Friday, September 4, 2009

In Los Angeles, by the time you're 35,
you're older than most of the buildings.

Delia Ephron

I know a few of my followers and a few other blogs I read are women from the Los Angeles area. Whether you live there or have visited recently, I need your help!

My husband, Nick, and I will be in the Los Angeles area in November to see the Breeder's Cup at Santa Anita. All of the hotels around the race track are booked (Arcadia, Pasadena, Monrovia). Frankly, I wouldn't mind not staying out there but instead in a more interesting area of Los Angeles and then driving to the race track as needed (we'll have a rental car).

I've been to Los Angeles and stayed right in Hollywood so I've seen those sites. I would love to see some parts of the area while we're there in between horse racing (like I haven't seen Venice Beach or any of the coast).

Is there a hotel or a neighborhood you'd recommend for us to stay in?

What sites other than the general Lost Angeles stuff would you recommend we see?

I'm all about local or unique places or bed and breakfasts vs. just another Hampton Inn. This week long trip which includes a stint in Las Vegas to see Ashley and then back to Los Angeles for opening day at Hollwood Park (I have recommendations to stay in Santa Monica or Marina Del Ray then) is for our one year anniversary.

Funny how it is all tied to horse racing!?

I would so appreciate any ideas. Thanks so much!

4 comments:

Rachel H. said...

I have no idea or recommendations as I've never been there, but I hope you guys have fun!

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

No recs here either but HAVE FUN!!!

Summer Wind said...

i just found your blog, SO cute!!

Rue said...

I was born and raised in Arcadia! I used to go to the track all the time with my grandfather that owned race horses :)

A great and beautiful hotel in Pasadena: http://pasadena.langhamhotels.com/en/

Beverly Hills has a great deal of gorgeous hotels to choose from too, if you want to stay out of the area.

In Santa Monica:
http://www.shuttersonthebeach.com/

http://www.georgianhotel.com/about-georgian.php

As far as something to do in Arcadia, besides the track, I used to love going to the Arboretum. They filmed fantasy Island there among many other films and TV shows. You can find info on it here:
http://www.arboretum.org/index.php/explore/

This gives you more info about the track and where to eat while you're there:
http://www.fabuloustravel.com/usa/article/394/21921

The clubhouse has a dress code. I think men still have to wear jackets. I know it was always a treat to eat in there :)

I just know you'll have a great time!

rue

 
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