A Year’s End Gift to Ourselves
It was a last minute six day visit to Hollywood and Beverly Hills. This choice was fueled by a desire to visit family recently relocated there, entertainment industry friends not seen in many years.. and to just do something different. Plus, we figured we’d be enjoying warmer weather.. and we did, but not by much… LA temps were in the 40 to 60 degree range.. colder than usual for the area.. but sunny, no precipitation. Here are the highlights of what turned out to be a VERY memorable trip:
Shopping & Dining to Die For!
Superb dining is to be found everywhere in the West Hollywood / Beverly Hills area, even in the most unexpected places. Example: the iconic, original Trader Vic’s Lounge & Restaurant is just downstairs from the main lobby of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The Beverly Hilton – A Classic Hotel with a History
The Magic Castle is MAGIC!
We’d heard that the Magic Castle was a big deal… after all, a much sought after magician and good friend of ours – Doc Eason – is featured at the castle four times a year… but we had no idea just how big of a deal.. until witnessed for ourselves.
Back Story: Prior to this trip to Los Angeles, I had contacted Dale Penn, an old friend whom I had not seen in over 25 years. (Dale and I met while entertaining passengers on Carnival Cruise Lines in the late seventies.) Dale is a a charter member of the Castle and graciously invited us to be his guests.
In the space of five hours we were dazzled and mystified by six world class magicians in four different venues within the Castle. (And we were told that there were four more show rooms that we could have attended had we had the time.) We also enjoyed a fabulous dinner in the “members only” upstairs dining room. Thank you, Dale!
Bottomline: Folks, if you are ever in the LA area, make time for the Magic Castle. And make your reservations well in advance. They sell out early.
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