30-JUN-13: Kanan Road to the Beach

Kanan Road to the Beach

Hot Sunday Afternoon. Let’s drive to the “Bu”, Malibu!
This probably looks familiar to my local peeps.

Kanan Road to the Beach

Kanan Road to the Beach  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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A very hot Sunday Afternoon in Los Angeles.  An invitation to a food and wine event at an estate and winery in Malibu.  A beautiful day for a drive…

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Except that there was a lot of traffic on the freeway heading for the beach.  And if you waited in the long half-mile line to exit the freeway at Kanan Road, you probably added at least a half hour in wait time…

They’re doing construction/maintenance on the tunnels on Kanan, so they have one lane in each direction through one of the tunnels.  Growing up in Los Angeles, these tunnels represented the border between the valley and the beach.

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NOTE: Don’t try this at home!

NOW HERE’S WHERE THE DAY WENT WRONG:

We arrived at the event and the parking was at the ranch next door.  The parking was far away, along the unpaved road, next to the horse corrals.  They invited a lot of people and most brought a guest along, then they made them walk in the heat and dust to wait for a shuttle into the winery.

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Here’s a pic of lots of luxury cars (three Mercedes front to back) parked along the dirt road.  The shuttle stop is somewhere past all these cars and then up a hill.  Oh yeah, it’s 105 degrees!!!

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Every time a car drives by you, you get dusted, and you’re dripping wet before you get to the shuttle stop.  Then you find out they only have two 8 passenger vans running the 200+ people up the hill, and there are a hundred people waiting ahead of you…

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Oh yeah, no shade and it’s 105 degrees!!!  ABORT MISSION!  I bailed immediately once I realized it was going to be an hour waiting in the heat and dust.  Unbelievable bad planning!  And truly less than impressive.

Here’s the thing.  I’m young compared to many of the guests that were invited and I knew it would be hot.  I put on the sunscreen, dressed for the hot weather, and brought a bottle of water and a hat for the sun.  Most of the guests did not!  Asking elderly people to hike in the dust and stand in the sun without shade on a dangerously hot day is a recipe for disaster.

And I can’t even imagine how long it took them to get out of the event.  After food and wine, having to be shuttled down the hill, walking in the heat and dust, trying to turn their luxury cars around, and then trying to turn out of the ranch’s driveway onto Kanan Road, with traffic returning from a day at the beach.  And then of course you have the freeway traffic to contend with too.  What a nightmare!

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28-JUN-13: Four Seasons Westlake Village

Four Seasons Westlake Village

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Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The waterfall and lawn at the Four Seasons Westlake Village. A beautiful location for any upscale event! Need a spa retreat or a weekend getaway? I’m a Four Seasons Preferred Partner and can usually get you upgrades and specials amenities at any Four Seasons Resort or Spa!

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27-JUN-13: The Pagoda at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

The Pagoda at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village

Pagoda at the Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Pagoda at Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

I was invited for lunch and a site inspection tour at the travel agent party two weeks ago, and on a very hot Thursday I drove out to Westlake Village and returned to the Four Seasons Resort and Spa!

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Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Tuesday Afternoon at the Woodland Hills Country Club

Tuesday Afternoon at the Woodland Hills Country Club:

Another Day, Another Golf Course!

The Woodland Hills Country Club

The Woodland Hills Country Club  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Celebrity Cruises (and Air New Zealand) threw us a party tonight at the Woodland Hills Country Club. Wine and other beverages to drink, tray passed appetizers to eat, and a presentation on Modern Luxury.

Tuesday Afternoon at the Woodland Hills Country Club (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Tuesday at the Woodland Hills Country Club (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Tray passed appetizers: Crab cake balls, vegetable quesadilla cones, beef wellington puffs, tomato and cheese on mini-bruschetta toast, and chicken potstickers. I didn’t drink the wine because I have to work tonight, just alternated between the iced tea and lemonade.

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View of Downtown from the Top of the Beverly Hilton

The View of Downtown from the Top of the Beverly Hilton

Lunch at Circa 55 and a tour of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills today!  It’s such an iconic property and there’s so much history when you’re on the premises.  It is a GRAND hotel!  The new management is quietly (and not so quietly) making some nice changes and renovations.

The View of Downtown from the Top of the Beverly Hilton

View of Downtown Top of the Beverly Hilton (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

I had a great lunch at Circa 55: crab cake, a french dip sandwich au jus, sweet potato fries and an iced tea.  Then we toured the hotel, checked out the rooms, suites, Governor’s Suite and Penthouse Event Room.  I love this hotel!

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Saturday Evening at the Art Party in Beverly Hills!

Beverly Hills, California – Saturday 7:30pm

the Art Party in Beverly Hills

the Art Party in Beverly Hills

We’re having a good time and a cocktail at the Art Party in Beverly Hills with Kristine Schomaker’s Avatar!

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23-JUN-13: Saturday in the Park

Saturday in the Park!

“People talking, people laughing, a man selling ice cream, singing Italian songs. 
Can you dig it? (yes, I can) And I’ve been waiting such a long time, for Saturday…”

Saturday in the Park

Saturday at Lake Balboa Park in the Valley (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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21-JUN-13: Friday Night at the Formosa Cafe

Friday Night at the world famous Formosa Cafe

Pre and Post Theater drinks on opening night of “Absolutely Filthy” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.  My Rating: Go See This Show!

Friday Night at the Formosa Cafe

Friday Night at the Formosa Cafe (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Formosa Cafe –  7156 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA

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Closing down the Formosa at 2:15am (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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20-JUN-13: Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (in the City of Los Angeles)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (in the City of Los Angeles)

Mr. C's Hotel

Mr. C Hotel Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Beverly Hills1224 Beverwill Dr (at Pico), Los Angeles, CA

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Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Private Dining Room, Meeting or Conference Room:

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

“Ah yes, a bit o’ the bubbly…”

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

We took the tour:

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The “Standard” Room:

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The “One-Bedroom Suite”:

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

And the “Premium Luxury Studio Suite” with the Beverly Hills View:

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Beverly Hills View from the 11th Floor:

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Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Century City from the Mr. C Hotel  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Minibar at Mr. C Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

And now the Penthouse Event Center on the 12th Floor:

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Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

View looking towards Downtown from the 12th floor of the Mr C. Hotel  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

View towards Downtown from the 12th floor of the Mr. C Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

View of Century City from the 12th Floor of the Mr. C Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C’s Yacht Club (the pool, patio, outdoor bar and cabanas):

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

View of the hotel from the Yacht Club:

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel – Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel was once the Beverly Hillcrest Hotel (closed in 1991).

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The Beverly Hillcrest Hotel in Beverly Hills (closed in 1991)

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