A Fan’s Day At The Oscars

Hollywood & Highland

What a weekend in San Pedro! With all the Oscar hoopla, people came in from all parts of the world to participate in the grand affair. For fans, who wanted to be close to the action, the Vagabond Inn was the perfect place to stay. The Vagabond offered price conscious fans an attractive value, while situating them just a 33 minute drive or limo ride up Hwy 110 to the city of Los Angeles.

Having been a resident of the greater Los Angeles area for several decades, I’ve gone to LA in years past to be a part of the celebrations. As a fan, I found plenty of action in the outer circle. I was never disappointed. The whole town is abuzz and there are plenty of Oscar parties, restaurant specials, retail and gallery sales to satisfy us all. The streets are filled with limousines, and Star spotting is a given. The energy is high and the anticipation of an extraordinary day starts at 8:30 am with fans already lining the red carpet.

If you are a particularly lucky fan, you might even get into the Academy Awards as a guest. Different promotions take place all the way up until the last hour before the show begins. A special seating area is sectioned off for seven hundred enthusiasts to step into the wonderland with the possibility of rubbing shoulders with one of their idols.

The restaurants and shops around the Dolby Theater expect one of their busiest days of the year. While the streets are flooded with fans, so are the shops for blocks around the theater. A little planning ahead can get you the star treatment from the friendly merchants in the greater Hollywood barrio.

For a special treat and a sumptuous dinner, be sure to check out Oliver’s Prime Steakhouse. The restaurant is outside of the fray, but within the “scene”. It is located in the Grafton Hotel and offers valet parking. The decor is elegant old Hollywood, with a fresh, chic, modern touch. Cushy booths and private tables are available, or if being center stage is your preference, then Oliver’s is the place to be seen.

Let’s not forget to mention the menu. Yes it’s pricey, but just what you should expect. A lovely 7 oz. filet is $38 by itself. To round out a meal expect to pay another $65 until you reach your final course of dessert, coffee and after dinner drink. A nice, (but ordinary) Merlot will run easily $45 a bottle and upwards. Of course, tipping is 20% on Oscar night. You are paying for the experience.

For yet another great dining experience that’s a little easier on the wallet, visit Musso and Frank Grill. Endorsed by famous chef Anthony Bourdain, the menu will have your mouth watering just a moment too soon. Although the service is quick and impeccable, the descriptions on the menu gears your taste buds up for the culinary experience it promises.

One of the oldest eateries in Los Angeles, Musso and Frank Grill under promises and over delivers. That must be one of the many reasons it is still considered a go-to dining room for those in the know. Since a meal here won’t break your bank, you’ll have money left over to buy a special little ditty for yourself at one of the local shops.

The Hollywood and Highland Shopping Center is a shopper’s paradise. Whatever you are looking for – or for that matter, not looking for, you will find at the H&H. Specializing in pleasing out of town guest, unique boutiques dot the complex offering one of a kind pieces and apparel.

Fine art galleries occupy a small portion of the Center, and once again bring you the true Hollywood experience through the artists they represent. Occupying two whole blocks, the complex has 75 shops and restaurants. If possible, I suggest a trip to the Hollywood and Highland Shopping Center the day before the Oscars to find the perfect get-up for the big day.

Whatever approach our guests choose, we find that every year we are booked to the brim with fans of all ilks. The Vagabond is grateful and appreciative of the countless compliments we receive when making our guests feel safe and taken care of so they can play their role as adoring fans.