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I know there are a lot of ways to get there, but from what we can tell, The Road To Hollywood is paved with many a mother and grandmother. Shuttling between classes and auditions, whipping outfits out of the trunk like a runway pro, learning to self-tape, and navigating complex casting programs are all part of the gig. Between camera rolls there is a lot of fun to be had though. Here’s our first “Where to Go, What to See in Los Angeles” good way to spend a day!
Hollywood Boulevard & Walk of Fame
By mid-morning, this iconic strip will become a sea of assertive impersonators and tourists, and it can be hard to tell the difference between the two. If you can get yourself up with the birds though, you can grab yourself a “cup of joe” and have the Hollywood Stars to yourself. We took our own mini walking tour at 7am, and had the chance to see the sights without the sea!
I’m zoomed in on the Hollywood Grandma in this pic, but if you were there with us, you would see the Hollywood sign too on the mountain behind.
It’s pretty cool how the Hollywood Stars have different bronze symbols representing each category. In this photo, Michael J Fox is showcased with the Motion Picture emblem. In the photo below, David Bowie has the record emblem on his star. Follow this link to read more about the history of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
One thing we haven’t been able to catch yet is a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony. From what we hear, the ceremonies for celebrities receiving new stars is open to the public, and they like to bring their “friends” with them, so it’s a good place to be star-struck. Here’s an online listing to upcoming ceremonies.
On your walk, it’s fun to stop by the ornate TCL Chinese Theatre and check out all the celeb imprints.
My mom and daughter also got to see an IMAX movie at the TCL Chinese Theatre and they said it was awesome! The place is filled with memorabilia like Judy Garland’s dress from the Wizard of Oz.
On the other side of the street you’ll bump in to Jimmy Kimmel Live!, one tourist, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. You can request free tickets to the Jimmy Kimmel show via the link above, and check out the vintage bowling lanes, game parlour and Tropicana poolside cafe on the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel site.
Further up the street you’ll find encouragement and the path to take you to the Runyon Canyon hike, which is excellent!
By now you should have worked up a great appetite! Ready for our next stop…
The Griddle Cafe
When you’re tired of having to look for a parking spot and you’re ready to eat a pancake the size of a manhole, it’s time for The Griddle Cafe. We arrived about 9am on a Monday morning, where there was plenty of parking in the large lot in the back, and we didn’t have to wait at all.
Raspberry & lemon folded in to a rich buttermilk batter and split three ways – oh yes we did! Totally worth EVERY SINGLE tiny CALORIE. The table service French press coffee helped me to forget I had just consumed a small spaceship.
It’s fully possible that there are other things on the menu at The Griddle Cafe, but I’ll never know. I can’t imagine dining there without eating the lemon/raspberry spaceship pancakes.
We are fueled up to catch a wave now! Let’s skip right past the blur of the crowded beach in Santa Monica and head to Malibu. “Skip” might be a strong word here… you’re looking at a 2 hr drive up the coast on the weekend, but the scenic view more than makes up for it.
Before you get to the treasure that is Paradise Cove, you have to face a fork in the road. Either someone can drive you down to the beach and unload you, then go back up the hill and park on the Pacific Coast Highway. Or – you can park on the PCH and hike yourself down the hill. This beach was SO beautiful that we came two days in a row, so we tried it both ways. It’s a cute walk down, so not bad either way.
Nice to have the cute little Whale showers and dressing rooms available.
The mussels at the Paradise Cove cafe were a treat, as was the beautiful beach. Loved it!
Used the Waze app to make our way back to Hollywood to end the night on a high note.
Farmer’s Market @ The Grove Free Summer Concert Series
This venue really struck a cord with us. We enjoyed the Jazz concert so much on Friday night that we returned for the Saturday night Blues band. It’s a cozy setup smack dab in the middle of a covered farmer’s market, so the breeze brings with it all kinds of deliciousness. The petite stage offers a great view of the performers. The area is family friendly, but there is also a small bar. On the other side, is The Grove outdoor shopping mall, where you can find a mix of your fav shops and also some boutiques to explore. Looking at you Madewell! That side of the house attracts even larger musical performers, and I missed the night they got to enjoy the Gin Blossoms there for free. Best not to make that mistake again… note to self to return to The Grove on a Wednesday night during the summer.
Ahh, don’t ya just wish that perfect summer days would never end?
Time to take our cupcakes back to the ranch and get some shut-eye. We need to wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
L.A. Out –