Introduce Your Family to Art, Food, Music and Culture in Los Angeles
For most families, the major draw for visiting Los Angeles is Disneyland, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Knott’s Berry Farm, Dodger Stadium and all the other great tourist spots you see on TV every day. But when you want to incorporate a little culture into your kids when visiting L.A., whether you’re enjoying a short weekend in the city or a longer vacation, head to Downtown Los Angeles. There are loads of great new restaurants serving up international cuisine, art galleries, museums and musical venues. Read on to discover some of the best in the newly revived DTLA!
Architecture, Art Galleries and Museums
Introduce your posh brood to the world of art and architecture, by checking out hotels on Expedia.com and finding accommodations in or around DTLA. You’ll be in the heart of the rebirth, and all the cool places worth exploring will be right outside your door!
For starters, head to the historic core of revitalized Downtown, found around Broadway, where you’ll see striking buildings and engaging architecture. The art deco-style Eastern Columbia Building, the former United Artists Building (now a funky hotel) and the Bradbury Building, made famous in the classic Ridley Scott film, Blade Runner, are all within a few blocks.
Another great place to visit is the Arts District, southeast of Downtown. In this area, decrepit factories have been revamped into hip gallery spaces. Keep an eye out for the psychedelic art coloring the warehouse walls as you walk down the street!
Art loving fams won’t run out of activities for sure! Stop by The Broad and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). At the Broad, you’ll find 2,000 works of contemporary and post-war art including pieces by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and Ray Lichtenstein. The Broad’s works are displayed within a $100 million-plus building and were collected by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. MOCA has a collection of more than 7,000 pieces including works by Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. The Norton Simon Museum, housing artwork by Van Gogh and Rembrandt, is nearby as well. Or, step outside the Western world and head to the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo to learn about the history and culture of Japanese Americans.
In Los Angeles, you won’t have trouble finding diverse restaurants with cuisines from around the world. Book a Six Taste Food Tour of the Arts District and experience artisan bakeries, provedores and all the other flavors DTLA has to offer. Or visit Grand Central Market for ramen noodles, artisan juices, tacos, Latin bagels, the painfully hip eggslut and more.
A new restaurant in L.A. that’s gaining rave reviews is the perfect spot for kids to try new tastes. POT, owned by Korean chef Roy Choi (who also operates Kogi barbeque taco trucks in the city), is a diner found inside The Line Hotel in Koreatown. Here, chef Choi whips up dishes that riff on classic noodle and stew recipes.
If music is your thing, you probably know Los Angeles is home to a number of diverse musical venues. For the opera experience, book tickets at LA Opera, whose current general director is none other than the great, Plácido Domingo. The company lured Domingo to the ranks to mark its 30th anniversary, and the star not only sings in the first half of the Puccini opera, Pagliacchi (directed by Woody Allen), but also conducts the second half himself.
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is a beautiful, curving, silver building designed by Frank Gehry, and is the place to hear the LA Philharmonic show off their musical chops. If you can, book tickets to a concert conducted by maestro Gustavo Dudamel!
Did we miss any of your favorite DTLA hotspots? Let us know in the comments below!
Revive Tired Skin at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston!
Just got off a flight at Logan Airport in Boston, and your skin’s feeling a little…toxic? Before spending a lovely afternoon shopping on famed Newbury Street, stop by the The Spa at Mandarin Oriental for the Linda Meredith Revive Oxygen facial. The Mandarin boasts they are the only spa to use Brit Linda Meredith’s products in the United States, so now is the time to try this exciting service!
The Revive Oxygen facial uses a little shiny contraption that looks exactly like a hand-held tattoo gun to soothe tense skin. The aesthetician massages a lovely hydrating serum over your face, and the oxygen gives your skin a clean, plump look immediately erasing that icky feeling one gets from recycled plane air.
Our guest poster this week is Kate Rockland. Kate lives in New Jersey with her husband and three unruly children. When she’s not making forts out of pillows or begging people to buy one of her two novels, she loves traveling through New England.
Business Insider recently put together a list of what they think are the 30 Best Hotels in the World. We chose our fave five… Do you agree?
Four Seasons Hotel Prague
Prague, Czech Republic The Four Seasons Hotel Prague, just steps away from the Charles Bridge in Old Town Prague, mixes classical, renaissance and 18th century baroque architecture for a stunning edifice. The interior, though, is a thoroughly modern building with a décor inspired by the history of the Czech Republic. The hotel has some of the largest rooms in Prague, a modern Italian restaurant and in-room massages.
Stein Eriksen Lodge
Park City, Utah
The world’s best ski hotel, and the only Forbes Five Star Hotel in Utah, the Stein Eriksen Lodge is nestled mid-mountain at Deer Valley Resort. A European getaway in the heart of Park City, accomodations are designed with rich colors, natural textures, and sumptuous fabrics, and each echoing elements of Norway’s traditional style mixed with contemporary American aesthetics. There are more than 145 stone fireplaces so staying cozy won’t be a problem!
Hotel Alfonso XIII
Seville, Spain Hotel Alfonso XIII, in the center of Seville, is one of the most prestigious hotels in Spain. Each of the 151 suites and rooms are decorated in either Moorish, Castilian or Andalusian styles with beautifully crafted ceramic tiles and wood finishes. The property also boasts a courtyard, pool, gardens, several restaurants and a spa.
The Oberoi Udaivilas
Udaipur, India The Oberoi, Udaivilas is on the 200-year-old hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewar on the bank of Lake Pichola. Just like the city of Udaipur is linked by canals, the hotel is linked by domes and corridors. The property includes a twenty-acre wildlife sanctuary and spectacular views of the City Palace, gardens and Lake Pichola. Most of the rooms have private or semi-private pools and terraces.
Castello di Casole
Siena, Italy Castello di Casole in Siena, Italy is a beautifully appointed castle located dating back to the year 998. Each of the 41 full, private suites effortlessly combines Old World Tuscan charm with modern luxuries and sublime comfort with elegance and sophistication. Graceful and intimate accommodations, inspired cuisine and an inviting repertoire of activities including their mesmerizing spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor dining, inspired activities and everything your family could hope for all with the best in customer service.
Head to the Smithsonian for your Holiday Shopping!
We’ve got a lot of shopping to do this month, and we’re starting at the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian Institution offers great gifts every year, that are unique to the museum stores. Shop online or on-site for a fun, educational and family-friendly alternative to traditional department stores.
In honor of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens opening this month, the National Air and Space Museum is featuring Star Wars themed gifts for kids and adults including jewelry, Darth Vader, Ewok and Chewbacca beanies, Yoda plush toys and an M&M Star Wars Light Up Lightsaber!
The National Museum of the American Indian is featuring products related to the Inka Road Exhibit at the museum. The designs on these products (scarf, umbrella, tote bag) are drawn from a Colonial Inka Ceremonial drinking cup.
Japanese artist Tawaraya Sōtatsu (ca. 1570 – ca. 1640) is celebrated for his mastery of tarashikomi, a technique that brought to life every detail of his nuanced paintings. The first major exhibition in the Western hemisphere devoted to Tawaraya Sōtatsu debuted October 24, 2015 at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and will be available through January 31, 2016. This is the first and only opportunity to see more than 70 of Sōtatsu’s celebrated masterpieces from Japan, the U.S. and Europe together along with homage works by later artists.
These exquisite gift accessories are adapted from his Painted Fans Mounted on a Screen in the Freer Gallery of Art.
From the National Museum of American History, we have a beautiful handcrafted, three-dimensional Moravian Star ornament. The Moravian 12-point star originated in Germany hundreds of years ago and is most recognizable as the way this denomination celebrates Christmas. Moravian Stars continue to be a popular Advent, Christmas and Epiphany decoration throughout the world in both churches and homes.
Ready to Shop? It’s Posh’s Annual Product Review Roundup!
Already worn out from holiday shopping? We’re ready for a nap, and we haven’t even started! Just in time for the gift-giving and travel season, we’re gathering all the awesome travel products and services we’ve shared this year in one convenient place. Take a look, and happy holiday season!
Lugabug adds an instant element of fun and adventure to travel. Kids love it because they get to ride safely and comfortably without getting tired feet. Adults love it because Lugabug carries your kid for you. You know where they are at all times, and you have a free hand to carry extra bags, a coffee or nothing at all… making all the difference between calm and chaos. Sound like the perfect accessory for your family? Use code lugabugtravel15 through the end of December for a 20% discount.
Pro Packing Cubes
Pro Packing Cubes make packing so much easier. Save an amazing amount of space and organize your suitcase like a pro with their 4, 5 or 6 set pieces. Each packing cube holds a crazy number of clothes, toiletries and chargers, all neatly separated for easy access at airport security, on the plane or at your hotel. Get a 10% on any size through 12/31 using discount code JIJXXN83.
Squeeze Pods are easy to pack, lightweight, single-use pods filled with shampoo,conditioner, lotion…any basic toiletry you’re likely to need while traveling. They are made in the USA, vegan, PETA-certified cruelty-free and TSA compliant. If that’s not enough for you, they smell and work great! Stock up for holiday travel using code POSH25 for a 25% discount.
Trash is one thing you never seem to run out of when you have kids—especially in the car. That’s why we love the Trash-Zilla Auto Trash Bag so much! This sturdy portable trash can is designed to keep trash where trash belongs—in the can and off the floor and car seats! The two pockets on the outside are great for wipes, sanitizer or anything else small that you need to store in there.
How often do you desperately need a massage, but just don’t have the time to get away? Well, your problem has been solved! We shared the deets on Veluxe, the DC area’s premiere app for on-demand fitness and beauty services.
Partage—an easy-to-use app—lets you rent high quality household items, like Britax car seats and UPPAbaby strollers, and have them delivered to you when and where you need them. Save time, hassle and money by having baby gear waiting for you at the airport or your hotel. And returning them is just as easy!
Heading off for an adventure in a new city and have no idea where to eat? Or just want an easy experience at your favorite local restaurant? Reserve is a new app (or on-call dining concierge) that gives great restaurant recommendations, gets you the table you want and lets you effortlessly pay at the end of the meal so you and your family can head to what’s next.
If you’re headed somewhere cold and rainy (and maybe even snowy!) this Thanksgiving, you made the wrong choice! Everyone knows sunny and warm is the best place to be for Turkey Day! Bonus? Someone else cooks the turkey!
Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts
Ponte Vedra, FL
Spend Thanksgiving at North Florida’s Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts and fall in love with the resorts’ bountiful Thanksgiving feasts, family-friendly Thanksgiving Day Walk and Run races and crisp oceanfront breeze. On Thanksgiving morning, the Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts will host their annual Thanksgiving Morning 5K Walk & Five-Mile Run with running and walking courses winding along the Atlantic Coast and throughout the two AAA Four and Five Diamond properties. After jumpstarting their metabolism, guests are cordially invited to indulge in elaborate dining for Thanksgiving feasts. The Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts will feature Grand Buffets and Prix Fixed Dinners.
South Seas Island Resort
Captiva Island, FL South Seas Island Resort on Southwest Florida’s Captiva Island is hosting a fun-filled Thanksgiving weekend with a myriad of holiday-centric activities and an island-inspired holiday buffet. From Wednesday through Saturday, enjoy everything from a Pie Eating Competition and Turkey Trot Beach Walk to a Hermit Crab Racing Bowl and Archery Challenge. A highlight of the South Seas holiday weekend is their Thanksgiving Day Celebration Feast featuring traditional Thanksgiving favorites with local island fare. On Friday afternoon check out the interactive Turkey Bowl football challenge at the resort’s King’s Crown Lawn with tailgating tents and a chance to win prizes. On Friday night, relax seaside under the stars with a double movie feature and s’mores while teens compete in a fun glow-in-the-dark game of Glow Volleyball on the beach.
The Condado Plaza Hilton
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Holding the distinction as the only hotel to overlook both the Condado Lagoon and Atlantic Ocean, The Condado Plaza Hilton is the perfect place for Thanksgiving. The historic hotel’s special holiday activities include face painting, cookie decorating, Puerto Rican fruit pinchos (kabobs) and popsicles at the pool, fish feeding, a water sponge relay, musical chairs, arts & crafts and more. In addition, the resort will hold tours of its artificial indigenous-themed reef featuring three underwater educational trails for learning to snorkel right from its protected beach.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Poshbrood team!
Posted by Elizabeth on 11/24 at 08:30 AM
It’s the Season of Savings!
At Poshbrood, we love Groupons. What can beat trying new things and getting a great deal? How about Groupon Coupons? Coupon aggregators are convenient, but from what we saw, Groupon Coupons is the biggest and best—hosting some of the most sought-after stores—of all the sites we’ve tried!
We didn’t even know these existed until recently! Groupon Coupons is basically your bestie who knows all the greatest deals at every store you want to shop. Need the best deals every day? This is the site for you! Want a curated list of Black Friday Coupons? Groupon Coupons has that too! Shop by category, store or see what’s featured. And their blog is pretty awesome as well.
Remember a few months ago when we posted a Poshbrood review of some of our favorite adult sleepaway camps? Well, I was so intrigued by the idea—and one camp in particular—I had to try it for myself!
At the end of October, I headed out to Soul Camp in Sanger, CA. The location in NoCal was gorgeous, and the Wonder Valley facility was a perfect combination of rustic and modern. For anyone who needs to disconnect from their tech, recharge from busy family life or just spend a little time decompressing, Wonder Valley is the place to go!
Soul Camp’s tagline is “We believe in play, exploration, and untamed joy,” and camp was exactly as advertised. Activities and classes were all optional and included everything from yoga to zen bootcamp to classes on clean eating. Soul Camp Directors, Ali Leipzig and Michelle Goldblum, and their awesome staff worked 24/7 to make sure every aspect of our Soul Camp experience was perfect!
When the day is done, meet up for some fun by the campfire, bond with new friends, eat a s’more (or a few!) and remember the freedom of being a kid—whether you’re 25 or 65. There’s no age limit for Soul Camp, but no matter where are you are in life, you’ll come away a little more connected to yourself. You might even start on a journey of self-exploration you didn’t know you needed!
At Soul Camp, you’ll find yourself exploring new ideas you never thought you would—and loving it! Some you may not have even known existed. (Did you know Tibetan bowls sing? I didn’t, but I do now!) Soul Camp is one of the few places we can go as adults where there is absolutely no judgement. If you’re interested in something, go for it! Paddleboard yoga, dance, meditation, connecting with your own happiness… If that sounds like something you need, Soul Camp is waiting for you!
Alison Victoria Designs New Serenity Suite for Hotel Monaco
If you’re heading to Chicago, check out the new 578 sqft Serenity Suite designed by celebrity interior designer and HGTV/DIY Network star, Alison Victoria, at Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Chicago. The new suite provides a relaxed experience in a chic environment that is as extraordinary as the sweeping views of the city from the inviting window seats.
The suite was renovated in less than 30 days and is decorated using a calm, inviting neutral palate of varying grey tones accented with gold and marble. The space feels more like home than a typical hotel room!
The main feature of the guestroom is the eye-catching reclaimed wood wall that serves as the headboard accompanied by floating acrylic night stands. Alison sourced all services and products locally, so everything you see is from the Chicago area.
Traveling with your kids can be quite a bit to take on but doesn’t have to be as stressful as the stereotype. Check out these super savings, as well as these five traveling tips, and traveling with your kids will be a breeze!
Plan for More Time
Plan out your traveling schedule in advance, but be prepared to make adjustments. Never rely on rigid travel plans when you need to factor kids into the equation. You may forget something at home, or you might have to change an unexpected diaper. You just can’t predict all of the potential delays. If you have a 30-minute car drive to the airport, plan for 45 to 60 minutes. Better to be early than to be late!
Pack the Right Snacks
Vacation means everyone gets their favorite snacks and holiday treats, but save the sweeter treats for when you arrive. Too much sugar when traveling can lead to blood-sugar spikes and the dreaded postsugar meltdown. Pack healthy, delicious snacks that will keep the kids satisfied and calm during your travels. Ditch the candy bars, and try portable fruits, veggies or nuts!
Take a Break
You’re probably thinking the sooner you get there the better, but breaks can make the entire trip more enjoyable. Lunch breaks and naps will prevent crankiness—for the kids and you! Sometimes it’s better to sit down and eat at a restaurant or stop briefly at a scenic site and stretch. Trying to be a hero and driving all day and night isn’t always the best option. And ties in perfectly with our last (and potentially most important) tip.
Provide the Right Entertainment
Start thinking of ways to entertain the kids before you leave. Plan games your kids will enjoy, not just the games you grew up playing. The License Plate Game and I Spy are classics, but if your kids don’t like them, you won’t improve your situation much. Maybe your kids prefer Hangman, Sudoku or coloring books. Or maybe they would be better distracted by the endless apps on your iPad or phone. Help your kids pack games they like, or download the apps you know will entertain them before you lose your Wi-Fi.
Enjoy the Moments in Between
Traveling shouldn’t only be focused on getting from Point A to Point B. Plan to have fun and make memories! Start fun traditions your kids can expect on family travels: plan exciting places to visit along the way, stop and have picnics, create family mixtapes everyone will enjoy, anything to make the journey as exciting as the destination. Transform the most painful part of your vacation to the most anticipated!
Spectre Got You Excited? Stay in Ian Fleming’s Home!
In celebration of today’s release of Spectre, the original home of James Bond is celebrating! The famous Bond retreat, GoldenEye, in Jamaica (also the title of the seventh spy film in the James Bond series) debuts a four-night package that showcases the island through the eyes of the 007-scribe himself, Ian Fleming. The English author, journalist, and naval intelligence officer penned all 14 Bond novels at his home at GoldenEye, the five-bedroom villa where his writing desk still remains.
Take advantage of this sleek package today through December 14 or January 7 through March 31 and enjoy:
- Four nights in a Lagoon Cottage, Beach Villa or the Fleming Villa with daily breakfast;
- Guided snorkeling tour of Fleming’s beloved reef;
- Fishing excursion with local fisherman on a traditional wooden fishing canoe The chef at GoldenEye will even cook whatever you catch!
- Bonus! Enjoy cocktails, canapés and a private tour of Firefly, the home of Fleming’s bestie, Noel Coward’s home;
- Meet with Ramsey Dacosta, Fleming’s former gardener who still works at GoldenEye;
- Bond movie night and bonfire on the beach; and
- Guided tour of Jamaican nightlife.
So, who’s ready to get fancy in Jamaica with everyone’s favorite spy, James Bond?
Best Hotels in Los Angeles for Celebrity Sightings
Who doesn’t love catching a glimpse of the celebrity life? One of the most exciting aspects of visiting Los Angeles is the potential to spot your favorite celebrity out and about, so this week we’re sharing four of the best celebrity hot-spot hotels!
Going to the Academy Awards? Of course you are! The Hollywood Roosevelt—home to the very first Oscars ever—is where you’ll want to stay. Just steps away from Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Walk of Fame and the Dolby Theater, the Hollywood Roosevelt has hosted some of the most famous celebrities over the years. Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were regulars back in the golden age of Hollywood and, more recently, celebs like Jay-Z, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake have been spotted there. A 25 million dollar renovation with rooms designed by Yabu Pushelberg puts the Hollywood Roosevelt as one of our top hotels for celebrity sighting in Los Angeles.
The downtown LA revival means great new restaurants and hotels are popping up everywhere. The Standard is a renovated corporate headquarters turned luxury hotel. The 207-room hotel features massive guest rooms and a rooftop pool and bar with stunning panoramic views of LA. The Rooftop is a trendy hot spot where you’ll find plenty of Hollywood insiders partying late into the nights. The rooftop also hosts a beer garden serving traditional German food and beer, a stellar 24-hour restaurant and the full-service Ping-Pong clubSPiN Standard. Who’s been seen there? Owen Wilson, Charlize Theron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Mark Wahlberg, Seth Green and Sophia Coppola to name just a few!
Continuing the theme of taking over downtown LA corporate buildings, the trendy Ace Hotel is located in what used to be the United Artists building. Luxurious and ultra-hip, this hotel has all the amenities travelers and locals will want. As for the celebrities, Anna Kendrick, Rumer Willis, Jennifer Lawrence, Seth Rogan, Matt Damon and Harry Styles have all been seen hanging out at the rooftop bar.
Earlier this week, we shared our favorite apple picking farms on the east coast, but what about the autumn activities on the left coast? Apple picking was a little difficult this year due to drought, but there’s still fun to be had! Schedule some time to enjoy fall with the kids by heading over to the famous Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in the heart of Los Angeles.
A celebrity tradition in Los Angeles, Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch has tons of activities for kids like face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkin-themed bounce house, straw maze, pumpkin decorating and a super slide. Don’t miss the Halloween Boo-tique or the pumpkin carving Master Class!
Finding the perfect pumpkin won’t be a problem since all types, sizes and colors are available. Mr. Bones offers beautiful fresh autumn decorations, long-stemmed pumpkins, cornstalks, Indian corn, gourds, squash and even bales of straw!
It’s the time of year again when a certain crispness in the air means one of the most quintessential fall activities: apple picking! This week we’re sharing our favorite apple farms on the east coast for picking apples.
Applecrest Farm Orchards produces nearly 50,000 bushels of more than 40 distinct varieties of apples, including New England favorites MacIntosh, Cortland, Macoun, Ida Red,
Honeycrisp and Red Delicious every year. The orchard is open every day, so if you just want to pick apples, forget the weekend crowds, and head over right now! There’s no admission fee, bags for picking are available—and dogs are allowed. If you want the full apple experience, their awesome Harvest Festival takes place weekends in September and October. Want to experience true farm to dining table? Check out the Applecrest Farm Bistro—but you’ll need reservations!
Demarest Farms, Hillsdale, NJ
Prepare yourself for a new experience in apple picking. Demarest Farms features well-manicured trees, spectacular views and more than 14 tasty apple varieties. Come by to enjoy breathtaking scenery, tractor-pulled hay wagon rides, pet and feed friendly farm animals, explore a corn maze, savor their delicious honey, fresh pressed apple cider, apple cider donuts, homemade mixes, apple butter, fresh preserves and other treats! If you missed apple season, you’re just in time for pumpkin picking!
Head to Fishkill Farms in Hopewell Junction, NY for a fun weekend picking eco-certified Empire, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Rome, Cortland and organically-grown Idared and Goldrush apples. Foursquare named Fishkill Farms the Best Orchard in New York!
Have your own favorite apple picking farm? Share in the comments below!
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