St. Paul’s Reunion in San Francisco – June 2014

At last! Here’s the Blog about the St. Paul’s Reunion in San Francisco in June 2014!

Throwback Thursday! My post from last week was the St. Paul’s Reunion Brunch at Perry’s on Union in San Francisco. I realized that I never finished the Blog about the weekend gathering in the city of old friends from the Renaissance Faire.

The reunion was a year ago. The pictures needed to be posted and the story need to be told. Actually there are a lot more pictures, some have been seen here on my Blog before, others were previously posted on facebook and Twitter, and still others will remain hidden from the eyes of both friends and strangers alike. There’s also more to the story, but those sordid details will have to remain private to protect the innocent (and not so innocent).


First, a little history:

St. Paul's Ringout at the Renaissance Faire - Agoura 1983

Guild of St. Paul’s – Ringout at the Renaissance Faire – Agoura 1983

Once upon a time, back in the 1980’s, there were a group of friends who all worked at the Renaissance Faire and Dickens’ Christmas Faire. They were street actors and members of the Guild of St. Paul’s (the thieves’ guild) and their close friends. Eventually, many would join the CREW and/or find other gigs at the Faire, but the bonds of friendship built during the “Crazy 80s” always remained strong. Over the years, some of the members moved away, disappeared or died. And so it was that a reunion was planned for June of 2014 in San Francisco.

Castle St. Paul in Pig's Gulch - Agoura 1983

Castle St. Paul in Pig’s Gulch – Agoura 1983

Great weekend in San Francisco with old friends!

Highlights of the festivities included Lunch at Bubba Gump’s at Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf, Sushi Dinner in the Omakase Room at Yoshi’s, the “Pub Crawl” (Limo ride with stops at Smuggler’s Cove, Knuckles at the Wharf, the Pig & Whistle, and Tommy’s Joynt), Coffee at Sugar Cafe and a Sunday Champagne Brunch at Perry’s on Union.

Friends came from New York, Indiana, Delaware, Arizona, northern and southern California to attend this long overdue reunion of the Guild of St. Paul’s from the Renaissance Faire!

San Francisco Civic Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

San Francisco Civic Center – San Francisco City Hall (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

I drove into the city of San Francisco on a beautiful Saturday morning, and after a stop downtown at the Civic Center, the California Statue and United Nations Plaza, I headed for Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 to meet my old friends.

California Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

California Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Read my previous Blog about the Simon Bolivar Statue>> http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1eH

Saturday at Fisherman’s Wharf!

After spending time walking around Grosvernor’s Square and the Civic Center, I drove down to Fisherman’s Wharf. Probably the most touristy thing you can do on a Saturday in San Francisco! There was a lot of traffic and a lot of tourists. Oh, and PARKING SUCKS!!!

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

RANT!!! PARKING SUCKS! TRAFFIC SUCKS! Let me repeat: PARKING SUCKS!

There is a parking structure at Pier 39 but it costs a lot to park! They do have discounts and “first hour free” type offers on certain days. But, IT WILL TAKE YOU 30 MINUTES TO PARK and at least 30 MINUTES TO GET OUT OF THE PARKING STRUCTURE….SO DON’T DO IT! There is metered parking nearby and it costs a lot too. (~$4-8 per hour).  Park for free or for a reasonable rate far away and then take the trolley, bus or a shuttle.

p.s. There are huge crowds on weekends, visit midweek for a less crowded experience.

NOTE: Driving in San Francisco has gotten impossible! What’s with all the traffic and construction? People just stop and double park in lanes of traffic with cars behind them. Trucks double park and triple park to make deliveries. Pedestrians walk right in front of oncoming traffic and take their time crossing in front of cars. $10 per hour to park at meter? $30+ to park overnight? Just a driving nightmare, I don’t recommend it.


Meet at Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf

After the parking experience, I walked down to Pier 39. The views of the city and the bay from the parking structure bridge were wonderful in all directions!

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 & Alcatraz Island - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf & Alcatraz Island – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

We met on Pier 39, and after 20+ years, at first, even in the “age of facebook”, it was a shock to see young friends grown old, in person.

Meeting up with old friends after 20+ years at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Meeting up with old friends after 20+ years at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Meeting up with old friends after 20+ years at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Meeting up with old friends after 20+ years at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Late Lunch & Drinks at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co. at Pier 39

Bubba Gump's at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Bubba Gump’s at Pier 39 in San Francisco

We decided to get drinks at Bubba Gump’s, and after grabbing a couple tables in the bar, and avoiding the line of waiting tourists, Anchor Steam Beer and Maker’s Mark shots were consumed to begin the party! Soon, we were joined by more old friends, food and more drinks were ordered and consumed, friendships were renewed, and we made a few new friends with the restaurant’s staff.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 - San Francisco

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 – San Francisco

Meeting up with old friends after 20+ years at Bubba Gump's at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Lunch & Drinks at Bubba Gump’s at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Lunch & Drinks at Bubba Gump's at Pier 39

Lunch & Drinks at Bubba Gump’s at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Beer and Maker's Mark at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Beer and Maker’s Mark at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Getting Animated at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 - San Francisco

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 – San Francisco

Making friends with our waiter at Bubba Gump's at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Making friends with our waiter at Bubba Gump’s at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Making friends with our waitress at Bubba Gump's at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Making friends with our waitress at Bubba Gump’s at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 - San Francisco

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 – San Francisco

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Pier 3939 Pier, San Francisco CA 94124 415-781-4867

We walked back to the parking structure and found the car. As previously mentioned, it took forever to get out of the lot and it was really expensive to park for a short time! It is definitely another example of the City of San Francisco “fleecing the tourist” at every opportunity. We spent a few hundred dollars on lunch, drinks and souvenirs and then got taxed again on the way out!

Wyland at Pier 39 - San Francisco

Wyland at Pier 39 Parking Structure Bridge at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

View from Parking Structure Bridge at Pier 39 - San Francisco

View from Parking Structure Bridge at Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Coit Tower, TransAmerica Building and San Francisco

Coit Tower, TransAmerica Building & San Francisco Cityscape from Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf


As I mentioned previously, driving in the city is impossible, even for a native of Los Angeles  who has driven in the worst traffic imaginable. It took a really long time just to make a right turn out of Fisherman’s Wharf. There is no pedestrian or traffic control and there are just too many people and cars on a Saturday afternoon. I almost lost my mind trying to get to the hotel and then found a parking lot down the street, around the corner and down an alley near the hotel. After negotiating the “cash” rate with the attendant ($30 overnight – THAT’S CHEAP in SF!), I grabbed my bag and walked to the Hotel Beresford on Sutter, wondering if my car would still be there tomorrow.

Hotel Beresford - San Francisco

Hotel Beresford on Sutter – San Francisco

Hotel Beresford - San Francisco

Hotel Beresford – San Francisco

My friend made the reservations and I was invited to share the room, and to be honest I really had no previous experience or knowledge about the hotel.

We checked in, went up to the room, rested a little and then got ready for dinner at Yoshi’s and the “Pub Crawl” to follow. Requested (optional) dinner attire: wear a Hawaiian shirt!

Hotel Beresford  635 Sutter St, San Francisco CA 94102 415-673-9900

Hotel Beresford - San Francisco

Hotel Beresford –  Welcome to San Francisco!

The White Horse Restaurant & Pub at the Hotel Beresford - San Francisco

The White Horse Restaurant & Pub – San Francisco

We called for a cab and taxied over to the restaurant, another experience in San Francisco that’s different from anywhere else. You just put your life in someone else’s hands and hope you arrive at your destination.

Taxi!

Taxi POV! Put you life in someone else’s hands in the city of San Francisco…



As scheduled, the gang regrouped at Yoshi’s for dinner, and we were joined by more friends who hadn’t made it to the gathering at Pier 39. Dinner, drinks and dessert were enjoyed and a very good time was had by all.

Read Dinner at Yoshi’s (right click open in new window) http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1ba

Dinner at Yoshi's in S.F. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Yoshi’s in S.F. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Yoshi's in S.F. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Yoshi’s in S.F. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Yoshi's - San Francisco

Dinner in the glass Omakase Room at Yoshi’s – San Francisco

Dinner at Yoshi's in S.F. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Yoshi’s in S.F. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Read Dinner at Yoshi’s (right click open in new window) http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1ba

Yoshi’s – 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco 94115

NOTE: Yoshi’s in San Francisco is now CLOSED, Yoshi’s in Oakland is still open.



Limo and “Pub Crawl” – Saturday Night in San Francisco!

After dinner, there was a shiny stretch Limousine waiting for us outside the restaurant.

Limo! Our designated driver for the Pub Crawl

Limo! Our designated driver for the Pub Crawl

Limo! Let the Pub Crawl begin!

Inside the Limo! Let the Pub Crawl begin!

It was “close quarters” inside the limo but we all fit. The plan for the “Pub Crawl” was not mine. I was just along for the ride and it was great fun! The limo was fully stocked and had music and LED lights. It was like riding through the streets of San Francisco in a VIP booth filled with friends with bottle service at a trendy nightclub.

Map of St. Paul's Pub Crawl on 22 June 2014

Map of St. Paul’s Pub Crawl on 22 June 2014

Limo! Let the Pub Crawl begin!

Inside the Limo! Let the Pub Crawl begin!

Our first stop was the world famous Smuggler’s Cove! One of the best bars in America, or so they say, I couldn’t tell you because it’s a tiny 3 level Tiki bar that packs them in like sardines. It was still very early and light outside, but the place was absolutely filled with too many humans…and then they let all of us in too. We made our way to the bar, but a few of us just couldn’t hang with the lack of seating (due to injuries and old age) and a lack of personal space.

Smuggler’s Cove – 650 Gough St, San Francisco CA 94102 415-869-1900

Smuggler's Cove - San Francisco

Smuggler’s Cove – San Francisco

Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco

Very Crowded at Smuggler’s Cove (at the bar) – San Francisco

Another limo ride and we reached our second stop Knuckles at the Wharf, at the Hyatt. I’m told it’s a great sports bar, but it was pretty empty on Saturday night. We sat at a long table in the “dining area” and ordered drinks from the waiter. It was really nice to be able to talk with my old friends and catch up on the past 20 years (a little).

Knuckles at the Wharf – 555 North Point St, San Francisco CA 94133 415-486-4340

Knuckle's at the Wharf in San Francisco

Knuckles at the Wharf in San Francisco

Knuckle's at the Wharf - San Francisco

Knuckles at the Wharf (at the bar)  – San Francisco

Knuckle's at the Wharf - San Francisco

Knuckles at the Wharf – San Francisco

Knuckle's at the Wharf - San Francisco

Knuckles at the Wharf – San Francisco

Stoli on the Rocks with a lime

Stoli on the Rocks with a lime at Knuckles at the Wharf

After a round (or two) of cocktails, and some good fun, we called for the limo. We all agreed that Knuckles was very nice, but too nice for our purposes and so we instructed our Driver to take us to our next stop, the Pig & Whistle!

“Get in the Limo!” at Knuckles at the Wharf in San Francisco

Limo! The Pub Crawl continues!

Inside the Limo! The Pub Crawl continues!

The Pig & Whistle is a dark place with an English Pub theme and it was a perfect place for our third stop. We took command of a few tables and ordered the next round of drinks from our hippie waiter. We took a few group pictures and got a little bit “wild”. We were also forced to remind one of our friends PLEASE NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!

The Pig & Whistle – 2801 Geary Blvd, San Francisco CA 94118 415-885-4779

The Pig & Whistle - San Francisco

The Pig & Whistle – San Francisco

The Pig & Whistle - San Francisco

The Pig & Whistle – San Francisco

The Pig & Whistle - San Francisco

The Pig & Whistle – San Francisco

Please, NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!

Please, NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!

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SERIOUSLY, NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!

After more drinks and fun, around midnight we all climbed back in the limo and rode to our next stop. By this time, it seemed like we had been driving in circles all over the city and it turns out we had!

Limo! Our designated driver for the Pub Crawl

Limo! Our designated driver for the Pub Crawl

Limo! The Pub Crawl continues!

Limo! The Pub Crawl continues!

Back in the Limo after drinks at the Pig & Whistle

Back in the Limo after more drinks at the Pig & Whistle

After dinner, drinks, three stops, and another limo ride we arrived at our fourth stop, Tommy’s Joynt! Late night-early morning drinks and food were on the menu. There’s a full bar on one side and an order & pickup restaurant on the other side of the main room. It’s pretty well known for it’s sandwiches and other tasty food and for being open very late.

We got our food and took over a few tables in the upstairs dining area. I had a meaty pastrami sandwich, which I remember was really good. We had some more fun and made a little trouble, but not so much as you’d notice…because we’ve all gotten old and mellow.

After a leisurely meal and some serious (drunk) conversation, we called for the limo and took a few more group pictures before stumbling back in to our rolling disco lounge.

Tommy’s Joynt – 1101 Geary Blvd, San Francisco CA 94109 415-775-4216

Tommy's Joynt - San Francisco

Tommy’s Joynt after midnight – San Francisco

Tommy's Joynt - San Francisco

Tommy’s Joynt (at the bar) after midnight – San Francisco

Tommy's Joynt - San Francisco

Tommy’s Joynt – the “carving station” from upstairs – San Francisco

Tommy's Joynt - San Francisco

Tommy’s Joynt – San Francisco

Tommy's Joynt - San Francisco

Upstairs at Tommy’s Joynt – San Francisco

Best Pastrami Sandwich in San Francisco at Tommy's Joynt

Best Pastrami Sandwich in San Francisco at Tommy’s Joynt

Selfie with Pastrami Sandwich at Tommy's Joynt

Selfie with Pastrami Sandwich at Tommy’s Joynt

St. Paul's Reunion in San Francisco

St. Paul’s Reunion Saturday Night “Pub Crawl” in San Francisco – A good time was had by all!

Return to the Hotel Beresford

Limo back to the Hotel!

Limo back to the Hotel Beresford!

We dropped almost everyone off at their different hotels on the way back to the Hotel Beresford. We enjoyed the amenities and the space inside the limo as our friends departed along the way. I’m not sure exactly what time the rest of us finally got back to the hotel, but there was a lot of noise on the street from the crowd leaving the club and pub up the block. We paid and tipped our driver (who did a really great job running us all over the city on a Saturday night), collected our belongings and stumbled upstairs to our rooms. The street noise was clearly audible in our hotel room, but it didn’t matter.

Limo back to the Hotel!

Limo back to the Hotel Beresford!

And so a great time was had by all on our San Francisco Saturday night adventure. Everyone got home safe and just a little worse for wear. Good food was eaten and many drinks were imbibed. Our 30+ year friendship was renewed in person and there was much shared fun and mischief throughout the evening.

“May the Four Winds Blow Them Safely Home”  

NOTE: Missing friends were mentioned and remembered. Some are MIA, some were not able to make the reunion, and unfortunately others have passed on. The recent loss of a couple of our friends is one of the reasons this party was planned. Throughout the night, there were bittersweet moments as we toasted absent friends and friends we’ve lost.

The Guild of St. Paul's - Agoura 1982

The Guild of St. Paul’s – Agoura 1982


SUNDAY! SUNDAY! (the morning after)

Sunday morning I woke up too early! We packed our stuff and checked out of the hotel. I walked my bag back to my car, which was where I parked two blocks away at Cosmo and Ophir. I could have valet parked at the hotel for $27, but then you don’t know where they put your car. Our friends Erik and Sharon were late to brunch because they had to file a police report…the valet at a different hotel allegedly stole Erik’s Bluetooth from the car when he parked it.

On Sutter in San Francisco

On Sutter in San Francisco

On Sutter in San Francisco

On Sutter in San Francisco

Urban Blight! In the space of two blocks, I passed four or five seriously “homeless” people. Desperate, dirty, drug addicted and mentally damaged humans who now claim a piece of sidewalk as home. The walls along the major streets as well as the alleys were covered in graffiti and they were just dirty and littered with trash. It made me sad.

Graffiti in San Francisco

Urban blight! Graffiti tags on the (repainted) walls in San Francisco

Then we met up for Coffee and Espresso at Sugar Cafe, just up the street from the hotel, before getting a couple taxis to drive us to brunch.

Sugar Cafe - San Francisco

Sugar Cafe – San Francisco

Coffee and Strudel and Sugar Cafe in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Coffee and Strudel and Sugar Cafe in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Morning After! Coffee at Sugar Cafe

The Morning After! Coffee at Sugar Cafe in San Francisco

Sunday Champagne Brunch at Perry’s

Perry's - San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry’s on Union – San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry’s on Union in San Francisco!

At 11:40am we all taxied over to Perry’s on Union for our Brunch reservation at noon.

Sunday Brunch at Perry's in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry’s (at the bar) in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry's in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry’s in San Francisco

Jones, Party of 10! We were taken to the back room and seated without waiting again. I brought a bottle of champagne to the reunion, and since we didn’t drink it in the limousine the night before, we brought it with us to the restaurant. There’s was a $15 corkage fee, and we spent another $12 on fresh squeezed orange juice in little teapots, so we all had MIMOSAS with brunch!

St. Paul's Sunday Brunch at Perry's in San Francisco June '14

St. Paul’s Reunion – Sunday Brunch at Perry’s on Union in San Francisco – June ’14

Champagne Brunch - Mimosas all around

Sunday Champagne Brunch at Perry’s on Union – Mimosas all around!

Sunday Brunch at Perry's in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry’s in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry's in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry’s in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry's in San Francisco

“The Bird” at Sunday Brunch at Perry’s in San Francisco

On The Menu: I had eggs benedict with their special bacon instead of ham/canadian bacon and shared a fruit plate with a couple friends. My brunch included potatos and I also ate one of my friend’s side of toast with butter and jam because they didn’t want it.

Egg's Benedict for Sunday Brunch at Perry's on Union in San Francisco

Eggs Benedict for Sunday Brunch at Perry’s on Union in San Francisco

Perry’s Restaurant – 1944 Union St, San Francisco CA 94123 415-922-9022

After Brunch we taxied back to the Hotel, said our goodbyes and went our separate ways. I walked over to The Pub on Sutter on the corner, had a beer and waited for the World Cup game to start.

Pub on the Corner - San Francisco

The Pub on Sutter on the corner – San Francisco

Pub on the Corner - San Francisco

Watching the World Cup at the Pub on Sutter on the corner – San Francisco

After the game I jumped in the car, made my way through traffic and drove out of the city and back south towards San Jose.

THE END!

THE END!

All (well, most) photos copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel.

Our Reunion Dinner at Yoshi’s! READ THE BLOG>> http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1ba (NOTE: Yoshi’s in San Francisco is now CLOSED)

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Where is the Best Place to see 4th of July Fireworks in Los Angeles? 2015

Q: Where’s the Best Place to see Fourth of July Fireworks in Los Angeles?

A: Here’s my short list of Independence Day events for 2015:


Grand Park BLOCK PARTY!  July 4, 2015 >>> 3:00 pm – 9:30 pm

200 North Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012

FREE!  www.grandparkla.org #GO4THDTLA

FIREWORKS!

FIREWORKS!

From the Grand Park website:

LOS ANGELES! Grand Park is the place to celebrate together with music, food, and an incredible fireworks display launched from the civic center skyline. Grab the best friends, the whole family, and main squeezes and enjoy a bit of togetherness under the beautiful Angeleno sky. **Safety for everyone is número uno. Please read all event info to know what to bring and what to leave at home:**

PICNIC and OUTSIDE FOOD is welcome. SIZE OF BAGS AND BACKPACKS/TOTES and COOLERS must be standard backpack size or smaller (16.75 inches x 13 inches x 8.5 inches). NO OUTSIDE BEVERAGES including juice and soda. ONLY EMPTY (non glass) WATER BOTTLES allowed. FREE WATER FILLING STATIONS will be available in the event space, provided by LADWP, in addition to several booths with water for sale. HANDHELD UMBRELLAS allowed, no tents, large umbrellas or anything that spikes into the ground

NOTE: This will be an alcohol-free event: no beer garden or point of purchase / no outside alcohol permitted in event space. All bags will be checked.

SCHEDULE: Doors open at 3pm for early birds (no prior admittance). Rooftop fireworks show at 9pm. Event ends at 9:30pm. 

FIREWORKS!  HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!

FIREWORKS! HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!

PLEASE LEAVE AT HOME: Grilling gear, alcohol, narcotics, fireworks, sparklers, candles, large coolers (handheld coolers OK but subject to search), lawn furniture including low folding chairs, tents, lawn umbrellas or sun umbrellas (handheld umbrellas OK) or anything that spikes into the ground or would obstruct views of stages.

THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES ARE PROHIBITED: Public Intoxication / Rollerblading / Skateboarding / Smoking / Vaping / Unauthorized Vending / Aggressive Solicitation / Staking Objects to Ground

Grand Park is an LA County park powered by The Music Center. 

http://grandparkla.org/event/4th-of-july-block-party/



The Rose Bowl Stadium and outside the Rose Bowl – Pay to see the 89th Annual “Americafest” show inside, pay for parking to see the fireworks show from the outside. It’s the biggest and longest running 4th of July party in the L.A. area.

Join in celebrating our nation’s independence with the 89th Annual Fourth of July Celebration at AMERICAFEST! The largest fireworks show in Southern California! 

FIREWORKS!

FIREWORKS!

2 PM: Festival begins outside the stadium (parking lots open at 9am)

There will be food vendors, entertainment, crafts, exhibits and inflatable rides for the kids outside the stadium starting at 2 pm and closing following the fireworks. Fanfest is located in Area H southeast of the Rose Bowl marquee sign.

Live Motorcycle Stunts by TNT Action Sports

Celebrating, “The 50th Anniversary of when Elvis Met the Beatles in Los Angeles”

9 PM: Fireworks Spectacular! produced by Pyrospectaculars by Souza

In celebration of the upcoming Universal Pictures “Minions” movie there will be a viewing of “Despicable Me 2” on the videoboard directly following the fireworks.

General Admission $13 Reserved Seating $25 TicketMaster 800-745-3000

General Admission children 5 years and under will be admitted free. Reserved Seating children 2 years and under require a ticket in these sections.

Day of event tickets will be available 10am– 9pm at the ticket booth at Gate B. Before 2pm guests may park in Lot B at no charge for 15 minutes to purchase tickets and leave or they can pay to park in any general parking lot and remain. After 2pm guests will be required to pay to park in general parking as directed to purchase tickets. After 2pm there are no in-and-out privileges.

Active military who present a valid Military ID will gain free admittance (up to 4 per family). Tickets can be obtained from the ticket booth at Gate B beginning at 3pm on July 4th only. Veterans who present a valid Military ID will gain free admittance (1 ticket only). Tickets can be obtained from the ticket booth at Gate B beginning at 3pm on July 4th only.

Parking is $25 per car payable at the parking lots. Advanced parking for $20 per car will be available at the Rose Bowl Will Call Booth by Gate B beginning Sunday, June 28; hours-10am to 5pm; everyday through July 3.

Parking lots will open to the general public starting at 9am on July 4. Guests will be directed to the closest available lot.

For your safety and the enjoyment of all, we ask that you please help by observing the tailgating guidelines. (READ THE RULES!)

Pasadena Police and Pasadena Fire Departments will be patrolling the lots. There is a zero tolerance policy regarding illegal fireworks.

A shuttle from Old Town Pasadena will NOT be in operation this day.

http://www.rosebowlstadium.com/events/detail/americafest-1



3-Day July 4th Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl

FIREWORKS! Hollywood Bowl 4th of July!

FIREWORKS! Hollywood Bowl 4th of July!

Smokey Robinson, the King of Motown will be headlining the three-day Independence Day celebration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a Fireworks Spectacular each night at the Hollywood landmark. July 2-4th, 7:30pm $15-$250 + fee

www.hollywoodbowl.com



Marina del Rey Fireworks 9:00pm

Celebrate the 4th of July in Marina del Rey with a spectacular fireworks show over the water! Fireworks are shot from a barge across the Marina’s main channel, lighting up the night sky and water below. The show begins at 9 pm and lasts approximately 20 minutes.

FIREWORKS!

FIREWORKS!

Depending upon weather and cloud cover on the night of the show, the fireworks can usually be seen throughout the marina, and from the waterfront side of most hotels, restaurants, beaches, apartments and anchorages. Popular viewing locations include:

Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way (2 blocks west of Lincoln Blvd.)
Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way (1 block west of Admiralty Way)
**This location will have speakers set-up near the Helmsman statue, allowing spectators to watch the display and  listen to synchronized music 
Marina Beach (Mother’s Beach) 4101 Admiralty Way (1 block south of Washington Blvd.)

Parking
Come early! There is no on-street parking inside Marina del Rey. Parking is available in 14 self-pay public lots. Park early because most public parking spaces are filled by 6pm!

The Marina del Rey Visitors Center (at the corner of Mindanao & Admiralty) will also be open from 10am – 4pm with festive giveaways like complimentary flags , red & blue bead necklaces, and other items to celebrate the 4th!

http://www.visitmarinadelrey.com/events/4th-of-july



Santa Monica 4th of July Parade 

July 4, 2015 – Parade starts at 9:30am

This year’s theme: Inspirational Heroes!

Main Street from Pico Blvd, turning on Marine to the beach in Downtown Santa Monica

The entire stretch of Main Street in Santa Monica will be closed. http://www.opa-sm.org

The Flag of the United States of America

The Flag of the United States of America


The annual Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach  July 4, the 2015

Pre-Judging begins at 10am, Finals at 1pm

Sign up the morning of the competition. No Late Fee! Registration is 7am – 9:30am.

Muscle Beach – 1800 Ocean Front Walk, between Navy Street and Washington Boulevard, at the Venice Recreation Center in Venice, California.

Bodybuilding.com presents the Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach, Saturday July 4, 2015. Hosted by Profight Supplements. BB, Figure, Bikini, Men & Women’s Physique, Couples (Mixed Pairs). Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach features men and women amateur athletes competing in a muscle and fitness competition. Categories include figure, bodybuilding, women’s physique, and men’s physique.

FREE and OPEN to the public. All are welcome!

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“Top Gun” + Fireworks! Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Gates open at 7:15pm, Screening at 9pm, Fireworks to follow!

Admission $25 (SOLD OUT!)

6000 Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood

http://cinespia.org/event/top-gun/

FIREWORKS!

FIREWORKS!



There are many good options for the 4th of July in L.A., and there are many other smaller celebrations, both public and private events, happening all over Southern California. Check the local listings! LA Weekly, LAist, LA Times & google.

The Queen Mary and Disneyland have special events and extra-special fireworks for the holiday. Disneyland has special fireworks all week long!

Disneyland Fireworks!

Disneyland Fireworks!

The Dodgers are playing the Mets at Dodger Stadium at 4:15pm with Fireworks after the game, but we are BOYCOTTING the Dodgers until we can watch the games on television.

BOYCOTT THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS AND TIME WARNER CABLE!

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Happening the weekend before:

Celebrate America!

Saturday June 27 at 5pm – Corsair Stadium​ at Santa Monica Community College

SMC’s Independence Day Celebration, the biggest, most sensational patriotic community event on the Westside! Bring your family and friends to SMC for a star-spangled salute to our nation’s independence. Come early, picnic on the lawn, enjoy continuous entertainment and special exhibits (with plenty of refreshments available for purchase), and cap off the evening with a spectacular fireworks salute to America.
Celebrate America 2015 Flyer

Celebrate America – June 27th, 2015 at Corsair Field at Santa Monica Community College

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TBT: ThrowbackThursday! St. Paul’s Sunday Brunch at Perry’s in San Francisco June ’14

TBT: Throwback Thursday!

St. Paul’s Sunday Brunch at Perry’s in San Francisco June ’14

Great weekend in San Francisco with old friends!

Highlights of the festivities included Lunch at Bubba Gump’s at Pier 39, Sushi Dinner in the Omakase Room at Yoshi’s, the “Pub Crawl” (Limo ride with stops at Smuggler’s Cove, Knuckle’s on the Wharf, the Pig & Whistle, and Tommy’s Joynt), Coffee at SugarCafe and a Sunday Champagne Brunch at Perry’s.

St. Paul's Sunday Brunch at Perry's in San Francisco June '14

St. Paul’s Sunday Champagne Brunch at Perry’s in San Francisco June ’14

Champagne Brunch - Mimosas all around

St. Paul’s Sunday Champagne Brunch at Perry’s in San Francisco June ’14 – Mimosas all around!

Perry’s Restaurant – 1944 Union St, San Francisco CA 94123 415-922-9022

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Road Trip to ‪Ashland‬ ‪Oregon 2015‬! pt. 2 – NEW BLOGS!!!

Spring 2015 Road Trip to ‪Ashland‬ ‪Oregon‬!

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Memorial Day 2015 ‪ROAD TRIP‬!

Food, Wine & Theatre in Ashland Oregon with JoshWillTravel

Food, Wine & Theatre in Ashland Oregon with JoshWillTravel

The ‪Brickroom‬ http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1AV

The Brickroom in Ashland Oregon

The Brickroom in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1Bj

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1Dn

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

Saturday Farmer’s Market & Anti-GMO Protest http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1zH

Anti-GMO Protest in Ashland, Oregon

Anti-GMO Protest in Ashland, Oregon

Sunday Morning in ‪Lithia Park‬ http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1yg

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

Ignition Gallery and Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1xO

Ignition Gallery

Ignition Gallery

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1xx

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Cripple Creek Music Co. http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1CX

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

O’Ryan’s Irish Pub and the Black Sheep Pub http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1CF

O'Ryan's Irish Pub

O’Ryan’s Irish Pub

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Tokyo Sushi - San Jose, CA

Tokyo Sushi – San Jose, CA

In-N-Out Urge! National Burger Day! http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1wu

In-N-Out Urge!

In-N-Out Urge!

National Donut Day! And a Tribute to Mitch Hedberg! http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1zk

Mmmm....Donuts.

Mmmm….Donuts.

16200 Hits! http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1Cy

Dinner Party at N/Naka! (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner Party at N/Naka! (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art! http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1BO

“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

and still more to come.

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Rogue Valley Sunset - Ashland, Oregon

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Vintage Storage Find #2B – Disneyland Vacationland Summer 1977 Magazine (part 2)

Storage Find #2B – Disneyland Vacationland Summer 1977 Magazine (part 2)

NOTE: This Blog was originally written and constructed 12 JUNE 2014. This is the first time it’s been published. Enjoy!

I actually found this vintage Disneyland Vacationland magazine from 1977 before I found the “Sleeping Beauty” poster (see a previous blog) and have been posting pages on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/joshwilltravel and sharing them with the Vintage Disneyland group. It was in MINT CONDITION and I was hesitant to even scan it for fear of damage.

In addition to the cover story on the Grand Opening of Space Mountain, the contents include articles on the Main Street Electrical Parade, the Golden Horseshoe Revue, “The Rescuers” and the Disneyland Costume Division. There are also vintage promotions for the Gerber Baby Center and Orville Reddenbacher Popcorn (both new additions in 1977) and cool retro ads for Disneyland, Wonder Bread/Hostess, GAF/Kodak and even other theme parks: Knotts, Magic Mountain, Lion Country Safari and Universal Studios.

It was just too cool not to share! So here is what I scanned:

The Grand Opening of SPACE MOUNTAIN in 1977 on the front cover!

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine - COVER

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine – FRONT COVER

Inside Front Cover:

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Disneyland Facts (look at the admission and ticket book prices!):

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

The Main Street Electrical Parade! (2 page spread w/Space Mountain featured)

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

The Rescuers!

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

The Golden Horseshoe Revue with Wally Boag! Sponsored by Pepsi Cola.

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Popcorn!

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Gerber Baby Center

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Cool ad for GAF (KODAK):

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Disneyland’s Costume Division

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

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They even ran ads for Universal Studios and Knott’s Berry Farm in the magazine.

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Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine – BACK COVER

Harvey’s Place in Ashland, Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland, Oregon – Restaurant, Bar & Grill

I had breakfast at the Morning Glory on Sunday, and during a conversation with a very nice woman from Washington state who visits regularly, she said, “We love to come to Ashland to see what restaurants have gone, and what’s new in town.”

Last October, during my last visit, Harvey’s Place had been open for a short time, in the space on Main Street previously occupied by the French restaurant Chateaulin for many years. Owned and operated by the same great folks from Beasy’s on the Creek, it’s a very nice, new and upscale “bar & grill” concept downtown on the Plaza.

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

They have Beer, many on tap, Wine, by the glass or bottle, and a full bar with daily specials if you need a cocktail, shot or other “adult beverage”.

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

They have a very nice menu, a happy hour from 3-5:30pm daily and a late night menu from 9pm until they close (Sunday-Thursday at 10pm, Friday and Saturday at midnight).

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

I had a ticket to the theatre, and didn’t want to eat too much, but needed something good before going to the show. I settled on the “appetizer” size order (3) of Roy’s Ribs and just water to drink. Too much food and almost any alcohol before seeing a show just makes me sleepy during the performance. It didn’t take very long before my food was delivered. The ribs were terrific! Tasty and cooked perfectly, with a sweet and spicy, tangy sauce. I don’t know if it was intentional, but I was a little disappointed that the third rib was an end piece and more like a half rib, tucked under the two full sized ribs in the picture below. I mentioned it to my waitress, but decided not to make a big fuss about it.

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon - ROY'S RIBS!

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon – ROY’S RIBS!

I thought about going back after the theatre and having more food and a cocktail when the show was over, but the place was almost empty and it was getting close to closing time.

NOTE: I was also still thinking about the short rib hidden on my appetizer plate, and that ended up being a deciding factor, which ultimately cost them my return patronage that night. I enjoyed the ribs and liked the menu and the concept. We know the owners, so I’ll probably eat there again on my next visit to Ashland.

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon (Notice the “Tourist Tax” added to the check)

Bottom Line: Three ribs (actually two and a half) for $11 plus tax and tip? Do the math, that’s ~$5 per rib. So, I hope they’re still open next time I come to town…

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Harvey’s Place – 50 E Main St, Ashland OR 97520 (541)488-9511 http://www.harveysplaceashland.com

Beasy’s on the Creek – 51 Water St. Ashland OR 97520 (541)488-5009 www.beasysonthecreek.com

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O’Ryan’s Irish Pub and the Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant in Ashland Oregon

O’Ryan’s Irish Pub and the Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant in Ashland Oregon

There are two Pubs in downtown Ashland, one English and one Irish, that are competing for the “biggest dive bar” award. The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant is an English themed pub upstairs on the Plaza. O’Ryan’s Irish Pub is, you guessed it, the Irish pub/dive bar farther up Main Street with Oregon Lottery machines and two (2) pool tables.

O’RYAN’S IRISH PUB

This is probably the “go to” place in Ashland on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s the “DIVE BAR” downtown. Just like the name says, it’s an Irish Pub bar. It’s dark, dirty and smells like old beer. The pool tables and lottery machines give this place the feel of a basement game room. They have a good selection of beers on draft and a full bar, but I didn’t stay long enough to have a drink. If you like dive bars, you’ll like this place.

O'Ryan's Irish Pub

O’Ryan’s Irish Pub

O'Ryan's Irish Pub

O’Ryan’s Irish Pub

O'Ryan's Irish Pub

O’Ryan’s Irish Pub

O'Ryan's Irish Pub

O’Ryan’s Irish Pub


THE BLACK SHEEP Pub & Restaurant

Upstairs, behind the double red doors on the Plaza, is the Black Sheep, an English themed pub & restaurant, that is an “institution” in Ashland (and some of the patrons should probably be committed!). Above the Front Door and at the top of the stairs is a Union Jack. There are pictures, art, signs, photographs and tapestries decorating the brick  walls. It’s dark, dirty and smells like old beer. They have live music and entertainment (on a previous night they had a drag show), and a good selection of draft beers & ales on tap and a full bar. The also have a pretty traditional pub menu and are open for lunch & dinner and late night dining and drinking.

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

I went upstairs and sat at the bar alone for about 15 minutes without anyone smiling, saying hello, or even acknowledging that I might want to order a beverage. It was loud, and the small crowd was pretty much locals who knew each other. As you can see from this next pic, I might as well have been invisible. After waiting patiently, I got up, walked back down the stairs and went in search of a friendlier and more comfortable place to have a drink.

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

They have a rear entrance and street seating on Guanajuato Lane on the creek with a nice view of Ashland Creek Park.

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant – rear entrance on Guanajuato Lane

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant – street seating on Guanajuato Lane

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O’Ryan’s Pub – 137 E Main St, Ashland OR 97520 (541)482-8572

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant – 51 N Main St, Ashland OR 97520 (541)482-6414

We recommend the new Brickroom on the Plaza – 35 N. Main Street, Ashland OR 97520 (541)708-6030 http://www.brickroomashland.com

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Mrs. Hochmeyer’s Banana Bread recipe

Mrs. Hochmeyer’s Banana Bread (serve warm with butter)

Mrs. Hochmeyer's Banana Bread!

Mrs. Hochmeyer’s Banana Bread! (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Ingredients:

  • 2 or 3 large bananas (or 4 small) – smashed, not pureed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter,
  • 3/4 cup sugar – white & brown mix,
  • 1 egg – beaten,
  • 1 tsp vanilla,
  • 1 tsp baking soda,
  • pinch salt,
  • 1 & 1/2 cups flour
  • add 1/2 cup or 1 cup nuts or chocolate chips if desired
  • add honey or other fruit if desired (adjust baking time if needed)

Preheat oven to 350, mix bananas & butter, mix sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda & salt, combine and add flour last. Don’t over mix. Bake 1 hour in lightly greased bread pan.

Mrs. Hochmeyer's Banana Bread (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Mrs. Hochmeyer’s Banana Bread (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

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Answers: Places to eat near Chateau Marmont? Things to do near LAX? Where is the Walk of Fame? Best views in Los Angeles?

Answers to more Travel Questions:

Q: Interesting places to eat near Chateau Marmont? (in West Hollywood, CA)

A: YES. In any direction, you have your choice of restaurants! What cuisine and price range are you seeking? West Hollywood has a few restaurants to choose from…

all along the Sunset Strip and Sunset Boulevard: Rainbow Bar & Grill, BOA Steakhouse, Katana, The Standard, Hollywood, Skybar, Mel’s Drive-In, Greenblatt’s Deli, Carney’s, the London West Hollywood Hotel, the restaurants at Sunset Plaza and many more.

Sunset Boulevard at Sunset Plaza - West Hollywood, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sunset Boulevard at Sunset Plaza – West Hollywood, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

all along Santa Monica Blvd (“Boy’s Town”): Hamburger Mary’s, HAMBURGER HAVEN, Dan Tana’s,The Abbey, and east towards Hollywood: Barney’s Beanery, Formosa Cafe, Jones Hollywood and many more.

all along LaCienega (RESTAURANT ROW): Matsuhisa, The Stinking Rose, Lawry’s the Prime Rib and many more.

There are cafes and restaurants all along West 3rd Street and Robertson, The Ivy, the Four Seasons Hotel on Doheny, Canter’s Deli and Little Ethiopia on Fairfax, Urth Caffe and all along Melrose too.

And then there’s alway’s the world famous restaurants in Beverly Hills, the Century City Mall, any number of eateries and chain restaurants in Hollywood, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Yamashiro, Roscoe’s House Of Chicken & Waffles, In-N-Out Burger, Chick-fil-A @and many, many more.

There are great restaurants in hotels and “hole in the wall” joints, strip malls and taco/food trucks. If you want “dinner and a show”, there are Supperclubs (nightclubs that have dinner service – admission to the club is usually included with dinner) and Comedy clubs (the Comedy Store, the Laugh Factory and the Improv all have food service). There are good websites and dining guides (Zagat’s, ChowHound, Yelp, etc.) that can help you determine menu and price range for most places in Los Angeles, just do the research.


LAX - Theme Building (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

LAX – Theme Building (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Q: 6 hour layover in Los Angeles, what is there to do? I’m going to have a layover in LA for 6 hours and was planning on going to Hollywood Blvd.

A: Places to visit and eat near Los Angeles International Airport

You probably don’t have the required time to visit Hollywood, with travel time to and from the airport and current security procedures.

(see my previous answer BELOW for Hollywood-LAX travel time)

These places are all close to LAX:

Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX

Encounter Restaurant at LAX -CLOSED. but it’s a cool building

Randy’s Donuts on Manchester blvd

In-N-Out Burger on Sepulveda blvd

Roscoes House of Chicken and Waffles

The Proud Bird  on Aviation blvd

Trader Joe’s on Sepulveda blvd

Hollywood Park Casino on Century blvd

Custom Hotel on Lincoln blvd

There’s a lot of great restaurants, shopping and entertainment in Culver City, Venice Beach and Santa Monica but these areas are farther away.


LAX - Welcome to Los Angeles!

LAX – Welcome to Los Angeles! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Q: Where is the walk of fame and how far is it from the airport in L.A.? This is my first time to LA and I was wondering where the walk of fame is and how far is it from the airport?

A: Where is the “Walk of Fame”? Hollywood Blvd in Hollywood!

The Walk of Fame runs from LaBrea to Gower and up Vine to the Capitol Records Building. You can see the stars’ hands and feet in concrete in the courtyard of (Grauman’s) Mann’s Chinese Theater, visit the Kodak Theatre and shop at Hollywood & Highland. Also in the immediate vicinity are Ripley’s, Madame Tussaud’s, Max Factor and the Hollywood Wax Museums. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the El Capitan Theatre and the Jimmy Kimmel Live studio/offices are just across the boulevard. There are also many restaurants, clubs, bars, retail and tourist gift shops in the neighborhood. The Musso and Frank Grill, Frolic Room, AVALON Hollywood (the old Hollywood Palace Theater), Pantages Theatre and The Egyptian Theatre are all very historic spots along the Walk of Fame.

A: How far is it from the airport?

Los Angeles International Airport in Inglewood is far away. And depending on the time of day, traffic and your chosen route, it can take 20 minutes or two hours. The LA Flyaway recently started a Hollywood Shuttle, but it’s timeliness because of traffic has been problematic.

Bob Hope Airport in Burbank is closer and the 170 and 101 freeways provide a direct route which can take 20 minutes or an hour depending on time of day, traffic or an event in Hollywood or at the Hollywood Bowl.

Hollywood and Highland

Hollywood & Highland on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)


Q: Best views in Los Angeles? We’ll be visiting and want to take in the views! Ocean views, city views from restaurants, hotels, parks, etc. Where are the best places to take some photos in LA?

A: Great views of Los Angeles day or night?

The Standard and Skybar on Sunset Blvd and the Rooftop Bars/Pool Decks at the London West Hollywood Hotel, Montage Beverly Hills and Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive all have great views along with cocktails and food.

Nice views of Downtown at WP24 from the 24th floor bar and 25th floor restaurant (the WP stands for Wolfgang Puck), both the Elevate Lounge and the Rooftop at The Standard Downtown LA have excellent views.

Downtown Los Angeles from up high!

Downtown Los Angeles from up high at WP24! (copyright 2103 JoshWillTravel)

If you can get into City Club on Bunker Hill (a private club on the top of the Wells Fargo building) there’s a men’s restroom with the best view!

The Music Center plaza has great views of DTLA, Cityhall and the DWP Building. The dancing fountains, the PEACE statue, and the architecture of Disney Hall, the Ahmanson, Mark Taper Forum and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion provide great scenery.

Los Angeles Music Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Los Angeles Music Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

There’s a picnic area at the top of the Hollywood Bowl that has great views and it’s open during the day as a city park. You might also catch a (free) rehearsal if it’s the musical season.

Visit the Getty Museum for amazing views and amazing art. FREE just pay $10 for parking. Open late on Fridays.

Take a slow drive along Mulholland Drive for great views of the San Fernando Valley and West L.A. day or night. There are numerous turnouts and vista points between Hayvenhurst and Runyon Canyon Park.

San Fernando Valley #1 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

San Fernando Valley #1 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

San Fernando Valley at night (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

San Fernando Valley at night (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Cripple Creek Music Co. Store in Ashland, Oregon

Cripple Creek Music Co. in Ashland, Oregon

Down on Main Street in Ashland, there’s a music store: Cripple Creek Music Co.

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

In business since 1976, this place is a musician’s dream store. They have a great inventory of instruments and accessories, a very knowledgeable staff and great customer service.

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

From their website: Since 1976 Cripple Creek Music Company has provided beginner to professional musicians with all their musical needs.  Cripple Creek Music Company has a diverse variety of instruments and instrument accessories, as well as offering print music and repair on instruments…from traditional to New Age, Whatever your taste in acoustic music; Bluegrass, Folk, Jazz, Latin, World or Ethnic, Cripple Creek Music will start you on the right note!

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

There’s a lot to look at, and most items are available for “hands on” inspection and play.

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

“Folk and Ethnic Instruments of the World”

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

“Cripple Creek Music Company is a family business built on the traditions of quality service, knowledge, and integrity.”

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

It’s a great store! And they have a “secret room” that musicians and collectors will really appreciate:

THE VAULT – They don’t advertise it, and it’s a “word of mouth” type secret, but down in the basement is a temperature controlled bank vault with a collection of beautiful vintage instruments for sale (most are on consignment). I was lucky enough to get a tour and they let me take pictures! You may have to be a musical instrument collector or musician to really appreciate them, but here they are:

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage banjos

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage banjos

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage banjos

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage banjos

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage banjos, a violin, acoustic guitars, steel drum & a mandolin

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage acoustic guitars

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage electric and acoustic guitars

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage electric and acoustic guitars

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – mandolins, electric guitars and a 12 string guitar

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – Acoustic Guitars

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – they have a Martin ’47 Acoustic Guitar for sale

NOTE: The reason for my visit to the Cripple Creek Music Co. Store

We have a Vintage Martin ’57 D-28 Acoustic Guitar (for sale) – great condition, serious inquiries only, detailed description and more photos available – email us if interested.

Martin '57 D-28 (for sale)

Vintage Martin ’57 D-28 Acoustic Guitar – great condition (for sale)

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Cripple Creek Music Co. – 353 E. Main St., Ashland, Oregon 97520 541-482-9141 www.cripplecreekmusic.com

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