Subject: Re: Los Angeles advice requested
Alan,

I am sorry it has taken me a while to respond to your note requesting information about how to spend stopover time in Los Angeles. I was on holiday and just returned. I had a great time visiting baseball stadiums, watching a kick-butt musical concert and exploring the back roads in the midwestern US (Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Cleveland). But that is a story for another note.

If I recall correctly, you and your wife will be on a post retirement trip with an opportunity to stay over in Los Angeles. I would definitely take advantage of it. At the very least, you want to see the Getty, the new Disney Hall and its neighbor across the street, Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral (http://www.olacathedral.org/). Add in time to explore other things and you can easily spend 4 or 5 days here if you wanted.

Bill in South Pasadena gave you some excellent ideas about the wealth of museums and cultural venues available. As you may have guessed, you will be driving across much of LA regardless of where you stay. So I might recommend a hotel that is centrally located. All of the following are within a few miles of each other in west Los Angeles. You can easily get to most of the places you might visit from them. The rate for two at each is in the range of $120-140 per night. That is average for this area.

Hilgard House in Westwood next to UCLA (http://www.hilgardhouse.com/) Carlyle Inn in LA adjacent to Beverly Hills (http://www.carlyle-inn.com/) Courtyard Hotel Century City (http://marriott.com/property/propertyPage/LAXCE)

Jennie from Atlanta was in LA over this past New Year's and I directed her to the Inn at Venice Beach, a neat little non-chain hotel two blocks from the beach. I think she found it to be quite acceptable. It is not as centrally located as the others, but it is less expensive and also near Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice where you can see some neat artist lofts and craft stores that cross into the funkier side of Los Angeles - http://www.innatvenicebeach.com/

When I have out of town guests, I try to show them places away from Hollywood and the studios since LA represents so much more than just the movie and tv business. Among my favorites are: - Walking tour of historic Los Angeles offered by the Los Angeles Conservancy (http://www.laconservancy.org/tours/tours_main.shtml). I am especially keen on Art Deco or the Broadway Theater tours. - If it is the 2nd Sunday of the month, the Rose Bowl Flea Market (http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/141923). Over a million items on sale by over 2000 vendors. Even if you don't need gifts for the folks back home, this is fun browsing and people watching. - The Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino near Pasadena (http://www.huntington.org/) - The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena (http://www.nortonsimon.org) - The Weisman Art Foundation in tony Bel Air (http://www.weismanfoundation.org/). Frederick Weisman was a wealthy businessman who amassed a phenomenal collection of art, especially 20th century art. It filled his house from floor to ceiling in some rooms. His house has been preserved as an art foundation with the art still placed exactly where it was when he died. Tours are available during the week. I have never seen this listed in a guidebook or described on the internet but it was one of my favorite local "finds" - for shopping, a walk down Montana Avenue or Main Street in Santa Monica

Well, this should be enough to help you with your planning for now. If you are interested in a get together of Ziners while you are in the area, let us know when you will be here.

Cheers, Mark