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JULIE MINTA AND DAVE EVERITT'S WEDDING

June, 2008 in Malibu

"Getting married in Malibu was awesome! Besides the fact that we love the ocean, and it's a famous spot, it's very beautiful! Our families enjoyed it, too! It is a little pricier than other places, but you can negotiate and plan it on a budget."

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Ceremony: Pepperdine University's Stauffer Chapel
Reception: Hotel Casa Del Mar, Reception Site

Ceremony:

Pepperdine Stauffer Chapel - Ceremony - 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA, 90263, US

Pepperdine University's Stauffer Chapel

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263, US

"A beautiful place to hold a wedding ceremony - with the stained glass windows, at the top of a hill on Pepperdine's campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean! They work with all religions, and although a bit overpriced and very strict with the rules, it was sentimental to Dave since he was an alumni. All the guests loved it!"

Reception:

Casa Del Mar - Reception - 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, California, 90405, USA

Hotel Casa Del Mar, Reception Site

1910 Ocean Way
Santa Monica, CA 90405, US

"I couldn't have asked for a better reception venue! Gorgeous, larger than life European decorations, by the ocean...it made me feel like a princess all night! The staff was attentive, and took care of everything! I would definitely recommend it! We booked it on a Monday night to avoid the larger weekend fees."

Hotel:

Good Nite Inn - Hotel - 26557 Agoura Rd, Calabasas, CA, United States

Good Nite Inn

26557 Agoura Rd
Calabasas, CA, United States

"Good budget hotel. Closeby to Pepperdine, however a couple of my guests never got their "Out of Town Wedding Guest Goody" Bags."

Hotel:

Holiday Inn Santa Monica Beach at the Pier - Hotel - 120 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401, US

Holiday Inn Santa Monica Beach at the Pier

120 Colorado Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401, US

"I thought this would be a great location for my guests - right across the street from Casa Del Mar (My reception venue), but with the failing economy last year, none of my guests wanted to pay the nearly $250 per night rate. When I tried to cancel my room block, the man that took over for the lady I had booked it with originally, threatened me that my credit card would be charged with all 10 rooms for 4 nights each if I couldn't get my guests to book there. I finally just canceled my entire block, since nobody wanted to spend the money. Your guests will stay where they can afford, and you don't need the added stress of a $10K hotel bill on top of your reception bill."

Hotel:

Le Merigot - Hotel - 1740 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA, US

Le Merigot Hotel Beach & Spa

1740 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA, US

"None of my guests stayed here. Too pricey. But at least they had good customer service, and didn't threaten me."

Hotel:

Malibu Beach RV Park - Hotel - 25801 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA, United States

Malibu Beach RV Park

25801 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA, United States

"Good customer service. Very friendly."

Hotel:

Malibu Country Inn - Hotel - 6506 Westward Beach Rd, Malibu, CA, 90265, US

Malibu Country Inn

6506 Westward Beach Rd
Malibu, CA 90265, US

"Good customer service. Very friendly. None of my guests stayed here."

Hotel:

Villa Graziadio Executive Center at Pepperdine University - Hotel - 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA, 90263, US

Villa Graziadio Executive Center at Pepperdine University

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263, US

"Very attentive. Did everything we asked for. Most of my relatives stayed here on Campus. Budget friendly, and clean rooms."

Restaurant:

Beau Rivage Mediterranian Restaurant - Restaurant - 26025 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA, 90265, US

Beau Rivage Mediterranian Restaurant

26025 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265, US

"* Established in 1982, BeauRivage is the premier Mediterranean on the West Coast. Specialties from the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea are featured, enhanced by the best ingredients available, whether imported or locally harvested. The best olive oils are used, Italian, Spanish or Greek. Cheeses, meats, sea foods come from many different parts of the world. Game dishes such as venison and antelope come from Texas or New Zealand, wild boar, pheasants and quails from northern California, all are now on the fall season menu. Granted, we might have over-passed the borders of the Mediterranean in gathering these special items, but by preparing them with imagination using locally grown (some in our own garden) herbs and unusual produce and fruit, the flavors bring you back within the intended boundaries. * You will also be able to select from an array of wines from California, France, Italy, Spain & Portugal for a four-star wine list. You will be transported from within a few miles of the heart of Los Angeles to a very realistic feeling of being somewhere on the French or Italian Riviera, or even with a little imagination on some Hellenic island. * It is all here, the abundance of flowers and plants within the well-sheltered patio with the bubbling fountain, the casual, rustic, well-appointed comfortable interiors, the large bay windows with the blue waters across the way - except that it is the Pacific ocean substituting for the blue Mediterranean Sea"

Restaurant:

Chart House Restaurant - Restaurant - 18412 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA, 90265, US

Charthouse Restaurant

18412 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265, US

"From top-of-the-catch seafood, succulent steaks and decadent desserts, our renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic. Choose from our famous entr"

Restaurant:

Coast Restaurant at Shutters Hotel on the Beach - Restaurant - 1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90401, US

Coast Restaurant at Shutters Hotel on the Beach

1 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401, US
310-587-1707

"Leave your day at the water's edge. Coast, a beach-side cafe and bar, is now open. Hours: Breakfast: 7am - 11am (Daily) Lunch: 11am - 5pm (Mon - Fri) Brunch: 11am - 4pm (Sat & Sun) Dinner: 5pm - 10pm (Sun -Thurs) 5pm - 11pm (Fri & Sat)"

Restaurant:

Duke's Malibu - Restaurant - 21150 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA, United States

Duke's Restaurant

21150 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265, US

"Featuring exquisite ocean, coastline, and city light views, this restaurant combines its comfortable, casual, paradise-themed atmosphere with excellent California and Hawaiian inspired seafood and plenty of aloha spirit. MUST TRY HULA PIE!"

Restaurant:

Geoffrey's Malibu - Restaurant - 27400 pacific coast hwy, Malibu, CA, United States

Geoffrey's Malibu

27400 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265, US

""California dreamin' becomes reality" at this "idyllic" aerie, "a Malibu tradition of sun and sea" where patrons "dolphin-watch" (and "star-watch") while dining in the "beautiful" room or on the "fabulous terrace" "overlooking the ocean"; but it's not just the "spectacular vistas" that "absolutely bewitch" fans--the "excellent" Cal cuisine and "charming service" "wow" 'em as well; P.S. Sunday brunch is "highly recommended.""

Restaurant:

Gladstones Restaurant - Restaurant - 17300 Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Gladstone's 4 Fish

17300 Pacific Coast Hwy
Los Angeles, CA 90272, US

"Gladstone's is one of Southern California's best-known landmarks, and with good reason! We're the number one place for seafood and fun, located on world-famous Malibu beach. Gladstone's serves the largest selection of fresh seafood on the West Coast. Our expert chefs broil, bake, boil, or fry fifty varieties of seafood and serve more than a million dishes every year."

Restaurant:

Guido's Italian Restaurant - Restaurant - 3874 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA, 90265, US

Guido's Italian Restaurant

3874 Cross Creek Rd
Malibu, CA 90265, US

"Guido's - Has some of the best Italian food in Malibu. The service is excellent and they always remember your name. It's not on the ocean, but you can see the ducks."

Restaurant:

Malibu Fish & Seafood - Restaurant - 25653 pacific coast highway, Malibu, CA, United States

Malibu Fish & Seafood

25653 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA, United States

"For the best in fresh seafood to take out,eat here, or cook it yourself, visit us in Malibu! 25653 Pacific Coast Hwy one and a half miles north of Pepperdine University Open 7 days a week 11:00 am Until Closing Fish Market 10:00 am Until Closing Please call for closing time phone 310 456 3430 or 310 456 6298 fax 310 456 8017 Buzz Magazine "Best Dive" 1998 "After the beach, trek to MALIBU SEAFOOD for the freshest catch on the coast. Order at the counter, then relax at the picnic-style patio tables while you wait for your number to come up. The steamed mussels are fantastic, grilled catfish is spectacular, and steamed lobsters are fabulous. It's BYOB, so tote a bottle of wine and enjoy a picnic at the tables." Weekend Breakaway - United Airlines Hemispheres Magazine "White coastal fogs often pool in the jade-colored valleys, and Topanga's saw-toothed western mountain ranges frame the cerulean sky with cinematic beauty... hikers and bikers may prefer to watch the sunset and dine alfresco at the wood-planked tables of Malibu Seafood. Here you can inhale a fresh mahi-mahi sandwich while gazing at the Pacific. Go ahead, eat with your hands. They'll give you extra napkins... This isn't business; this is pleasure." Food and Wine - hometown haunts - June 1999 "...Five favorite (LA) places...Malibu Seafood - Little more than a roadside stand with picnic tables and an ocean view, for outstanding ahi tuna burgers, steamed crab, and fried scallops." New Times LA - June 2000 - Dish"

Restaurant:

Maria Sol Restaurant - Restaurant - 401 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA, United States

Maria Sol Restaurant

401 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA, United States

"If you enjoy sipping mega grande margaritas, on yet another sunny Southern California day, with a view of the Pacific coastline from Malibu to the South Bay, as the sounds of waves slapping the sandy Santa Monica beaches permeate the background, then Mariasol Restaurant is for you. Located at the very end of the picturesque Santa Monica Pier, Mariasol serves mouthwatering Mexican fare reminiscent of that found in the Mexican beach towns of Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta. Visitors enjoy the vivacious colors of the patios and the decor of a true Baja Cantina. Mariasol's use of distinctive sauces, flavorful peppers and fresh fish make this cuisine a favorite among food lovers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily."

Restaurant:

Neptune's Net Seafood - Restaurant - 42505 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA, United States

Neptune's Net Seafood

42505 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA, United States

"Established in 1958, Neptune's Net Seafood has been hidden between miles of California Coastline from the hustle and bustle of city life. Surfers, Celebrities, Locals, City Folk all come to "The Net" for the same reason: good location, good food and good people. Here at Neptune's we pride ourselves in our "feeling right at home" type of atmosphere. Almost anything goes here and our reputation has definitely preceded us. Where else can you find such a hidden treasure packed with such a diverse group of people all with the common interest of kicking back and having a good time?"

Restaurant:

Nobu Malibu - Restaurant - 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, CA, United States

Nobu Restaurant

3835 Cross Creek Rd
Malibu, CA 90265, US

"Nobu Malibu opened in October 1999 in a charming shopping center in the heart of Malibu, just minutes from the beach. Offering a cozy and casual atmosphere the Malibu location is one of the smallest of the Nobu Restaurants. We feature an energetic main dining room and an enclosed patio, which require reservations that can be made up to one month in advance. The sushi bar and small bar area offer full menu dining and are on a first come first serve basis. Nobu Malibu is known for it's exquisite cuisine featuring Nobu Matsuhsia's signature dishes such as Tiradito, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, and Black Cod with Miso. We also have some Malibu favorites created by our Executive Chef Gregorio Stephenson including Ribeye with Yuzu Butter Truffle Sauce, Heirloom Tomato New Style, and Kobe Beef with Crispy Shiitake Mushrooms. **Close to Pepperdine & trendy, if you want to run into a celebrity, you probably will here. Just Google: Nobu, Malibu to see who dines here!**"

Restaurant:

paradise cove - Restaurant - 28128 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA, 90265, US

Paradise Cove Beach Cafe

28128 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265, US

""This "Cafe" which is probably my favorite restaurant I've ever been to. It has such a great "BEACH" theme/feeling to it, that the first time i ever walked in it blew me away. There are two places you can sit. Inside and out. Outside, there are wooden beach chairs that you can tilt back and tables to place your food under big beach umbrellas and on a white sandy beach. The water is soooo blue and calm, its the most relaxing thing to look at, and gives you that feeling like you are at an Island resort off in the South Pacific. Inside, the walls have 100's of old photos of Malibu with labels to tell you what the photo is of, dating way back to the early 1800's. The place just has this welcoming feel to it that I've never experienced in my LIFE at a restaurant... its simply amazing, very, very amazing!" (Posted on www.virtualtourist.com by GoodGirl16)"

Entertainment:

Hollywood Bowl - Entertainment - 2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Hollywood Bowl

2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA, United States

"The Bowl is a friendly sociable place where Southern Californians gather to picnic and enjoy outstanding music under the stars. Throughout the summer the LA Phil presents the best in jazz, classical, Broadway, and world music, featuring artists that range from Sarah Chang to Diana Krall, John Williams to Pet Shop Boys, and Nancy Wilson to Arcade Fire. The Bowl is the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. The Bowl Walk is a great way to learn about the Bowl and enjoy the park-like grounds. Pick up a flyer at the Bowl Museum or the Information booth (next to the Box Office)."

Entertainment:

Hornblower Cruises & Events - Entertainment - Fisherman's Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA, United States

Hornblower Cruises & Events

Fisherman's Village
13755 Fiji Way
Marina Del Rey, CA, United States
1-888-HORNBLOWER

"Welcome to the Hornblower Experience, where the celebration begins the moment you come aboard. Start with cocktails on deck, then relax as our gracious crew transports you to a world of ease and luxury. Public Cruise Rates Dinner Menu ~ Brunch Menu Friday Night Blues Cruise Saturday Dinner Dance Cruise Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise Marina Del Rey is the world's largest man-made small craft harbor, carved from the natural estuary of Playa Del Rey. The resort area that has grown around this wonderful recreational resource includes several large parks and hosts many annual events, including an art festival, sailing regattas, and the Christmas Parade of Lights."

Attraction:

Third Street Promenade - Attraction - 1351 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA, United States

3rd Street Promenade

3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA, US

"Seeing Stars: Where the Stars Shop 3rd Street (between Broadway & Wilshire), Santa Monica, CA. / (310) 393-7593 or (310) 393-9825 The West Side has a new place to see and be seen, attracting throngs of happy shoppers and more than the occasional celebrity. A three-block stretch of 3rd Street in Santa Monica has been sealed off from traffic, turning it into a pedestrian shopping and dining mecca, which was re-christianed "The Third Street Promenade." L.A. is the land of the automobile and the mall, and as the old saying goes: "nobody walks in L.A.." But here on the Promenade you can always find a crowd of happy pedestrians enjoying the sunshine (or the moonlight), along with the movies and restaurants. And it's free - there is no admission charge. The new shopping area begins where the Santa Monica Place mall ends (anchoring the Promenade's southern end) and runs north for three long outdoor blocks to Wilshire Blvd. Until just a few years ago, this was a rather shabby part of town, filled with vacant, dilapidated storefronts. But very little of that sad history remains today; it is rapidly being swept away by the onslaught of new money and new faces, and by a deluge of multiscreen movie theatres, upscale boutiques, and trendy sidewalk caf"

Attraction:

Burke Williams Day Spa - Attraction - 1358 4th St, Santa Monica, CA, United States

Burke Williams Spa

1358 4th St
Santa Monica, CA, United States

"Plan Your Escape: 1-866-BEYOND5 (1-866-239-6635) Our courteous and efficient staff at Guest Services will assist you in creating a memorable experience at any one of our spa locations. Guest Services is open seven days a week 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM (Pacific time) When you choose to visit Burke Williams you are welcomed as our guest. As your host, our singular purpose is to immerse you in our soothing waters, luxurious surroundings and gracious hospitality. Burke Williams is an experience that offers you the finest in ambiance, service and amenities found at world-renowned resort spas, in the heart of your fast-paced, hectic city. Whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas, misting rooms and cold plunges are all available in separate facilities for men and women. We provide for all of your needs while a guest at our spa. Luxurious full-length robes, comfortable sandals, shower facilities and generously appointed vanity areas allow you to arrive simply and leave rejuvenated. Whether you schedule several hours of pampered luxury or call us on the spur of the moment we are dedicated to honoring your need for an escape from the stress of your world and to partake in the serenity of ours."

Attraction:

Griffith Park Observatory - Attraction - E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA, US

Griffith Park Observatory

2800 E Observatory Ave
Los Angeles, CA, United States

"Welcome to Griffith Observatory, a beloved icon of Los Angeles and world leader in public astronomy. Since 1935, the Observatory has given tens of millions of visitors the opportunity to become observers. Griffith Observatory offers exciting shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, public telescopes, and observing and astronomy exhibits. Visiting the Observatory Tuesday-Sunday (closed Mondays) Those wishing to visit Griffith Observatory may drive up to the Observatory and park in the parking lot or on the adjacent roads. Advance reservations are not needed to visit. Weekend Public Bus Service The LADOT Observatory Shuttle operates every Saturday and Sunday, except holidays, between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. from the Vermont/Sunset Metro Red Line station to the Observatory."

Attraction:

Hollywood & Highland - Attraction - Hollywood Blvd & N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA, US

Hollywood & Highland Center

Hollywood Blvd & N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA, US

"Seeing Stars: Hollywood Landmarks. 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA / (323) 817-0200 (at the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave) After many years of neglect, downtown Hollywood is being reborn, and the new Hollywood & Highland project is at the center that renaissance. It is a massive project that occupies almost two city blocks in the heart of Hollywood, a combination of shops, restaurants, clubs and live theatre. Hollywood & Highland opened in 2001, just across the street from the rejuvenated El Capitan Theatre, kitty-corner to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and right next to the legendary Grauman's Chinese Theatre and its famous forecourt of stars footprints. It is home to over 60 stores, nine estaurants, six new movie theatres, two nightclubs and the 640-room Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. It also houses the Kodak Theatre, the permanent home for the annual Academy Awards show. (That's appropriate, since the very first Oscar night was held across the street at the Roosevelt.) The project cost a whopping $615 million dollars. To put that in perspective, the massive Mall of America, the largest enclosed mall in the world, cost roughly the same to build. Disneyland's newest theme park, Disney's California Adventure, cost just twice as much (and features the same iconic elephants). We're talking big bucks here folks. And the company behind it, the TrizecHahn Corporation, had a history of success, including the Horton Plaza in San Diego. Advance artist sketches looked very promising: a soaring, multistory complex with grand stairways, imposing archways and Hollywood theming, including a spectacular Babylon Court, featuring mammoth pillars topped by marble elephants (reminiscent of D.W. Griffith's classic "Intolerance" set), and a towering archway framing the Hollywood Sign in the distance. The new complex has certainly helped revitalize the neighborhood, and it has lent a busy, bright Times Square ambiance to the corner after dark that is certainly a welcome improvement. Every year, over 10 million tourists come to Hollywood Boulevard. But, until immediately, they used to stay for less than 20 minutes because there simply wasn't much to do there. It lacked focus. Hollywood & Highland filled that need - in a very big way. It provides a spectacular center of focus for the neighborhood, creating an automatic tourist Mecca (next to the landmark Chinese Theatre) that will no doubt be visited by just about everyone who comes to Hollywood. Beyond that, it is attracting upscale businesses to the surrounding neighborhood, which are slowly but surely replacing most of the tawdry souvenir and t-shirt shops which cluttered up the area. The project also created 2,430 permanent jobs. But the reality is that (as of 2007) the center itself hasn't been the kind of resounding success that people expected it to be. In fact, just three years after it was built (in 2004), the Trizec Hawn corporation sold the Hollywood & Highland center to new operators for just $200 million. So what went wrong? It was a number of small things... First, for such a glitzy mall, the mix of tenants can be surprisingly pedestrian. Visitors to the Babylon Court encounter the likes of Victoria's Secret, Ann Taylor, Bebe, Brookstone, Lucky Brand Jeans... There's nothing wrong with those popular stores, of course, but it's just that they can be found at most average malls... There are more upscale shops at Hollywood & Highland, but they tend to be hidden away in the enclosed galleria section (south of the Kodak). The worst problem may be the center's labyrinthine layout - it's many levels and walkways can be confusing and difficult to navigate for first time visitors. Some architectural critics complained that the center was isolated from the Boulevard (by those grand stairs), while others attacked the design (and the "white elephants" in particular) as inherently ugly. (Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, of course, but I have to disagree with that last criticism. Yes, the Babylon-themed architecture is flamboyant, but this is Hollywood, after all, and the D.W. Griffith homage justifies the unorthodox design of the courtyard.) Some pieces of the Hollywood & Highland puzzle, touted at the start, simply never materialized, such as the Debbie Reynolds Museum (which never managed to get the financing it needed) and the Quincy Jones nightclub. Other elements were on schedule, but didn't perform as well as expected. The Kodak Theatre, for instance, does a spectacular job in its main role as the permanent home of the annual Oscar show, but keeping acts booked to fill the auditorium for the rest of the year proved to be too much of a challenge in such a competitive market. In 2007 (after the opening of the new Nokia Theatre in downtown), the Kodak announced that they were giving up on booking regular acts, and signed a deal with Cirque du Soliel to stage a permanent, Hollywood-themed show at the Kodak year-round (except during Oscar week, of course). But that midstream correction shows an admirable willingness on the part of the center to adapt to changing times and tastes. Chances are that a Cirque du Soliel show be greeted with open arms by the tourists who flock to the area, and will become yet another "wow!" attraction at this key corner. Likewise, when one of their larger tenants dropped out, they quickly replaced it with a large Virgin Megastore that fits well into the entertainment theme. And to correct the problem with street access, they installed a new system of escalators to move pedestrians directly from Hollywood Boulevard up to the main courtyard. As of late 2007, they have announced the imminent opening of two new arrivals: Swedish apparel retailer H&M and Spanish retailer Zara. And a new Madame Tussaud's wax museum is planned for the corner just west of Grauman's, likely to be a popular addition that should help the area achieve critical mass. The mix of restaurants at Hollywood & Highland ranges from the upscale (The Grill on Hollywood) to the familiar (California Pizza Kitchen), to the unusual (uWink, where guests place their orders via touch screen terminals at each table), to fast food stands such as Auntie Anne's Pretzels and Cold Stone Creamery. (One of these, Beard Papa offers what some consider to be the world's best cream puffs.) It is also a blessing that the center sits right on top of the new Red Line subway station. The subway (reached via underground escalators) is clean and safe and offers a quick & easy way to head east to Hollywood & Vine (to see the Pantages or the new "W" Hotel being built there), or north up to Universal City. Other positive features at Hollywood & Highland include a TV Guide Channel studio, a KROQ broadcast studio, the Grand Ballroom (which hosts the annual post-Oscars banquet), a guided tour of the Kodak Theatre, the trendy Lucky Strikes bowling alley, the Highlands Nightclub, and impromptu outdoor concerts and events in the courtyard. While there, you might encounter an American Idol screening or a TV Guide interview...or perhaps a live jazz and wine event in the Summer. And that's not to mention the center's proximity to the Grauman's forecourt, with its classic display of Hollywood stars' footprints-in-cement. Between movie premieres at Grauman's & the El Capitan, and star ceremonies on the Walk of Fame, there always seems to be something going on out in front of the Hollywood & Highland center. (See our Calendar of Events to see what's coming up next.) (And if you want to watch a TV show being taped, you can jog across the street to the El Capitan center and see stars in the flesh during a taping of the Jimmy Kimmel Show.) And then there's Oscar Night. Just bringing the Academy Awards home to downtown Hollywood is a huge accomplishment in its own right, and the new project did it with style. The entire Hollywood & Highland project was designed with the Academy Awards telecast in mind, and it includes a grand, dramatic entrance for the celebrities who arrive. The stars exit their limos on Hollywood Boulevard onto a red carpet that runs from the curb, through the complex, to the Kodak Theatre. To their left (west) will are bleachers full of fans. To their right (east) is the press area for interviews. They pass through a splendid glass archway, then follow the red carpet up Orchid Walk through crystal hallways to the lobby of the theatre. Parking: Large parking garages, accessible from Highland Avenue and Orange Avenue. Parking rates are $2.00 for up to 4 hours with validation ; $1.00 for every 20 minutes thereafter. Daily maximum $10.00. Valet parking is available for an additional $5. Getting there: The name tells the address. The project is located on the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Avenue in the heart of Hollywood. It is right across the street from the El Capitan Theatre and immediately east of Grauman's Chinese Theatre."

Attraction:

Malibu Country Club - Attraction - 901 Encinal Canyon Road, Malibu, CA, United States

Malibu Country Club

901 Encinal Canyon Rd
Malibu, CA, United States

"The 18-hole "Malibu" course at the Malibu Country Club facility in Malibu, California features 6,740 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.5 and it has a slope rating of 132 on Bermuda grass. Designed by William F. Bell, ASGCA, the Malibu golf course opened in 1977. Dan Meherin manages the course as the General Manager."

Attraction:

Pampered People Spa - Attraction - 11725 Hortense St, Los Angeles, CA, 91607, US

Pampered People Spa

11725 Hortense St
Los Angeles, CA 91607, US

"A Boutique Beauty Retreat Skincare~Waxing~Makeup Fashion Styling~Retail~Massage Please call or email for an appointment and directions: Tuesday - Saturday 818-766-7836 pamperedpeople@aol.com Valley Village, CA 91607 Located in the San Fernando Valley"

Attraction:

Rodeo Drive - Attraction - Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA, 90212, US

Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90212, US

"Beverly Hills Visitors Bureau: (310) 271-8174 The stretch of shops and boutiques on Rodeo Drive is only three blocks long. It begins at Wilshire Boulevard on the south, and runs north to Santa Monica Boulevard, where the commercial section of the street gives way to an affluent residential neighborhood. But those three short blocks constitute the most famous shopping district in America, and probably the most expensive three blocks of shops in the world. It is here that the rich & famous do their shopping, and where tourists window-shop while trying to spot movie stars on the fabled street. The most celebrated clothing designers in the world have boutiques here: Armani, Gucci, Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Valentino... The jewelry stores boast names like Cartier and Tiffany. Other nearby stores include I. Magnin, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Yves Saint Laurent, & Pierre Deux. In fact, Rodeo Drive is home to the single most expensive store in the world: Bijan (at 420 Rodeo Drive). You must make an appointment in advance just to shop at Bijan (which was named after its Iranian owner). On a typical visit, Bijan's average customer spends in the neighborhood of $100,000 on men's fashions, which range from a $50 pair of socks to $15,000 suits. The most handsome - and ostentatious - part of Rodeo Drive (and the portion that most resembles what tourists expect to find here) is actually the newest addition to the famed boulevard. If you listen closely to a scene in the movie "Pretty Woman," you will hear a line that says: "Via Rodeo is the first new street built in Beverly Hills in 75 years." Located at the northeast corner of Wilshire & Rodeo, the "Two Rodeo" center creates the illusion of two small, parallel streets, cleverly designed so that they both appear to be at ground level. Built at a cost of over $200 million, Two Rodeo attempts to re-create a romantic version of an old European avenue. In practice, though, this gleaming new addition most resembles a movie set, or perhaps a Disneyland pastiche such as New Orleans Square. But it's still a winner in its own right. The short, curving street is paved with Old World cobblestones, and features two & three story facades, with a unique blend of classic architectural styles. There are romantic archways, bubbling fountains, an Italianate piazza, and charming balconies. The faux street is lined with black, wrought-iron street lamps and polished brass fixtures; ornate planters are filled with colorful flowers & trees. Essentially a small outdoor mall, "Two Rodeo" manages to create the illusion of freestanding storefronts, variously faced with brick, stone and marble. There is a sidewalk caf"

Attraction:

Beverly Center - Attraction - Beverly Center, Los Angeles, CA

The Beverly Center

Beverly Center
, US

"Seeing Stars: Where the Stars Shop.. 8500 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. / (310) 854-0070 Remember the 1991 Woody Allen/Bette Midler movie, "Scenes from a Mall" ? That mall was none other than the giant Beverly Center, where they filmed the exterior shots for that comedy. It may not be the largest enclosed shopping mall in L.A., but it is the mall closest to Hollywood, and quite an impressive one at that. The Beverly Center mall is housed in a mammoth, eight-story behemoth of a building, with wavy, plexiglas tube escalators which snake up its sides. The shopping mall itself occupies only the upper three stories of the structure (levels 6 through 8); the bottom five floors are taken up by parking areas (except for the ground floor, which formerly housed the nation's first Hard Rock Cafe, and which still contains California Pizza Kitchen, PF Chang's, the Grand Luxe Cafe, and other upscale restaurants.) You can also catch a glimpse of the mall in the movies "L.A. Story," "Body Double," "Lipstick " and "Ruthless People". Because of its proximity to Beverly Hills and Hollywood, this mall also gets more than the usual number of celebrity shoppers (along with 13 million regular shoppers each year.) For instance, Nicolas Cage, Drew Barrymore, "The Boss" Bruce Springsteen, Robin Williams and Arsenio Hall have all been spotted shopping here. Courtney Cox (of "Friends") was recently seen buying jewelry at a small shop called "Jennifer Kaufman" (on the seventh level, near Macy's). Calista Flockhart ("Ally McBeal") was also spotted jewelry shopping. Jerry Seinfeld was seen looking at shoes in "Steve Maden." "Late Late Show" host Craig Kilborn reports that the first star he ever saw in Hollywood, was David Bowie, who Craig spotted flipping through magazines at a book store in the Beverly Center. Paul McCartney was seen at Macy's. The L.A. Times reports sightings of Phil Collins, Bernadette Peters, Geena Davis, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Esther Williams at the mall, and supermodel Tyra Banks reports that she loves to pig out on ice cream at the Haagen-Dazs here. Pamela Anderson Lee was seen shopping at Bloomingdales (where a clerk who recognized the actress insisted on ID when Pamela tried to cash a check.) Other reports place John Travolta, Brandy, Mark Wahlberg, Kelly Preston, Belinda Carlisle, Matt Damon, Wynona Ryder, Whoopi Goldberg, Teri Garr, Leslie Anne Warren and Cher at the mall. In their "Out of Town Visitors" section, the Beverly Center's own website lists these other celebrity visitors to the mall: Anna Nicole Smith, The Backstreet Boys, Ben Affleck, Billy Zane, Bo Derek, Bob Barker, Brad Pitt, Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz, Chris Rock, Christina Aguilera,Claudia Schiffer, Courtney Love, Damon Wayans, Danny Bonaduce, Danny Glover, David Schwimmer, David Spade, Donald Sutherland, Drew Barrymore, Drew Carey, Dyan Cannon, Farrah Fawcett, Fred Savage, Gabriel Byrne, Gwen Stefani, Halle Berry, Jada Pinkett-Smith James Woods Jamie Foxx, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Smits, Johnny Mathis, Lawrence Fishburne, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lisa Kudrow, LL Cool J, Madonna, Magic Johnson, Mandy Moore, Marie Osmond, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Lawrence, Mary J. Blige, Matt Dillon, Matthew Perry, Melanie Griffith, Michael Caine, Michael Clarke Duncan, Michael J. Fox, Michael Jordan, Noah Wyle, Paul McCartney, Pee Wee Herman, Queen Latifah, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Hayek , Shaquille O'Neal, Sharon Stone, Sissy Spacek, Stevie Wonder, Tim Allen, Tobey Maguire, Tom Cruise, Vin Diesel, Whoopi Goldberg and Will Smith! Reads like an awards show line-up, doesn't it? A few years back, the mall opened a new outdoor dining patio, an extention of their existing food court. Besides offering a sunny spot to enjoy lunch, this rooftop patio also offers a good view of the cityscape below (and the Hollywood Sign). The patio addition was part of a major rennovation of the mall in 2000, which includes anchors Macy's and Bloomingdale's. The renovation also replaced the previous white decor with warmer colors. The Beverly Center attracts 13 million shoppers per year, and one third of those are are domestic and international travelers. So it's not surprising that in 2000, the mall opened the city's first official "California Welcome Center," offering direct ticket purchases to the L.A.'s leading attractions, as well as hotel reservations on the spot, and information about unique California places to visit, dine & shop, via free brochures, interactive displays, and travel counselors. Restaurants at the Beverly Center include the Grand Lux Cafe, California Pizza Kitchen, & P.F. Chang's. (The Hard Rock Cafe closed in late 2006.) Getting there: The Beverly Center mall is located between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, in a triangle of land formed by Beverly Boulevard (on the north), Third Street (on the south), La Cienega Boulevard (on the east), and San Vicente Boulevard (on the west). / From Hollywood & Vine, take Vine Street south (about half a mile) to Santa Monica Boulevard. Turn right (west) on Santa Monica Boulevard and go west (about three miles) to La Cienega Boulevard. Turn left (south) on La Cienega and go one mile south to Beverly Boulevard and the mall (which will be on your right side)."

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Getty Villa - Attraction - 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA, United States

The Getty Villa

Pacific Coast Hwy & Coastline Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90272, US

""The Getty Villa" 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA. / (310) 458-2003 or (310) 440-7300 Notice: After being closed since 1997, The Getty Villa in Malibu finally reopened to the public in January of 2006. The $275 millon expansion has added a brand new entrance way, an amphitheater for outdoor performances, a larger caf"

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Universal Stuidos - Attraction - 70 Universal City Plz, Universal City, CA, United States

Universal City Walk

100 Universal City Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 91608, US

"THERE IS NEVER A FEE TO ENTER CITYWALK! While entering CityWalk Hollywood is always FREE, certain clubs do require cover charges. CITYWALK HOURS OF OPERATION: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sunday - Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday All hours are subject to change. Some food, retail, and entertainment venues practice extended operating hours. Universal CityWalk Information Line: (818) 622-4455 CityWalk Entertainment & Events Hotline: (818) 622-1111 Contact us: CityWalkHollywood@nbcuni.com"

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Universal Stuidos - Attraction - 70 Universal City Plz, Universal City, CA, United States

Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Blvd, CA
CA, US

""The Entertainment Capital of LA" Universal City, CA 91608 Universal City is located just north of downtown L.A. Email Us or call 1-800-UNIVERSAL Online Only Offers Best Values for SoCal Residents Exclusive 1-Day Offer or Buy A Day, Get '08 Free! Best Values for Tourists 2 Days for the Price of 1 or Save up to $100 on combined admission to Disneyland"

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Venice Beach - Attraction - Venice, CA, US

Venice Beach

Venice Beach
, US

"Venice Beach, California is a desired destination for travelers from all over the world. It is unlike any place on Earth, well known for its artists, street performers and funky atmosphere. It is a virtual carnival running year round with free admission. This web site will always be a work in progress due to the constant input and creativity from Venice residents and visitors. Join us for a tour through the many bizarre and interesting scenes that make Venice truly unique."

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Santa Monica Pier - Attraction - Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

World Famous Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA, US

"Perched over the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, "The Pier" feels more like a carnival than a place to shop. Cirque du Soleil pitches their tent on the beach here annually, and there are concerts and dances on the weekends in the summer. In addition to the many restaurants and souvenir stands, there is a full-service amusement park with a roller coaster, ferris wheel, merry-go-round and arcade. The pier's end provides one of the best sunset views in Los Angeles County."

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Zuma Beach County Park

Zuma Beach County Park
, US

"With white sand, clean water and plenty of room, Zuma Beach is a perennial favorite with residents and visitors alike. This south-facing beach attracts lots of visitors on summer weekends, but Zuma Beach is relatively quiet during the week. If you want to sound like a local, drop the "beach" and just call it "Zuma.""

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Pepperdine University's Stauffer Chapel

24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

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