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What To Do With One Day In Los Angeles

October 5, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Hotel Bel-Air)

(credit: Hotel Bel-Air)

(credit: Hotel Bel-Air)

(credit: Hotel Bel-Air)

With only one day in Los Angeles, set the stage to make stargazed moments while taking part in Hollywood’s golden past. From a private spa pool retreat in Hotel Bel-Air’s newest suite to the discovery of historical hidden gems even the most in-tune Angelenos don’t know about, don’t miss these top five must-dos for the perfect 24 hours in LA.

(credit: Hotel Bel-Air)

(credit: Hotel Bel-Air)


Hotel Bel-Air – Premier Canyon View Suite
701 Stone Canyon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077
(310) 472-1211
www.hotelbelair.com

Turn a day in Los Angeles into a memory of a lifetime by immersing in the brilliance of LA’s most admired hotel. Nestled on 12 acres in Bel-Air Estates, the iconic Hotel Bel-Air is one of the dreamiest and most exclusive hotels in the world. Securing a spot on Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” list of 2013 and recently awarded the 2013 Forbes Five Star Award, be part of the hotel’s extraordinary restoration with a past dating back to the 1920s. Set the stage to enjoy the day’s fullest potential by reserving one of its most coveted and newest suites: The Premiere Canyon View Suite. Situated on the hillside in the Lower Canyon, outdoor lovers will appreciate the retractable walls that open up to endless gorgeous canyon views just beyond its large private patio. Submerge in a private heated spa pool while enjoying the warm flicker of its outdoor fireplace.

(credit: Hotel Bel-Air)

(credit: Hotel Bel-Air)


Spa by La Prairie
701 Stone Canyon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077
(310) 909-1681
www.hotelbelair.com/spa-and-fitness

Give back to yourself and find the grounding needed to make the most of the day’s starry moments. After all, a perfect day in Los Angeles wouldn’t be complete without a little indulgence found at global superstar La Prairie Spa at Hotel Bel-Air. Revered for its Swiss collection of high-performing, anti-aging products, discover what the most-polished version of you looks and feels like. Find ultimate relaxation and aging prevention with the 90-minute Advanced Marine Biology Facial. Melt into a sea sanctuary with a warm water-filled mat designed for a full body sensory experience while reveling in nature’s finest gifts from the sea. Float away as a signature La Prairie esthetician reinvigorates your skin with its sea antioxidant-rich Advanced Marine Biology Collection. Receive a stress-relieving foot treatment with a luxurious hot stone massage while peeling off layers of stress and tension. Stay in your robe and rejoice in the glow of your treatment by spending a few moments by its famous signature pool heated at a soothing 82-degrees year-round.

(credit: Hotel Bel-Air)

(credit: Hotel Bel-Air)


Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
701 Stone Canyon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077
(310) 909-1644
www.hotelbelair.com/restaurants-bars

An unforgettable day in LA can’t be had without a little enticement of the taste buds amongst great friends and conversations. There’s no better place to get cozy in a storybook setting while enjoying farmer market fresh and sustainable fare than at Wolfgang Puck’s indoor-outdoor terrace at Hotel Bel-Air. Reserve the ultra-private alcoves overlooking Swan Lake while enjoying its heated floors and surreal, heritage-rich garden setting. Be sure to try the fresh pappardelle pasta with wild field mushrooms, melted leeks and English peas and a recommended wine pairing. From the garden to the plate with no delay, the summer salad may be the freshest in LA.

(credit: Elise Crane Derby)

(credit: Elise Crane Derby)


Legends of Hollywood Tours
6333 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 928-2024
www.legendsofhollywoodtours.com

After a day of pampering yourself like a movie star, go see how the real stars lived by taking a tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Legends of Hollywood will chauffeur you around in a Mercedes Benz equipped with television and high-quality audio so when you are parked in front of a star’s house, you can see what is behind the gates from a satellite picture broadcasted on the TV screen. This company has a knowledgeable tour staff to ensure you get the most out of the experience. You’ll see such iconic LA sights as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Rodeo Drive, the Sunset Strip and Greystone Mansion.

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(credit: broadwayla.org/index.asp)


Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 468-1770
www.hollywoodpantages.com

Be part of Hollywood history and experience Broadway-style entertainment at the one of the most iconic historical venues in the Western U.S. As the largest and grandest of the movie palaces from Hollywood’s Golden Age, an evening at Pantages Theatre makes for a monumental way to end your best day yet in Los Angeles. Don’t miss the opportunity to follow the yellow brick road and see the most magical adventure of all time. Running until Oct. 6, “The Wizard of Oz” will take the stage, celebrating all the namesake songs from the Oscar-winning movie score. From Oct. 8 to 13, you’ll have the chance to see the powerful drama “War Horse,” a beloved tale of a young boy and his loyal horse set in WWI. If you’re LA day-scape takes place Oct. 23 through Nov. 10, you will want to see the Tony award-winning musical “Evita.” Unravel in the passionate and true story of Eva as you melt to the hair-raising, beautiful song “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.”

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Jessica Blotter has 10 years experience in the advertising industry and is founder of Publicly Loved – at the heart of brands, causes and events. As an author of two regional travel blogs with CBS Local and Examiner.com, she has produced more than 30 published articles covering regional getaway destinations and charitable events. Follow her on Twitter @publiclyloved.

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