The ocean-side city of Santa Monica, flush with food, culture, and history, provides ample fodder for Destination Food Tours’ signature outing. Led by a local guide, groups stroll to a succession of eateries such as Bar Pinxto, where chefs infuse tapas with traditional Spanish flavors. At MAKE—a completely raw restaurant—chef and author Matthew Kenney showcases the decadence of uncooked food, and at the tour’s final stop, N’ice Cream, scoops of organic gelato refresh taste buds and extinguish mustache fires.
Wine drinkers will embrace the exquisite and extensive wine selection at Malibu Discovery in Santa Monica.
Looking for a bite to eat? This winery also has an awesome restaurant.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Cheers to finding a great new winery! Malibu Discovery in Santa Monica won't disappoint you.
Star City Tours loads visitors into their iconic convertible vans to hit the streets of Tinseltown. During the Hollywood and Celebrity Homes Tour, guides put on top-shelf performances, regaling folks with wild stories and pointing out iconic sights, including the Hollywood sign, The Chinese Theater, and Whiskey A Go Go on the Sunset Strip. Movie buffs who keep their eyes peeled will even spot filming locations of films such as Pretty Woman, Rush Hour, Spiderman. For folks who'd rather see real stars, the company offers private tours of the Griffith Observatory that include breathtaking views of LA and a Tesla coil demonstration.
Kevin Flint led his first behind-the-scenes art tour in 2007. He began by assembling a small group of interested visitors at his own loft in the Brewery Arts Complex: a 13-building haven for creative individuals that is home to more than 500 artists. Kevin decided to give the group a new experience by leading them into the studio spaces where his close friends worked on their pieces—a plan that allowed visitors to interact and engage with the artists, and to exploring areas that would normally be overlooked by more traditional art walks.
Kevin's learned a lot since then—for instance, he now lets his friends know ahead of time that he's bringing a group of strangers into their studios—but his
goal is still to provide small groups with the opportunity to see some lesser-known sides of the southern California art community. Today, he and the other guides at LA Art Tours continue to lead excursions through a handful of the Brewery Arts Complex's 330 studio spaces, but also chart course to other artistic locations around town. Tours might take visitors on a treasure hunt through the Downtown Arts District, offering some insight into the massive murals and graffiti masterpieces that often spring up overnight, only to be painted or wallpapered over in a matter of days.
Or, they might cover the famous Santa Fe Art Colony where guests may get a chance to view artists at work and glance at pieces before they make their way into the gallery.
Every day, Downtown LA Walking Tours introduces people to one of the biggest movie stars in the world: Los Angeles. Their guides lead groups to many of the locations that have made L.A. the most filmed city in the world, from the Walt Disney Concert Hall to Grand Park and the Bradbury Building. But tours don't focus exclusively on the silver screen. During the L.A.’s Beginnings tour, the city experts turn things into a moving history lesson that tells how the city went from a small pueblo to a player on the world stage. On the Old and New Downtown L.A. tour, they reveal how different landmarks were built over the years, ultimately sculpting the city people know today from glass, steel, and discarded Mickey Mouse ears.