Chado Tea Room will always have a special place in my heart because my bridal shower was at the West Hollywood location.. although that location closed last year:(. For $18 you get 4 mini sandwiches, a scone, a pot of tea and desert. They have a huge selection of tea and gifts and for an hour you can pretend you are British royalty or a lady who lunches. It’s a great place to take mom. They have other locations in Hollywood and Downtown L.A.
I’m down to my last weekend in L.A. and I thought I would post about a few of the things I did over the past month that I never got around to including in this blog. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences host screenings throughout the summer in the small park adjacent to their building in Hollywood. The screenings are only $5 and you are allowed to bring your own food & wine and there are food trucks in case you want to buy any food. The screenings sell out quickly because space is so limited. I see they are actually sold out for the rest of the summer so this is something to keep in mind for next year (sorry!). Parking is free and easy in the lot next door. Usually some of the cast comes to speak before the films and we got to see the people who helped make AMERICAN GRAFFITI happen. Just don’t bring a knife to cut bread or anything because they will search your bag and make you put it back in the car. http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/outdoors/
The Hollywood Bowl is something that I always mean to go to every summer. I was glad I was able to go before I move because it really is worth going to see at least one show during the Bowl season. The tickets range enough in price that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to go and you can bring in your own wine and food and with Uber car service you can avoid the annoying stacked parking. Almost everyone I know in L.A. has been to the Bowl at least once so I don’t have any new information other then I highly recommend taking Uber if you are coming from Hollywood or anywhere nearby. It makes the whole experience so much less stressful when you don’t have to worry about parking or driving.
I am hesitant to write about PWG because I really like going and they have been getting steadily more popular since we started going years ago. PWG or Pro-Wrestling Guerrilla is the Los Angeles area Professional Independent Wrestling Organization and every few months you can drive to Reseda to see them in action. Going to see PWG is a commitment. It is at a VFW hall in a residential neighborhood in Reseda and you have to stand in line for at least an hour to get in and once you get in you have to worry that your chair will be used to smash someone over the head. Yes my chair was used once and if you sit towards the front you will have to move out of the way of a large flying man.
Going to PWG is one of our favorite date nights. If you too want to make this into a date: go see PWG, stop by the In-N-Out Burger afterwards and then drive another few miles for live country music at The Cowboy Palace in Chatsworth. This is a ton of fun if you have an open mind. Don’t tell too many people about how much fun you have.
There are many ways to hike around the Hollywood sign and Lake Hollywood, but you have to be with a local or do some research online to know where to go. Most of the access points to the trails are in residential areas and the homeowners don’t want these access areas to be easy to find for tourists. So instead the tourists just drive around lost in the streets of Beachwood Canyon asking people in the neighborhood for directions. I’m not sure which option is better for the homeowners. My friend and I were stopped a few times on our walk (she lives in the area) and even she couldn’t describe how to get to the access points. You just know how to get there if you live in the area. I will do my best to give directions to the walk I took.
Park near the Beachwood Cafe and walk up the street called Belden Dr. It will wind its way up the hill for about a 10 minute walk. Keep following the street up until Ledgewood Dr keep going up until you reach the gate to the trail. At this point, you will be high above Lake Hollywood. You can follow this trail along to see views of the lake. It’s a short trail and ends at the private driveway to what is actually Madonna’s old house. From there you will be on the road that accesses the parks surrounding Lake Hollywood. Here you can get a good view of the sign and you can follow this road southeast to another trail that makes its way down the hill back into Beachwood Canyon. On the walk down you can add more to your workout and run up and down the hidden staircase. If in doubt on how to find a good viewing spot to the sign, just go to the public area near Lake Hollywood. It’s not as good as the views from the trail, but you can still see it.
Lake Hollywood Info
Hidden Staircase Info
The Del Mar Racetrack was one of the places I wanted to check out before leaving L.A. because I have known a lot of people over the years who recommended going there. It’s closer to San Diego than Los Angeles so it takes at least 2 hours to get there from Hollywood. It is a beautiful track and it was a fun day out, but I think if you are coming from L.A. it’s not worth driving the 2 hours unless you are really into horse racing or you are staying the weekend in San Diego. The Santa Anita Racetrack just outside of Pasadena is just as nice and possibly prettier and is only 45 minutes from Hollywood. Keep an eye on Groupon for tickets or buy at the gate. It’s not an expensive day out.. that is if you don’t lose your money at the races.