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5 Things To Do In Los Angeles For A Perfect Fall Trip

Fall is a great time to visit Los Angeles. During the summer, the city is full of people visiting, and the temperature often reaches triple digits. With fewer tourists and cooler weather, Los Angeles has many activities for you to enjoy, including hikes near the city and food and music festivals. If you are planning a trip to the area, here are some of the best things to do in Los Angeles during the Fall.

LA County Fair

The LA County Fair is a month-long event held in September. Every year, over half a million people visit the fair to enjoy outdoor concerts, carnival rides, great food, and games. The fair is fun for all ages, and some of its most popular attractions include the 5-acre animal farm and the Wacky Worm (a family-friendly roller coaster). Make sure to stop by the food booths, which serve fair classics with a weird twist, including a funnel cake burrito and an enchilada hot dog. If you want a break from the heat, the Shopping & Attractions area is air-conditioned, and vendors in this area display everything from hot tubs to cooking supplies. The fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesday, and ticket prices range from $8 – $20 per person, depending on what day of the week you visit.

Santa Monica Mountains

The Santa Monica Mountains are just north of downtown Los Angeles and are a beautiful place to hike during the fall. There are more than 500 miles of hiking trails that offer gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and landscape native to the area. The Backbone Trail is one of the most popular hikes and is one of the best-preserved examples of the Mediterranean habitat in the word. The trail is 65 miles in total, so you can decide how far in you want to hike, but the trail offers stunning views of the ocean, the Channel Islands, and downtown Los Angeles.

Día de Los Muertos

Each October on the last Friday and Saturday of the month, Hollywood Forever Cemetery celebrates Día de Los Muertos. The event includes alters honoring the dead, music, and cultural dances. There are also booths with food and arts and crafts available for purchase. Attendees to the event are encouraged to dress up.

Oktoberfest

The Oktoberfest at Alpine Village is one of the oldest in Southern California and the longest running Oktoberfest in Los Angeles. This nearly two-month-long party is held every Friday thru Sunday from the beginning of September to the end of October. The event features beer from Germany as well as local craft beers, German sausages and baked goods, and of course, singing and dancing.

Visit a Theme Park

Fall is the best time to visit one of L.A.’s famous theme parks. The weather is cooling down and the parks won’t be as busy, so you won’t have to wait in line as long. Some of Los Angeles’s most popular theme parks include Disneyland and Universal Studios.

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Labor Day Weekend in Los Angeles
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4 Incredible Ways to Spend Labor Day Weekend in Los Angeles

Labor Day Weekend is known as the unofficial last weekend of summer, and if you are planning a visit to Los Angeles for the weekend, the city will be packed full of holiday weekend events. From festivals to live music and great food, here are some of the best ways to celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Los Angeles.

L.A. Fleet Week

L.A. Fleet Week is an annual Labor Day tradition celebrating our nation’s Sea Services. The weekend-long event is free to the public and includes ship tours, military displays, and equipment demonstrations. The event also has live music, airplane flyovers, and a cook-off competition between the Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guard teams.

Watch an Outdoor Movie

Watching a movie outdoors is one of the best summertime activities. On August 31, Outdoor Cinemas Club will be showing Grease at Level in Downtown L.A. and The Greatest Showman and A Quiet Place at NeueHouse in Hollywood.

Made in LA

This 2-day music, beer, art, and food festival celebrates Los Angeles’ food and art scene. This year’s headliners are L.A. pop band Saint Motel, L.A. rock band Dorothy, and indie singer Mondo Cozmo. There will also be a selection of local food trucks serving some of the best food in L.A. The festival is held at Golden Road Brewing’s facility across from Griffith Park and you can purchase tickets for one or two days.

Fiesta Hermosa During Labor Day Weekend in Los Angeles

Fiesta Hermosa takes place every Labor Day Weekend at Pier Plaza in Downtown Hermosa Beach. The festival runs Saturday – Monday and is known as the largest arts & craft festival in Southern California. More than 300 artists and crafters set up booths to sell their work, including ceramics, photography, and jewelry. There are two stages set up in the area for live music. The Main Stage has local tribute bands and the Charity Beer & Wine Garden stage plays the hits of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. There is a food court with more than two dozen types of food, including Thai food, Greek food, Mexican food, and BBQ. There is also a mini carnival set up with a 30-foot slide, rock climbing, bungee jumping, pony rides, a petting zoo, and face painters.

If you are planning Labor Day Weekend in Los Angeles trip, check out our luxury vacation rentals. We offer large homes for you and your family in all the best locations in the city. Our luxury vacation rentals have all the amenities you and your family need for the perfect vacation. After a long day of sightseeing, you will be happy to come back to your home. For more information on our Los Angeles rentals, please contact us.

Places to Eat in LA
Dining

Best Quick Places to Eat in LA

Los Angeles is a foodie city known for its quick and inexpensive eats. Whether you are looking for traditional American-fare or cuisine from around the world, our city has the best variety of inexpensive food. And even though the food doesn’t cost much, it still adds to the culture of Los Angeles. Here are some of the places to eat in LA we would recommend for a quick, but delicious meal.

My Dung Sandwich Shop

If you are looking for a quick lunch, stop by My Dung Sandwich Shop, a Chinatown staple for a Banh mi. The small storefront, located on Ord St., also sells fresh fruit and is known for their cheap sandwiches and fast service.

LASA

If you are in the mood for Filipino food, check out LASA. Named the 2018 Food & Wine Restaurant of the Year, this Filipino-inspired California-infused restaurant serves the best modern Pinoy food. While a reservation is recommended for dinner, you can stop by and try one of their bowls for a fast and casual lunch.

Super Tortas D.F.

This food cart offers no-frills Mexican tortas and tacos filled with meats, cheeses, and eggs. Their mobile kitchen is located on 41st St & Central is South LA and is open Thursdays — Sundays from 4 – 11 p.m.

Earle’s

Located in the Crenshaw District Earle’s is a great spot if you are in the mood for a burger or hot dog. The restaurant serves both meat and vegetarian hot dogs and burgers to-go and has been an LA staple for over 30 years.

Mason’s Dumpling Shop

Serving Chinese dumplings out of Highland Park, Mason’s Dumpling Shop has a quick and casual setting. The restaurant is open until 9 p.m. so you can stop by for lunch or dinner.

South City Fried Chicken

Located in the Corporation Food Hall downtown, South City Fried Chicken serves up fast but delicious fried chicken sandwiches. The restaurant combines Southern cuisine, family recipes, and California’s freshest ingredients to create their sandwiches.

Zankou Chicken

Zankou Chicken is a chain of family-owned Mediterranean restaurants in Los Angeles. With seven restaurants located around the city, Zankou is a great spot for a quick and easy pita wrap.

If you are planning a vacation to Los Angeles, check out our luxury vacation rentals. We have the highest quality vacation homes and villas to suit your needs all around the city. Each of our guests is given a personal a client ambassador and we also have a 24-hour concierge service to help you find all the best restaurants in Los Angeles. If you have any questions about our rentals, please contact us.

Day Trips Near Los Angeles
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Day Trips Near Los Angeles

A trip to Los Angeles comes with more opportunities for fun and excitement than most. Of course, it is custom to take advantage of iconic beaches, visit world class theme parks, check out movie studios, and more, but there is an entirely new and amazing world just outside of the city. The city’s location provides for many amazing opportunities for day trips to some of the surrounding areas. The following are some of the most classic day trips near Los Angeles.

Big Bear

Big Bear is only about 30 miles from Los Angeles, but when you arrive, you will feel as if you are in a whole new world. Trade the concrete jungle for one of the lushest forests in California, along with the clear blue water of Big Bear Lake. You can find many ways to spend a day in Big Bear, but they are typically full of adventure through hikes, swimming in the lake, fishing, and taking advantage of the state’s best skiing and snowboarding during the winter months.

Santa Barbara and Santa Ynex Valley

You could also head to the beautiful paradise of Santa Barbara which is only about 75 miles from the heart of Los Angeles. This city, also known as the California Riviera, is known for its endless beautiful weather, miles of undeveloped coastline, and a culture that is completely unique. It is a great place for those looking to take advantage of amazing surfing, great road and mountain biking, and some awesome opportunities to get on the water, whether you are sailing, kayaking, or anything in between. Santa Barbara County is also home to the Santa Ynez Valley, which provides some of the most unique conditions in the world for growing grapes for amazing wines. It is a great trip for the morning or the evening as its uniquely south facing shoreline allows you to see the sun rise and set over the Pacific Ocean.

Catalina

This gorgeous island is only 25 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. Once you are here, you are in a land of amazing beauty and recreation. Take advantage of ziplining, snorkeling, kayaking, golfing, and almost anything else you can imagine. Add some amazing cuisine and some unique historical landmarks and you have an experience that you just cannot find on the mainland.

Live the Life of Luxury

There are many aspects of Los Angeles life that visitors love, but that of a life of luxury is among the most sought-after. The best way you can experience is it by booking a vacation rental that exudes these luxurious qualities. Luxury Rental Group is going above and beyond in providing these types of homes so you will feel like a star of the screen while you are here. Gourmet kitchens, high ceilings, massive windows, and endless amenities characterize each home. This is all provided throughout the coolest areas in the city. See these amazing properties by browsing our listings today!

Attractions, Things To Do

Best Activities for Keeping Cool in Los Angeles

Though it may be hard to believe, there are days here in Los Angeles when the mercury rises and you want to find unique ways to beat the heat! Here are a few different ways to help keep cool on your next LA vacation:

Raging Waters Los Angeles

There are few better ways to escape the heat and keep cool during the summertime than by visiting a great waterpark, and luckily for you, Los Angeles is home to California’s largest waterpark: Raging Waters! Spanning 60 acres, Raging Waters Los Angeles has been featured by the USA as a “Top 10 Water Park” and is home to 50+ attractions, water slides, and rides! If there’s one ride you need to see it has to be the Aqua Rocket, the only hydro-magnetic water roller coaster in all of California! This ride is for four people on a raft and will take you on a high octane ride with speeds of up to 30 miles an hour! There are few better ways in all of LA to help keep the whole family cool than with a trip to Raging Waters.

Madame Tussauds Hollywood

Want an opportunity to get up and close with Hollywood’s elite, both past and present? Well… maybe not the real Hollywood elite, but these statues look so real you’ll be hard pressed to tell the difference! Madame Tussauds Hollywood is the world famous wax and Hollywood history museum that every person who visits Tinsel Town needs to experience! Check out some of the most incredible works from Hollywood’s past such as James Dean and Bob Hope, all the way up to today’s icons such as the Avengers! Madame Tussauds Hollywood is a must-visit attraction, and at the same time a perfect way to help keep cool while in LA.

California Science Center

If you’re looking for something that will help you keep cool while being fun for the entire family, then make sure to check out the California Science Center! The California Science Center features a number of incredible exhibits that help show the wonders of science, such as viewing the treasures of King Tut or the science behind the Gemini 11 capsule that took humans to space in 1966! There are so many things to explore and do, you may even need more than a single day to see it all!

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Los Angeles

Dodger Stadium, the Capitol Records Building, Redondo Beach. These are just a few of the legendary attractions that everybody knows about in Los Angeles, but we’re willing to bet there’s a lot about the City of Angels that you didn’t know! Here are five things you may not know about Los Angeles:

Thomas Edison: The Father of Hollywood?

Well, not directly, but he did have a big hand in the reason for it. The great inventor Thomas Edison held hundreds of patents during his life, including patents over many of the technologies that were needed to create movies. In order to escape Edison and his Motion Picture Patent Company in New Jersey, many filmmakers “fled” to California where judges were less stringent on enforcing the patents and it was difficult for lawmakers to enforce the laws cross-country. Thus, Hollywood was born and became the premier location of the motion picture industry!

Beverly Hills Wasn’t Always a Destination of the Stars

Today Beverly Hills stands as an area of Los Angeles for the truly elite, but did you know this wasn’t always the case? In fact, in the late 19th century, Beverly Hills’ roots lied in the ground, as the land was used primarily for farming lima beans! It wasn’t until Thomas Edison forced the motion picture company to California that it begun its transformation into the glitz and glamour you see today.

Hollywoodland?

The Hollywood sign is one of the most recognizable American landmarks in the entire world, but like most things in Los Angeles, its origins were quite different! In fact, the sign itself used to read Hollywoodland, as a way to advertise the name of a new segregated housing development in the Hollywood district in the early 1920’s. The sign was initially designed to only stand for approximately 18 months and so it quickly suffered damage and deteriorated, and it wasn’t until a campaign in the late 1970’s by none other than Hugh Hefner where the sign was rebuilt and became the iconic symbol it is today.

The Melting Pot of the West Coast

One of the greatest things about Los Angeles is that it is a true blend of cultures and people unlike anywhere else in the United States. Did you know that only 40% of the people who live in Los Angeles speak English as a primary language? The people of LA are diverse and speak Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and much more! It is truly the melting pot of the West Coast!

Los Angeles Wasn’t Always the Name

It’s not uncommon for cities to change their names in their history, but to say the original name of Los Angeles was a mouthful would be an understatement! The original name for Los Angeles was “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles sobre El Río Porciúncula,” or The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels on the Portiuncula River; we think they made the right choice in shortening the name!

These are just a few of the things you may not have known about Los Angeles, and so we invite you to come stop by our city and learn even more about what makes it so incredible! And when you do, make sure to contact Luxury Rental Group. We can provide you with an amazing rental property here in the LA area that will truly make your next vacation unforgettable.

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5 Summer Events in Los Angeles Not to Miss

You cannot go wrong with a trip to Los Angeles regardless of the time of year. This is due to consistent weather and consistent fun around every corner. But when the summer comes around, this city really comes to life. You can find the evidence of this throughout the city, but nowhere more so than countless special events. The following are five summer events in  Los Angeles that you will not want to miss.

Street Food Cinema

This event takes place in different places throughout the city like Crystal Springs Park and Will Rogers State Historic Park every Saturday between April and October. The main event is a screening of numerous popular movies, but visitors also get to enjoy beautiful summer evenings in Los Angeles with music from great bands and food from some of the best food trucks in the city.

L.A. Food Fest

This is one of the greatest events in the entire world for all those who love food. This event is taking place on the third Sunday of June, July, and August at Civic Center Studios in the downtown area. The focus here is of course the food. Attendees get to choose between endless samples provided by hot spots all over town and can get full meals as well. There will also be amazing shopping opportunities and to see some unique Los Angeles art.

Arroyo Seco Weekend

This is a must-attend summer event in Los Angeles for anyone who like rock ‘n roll because this music fest is rolling out some classic acts like Neil Young, Robert Plant, Jack White, Kings of Leon and so many more. Along with this incredible music comes amazing food, arts, and community. Find it directly next to the Rose Bowl at Brookside Golf Club during the weekend of June 23rd through the 24th.

International Surf Festival

If you find yourself in Los Angeles from August 1st through the 5th, it is almost an obligation to go to the International Surf Festival in Redondo Beach. There is no event that provides a better glimpse into the unique culture of this city. Here, you can enjoy amazing surfing, food, live entertainment, and so much more, but when it comes down to it, this is just one heck of a party!

Los Angeles County Fair

Past fair-going experiences do not provide an idea of what this event is like because this one is bigger and better than any you will find throughout the country. It is complete with more rides, more food, more games, more entertainment, and more community than any fair you have ever attended. You must check it out if you are going to be in town between August 31st and September 23rd! This is one of the best ways to spend a day with the entire family!

Wonderful Vacation Accommodations for Enjoying Summer Events in Los Angeles

Regardless of the time of year, you can be sure that you will find amazing vacation rentals that are waiting for you and your group. You can find exquisite mansions that are fit for the stars along with more quaint homes that provide a cozy place to stay. If you are looking to stay in Los Angeles in style, then look no further than the Luxury Rental Group. We pride ourselves on providing the most luxurious vacation rentals that the city has to offer. See for yourself at https://www.luxuryrentalgroup.com!

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Universal Studios, one of the many summer activities Los Angeles
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Best Summer Activities for Group Travelers in Los Angeles

You will not find a place in the world that provides more things to do than Los Angeles, California. It offers the incredible mix of a bustling city and incredible natural beauty. Regardless of your interests, you can find activities to satisfy them in Los Angeles. Due to the variety of opportunities here, Los Angeles is a great place for large groups to visit. You can always find things to do together, while individuals can also break off from the group for a bit to do their own exploring. The following are some of the best summer activities Los Angeles for your whole group.

Take a Tour

Taking advantage of the city’s beaches and world-renowned landmarks are great ways to enjoy Los Angeles, but there are so many tours you can take advantage of to really get to know the city and see some incredible things. You can check out some of the awesome sights and celebrity homes through Open-Top Bus Tours. You can go on a horseback riding adventure along the Hollywood sign with Anaheim & Buena Park Tours. You can also take in depth journeys of up to 6 hours delving deep into the city’s culture, sights, and history with Los Angeles Tours. This is one of the perfect summer activities Los Angeles to start the vacation for people of all ages.

Theme Park Fun

Orlando may be known as the Theme Park Capital of the World, but Los Angeles also offers some of the best theme park experiences in the country. It all starts with Disneyland, which has been appropriately dubbed the Happiest Place on Earth. This is a great option because it is fun for the youngest in your group as well as the oldest. You can also take advantage of the adrenaline pumping action at Six Flags: Magic Mountain or enjoy the unparalleled theatrics at Universal Studios, which includes the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Visiting one or all of these places is one of the most unique experiences you will have throughout your vacation.

Ensure You Have a Great Place to Call Home After Summer Activities Los Angeles

While there are plenty of ways to relax here, a trip to Los Angeles almost comes with an obligation to explore. That is why you will want to make sure you have a lovely home to come back to. There are many hotels throughout the city, but none provide the luxury and comfort that you will find at any of the Luxury Rental Groups vacation rentals. You can find exquisite Los Angeles homes that you would expect the city’s biggest stars to live in. You can also find more quaint accommodations if that is more your speed. Regardless of your groups’ size or preferences, you will find the perfect vacation rental when you book with Luxury Rental Group. Browse our selection of vacation homes today!

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Where to Watch 4th of July Los Angeles Fireworks

There are few places that know how to throw a good party better than us here in Los Angles, and this is doubly true for America’s birthday! Los Angeles is home to a number of amazing 4th of July celebrations every year, and if you’re planning to spend this Independence Day in LA here are a few celebrations you need to make sure to check out:

AMERICAFEST

For the 92nd year, the Rose Bowl will be hosting AMERICAFEST, a day-long celebration of fun, family, and fireworks! The event gets going at 2 PM with a Family Fun Zone featuring games, live entertainment, food, and more! Then, later in the night, the historic Rose Bowl opens its gates and serves as the setting of one of the most incredible firework spectaculars you’ll find in all of Southern California! AMERICAFEST is a perfect 4th of July Los Angeles event for the entire family looking to spend a day of fun in the SoCal sun and celebrate Independence Day to its fullest! Tickets to the event are on sale now and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

4th of July Los Angeles Block Party at Grand Park

For those looking for a fun 4th of July Los Angeles event that’s also free of admission, check out the annual 4th of July Block Party at Grand Park! This is a great family friendly event (no alcohol permitted) that features food, live entertainment, and much more! There will be two different stages open throughout the day with local LA artists, and local vendors will be on hand to provide some of the best food LA has to offer. Then at 9 PM, with beautiful downtown LA serving as the backdrop, the fireworks extravaganza begins! If this sounds like the event for you, make sure to head down to 200 North Grand Avenue, where the festivities will begin at 3 PM!

Marina Del Rey

There truly are few things better than watching fireworks explode over the open waters of the ocean, and here in Los Angeles, we do that better than anywhere else in Southern California! If you’re looking to experience an amazing 4th of July with fireworks over the open ocean, head down to Marina Del Rey, where you can find amazing food, drinks, and fireworks! The show begins at 9 PM, so head down early to claim your spot.

You may already be having a hard time choosing which fireworks event is best for you, so don’t also stress about where you should stay in Los Angeles as well! Let us at Luxury Rental Group help find you the perfect rental property for you and your party for your next vacation, as we have a number of premier locations all throughout the Los Angeles area. So don’t wait: Check out all of the properties we have to offer today, and for questions or to make your reservation, don’t hesitate to let us know!

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Best Pizza Restaurants in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a hub for countless pursuits from that of the greatest cinema in the world to the endless activities that come with having incredible beaches. One of the most prevalent of these pursuits that may not come to mind first is that of great food. You can find incredible food from all over the world throughout Los Angeles, especially when it comes to Italian food and pizza specifically. While there are endless amazing places to get a delicious slice of pizza. The following are some of the best in town.

Sotto

This is arguably the most celebrated pizza in town. It all starts with the cooking methods within a Stefano Ferrara oven that was imported from Italy. It is through this style of cooking that this pizza gets a one of a kind flavor. The best example of the difference that this oven makes is in the crust which is crispy on the outside but more damp and chewy in the center, with blackened spots throughout. Add made from scratch sauce, creamy ricotta cheese, and the finest ingredients to top it off, and you have one of the best pies in town. Find it at 9575 Pico Blvd.

Jon and Vinny’s

There are many things that go into making a great pizza, but the focus here is the dough. All of the dough that these pizzas are made with rests for 48 hours before being cooked in the gas and wood powered stone oven. The result is a crispy crust that provides that subtle earthy tang. You will find pizzas with subtle flavor along with those that pack a big punch. One of the classics here is the White Lightning Pizza with mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, onion, oregano, and pickled jalapenos. Find this and much more at 412 N Fairfax Ave.

Pizzeria Mozza

The crust at Pizzeria Mozza is famous across the city. This dense and chewy crust is full of those delightful air pockets that make bread what it is. The sauce is vibrant and made from scratch and the pizza benefits in taste and aesthetic by mounds of melted cheese. This is perhaps the closest you can get to authentic Italian pizza in Los Angeles. Find this one of a kind classic at 641 N Highland Ave.

For every pizza restaurant mentioned here, there are many more that are serving up something completely unique and delicious. Visit one of the restaurants mentioned above or countless others, and you are sure to enjoy a meal that will satisfy even the most experienced pizza lover. No matter how you slice it, Los Angeles is one of the best places in the world to be if you are craving pizza.

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