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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Beverly Hills Landmarks – Need More Info?

If you’re looking for more Beverly Hills landmarks, contact our los angeles destination management company today! Our team of creative event planning professionals will prepare a custom proposal just for your group! (Primary Info & Photo Resource: www.lovebeverlyhills.com and www.discoverlosangeles.com)

8 Great Centerpiece Ideas for Corporate Events

This week, we’re exploring centerpieces. Whether extravagant or understated, they often play a role of setting the tone for your entire event. Below, we’ve created a list of eight great centerpiece ideas for your next corporate event.

1. Beach Parties

Undoubtedly our most popular theme, beach parties are a staple of SoCal corporate events. As a result, variations on this theme continue to grow. Here are a few of our favorites:

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2. Hollywood Awards Nights

Next up we have the timeless Old Hollywood theme. Always popular for our Los Angeles-based clients, these cinematic-themed centerpieces help direct the scenery.

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3. Lights and Lanterns

Whenever we break away from beach parties and awards nights, we like to flip the switch by focusing on unique lights and lanterns. From bohemian to sci-fi, an array of themes fit perfectly with this luminous approach. Furthermore, these centerpieces continue to provide glowing ambience long after the sun goes down.

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4. Rustic Florals

These rustic floral centerpieces set a casual and earthy tone without sacrificing visual appeal. In order to create the look, mix and match florals with unusual containers (apothecary jars, shipping crates) and other farm-fresh accents (apples, grapes).

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5. Funky and Fun

Sometimes we really dive into a theme and create unique looks for funky and fun themes. Below you’ll find a few recent centerpiece ideas, including a vintage circus theme, retro 80’s night, and a fashion-focused affair.

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6. Sports of All Sorts

Since Southern California is home to many professional sports teams and world-famous golf courses, we like to give our sports-themed events an athletic aesthetic. Some of our favorite looks include this baseball-inspired edible centerpiece (score!) and this oversized golf ball vase (fore!).

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7. Simple Elegance

Sometimes a venue offers so much to look at, there’s no need to go overboard with centerpieces. Whenever our clients ask for simple elegance, we go back to basics with fresh, seasonal florals. These beauties raise eyebrows without begging for attention.

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8. Subtle Succulents

Last but not least, we give you succulents. Perhaps nothing could be cuter than a tiny plant with a powerful will to live. Since these eco-friendly centerpieces retain water, they are excellent candidates for repurposing during multi-day meetings.

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Centerpiece Ideas – Need More Info?

To be sure, centerpieces play a key role in the overall look and feel of your party. If you’re considering decor for your next event, contact The Event Team today for more centerpiece ideas and pricing.

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!

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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.

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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.

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Anaheim Event Venues – Need More Info?

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

7 North County San Diego Restaurants You Should Know About

Did you know unique San Diego dining experiences stretch well beyond the streets of centrally-located regions like the Gaslamp District? A small venture to North County will find you in a whole new world of exciting options. Neighborhoods such as Escondido, Carlsbad, and Del Mar are buzzing with creative takes on SoCal culinary trends. Here are 7 North County San Diego Restaurants we recommend:

Cordiano Winery, Escondido

Originally working alongside his father in Italy, Gerardo Cordiano sold his restaurants, moved to San Diego, and fulfilled a lifelong dream making his own vino. This winery is a perfect spot to enjoy the San Diego sunset and unwind.north county san diego restaurants cordiano winery

The Wooden Spoon, Escondido

Jesse and Catherine Paul’s in-house creations focus on fresh, sustainable ingredients. Just one visit, and you’ll understand why The Wooden Spoon is scooping up impressive ratings.north county san diego restaurants - the wooden spoon

Campfire, Carlsbad

Campfire’s inspiration comes from the simplistic idea of good friends gathered around a fire sharing good food. The restaurant is 6,000 square feet of pure kumbayawesome, featuring a glass-enclosed kitchen, live-fire cooking, and stellar craft cocktails.north county san diego restaurants - campfire

Tasting Room, Del Mar

Tasting Room Del Mar focuses on “all things craft, local, and honestly delicious.” Each menu intertwines with beverage and flavor options. Mix and match  your own pairings, or embrace the unknown with the chef’s own “surrender series.”
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Barrel Republic, Oceanside

Enjoy ultimate freedom of choice with your wristband-operated tab, and take your pick from over 50 beer taps. Wine and kombucha are also available at this revolutionary bar concept.north county san diego restaurants - barrel republic

Ponsaty’s, Rancho Santa Fe

Master French chef Patrick Ponsaty brings 31 years of expertise to his elegant namesake. His elevated French and Spanish flavors are sure to excite.

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WESTROOT Tavern, Carmel Valley

From the makers of barleymash in the Gaslamp, Uptown Tavern and Sandbar in Pacific Beach, comes this posh two-level Carmel Valley stunner. With floor-to-ceiling windows, 30 beer handles, and a robust menu of SoCal-inspired fare, this sprawling venue is a heavy-hitter in the North County San Diego restaurant scene.

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North County San Diego Restaurants – Need More Info?

If you are a meeting planner in search of North County San Diego restaurants, reach out to our event planning experts today. Contact The Event Team destination management company for a complete proposal.

 

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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Los Angeles Healthy Activities – Need More Info?

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.

 

Corporate Event Photography and Videography Trends in Southern California

The Event Team DMC always recommends corporate event photography to our meeting planner clients. With so many affordable and unique options to choose from, why not capture every memorable moment? We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite photography and videography trends for your perusing pleasure.

1. Drone Cinematography

If your meeting or convention is held in the same location every year, drone cinematography is a great way to engage with current and future attendees. Southern California is beautiful anyway you look at it, but aerial footage of the region is simply stunning. Drone services can offer a wonderful re-cap of your event, while simultaneously providing a marketing tool for next year’s conference. Worried about permitting issues? Leave that to us. Our full service destination management team can do all the research to make sure your drone stays out of  a no-fly zone.

2. GIF Photobooths

GIFs – who knew?! What started as a snarky trend in Meme-ville wound up being an incredible asset to the event community. GIF photobooths are a funky way to incorporate event branding and social media marketing into your theme party. Minimal setup and hours of fun…what’s not to love?

 

3. Vintage VW Photobus

Nothing quite captures the laid-back surf vibe of Southern California like a Vintage VW Photobus. Sometimes we event planners tend to set up bulky photobooths in some leftover corner of the venue that won’t cause a pile-up at the meat-carving station. This beauty, on the other hand, demands attention and may very well deserve front-and-center placement as your entrance piece. When photography poses as decor, we can’t complain.

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Corporate Event Photography – Need More Info?

Looking for more suggestions for corporate event photography? Our dynamic roster of photographers and videographers are the best memory-makers in the business. Be sure to contact The Event Team destination management company today for more information on our discounted event photography rates!