Posts in Los Angeles
Discover the Lively Mexican Culture of Olvera Street in Downtown L.A.

Olvera Street is in oldest part of downtown Los Angeles, where a vibrant Mexican American culture thrives. Colorful folk art and handicrafts line the streets, while outdoor vendors peddle huaraches, handbags and maracas. The smell of fresh tortillas fills the air, while sipping sweet aqua frescas as the Southern California sun beats down on your shoulders. Historical Buildings tell the story of a prominent city being born, and just beyond, shiny new skyscrapers are the wet ink of new chapters.

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Experience High Tea at Huntington Gardens among the Roses

The Huntington's Rose Garden High Tea is nestled in the middle of 120 acres of diverse plant life in the Los Angeles suburb, Pasadena. The smell of aromatic tea and freshly baked scones fills the air as you nibble on delicate finger sandwiches and seasonal desserts. From the tea room, you look out over colorful roses blooming in an array of vibrant colors. It’s an aristocratic experience. Pinky’s up!

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Visit Michael Jackson's "Thriller" House

Michael Jackson’s Thriller video is arguably one of the most famous and memorable videos of all time. In the video, around the 10:30min mark, a dilapidated old Victorian home is shown, and this home is located in Los Angeles’ Angelino Heights neighborhood near Echo Park Lake. In this post, I’ll give you the location and history of this house so you can go and check it out.

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Ride the Quirky Echo Park Lake Swan Pedal Boats

In Echo Park, near Dodgers Stadium and Downtown L.A. adjacent, there’s a little lake where you can ride swans. Very large swans. These are not your typical swans, but rather pedal boats that you can ride while the Los Angeles sun shines down on you with a view of palm trees and high rises as you flutter around this lovely little lake.

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Hike to a World War II-era Nazi compound

Down the canyon below Brentwood lies the ruins of once was grand plans for a self-sustaining farm, Murphy Ranch. Now all that’s left are graffitied stairs, dilapidated buildings and a water tower. It makes for a pretty interesting 3-4 mile hike.

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L.A. Secret Stairs: Admire Echo Park's Victorian-era Mansions

This Secret Stairs hike takes you around Echo Park Lake into the Angelino Heights neighborhood, where the city’s greatest collection of restored Victorian and Queen Anne mansions reside.

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View the Colorful California Poppy Super Bloom of Antelope Valley

The California Orange Poppy is the official California State Flower. For only a few weeks a year, Antelope Valley’s 1,745 acres of rolling mountains turn vibrant orange with the California Poppy super bloom. In this post, I’ll give you the details you need to visit this majestic spectacle.

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