December 19, 2003

L.A. Activities?

POST #    657

With the holiday season upon us, I can do nothing but think about my vacation to Los Angeles. While I love New York, it will be nice to get away and enjoy a different city (no matter how smog ridden it is). I have January 1st taken care of with the Rose Bowl. I also plan on decorating some floats for the Rose Bowl Parade, not so much so I can play with flowers, but because it seems like a pretty cool experience (that and there is free pizza). I think Justin and I might go hiking one day as well.

I will be out there from the 29th and leaving on the 4th, so I've got plenty of time. Worst comes to worse, I take a trip to Vegas. Anybody have some other suggestions?

Posted by tien mao in Travel at 4:47 PM



Of course there are the easy things like Disneyland, but if you just want to have a nice selection of places to eat and shop, check out the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Have some food and sit outside in nice weather -- I know you can't do that in NYC in Dec/Jan.

Posted by: Adam at December 19, 2003 5:47 PM

santa monica is nice. i have a couple friends who live there.

Posted by: rachelleb at December 19, 2003 6:25 PM

Tien..I went to San Fran for my honeymoon this summer and we rented a car and drove down the coast towards Los Angeles. If you're really looking for something unique to do, rent a car and go the Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Its a ridiculously gaudy mansion and estate formerly owned by William Randolph Hearst, ex-publisher of the LA Times. And if you go, drive down Highway 1 for at least a part of the trip. Its the coast road where many many car commercials are filmed. Excuse me if you already know all of this...enjoy your trip.

Posted by: Michael at December 19, 2003 7:56 PM

Yeah, the promenade in Santa Monica is pretty cool. Luckily that is where we will be staying!

Posted by: Justin at December 19, 2003 8:06 PM

Will get back to you any day now with a few places, clubs, lounges, groovey cafe, hopefully including Pizza. ha ha.

Posted by: tparis at December 20, 2003 1:47 AM

I'm jealous. LA is a great place.

Santa monica is nice but the 3rd St. promenade is a generic suburban mall without a roof. Dullsville. For my money Main St. has much better restaurants and people watching (Wildflour Pizza, enterprise fish co., joe's main st. diner, schatzi's (guv arnie's place), rockenwagner, library alehouse etc.). The Santa Monica farmer's market has a great selection of fresh foods (weds. and sat. at arizona and 3rd). The chain link mushroom cloud across the street from the rand corp makes a nice photo.

I always like to take a drive down the coast to see the surf shops in huntington beach and the Laguna Beach tidepools followed by beer and fish tacos at Wahoo's.

Blow your mind at the Museum of Jurassic Technology if it is open. Getty Center is awesome, as is Amoeba records in Hollywood.

If you've never had oaxacan food, try Guelaguetza (3337 W 8th St, LA). Get the black mole, but most everything there is incredible (note: chapuline empanadas = grasshopper empanadas).

The Disney Concert Hall by Frank Gehry in downtown LA is wild and is a short walk from Olvera St., birthplace of LA. It is a mexican style plaza with lots of shops and outdoor cafes.

The Gamble house in Pasadena is worth a tour. great architecture in that neighborhood.

All I can think of early on a saturday morning...

Posted by: joe s at December 20, 2003 9:50 AM

thanks for the great ideas everyone. feel free to keep them coming. a week is a long time to do stuff.

i'm not sure that we'll be hitting up disneyland, i feel like i'm a little old for that right now. i'm sure i'll visit again at some point when i have a family, just not right now.

thankfully, we will have a car. i know california is one of those places you have to have a car. kind of sucks, but it's helpful if you want to get places out there.

tparis, i await that list! especially for pizza places!

joe, you've given me some great ideas. i want to check out the getty center and disney concert hall, but the other places are now on my list too. hopefully, justin will be up for those too.

Posted by: tien at December 20, 2003 10:02 AM

In Beverly Hills, there are two things which I was positively surprised by and might be worth stopping by.

In the Beverly Hills Hotel, in their "coffee shop", they make the most unbelievable milkshakes. Sounds a bit silly, but they were good. And a good excuse to wander around and check the place out.

The second was Greystone mansion. It's a public park, but it's got a lot of cool photo opportunities. After you've been there, you'll be surprised to recognize all the movies that have been filmed there.

Other than that, I agree about 3rd st being dullsville with bad food. The UCLA Hammer museum was better than I expected. The Getty was dramatic. Realize that Universal is mostly a theme park, but if you haven't been... Try to take the Warner Bros tour. We were there while they were building the Last Samurai sets, so I guess it's a 15 month delay. The Observatory is worth the drive up. Another cool place is the Huntington in Pasadena. I guess it depends on what you are looking for.


Posted by: dmadeo at December 23, 2003 2:51 AM

wow, thanks for all those tips. they seem great.

i'm open to more suggestions as well.

Posted by: tien at December 23, 2003 7:27 AM

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