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Staff Picks

  • The Dazzling Lights of Christmas Tree Lane

    One of the great joys of spending the holiday season in West Hollywood is the mild weather. Unlike our New England friends, we won’t be shoveling our cars out from under six feet of snow anytime soon.... Read more

  • The Downtown Independent: Screening Films as They Were Meant to Be Seen

    Sometimes it seems like the authentic cinema experience that once made Tinsel Town glisten like no other city has all but faded. Indie movie houses like The Downtown Independent, however, prove that L.A. shines as bright as ever.... Read more

  • L.A.’s Very Own Oktoberfest

    Oktoberfest is the traditional German celebration that, since its inception in 1810, has brought Bavarians out in their best Dirndls and Lederhosen to imbibe top-notch beer and the most indulgent dishes in all of Deutschland. But you don’t have to be in Bavaria to enjoy the thrilling cultural extravaganza.... Read more

  • Explore the Ocean Depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific

    Located about 45 minutes south of the Grafton Hotel by car, the Aquarium of the Pacific is a bit of a drive, but with a collection of more than 11,000 animals representing the vast ecological variety found in the Pacific Ocean, the exhibits at this aquarium are well worth the time it takes to get there.... Read more

  • Discover SoCal's Freshest Organic Produce at the Sunset Strip Farmers Market

    California is known for being on the cutting-edge of innovation, whether in terms of technology, entertainment, or culture. But sometimes moving forward means getting back to basics, and that’s exactly the philosophy we were looking for when we set out to explore LA’s nearly 90 farmers markets.... Read more

  • The Comedy Store: Where the Talent is Priceless

    West Hollywood’s Comedy Store is more than just a comedy club; it’s an L.A. institution. Formerly the elegant Ciro’s nightclub, which regularly catered to the biggest stars of the silver screen, made its transition to comedy club in 1972.... Read more

  • A Night at the Movies: The Last Remaining Seats

    If you’re feeling a bit wistful this June, the LA Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats series has just what you need to indulge that sultry summer nostalgia. ... Read more

  • Shopping with the Stars

    Your stay in West Hollywood wouldn’t be complete without a day spent shopping like a star on world renowned Robertson Boulevard, the trendy counterpart to Rodeo Drive.... Read more

  • Where the Movies Come From

    One of the biggest rackets in L.A. (aside perhaps from the film industry itself) is the glut of Hollywood tours you’ll be inundated with when you arrive. Local historian and resident Philip Mershon provides something much more substantive and compelling, though.... Read more

  • A Holiday for Floats, Pipes, and Green Pints

    California may be a long way from Ireland, but it’s among the very first to bloom.... Read more

  • Fantastic Dates and Where to Bring Them

    Eat your heart out at these decidedly lovely restaurants.... Read more

  • Rubies + Diamonds Cafe

    Heard the one about the dancing goats? Legend has it that coffee was first discovered in Africa by a mountainside herder whose goats were literally dancing all night long (and keeping him awake!).... Read more

  • Candy Cane Lane

    You know those classic Christmas movies where neighbors try to do "outdo" each others' holiday decorations?... Read more

  • LA's Independent Film Houses

    If you’re not from LA (and we’re assuming your not if you’re staying at the Grafton on vacation) it might feel impossible to choose a movie theater given the wide range of options.... Read more

  • LA's Best Oktoberfest

    The best Oktoberfest in LA takes place between October 21st – 23rd at Manhattan Beach.... Read more

  • The Aquarium of the Pacific

    The Aquarium of the Pacific debuts two new exhibitions this fall, Horses & Dragons and Vanishing Animals.... Read more

  • Farmers Market in West Hollywood Fashion

    California has long had a reputation for supplying the United States with fresh produce.... Read more

  • Ladies and Gentleman...The Beatles!

    50 years ago the Fab Four first arrived in on U.S. Soil and sparked one of the most storied pop cultural movements of the 20th century--Beatlemania. The Grammy Museum, located in Downtown, which celebrates all genres of music, recording technologies and processes, as well as the history of the Grammy awards, will host over 400 pieces of Beatles memorabilia, videos, and photos of the quartet to commemorate this momentous anniversary through September.... Read more

  • LA Conservancy's Last Remaining Seats

    Want to immerse yourself in classic movies in classic settings this summer? You’re in luck. The LA Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats series will transport you back to the Golden Age of film.... Read more

  • Arthouse Cinema | The Grafton on Sunset

    At the center of a West Hollywood getaway is a love and appreciation for the movie industry, so while you’re here, why not catch a film at an intimate arthouse cinema? Unlike your typical movie theater, the Sundance Cinema, located just a ten minute walk from our Sunset Strip hotel, is a perfectly thought-out experience from beginning to end.... Read more

  • The Birthplace of Tinseltown

    From the moment you arrive in L.A., you’ll have countless Hollywood tours from which to choose, most focusing on the Walk of Fame or the Movie Stars’ Home Tour.... Read more

  • Lights, Camera, Cover Photo Shoot

    Remember the popular "mean girl" from MTV’s Laguna Beach, Kristin Cavallari? Well, it turns out, she’s nothing like that. Recently, we had the pleasure of hosting Kristin and the Bella LA Magazine team as they shot her cover photo in our West Hollywood hotel.... Read more

  • A Glance into the Glamorous Life of Elizabeth Taylor

    Staying on the Sunset Strip in the heart of WeHo gives you a taste for Hollywood glamour, whether you’re strolling past Chanel on Robertson Boulevard or finding yourself at the Kodak Theatre while out on the town.  ... Read more

  • Out of This World

    If you’re not afraid of doing some learning on your vacation (it’ll be fun, we promise!), you can get in touch with your inner-scientist with a trip to the California Science Center. ... Read more

  • Shop in Style

    When in West Hollywood, shop like a star on famous Robertson Boulevard. With a collection of stores ranging from chic and stylish Chanel and Louboutin to quirky spots full of unique and surprising finds, you're sure to score a few treasures made just for you or the hardest-to-please on your holiday shopping list.... Read more

  • Plan A Getty Getaway

    When you're planning your next trip to West Hollywood, considering tacking on an extra day for in-depth exploration of the world-renowned Getty Center.... Read more