With so many things to see and do in Los Angeles, three days doesn’t seem like nearly enough time to explore this vast, exciting and diverse metropolis. Not to worry, because The 3 Day Weekend Getaway Guide to Los Angeles will make sure you experience the full range of this global city, beginning with history and culture in Downtown Los Angeles, then the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, and finally the sun and surf of the coastal neighborhoods.

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LA's gay East Side has a sense of style all its own. Known for its hipster culture, you're sure to find gays sporting black-rimmed glasses, skinny jeans and the occasional cardigan. If you care to look the part while checking out the area, head straight to these establishments, all of which know a thing or two about looking 'hip.'

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Dream Guest is a dineLA series that asks chefs and bartenders who they'd most like to see walk into their restaurant or bar, and what they'd serve this special guest.

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The holidays aren’t just about gifts, they’re also about togetherness, and certain LA restaurants excel at creating group-friendly environments. So gather with family and friends, and descend on these restaurants on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and any day that calls for a festive, communal dining experience.

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This New Year’s Eve, raise a glass Los Angeles style, where the party extends from the streets of Downtown LA and Hollywood to the moonlit waters of Marina del Rey. It’s a night of celebration and revelry as residents and visitors alike begin the countdown to a new year and a new beginning. Slip through the velvet rope of some of LA’s hottest hotels or enjoy a culinary awakening over a fabulous dinner prepared by a celebrity chef. LA hotels offer all-inclusive packages that make the final night of 2013 memorable, effortless and stress-free.

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Los Angeles has many qualities, but two of the most enduring are its rich diversity of global cultures and its ability to make even the most extravagant dream a reality. No other city can claim to be the Entertainment Capital of the World and also be home to cultures that speak more than 200 languages. There’s no better time to combine these two attributes than on the eve of 2013. LA offers dozens of opportunities to spend the entire last day of 2012 ringing in the New Year while cities are doing the same thing around the world. Here are a few selected options.

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There are no shortage of huts, stands, storefronts, butchers and specialty eateries serving sausage these days. While many simply purchase products off the shelf from wholesalers, others work much more closely with their purveyors to develop or execute recipes and techniques passed down through generations or learned from honing their craft in kitchens the world over.

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Cake doesn’t just have to come out for weddings, birthdays and office parties. The versatile dessert, snack or coffee companion is welcome just about anytime. Here are a baker’s dozen of the best cakes in Los Angeles.

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Dream Guest is a dineLA series that asks chefs and bartenders who they'd most like to see walk into their restaurant or bar, and what they'd serve this special guest.

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We are blessed with a lot of good Mexican food in Los Angeles. But for sheer number and breadth of Mexican restaurants, bakeries and sweet shops, you can’t beat Boyle Heights. Sound far? It’s really just a couple minutes from the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, on the other side of the river. You can even take the Metro there, destination Mariachi Plaza.

 

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