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    Rose Bowl Itinerary – Spend the weekend in WeHo

    By: Brittany Nicole La Hue

    Whether you’re a SoCal native who wants to attend the Rose Bowl game or the Rose Parade or an out-of-town Stanford or Wisconsin fan, we’ve got the hookup for you! We’ve built a Rose Bowl itinerary just for you to let you know the best places to stay and how to make the most of your experience when you’re not cheering for the boys on the field.

    Friday, December 28

    Whatever day you choose to arrive in West Hollywood, the first thing you’ll want to do is check in to your luxurious hotel. In true Rose Bowl spirit, book the Le Montrose Suite Hotel Rose Bowl Package. You’ll receive stays in a Superior Suite, complimentary parking, continental breakfast and tailgate cocktail for two every night of your stay. Other WeHo hotels have exciting non-Rose-Bowl-inspired packages happening during the end of the year. Find a great deal at a luxurious hotel HERE:

    Coming in to town early? Not to worry – WeHo has you covered on entertainment and nightlife.

    Want to watch a show? Hamburger Mary‘s hosts After-Dark Drag Shows on Friday nights. Detox, Vicky Vox, Roxy Wood, Lady Red Couture and more will strut their stuff – they are so convincing you’ll be fooled!

    In the mood for live music? Head over to Key Club to see jazzy ska-gospel punk rock-reggae fusion band Fishbone perform.

    Relax with a drink at Skybar at the Mondrian Los Angeles Hotel. Located right on the Sunset Strip, you’ll also enjoy a scenic view of the LA skyline, Hollywood Hills and the Strip. Or try celeb-spotting indoors at Bar 1200 at Sunset Marquis. Everyone from famous 80s rockstars to current hot young thangs have been spotted sipping on a drink here.

    Saturday, December 29

    Exploring LA during your visit? Head to the Ahmanson Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles to see Tony Award-winning musical Anything Goes. The musical takes place on the S.S. American, where two unlikely couples find true love amidst disguises and blackmail.

    Of course, there are plenty of daytime activities to do right here in West Hollywood too. Indulge in a shopping spree at one of WeHo’s fashion hubs. The Avenues (Melrose Avenue & Robertson Boulevard) feature the hottest fashion designers and interior design from John Varvatos to 3.1 Phillip Lim and Niche. For more designer shopping with a view, head to Sunset Plaza on the Sunset Strip. Get lunch at Mr. Chow’s to watch all the stars shop, or head into one of the outdoor shopping center’s fabulous boutiques, like Hugo Boss or Nicole Miller.

    If shopping isn’t your thing, spend the day enriching your mind and experiencing culture at MOCA at the Pacific Design Center. The special branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art features rotating exhibitions on architecture and design.

    No visit to West Hollywood would be complete without a night on the famous Santa Monica Boulevard. Stop by Rage for pop/dance music on the main floor and hip-hop upstairs, along with Go Go Dancers and special performances. Don’t forget about 1/2 price drinks until 9 p.m. and a reduced cover before 10:30 p.m.!

    Sunday, December 30

    It’s the day before New Years’ Eve, but who says it has to be boring? Gear up for the main attraction in WeHo.

    Start with one of West Hollywood’s most delicious (and alcoholic) Sunday Brunches. Pink Taco offers bottomless mimosas until 3 p.m. and Happy Hour specials from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. so you can watch football in style. The Hudson, Saddle Ranch and Taste on Melrose also have you covered with bottomless mimosa and/or Bloody Mary deals. Eveleigh, Salt’s Cure, Sunset Marquis Hotel and Hugo’s also offer delicious brunches (come with healthier options) every weekend. Read our special WeHo brunch blog HERE for more information about these places and more!

    Continue the day drinking at Micky’s “The Beach” event. Handmade (spiked) lemonades, mojitos and tea dances will keep you entertained.

    Into thought-provoking lyrics? Visit The Roxy Theatre on December 30 to see The Fixx live in concert. The band began in 1982, and will be performing songs from their tenth studio album.

    If you’re looking for an LGBT scene, you’ll find a great time in WeHo. Every Sunday night at Rage you’ll get half-price drinks until 9 p.m., and only a $5 cover starting at 10:30 p.m. Micky’s hosts “Decade” night, which means you’ll hear hit tunes from the 80s and 90s. Venture one block over to Robertson Boulevard to visit The Abbey, what MTV Logo calls “The Best Gay Bar in the World.” Strong drinks, dancers and fun crowds of both LGBT and straight people will make this a night to remember.

                                         Monday, December 31          

    Happy New Years’ Eve! Ring in the New Year in West Hollywood at one of the exciting events you can read about HERE:

    Once you make epic New Years’ Eve plans, you’ll need to look your best. Brand-new Eden by Eden Sassoon salon on The Sunset Strip offers dry haircuts for only $15, blow dry for $35 and makeup application for $35. Or get the blow dry-manicure-eyebrows set for only $65! You can also visit Drybar for the best blowout you’ll ever have, and Blushington or Makeup Mandy for expert makeup applications. After all, in West Hollywood you never know who you’ll see – or who will see you!

    Tuesday, January 1

    It’s finally gameday! The 2013 Rose Bowl will pit the PAC-12 Stanford Cardinal against the Big 10 Wisconsin Badgers. This is Stanford’s 13th overall visit to the Rose Bowl, and Wisconsin’s third straight appearance in the bowl game and 8th overall. Game time is 2:10 p.m. Pacific Time, and Stanford is predicted to win by 6.5 points with a spread of 23-17. However, with notable Badgers Curt Phillips and Melvin Gordon coming to town the game could be pretty close!

    If you won’t be at the game or at the stadium tailgating, watch the 124th annual Rose Parade instead. This year’s theme is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” and begins at 8 a.m. Pacific Time. Bring the whole family to Pasadena to see beautifully decorated floral floats, marching bands from schools throughout the country, horses and musical acts. Or lounge around in your luxurious WeHo hotel and watch the annual parade on TV at 8:00 a.m. on ABC, NBC, KTLA, Hallmark Channel, HGTV or Univision.

    For more information visit the Tournament of Roses website.