Christmas Roses at Villa Carlotta

 

As we roll the closing credits on this year, we’d like to reflect on the many moments of beauty contained within a year that was often marred with uncertainty. So darling, pour yourself a glass of champagne, put on those rose-colored glasses and let’s reminisce.

 

2021 commenced with high hopes and budding excitement for the re-opening of California. Sure, we had to wait almost half of the year to get to that point, but we took full advantage of all that La La land had to offer while we waited. With the gorgeous Los Angeles weather we spent a lot of time outdoors, we took a weekend trip to Santa Barbara, and took advantage of the plethora of California grown produce at our local, yet nationally-known farmers’ markets.

 

We spent countless hours sunbathing by the saltwater pool, ordering takeout from our local Franklin Village restaurants, sipping on cocktails on the rooftop while the sunset illuminated the Hollywood sign. When the city opened up and we were able to, we gathered, and drank rose, or coffee, caught a film or took in an art viewing, and even reveled in weekend piano concertos in the lobby.

 

As we gathered for Thanksgiving we paid tribute to our frontline workers, and specifically our everyday heroes, the firefighters of Station 82 with catered lunch. We cannot express how vital their role is that they play in our community and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.

 

With all that this past year had to offer, our guests, staff and vendors are the shining stars in this story. Without you, our halls would be silent and the pages blank. We are so grateful for your presence and thankful for your stay. Ready to join us at Villa Carlotta in 2022? Please don’t hesitate to give us a ring at 323.628.6628 or email hello@villacarlottala.com if we can assist you in the writing of next year’s great story.

Holiday Decorations | Villa Carlotta

No matter if you’re looking for a rousing night on the town or a cozy evening in your residence, the holidays this year at Villa Carlotta will be magical! Join us fireside in the lobby and unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail amongst the twinkling holiday lights and warm glow of the menorah. Here’s to all the cheer while we joyfully wrap up this year.

Holiday meals at Villa Carlotta are a breeze as your options are plentiful. Prepare all your favorite holiday dishes in your fully equipped kitchen and dine en suite, or let the pro’s curate the culinary portion of the evening while you set yourself up for cocktail hour in The Palm Garden after catching the sunset on the roof. Pre-order your meal from this curated list of Thanksgiving Take-Out in Los Angeles or bask in the epicurean delight of one of the 100 Michelin rated restaurants available to you in LA.

Once the meal is over, take in the town. There’s nothing more nostalgic than watching a holiday parade. Experience The 89th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Supporting Marine Toys for Tots LIVE, in person this year on Sunday November 28th, just a few blocks from Villa Carlotta. Featuring Hollywood celebrities, movie cars, marching bands from around the country, the parade will be hosted by a star-studded line-up! Santa Claus and his reindeer even make an appearance to usher in the holiday season. Walk along the parade route or secure yourself an exclusive VIP ticket for the best views here.

Looking for something more traditional this holiday season? Enjoy the classic holiday favorite, The Nutcracker on December 23, 24 or 26th at one of the world’s premier entertainment venues, The Dolby Theater located nearby in downtown Hollywood. If ballet isn’t quite your style, this beautiful venue is equipped with Dolby Vision projection technology and Dolby Atmos cinema sound playback that without a doubt will provide a memorable evening should you choose to attend a musical performance, motion picture showing or play.

Stay warm this winter by getting moving! The Studio at Villa Carlotta is well-appointed with state-of-the-art Peloton bikes and free weights with a personal trainer and a masseur available on request to make sure you stay well. There are also numerous hiking trails close by for you to choose from, here.  Upon your return cool down in the heated saltwater pool. The weather outside is rarely frightful in LA, so your options are plentiful.

From our Villa Carlotta family to yours, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season. Interested in staying with us this winter? Give us a ring at 213.460.5559 to book your stay. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with help in securing the perfect itinerary for your holiday celebrations.

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Hello Gourd-geous! It’s the spookiest season of the year and we’re excited to bask in the thrills and chills of it all. There’s nothing like a Haunted Hollywood Spooktacular Guide to celebrate Halloween, so we did the legwork for you! Check out some of our must-do’s this October:

House of Spirits: A Haunted Cocktail Soirée | Step inside the House of Spirits – home to all things mysterious, magical and macabre. The resident spirits focus their tale on the demise of the Vasiliev family at the hands of the unholy ‘miracle man,’ Volkov. House of Spirits weaves a disquieting and original story with riffs on classic Russian/Scandinavian folktales certain to leave guests delightfully chilled. Enter a world of phantasmic refinement as you mingle with spirits, witness secret ceremonies, commune with the dearly departed on a giant Ouija Board, enjoy themed cocktails, magic, music and more! Find tickets and FAQs here.

Candlelight Halloween: A Haunted Evening of Classical Compositions | A performance of some haunted classical music like you’ve never seen before. Fever’s Candlelight is an intimate setting in a historical building, Sanman Studios, that’s almost as stunning as the arrangements you’ll hear. Guests will savor the music in uniquely romantic atmosphere created by flickering candlelight and some of the best-known composers in history. A Spooktacular musical event with Michael Jackson, Danny Elfman, John William, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Schubert and more on the program list. Scheduled for multiple days and times throughout the season, tickets are available here.

The 22nd Annual Día de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever | The 2021 Dia de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever is Saturday, October 30. With the intention of providing an authentic venue where the ancient tradition of Día de Los Muertos is observed, celebrated and preserved, the festival was born. This festival of life is a creative platform for the means of remembering the departed spirits of our lives. It provides a gateway for those who wish to reacquaint themselves with deeply rooted traditions and engage with one of the most devotional celebrations for the continuous cycle of life. At the heart of this sacred event are the meticulously individually crafted ofrendas and spiritual altars. Tickets and headliner information available here!

Villa Carlotta | Nestled in the heart of Hollywood history lies Villa Carlotta. Designed by Arthur E. Harvey in 1926, the community was built by Thomas Ince, the first producer-director who turned moviemaking into business by opening his own film studio, “Inceville.” Thomas created the property for his wife, Elinor, an American stage and motion-picture actress. The iconic style and design pay homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood, with the building dubbed as a Los Angeles Historical Cultural Monument in 1986. From the Art Deco motifs to the most iconic history of residents, there’s haunting beauty at every turn. The perfect place to turn in after a night of Halloween fun to cuddle up together for a nightcap!

Villa Carlotta and the surrounding neighborhood glitters with remnants of the Golden Age of Hollywood, no matter the time of year, but especially in a Hollywood standout season like Halloween. For more information on how to join our community, call 213.640.5559 or visit villacarlottala.com.

Charcuterie board at Villa CarlottaDo you daydream of frolicking through our neighborhood and bringing home some local favorites to wine and dine on? Then look no further! Villa Carlotta’s dreamy area regularly hosts some of the nation’s top farmers markets, which means they’re just steps outside our front door. We ventured out to the markets that we’ve noticed some of neighborhood restaurant chefs love and regularly shop from to set you up in the kitchen this summer.

 

  • The Original Farmers Market

Open seven days a week, The Original Farmers Market is home to more than 100 specialty shops, gourmet grocers and world-class eaters in an al-fresco setting. Open Sunday-Thursday from 10am-8pm and Friday-Saturday from 10am-9pm, this market has everything you could dream of. If there’s a missing ingredient from your summer recipe, this is where you’ll find it. From live music and fresh produce to skincare and a postal office, this is your one stop shop.

 

  • Silver Lake Certified Farmers Market

Established in 2001, the Silver Lake Certified Farmers Market puts an emphasis on farmers, produce, arts and crafts and vegan vendors. Open for business Tuesdays from 1:30pm-7pm and Saturdays from 8am-1:30pm, you’re sure to find all the ingredients you’ll need to make the Gem Lettuce and Avocado Salad from one of our neighborhood favorites, Little Dom’s.

 

  • Larchmont Village Farmers Market

Sundays are for Larchmont! The Larchmont Village Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 10am-2pm officially, though many of the vendors are ready around 9am. Offering a variety of vendors including fish, produce and more, this market will have everything you need to recreate our neighborhood restaurant pal All Time Los Feliz’s Yellowtail Ceviche in the comfort of your own home. Need a night off from the kitchen? Order your dish online here.

 

 

Supporting our local farmers and chefs is one of our main priorities at Villa Carlotta. Our community makes it easy to do with the charms and whimsy in each bite and sip. Want to join us? Call 213.640.5559 or visit villacarlottala.com for more information.

With summer in full swing and the world reopening, we’re all feeling a bout of cabin fever. What better way to enjoy the fruits of a Southern California summer than a day trip to one of Villa Carlotta’s gorgeous neighboring cities! There’s a vast array of possibilities in our region for an entertaining way to spend a day. Our favorite? Santa Barbara!

 

GETTING THERE | Hop in your car and take a drive up the 101, or take a look at the train schedule for an easy day-trip up the Santa Barbara coastline. Just north of downtown, LA’s Union Station offers travelers an alternative transportation option, with trains that leave periodically throughout the day. Ticket prices for the scenic trip north floating around $30. If the train isn’t your speed, hop in the car and cue up your favorite road trip mix for a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway. Why not as speedy as taking the 101, the PCH provides a more scenic route, peppered with lovely spots to stop along the way such as the Getty Villa, Malibu and Carpinteria.

 

THE FUNK ZONE | Downtown Santa Barbara, a.k.a “The Funk Zone” is the main drag on State Street, stretching a few blocks between the ocean and Highway 101. Conveniently adjacent to the Amtrak Train Station, the Funk Zone district speaks to Santa Barbara’s contemporary side, offering a variety of boutique tasting rooms, cafes, galleries and shops for a charming stroll in Santa Barbara proper.

 

URBAN WINE TRAIL | Reserve tickets of the Urban Wine Trail experience, spanning six neighborhoods including the Funk Zone, Presidio, Midtown, La Arcada, Goleta and Summerland. With 24 wineries to experience, we understand if you can’t make it to all of them. If we had to choose, we’d send you over to Deep Sea Wine to take in 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands and Riviera.

 

BEACHES | What’s a trip to Santa Barbara without some much-needed beach time? There are plenty of gorgeous beach options we love, like Butterfly Beach, East Beach and Arroyo Beach. Bring a beach blanket and some snacks for some sea-sprayed down time in this charming corner of the SoCal coast.

 

BOTANIC GARDEN | Check out 10 different communities of California-native plants at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden! Open every day from 10am-6pm, the garden offers a Japanese tea shop and garden-style gift shop. Tickets are just $16 for adults and $8 for children.

 

HISTORY | Santa Barbara is rich in history. Plan to take self-guided interior and exterior tours of the Santa Barbara Courthouse, built in 1939 and still in operation today. Pop into the Santa Barbara Old Mission House and Park, also known as the “Queen of the Missions,” for a dose of California history. We also recommend visiting some exhibits at Santa Barbara’s Museum of Natural History, located on the historic Stearns Wharf.

 

To top off your day of adventures, travel back to Villa Carlotta and unwind with some of our perks. Take a dip in our heated saltwater pool or pop open one of your new bottles of Santa Barbara wine and enjoy some rooftop views.

 

One day not enough? There are tons of Airbnb’s and hotels in the area that are perfect to extend your day-trip into a weekend staycation. We love being neighbors with special places like Santa Barbara. We can’t wait to hear the stories you bring back with you. Start your journey, book your extended stay at Villa Carlotta today!  213.640.5559