Rodeo Drive, Spago and Cut, that famous zip code 90210…from the most high-end shopping to a prime example of Wolfgang Puck’s empire, there is hardly a better place in the United States for a luxury vacation than Beverly Hills, California. I live in Los Angeles, and often find excuses to drive along Santa Monica Boulevard, Rodeo Drive, and Wilshire Boulevard (the Golden Triangle) just to admire the incredible storefronts and swanky pedestrians in Beverly Hills. The city within a city is easily integrated into a day on the west side Los Angeles during an L.A. vacation. This spring is a great time to visit Beverly Hills. Two annual springtime attractions are especially notable.
Two Recommended Spring Travel Attractions in Beverly Hills
The Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance — Greystone Mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places, and its associated nonprofit organization, Friends of Greystone, partners with the mansion property to host this concourse. Like the Allure of the Automobile in Portland, Oregon, an array of incredible antique cars are on display at Greystone Mansion’s property. A portion of the proceeds is put towards the preservation of the estate. The antique automobiles are world class, rare cars (and vintage motorcycles too); the entry fee includes access to the mansion and estate grounds, gourmet food and drinks, a commemorative program book and poster, 2 for 1 discount for the Petersen Automotive museum, and more.
This year (2015), the Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance is held May 3. Three Beverly Hills hotels have travel packages for the event. First, the Montage Beverly Hills includes a $100 credit towards the Spa Montage as well as passes to the VIP Concours d’Elegance reception May 5 as well as the actual event May 6. Call (888) 860-0788 and ask for the Reservations Manager. Also, Maison 140’s Royal Treatment hotel package includes the tickets to the Concours d’Elegance (obviously) and a complimentary Royal Shave via the men’s luxury store Art of Shaving in Beverly Hills. Call (310) 281-4000. Last, the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel has the Spring into Luxe hotel package which includes pampering treats and tickets to the event. Call (800) 468-3541 to book the Spring into Luxe package.
The Beverly Hills Art Show — the Spring 2015 Beverly Hills Art Show (branded as the ArtSHOW) will be May 16 and 17. The annual show is always in Beverly Gardens Park, which runs from Crescent Drive to Rodeo Drive, on Santa Monica Boulevard. It’s an outdoors, free art show, and one that I usually don’t miss. Artists and craft makers from across the country come to Beverly Hills to set up open-air booths and display their handiwork. This year, over 250 exhibitors are already signed up. The artists will display their own created photography, watercolor, sculpture, mixed media, painting, jewelry, ceramics, drawing and printmaking. It’s really quite lovely to stroll among the artwork, outdoors, on a lovely spring day in Los Angeles. There is always live music — nothing rowdy; past performances include jazz vocals, Latin jazz, and Latin guitar & fusion. The music fits in perfectly with the art scene.
The Beverly Hills Art Show also has a Beer Garden setup with beer-friendly food (burgers, pizza and the like), and wine vendors. 2015 also has a popular, wide selection of food trucks to the scene, including a pudding truck; I’ve got to check that one out. There is also a coffee truck with King’s Road coffee. Fun activities for children include leaf printing, sand art, face painting and more. The children’s activities aren’t all free, but the fees are nominal. This particular art show has been held in May for almost forty years now, and is one of the most popular arts events on the west coast. For more information, including easy parking, call (310) 285-6830.
Springtime typically brings a fresh influx of tourists to the Los Angeles area. This spring, drive a few miles east of the beach and try one of these activities in Beverly Hills. It’s an interesting break from all that fun in the sun and Pacific Ocean water.