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California dreaming

"Sun, I think, drew me to Los Angeles because it's nice and warm and it's always sunny, which means it's always sexy, which means it's light, full of colour." David Hockney

Sharron in LA at the Urban Light sculpture

California Dreaming:

In San Francisco, check out Yosemite National Park. See Golden Gate Bridge, Carmel, and Monterey in the north. Drive several hours south on Route 101 from Big Sur to Los Angeles. Head for Pismo beach, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Off Route 101, is the infamous themed hotel Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, and take a tour of Hearst Castle.

Visit Will Rogers beach and Santa Monica pier in Los Angeles. Relax in an open-air pool cabana at the luxury hotel Viceroy Hotel. Or sit poolside, grab lunch, and swim in the ocean at Annenberg Beach House on the beach.

In Malibu, the best beach is at Point Dume, a state park with amazing cliffs, beach, and dolphin-spotting.

West Hollywood has fun bars and live music, from drag brunch to classic rock venue Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Boulevard to Sound nightclub for dancing.

A hike in the Palisades, the cascading waterfall of Santa Ynez Falls, or Trippet Ranch to Topanga State Park is beautiful. Try roller skating from Venice to Santa Monica.

View the Hollywood sign from Griffith Park Observatory, then hike down the canyon.

Pendry West Hollywood Hotel on the famous Sunset Boulevard is a short walk to the Oppenheim Group (for Selling Sunset fans), close to Melrose Place, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills.


Short Stories is a boutique hotel in a fantastic location opposite The Grove and Farmers Market. It is within walking distance to shopping/dining on Robertson and 3rd and Fairfax, a short Uber ride to Beverly Hills and WeHo, and Hollywood.

Short Stories

The Aster boutique hotel is a 2-min walk from Hollywood Walk of Fame, on Hollywood and Vine, with views of The Sign and the Capitol Records building. The majority of the building is set aside as a private members club. The rooftop bar and lounges, the hotel, and Lemon Grove restaurant are open to the public. The all-suite bedrooms, are open to non-members to book, with hotel guests enjoying club membership during their stay.

The Aster

Hungry? For a great brunch try Great White - Sharron spotted Justin Bieber here on a trip visiting family. I'm a belieber!

The best sushi in LA is at Nobu Matsuhisa's original restaurant Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills or Nobu Malibu is in the most wonderful setting. For amazing seafood make a reservation at Saltie Girl, or for delicious Italian food dine at Antico Nuovo.

Dress up and treat yourself to drinks at the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills hotel or the bar at Chateau Marmont.

Montage Laguna Beach welcomes guests into the heart of Southern California’s preeminent artist colony.

Connect with nature at Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert - watch out for cactuses and rattlesnakes!

Starting or finishing in LA, you can combine with a trip to San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas (Hoover Dam Bypass & Grand Canyon), Palm Springs, Hawaii, or Los Cabos, Mexico.

Don't worry darling… we can also sort your trip to Palm Springs.

With palm trees, sunshine, desert, beaches, and even skiing, Palm Springs, California, east of LA, is known for its natural hot springs, hotels, restaurants, golf courses & sunny weather. Stay at the ultimate desert escape; Parker Palm Springs to relax, retreat and indulge.

Read our Travel Blog on Parker Palm Springs.

Parker Palm Springs

Ace hotel is a modernist marvel and feel-good sanctuary, or stay at fun, colourful hotel The Saguaro.

A favourite destination for Hollywood stars since the 1930s, many celebrities have homes in the area. Iconic views are reminiscent of The Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, made famous by Slim Aarons' photograph "Poolside Gossip".

Festivals include Coachella, Stagecoach & January Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Contact Abbotts Travel for more info and to book your trip.

Parker Palm Springs


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