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Los Angeles: Center of Entertainment universe
Los Angeles, California. Aside from the Big Apple, is there any other place in America that might legitimately call itself the Center of the Universe? In the case of Los Angeles, it is the center of the entertainment universe and has more legitimate movie stars per square inch than just about any other place on earth.

And so visitors come for the glamour and the glitz, for a chance to catch the sight of a star maybe just going to the supermarket or walking in quasi-designer cut-offs and tee-shirts down Melrose Avenue. They come to see how movies are made, how television shows are produced, to be thrilled by the area's amusement parks and to soak up the endless sunshine on beaches populated by the most beautiful people in the world.
Los Angeles Lodging
(For recommended restaurants and activities, please see below)
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel Century City
10330 W. Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA  90064
Ph: 310-553-1000   
Email: info@hiecenturycity.com
Holiday Inn Express Century City is located in the heart of West Los Angeles, just minutes from top film studios, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive and more. Our stylish guest rooms and loft suites come outfitted with complimentary wireless Internet, HD TVs, a microwave and mini-refrigerator with an icemaker. Wake up each morning to a complimentary Express Start® Breakfast Bar before exploring Los Angeles. Receive star treatment and relax after a day of seeing the sights around our smoke-free hotel.
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Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Los Angeles, CA  91608
Ph: 818-506-2500   Fx: 818-509-2058
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City is located high in the Hollywood hills at the main entrance to Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Citywalk on over six acres of landscaped ground. At the heart of the Los Angeles Entertainment Capital, our hotel is the first choice for farmily fun, group outings, Hollywood tourism and business travel. All the major studios are nearby as well as Grauman's Chinese Theater, Kodak Theater and the Hollywood Bowl. Enjoy spacious guest rooms and suites with all the amenities, outdoor heated pool and whirlpool; and dining at our award-winning restaurant Cafe Sierra.
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The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
686 Anton Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA  92626
Ph: 714-540-2500   Fx: 714-662-6695
Email: WestinScp.Promotions@westin.com
A stay at the Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa allows you to discover the culture, glamour and excitement of Orange County. Our hotel offers a host of instinctive, personal sensory experiences including music, lighting, even aromatic and botanicals - all intended to soothe and stimulate. Our Costa Mesa hotel is only a short walk to the heart of the Orange County theatre district and South Coast Plaza, with over 280 of the world's great retail stores. The kids will delight in nearby Disneyland Resort®, Knott's Berry Farm and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Enjoy on-site tennis, pool and gym.
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Hotel Solaire
1710 W. 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA  90017
Ph: 213-616-3000   
Email: info@hotelsolairelosangeles.com
As a leader among green hotels in Los Angeles, Hotel Solaire's prime location places you within walking distance of the Westlake/Macarthur Park subway station, which takes you to a number of iconic L.A. attractions. The Staples Center, Hollywood, L.A. Live and more are minutes from downtown Los Angeles. Free amenities include a heated swimming pool, deluxe continental breakfast, Wi-Fi, and in-room microwave and mini-fridge.
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Terranea Resort
Terranea Way
Palos Verdes, CA  90275
Ph: 310-265-2800   
Email: terranearesort@destinationhotels.com
Discover a land not far away, overlooking the vast blue Pacific. Terranea, L.A.'s oceanfront resort, is the point where heaven meets earth with breathless beauty, comfortable luxury and endless discovery. The distinctive resort resides on 102 acres of natural habitat, offers breathtaking 270° wraparound views, landscaped gardens and places to play, and includes stylish guest rooms, suites, residential style Bungalows, Casitas and Villas and a host of full-service amenities, including spectacular award-wining ocean view dining venues, a 50,000 square foot spa, a stunning 9-hole golf course and family-friendly activities.
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The Portofino Hotel and Marina
260 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, CA  90277
Ph: 800-468-4292   Fx: 310-372-7329
Email: reservations@hotelportofino.com
The Portofino Hotel and Marina is located in the quaint beach town of Redondo Beach, six miles from LAX, and the only LA area hotel located directly on the Pacific Ocean. Offering oceanfront accommodations including luxury suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies. Enjoy ocean views from the swimming pool, or take a ride on one of the complimentary beach cruiser bicycles. Our Redondo Beach restaurant "Baleenkitchen" was rated "Top 10 Best Restaurants for Waterside Dining in LA" - ZAGAT. One of the most desirable locations for weddings and special events, with more than 8,000 sq. ft. of event space
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Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
450 East Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA  93001
Ph: 800-842-0800   Fx: 805-641-1539
Email: sales@cpventura.com
Located directly on the beach, the subtle sounds of waves crashing against the sand will sooth you from the moment you wake up to the time your head touches the pillow for the night. When you visit the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach you will be pleased to find a magical place expertly maintained with services meant to accommodate you during your time with us. We offer 258 guest rooms including 18 suites, with High Speed Internet Access. Enjoy the new C-Street Restaurant, with California inspired cuisine, and AQUA Beachfront Bar. Call for our specials please.
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Laguna Riviera
825 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA  92651
Ph: 800-999-2089   
Email: reservations@lagunariviera.net
Relax year-round at this beach resort, set in tropical gardens terraced to the ocean's edge. Enjoy the surf, spectacular views and grand sunsets in a quiet setting. Walk the beaches, swim in the ocean, or visit the many local art galleries and shops. Unwind in our heated indoor pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. Enjoy a Free continental breakfast, or grill your own dinner or lunch while overlooking the waves of the beautiful blue Pacific. Conveniently located near downtown in the world famous artist community of Laguna Beach, perfect for a family vacation or that special quiet romantic retreat.
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Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach - Hotel and
Resort
2101 Mandalay Beach Rd
Oxnard, CA  93035
Ph: 805-984-2500   Fx: 805-984-8339
Located on 8½ acres of ocean front property, Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach - Hotel & Resort is the only Southern California all-suite beachfront resort. This luxurious vacation destination is convenient to the Channel Islands, Ventura, Ojai, Camarillo, Malibu, Santa Barbara and Port Huaneme. Our pet friendly suites are beautifully decorated with private bedroom, spacious living room, and two full marble baths. Guests will marvel at the spectacular ocean views, sparkling pools, waterfalls, exotic gardens, and lagoons. Enjoy a workout in our fitness center, playing tennis, biking or with a refreshing dip in the swimming pool.
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Holiday Inn Express - Los Angeles
International Airport
8620 Airport Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90045
Ph: 310-645-7700   Fx: 310-645-2958
The Holiday Inn Express® Los Angeles - LA Airport is situated just off I-405 on Airport Blvd., close to numerous LA businesses and attractions like Northrop Grumman, Neutrogena, Raytheon Aircraft, Bayer, Xerox, Oracle, Microsoft and Venice Beach. We offer a 24-hour business center, and a 450 sq. ft. meeting room that can accommodate 40 people. Great shopping at Marina Del Rey, only 5 minutes away, or, famed Rodeo Drive, just 15 miles away. Enjoy an exciting game at Dodgers Stadium or explore Disneyland. Amenities: heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi; 24-hour fitness center; complimentary, hot breakfast bar and shuttle to LAX.
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Holiday Inn Express West Los Angeles
11250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90025
Ph: 800-308-5432   Fx: 310-478-1401
Email: Res.HIWLA@dknhotels.com
Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, free high speed internet access, and an unbeatable location at the Holiday Inn Express West Los Angeles! Conveniently located directly off the 405 on Santa Monica Boulevard, you are close to local attractions like UCLA, the Getty Museum, beaches, world famous Rodeo Drive, and exciting dining options. Our spacious guest rooms feature a well-lit work area with desk, cable TV with premium channels, coffee maker, and WiFi internet access. Access to a fitness room, and parking is available as well. Our friendly staff hopes to welcome you soon!
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Catalina Canyon Resort & Spa
888 Country Club Drive PO Box 736
Avalon, CA  90704
Ph: 310-510-0325   Fx: 310-510-0900
Located just off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island is a convenient escape from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. Our relaxed atmosphere is ideal for a romantic escape, family vacation or weekend business retreat. The Catalina Canyon Resort operates one of the few Day Spas on the Island with services and amenities designed to ensure maximum comfort and convenience. Enjoy California Cuisine or your favorite beverage in the Canyon Bar & Grill or take a dip in the hotel's heated outdoor pool. Free shuttle service to and from the downtown plaza, boat and helicopter terminals.
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Ramada Inn - Chatsworth
21340 Devonshire St.
Chatsworth, CA  91311
Ph: 818-998-5289   Fx: 818-998-0257
Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, enjoy a refreshing stay at our Ramada Chatsworth hotel near California State University Northridge. Centrally located off Highway 118, our pet-friendly hotel is convenient to downtown Los Angeles and beautiful beaches in Malibu and Santa Monica. Enjoy our heated pool and spa; Free Wi-Fi Internet access; free continental breakfast; also enjoy a casual dinner or order room service from our on-site restaurant. Two-room suites with wet bar and microwave are available. Universal Studios and Hollywood; Six Flags Magic Mountain and R. Reagan Presidential Library are nearby.
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Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA  92629
Ph: 949-661-5000   Fx: 949-661-5358
Email: information@lagunacliffs.com
Perched atop the cliffs of Dana Point, along the beautiful Southern California coast, the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, provides an oceanside escape like no other. From deeply romantic retreats to highly-successful business conferences, you'll discover rare luxuries and services to suit all of your needs. Enjoy exquisite dining, first-class accommodations, and a myriad of ocean activities at this exclusive AAA four-diamond resort. Relax in absolute comfort at our premier spa, or spend an afternoon enjoying world-class golf, tennis, swimming/jacuzzi, and we're only a short walk to the harbor's quaint restaurants, and shops.
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Holiday Inn - Diamond Bar
21725 E. Gateway Center Dr.
Diamond Bar, CA  91765
Ph: 909-860-5440   Fx: 909-860-8224
With a breathtaking view overlooking the San Gabriel Mountains, our hotel's location is near Anaheim, downtown Los Angeles and a number of attractions and businesses, making it the premier place to stay for business and leisure travelers. Visit the Big League Dreams sports park, enjoy shopping and dining, or outdoor activities like golf and tennis. Our hotel's full-service accommodations feature a list of quality amenities like free high-speed Internet access, restaurant, lounge, room service, outdoor swimming pool & Jacuzzi, state-of-the-art Fitness Center, 24 hour Business Center and over 5,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
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Quality Inn & Suites
901 Aviation Blvd.
Hermosa Beach, CA  90254
Ph: 310-374-2666   Fx: 310-379-3797
Imagine reclining in your in-room spa after a relaxing day on the beautiful beaches of Southern California. You will enjoy the views and the fresh ocean air all in close proximity to Southern California's premiere beaches. Just fifteen minutes to LAX and close to the luxurious beaches of Hermosa, Redondo & Manhattan. Make your vacation at Quality Inn Hotel in Hermosa Beach about more than relaxation, renew yourself! Take a soak in our oversized spa and greet the day with a fresh cup of coffee and a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast on the ocean-view terrace.
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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
21500 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA  92648

Shimmering views of the Pacific and luxurious amenities await you at the oceanfront Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. This stunning, Spanish-inspired hotel in Huntington Beach will delight your every sense, with pampering spa treatments, irresistible restaurants, ocean adventures and superior service. Enjoy the endless activities you will find at our resort - including a heated pool, direct access to the beach, surf pros, biking, Camp Hyatt and more. Explore Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm and the Aquarium, all within easy reach of this most remarkable of Huntington Beach hotels.
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Laguna Cliffs Inn
475 N. Pacific Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA  92651
Ph: 800-297-0007   
Inspired by the colors and textures of California's premier coastline, Laguna Cliffs Inn features an open-air layout with sweeping views of the sea and mountains. The coastal, modern design echoes the beach below with natural hues and wood furnishings. The Inn's convenient location within a short walking distance to Main Beach and downtown Laguna Beach, personalized service and attention to detail provides for the ultimate Laguna Beach getaway. Beginning with complimentary coffee and croissants at daybreak, nightly wine hour at sunset, cookies and milk at bedtime, guests of Laguna Cliffs Inn are treated to all the comforts of home.
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The Inn at Laguna Beach
211 N Pacific Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA  92651
Ph: 949-497-9722   Fx: 949-497-9972
Experience a luxury boutique escape in the heart of Laguna Beach, with the finest art galleries, shopping, dining and nightlife just steps from your door. Blending the style of a timeless beach bungalow with the modern comforts of today, 70 newly-appointed guest rooms and suites await you. Plus, no Resort Fee! Wake up to a variety of European artisan pastries and traditional favorites. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner from legendary Las Brisas, a Southern California landmark. Offering intimate spaces, personalized service and one of the only meeting rooms in Laguna Beach with a breathtaking ocean view and open terrace.
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Residence Inn Long Beach
4111 East Willow Street
Long Beach, CA  90815
Ph: 866-440-5368   Fx: 562-988-0587
Feel at home at our Residence Inn Long Beach CA hotel, just a short shuttle ride from the Long Beach Airport. Our extended stay hotel suites offer separate living and sleeping areas and fully equipped kitchens. Start your day with a FREE hot breakfast buffet and end it with a FREE light dinner at our manager's reception Mon.-Thurs. Business travelers can enjoy our large desks and high-speed internet. We are just a short drive from Pine Avenue, the Pike, the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, with Long Beach arena, exhibition halls, Terrace & Center Theater and The Queen Mary.
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Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA  90067
Ph: 310-228-1234   Fx: 310-551-3355
Surround yourself with contemporary glamour and style at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza at Beverly Hills. Perfectly situated on the fashionable West Side, adjacent to Beverly Hills, this elegant luxury hotel offers easy access to all the sights of this vibrant city. Set on seven lush acres, with 726 spacious and recently-renovated guestrooms, a world-class spa and fitness center and state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities, our hotel is a welcome retreat in the midst of the city. Discover why this Los Angeles hotel and spa has been the choice of dignitaries, celebrities, and Hollywood VIPs for more than 40 years.
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Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza
251 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA  90012
Ph: 213-617-3300   Fx: 213-617-3399
The Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza sits atop historic Bunker Hill in the heart of sophisticated downtown Los Angeles. Downtowns only four-diamond convention hotel, the Omni Los Angeles Hotel features luxurious accommodations and modern conveniences that suit the needs of business and leisure travelers alike. The hotel captures the essence and spirit of Los Angeles and provides easy access to cultural and business destinations. The Los Angeles Civic Center, the Financial District and Staples Center, as well as Los Angeles world-class theaters and museums, are just minutes away.
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Holiday Inn Express - Pasadena
3500 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA  91107
Ph: 626-792-1363   Fx: 626-792-9213
Situated just outside of Los Angeles, the Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites Pasadena - Colorado Boulevard is ideal for work or play. Located near celebrated annual events and businesses, such as: the Rose Parade; the Rose Bowl Football Game; NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Avery Dennison; City of Hope National Medical Center and California Institute of Technology. Enjoy first-rate art museums; upscale shopping, and exciting Thoroughbred racing at nearby Santa Anita Park racetrack. Amenities include: meeting rooms for up to 75 guests; free Wi-Fi access; Business Center; Fitness Center; outdoor pool and whirlpool; and free breakfast.
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Hampton Inn and Suites Santa Ana/Orange
County Airport
2720 Hotel Terrace Drive
Santa Ana, CA  92705
Ph: 714-556-3838   Fx: 714-241-1008
Newly renovated Hampton Inn and Suites is conveniently located in Santa Ana, California, in the heart of Orange County business area. It is just minutes away from Orange County's John Wayne Airport, corporate offices, Disneyland, beaches and the many attractions of Orange County famous coastline. All of our 122 rooms are Deluxe Suites providing full amenities such as microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, free wireless high speed internet access, flat screen TV and in-room movies. Enjoy our complimentary hot buffet breakfast.
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Four Points by Sheraton - Ventura Harbor
1050 Schooner Drive
Ventura, CA  93001
Ph: 805-658-1212   Fx: 805-658-1309
The only hotel on the Ventura Harbor, the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor is nestled on 17 acres of prime coastal land along California's Gold Coast. We are less than an hour north of Los Angeles and less than 30 minutes south of Santa Barbara. Our hotel features 106 luxurious guest rooms, most with private balconies and spectacular views. Stay fit in our exercise facility, relax in our refreshing pool or jacuzzi. We offer an intimate dining setting, ideal for dining with friends or business associates. We know your needs. Nope, we're not mind readers. We just pay attention.
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Holiday Inn Express - Ventura Harbor
1080 Navigator Dr.
Ventura, CA  93001
Ph: 805-856-9533   Fx: 805-856-9539
Stunning beaches, fresh seafood, eclectic galleries, wine tastings and top businesses, this location has it all. Situated right on the harbor, near endless Ventura beach fun, and the vibrant downtown area. Amenities include: 24-hour Business Center; free wired and wireless HSIA; two spacious meeting rooms; free hot breakfast and more. We're only four miles from two convention centers and close to the Naval Base Ventura County. Tour Channel Islands National Park, with sea kayaking and whale watching, visit Ventura Harbor Village, with unique boutiques, carousel and weekend concerts.
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Fairfield Inn & Suites - West Covina
3211 E. Garvey Ave., North
West Covina, CA  91791
Ph: 626-678-8988   Fx: 626-678-8999
Located in the heart of Southern California at the base of the San Gabriel Valley Mountains, the Fairfield Inn & Suites West Covina is 15 minutes away from the Ontario International Airport and a few miles from East Los Angeles. Adjacent to the Covina/Irwindale/San Dimas/City of Industry/Baldwin Park business areas. We are also close to Big League Dreams, Pomona Fairplex, Azusa Pacific and Cal Poly Pomona. Thoughtfully designed suite rooms offer separate living, working and sleeping areas which include a television, microwave, and mini-fridge. Enjoy complimentary hot breakfast; outdoor heated swimming pool and jacuzzi.
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Andaz West Hollywood
8401 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA  90069
Ph: 323-656-1234   Fx: 323-650-7024
Andaz is sophistication made simple, a vibrant and unique West Hollywood hotel environment that highlights the very best of its locale, accessable for the independent thinker who's traveling for business or pleasure. Find yourself with a front row seat to the Sunset Strip, one of the most famed walkways in the world. Slide into a comfy lounge chair in your room with its very own sunroom as you enjoy the spectacular views of LA. From check-in to check-out, guests will enjoy all the luxuries of our stylish hotel, but with the warmth and comfort of home.
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Le Parc Suite Hotel
733 North West Knoll Drive
West Hollywood, CA  90069
Ph: 310-855-8888   Fx: 310-659-7812
Email: reservations@leparcsuites.com
A boutique hotel nestled in the vibrant neighborhood of West Hollywood. Le Parc Suite Hotel is an all-suite hotel whose stylish accommodations attract clients ranging from upscale designers to celebrities, the idyllic getaway for your next vacation. Stay in one of 154 opulent suites, each with its own private balcony. Enjoy all the comforts of home with, fully-stocked kitchenettes, as well as fireplaces and flat-screen high-def TVs. Enjoy our Skydeck oasis, with floodlit tennis court, heated swimming pool, and whirlpool, all with a spectacular view of the Hollywood Hills. Near all L.A. attractions, yet removed from the hectic L.A. bustle.
Recommended Activities
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Catalina Express
95 Berth
San Pedro, CA  90731
Ph: 800-481-3470   
Email: Mail@CatalinaExpress.com
More than one million passengers set sail to Catalina Island each year on board Catalina Express, Our fleet takes you to or from Catalina in just over an hour with up to 30 daily departures year round from Long Beach, San Pedro, Dana Point, Avalon and Two Harbors. The fleet consists of eight high-speed vessels including four catamarans. The largest vessel in operation, the Catalina Jet has the capacity to carry nearly 500 passengers across the channel. Catalina Express partners with more than 20 hotels on the island to offer the best prices on getaway packages.
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South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA  92626
Ph: 800-782-8888   
South Coast Plaza is more than just a shopping center. It is a luxury destination filled with exclusive shopping and events and surrounded by art, shows, music, and other entertainment, which include: The Orange County Performing Arts Center; Segerstrom Center For the Arts; South Coast Repertory; California Scenario; Sculpture Garden; Orange County Museum of Art satellite store and South Coast Plaza Village. South Coast Plaza is the "Ultimate Shopping Resort" and is located within minutes of many of Southern California's finest beaches, museums, and theme parks.
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Cafe Sierra Restaurant at Hilton Los
Angeles/Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Los Angeles, CA  91608
Ph: 818-506-2500   
This casual dining restaurant offers Chinese, continental and California cuisine in a light and breezy setting. A seafood buffet is featured Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Our Sunday brunch is very special. We are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Knotts Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard.
Buena Park, CA  90620
Ph: 714-220-5200   
What was once an actual berry farm is now 160 acres of world class rides, unique family shows and one of a kind attractions. At America's favorite theme park, experience GhostRider the world's best wooden roller coaster, Supreme Scream, 30-stories up, 3 seconds down and the high-octane thrill of Xcelerator, rated the world's best launch coaster, sending riders 0-80 in 2.3 seconds. For a different type of thrill, stroll on over to Camp Snoopy, home to the beloved PEANUTS gang. Camp Snoopy is an interactive, participatory experience.
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