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Spring Has Sprung!

A Few of Our Favorite Activities from All of Us at The Tangerine Hotel

With sunny weather and bustling activities fast approaching, even the biggest of indoor fans are bound to gain an extra skip in their step when winter turns to spring. (Yes, us Southern Californians may be a bit spoiled with our weather but we truly appreciate when we have our long, sunny days back.) We’ve asked our staff at the Tangerine Hotel Burbank to share a few of their favorite activities that they enjoy in the spring months. Here are just a few.

  •  For those Hollywood enthusiasts, take a back lot tour of the infamous Warner Bros Studios, one of Burbank’s most popular attractions. Offering a VIP tour of behind-the-scenes action, you’ll catch a rare glimpse of actual Hollywood at work, with no one tour ever alike. Depending on what’s filming you never know what you’ll see or who you’ll meet.
  • If you’re one who likes to relax on the greens then DeBelle Golf Club may be just the place for you to tee off during your stay. Located near many hotels in Burbank, this public golf club boasts two regulation courses, regular tournaments, a clubhouse and grill, and lessons for those who want to learn a new hobby or brush up on their skills.
  • Or, put on your hiking shoes and get your nature fix while still saying within the city limits at Stough Canyon located on Walnut in Burbank. With plenty of easy-to-navigate trails, be prepared to see some breathtaking views and a bit of wildlife along the way. There are restrooms for convenience and a nature center, with additional information about the local area and its history.
  • For those who want to get their creative juices flowing or just appreciate the artistry of the area, stop by the Creative Arts Center located in George Izay Park. This dynamic arts center has a pottery studio, gallery and a classroom offering sessions for children and adults. Depending on the week and month, you’ll find expos showcasing a variety of photography and artistry.
  • Catch a stellar view of this immense city by visiting an LA landmark, the Griffith Observatory, open during the day time and evenings with free admission. This observatory first opened in 1935 and has hosted millions of visitors through the years. Visit and have a bite to eat in the shade of the café, explore the skies, or hike among the many trails, ideal for all levels of fitness.

There’s no doubt that there’s a plethora of fun in the sun to be had when it reaches the spring months. How ever you may be choosing to spend your time we hope you enjoy plenty of sunshine and fun memories. If you have any questions about any of the activities mentioned here or would like other ideas on activities during your stay, feel free to contact any of our friendly staff here at the Tangerine Hotel in Burbank.

Burbank – Behind the City

Many people, regardless of where they call home, hear of Los Angeles, and have a general idea of its happenings and what it’s most known for. When it comes to its neighboring cities, mainly Burbank, folks may be a bit more out of the loop. Here are some fun facts about the beautiful city of Burbank. It’s close enough to the nightlife of Hollywood, the pristine beaches of Malibu and the bustling downtown Los Angeles area, yet a bit on the outskirts, allowing its residents to enjoy a bit of peace and quiet from the never-ending activity.

·        It’s located in the Eastern end of the San Fernando Valley and one of five cities in the Valley.

·        It’s named after David Burbank, a dentist and entrepreneur who purchased 4,600 acres in 1867 and eventually became known as a very successful sheep raiser.

·        Located just several miles from Hollywood, it is known as the Media Capital of the World, although it was once bustling with manufacturing and aviation in the early years.  Mogul media and entertainment companies are located in the city including: The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment andNickelodeon.

·        The popular Olive Ave, which winds its way through the heart of Burbank, was once the road early settlers traveled down to buy and sell supplies.

·        The city’s primary mall, The Burbank Town Center has been a favorite backdrop for many shows and movies.

·        Burbank’s Bob’s Big Boy is the oldest remaining Bob’s Big Boy location in America and was declared a “STATE POINT OF HISTORICAL INTEREST” by the state of California.

There is much more to the town of Burbank than what is listed here, but hopefully this gives you a feel of the robust town, nestled right outside of Los Angeles, filled with restaurants, stores and plenty of activities for every type of tourist. A large city, with a bit of a small town feel, close enough to the heart of Los Angeles, but far enough away to relax a bit. Enjoy your stay and be sure to ask our knowledgeable staff if you have any questions or concerns about the area.

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Traveler’s Tips from a LA Local

Visiting the city of Los Angeles, with its bright lights and never-ending activities, can be a blast but at times a bit daunting. Here are a few tips and tricks that are sure to make your stay much more enjoyable.

  • Battling Traffic 

This terrifying word is no secret and yet so many people find themselves fighting it on a constant basis. Leaving just 20 minutes earlier, or later, could make a world of difference in making your day a lot less stressful. Peak times are generally from 6am – 8am and 3pm – 7pm but it depends on the freeways and the specific route you’re taking. Ask your hotel concierge for assistance, check Google Maps for the congested routes prior to leaving your hotel, or download a commuter friendly app such as Waze.

  • Getting Around 

Getting around in a foreign area, let alone in one of the busiest cities in the U.S., can be completely frustrating.  Try the new premium transportation services like Uber or Lyft. You can download these apps on your smart phone for easy access and many times they’ll give you a significant discount (or even a free ride) for joining. The vehicles are generally much nicer than taxis, the drivers are encouraged to express their unique personality, and many will provide tourists with an insider’s scoop of the city.

  • Saving a Pretty Penny 

Between the many theme parks, trendy dinners and must-see shows the dent in your pocket book can grow quickly. Take advantage of the many FREE options available in the Los Angeles and Burbank areas. You’ll find a plethora of beautiful parks, hiking trails and gorgeous beaches just miles from you. Griffith Park, Runyon Canyon and Zuma Beach are just a few of the beautiful outdoor sites available for you to enjoy. For health fanatics, the Los Angeles area is home to many fitness centers and unique yoga studios as well. Many offer a free or discounted class for first time attendees.

  • Saving a Pretty Penny Part 2 

There are many amazing restaurants in Burbank and the surrounding areas but many fine dining options come at a hefty price. Ask your concierge or look online and you’ll find a variety of restaurant deals on Yelp, Groupon and Living Social. Farmers’ markets are another great way to experience local food, jewelry and crafts. These take place in various locations throughout Los Angeles on all days of the week.

  • Research 

In a city that is constantly moving and changing even a local can get overwhelmed from time-to-time. When it comes to finding the best activities or restaurants, lucky for us, there are plenty of apps, websites, and bloggers who make it their job to be up-to-date on the latest and greatest of what Los Angeles has to offer. Take some time to read up on the area – read blogs, read reviews, read the latest articles. They generally offer some valuable, and genuine, words of wisdom to steer you in the right direction.

Always remember, whatever you are interested in seeing and doing, our friendly and knowledgeable hotel staff are here to assist in making your stay as enjoyable as possible.

BurbankMom.com’s Top 5

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Jessica Cribbs is a freelance writer and publisher of BurbankMom.com, a hyper-local blog dedicated to her favorite city. She also produces the stage show Expressing Motherhood and started a non-profit in memory and honor of her mother who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009. Jessica lives in Burbank with her husband and three children. For more information on the city she holds so dear, visit www.BurbankMom.com.

Choosing only 5 restaurants to recommend in Burbank is no easy task. Burbank offers a very wide array of amazing eats and experiences from Friday nights at Bob’s Big Boy on the Toluca Lake side of the city to Granville in Downtown Burbank and all the way up to the top of the hill at The Castaway, who’s view while dining cannot be beat. When it comes to food, I’m always in, but favorite places for me are more than just about the food. Atmosphere and customer service play a huge part in my choices for this list. Although those three places listed above would be on my honorable mention list, I’d love to share with you the five places I would recommend you give a try while visiting our beloved Burbank.

Flavor Of India – One of the amazing things about Southern California is the wide assortment of worldly flavors you can find within minutes. Burbank holds many locally owned restaurants with tastes from around the world in our small city and one of my favorites is Flavor Of India located in the heart of Downtown Burbank. I’ve never tasted a more rich, authentic flavor of Indian food, than I have at this place, and it’s right here in our city! The naan, tandoori, saag paneer and fresh made cilantro and cumin salad dressing are simply delicious. However, my absolute favorite dish is the Chicken Tikka Masala. The dishes at this restaurant are all original creations by two brothers who refuse to use artificial coloring or added preservatives in their recipes. They sport a fresh delicious buffet for lunch daily, but don’t be scared of the word buffet here, this is not your typical buffet. It’s all made fresh and in small batches for the best quality. The atmosphere in this place is very inviting and the customer service is also attentive. I highly recommend!

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161 E. Orange Grove Ave. Burbank, CA 91502   (818) 558-1199
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Momotaro – This family owned Japanese restaurant in Burbank is one of my kids’ favorite places to go. They have a very wide variety menu with sashimi, hand rolls and cut rolls. When it comes to sushi, whether you’re a pro or trying for the first time, it helps to have a place you can trust for the freshest options available. I’ve tried many in Burbank, but we keep going back to Momotaro again and again. Even if sushi is not your thing, give the Chicken or Steak Teriyaki a try, or the handful of other vegetarian or fully cooked options available. If you love sushi, try Momotaro in Burbank for the fresh, clean taste and pop in for their happy hour Monday-Friday 3:00pm-5:30pm. Although we love the food, my favorite thing about this restaurant is the customer service. It’s the kind of service that has us coming back over and over. I have rarely had to wait long for a table, the food comes fast and the staff is very helpful, especially when bringing three children in who want to learn how to use chopsticks.

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509 South Glenoaks Blvd. Burbank, CA 91502   (818) 238-9944
    MomotaroUS.com

Romancing The Bean – Don’t let the name of this cafe fool you into thinking it’s just another coffee house. Sitting right in the middle of our our beautiful Magnolia Park, Romancing The Bean’s quaint quarters offers a beautiful atmosphere, delicious dishes constructed by trained chef and owner Kerry Krull…and of course an amazing cup o’ joe. The top selling plate at this restaurant is the Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad, but my favorite would be the quiche and a side of one of the fresh ‘made daily’ soups! Currently there are three chefs crafting the menu at this romantic style eatery with menu changes every three months fitting perfectly into whatever season we’re currently in. They use only the freshest, organic and most locally grown ingredients they can find, only adding to my love for them. This community voted award winner is simply a must, while enjoying our town.

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3413 W. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank, CA 91505  (818) 845-2326
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The Smokehouse – This historic dining experience simply is mandatory while staying in, playing in or driving through Burbank. Established in 1946, it sits next to the Warner Brothers Lot and serves as a favorite hangout for many people in the entertainment industry. Once frequented by the likes of Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, The Smokehouse is best known in my circle of friends for its amazing garlic cheese bread, actually listed on their menu as ‘The World’s Greatest.’ The low lighting and chill atmosphere help draw you in to enjoy one of their many popular dishes ranging from Classic Salads, Chicken Picatta and Signature Steaks to Lobster Tail and Prime Rib. This restaurant has a lot of options to choose from. The menu is large and surely has something for everyone, but if you’re in a hurry, don’t waste your time. This dining experience is meant to be fully enjoyed while relaxed. If you can’t make it during the week, then try their Sunday Brunch!

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4420 Lakeside Drive Burbank, CA 91505   (818) 845-3731
    SmokeHouse1946.com

Dino’s Pizza – You are reading this right. I am recommending a Pizza Place as probably my favorite eatery in our beautiful city. They do pizza right, but not just pizza. They create gourmet salads like the Classic Arugula, to pair, using only local greens and the freshest vegetables. The menu sports a basic Italian listing of options, but I’ll tell you, there’s nothing basic about it. The crust on a pizza makes it or breaks it and Dino’s has it mastered. They make the pizza sauce daily and it adds to what I think is the most delicious pizza in not just Burbank, but in all of Los Angeles. I would also recommend trying the spaghetti, any of the sandwiches and do not leave without ordering yourself garlic cheese bread.

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3520 W. Burbank Blvd. Burbank, CA 91505   (818) 841-3311
    DinosBurbank.com