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Setp 14, 2018
Joanna Ramirez

Fall Head-First In Love With Fall in LA

Before the Christmas trees light up, and before residents have to, once again, wrestle with vehicles and human traffic at their favorite retail outlets, tourist attractions and parks, get ready to bask in the wonderful glory of LA's best indoor and outdoor events. Unlike other more seasonal cities, temperature drops must a little and the beaches transform into a more welcoming respite. It's the epilogue to a much cooler winter.

The truth of the matter is it's not always about the beaches, as beautiful as they are. The season brings in moments of deep appreciation for fall colors, family gatherings, celebrations, months of amazing food, drink, and cultural events. Days fall into hours of sun-kissed moments of joy you spend with the people you love.

Here is a short list of things to do when you're in the City of Angels.

Free Movie Screenings To Catch

After a hard day's work, some couples or groups would make their ways to alfresco movie-screenings offered at top rooftop bars around LA. They screen everything from classics like Back to the Future to exciting hits like Life Itself. Some of these movie screenings start their run as early as spring and it is still chugging along, especially at sites like Montalban and LEVEL, both of which are popular rooftop bars.

They're comfy, offer a never-ending flow of food and booze, have nice selections of movies to choose from, and provide amazing spots for friends to gather around to unwind. Get there early if having an almost-panoramic view of LA is significant to the whole experience. They provide everything from tables to lawn chairs, headphones to blankets. At LEVEL, there's even a pool, outdoor space with chic couches and BBQ pits.

Even without the cinema feature, we're pretty sure you'll enjoy the outdoor atmosphere, bucolic setting, amazing craft drinks and International selection of wine. For a quiet night-out with your close friends, a movie night at ArcLight Cinema can't go wrong.

The Rooftop
550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 892-8080
Hours: Daily 12pm - 2am


Treehouse Rooftop Lounge
686 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 988-7064
Hours: Daily 6pm – 2am
www.treehouserooftop.com
eyim@thehollywoodroosevelt.com

Library Bar
The Hollywood Roosevelt, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Hours: Daily 6pm - 1am
(323) 466-7000

The Montalbán
1615 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 871-2420
www.themontalban.com


Soak In The Bewitching LA Fall Foliage

Although LA is known for its fiery summers and the wide range of outdoor activities, we’ll have you know there are hidden nooks around LA that offers beautiful scenery and spots for people-watching. A vast departure from the pace of life known to other bigger metropolises, LA is laid back and the people spend as many hours of the day chasing after sunsets as deadlines. Fall is also the time of the year families put their heads together to come up with the perfect fall-scapade. They go from pumpkin patches to mazes, go horseback riding and visiting cascading waterfalls.

If you take a roughly hour-and-a-half charter bus drive out to Oak Glen, you’ll see that fall is hyped up with not just bright fall colors, but also people, sights, sounds, smells and events. Located snugly in the midst of Apple Country and boasting of cooler temperature compared to the valley, apple-picking is a popular pick with kids. With apples filling up their baskets and carts, the whole family will then end the trip with a delicious, authentic apple cider at the ranch or market. One good example would be the living history, farm, ranch and dinner theater, Riley’s Farm at the foothills of Oak Glen. On top of hosting educational programs, it has venues for group activities and corporate functions, a win-win for all.

If you’re the adventurous kind, bring the rented charter bus to Big Bear 2 hours from downtown LA. This Southern California charmer of a town is everything you can wish for if you’re into winter activities, especially skiing. During fall, visitors flock to the area for hiking, kayaking, swimming and biking along the slinky slopes of Sierra Nevada mountains in large groups. Go ahead and rent a 2-bedroom light-filled air-BNB cabin at Agave House in Ojai, or book yourself a cozy cottage right smack in the middle of the desert wilderness of Joshua Tree. Watching the sunset in the distance, waking up to curious wildlife, building bonfires and mingling with the locals are all on the cards.

If something more peaceful is more your cup of tea, we know just the place – Descanso Gardens in La Canada. It’s magic, some say because the grounds are covered with some of the best blooms in the region. From hundreds of species of plants and flowers, you'll find yourself surrounded by roses, camellia, lilac, orchid, fern, toyon berries, gingko, and many other mesmerizing Californian native plants. Remember, not everything in LA, has glitzy as it is can be, has to be expensive. There are tons of fun and budget-friendly activities to do in Hollywood.

In the meantime, the flowers bloom all year round at The Palos Verdes Peninsula where spectacular colors turn a different hue in fall. It boasts of nature preserves like George F. Canyon and White Point Nature Preserve, Linden H. Chandler Preserve and the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve.


Riley's Farm
12261 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399
Hours: Mon to Fri 9am - 4pm, Sat 8am - 4pm, Closed on Sun
(909) 797-7534
www,rileysfarm.com

South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, California 90274
(310) 544-1948
Hours: Mon to Sun 10am - 5pm
Admission: $9 for Adults, $6 for Seniors (62 and over), $6 for Students with ID, Free Admission for Children age 4 and younger; Free Admission for All on the third Tuesday of every month
www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org

Be an Outdoor Crusader

As giddy as Hollywood can make you feel, it can fill your head with too much too fast. This calls for an excursion out to where the land stretches on for ages on end, beaches with powder-soft sand seeping through your toes, and snow-capped mountains lined up with hiking trails. California has no shortage for stuff like that. 

Southern California has a long list of wild, untouched landscapes, lakes, infinite access to beautifully maintained parks and rustic camping sites. The state has 9 national parks, more than all other states in the country, rounding it up to approximately 52 million acres of pristine, natural land. While some are perfect for days of camping, others are just a short distance away from downtown LA, making them perfect for day trips.

You can trek your way around the aesthetically magnetic and steep andesite and rhyolite rocks of the understated Pinnacles 30 minutes from LA. Its quiet trails snake along the scenic Coast Range wilderness while its bat-lived caves entice with its deep, dark secrets. The national treasure is also home to a large number of California condor, making it a top attraction for nature-lovers, birding experts, outdoor enthusiasts, and photographers. While the Yosemite Park’s waterfalls and aged woods are just as enticing, its giant sequoia groves sometimes snag the spotlight. When you're at the heart of Sierra Nevada, don’t resist the urge to snap tons of pictures of its rare plants and wildlife.


Both Channel Islands and Sequoia are located only 2- to 3-hour drive from downtown LA and thousands of wildlife species roam the area, rarely making a peep even when there are visitors. A part of Channel Islands’ park is underwater while Sequoia is home to over 200 cave systems and some of the world’s tallest trees. Moro Rock, in the meantime, is just as intoxicating up close as it is from a distance.

Meanwhile, straddling both California and Nevada state is Death Valley, the hottest and driest region in the country. Even with that said, it is also home to the Badwater Basin and is where you can find a host of badlands, dunes, massive mountains, and sweeping canyons. Experts have documented well over a thousand species of plants in Death Valley despite the somber name it was given.


Pinnacles
(831) 389-4485
www.nps.gov/pinn/index.htm

Yosemite National Park
(209) 372-0200
www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

Channel Islands National Park
(805) 658-5730
www.nps.gov/chis/index.htm

Sequoia National Park
(559) 565-3341
www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm

Death Valley


So Much More to California than Meets the Eye

It will be a fiesta at bars, nightspots, cultural events, food festivals, beer events, parties, glamorous gatherings all around LA. Not only will adults in your group get to paint the town red, but the little ones will also have a splashing good time. Fall presents itself as a reservoir of joy for everyone where festive activities become mainstream and default escapes from the norm.

Yes, Christmas is around the corner and we’re waiting for it too, just like everyone else. But it all starts with fall, along with Oktoberfest for most. Some people begin gift-shopping early so, popular malls will be grid-locked and frantic. Telling signs of Christmas are also springing up all around in small neighborhoods and corners of city blocks.

pumpkins, Halloween celebrations in October in Los Angeles
Source: rawpizel on Unsplash

If you’re into the intoxicating mix of mouth-watering food, heady cultural events, crafty drinks, and ginormous live events, all you need to do is to visit the popular event site/app, Eventbrite where an avalanche of events are listed and they‘re either free or affordable to join.

They also always welcome visitors at the 15th Anniversary of Pacific Community Center and Annual Fall Festival at City of Glendale Community Services and Parks on October 20th, 2018 from 11am – 2pm. Some of its expected activities include having a petting zoo and pumpkin patch, offering pony rides, food, games, arts and craft, face-painting, music, bounce houses, and rock climbing.

The Insideout Church Los Angeles is holding its free Trunk or Treat Festival on October 27th, 2018 at the near-eve of Halloween night. In the meantime, the 100% Festival is slated for a November 10th, 2018 roll out at the Otis College of Art and Design. The 2-day event aims at bringing throngs of food trucks, a luminary of events, a makers' market, and a flurry of workshops.

A little closer to Christmas, you’ll get to experience, learn and listen to interactive storytelling from the professionals at Fowler Museum where parents can pop their questions at some of the most experienced teachers from all around LA.

halloween and fall celebrations in Los AngelesAnd of course, no end-of-the-year celebration is complete without Oktoberfest, a favorite holiday adapted from across the oceans. The charmingly dated event precedes the light-filled Christmas holidays where bars and nightspots offer a long list of craft beers, teach oompah dancing, raise a stein and put on a lederhosen. 

Pacific Community Center & Park
Oktober 20th, 2018, 11am - 2pm
501 South Pacific Avenue, Glendale, California 91204
(818) 548-4098
www.facebook.com/MyGlendaleParks

InsideOut Church Los Angeles
1310 Liberty St, Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 640-7026
www.insideoutla.org

Otis College of Art and Design
9045, Lincon Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 665-6800
www.otis.edu
www.facebook.com/Otis.College

The Fowler Museum at UCLA
308 Charles E Young Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 206-5663
www.fowler.ucla.edu
www.facebook.com/FowlerMuseum/

Wurstküche Restaurant
625 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
Sat, October 27, 2018, 4pm – 8pm
(213) 687-4444
grillmaster@wurstkuche.com
www.facebook.com/wurstkucherestaurant

So, wait no more and whip out your schedule to start making this fall as splendid as it can be. You can indulge in the hailstorm of local activities or dive headfirst into new and exciting events coming into town. Tussle with tourists, wrestle in queues for the best food, bring your students out on a didactic educational field trip or put together a whimsical annual gathering with your school friends.

There’s no better time than fall to epically reconnect with your favorite people in the world. Read this is you're planning quieter activities a short charter bus drive away from LA

How To Get Your Hands on Affordable Charter Buses and Ground Transportation in Los Angeles

Gone are the days when you have to trek your way to the nearest bus stop to hop onto a bus to make your way out of the city for a day trip with your family. Nor would you have to fork out a King's ransom just to enjoy a holiday with your friends. These days, getting your hands on affordable ground transportation in and around Los Angeles is an absolute breeze!

Just pick up the phone and dial 1-800-304-1993, or complete this simple online form to contact us online, and the bus booking experience would be complete. Our professionally-trained personnel will also be at hand to guide you through the bus reservation process to ensure that it is a seamless one. You've got nothing to lose. Give us a call right now to find out more!


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