Outdoor Summer Movies in LOS ANGELES

There’s still time to savor cool summer evenings and enjoy outdoor entertainment and picnics in the park. Summer isn't over yet! Every Saturday night through September, Angelenos can gather with friends and family to chow down on gourmet goodies and watch a favorite flick in the open air. One of the premier sources for summer entertainment is Eat|See|Hear, an award-winning site that calendars … [Read more...]


You may think of Los Angeles as a land of Tinseltown dreamers, tight facelifts and tanned bimbos, but delve beyond the celebrity status and you'll find plenty of relaxing nature escapes and creative urban pleasures. From scenic mountain hiking and sunny beaches to shiny museums and multi-cultural eateries, it’s always a picture perfect day in LA. Where to Sleep Traffic in LA is … [Read more...]


Leave the screaming for the rollercoasters and head to Los Angeles for a squabble-free holiday with something for everyone. Everyday life is busy, busy, busy. Between school drop-offs, office meetings, homework, swimming and soccer, healthy dinners, birthday parties and late night conference calls, quality family bonding moments seem few and far between. I imagined a vacation with the … [Read more...]

Yoga-friendly Hikes in LOS ANGELES

“Nobody walks in LA,” or so claims the new wave, 80s band Missing Persons. They were right; we hike. If you Google “Best hikes in LA” you’ll get copious results, from private and secluded, to the stargazing kind (and no, not stars in the sky -- this is LA, after all). But also ubiquitous to the City of Angels is the Yoga Enthusiast, many of whom like a little vinyasa flow before, during or after a … [Read more...]

Staycation at Four Seasons in LOS ANGELES

Feel like you're miles away from home without leaving LA when you check into the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Before I had two kids, the idea of a staycation was an oddity. But with a toddler and baby, the thought of lugging everyone and everything through an airport did not sound like a vacation.Instead, my husband and I checked into the Four Seasons in Los Angeles at Beverly … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Served Hot At LA Restaurants and Bars

Ah Valentine's Day... A day of love, wine and roses -- not to mention the pressure of coming up with an amazing venue to celebrate your love for that special someone. If you're in Los Angeles, not to worry -- wandermelon's got your V-day cheat sheet. Any choice from our shortlist of  restaurants and bars that follow is guaranteed to get the heart racing so you come out a winner this Valentine's … [Read more...]

Books For Travelers in LA

The independent bookstore is an endangered species but a few passionate bibliophiles defy Amazon and the chains to keep their doors open. Natalie Compagno and Greg Freitas are a well-traveled couple who bought the Traveler’s Bookcase in mid-town Los Angeles four years ago, and built on the success of its original owner. Their tiny storefront, a couple of blocks from the Goliath of the Beverly … [Read more...]

HOTEL BUZZ: Four Seasons Los Angeles Creates an End-of-Summer Escape: Just the Two of Us

Maybe the season has raced by and you just realized you haven’t had any serious downtime with your partner. Or you need just one more indulgence together before you say sayonara to summer.  Four Seasons Los Angeles (at Beverly Hills) has your number and they’re calling it Just the Two of Us. Valid until August 28, 2011, the weekend package is the consummate quick summer escape, including all … [Read more...]

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Enjoys a Social Renaissance

A landmark Hollywood establishment debuts three new on-site venues and a classic make-over worthy of a close up. One of Hollywood's landmark stars, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, has just had a bit of a facelift and is looking younger and hipper than ever. The iconic 300-room hotel is enjoying a fresh renaissance with the redesign of the historic Cabana Rooms and the debut of three new … [Read more...]

SLIDESHOW: Brazilian Carnaval Seduces Los Angeles

Brazilian Nites DancersClub Nokia, located in the multibillion dollar entertainment complex known as LA Live, was transformed into a Sambodrome as sensuous Samba dancers draped in feathers, sequins and little else; top Brasilian musicians and singers; and a near-capacity crowd of party-goers turned Downtown LA into a non-step festa. wandermelon's Eric Hiss was on hand to capture images (and drink … [Read more...]