Turn left out of your WH billet, the Kimpton La Peer Hotel, and you’ll be going in the general direction.
You’ll know you”re in Beverly Hills when you pass the arty sign.
The Beverly Hills Hotel, which predated the town’s existence, was the place to be under vice-president of Bank of America Hernando Courtright.
Galaxy of stars
And Fred Astaire, Cesar Romero, Carole Lombard, the Rat Pack, Humphrey Bogart and Marlene Dietrich were all regular visitors.
Amazon Marlene even got the Polo Lounge to change its policy on women having to wear a skirt.
I picture Marlene wearing a trouser suit and dominating the room in her husky cigarette drawl.
A day in the life
I’m taken here by CNN’s description of life in the hotel…
Back in the days when celebrity was worn with the elegance and grace of diamonds and mink the Beverly Hills was where the stars played. Humphrey Bogart and the Rat Pack tippled at the bar, Katharine Hepburn did a back flip into the tennis pool in her tennis clothes and Elizabeth Taylor honeymooned in the bungalows out back – six times.
I belong here!
The biggest star of them all
And perhaps the greatest star of them all, Marilyn Monroe, left her mark, staying at the hotel during the shooting of Let’s Make Love.
Marilyn’s back yard
Her favourite bungalow being No.7.
You’ll be surprised though where and who Marilyn is spending eternity with!
And you can make a great Road Trip out of either and any number of zig-zags across the continent.
Canada has been in full flow all week as they celebrated July 1 with a virtual Canada Day and Irish landmarks went red in unison. And don’t think they’ve stopped because it’s now the American national holiday.
Miami and Mexico, February 2021: Spend three nights in hip Miami, taking in Little Havana, South Beach and Miami Beach before kicking back and enjoying seven nights all-inclusive in Mexico. From €1849pp.