Big Bear Highlights

Is action/adventure you’re cup of tea? Big Bear offers Fly Boarding and Action Tree Rope Climbing for the thrill seeker. Don’t know what Fly Boarding is? We didn’t either. Basically it’s the closest you’ll ever get to feeling like a super hero. “Flyers” strap their...

Palm Springs Highlights

We’ve got some suggestions for a drive-able (or town-car-able) weekend trips near Los Angeles. How does Palm Springs sound? Are you longing for desert heat and good food. Why not a weekend in Palm Springs? The heat is climbing and hotel swimming pools are beckoning....

Upcoming Food Festivals

Like food? Well you’re in luck because we’ve compiled a convenient list of food festivals in and near Los Angeles over the next few months. Los Angeles Taste of the Nation June 9, 2015  At Media Park in Culver City visitors can enjoy delicious food tastings, live...

Travel to Cuba

If the recent ease of traveling restrictions have whet your appetite to explore Cuba we have some travel pointers per The Los Angeles Times. First of all the revised regulations put into effect in January of this year allow Americans to visit Cuba for family visits,...

May is LAX Restaurant Month

Did you know for the whole month of May its Restaurant Month at Los Angeles International Airport and 50 other airports around the country? Well hear ye, hear ye, it is that tasty time. 100 HMS Host restaurants are participating by offering special tasting menus. For...

Date Nite, Date Bright

Sometimes date nite means a late nite and the luxury of staying out til the wee hours isn’t always there. You could go out to lunch and an afternoon movie. Or do something a little more off the beaten path. Here are our ideas. 1.Try an Escape Room If you don’t know...

SUV the New Limo

Whether its prom or a wedding we are noticing that the trend is moving from stretch limousines to black SUVs. Why? The change has to do with two factors. 1. A Coolness factor: Watch any entertainment news show and what are celebrities jumping into to dodge paparazzi?...

BubbleGlobe

Want to get an authentic travel experience? BubbleGlobe www.Bubble-Globe.com  is a new website that offers travelers an “authentic” experience. The website matches tourists with locals in Paris, Rome, London, Barcelona, Spain and New York for unique insider tours. Try...

LA Galaxy

Are you a fan of LA Galaxy? Below is their schedule for the rest of the year. It’s so nice to be chauffeured to stadiums for games…no worries about parking…or having a designated driver. Hint. Hint. April 4/26 2:00 PM at Vancouver Whitecaps May 5/2 7:30 PM vs....

Grand Canyon Trivia

The summer is approaching and families are making vacation plans. Are you headed to the Grand Canyon? If so here is a short history of one of The United State’s most famous landmarks. (This is gleaned from The Los Angeles Times, Sunday, April 19 edition)...

NapAnywhere Head and Neck Rest

That awkward moment when, on a long flight, the stranger sitting next to you falls asleep and his or her head slowly but surely starts heading toward your shoulder. What do you do? a. Wait for touch down before politely waking the person and asking for your personal...

City Guide For Reading and Eating

Check out the new website www.EatThisPoem.com if you love eating and reading. The website provides inside scoops on libraries, coffee shops, independent bookstores, literary festivals and foodie faves in forty seven cities. The website doesn’t just focus on...

B’Bye SkyMall

It looks like the quirky in-flight magazine SkyMall had gone b’bye. Who hasn’t been on a flight and paged through that delightful treasure trove of brilliant kitsch and lawn statues and not though, “hey, I could use that.” Survey: Who has ever...

No More Tangle Zipbuds

Travel dilemma– tangled earbud cords.  Don’t you hate when that happens? We have resorted to using an empty spool of thread to wind our earbud cords around to keep them from tangling but it takes too long to wind them back up again. A solution: Zipbuds Pro...

Fun Limousine Factoids

Limousines are over a hundred years old. When you think about “limousine” a picture of a long, black car driven by a nicely dressed chauffeur probably comes to mind. Well it wasn’t always this way. The first limousines were not stretched. They were considered luxury...

Hot Weather Car Maintenance

The hot weather is coming. At Excelsior Limousine that means specific car maintenance for our vehicles. Here are a few pointers on how to protect your own car in hotter weather. You don’t want to get stranded in the heat. Check your fluids like coolant, oil and...

Luggage Forward

Luggage Forward. Is that like pay it forward? Not really but if you’re taking a cruise and you want the convenience of having you bags waiting for you in your stateroom, check out Luggage Forward or a number of other luggage valet services. Now you don’t...

A New No Hands Gizzmo– the Kinivo

Built in no-hands, in vehicle devices like Bluetooth are so convenient. What happens to “no-hands” when you need to rent a car. Now there is a compact device you can travel with called the Kinivo. It can make any cellphone hands free. Here’s what the...

Los Angeles Events and Entertainment

We found three events coming up in Los Angeles that we think are quirky and cool. The first two are coming up quick—this coming Saturday, March 21. The third is coming up in April. Here they are: 1. Escape From the Walled City Weingart Stadium at ELAC, Monterey Park...

LA Marathon Fun Facts

The LA Marathon is celebrating its 30th anniversary, today, March 15, 2015. Did you know it was inspired by the success of the 1984 Summer Olympics? Here are ten more interesting facts about the LA Marathon: 1. Runners who want to have an official time need to...

Do You Know Your Girl Scout Cookie?

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet…  Not necessarily when it comes to Girl Scout cookies. Did you know that Thin Mints in Orange County are different from the ones in Los Angeles? If you’re expecting the smooth, chocolate covered rounds in The OC, you’re...

Faster Internet Service on Delta

Good news. Delta flyers can rejoice. According to the Los Angeles Times, next year, on some long domestic flights and flights to Latin America and the Caribbean, passengers will be able to log on to faster internet service. What is different? Technology upgrades....

Travel Tips

Five travel tips that may save you time and money and score upgrades. 1. According to a Kayak survey of over a billion flights, the least expensive time to book a domestic flight is 28 days ahead of time. Traveling internationally? Here are some rules of thumb for...

13 Interesting 87th Academy Award Facts

  Huffington Post By: Linda Barnard Staff Reporter, Peter Howell Movie Critic, Published on Sat Feb 21 2015 For a naked guy, Oscar manages to have quite a few interesting things up his sleeve. There are coincidences, records made and broken, weird trivia and...

Travel Gadget Winners per Men’s Health

Men’s Health Magazine recently did a test of travel gadgets and here are the winners: NudeAudio Move M Portable Bluetooth Speaker www.nudeaudio.com This little speaker, with fully charged battery, will play eight hours of music when you’re on the road. A silicone...

Big Savings on Cruises

According to the Los Angeles Times Sunday, February 15, 2015 Travel Section, three cruise lines are offering big saving on cruises, but you have to act quickly. One special offer ends today!!!! and the other two expire by the end of the month. Here are the details:...

Delta’s New In-Flight Cocktail

Delta Airlines has a new cocktail!  A notice appeared in the Los Angeles Times travel section on Sunday, February 8 announcing this new concoction. Delta airlines held an international cocktail designing contest among flight attendants and the new Jack and Joe won top...

Your Flight and Weather Concerns

California is blessed with great weather most of the time. We don’t worry about East Coast winter storm warnings…unless we are visiting the East Coast or have someone flying in from the East Coast. We had a situation with a relative flying into LAX from the East Coast...

Pet Friendly Hotels Palm Springs

Need lodging for you and your best canine friend while traveling? Pet friendly resorts are popping up everywhere. We’ll take a moment to focus on the Palm Springs area. (It just so happens that Excelsior Limousine has a special flat town car rate to the Palm Springs...

Restaurants and Food Kiosks at LAX

Are you wondering where to eat at LAX? Here is a list of all of the restaurants and food kiosks at LAX divided by terminal. Tom Bradley International Terminal City Deli                               Before TSA 800 Degrees Pizza Border Grill Chaya Sushi Crews on the...

A Few Fun Facts About LAX

Curious about LAX? We’ve got some fun facts about Los Angeles International Airport. Enjoy! 1. LAX is roughly the size of 8 midmarket airports. Terminal 1 alone is as big as Long Beach Airport. 2. About 45,000 people work at LAX 3. LAX is set up like two...

Our Beef With Ride Share Apps

What’s Our Beef with Ride Sharing Apps? Hypothetical situation: Imagine there are new flight sharing apps. Fly-ber or Fly-ft. Privet jet service at a fraction of the cost! After reading the below disclaimers, would you get on that unregulated, pink mustached airplane?...

Interesting Safety Facts About LAX

Los Angeles International takes safety very seriously. Here are a few safety facts about LAX. 1. There are always 14 firefighters on duty at LAX. 2. LAX fire rigs are fitted with a Snozzle, which is a piece of equipment that can pierce a fuselage and pump in...

LA Magazine Top Ten Los Angeles Restaurants

  There is a time for fine dining, then there’s a time for something more casual. Los Angeles Magazine compiled a list of their top ten “take a number, counter service” restaurants. Taste buds. On your mark. Get set. Go! Going from 10 to number 1: 10. Pine &...

Upping Airport Amenities

Do you have an upcoming layover at an airport? That can be a good thing…or a not so boring thing. Many airports around the world are adding amenities for those passengers who need to kill some time. Maybe a layover will be something to look forward to in the future.  ...

January Events in Los Angeles

January is chock full of events in Los Angeles. Here is a list of our favorites. 1. Green Umbrella: Theatre of the Outrageous. January 13 at Disney Hall. The L.A Philharmonic goes experimental. This program will include avant-garde composer John Adam’s take on HK...

Travel Predictions 2015

Want to know what’s in store for travelers next year? Here are a five positive predictions we have gleaned based on trends. 1. Airfare to Europe may cost less. Several European airlines such as Norwegian Air Shuttle and Aeroflot are creating more competition. There...

Visit Downton Abbey

  With the United States Season 5 of Masterpiece Theatre”s Downton Abbey premiering on January 4, fans of the show may now experience Downton Abbey first hand. Crystal Cruises is offering an 18-day luxury experience this summer starting July 8, 2015. The...

Top Four Travel Gadgets 2014

Everyone is coming out with their top of 2014 lists. We have one too. It’s the top four gadgets that made traveling easier in 2014.   1. Trackdot Why did it take so long to think of this. The Trackdot is a little tracking device for your luggage. Want to know where...

Gifts for Travel Enthusiasts

You know that person who is impossible to buy gifts for? We all do. Does your person like to travel? Here are 5 gift ideas for the hard-to-buy-for travel enthusiast.   1. Sleep masks with a wink: These cheeky sleep masks come with sayings like Wake Me For...

Find a Parking Spot Downtown LA

Need to find a parking spot in downtown Los Angeles? There’s an app for that. How much do you love trying to find parking in downtown Los Angeles? It often feels like a reconnaissance mission. Circling. Waiting. Hoping the shoppers exiting stores loaded with shopping...

Warner Center– A New Urban Hub

Will we be calling the Warner Center, Little Los Angeles soon? The San Fernando Valley used to be where people went to go live to get out of the city. Now it is becoming its own unique urban destination. Here is what’s happening: This spring ground was broken on a...

New Luxury Resorts

Looking for a destination luxury resort vacation? Here are five notable new hot spots around the world known for exceptional comforts and stellar service. L’Apogee Courchevel  www.lapogeecourchevel.com That’s in France. Located at the top of the 1992 Olympic ski jump...

Healthy Tires

Got tread-depth gauge? Tire maintenance is a big part of the car service industry. We’ve got a five-easy-step guide to making sure your tires are healthy. Because, frankly, who has time for six. Note the maintenance schedule: Every vehicle comes with a tire rotation...

In-Flight Entertainment

Seat-back entertainment or Wifi? What type of in-flight entertainment do you prefer? Airlines are experimenting with two distinct options. There are the airlines who are investing in seat back entertainment systems and the ones who are providing Wifi, giving...

AAA Dog Photo Contest

Are you an AAA member? If so, Westways (the AAA magazine) is running a My Dog Deserves a Getaway Photo Contest. You have until December 12, 2014 to submit a photo taken by you of your canine companion with a caption describing why you both deserve a getaway. This...