Travel Guide to California

2015 Travel Guide to California

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2 0 1 5 T R A V E L G U I D E T O C A L I F O R N I A 111 » LIVE IT UP! Tourism Websites artbeatwesthollywood Events halloween-carnaval Spa, Food & Fashion westhollywood Nightlife see annual events such as Halloween Car- naval, when nearly 500,000 people celebrate in the streets; Sunset Strip Music Festival, a three-day rock music club crawl and street fest in late summer, covering metal, punk, indie, pop and hip-hop; and in June, the LA PRIDE Festival, one of the largest gay pride celebrations in the country. Get Pampered, Shop, Eat & Rock Out To prepare yourself for a packed day in West Hollywood, visit a first-class spa like The Gendarmerie or Voda. Then enjoy the finest culinary creations at one of the renowned eateries such as Akira Back's Yel- lowtail or modern-American Church Key. Now fortified, walk around the West Hollywood Design District, bounded by Melrose Avenue, Robertson Boulevard and Beverly Boulevard. Anchored by the Pacific Design Center, this area is a shopping mecca for interiors and top fashions such as Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and Stella McCartney. Next, head over to Santa Monica Boulevard and see where locals eat and shop. Grab a sandwich at Mendocino Farms, sangria at Café D'Étoile or coffee at Mo Café. Don't miss walking across the rainbow-colored crosswalks at the inter- section of San Vicente and Santa Monica Boulevard, a reflection of West Holly- wood's inclusiveness. Next, head over to Sunset Boulevard and visit Book Soup, an independent and beloved local bookstore known for its celebrity readings and teetering towers of books on music, art and film. As the evening progresses, enjoy the pulse-pounding nightlife of the Strip and stir it up at Whisky a Go Go, 1 Oak and The Roxy. Or, if still energized for more nightlife, go south to Santa Monica Boulevard to the popular gay clubs like Flaming Saddles, The Abbey Food & Bar and Here Lounge. Finally, rest your feet and lounge at one of the many A-list hotels such as the Sunset Tower, an elegant Art Deco building known for its city views and famous former resi- dents including Howard Hughes, Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra; or the London West Hollywood, known for its impeccable service, Michelin-starred restaurant and rooftop bar.

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