Hollywood, April 2016

Happy Anniversary to us!

James surprised me (somehow) with a trip to Hollywood for our 10th anniversary! First we checked in to the Hollywood Bed and Breakfast.

Charming classic Hollywood B&B that meets both classic Hollywood with a modern twist…. We had spacious room with a quaint patio area perfect for relaxing. The grounds are simply adorable and you can tell the owners (Nina and William) take great pride in their home. There is complimentary on site parking (a rarity in Hollywood) and the hotel is located very close to the hub of Hollywood but far enough away to still feel away from the hustle and bustle of a busy downtown. The breakfast is lovely and filling…some oatmeal packets, yogurt, juice, milk, various cereals and so many toast and spread options…the tea selection was wonderful and the dining room was very welcoming

OK, now that we’re checked in it was up to me to decide what to do. We’ve seen a lot of the touristy stuff already, Chinese Theater, Walk of fame, the Hollywood Sign, Tour, Universal Studious, Citywalk, the Wax Museum, Hollywood & Highland,  the Observatory. Man, there is a lot to do here. By the time I decided what i wanted to do, James told me it was time to go to the movies (Note to self: think faster) Movie Time!

We headed to the El Capitan theater to see the Jungle book. The movie was great. More on the theater in a separate post here. Then back to the room to end the day.

Next morning, I didn’t waste any time deciding what to do! So we headed to Paramount Studious for a tour. They offer a standard tour, a VIP tour and the night tour. but we settled for the simple one, since they only do nights tours on weekends. There’s more about the studio tour in a separate post here.

After that, time to go shopping! We went to Sunset for Meltdown Comics (fun), and John Kelley Chocolates (yum).

that glass is the only thing between me and a sugar coma

Then we headed over to Wilshire Blvd for a trifecta of awesome. Geeking out at Whimsic Alley:

Goofing around at the Miracle Mile Toy Store Then trying out new board games at NextGen Games: Board and videogame store (Thanks for recommending patchwork guys!)

After lunch and a nap and some board games, we tried to go up Mulholland Dr. to get a great view of the city, but the overlook park was closed. It’s open sunrise to sunset. We did stop and sneak a glance at LA at night while we were there though. The drive is not for the faint of heart . . . especially at night, but the view of L.A. is beautiful.

Next day we were up early and back up Mulholland to see a great view of the Hollywood Bowl from the Jerome C. Daniel overlook (actually open this time), and sure enough, it was pretty crowded. Three tour vans stopped by while we were there. And you can tell why, a great view of the Hollywood sign, the city, and the Bowl. I was wondering if we would be allowed to go check out the Bowl when is nothing happening there, so we went down to ask, and you totally can!

After that it was time for lunch at the new to So Cal Shake Shack! An excellent choice if i do say so myself!

Hmm, I shoulda ordered something for James

Then a taping of the Conan O’Brian show! Then dinner at the excellent Blue Palms Brewhouse, and  then my last surprise, my favorite show Chicago at the Pantages!

Wednesday, time to go home 🙁 but there is still so much more we didn’t have time to do this trip. The Hollywood Heritage Museum, Felix in Hollywood Tour, Runyan Canyon was CLOSED, horseback riding, Lake Hollywood Reservoir, Dearly departed Tours the list goes on and on.

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