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52 Great Saturdays

See the Park Güell of Venice

1116 Palms Blvd, Los Angeles, California, 90291

Cheri Pann and Gonzalo Duran have spent more than 21 years covering their abode with thousands of handmade ceramic pieces

Website: http://www.cheripann.com/The_Mosaic_Tile_House.html



See Where the Celebrities Live

Various locations, CA


When your friends come to town—and inevitably they will—veer textbook with a safari through L.A.’s jungle of celebrity homes. Orchestrate a day’s worth of drive-bys with the help of starmap.com, where a free sign-up with any active Facebook account unlocks the current and former addresses of A-to-ZsaZsa Hollywood royalty.—MARIELLE WAKIM


Shop on Any Budget

7377 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90046

(323) 852-0969

The sartorial diversity of Melrose is matchless. Head west from La Brea to find thrift store meccas (American Vintage, Wasteland), hipper chains (Urban Outfitters, American Apparel), and high-end boutiques (Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga). Stop into Alfred Coffee & Kitchen on tree-lined Melrose Place for a midspree pick-me-up.—LINDA IMMEDIATO

Website: http://www.melroseavela.com/item/american-vintage/


Sit Pretty for High Tea

1401 S Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena, CA, 91106

(626) 568-3900

Langham Hotels claims to have served the first afternoon tea service at its London outpost more than 140 years ago. The tradition lives on at the Langham Pasadena, where channeling British royalty is encouraged between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays ($46). Sip a cup of Ceylon Cinnamon, and nibble on treats that include […]

Website: http://www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/pasadena/



Spin Tracks Like David Guetta

2324 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90064

The six-week beginner’s course focuses on basics such as mixing and blending



Support an Arts Collective

453 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA, 90013

(213) 488-0599

The Last Bookstore downtown is known for its expansive stock of books and records, but it’s also home to the Spring Arts Collective. Peruse the five small independent gallery shops, which sell sculpture, mixed media, paintings, and more. Leave time to look through the bookstore’s labyrinthine stacks.—JULIA HERBST

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/



Swig Wine in a Stable

2178 Mora Ave., Santa Ynez, CA, 93460

(805) 944-0493

Spending hours tipsy on a horse could be the plot of a bad Adam Sandler movie.

Website: http://www.vinovaqueros.com/


Take an Oceanfront Hike

100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, 90275

(310) 265-2800

The Point Vicente trail is an easy-ish beach excursion that leads to a functioning cliffside lighthouse and tide pools

Website: http://www.terranea.com/



Thai One On

8225 Coldwater Canyon Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91605

(818) 780-4200

On weekends the courtyard of North Hollywood’s Wat Thai temple becomes a top American destination for authentic Thai street food. The recently reopened market is an outlet for Buddhist worshippers—and food fanatics—to gorge on mango sticky rice, pork belly boat noodles, and sweet red chestnuts in coconut milk.—LESLEY BARGAR SUTER



Uncover the City’s Lost Past

3001 N Broadway, 90031

(213) 373-1947

Explore the glam and seedy L.A. of yore alongside historians Kim Cooper and Richard Schave of Esotouric, whose four-hour motor coach expeditions (starting at $58) elevate liquor stores and anonymous bungalows to landmark status. The company inspects L.A. on a granular level, with trips to the iconic venues of the Sunset Strip or sites you […]

Website: http://esotouric.com/


Wake Up with the Sun on a Hot-air Balloon Ride

33133 Vista Del Monte Rd., Temecula, CA, 92591

(800) 373-3359

It takes 90 minutes to reach California Dreamin’, Gail and David Bradley’s mom-and-pop hot-air balloon operation, which has carried visitors 2,500 feet over Temecula in seven-story dirigibles for 39 years. Set your alarm to make the 6 a.m. Sunrise Flight ($168 per person), which offers groups of 4 to 14 vistas of vast vineyards, horse […]

Website: http://www.californiadreamin.com/


Watch a Movie at a Drive-In

443 Vineland Ave, City of Industry, California, 91746

(626) 961-9262

Take advantage of our temperate climes at Pacific Theatres Vineland Drive-In, one of the last theaters of its kind in L.A. County

Website: http://www.vinelanddriveintheater.com/



Zip-line in the Forest

6047 Park Drive, Wrightwood, CA, 92397

Exchange downtown’s concrete for treetop thrills in Wrightwood, where you can whiz through the San Gabriel Mountains at 55 mph from 306 feet in the air