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Event Retreats in L.A.

Los Angeles plays host to a diverse range of fun-filled events. College football fans can watch teams compete in the famed Rose Bowl Stadium every Saturday, November through January, with other professional and amateur sporting events offered year-round.

For those star-struck by celebrities, the awards season in January and February offers the rare opportunity to see their idols on the red carpet. The Golden Dragon Parade in February honors Chinese New Year, while Fiesta Broadway kicks off Cinco de Mayo celebrations a little early at the end of April.

Events like the L.A. Pride Festival in June and the all-inclusive Halloween Carnival in West Hollywood celebrate both LGBTQA culture and rights with a lot of fun on the side. The Renaissance Faire in April and the Anime Expo in July caters to those with cool yet nerdy tastes. And holiday celebrations like the Hollywood Christmas Parade and the Venice Christmas Boat Parade finish off the year on a happy note.

With so much to do here year-round, you’ll want to make sure that your vacation isn’t tainted by lackluster short term accommodations in Los Angeles. Browse through our selection of exquisite vacation rentals in the Los Angeles area below!

Elegant Vacation Home Rentals in Los Angeles CA

Infused with a laid-back refinement, our vacation rentals in the Los Angeles area give you and your guests all of the comforts of home, only with extra lavish amenities as well. Ranging from spacious two-bedroom properties to enormous nine-bedroom villas, our short term accommodations in Los Angeles allow you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest by providing ample space and privacy, beautiful and convenient locations, and special touches to your stay from custom features.

These decadent vacation home rentals in Los Angeles CA boast amenities like massive private pools, vast outdoor and indoor lounging space, game rooms with billiards tables, custom-built home theater rooms, and flat screen televisions throughout. Enjoy conversations by the fireplace in the living room while lying on designer leather furnishings.

Whip up a meal for guests in the immense gourmet kitchen using the state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances and generous granite countertops, or simply hire a private chef to do so. Dine in elegance indoors or outside on the patio or balcony for an al fresco meal.

After a day of sightseeing and fun, wash up in the resort-style bathrooms with a soak in the jetted tub or a hot shower. Then, crawl under the soft covers of your comfy bed for a luxurious night’s sleep.

Earth Festivals

The spring and summer are a wonderful time to visit L.A. as the area kicks festival season into high gear. Farmer’s Markets abound offering local vendors with fresh produce and fruits from the neighboring valleys and farming communities, and there is not one but two festivals dedicated to everyone’s favorite berry: the California Strawberry Festival (Oxnard, CA, May 19-20, 2018) and the Balboa Strawberry Festival (Encino, CA, June 10, 2018). Both offer family friendly entertainment and all the strawberry-themed foods, desserts, and products could you desire.

Culture and the Arts

Being a thriving metropolis, Los Angeles has no shortage of events and things to do. It’s always sports season, so whether you prefer the courtside excitement of a Clippers’ or Lakers’ game, the gridiron glory of our numerous college programs or the resurgent L.A. Rams and L.A. Chargers, or the promise of America’s past time with the Dodgers and the L.A. Angels of Anaheim, there is something for every sports fan. For music lovers, Coachella is THE music experience of the year, taking place over two weekends in the desert just outside the city. There are also a host of cultural celebrations in our diverse city: Chinese New Year starts with a literal bang in February, followed by the Hindi-inspired Color Festival in March, the Latin Rhythms of Fiesta Broadway and Cinco de Mayo, and the sights and sounds of Carnival in June. No matter which of our fabulous luxury rentals you choose to call home, you will have the perfect jumping off point for these and many more exciting events throughout the city, all year long.

Always Time for Food!

Los Angeles is a foodie heaven, no matter when you visit. From Chili Cook-offs to pop-up speakeasies to neighborhood restaurant weeks, there is no shortage of fabulous dining options throughout our city. From taco stands to intimate cafés to the palate expanding, mind bending, sometimes wallet-busting extravagance of the tasting menu at Providence, you’ll find a snack, a drink, and a meal for every taste (and every budget). So pick out your home away from home with Luxury Rental Group, and then be sure to explore the eateries, cafes, and brewpubs in your new neighborhood when you visit – you’ll be amazed at what you will find!

Experience the Best of Los Angeles with Luxury Rental Group

To find out more about what’s waiting for you in L.A., contact our team of reservation specialists and discuss reserving your stay in one of our gorgeous vacation rentals in the Los Angeles area today!

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Free Off the Beaten Path Activities in Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, California, you will find more things to do than anywhere else in the world. You will find more restaurants, more clubs, and more festivities than in any other city. But you will also find countless amazing free activities that will make for a day well spent. Most people know about the famous beaches of Venice and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but less people know of the endless, free activities you will find off of Los Angeles’ beaten path.

Drive the Los Angeles Crest Highway

The beaches of Los Angeles are almost as famous as the traffic. The Pacific Coast Highway may make an appearance in countless songs, but the Crest Highway is the place to go for incredible views amidst NO traffic. This 66-mile jaunt takes you through the breathtaking mountain ranges surrounding Los Angeles. You will see amazing forests and breathtaking canyons, and the views of the entire city are not bad, either! The Highway runs from LA-Canada Flintridge to Wrightwood and it affords one of the most peaceful and beautiful activities in the whole city.

Stroll the Venice Canals

Los Angeles is one of the most accurate depictions of the concrete jungle you will find anywhere. But when you need a break from the endless streets and grids of the city, you can find it at the Venice Canals. You will feel as if you have been transported to Venice, Italy when you take a casual walk down the network of canals created just inland from Venice Beach. Gorgeous homes and endless tree canopies mark the borders of these canals, making for one of the most scenic and peaceful strolls you will find throughout your vacation in Los Angeles.

Check Out Watts Tower

Los Angeles is a hub of creativity and the arts. There are endless galleries and museums celebrating this, but you will not find a better example of it than you will at Watts Tower, just south of downtown Los Angeles. The structures stand just below the city’s height limit of 100 feet at 99 and 1/2 feet. They were made by a man named Simon Rodia in his backyard with only bottle and broken glass. Today, it is a place for people to gather and celebrate the more peculiar side of the arts in Los Angeles.

There are almost literally endless off the beaten path activities that you can enjoy throughout Los Angeles for free! For each item mentioned here, there are 1,000 more. The only way to truly experience the amazing activities that await you here is to travel to Los Angeles and see them for yourself!

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Los Angeles Spring Festivals

It’s always a wonderful time of year in Los Angeles, thanks to perfect weather and an incredibly diverse lineup of activities, concerts, festivals, and culinary experiences. Before the blazing heat of summer, we love enjoying the fabulous outdoor events across southern California, and we think you will agree your luxury rental makes for the perfect home base when it comes to exploring all the area and the season have to offer.

The Great Outdoors

Springtime is ushered in by the blossoms of the new year, and there are plenty of festivals to celebrate Mother Nature’s rejuvenation in and around L.A. The Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off the season in March, with origami demonstrations and flower-arranging workshops throughout the month ($4-$9). Celebrate Japanese culture and witness the trees blossom in vibrant shades of pink throughout the beautiful Descanso Gardens.

Also marking the beginning of spring, The Festival of Whales (March 3-11) marks the migration of the gray whales along the California coast and has two weekends full of events at Dana Point and along the coast. A full listing of events can be found here. In a similar vein, L.A. Nature Fest celebrates the unique wildlife that call the city home and features garden tours, bird watching, and nature walks at the Natural History Museum (March 17-18)

As summer approaches, indulge your green thumb at one of the myriad farmer’s markets or check out the strawberry festivals: the 35th annual California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard (May 19-20) or the 3rd annual Balboa Strawberry Festival in Encino (June 10). Both feature family activities, rides, carnival booths, and plenty of berry-themed food and dessert. Check out the arts and crafts and feast on the sweet berries grown right here in southern California.

Fun in the Sun

The ultimate experience in art, music, and culture, the Coachella Valley Art and Music Festival runs for two weekends in the desert outside of Indio, California (east of L.A.). Party in the desert and soak up the scenery and the incredible music lineup featuring Beyoncé, Eminem, A Perfect Circle, The Weeknd, HAIM, Cardi B, and many, many more. The schedules are identical for each weekend (April 13-15, 20-22) and tickets and information – including camping and travel packages – can be found on the official website.

A Book Most Fair

For the literature lover, you won’t want to miss the Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books, April 21-22. Held at USC and free to all, the festival brings together authors, publishers, and reading enthusiasts. It is highlighted by book fairs, fabulous food options, and the chance to sit in on intimate conversations with some of your favorite authors. Check the festival website for more information!

Cultural Exploration

There is never a shortage of exciting festivals and cultural events around the city. Whether you want to try your luck at the Arcade Expo’s three-day pinball tournament (March 16-18); plaster friends and strangers in technicolor powders in celebration of Holi (the Hindu “festival of love”) at the L.A. Festival of Colors (March 10-11); or revel in the colorful and festive culture of Mexico at Fiesta Broadway, the largest Latin cultural festival in the country (April 29), there is always something exciting to try. Here at the Luxury Rental Group we know your exclusive vacation rental is just the beginning of your exciting stay in our vibrant city, and we invite you to make the most of the diversity the L.A.-area has to offer!

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Things to Do for the New Year in Los Angeles

The new year has come, and along with it comes new hopes, dreams, and resolutions—hopefully ones that you will keep! If you’ve resolved to have more fun this year, why not start 2018 off right with a visit to Los Angeles? The City of Angels is full of excitement year-round, and there’s no better way to kick off your year than a well-deserved vacation to shake off the stress of the holidays.

CHILL at the Queen Mary

The Queen Mary has become much more than just a ship; nowadays, the Queen Mary offers a variety of exciting activities for you to enjoy. Until January 7th, you can visit CHILL: Ice Adventure Park and take part in outdoor ice skating, bumper boats, or ice tubing down the 145ft Matterhorn Mountain slide! Other activities include the Alpine Zip Line, ice shuffleboard, live music, and much more.

New Year’s Race

Want to get a head start on your resolution to work out more? Participate in the 2018 New Year’s Race in Los Angeles, held on January 7th. The event consists of two races—a 5K and a 10K—with a special challenge for the ultimate competitors. The 9.3 Challenge entry gets you entry into both races and is not for the faint of heart. If you’re not that fit yet, no worries, as there will be food trucks, music and art exhibits, and a beer garden, all of which open up at 3PM. The 5K starts at 5PM, and the 10K starts at 6:30PM (only for those doing the 9.3 Challenge).

Do LA Things

There are plenty of things to love about Los Angeles around New Year’s apart from the glittering parties and incredible celebrations, as the city offers endless ways to have a memorable day. Of course, the beach and all of the opportunities that come with are a good place to start, as Los Angeles is home to some of the most famous beaches in the world. You can also explore the studios of Hollywood, spend the day at Disneyland, and do so much more. You can do all of this in the most perfect weather you could imagine.

If you want to get 2018 off to the very best start imaginable, you should consider doing it in Los Angeles. When it comes down to it, Los Angeles is simply one of the best vacation destinations in the world. Start 2018 in style with a trip to Los Angeles, and you are sure to remember it forever.

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The Top Christmas Events in Los Angeles

Los Angeles doesn’t fit the usual Christmas picture celebrated by Rockwell paintings, but that doesn’t mean we’re not full of holiday cheer! From light shows to snow tubing, the City of Angels has plenty of ways to get you in the holiday spirit. Take a break from shopping and the holiday parties to have fun the LA way!

L. A. Zoo Lights

Zoo Lights is one of the most popular ways for zoos to get into the holiday spirits! Los Angeles Zoo endeavors each year to make a name for itself in the zoo world with its astounding displays. Already underway and continuing through Sunday, January 7th, Zoo Lights fills the Los Angeles Zoo with animal-themed displays and aesthetic wonders. Animated animals made of Christmas lights run and play, while the visitors are guided through the zoo by lit-up trees and hanging lights. Tickets can run from $10 to $21.

Snow Los Angeles

Not all of us have the time for a trip to Big Bear or Truckee, so Snow Los Angeles may be your best bet for enjoying snow while you’re still in the city. Elysian Park, over by Dodger Stadium, is going to be loading up with 10,000 square feet of synthetic snow! It’s not quite the lacy powder you’re dreaming of, but it’s good enough for snowballs and snow tubing, both of which you can enjoy the entire weekend of the 15th.

Santa Monica Pub Crawl

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea—but it’s lots of people’s glass of beer! The Santa Monica Pub Crawl is more than its name implies. While it certainly is an organized route of bar-hopping around one of LA’s most celebrated districts, the Santa Monica Pub Crawl benefits a worthy cause—the $20 admittance fee helps the Westside Food Bank support families this holiday season. So raise your glass to good cheer this holiday season and enjoy some of the best food and drink specials that the popular participating restaurants offer. Holiday-themed apparel is always welcome! It’s happening Saturday the 16th.


Treat yourself this holiday by staying in Los Angeles in a luxurious rental property. If your usual holiday feels too routine, there’s nothing like a vacation to spice it up! As we declare, luxury is always in season! Call us at 800-712-2800 to learn how you can enjoy a gorgeous place of your own in Hollywood, Santa Monica, and other fine neighborhoods this winter.

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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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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 Wine Bars in Los Angeles

You’ll find that some of the best winemaking regions are in Los Angeles and the surrounding area. The Napa and Central Valley areas are famous around the world, and for good reason. Because of this close proximity to fantastic wine producers, the LA area is full of wonderful establishments where you can sip and enjoy these local and worldwide wine offerings. Check out some of our favorite spots to enjoy a glass or two!

Heritage Fine Wines

Located on the corner of South Santa Monica Boulevard and Canon Drive (right in the heart of the Golden Triangle) is this intimate space. You’ll feel right at home as you experience exceptional hospitality, where you can also get an education in fine wines.

Tabula Rasa

Located in Thai Town, you’ll find Tabula Rasa, a quaint and quiet wine bar. Enjoy tasting wines in a dark and moody environment. You’ll find plenty of “approachable” wines on the list in this friendly neighborhood spot.

Wilde Wine Bar and Restaurant

Don’t think for a moment that you are just stopping by for a quick glass of wine. The leather furnishings and romantic surround will envelope you, and you’ll find yourself staying for a small plate or even a quiet dinner to go with that glass of wine.

Wally’s Wine and Spirits

This is perhaps one of the best-known wine bars in Los Angeles. Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, you’ll find exceptional wines and delightful bites for a true wine bar experience.

Restoration Kitchen and Wine

This is one of the few wine establishments located in the South Bay. It is a newer addition to Old Torrance and offers a world-wide menu of wines, along with local craft beers.


This is an homage to the Mediterranean tapas bar, where the owners are a top sommelier and a world class chef. You can enjoy wonderfully sourced dishes, along with an expansive wine list. And don’t miss the courtyard to enjoy those tasty treats and sips.

Bacaro LA

If you are looking for unique wines, you’ll find them at Bacaro. Offerings include small batch labels from Slovenia, Morocco and other regions and areas. The inventory constantly changes, as does the fresh, seasonal menu.

Experience Wine and More in Los Angeles

At Luxury Rental Group, we want to make sure you truly enjoy your stay with us. If you want to know more about these wonderful wine spots or want recommendations to find your favorite cuisines, simply ask!

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Top End of Summer Activities in Los Angeles

Los Angeles may offer more recreation opportunities than any other city in the entire world. Not only is it beautiful, it is also one of the most important cultural hotbeds of art, entertainment, and innovation. As such, a vacation to Los Angeles will always be met with an endless array of possibilities. Here are some things you need to do before the summer comes to an end in the City of Angels!

Beach Fishing

This is probably one of the most enjoyable ways to go fishing: with your toes in the sand right in front of the surf. It is enjoyable all year-long, but late summer is the best time to do it because all of Los Angeles’ most popular species are biting like crazy before leaving the area for winter. These include California halibut, corbina, multiple types of croaker, and countless more. You can also take advantage of public fishing piers and countless fishing charter companies.

Redondo Beach Lobster Festival

This fun and delicious festival is taking place on September 22nd through the 24th right on the water in the beautiful town of Redondo Beach. The main event here, of course, is the fresh caught and delicious lobster dishes that are available. You can find amazing diversity in the preparation and add-ons available, but no variation in the quality of ingredients. Live music, kids’ activities, and much more pair nicely with the lobster.

The Best Time for Surfing

This is the season that offers the highest level of consistency both in quality weather and in quality swells. The summer is great for the ocean temperature and weather, but there are long spans when the swells are underwhelming. Winter brings great swells, but the water and outdoor temperature are both quite cold, and the weather can be very disagreeable. The end of summer is the perfect time to hit the waves, whether you are experienced or you are just trying to learn.

Catch a Baseball Game

In Los Angeles, there is not just one, but two Major League Baseball teams to pick from: The Dodgers and the Angels. The season is winding down, so the next few weeks present your final chances to catch a game. It is hard to find a better setting for America’s pastime than in beautiful Los Angeles.

While there are never any weather restrictions throughout the year in Los Angeles, different times of year still bring different opportunities for locals and visitors. Going on a trip to Los Angeles before this summer has officially passed will be one of your best decisions of the year!