Laguna Beach in California

24 December 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area Reading Time:  23 minutes

© flickr.com - Don Graham/cc-by-sa-2.0

© flickr.com – Don Graham/cc-by-sa-2.0

Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County in California. It is known for a mild year-round climate, scenic coves, environmental preservation, and an artist community. The population is at 23,000. Tourism is the primary industry with an estimated three million people visiting the community annually. Annual large events include the Pageant of the Masters, Festival of Arts, Sawdust Art Festival, Art-A-Fair, Blue Water Music Festival, and KelpFest.   read more…

Channel Islands of California

21 December 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area Reading Time:  12 minutes

Santa Catalina Island - Avalon © Spartan7W/cc-by-sa-3.0

Santa Catalina Island – Avalon © Spartan7W/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Channel Islands are an archipelago of eight islands (Anacapa, San Miguel, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Clemente, San Nicolas, Santa Barbara und Santa Catalina) located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern California along the Santa Barbara Channel in the United States of America. Five of the islands are part of Channel Islands National Park, and the waters surrounding these islands make up Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.   read more…

Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles

1 December 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area, House of the Month Reading Time:  9 minutes

© salewskia/cc-by-sa-4.0

© salewskia/cc-by-sa-4.0

Wilshire Grand Center is a 1,100-foot (335.3 m) skyscraper in the Financial District of Downtown Los Angeles, California. It is the tallest building in Los Angeles, the tallest building in California, the tallest building west of the Mississippi River and outside of New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia, and the 10th tallest building in the United States. Its height surpasses the U.S. Bank Tower by 82ft (25m). The building is part of a mixed-use hotel, retail, observation decks, shopping mall, and office complex, expected to revitalize downtown Los Angeles and the area surrounding the building. The development of the complex is estimated to cost $1.2 billion. The plans include 67,000 square feet (6,225 m²) of retail, 677,000 square feet (62,895 m²) of Class A office space and 900 hotel rooms. InterContinental is the tower’s hotel component, comprising 900 rooms and suites.   read more…

The sail training ship Irving Johnson

1 July 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Greater Los Angeles Area, Tall ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  10 minutes

2010 Festival of Sail © flickr.com - Port of San Diego/cc-by-2.0

2010 Festival of Sail © flickr.com – Port of San Diego/cc-by-2.0

The twin brigantines Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson are the flagships of the Los Angeles Maritime Institute‘s (LAMI) TopSail Youth Program, a non-profit organization that helps at-risk youth learn discipline and teamwork through sailing. They join LAMI’s topsail schooners the Swift of Ipswich and the Bill of Rights. The boats are named for sail training pioneers Irving and Electa “Exy” Johnson. The brigantines are based on original plans designed in the 1930s by Henry Gruber but never built. Noted yacht designer W.I.B. Crealock was brought in to adapt the plans to meet modern Coast Guard regulations and to fit LAMI’s own stringent specifications based on their years of trial and experience. Master shipbuilder Allan Rawl was retained to oversee the project.   read more…

Balboa Island in Newport Beach

13 June 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area Reading Time:  16 minutes

© Don Ramey Logan/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Don Ramey Logan/cc-by-sa-3.0

Balboa Island is a community located in Newport Beach in California, accessible to the public via bridge, ferry and several public docks. The community is surrounded by a paved concrete boardwalk open to pedestrian traffic, designated as a public walking trail by the city. Balboa Island’s Marine Avenue is home to local small businesses including restaurants, bakeries and local crafts. The island also has its own fire station and post office. The Balboa Island community consists of three modified or artificial islands in Newport Harbor: Balboa Island, the largest; the smaller Little Balboa Island to the east of Balboa Island, joined by a two-lane bridge; and the smallest Collins Isle to the northwest of Balboa Island, joined by a one-lane bridge. The Balboa Island community is joined to the mainland by a short two-lane bridge on the northeast of Balboa Island, and a privately operated fleet of three, three-car ferryboats (Balboa Island Ferry) which provide access across the harbor to the Balboa Peninsula which lies to the south.   read more…

Bell in California

16 May 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area Reading Time:  6 minutes

James George Bell House © Mortis24

James George Bell House © Mortis24

Bell is an incorporated city in Los Angeles County near the center of the former San Antonio Township. Its population is at 36,000. Bell is located on the west bank of the Los Angeles River and is a suburb of the city of Los Angeles. At 2.5 square miles (6.5 km²), Bell is the thirteenth smallest city in the United States with a population of at least 25,000. The city’s Chamber of Commerce is located at the historic James George Bell House, which serves as a meeting place and in addition, a museum showcasing artifacts from the city’s founding family and period furniture. The house is open to the general public with free admission.   read more…

Brentwood in Los Angeles

14 May 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area Reading Time:  7 minutes

Getty Museum and Central Garden © flickr.com - Rennett Stowe/cc-by-2.0

Getty Museum and Central Garden © flickr.com – Rennett Stowe/cc-by-2.0

Brentwood is a neighborhood in the Westside of Los Angeles. It is the home of seven private and two public schools. Brentwood is also home to many celebrities such as actors and actresses. As a member of a group of nearby neighborhoods that are affluent, it is known as one of the “Three Bs”, along with Beverly Hills and Bel Air.   read more…

The Beverly Wilshire Hotel

9 May 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area, Hotels Reading Time:  6 minutes

© panoramio.com - otterboris/cc-by-3.0

© panoramio.com – otterboris/cc-by-3.0

The Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel), commonly known as the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, is a historic luxury hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Located at 9500 Wilshire Boulevard on the east side of South Rodeo Drive, it was completed in 1928. It has been used as a shooting location for films and television series. Guests have included US presidents and celebrities. In 1990, he Beverly Wilshire was the primary setting for the movie Pretty Woman, though most interior scenes were actually shot at the defunct Ambassador Hotel nearby. Decades later, it also became a common filming location for HBO’s Entourage television series, with cast and crew filming there at least three times per season when it was produced from 2004 until 2011.   read more…

Holmby Hills in Los Angeles

5 March 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area Reading Time:  8 minutes

View of Holmby Park © Zigzig20s/cc-by-sa-3.0

View of Holmby Park © Zigzig20s/cc-by-sa-3.0

Holmby Hills is a neighborhood in the district of Westwood in western Los Angeles. The neighborhood was developed in the early twentieth century by the Janss Investment Company, which developed the rest of Westwood as well as other Los Angeles neighborhoods. With the expansion of Sunset Boulevard, Holmby Hills was split into two northern and southern sections, each lying within a different community plan area designated by the City of Los Angeles: The portion south of Sunset Boulevard is the area north of Wilshire Boulevard and east of both Beverly Glen Boulevard and Comstock Avenue, and west of the Los Angeles Country Club; it is located within the Westwood Community Plan Area. The portion north of Sunset is the area east of Beverly Glen Boulevard and west of the city limits of Beverly Hills, with Greendale Drive and Brooklawn Drive as its northernmost streets; it is located within the Bel AirBeverly Crest Community Plan Area, though it is historically distinct from the neighborhoods of both Bel Air and Beverly Crest.   read more…

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