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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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Dining, Travel

Best New Restaurants in Los Angeles, CA!

 

Los Angeles is a competitive market, with its citizens constantly craving something new while looking for something to make a tradition out of. This means there’s always something new to experience here while restaurants in LA rise and fall. Be bold and try something new—going someplace new is always taking a chance, but these four will certainly be safe bets.

Cosa Buona

Echo Park is already a great place to meet up; why not get some delicious Italian while you’re there? Pizza, after all, is a great food for a group date—this assumes that everyone can agree on toppings of course, but Cosa Buona has plenty of crowd-pleasing options. While here, make sure to scrape up the money for appetizers too—stuffed meatballs and refreshing salads are what help Cosa Buona stand out from the other pizzerias.

HiHo Cheeseburger

HiHo isn’t exactly new—it was in Ojai at first—but it’s relocated to Santa Monica’s downtown, and foodies of the city are delighted. The burgers aren’t as fancy as Smash Burger, but they’re comparable in quality to In-N-Out, making them sure to please. The service is quick and the burgers are delicious. As an added bonus, they have some special twists on the typical burger joint that they do very well: their lime pie, their veggie burgers, and their onion jam are all even better than you think those things could be.

Best New Restaurants in Los Angeles, CA!

A more upscale spot for those who love Italian, The Ponte recently came to Beverly Grove. Its ratings are strong, as people are consistently impressed by these Italian standbys. You’re paying for atmosphere too here, and you get what you pay for—the crowded restaurant in LA  enjoys lovely patio seating as well. If you’re looking for something new but not interested in the avant-garde style that entrances so much of Los Angeles, try The Ponte.

Tsubaki

Another restaurants in LA  bold enough to open its doors on competitive Sunset Boulevard, Tsubaki takes the classic Japanese appreciation of a few simple ingredients and brings it to the California table. They tend more for authentic than many Japanese restaurants are comfortable doing, while still being perfectly palatable for Americans. Their food is good, but the real standout here is the sake bar—drink responsibly!

Living Luxuriously in Los Angeles

Going out on the town, trying new restaurants, and coming home to a stylish Los Angeles residence—that’s what living in luxury is all about. So live the high life and stay with a property from The Luxury Rental Group. Browse our listings or call us at 800-712-2800 to discover how your stay in LA can be the highlight of your year.

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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!

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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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About Los Angeles, Dining, Things To Do

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.

A.O.C.

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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5 Fun Facts About Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of the top tourist destinations in the United States, but there are still a lot of things that many people don’t know about our little slice of paradise—a fact that is about to change! Interestingly enough, we’ve lived here our entire lives, and some of this stuff was new to us, so have a seat, pour yourself a drink, and prepare to be educated on some unique quirks special to the city of Los Angeles!

Everyone Loves a Souvenir from LA

You can purchase small gifts for your friends and family back home from the strangest places. For example? The LA Coroner’s Office has a gift shop! A gift from there could be the most unique one ever purchased!

Los Angeles is Just a Nickname

The original name of our fair city was quite a mouthful: El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora Reina de los Angeles sobre el Rio Porciuncula was how LA was once known as. Imagine that fitting on your Expedia travel or bragging about all the good times you had in “the town of our lady queen of angels on the Porciuncula river!

Just Another Billboard?

The Hollywood Sign is an iconic tourist attraction, one that is most likely on your list of “things to do while in Los Angeles.” But did you know that it was originally built as an ad for a new real estate development? Constructed in 1923, it originally said Hollywoodland and used to have flashing lights. The last 4 letters were removed in 1949 and the sign itself was rebuilt in the 1970s after a fundraiser was held by Hugh Hefner for restoration funds.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is an Architectural Wonder

The curves of the stainless-steel walls that comprise the exterior of the concert hall are known throughout the world, and the reflection of the city lights at night give this building a moving picture show appearance, but when it was first built, the reflection of the sun in the daytime soon became a hazard to drivers. In addition, sidewalk temperatures around the building often hit 140 degrees during the hottest day of summer! Today, the music heard inside is hot, and the outside remains cooler after the stainless steel was sanded down to reduce the glare.

Where the Stars Sleep Forever

Hollywood’s Forever Cemetery is the final resting place for many of Hollywood’s top celebrities and makes for an interesting afternoon of exploring—especially if you want to “meet the stars” without seeming like a stalker! Douglas Fairbanks, Judy Garland, and Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) are among the many stars who have made the Forever Cemetery their forever home. Maps are available at the flower store right inside the main gate.

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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!

Attractions, Holidays, Travel

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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