Travelling with kids always requires a little extra planning, regardless if you are vacationing for a weekend, week, or longer. If you are travelling with adults only, then every place you go can be spontaneous. When you add children to the equation, you need to find kid-friendly attractions that they will actually enjoy. After all, just because an attraction welcomes kids does not mean they will not be bored to tears the entire time they are there. Although there are plenty of amusement parks, beaches, etc., to enjoy in Los Angeles County, it is also nice to include visits to a few educational yet fun museums. Some parents assume their kids simply will not be interested in museums, but they are generally pleasantly surprised. Below are a few you may want to add to your list of things to do while your family is staying at the Holiday Inn Burbank-Media Center.Details
You will probably agree that fewer things are more refreshing than an ice-cream cone on a hot sunny day. When you were a kid, you would have been more than satisfied with a generic ice-cream sandwich from the ice-cream truck. Well, those same treats you enjoyed when you were younger are still pretty satisfying, but not necessarily worth half your daily calories for the day. If you are like many other adults, you will agree that if you are going to dedicate a large number of calories to one treat it had better be worth it. There is nothing worse than indulging in a dessert that did not even make your taste buds smile. So, when you get an uncontrollable craving for ice-cream during your stay at the Holiday Inn Burbank-Media Center check out the venues on this list. All of the ice-cream venues listed have cold, sweet treats that are well worth every single delicious calorie.Details
Everyone knows that Los Angeles is the place to go when you want to shop for wedding dresses. If you can’t find a dress that you fall madly in love with here, you probably will not find one anywhere. So, if you will be shopping for dresses during your stay at the Holiday Inn Burbank-Media Center, you will need to know where all the best places are to go. It is a good idea to call these boutiques ahead of time. Some show dresses by reservation only.
Glamour Closet – Brides-to-be travel from all over the country to shop at Glamour Closet because gowns are often up to 75 percent off retail space. You may not get the royal treatment that some other shops offer, and many dresses are one-of-a-kinds and only available in the size you find, but there is a huge selection here, and you can always have the dress altered to fit.Details
Although Hollywood has enough sites and attractions to enjoy that will fill up your entire vacation, if you have a day to spare, you may want to consider spending it in San Fernando. It may seem like San Fernando is far away from Burbank on a map, but this super cool little city is only 13 miles away from the Holiday Inn Burbank-Media Center. It is the perfect place to escape to, if you need a more low-key day away from the busy city. Below are a few hot spots to check out.
- San Fernando Swap Meet & Flea Market – This insanely huge flea market is open every day except Mondays and Wednesdays, and has everything from clothes to electronics to handmade goods. Even if you are not looking to actually buy anything, the San Fernando Swap Meet & Flea Market is still a cool place to walk around. Plus, it only costs a couple shiny quarters to get in.
- Fryman Canyon – Ask the locals to point you in the direction of Mulholland Drive, and you will find the Betty Dearling Mountain Trail that takes you through the canyon and awards amazing views of the San Fernando Valley. The trail is very shaded and only about a 3-mile trip.
During your stay at the Holiday Inn Burbank-Media Center there may be a game on that you really don’t want to miss. It’s more important than sightseeing or working on your notes for your morning meeting (if you are here on business). If you want to go to a cool sports bar to watch the game, you don’t have to make a trip into Hollywood or Downtown Los Angeles. Barney’s Beanery is less than three blocks from the hotel, so you can walk there and back, and you won’t have to think twice about having that celebration shot with locals you meet who are cheering for the same team, since you won’t be driving.
About Barney’s Beanery
One of the reasons Barney’s Beanery is the place to go during sports games is because it has been a local hangout for almost a century. The original one opened in 1920, and became a popular hangout for artists, screenwriters and celebrities. Just some of the big names to grace the door of the early venue include Clark Gable, Bette Davis, Jean Harlow, John Barrymore, Monte Blue, Gene Fowler, and Hoot Gibson.Details
Whether you are staying at the Holiday Inn Burbank-Media Center for your honeymoon, on a family vacation, with a friend, or by yourself, you probably are eager to snap some photos to remember your trip. Maybe you even plan on turning the pictures into a scrapbook. Of course, it would be nice if some of these photos end up being nice enough to print and frame or use as next year’s holiday card, too. Everywhere you go in this city, you will find natural beauty and captivating architecture capable of creating a share-worthy photo. However, there are a few hotspots that should be one your list, if you are looking for truly magical photo opportunities.
Greystone Mansion – The grounds around Greystone Mansion is beautifully manicured and perfect for taking pictures. On occasion, the grounds are closed for filming a movie, or TV scene or for a wedding or some other type of special event, so this is one of the places you want to call ahead before you make the trip over there.
Arts District – The Arts District is one big canvas to graffiti artists. This is an absolute must-visit for an amateur photographer, or anyone who really appreciates raw art.Details
Most people who plan on visiting the zoo during their stay at the Holiday Inn Burbank-Media Center have no idea that the city actually has an old abandoned zoo, too. The one you plan on going to is at Griffith Park, but if you drive a little deeper into the park, you will find the resting place for its predecessor. Why would anyone want to visit an abandoned zoo? Well, because it is by far one of the coolest places in the city.
The easiest way to find the old zoo is to head to the merry go round and picnic area in the park. This is a good place to leave your car. When you arrive to the merry go round, you will see signs for the zoo. Follow these signs for about a 10-minute hike. Wear comfortable shoes, you will be doing a fair amount of walking.
The old zoo was actually called Griffith Park Zoo. It was opened in 1912 with 15 animals. Over the years many of the animals were donated from movie producer William Nicholas Selig. Most enclosures were built in caves and had iron bars, which was pretty standard back then.Details
It is after midnight, you are just arriving back to the Holiday Inn Burbank-Media Center after the theater or an event, and you are half-starved. Part of your brain tells you to just go to sleep and deal with your hunger in the morning. The other half of your brain knows that you will lie in bed obsessing over your growling stomach all night, which means you will not be falling asleep for hours. Besides, your body is tired, but you are still a little wired. So, where do go late at night for a laid back atmosphere and good food? Wokano!
Go ahead and park your car at the hotel. Wokano is close enough to walk to. When you leave the hotel, turn right, and then make a left at S. San Fernando Blvd. It is right there on the corner. It is open every day from 11 am to 2 am. This is not your average hole-in-the-wall Asian restaurant where you are not quite sure what you are eating, or if you even ordered the right thing. As soon as you walk in and you see the massive fountain and modern yet welcoming décor, you will assume that the menu is going to be full of high-dollar entrees. It’s not! The food is very affordable. Give it a chance, and you will discover why this place stays busy all day and night.Details
If you are like most, you associate spas with Hollywood. After all, celebrities were getting pampered in spas long before they started popping up in small cities across the country. Of course, when you think of celebrities, you picture the Hollywood sign. So, it is only natural to assume the area would be home to several noteworthy ones. Your assumptions are correct. Visiting Hollywood and not indulging in a massage, body wrap, facial, etc., is almost criminal. There are a lot of spas quite close to the Holiday Inn Burbank-Media Center, so deciding which one to go to can be a little overwhelming, but if you read the Yelp reviews for Blossom Spa Hollywood, you will understand why it is a top recommended pick.
The first thing you should know is that Blossom Spa is considerably smaller than many others in the area. If you are looking for a large spa with a steam room, water elements everywhere, and a large staff, this is not the place for you. Blossom Spa is cozy and inviting, and offers a more intimate experience. There is a small staff, and when you walk through the doors, you feel like you are entering a vintage cottage drenched in Hollywood glamour. This is a place someone who has never been to a spa can visit and feel comfortable.Details
Silver Lake is just 12 miles from the Holiday Inn Burbank-Media Center and contrary to what you may assume; it is not a beach or a park. It is a quaint neighborhood in Central Los Angeles that has been built around a reservoir. It has been dubbed one of the hippest neighborhoods in L.A., and is known for its music scene, especially when it comes to alternative and indie rock.
It is not just the music scene that makes Silver Lake a must-visit neighborhood. The area is packed with intriguing and unusual places and things to see. It is no wonder its long list of notable residents includes Christina Ricci, Ryan Gosling, and Judy Garland. If you have a free day during your stay, hang out in this neighborhood for a while and use this list as your walking guide.Details