Beyond the music: 5 things to do in California’s Coachella Valley

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Just over two hours from Los Angeles and boasting its own international airport, the Coachella Valley is a fun, active destination for Angelenos looking for a quick getaway and travelers looking to bask in Southern California’s perpetually sunny weather. Every spring, tens of thousands of music lovers descend upon the region for the Coachella Valley […]

Go on a VIP Movie Studio Tour in LA

Warner Bros VIP Studio Tour - Sitting on the Friends couch

If you’re planning on being in the Los Angeles area and into movies, I highly recommend doing a VIP Studio Tour for a behind-the-scenes look at how and where the movie magic takes place. My favorite is Universal Studios VIP Experience (here are my 10 reasons to go on it) but it’s not cheap $299. […]

Escape LA: Red Rock Canyon and Trona Pinnacles

Like an another planet: Trona Pinnacles, outside LA

More Escape LA, from Melissa Curtin: 48 hours in Ojai, California With gas prices so low, now is the time to take an LA road trip. If you find yourself needing an escape from the craziness of La-La Land, hop in your car, drive a few hours and spend the day hiking in Red Rock Canyon. […]

Attending the 57th Annual GRAMMYS with Hilton Hotels

Beverly Hilton GRAMMYS red carpet

If you’re following me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter then you know my wife Natalie and I were fortunate enough to be guests of Hilton Hotels to experience the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night. Hilton invited us to help spread the word about their Hilton@PLAY call to action, which is inspiring and encouraging people to seek out the unfamiliar […]

Travel Video of the Week: Los Angeles Supermoon Timelapse

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I’ve been back in Los Angeles for the past 10 days and already I’ve been reminded why it’s one of my favorite cities in the world, and why I call it home. Here’s a new Los Angeles timelapse of the city and the recent supermoon from the TimeLAX team of RalphGM & RandyFX that might […]

15 Reasons to Stay in Long Beach When Visiting Southern California

Aquarium of the Pacific

Approximately 22 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach, CA has spent a lot of time in LA’s shadow—but it has a whole lot to offer in its own right. Here are 15 reasons to stay in Long Beach—instead of LA proper—on your next visit to the area: 1. Long Beach has its own airport and is […]

Hakkasan Beverly Hills

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Restaurant: Hakkasan Beverly Hills Where: 233 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-888-8661 The concept: Originally opened in London in 2001, Hakkasan is now known the world over, from Miami to Mumbai, from San Francisco to Shanghai. And recently, Hakassan threw open its doors in Los Angeles. At Hakkasan Beverly Hills, modern Cantonese cuisine […]

L.A. LIVE Opens the Courtyard and Residence Inn

Residence Inn L.A. LIVE

On July 1, 2014 the city of Los Angeles opened the Courtyard and Residence Inn L.A. LIVE—a unique two-in-one hotel that brings a new punch to the Los Angeles hotel scene. It’s directly across the street from the J.W. Marriott and the Ritz-Carton, another two-in-one hotel. The Courtyard has 174 rooms and the Residence Inn […]