The Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Published January/February 2014

90210 Turns 100

Pop the champagne — Beverly Hills celebrates its centennial on Jan. 28

BYSusan Lanier-Graham
What was once farmland is now one of the country’s richest six square miles of mansions, shops, and restaurants: Beverly Hills. This well-known ZIP code, home to Hollywood’s A-listers, turns 100 this year. Here are a few ways to celebrate in the city of celebrities.
 
Explore Beverly Hills. Hop onboard the Beverly Hills trolley for a narrated tour. You can snap your photo with the Beverly Hills sign in Beverly Gardens Park, glimpse public art displays, and drive past lavish mansions. If you prefer to walk, stop by the visitor’s center and pick up a map for one of the self-guided walking tours.
 
Shop Rodeo Drive. Window-shop famed Rodeo Drive with dozens of designer stores including Chanel, Prada, and Gucci. Nearby, Wilshire Boulevard, or “Department Store Row,” features Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus.
 
Dine among the stars. Keep an eye out for the paparazzi huddled outside restaurants, a sure giveaway that someone famous is dining inside. If you head to restaurants along Canon Drive, you can dine al fresco and people watch. If you want to almost guarantee spotting a star, try lunch at the Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel — once Marilyn Monroe’s favorite California retreat. As you walk the red carpet up to the hotel’s front entry, keep your eyes open for celebrity sightings.
 
Stay at the Hilton. The Beverly Hilton, built by Conrad Hilton in 1955, has hosted the Golden Globe Awards for more than 40 years now. The hotel, a short 15-minute walk from Rodeo Drive, is ideal for families. Greystone Mansion is classic Beverly Hills, complete with a tragic love story, murders, and ghost-filled halls. You can wander the gardens for free, and this historic landmark is open to the public on special occasions.
 
See a show. The best example of blending classic Beverly Hills with today’s vibrant city is the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The centerpiece of the new state-of-the-art center is the remodeled 1933 Italian Renaissance Revival Beverly Hills Post Office. 
SUSAN LANIER-GRAHAM is an Arizona-based freelance writer who wanders the world looking for “wow” moments.
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Rodeo Drive is an iconic Beverly Hills shopping destination
Rodeo Drive is an iconic Beverly Hills shopping destination
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(has free maps and suggested walking tours)
9400 S. Santa Monica Blvd. #102
Beverly Hills, Calif.
800-345-2210
 
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