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Winter is Here! Things To Do During The Winter Months In Los Angeles.

 If you come from one of those cold and slushy winter areas, you may find it hard to believe that we can’t wait for this time of year. We want the cooler weather! Cooler weather, of course is a subjective thing, and we understand that when you are used to the hairs inside your nose freezing within seconds of walking outside, our 68-degree average daytime temperatures may feel like swimsuit and beach weather to you! But wherever you are coming from, you can be sure that winters in Los Angeles are an idyllic paradise and you will find plenty of things to keep you happy and occupied during your Southern California vacation; things like the ones we have listed below!

Hit the Beach

Yes, it’s winter in Los Angeles and you can still work on your tan! If the balmy water temperatures are still a little cool for your blood, the sun will keep you warm as you lay on your towel, working on that perfect shade of golden brown! The beaches in the Los Angeles area are the perfect places for some sun worshipping and a little wading along the edges of the surf!

Ice Skating in the Park

Where else can you go from the beach to the ice skating rink with just a short drive? Los Angeles, of course, and the Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square! Situated right in the center of downtown LA, the cost is low, and the fun value is high! Hurry though; this special ice rink disappears in the middle of January!

Watch a Parade

 Or maybe we should say THE parade, as the Tournament of Roses Parade is one of the most famous and aromatic parades in the nation! Every float is made from flowers, plants, or even seeds and vegetables; and this year you can watch it from the sidewalk, instead of your living room couch! January 1st is the time and grandstand seating tickets are still available!

Ski Bear Mountain

 Sometimes being able to visit the snow for a few hours makes all the difference and while you may be thankful to avoid the slush, sleet, and black ice, you can still enjoy a few fun-filled hours on the slopes! Start and finish the day with a walk on the beach, and spend the middle hours swooshing down the mountain and enjoying hot cocoa in between runs!

Revel in the Wonder of Your Luxury Rental Group Vacation Escape

Enjoy the sun shining in the windows, take a dip in the heated pool, and take some time to appreciate the here and now! Reserve your luxury cottage today and spend your winter vacation living the good life in Los Angeles!

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Bucket List Activities in Los Angeles

We each get one life only—make the most of it by making time and money for the things you’ve always wanted to do. Go all-out with a bucket list vacation: come to Los Angeles and check a bunch of items off your bucket list with a vacation you’ll remember forever!

See the Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign has shown up in all sorts of media—it’s time to add your own photos to that list. Come to Los Angeles and see in person the 45-foot-tall letters. You can’t go up and see them personally (except from behind on certain trails), so choose a favorite local spot to see them. The Griffith Observatory is a popular spot. Or, for a double-dose of iconic-ness, take your picture from the Walk of Fame!

Enjoy a Dodger Dog and Dodger Stadium

While hot dogs and baseball have gone together for generations, only the Dodger Dog has managed to become the poster child for home-team patriotism. It has enjoyed a fifty-year run and has hit a record of 3 million eaten in the 2014 season. While the concessions at Dodger Stadium have certainly branched out since, the Dodger Dog remains the true LA baseball icon.

Go to a Concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

Generous donations from the Disney family and the vision of famous architect Frank Gehry combined to create this magnificent concert venue. If all concert halls blend together in your mind, then come to this one and discover what masterful acoustic engineering can accomplish. Sound reaches every seat immaculately. If you want a surprisingly intimate performance in a stunning building, this is one place you need to come!

Go Skydiving

While you’re checking all these off your bucket list, why not go skydiving too? Above LA Skydiving offers tandem dives as well as accelerated classes that’ll get you closer to diving solo. Or, try iFLY Hollywood, an indoor skydiving center that gives you the same feeling—minus the stomach-churning drop. Either way, the feeling of falling as if falling forever is an experience you should try at least once—you might like it more than you expected!

Get a Luxury Rental Home in Los Angeles

If you’ve never upgraded from a hotel to a fabulous rental home, this is the trip you need to try it. Once you’ve found yourself welcomed home in a new city with your own yard and kitchen, you’ll never settle for less. Call us today at 800-712-2800 and we’ll help you set up your trip of a lifetime.

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Attractions, Holidays, Things To Do

Most Festive Things to Do in Los Angeles This Season

Los Angeles is a unique place, largely because it is home to people from all over the world. This incredible diversity has resulted in a community and culture that you cannot find anywhere else. Regardless of the holidays you celebrate, the winter season in Los Angeles is an incredible fun and festive time of the year. While it may not come with the white Christmas that many have sung about, it still is an amazing place to spend this holiday season.

Visit Disneyland

Nobody knows how to ring in the holiday season better than Walt Disney. The grandiose nature of the holiday season in Disneyland is something that you must experience at least once, regardless of your own traditions. This theme park is notorious for these celebrations, but every single year, they get more extravagant, constantly adding new entertainment, decorations, and of course, food. Along with all of the classic rides, old favorites dress in their holiday best, like the Haunted Mansion Holiday, the It’s a Small World Holiday, and much more. You can also enjoy the most fantastic lights displays you have ever seen, endless parades, and fireworks.

The Mission Inn Festival of Lights

This festival is almost always voted the best lights display in the country. With one visit, you will understand why. Over four million lights twinkle all over the gorgeous architecture of this classic property. But the lights themselves are simply providing the ambiance for something much greater that you can take advantage of. Take a ride in Santa’s sleigh, create some arts and crafts, or pet some reindeer. There is also amazing live entertainment and a full-size ice skating rink. A holiday season spent in Los Angeles is not quite complete without a visit to this one of a kind festival of lights. You can partake in everything going on here on Main Street at the Mission Inn!

The Walt Disney Concert Hall

There are many things that remind us of the holidays, but the most important reminder for many of us is the music that we have heard our whole lives, and you have never heard it quite like this. Orchestras expertly play all of your favorite holiday tunes in grandiose fashion. You can catch shows like the family-friendly sing along, Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, and so much more.

Los Angeles does not provide the classic snowy rooftops and brisk weather that is indicative of this season in so many places, but it truly offers a unique experience for this time of year. There is no bad time to visit the City of Angels, but this is certainly the best time.

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Top Haunted Spots in Los Angeles, California

 

Los Angeles is renowned as a modern city, but it has just as many spooks and thrills as a backwoods village built around a cemetery. If you’re looking for a place that can raise the hair on your neck, investigate some of these creepy spots.

“Suicide Bridge” Pasadena

A bridge that was once a part of the historical route 66, “Suicide Bridge” has rumors and tales dating all the way back from before it’s construction. The most notable was the tale of a worker who fell to his death off the side of the bridge into wet cement. According to the tale, they left him to die in there, permanently becoming a part of the bridge, and that his ghost urges those who wish to end it all to take their final steps over the ledge, plummeting to their deaths in a 150-foot free fall. It’s not too far-fetched; over 100 suicides have been reported on this bridge.

In 1993, the bridge was renovated—as a part of the renovation, and in an attempt to stop the deaths, they gated off the sides of the bridge, slowing the rampant death rates. Today, it’s a somber reminder of those who have perished—and as good a spot as any to feel the laments of restless spirits.

The Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle

Many strange events have happened on or near this plot of land, so much so that it has become one to avoid by the locals. Dubbed the “Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle” by the locales, it’s around this small, seemingly insignificant plot that notorious deaths and near-death experiences have happened. Howard Hughes crashed his plane here; Ronni Chasen, a popular hollywood publicist, was killed in a drive by shooting; and rock duo Jan and Dean were nearly killed in a fateful crash. Many more odd occurrences have filled this area with an odd feeling when standing nearby, and deemed it haunted by the locals. If you’ve ever wanted to watch a tragedy unfold, this is a good place to start—but be careful, for the tragedy could be yours!

Safety and Comfort Near the Sights Through Luxury Rental Group

Getting to see the haunting sights may be exhausting or scary, and there’s no better way to relax than through the highly recommended “Luxury Rental Group” when looking for a place to stay. Thankfully, through their large list of villas and estates, you can rest assured that you’ll never be far from the thrills you seek. Call today to book your vacation: 310-564-2800. Or, browse our properties and book online!

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Five Reasons to Visit Los Angeles on Columbus Day Weekend

Visiting Los Angeles is always a good idea, and there isn’t any time of the year that is better than others, but at the very least you have a long weekend ahead, so why not spend it in one of our favorite places on Earth? For those of you with school age children, although many schools do not celebrate Columbus Day, specifically, they generally take that week as their fall break, so there goes that excuse for not making the trip! If we haven’t convinced you yet, keep reading for five more reasons you should be spending Columbus Day weekend in one of our Luxury Rental Group vacation homes; we will refuse to give in!

This May Be the Last Columbus Day in Los Angeles

Not to scare you or anything, but if Columbus Day has always been your special day of celebration, recent controversies over whether or not old Chris Columbus was that great of a guy have prompted the city to change the holiday to Indigenous Peoples Day. The fight is continuing, as the option of LA Diversity Day has been presented as well, but if Columbus is your guy, you better start making plans soon!

Los Angeles Dragon Boat Festival, October 7th

Colorfully decorated boats, drums, and dragons make this fun festival a crowd pleaser, and if you are in the area of the Santa Fe Dam on October 7, please add this new experience to your vacation bucket list!

Joshua Tree Music Festival, October 5th Through 8th

The dress code is come as you are, the music is dance/electro funk and groove, and the people are a happy bunch, so why wouldn’t you want to spend a few days grooving to the sounds of over 30 bands? This biannual festival takes place at 2601 Joshua Tree Road and a 4-day pass is going for the unbelievably reasonable price of $170 per person!

Seek Your Peace at the Beach

We’re not bragging, but temperatures are beach worthy year-round in Tinseltown, and fall is our favorite time to frolic in the waves. Throw on a bikini, slip into your flip flops, and feed your soul with the music of the ocean; in many of our Luxury Group Rentals, the ocean is your backyard!

Just Stay Home

Our rental homes are amongst the most luxurious in the world. Why do you need a controversial holiday to force you to visit? Relax happily in your home away from home, enjoying fiery sunsets, luxury amenities, and a well-deserved break from the stresses of real life. Reserve yours today and live the good life this upcoming Columbus/Indigenous Peoples/LA Diversity Day!

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

A Los Angeles vacation usually involves sun-filled days and exciting adventures and activities. Nothing pairs with a day in the sun quite as well as a refreshing ice cream cone. In fact, if you love tasty sweets, you might need to fulfill a craving or two during your stay. Here’s a look at some of our favorite sweet shops in the area.

Jack’s Wholesale Candy & Toy

The largest candy story in downtown Los Angeles, Jack’s Wholesale Candy & Toy sells a large variety of American and Mexican candies, chocolates, chips, snacks, novelty candy, and sodas. There’s even a bulk candy buffet for your enjoyment!

777 S Central Avenue
Los Angeles
(213) 622-9287

Dylan’s Candy Bar

Dylan Lauren (yup, she’s the daughter of Ralph Lauren) owns this tasty designer sweet shop located in the Grove, next to the farmer’s market. You can get fresh by-the-pound treats, ranging from throwback favorites to modern day treats. Check out the Lucite Dylan’s Briefcase, filled with sweets!

6333 W 3rd St,
Los Angeles
(323) 930-1600

Sweet!

Sweet! offers a huge selection of candy, found throughout multiple rooms and special displays. This is truly a unique shop with themed rooms, including a spooky fudge room, a RuPaul room, and even an El Vira room. Don’t miss the chocolate lab, where guests can make their own chocolate bar—choose milk, white, or dark chocolate and fillings and ingredients to complete your creation! Fun and tasty!

6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 201
Los Angeles
(323) 462-3111

Munchies

This favorite sweet shop has everything from handmade chocolates to traditional candy favorites. There’s also a large selection of dried fruits and nuts— even wines! What makes this place special is that there are also kosher selections and offerings for holidays such as Rosh Hashanah and Purim.

8859 W. Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles
(310) 777-0221

Rocket Fizz

Rocket Fizz offers a huge selection of candies and sodas—even some hard to find choices. There’s even European and Asian candies—if you were looking for those Hello Kitty sweets, Rocket Fizz has them! This is truly the spot you want to go to if you want specialty sweets!

1067 Broxton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 208-4509

Sweeten Your Stay in LA

At Luxury Rental Group, we know how important finding your favorite sweets can be during your vacation. So in addition to providing the very best rental accommodations, our staff can also help you find fun things to do and see—just ask one of our friendly staff members!

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Top Summer Events in LA

Los Angeles, California is one of the most epic centers of culture, art, and of course, fun in the entire world. This, paired with the incredible beauty of the city and surrounding area, has made Los Angeles one of the most visited cities. With all of these people and all of this energy comes a wide range of things to do and see. Throughout the summer months, LA becomes home to and incredibly wide range of events. There truly is something for everyone in the City of Angels. Here are some of the most popular events of the summer months.

Lightning in a Bottle Music Festival

Admittedly, this incredible music festival does not happen within LA’s city limits, but it is in the city’s backyard in Bradley, California. It is one of the most incredible music festivals of the year, so it is worth mentioning. Not only does the festival feature some of the hottest bands and artists, but it is equal parts a celebration of art, food, yoga, and wellness. You simply cannot understand the amazing energy that fills this event until you experience it. This year’s Lightning in a Bottle celebration takes place from May 24th to May 29th and you are not going to want to miss it!

LA Food Fest

This is the type of celebration that everyone can get behind! Joining the thousands of people that come to this event in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the best way to get a taste for one of the most culinarily diverse and incredible places you will find anywhere. For this one day on June 10, 2017, you can enjoy cuisines from over 100 local vendors. The best part of the festival is unlike years past, there is only one door fee necessary to enjoy all the food inside. That is one price of admission for all of the tastes that you can handle.

Fourth of July Americafest at the Rose Bowl

Odds are you have never experienced a Fourth of July celebration of this magnitude. Every year, thousands upon thousands of people pile into the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena in order to celebrate everything red, white, and blue. After the gates open at 2 pm, visitors can enjoy endless excitements with motorcycle stunt shows, classic Fourth of July foods, games, inflatable rides, and so much more. At 9 pm, the celebration gets really interesting with one of the most renowned fireworks displays in the country.

It would take the entire summer to explain all of the events that are happening this summer throughout the Los Angeles area. The three mentioned above do not even begin to scratch the surface of all the city has to offer. Check the city’s events page to find the perfect event for you, and get yourself out to Los Angeles, California!

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5 Off the Beaten Path Things to Do in LA

Los Angeles is full of fun and exciting things to do. Whether you are looking to go to a theme park like Disneyland, Six Flags, or Knott’s Berry Farm, or just looking to go to the beach you have many things to choose from. However, many of these options fill up quickly or become crowded very easily. If you are looking for something more off the beaten path to avoid crowds, take a look at our top five options.

Angeles Crest Highway

Angeles Crest Highway allows you to escape the city and enjoy the scenic drive through Angeles National Forest. This escape from the city is remarkably easy to get to, and it generally surprises visitors to see how quick you can go from concrete jungle to serene mountain landscape. All you need to do is turn off Foothill Blvd in La Canada and you will transport yourself to an entirely new, serene location.

Watts Towers

These architectural wonders were built by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia over 33 years. Watts Towers is a series of sculptures constructed of steel and mortar. The towers are embellished with whatever Rodia could find—mostly mosaic tiles, soda pop bottles, and shells; if he found it, he used it! The towers rise to almost 100 feet, the city limit for structures.

Silverlake

Once the home of gang-bangers of the Latin persuasion, in the last 20 years Silverlake has undergone a hipster gentrification. What was once a rundown area of the ghetto now houses nice cafes, restaurants, and thrift shops. Silverlake is easiest to get to through Sunset Blvd between Virgil Ave and Alvarado Street. This location is now home to young screenwriters looking to hit it big and actors taking classes.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Located on Santa Monica Blvd is the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Visitors can see the gravesite of Johnny Ramone, Douglas Fairbanks, Cecil DeMille, Fay Wray, and Bugsy Siegel. This location is also one of the more interesting cemeteries you will ever see, with the rich and famous of days past attempting to outdo each other for eternity with fancy and elaborate headstones and mausoleums.

Old Town Pasadena

Pasadena was first settled in 1870s, and Old Town is a prime example of revitalization of an old city center to create a rather charming location. The buildings are mostly Spanish Colonial Revival and Art Deco, reflecting a golden age of Los Angeles.

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Hear Talented Live Musicians in Sunny Los Angeles

A city brimming with bright and shining talent in (and even on) all of its corners, Los Angeles is the ultimate destination for artists, actors, and musicians who wish to make it big—and those who wish to see and hear them perform.

Being home to a myriad of record labels, it’s no wonder that L.A. has collected as many music venues to match. From small, intimate spaces to enormous arena-style venues, you’ll find every type of concert experience imaginable in this city.

The Best Hotspots for Live Music in L.A.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Immediately recognizable in the L.A. landscape, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is a fantastic upscale live music venue with both impressive acoustics and architecture. Famous for the nautical inspiration of its design, this concert hall utilizes its extraordinary concave design for the best sound imaginable. Pair the great sound with the extensive views from the steep incline of the seating and you’re in for an incredible concert.

The Troubadour
An iconic L.A. music hotspot, The Troubadour has hosted industry powerhouse bands for decades now, from 70s rock giants to the funky stylings of Prince and the mellow ambiance of Coldplay. With a capacity of around four hundred seats, this venue somehow maintains a fine balance between large-scale venue and intimate concert stage, making it the ideal place to catch a show. You might even see some of L.A.’s local big-name talent, who frequently stop in for surprise performances.

The Wiltern
First opened as a vaudeville theater in 1931, The Wiltern has had its share of ups and downs over its many years, but still remains one of the city’s foremost live concert venues. Designated as a mid-size performance hall at just under two thousand seats, part of the beauty of The Wiltern is in its ideal layout. There are multiple levels for standing and great balcony seating. Both options allow you to see the performers from anywhere—even the back of the theater!

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Contact our team of reservation specialists to find out additional information on all that Los Angeles has to offer—from its hidden gems to its most tried-and-true tourist activities—when you reserve your trip accommodations in one of the elite vacation rental properties that the Luxury Rental Group has available for your stay today!

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