Nobody understands the importance of a great phone app more than the business traveler. These guys cross the skies bringing in business and keeping customers happy all year. Considering the amount of miles that they cover any given day, month, or year, it’s easy to know why a good app can make the difference between a business trip that runs easy and one that leaves you feeling like you will never catch up.
The problem… which app to choose? Last year, Android boasted 1.3 million apps in its store and Apple had a bit fewer with 1.3 million apps. One thing that the executive LA limo traveler does not have is a huge abundance of free time for trial and error so we have made a list of top apps for the business traveler.
Great Apps for Business Travel
TripIt – Allows you to bundle all of your travel itineraries into one calendar format, organizing all your flight info and schedules, hotel reservations, and any meeting information into one location. All information is loaded by simply forwarding all confirmation emails to the TripIt account. The application does the rest.
Available for: iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Andriod
Cost – Basic: FREE, Pro: $49/year
GateGuru – Summarizes flight itineraries into one spot. This allows the business traveler to see any last minute changes in the flight schedule and the amount of time spent in airports or on planes.
Available for: iOS, Windows Phone, Android
Cost – FREE
WeatherPro – This app shows an overview of the weather you’ll experience in all of the locations you are traveling.
Available for: iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Android
Cost – $0.99
iTranslate – International travelers rejoice!! Now there is an app for those strange moments when you are not sure what to say next. iTranslate is capable of translating more than 80 languages.
Available for: OSX, Android, iOS, Windows Phone
Cost – FREE
Mynd Calendar – If you feel like you could use the help of a personal assistant, the Mynd Calendar app is for you. This app acts like an advanced calendar app and is capable of managing the day-to-day aspects of business travel such as notifying multiple people when a meeting will be delayed because of travel or weather.
Available for: iOS
Cost – FREE
Onavo – Feel like your data plan is out of control when you travel? Onavo is an app that tracks where you use date and analyzes data use.
Available for: iOS, Android
Cost – FREE
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We have been a top rated provider of Southern California wine tours for more than fifteen years. We offer customized wine tours throughout the SoCal region, for instance to the Santa Maria Valley, Happy Canyon, Los Alamos Valley, Temecula, the Malibu Canyons, Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley, and so many other great vineyard regions found in Southern California. Among our LA limo clientele, wine tasting venues in the heart of L .A. as well as along the Pacific Ocean have been two trends in the most recent years. To help you get a feel of what exactly to expect of an LA wine tour, as well as helping you with the choice of picking a vineyard region in Southern California, we’ve written with help of our wine concierge a few tips on choosing the right winery in Southern California.
First and foremost, Southern California wine’s sensible difference from the wines of the word derives from the terrain and Mediterranean climate found in for instance Santa Barbara County and Los Angeles County, the two most popular county destinations for our Los Angeles wine tour customers. Few places have wineries getting more sun than in Southern California and the Greater L .A. Area. The cool nights and sea breezes, maybe particularly present in the Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Malibu, have a tremendous impact on creating some of the best rated wines and vineyard regions of Southern California. Certain wine grapes that prefer cooler climates, maybe particularly Pinot noir, will therefore be the best in areas along the coast where the climate is chillier, while on the other hand, wines such as Chardonnay, will be the best in areas further inland with less perception and exposure to coastal mist. See also our articles on Southern California Wine Varietals and the Vineyard Conditions of SoCal. For having provided the SoCal community with our LA Wine Tour now for more than fifteen years, Los Angeles Limo has also hired our own wine concierge, which is available for your questions 24/7.
LA Wine Tour
It may be hard to understand, but the Los Angeles River Basin was once home to hundreds of vineyards and wineries at the time it was solely a pueblo. Most of the wineries were removed from Los Angeles County during the Prohibition times, except for one, which is the San Antonio Winery of Downtown. Today, there are few other wineries located in Downtown LA, but there are numerous wine tasting venues and wine tasting bars located in a fifteen minute radius of the San Antonio Winery in Downtown. For LA wine tour customers preferring to stay local, these wine bars have become increasingly popular among groups of friends going out for a luxurious wine tasting and dining in L .A. Unlike most wine tasting venues in Southern California, Los Angeles wine bars often also serve a greater selection of beer as well as food. Some even are great at the art of food and wine pairing, which is well worth trying out for the wine noobie. Besides the San Antonio Winery ofDowntown, which is a designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument dating back to 1917, some of the other wine tasting opportunities found here include: the A.O.C. Wine Bar, Bacaro LA, Colorado Wine Company, Cork Bar, Enoteca Drago, 55 Degree Wine, Monsieur Marcel Wine Bar, the Little Door, LOU Vine, in addition to the Bodega Wine Bar and the Rustic Canyon Wine Bar in Santa Monica. While Enoteca Drago in Beverly Hills is based on Italian wine varietals and the Monsieur Marcel Wine Bar is based on French wines, the LOU and Cork Bar are focused on the Californian varietals. The Cork Bar also offers San Diego brewed beers, and is therefore also a popular LA beer crawl destination.
Other popular LA wine tour destinations are Silverlake Wine, Bottlerock, Covell, Domaine LA, and many more. The Bottlerock wine tasting venue by the Staples Center in Los Angeles offers over 800 different wines and is a popular LA limo destination. Covell on Hollywood Boulevard offers wine tasting in a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere, with a staff that is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to wine varietals. Another popular wine destination, although no LA wine tour, is the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival. The festival includes numerous wine tasting events, wine and food pairings, lunches, and appetizers. Many of our LA wine tour customers also prefer the extended cruise up the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu, where they either sip wine by the Pacific at Rosenthal, or many visits the Malibu & Vine or ventures up the canyons to the great hidden wineries of the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu Canyons. Malibu & Wine is well-known for their gorgeous outdoor seating area with local Malibu wine labels such as Semler and Saddlerock. The food-and-wine matchings on their Sunday brunch from 10 am to 1 pm is also worth checking out. At Malibu Wines further up in the canyons, there is an even prettier outdoor seating area, nestled in the Malibu Canyons. There are also often live entertainment such as live music, stand-up comedy, movie screenings, etc. here, and you are allowed to bring your own food.
Santa Ynez Wine Tour
The Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County has recently become one of the most requested wine tour destination in Southern California. The valley ― which is made up of the small towns of Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Buellton, Ballard and Solvang ― is nestled in the Santa Ynez Mountains and offer some of the greatest and most authentic & traditional wine tour options in Santa Barbara County. It is a picturesque and gorgeous valley, with a population of barely 20,000 people spread over a vast area of natural beauty. Our LA wine tour clientele’s favorite wines here are their Chardonnay in the cooler western portion, while Rhône varietals have become increasingly popular in the drier and warmer eastern portion of Santa Ynez Valley. The area surrounding the two small towns of Los Olivos and Santa Ynez is said to have among the most beautiful landscapes found in California and this region is therefore your best bet for a quiet wine tasting opportunity in beautiful surroundings in the great outdoors. Besides Los Olivos and Santa Ynez, Ballard Canyon and also Happy Canyon have become increasingly popular destinations for our LA wine tour customers in the recent years. Unlike the Santa Maria Valley, the wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley are grouped together with short distances between the different wine tasting venues and wineries, maybe particularly in the Los Olivos area. There are nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley, but the ones preferred by our Los Angeles limo clientele are, in no particular order: the Koehler Winery, Zaca Mesa Winery, Rusack Vineyards, Bridlewood Estate Winery, Sunstone Winery, and Rideau Vineyard, while others include the Fess Parker Winery and Vineyards, Firestone Vineyard, Carhartt Winery & Vineyard, Gainey Vineyard, Alma Rosa Winery, and Longoria Wines.
Koehler Winery is a winery that has it all, although their Cabernet sauvignon, Syrah, Viognier, and Sauvignon blanc may be the best. It is located in beautiful and quiet surroundings, which makes the outdoor area a great place to enjoy wine and even picnicking. The Zaca Mesa Winery is among the oldest wineries in all of Southern California and they pioneered Syrah in the county back in 1972. It also has some great varietals of Viognier, Chardonnay, Mourvédre, and Roussanne. This place as well is a great place to bring some food and have an outdoor picnic while wine tasting. The Pride of Ballard Canyon, as it’s often nicknamed, Rusack Vineyards, has arguably the greatest picnic areas in all of Santa Ynez Valley and our Los Angeles limo customers often fall in love with their Anacapa, which is their own flagship Bordeaux style wine. The outside areas are wonderful with great views of vineyards throughout all Ballard Canyon. Bridlewood Estate Winery is a beautiful mission-style winery, set on hundreds of acres of land in Santa Ynez. What now looks like a mission was once an equestrian center and the winery and its wines therefore has a “horse-theme”. There are particularly three wines our Los Angeles Limousine concierge recommends here, their top-notch Syrah and Viognier, but also others they do great, such as Port, Zinfandel, Pinot noir and Chardonnay. It is removed from the main road and offers quiet and beautiful surroundings from its outdoor veranda. One of the absolute favorites among our LA wine tour customers recently is the Sunstone Winery, which is situated only a mile from another popular one, the Kalyra Winery. Sunstone Winery has a Spanish feel and the focus here is on organic wine growing. This is also a beautiful, huge winery located with beautiful surroundings and removed from the main road. “They are particularly known for their Merlot, but they also produce great Syrah, Viognier and Sauvignon blanc”, says our Limousine Los Angeles wine concierge. Lastly, but surely not least, the Rideau Winery & Vineyard is an incredibly popular Santa Ynez wine tour destination. Housed in an 1884 two-story adobe, this winery quickly became one of the most popular Santa Barbara wine tour destinations after it was founded in 1997. Their main emphasis is Viognier, Syrah, Grenache, and Roussanne.
Malibu Wine Tour
Malibu is the new frontier of California wine making, and because of its close proximity to Downtown and location in L.A. county, Malibu has become one of the most popular wine tour destinations for Los Angeles limousine. You may think of sand and surf, but the canyons of Malibu offer great wineries nestled in canyons of natural beauty – far from big city life and with a real country feeling. This emerging wine country is here to stay, and as of 2015, there are over fifty wineries located in Malibu! The hot days and cooler nights make the ideal growing conditions for numerous wine grape varietal’s, and few sceneries can beat Rosenthal, where you are sipping wine while looking out over the Pacific, or Malibu Family Wines, which is settled in a quiet separate canyon by itself and offers some of the greatest wine tasting opportunities in Southern California. By the coast is where we find great wine tasting venues as Rosenthal, which is located across the highway from the Pacific Ocean, and there are many popular wineries found further inland, mainly in the Malibu Canyons. L .A.’s most popular Los Angeles wine tour — our Malibu wine tour — will take you to the greatest wineries found nestled between the canyons of Malibu. We regularly serve all types of wine tasting venues in the Malibu area, but then again the most popular among our Limousine Los Angeles clientele are, in no particular order: Rosenthal Wine Tasting Room, Cornell Winery, Malibu Family Wines, SIP Malibu, and the Malibu & Vine Tasting Room. Other wineries and wine tasting venues in Malibu includes the Ladyface Alehouse, which also has a wide selection of beer varietals and is a popular LA beer crawl destination, as well as Casa Dumetz Wines, Hoyt Family Vineyards, Malibu Solstice Vineyard & Wines, Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards, and Church Estate Vineyards. The top wines in the Malibu region is recognized as Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet sauvignon, Grenache, Muscat, and Viognier.
Cornell Winery is among the most popular LA wine tasting destinations. Cornell offers and specializes in local wines from the Malibu Canyons. There is also a restaurant right next door, the Old Place Restaurant, which is a charming old restaurant, frequently visited on our Malibu wine tour. Cornell Winery also brags the largest selection of wines in all of the Malibu region. Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio along the Pacific Ocean in Malibu proper is another Malibu wine tour hit. During weekends, there are often live performances here as well as a food truck on site. They are particularly known for their Merlot, Petite Verdot, Cabernet, and Syrah. Rosenthal has several award winning wines, including their 1999 Merlot which won a double gold medal at the Tasters Guild International Wine Judging, in addition to gold medals from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the Los Angeles County Fair Wine Competition. One of the Los Angeles wine tour clientele’s absolute favorites is the Malibu Family Wines in the Malibu Canyons. This winery is entirely outdoors and situated in a gorgeous and secluded canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains. As they also do serve wine made in Northern California, make sure to ask for their own varietals made in the surrounding vineyards. Their Reserve Cabernet and Merlot are maybe what their mostly known for, but with their extensive list of great wines it is difficult to make a wrong choice. Their ’05 Semler Merlot has received a lot of recognition and awards, including gold medals from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Make sure to check their calendar, because this place is packed with famous stand-up comedians, live music and entertainment, as well as food trucks on site, on several occasions. Limousine Los Angeles is proud of having worked with Malibu Family Wines for over a decade, and your Malibu wine tour won’t let you down!
Santa Barbara Wine Tour
Besides the great wine regions of Santa Barbara County, found in for instance Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Ballard Canyon and the Santa Maria Valley, there have been an increased demand among our LA wine tour clientele to make the trip up to the City of Santa Barbara for wine tasting. Although there are no vineyards per say in Santa Barbara and Solvang proper, these two cities have an amazing selection of wine bars with great local made California made wines. The Deep Sea Tasting Room, situated out on the Stearns pier in Santa Barbara, might offer the best views of the Pacific Ocean to be sipping wine to. In the community of Solvang, there are also numerous wine tasting bars in walking distance from one another, in the middle of town. There are also numerous great wine focused restaurants in the City of Santa Barbara, making the wine tasting venues here particularly popular for either city dates close to home in Santa Barbara, or just a group of friends getting together for some great wine tasting in America’s Riviera. Among the most popular tasting rooms in Santa Barbara are: Au Bon Climat, Kalyra Winery Wine Tasting Room, Pali Wine Company, Deep Sea Tasting Room and Fox Wine Co. Other wine tasting bars in Santa Barbara include Jamie Slone Wines, Jaffurs Wine Cellars, Cebada Vineyard & Winery, Whitcraft Winery, Summerland Winery, Happy Canyon Winery, Kunin Wines, Carr Vineyards and Winery, Area 5.1 Winery, Margerum Wine Company, Silver Wines, Cottonwood Canyon Winery, Sanguis Wine, Oreana Winery, Lafond Winery & Vineyards, Municipal Winemakers, Santa Barbara Winery, Riverbench Santa Barbara, Sanford Winery, Grassini Family Vineyards & Winery, the Valley Project Tasting Room, and many more.
Kalyra Winery on State Street is one of our Santa Barbara Wine Tour clients favorite spot in town. Just two blocks from the beach, you can taste some really great Californian and Australian wine varietal’s here. The winery is famous for having been featured in the 2004 film Sideways. The oldest winery in all of Santa Barbara County, the Santa Barbara Winery, is located right next door to the Kalyra Winery Tasting Room. It was established in 1962 and it particularly famous for their Chardonnay, but also Pinot noir, Sangiovese and Sauvignon blanc. As this place has helped shape the development of the Santa Ynez Valley and other areas in the county as premier wine making regions, there are also a great amount of history here. Oreana Winery is located right across the road from the Santa Barbara Winery. Another block towards the beach is where we find Kunin Wines & Westerly Vineyards, which is an increasingly popular Santa Barbara Wine Tour destination and also popular among our LA wine tour clientele and LA limo customers. This tasting room is within eyesight of the Pacific and they are particularly known for their award winning Viognier and Rhône wines. Carr Winery, on the other hand, is mostly known for their Syrah and Pinot noir. At Carr Vineyards and Winery the wine is often served with live music or entertainment, as well as smaller appetizers for wine & food pairings. We could also point out that the crowd booking LA wine tour to Carr Winery tend to be younger than most of the wineries. We are tremendously proud of offering wine tours throughout SoCal, for instance our customized top-notch Malibu Wine Tour, LA Wine Tour, Santa Ynez Wine Tour, and our Santa Barbara Wine Tour. We also offer other LA wine tours, for instance, to the Temecula Valley, San Diego, Antelope Valley, and more! We offer a price-match-guarantee and we serve all of Southern California. A recent trend is interest in visiting the Hamilton Oaks Vineyard and Laguna Canyon Winery in Laguna Beach, CA. Check them out! Also, feel free to check out our Yelp reviews! For your limousine Los Angeles, contact us today to book.
Our Los Angeles limousine services has provided wine tours in Southern California for more than fifteen years. We are also proud of being a top rated LA limo service. The wineries and wine-tasting venues for those living in L. A. are plentiful. Many of our LA limo customers prefer wine tasting alternatives close to home, and the Greater L. A. Area is for sure an underrated wine region to explore. Come with limousine Los Angeles as we take you to some of the most popular wine tasting venues among our LA limo clientele. We are proud of offering wine tasting tours to all Southern California regions, including for instance our Malibu wine tour, Santa Barbara wine tour, and Santa Ynez wine tour.
Many of our LA wine tour customers like to explore the local LA wine bars. These are for the most part located no more than twenty minutes from the San Antonio Winery of Downtown Los Angeles. Our recommendations for some great wine tasting bars in the City of L.A. are, in no particular order, the following: Bacaro LA, A.O.C. Wine Bar, Colorado Wine Company, Cork Bar, 55 Degree Wine, Monsieur Marcel Restaurant & Wine Bar, the Little Door, and LOU. The A.O.C. Wine Bar has become a tremendously popular LA wine tour destination in recent years. They offer a big selection of all types of wines, in addition to small plates of food for wine and food pairing. The Colorado Wine Company, unlike most wineries in Malibu and Santa Barbara, has a focus on the wines of the world and serves both beer and wine from around the world, most for under $25 per bottle.
The Cork Bar, on the other hand, is also located close to the San Antonio Winery of Downtown, but the focus here is rather on the Californian wine varietals. In addition to all kinds of California made wine, the Cork Bar also offers California made beer, which makes them a popular destination for our LA beer crawl customers. Monsieur Marcel Restaurant & Wine Bar has a focus on European wine varietals, with a particular focus on French wine. The LOU on Vine Street has another focus; here the wine growing is based on a natural ecologic process and is often served with seasonal offerings of fresh food from local farmers.
There are other areas as well that are popular Los Angeles wine tour destinations, for instance the Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen and Bodega Wine Bar in Santa Monica, as well as the Enoteca Drago in Beverly Hills. Rustic Canyon Wine Bar on Wilshire Boulevard has received an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator and is a top-notch LA wine tasting venue. Here they have a huge variety with varietals from around the world. The Bodega Wine Bar focuses on the cheaper wines, in a laid-back atmosphere with live music and food such as pizza. The Enoteca Drago in Beverly Hills, on the other hand, offers professional Italian wine and food pairings, and offers wines from all the Italian wine regions. Enoteca Drago has received an Award of Excellence from the Wine Spectator as well. There are many great wine based restaurants that are increasingly popular among our Los Angeles wine tour clientele as well. Some of these include the Patina, Valentino, Sona, Cut, and Craft. The Patina, which is located within the Walt Disney Concert Hall, has an award winning wine list and offers some really great wines. Sona is more focused on wine and food matching, and their wine selection has reached more than 2.000 varietals! In other words, you are guaranteed to find a wine you like. Their expertise of food matching is incredible, and many decide to take their special someone here for a night out in one of our limos. While the Craft Restaurant focuses on the California wine varietals, Valentino’s focus is on Italian wine and food pairing.
For wine tasting a little further from Downtown, we would like to recommend one of the great wine tours we offers, check for instance out our Santa Barbara wine tour, Santa Ynez wine tour, Los Olivos wine tour, or Malibu wine tour. Our offers for limousine Los Angeles include LA wine tours to regions throughout the Southern California, including Temecula, Santa Maria Valley, Los Olivos, the Malibu Canyons, and so much more! Get in touch with one of our wine experts and we can help walk you through the different options of wineries, wine tasting tours, and wine regions of Southern California. Please also feel free to check us out on Yelp or any of the other review sites. You can be confident you’re riding in safe hands with our Los Angeles limo service company.
Golden sun, top rated beaches, the movie industry, home to the world’s celebrities, never-stop parties, or the world’s shopping mecca? L.A., a sprawling metropolis of 13 million people in sunny Southern California, has been given a lot of prestigious titles. L.A. was founded long before our Los Angeles limo service was! In 1781 it was founded by 44 settlers from Mexico, who called the town El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula (in English: The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Porciúncula River). This initial frontier pueblo grew to become the second-largest city in America – and by estimates for population growth, soon to be America’s largest city. L.A. is credited – in good or bad – for having redefined culture in every corner of the world, introducing phrases as drive-thru and strip mall to the English language, and been the world’s entertainment mecca for decades with the thriving music- and film industry of Hollywood. This great city has also become amazingly diverse, and is by far easily the most diverse city in the world. Where else can one find authentic Italian, Mexican, Greek, and Thai cuisine on the same city block? L.A. has simply never been more fascinating, vast, diverse, varied, and worth visiting.
Looking at a map of sprawling L.A. or flying over LAX at night, many first-time visitors are overwhelmed. The city has never been more vast than it is today, and if you except a single downtown city center where it’s all located – you will be disappointed. Many call us with questions such as “Where do I begin?” or “What should I see in my X amount of days in the city?”. Begin by setting your priorities first: Beach enthusiasts should head over to Santa Monica State Beach, Venice Beach, Malibu, Hermosa Beach, or Manhattan Beach to start out there adventure. Shopping lovers should head to Third Street Promenade or the Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, The Grove in West Hollywood, or the boutiques of Silver Lake, Echo Park, Los Feliz and the Fashion District in Downtown. Cultural enthusiasts could start by checking out the Getty Center in Brentwood, Getty Villa in Malibu, Los Angeles Museum of Art (LACMA), or one of our Los Angeles wine tours for a wine-tasting experience to close-by wine country in the Santa Ynez Valley, Malibu Canyons, Santa Maria Valley, or Temecula. If you are into the entertainment industry, check out Universal City, Studio City, or Hollywood to begin your LA-experience. For nightclubs, start of by checking out Rage on Santa Monica Boulevard, Boardner’s in Hollywood, or the Vault in Downtown. No city has a wider variety of nightlife options than the city of angels.
Some of the most touristy attractions in the City of Angels include the Hollywood Sign and Hollywood Walk of Fame, Sunset Blvd, Third Street Promenade, the Venice Beach and Venice Canals, Rodeo Drive, the Arclight Cinemas, Griffith Observatory and Park, Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica State Beach, Muscle Beach, Hollywood Bowl, Universal Studios, Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain, the Getty Center and Getty Villa, the Los Angeles Zoo, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center, the Dolby Theatre, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, Natural History Museum, Universal CityWalk, the Dodger Stadium, Autry National Center, the Grammy Museum, the Convention Center, L.A. Live, the Los Angeles Coliseum, and so much more. We serve the 88 incorporated cities in L.A. and the 18.5 million people residing the Greater L. A. area.
At the Los Angeles limousine headquarters, we get tons of calls from tourists visiting LA who are asking us for recommendations for celebrity sightings. Truth to be told, celebrities are a part of everyday life in the Los Angeles area. Instead of a StarBus-ride though, we would highly recommend to check out a guided limousine ride through the neighborhoods of Beverly Hills and Bel Air to get the most out of your tour. We have run into celebrities in every other part of town as well. Among the most recent celebrities we can include Britney Spears at LAX, Matt Damon at the Ace Hotel in Downtown, Kim Kardashian at the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows, Ben Affleck and Reese Witherspoon at the Brentwood Country Mart, Lady Gaga at Chateau Marmont, Megan Fox at the Disneyland Resort, Katy Perry at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, as well as Ashton Kutcher in Franklin Village, Hollywood. Except for red-carpet entries, you are however in need of a bit of luck to spot a celebrity. For those interested in the film industry in general, we would like to recommend the Dolby Theater (Kodiak Theatre), the Hollywood Museum, Paramount Pictures, Pantages Theatre (former home to the Academy Awards), Universal Studios Hollywood, Warner Bros Studios, Studio City, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Our guided limo tours takes you through the celebrities neighborhoods in Westwood, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Bel Air, West Los Angeles, and Pacific Palisades.
Hollywood and West Hollywood are where you will find the most nightclubs in close proximity to each other. These are happening nightspots with a never-ending nightlife, especially found in and around the Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard. Among nightclubs in the Hollywood area, the most visited by our Los Angeles limo customers for years have been Boardner’s, CREATE, Lure Nightclub, the Roxbury, the Sound, the Avalon Hollywood, OHM Nightclub LA, the Playhouse, King King Hollywood, Boulevard 3, Supperclub LA, the Vault Nightclub LA, Rage, BLOK, and the Greystone Manor. Most popular bars include the Formosa Café, Musso & Frank Grill, Three Clubs, Yamashiro, the Abbey, Rainbow Bar & Grill, the Standard. For live music in Hollywood or West Hollywood, check out El Floridita, Largo L.A., The Troubadour, the Viper Room, or Whisky-A-Go-Go.
Although the Sunset Strip with its multitude of dance clubs, bars, and rock clubs is worthy of a trip, the new nightlife of Downtown Los Angeles also is well worth checking out. Here you will discover classy bars such as Seven Grand and Downtown L.A. Standard with its great roof-top bar overlooking the city. Downtown nightclubs such as the Vault Nightclub L.A., Exchange L.A., and the Conga Room are frequently visited by our LA limo customers. Other L.A. nightclubs include the Continental Club, the Mayan, Sevilla Nightclub, DragonFly, and Elevate Lounge. For live music, check out the Echo, the Satellite or Silver Lake Lounge. Some great nighttime improv- and stand-up comedy places includes the Comedy Store, Improv and Laugh Factory in West Hollywood, and the Groundlings Theatre and Upright Citizens Brigade in Downtown LA.
A great place for shopping is the Third Street Promenade of Santa Monica, which includes branches of close to every major U.S. retail chain store. Outdoors cafés, movie theaters, nightlife bars & nightclubs, as well as street vendors are found on the Third Street Promenade. The outdoor mall Santa Monica Place at the south end of the Promenade is a popular destination for many of our limousine customers, and it includes shops such as Burberry, Emporio Armani, Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Swarovski, and many more.
For shopping in Downtown, check out the Fashion District or the Jewelry District. The Fashion District of Downtown is home to more than a thousand retail shops, while the Jewelry District could resemble a street in Manhattan and includes several watch- and jewelry shops, where the most exclusive ones are located along Hill Street between sixth and seventh street. For less upscale shopping, Downtown is home to all kinds of open-air shopping markets, such as the Flower Market, Grand Central Market, and Olvera Street. Olvera Street is where Angelinos go to find cheap knock-offs, including everything from clothing and shoes to perfume. The most popular shopping malls in Los Angeles are the Grove LA, the Beverly Center, Hollywood & Highland, Santa Monica Place, the Americana at Brand, and the Citadel. Robertson Blvd and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills are great for upscale window-shopping.
The L. A. area is home to thousands of hotels, which varies greatly in price based on location and the standards. We have chauffeured clients to their hotels and restaurants for more than fifteen years. For our suggestions for the ultimate L.A. hotel that fits your budget, we starting off by the most reasonable hotels. Our limousine service clients’ favorites in the Downtown area include the Ace Hotel, Figueroa Hotel, Hilton Checkers Los Angeles, the Line, Millennium Biltmore Hotel, and the Standard Downtown L.A. Lodging in Hollywood from reasonable to high-end includes the London West Hollywood, Magic Castle Hotel, Loews Hollywood, Hotel Amarano Burbank, Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the Redbury, and W Hollywood. The Redbury is situated in the very heart of the nightlife scene in Hollywood, near Hollywood and Vine. Santa Monica and Venice Beach hotels includes the Hotel Erwin, Channel Road Inn, the Ambrose, Shore Hotel, and Shutters on the Beach, which is located right on the sand of Santa Monica State Beach and a popular Los Angeles limo destination.
Hotels in the Bel Air and Beverly Hills areas are generally speaking more expensive than those elsewhere, but from least pricey to most exclusive, our recommendations for Beverly Hills are: the Crescent Beverly Hills, Hotel Bel-Air, Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons, Los Angeles at Beverly Hills by Four Seasons, Montage Beverly Hills, Peninsula Beverly Hills, and the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. While the daily room rate starts at $220 at the Crescent Beverly Hills, it is $600 at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. Some great hotels in Pasadena includes the Langham Huntington Pasadena, the Westin Pasadena, and the Courtyard by Marriot Los Angeles located in Old Pasadena.
Among the restaurants most frequently visited by our Los Angeles limo clientele are the Parish, Mo-Chica, Mexicali Taco & Co, Church & State, Sushi Gen, the Space Table, Alma LA, Rivera, Bestia, and Beco Mercat. For American cuisine, we would recommend Los Angeles oldest restaurant, Philippe the Original and Engine Co. No. 28 in Downtown; 25 Degrees, Ammo, Animal, and Pink’s Hot Dogs in Hollywood; Spago Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills; the Apple Pan in West Los Angeles; and Farmshop, Father’s Office, Gjelina, and Joe’s Restaurant in the Venice Beach and Santa Monica areas.
For Italian, check out Bottega Louie in Downtown LA; Cube Café and Marketplace or Pizzeria Mozza in Hollywood; Little Dom’s in Los Feliz; Angelini Osteria in West Hollywood; Oliverio in Beverly Hills; or Valentino in Santa Monica. For French food, check out Patina in Downtown, Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills, Gordon Ramsay at the London in West Hollywood, Mélisse in Santa Monica, or Bistro 45 in Pasadena. Our favorite Japanese cuisine is tasted at the Urasawa in Beverly Hills, at the Wa Sushi & Bistro in West Hollywood, or at the Sushi Gen in Downtown. The most visited seafood restaurants include the Providence in Hollywood and the Santa Monica Seafood. Our top recommendation for authentic Mexican cuisine would be Yuca’s Hut in Los Feliz, for Spanish cuisine the Bazaar by José Andrés in Beverly Hills, and for Cuban cuisine the Porto’s Bakery in Burbank. Great Mediterranean food is found at Cleo in Hollywood and at the A.O.C. in West Hollywood. Non-culinary landmarks, but tasty fast-food with a Californian twist includes the In-N-Out Burger and the original Tommy’s at Beverly Boulevard. Make sure to try out California-made oranges, avocado, or Oxnard strawberries while you’re visiting SoCal!
Los Angeles is home to more concerts and live music events than anywhere. LA is also home to numerous exhibitions, museums, theaters, and places of historical significance. Our favorite destinations for concert halls would definitely include the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Greek Theatre, Nokia Theatre (L.A. Live), the Hollywood Bowl, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Shrine Auditorium. A few of the top cultural attractions in Downtown would include the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the California Science Center, El Pueblo de Los Angeles (the oldest section of L.A.), the Grammy Museum, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, MOCA Grand Avenue, Bradbury Building, California African American Museum, Japanese American National Museum, and the National History Museum of Los Angeles County. Similar top attractions in the Hollywood region includes the Dolby Theater (Kodiak Theatre), Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park (the largest municipal park in America with 4,210 acres of nature), Hollywood Museum, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Paramount Pictures, and TCL Chinese Theatre. In Brentwood you will find the Getty Center, one of the most visited tourist attractions in town, which offers great views of L. A. Also on the Westside we find the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Tolerance, the Pacific Design Center, the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, and the Petersen Automotive Museum.
Some of the great cultural attractions by the ocean includes the Getty Villa in Malibu and the Will Rogers State Historic Park and Museum in Pacific Palisades. For Pasadena, check out the Gamble House, a historic building dating back to 1908, the Huntington Art Collections, or the North Simon Museum. As for sports, Los Angeles is home to two baseball teams (L.A. Dodgers at Dodger Stadium and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), three basketball teams who play at the Staples Center (L.A. Clippers, L. A. Lakers, and the Los Angeles Sparks), and one hockey team, the L.A. Kings.
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