January 29 2008

Rockin’ at the Roxy on the Sunset Strip

  

 

Hello fellow jet-setters, we are in West Hollywood! Just a short 20 minute drive from LAX airport and another 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, West Hollywood is very accessible.  And with so many fun and crazy things to do in West Hollywood, you could spend days here!

As you walk the Sunset Strip—which did you know –that the Strip in Vegas COPIED it’s name from the Sunset Strip?  As you walk this historic street, you can literally breathe in history.  Take all the many nightclubs for example: The Whiskey A Go Go, which is both famous and infamous, and even the lesser known clubs like the Cat Club. Don’t forget to grab a slice of pizza at Frankie and Johnnies, either!

journeyPod had the pleasure of sitting down with Nic Adler, the owner of the Roxy, who literally grew up inside the Roxy—riding his skateboard across the stage and crashing a Gladys Knight and the Pips show.  Wanna hear more?  I know you do….so take a listen….

Get ready to "rock on" in West Hollywood! I’ll leave you with the unique song, “Ants in Hollywood” by Francis Collete.“

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Sushi and Celebs To Die For

 

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West Hollywood’s 1.9 square miles encapsulates the best of all Los Angeles has to offer! Equidistant from both the Pacific Coast and downtown LA, West Hollywood is a visitor’s paradise. Whether your plans include a trip to Hollywood,

Rodeo Drive

or a beachside stroll, WeHo (as the locals say) is ideally situated for both exploring by car or meandering by foot all of the gems Southern California has to offer.

Why not start the day with a tasty LA Breakfast out? Options WeHo-style include local finds such as Dukes Coffee Shop, Hugo’s or Joey’s Cafe, favorite hang-outs for people in the film and music industries. Or visit the Standard Hotel’s Restaurant, with its savvy, Sunset Strip take on coffee shop fare to satisfy your appetite for trendy spots serving great food.

It wouldn’t be West Hollywood without a party! And you’ll find it on the Sunset Strip. Venues range from The Roxy, Whisky a Go-Go, Viper Room, Key Club, House of Blues and beyond. All hotels on the Sunset Strip feature a bar or cocktail lounge with trendy scenes, especially SkyBar at Mondrian, Boa at Grafton and the Lounge at the Standard.

For a great dinner, and a possible run-in with Tommy Lee or Leonardo DiCaprio, head for Blowfish Sushi To Die For.  journeyPod enjoyed an extensive tasting and got some inside scoop on this great restaurant.  Take a listen…

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January 28 2008

Iconic Hotel on Sunset Strip

Iconic Hotel on Sunset Strip

When you think of Rock-n-roll music - The Doors, Led Zepelin, Guns-n-Roses may come to mind. One of the unique things about these bands is that they all started off in West Hollywood, playing at many clubs on Sunset Strip.  If you are visiting Los Angeles, you owe yourself a trip to this iconic street. So much history and so many stories...if only the sidewalks could talk.

 

Some of these "glamorous" nightclubs from the 60's,70's and 80's are still around- The Whisky, for example, is where The Doors started as a house band in the late 60's.

And speaking of stories, The Hyatt on Sunset, better known as "The Riot House" has many stories to tell. If you want to stay at one hotel with history - you gotta stay here!

The notorious hotel is currently going through a major renovation- which includes replacing the notorious balconies - that's right no more balconies for Axl Rose to BBQ from and then throw steaks at the people walking below (true story from 1986).

journeyPod had the opportunity to tour this iconic property as is - before the renovation. We were also fortunate to stay in the famed Suite 905 - also known as the "Robert Plant Suite" - one of the most photographed suites in Hollywood. Photographers are happy just to get a picture of the outside of the door. Apparently in 1975 Robert Plant was quoted saying, "I am a golden god!" from the balcony during an interview. One evening Keith Moon, drummer of the Who, climbed from his suite to serve him a cocktail.

Enjoy the appropriate sounds of Indigo Shadow and their song, "Window Riot".

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Paso Robles - The New Hip Wine Country!

Centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angles along California’s central coast, Paso Robles is a four hour drive from Los Angeles. No need to drive 8 hours to Napa or Sonoma and fight the crowds of peoples...no sir!

 

Diverse soils combined with warm days and cool nights make Paso Robles the optimal area for producing more than 40 wine varieties from Cab Sav, Merlot, and Cab Franc to Zinfandel.

journeyPod recently experienced the perfect weekend getaway to Paso Robles... so all you jetSetters out there, take note!

Hotels to check out include: The Carlton, La Bella Sera, and Hotel Cheval. And for the restaurants get ready to feast at: Artisan, Villa Creek, Enoteca (at La Bella Sera) and Deborah's Room (at Justin Winery).

Take an educational tour at Steinbeck Vineyards and then head over to Eberle Winery to indulge in the juice...

Read more about about Paso Robles in our Luxury Lifestyle Blog!

In the meantime, sit back and relax while enjoying and the smooth sounds of Peachy Jane and their song "Water on Wine".

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