20 Wacky, Weird and Wonderful Beverly Hills Landmarks

Fabulous mansions, celebrity sightings, and upscale restaurants all come to mind when you think of Beverly Hills landmarks. Here at The Event Team we always look to bring you unique venues, activities, trends, and ideas. Check out these memorable spots on your own self-guided walking tour, or allow us to create one for your corporate group. Either way, you will seem like an L.A. native after visiting these 20 Wacky, Weird, and Wonderful Beverly Hills Landmarks:

1. The Witch’s House

This relocated thatched roof and odd angled wonder has now been fully restored. The home’s owner and resident Michael J. Libow says that “95 to 98% is new material made to look old.” His labor of love is here to stay – in 2013 the home was listed on Beverly Hill’s local register of historic properties. It is the most requested non-celebrity house to visit in Los Angeles.

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2. The O’Neill House

Just off Rodeo’s shopping area, this curvy creation is inspired by art-nouveau architect Antoni Guadi.

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3. Beverly Hills City Hall

Opened in 1932, this was called the “largest and most expensive City Hall of any municipality its size in the country.” The building appears in a mulitude of films and television shows, including Beverly Hills Cop.

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4 & 5. Beverly Hills High School & its Swim-Nasium

The only major public high school in Beverly Hills, BHHS offers surf classes, a robotics team, and two award-winning news services. The school has served as film location to movies such as Real Women Have Curves and It’s a Wonderful Life. Most notably, Beverly Hills High School’s gym floor doubles as the school’s swimming pool!

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6. Margaret Herrick Library

Established in 1928 and now located in Beverly Hills, the library is devoted to the history and development of the motion picture as an art form and an industry. In the “Reading Room,” white gloves keep visitors from smudging the movie stills.

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7. Kabbalah Centre

The Centre was founded by Rav Yehuda Ashlag in 1922 and now spans the globe with brick and mortar locations in more than 40 cities as well as extensive online presence. Many celebs (most notably Madonna) have been associated with the Centre.

8. Doheny Apartments

In 1953, Marilyn Monroe lived here the year prior to her marriage to Joe DiMaggio. She returned to a different unit in the complex in 1961.

9. The Metal Zoo

Forget about the pink flamingos in the front yard. This Beverly Hills mansion at Doheny Drive and Clifton Way has a full menagerie complete with elephant, tigers, and a 15′ giraffe. No feeding necessary.

10. House of Bijan

Beverly Hills is home to the most expensive store in the world. House of Bijan is located, where else, on Rodeo Drive. If you have deep enough pockets and a reservation you too can shop at the $12 million store. Otherwise, admire the both Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe and Bijan Bugatti designed by the store’s late namesake parked right outside.

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11. Angelyne

You might see this “Barbie Doll of Beverly Hills” speeding around in her famous pink Corvette.

12. Sprinkles Cupcake ATM

Restocked with fresh cupcakes day and night, the world’s first cupcake ATM takes the cake when it comes to immediate gratification.Stop by Sprinkles Cupcakes after a day of shopping and touring the city.

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13. Gordon and Lily

This pair, sculpted by Victor Salmones, tries to cross the street at the corner of Camden and little Santa Monica.

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14. Googie Gas Station

Located at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Crescent drive, Jack Colker’s 76 station features “Googie” architecture, based on car culture, space, and atomic themes.

15. Princess Leia’s Gate

The late Carrie Fisher’s front gate features playful signs like “No Swimsuits in Lobby,” “Public Telephone Within,” and “Ask Me About Medication Side Effects.”

16. Greystone Mansion

Stroll the grounds of one of Hollywood’s most filmed mansions. You may recognize it serving as Chilton Academy in Gilmore Girls and Rachel’s house in The Bodyguard.

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17. Sheats-Goldstein Residence

This cave-like dwelling appears in films such as, Charlie’s Angels, Pulp Fiction, and The Big Lebowski; the perfect tour stop for cinematic aficionados and thespians.

18. Franklin Canyon Park

This 605-acre public park features a 3-acre lake, hiking trails and a duck pond. The serene locale appears in It Happened One Night, the opening credits of The Andy Griffith Show, and the Nickelodeon show Salute Your Shorts.

19. Virginia Robinson Gardens

This exotic paradise (built in 1911) has a  one of the first homes in Beverly Hills!

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20. Hymn of Life Tulips

Just one of over 60 pieces of public art in Beverly Hills, this charming piece by Yayoi Kusama makes for a great photo opp!

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Things to do in San Diego: Unique Spouse Tours

Southern California is known for its sunny outdoors and luxurious lifestyle. Here in San Diego, there are many local activities and specialized tours to satisfy any VIP client’s spouse tour needs. Here are just a few of our favorite things to do in San Diego:

Farm to Fork

This tour is more than just wandering around a veggie garden – this is the ultimate foodie experience. Explore Central, South, or North County San Diego and go behind the scenes of some of the best organic, specialty and urban small farms. We’re talking a VIP specific tour based only on what you want to see. San Diego is home to award winning breweries, restaurants, butcher shops, coffee roasters, wineries, fish markets and more. Tour these areas and learn about homestead practices, stay for a thoughtfully curated lunch or dinner, and be amazed by the hidden gems hiding in our own Southern California backyards!

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Sips and Strokes

Explore San Diego’s artistic side! Sip on local wines while discovering some of the best art in town. Take a historic tour of La Jolla and visit fantastic art galleries, like Madison Gallery (pictured). Enhance your senses further with a wine connoisseur. Art and wine make the perfect blend.

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The Call of the Wild

There are few places in the world that would allow you to see the whales of the Arctic, visit the lions of the Sahara, and experience aviary hunters first hand. The only place where you can do all three and more? San Diego. Wiggle into a wetsuit and interact with the snowy white beluga whales at SeaWorld San Diego. This special interaction allows you to experience cold weather creatures up close within their habitats.

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“Sleep on the wild side” along the edge of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s African Plains exhibit. Enjoy your cozy tent and bed overnight as you listen to the roars of the lions and other nighttime animal interactions.

Experience flying a trained bird of prey to the glove & learn about one the world’s oldest hunting traditions. Come as a hands-on participant or observer to learn about raptor biology, conservation & the art of falconry. Enjoy a Basic Falconry Lesson, Hawk Walks for more adventure & glove time with the bird, and a Private Raptor Experience for the ultimate in depth class where you fly both a hawk & a falcon.

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If you’re in search of fresh corporate or spouse tours San Diego, contact The Event Team today! Our custom tour proposals feature the best things to do in San Diego for every budget and demographic. In addition to being one of the top destination management companies San Diego, we also operate tours and events throughout Southern California. Additional destinations include Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara.

Cool for the Summer – 6 Fresh San Diego Tours and Activities

As summer quickly approaches, we’re highlighting some fun-focused tour and team building options for corporate groups. From animal lovers to art aficionados, athletes to brainiacs, there is something for everyone! Here are 6 Fresh San Diego Tours and Activities:

1. Falcon Interaction

Experience flying a trained bird of prey to the glove and learn about one the world’s oldest hunting traditions. During this activity, you can enjoy a basic falconry lesson, or opt for the more in-depth hawk walks for more adventure and glove time with the bird.

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2. Poolside You Build It Boats

Skip the sand and row, row, row your boat while sipping cocktails poolside. This high-energy team building event challenges guests to design, build, market, and race custom-built boats from the comfort of the hotel pool!

3. TOMS Style Your Sole

One of our most creative philanthropic team building activities, Style Your Sole is the perfect way to express your artistic vision and community spirit. Following this shoe-decorating event, each pair of TOMS will be donated to the local homeless population, plus TOMS will match your donation with shoes for kids around the globe!

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4. Room Escape

Now you can transform a hotel ballroom into a life-size puzzle! For this team building event, participants are “locked” in a room and must escape by exploring their surroundings to find clues and solve a series of puzzles within a set time limit. Depending on venue and group size, multiple rooms and variations are available. Unlock the fun and “escape” with your team.

San Diego Tours Team Building - Room Escape

5. Rock Against the Clock

One of our newest CSR team building activities is our music-focused Rock Against the Clock. At the start of this program, each team is given a guitar body with several missing parts (neck, bridge, strings, etc.). First, participants compete against one another in a variety of challenges to earn the missing pieces of their guitars. Once assembly is complete, teams will play a song using a tablet and instructional apps. After the mini-concert, a representative from a local Boys & Girls Club (and possibly some youth participants) will accept the group’s donation.

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6. FootGolf 

Following the basic rules of golf, this game utilizes a regulation size soccer ball and 21-inch diameter cups. Don’t worry, we guarantee novices and pros alike will get a kick out of this unique activity.

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If you’re in search of fresh corporate tours San Diego, contact The Event Team today! Our custom tour proposals feature options for every budget and demographic. In addition to San Diego, we also provide tours throughout Southern California. Additional destinations include Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara.

That’s SoCal: Anaheim Event Venues

Last week, we recommended some of our favorite San Diego event venues. This week we’re zeroing in on Anaheim, a frequent destination for corporate travelers from around the world. Undoubtedly, luxury hotels, iconic theme parks, trendy restaurants, and massive stadiums factor into Anaheim’s popularity. While there’s no shortage of Anaheim event venues to choose from, we’ve highlighted some of our recent favs below.

Anaheim Packing District

First let’s explore Anaheim Packing District, the newly renovated downtown gathering place. Highlights include The Packing House, which harbors Cooks Chapel (a community kitchen and event space), and The Backyard outdoor venue. Here, visitors can sample 20+ artisan eateries, wine-taste in a 1920’s railroad boxcar appropriately named The BXCR, or experience out of this world mixology at The Blind Rabbit. In short, these Anaheim event venues truly pack a punch!

Anaheim Event Venues - The Packing District

 

Craft Beer Scene

Like its San Diegan neighbors to the south, Anaheim is “hopping” back on board the craft beer scene. Actually, brewing beer is in Anaheim’s roots (German colonials brewed here as early as 1870). Now, the resurrected Anaheim Brewery, Backstreet Brewery, and Bottle Logic Brewing are just some of the local breweries we recommend. These casual Anaheim event venues provide the perfect respite for groups looking to take a break after a long day of meetings.

Anaheim Event Venues - Anaheim Brewery

Sports Stadiums 

Now a little something for the Sports fans! Here in Orange County, locals cheer for their MLB Angels and NHL Ducks. And where there are major sports teams, there are major stadium venues. Hence, a diverse selection of function space at Angel Stadium and Honda Center. For example, meeting planners can opt for a catered game-day experience for small VIP groups. Or, for large convention groups, we suggest a full venue buyout with private tours and big name entertainment.

Anaheim Event Venues - Honda Center

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If you’re planning for an Orange County meeting or convention, contact us today to schedule a site of Anaheim event venues. Besides venue options, we can provide

Los Angeles Healthy Activities to Kick Off 2017

With a turbulent 2016 behind us, it’s time to look forward to the New Year. If you’re planning a trip to L.A., here are 5 Los Angeles Healthy Activities to kick off 2017.

Malibu Yoga and Mimosas

Malibu Wines continues the tradition of providing yoga and mimosas on select Sunday mornings throughout 2017. Led by Emily Paige, you’ll start with an hour of yoga to build and stretch the body. Afterward, chase your early morning exercise with a mimosa to soothe and calm the mind, of course.

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Live Talks Los Angeles

Ring in the new year by stimulating your mind at Live Talks LA. Consisting of a series of on-stage conversations featuring writers, actors, musicians, humorists, artists, chefs, scientists and thought leaders in business, Live Talks LA provide topics to interest anyone. The next talk, taking place on January 25th, will feature Michael Lewis with Mindy Kaling.

Live Talks Los Angeles Healthy Activities

Acai Nation

Energize the body at Açaí Nation with their nutrient dense bowls such as the Rio de Janeiro or Cocoa Fruit. In addition to the countless bowl options, Açaí Nation also serves smoothies for something healthy on the go. Find all this fruity goodness at either their Brentwood or Pacific Palisades location.

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Unplug Meditation

Feeling stressed out? Take the Zen road into the New Year with Unplug Meditation, who have been turning stress to calm since 2014. Since Unplug offers a wide variety of meditation styles and teachers, there is an instructor and class to meet the needs of both the experienced meditator and novice practitioner alike. With lower blood pressure, improved mood, and decreases stress and anxiety on the long list of benefits from meditating, it’s worth giving it a shot!

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Malibu Wellness Retreat

Take the new, health conscious you to unseen heights with a wellness retreat at Tabitha Rose Yoga. Participants begin with a Vinyasa Flow accompanied by calming tunes by a local musician. Up next is a hike through the serene Charmlee Canyon Wilderness Park ending with an assortment of refreshing juices, infused water, and a delicious organic vegetarian feast to nourish and replenish the tired body.

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If you’re lookin for more Los Angeles Healthy Activities contact The Event Team destination management company for more info! Our team of creative event planning professionals can arrange a unique and healthy experience, complete with round-trip transportation, meal options, branded amenities and more. Reach out today for a custom proposal created specifically for your group.

 

That’s SoCal – Southern California Fall Activities

It’s fall in Southern California! Which basically boils down to failed attempts to wear flannel because it’s too hot outside. Never fear! We’ve harvested a fine crop of Southern California fall activities:

San Diego

70th Annual Mother Goose Parade (November 20, 2016)
Next up, join the largest annual holiday festival for its 70th celebration. Enjoy floats, clowns, music, equestrian demonstrations and more!
El Cajon, CA More info

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Skating by the Sea (November 24 – January 2)
The Hotel Del Coronado is setting up its outdoor ice skating rink for its 12th “Skating by the Sea” celebration. Skate alongside the Pacific Ocean and the setting sun without the ice cold temperatures.
Coronado, CA  More info

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Los Angeles

LA Turkey Trot (November 24, 2016)
Rather than a gluttonous Thanksgiving, run off those calories at the LA Turkey Trot. The event features a 5K, 10K, and a Widdle Wobble (1K) for children. Treat yourself to a scenic run through historic downtown Los Angeles. All registrants receive a Turkey Trot trucker hat and a Sparkly Finishers Medal!
Los Angeles, CA More info

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Harvest Festival (December 2-4, 2016)
With over 24,000 handmade items including clothes, crafts, and art, there’s something for everyone! In addition to all the vendors, the event features entertainment and fun zones for the kids!
Pomona, CA

Orange County

Holiday Tasting at The Loft (November 26, 2016)
Experience a four course tasting menu at The Loft, including an appetizer, entrée, cheese, and dessert. This holiday treat is sure to get you out of that post-Thanksgiving turkey overload.
Laguna Beach, CA – More info

 

Tamale Festival (November 27, 2016)
Enjoy this year’s Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony complete with tamales, churros, pupusas, and Mexican street corn. Live musical entertainment begins at 10am.
La Habra, CA – More info

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Palm Springs

 

The 35th Indio Powwow (November 25-27, 2016)
Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with Native American dance competitions for contestants of all ages. The event features bird singing, drum contests, peon games, and more.
Indio, CA – More info

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Santa BarbaraSmall Business Saturday (November 26, 2016)

Rather than endure Black Friday chaos, trek downtown for Small Business Saturday. The event features promotions from over 40 shops, galleries, and restaurants. Visit the SBS Welcome Station for live music, gifts and donation-based gift wrapping. Additionally, attend Tara Jones’ book signing for 100 Things to do in Santa Barbara Before You Die.
Santa Barbara, CA – More info

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Southern California Fall Activities – Need More Info?

While you might not survive at any of these events in your flannel, we encourage you to get out and enjoy the best Southern California fall activities! Contact The Event Team destination management company for more ways to enjoy Southern California!