blvd.  They were there to celebrate the 2,436th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  The honor went to Academy Award-winning actress Penelope Cruz.  Usually these events coincide with a large premiere, which is again the case since her upcoming film, “Pirates of the Caribbean:  On Stranger Tides” will be released on May 20th. Started in 1960, Hollywood just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Walk of Fame. With over 200 nominees per year, the field is whittled down to approximately 25 ceremonies.  If you’re chosen in one of the five fields, (Music, Film, Television, Live Theater or Radio) you must attend the ceremony and the 

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Tizzle Tours and Six Taste Tours

Today I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with two individuals that offer unique perspectives of Los Angeles.  Troy Taylor, from Tizzle Tours, invited me out for a bike tour of Hollywood.   I’ve personally performed over 1000 tours on these particular streets, but it’s amazing what one can see on a bike as opposed to sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle.  Troy took us on a leisurely tour that included Melrose Ave, Hancock Park, Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard.  We stopped at his favorite deli in Larchmont Village, and grabbed a picnic to eat at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.   I shared my roasted turkey with Marion Davies, Rudolph Valentino, Alfalfa, Bugsy Siegel and Mel Blanc.   Troy has 

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West Hollywood and the Pacific Design Center

West Hollywood, known as the “Creative City,” has it all—shopping, hotels, nightlife, and great dining. As a longtime resident of this city, I’ve always been impressed with one of our centerpieces, The Pacific Design Center.  Beautiful both inside and out, this Cesar Pelli designed complex is about to expand and become even more impressive.  Complementing the 1975 Blue Building and the 1988 Green Building, the Red Building will be opening in the early fall. (Elton John throws his big Oscar Party every year between the blue and green buildings).   Within the 3 buildings, there’s over 120 interior design showrooms and galleries, two Wolfgang Puck restaurants, combined office space of 850,000+ square feet, a conference center, a small screening theater, and my 

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