Secret Stairs

Author: Charles Fleming
Publisher: Santa Monica Press
ISBN: 1595809287
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Containing walks and detailed maps from throughout the city, Secret Stairs highlights the charms and quirks of a unique feature of the Los Angeles landscape, and chronicles the geographical, architectural, and historical aspects of the city’s staircases, as well as of the neighborhoods in which the steps are located. From strolling through the classic La Loma neighborhood in Pasadena to walking the Sunset Junction Loop in Silver Lake, to taking the Beachwood Canyon hike through “Hollywoodland” to enjoying the magnificent ocean views from the Castellammare district in Pacific Palisades, Secret Stairs takes you on a tour of the staircases all across the City of Angels. The circular walks, rated for duration and difficulty, deliver tales of historic homes and their fascinating inhabitants, bits of unusual local trivia, and stories of the neighborhoods surrounding the stairs. That’s where William Faulkner was living when he wrote the screenplay for To Have and Have Not; that house was designed by Neutra; over there is a Schindler; that’s where Woody Guthrie lived, where Anais Nin died, and where Thelma Todd was murdered . . . Despite the fact that one of these staircases starred in an Oscar-winning short film—Laurel and Hardy’s The Music Box, from 1932—these civic treasures have been virtually unknown to most of the city’s residents and visitors. Now, Secret Stairs puts these hidden stairways back on the map, while introducing urban hikers to exciting new “trails” all around the city of Los Angeles.

Secret Stairs East Bay

Author: Charles Fleming
Publisher: Santa Monica Press
ISBN: 1595808795
Size: 52.94 MB
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The hills of the East Bay contain one of the finest and densest urban hiking environments in the state of California—more than 400 paved pathways and public staircases lattice up and down the slopes of Berkeley and Oakland alone. Rising high above the city centers, with towering views of the San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge, and San Francisco itself, these elegant civic walking trails—many of them shaded in oaks and redwoods, and many unknown even to local resi dents—present a unique land scape for both the casual walker and dedicated hiker. Charles Fleming, the Southern California author whose bestselling 2010 walking guide Secret Stairs turned the hidden public staircases of Los Angeles into popular hiking trails, now turns his eyes north ward. For Secret Stairs: East Bay, Fleming has designed more than 30 individual hiking loops. Linking multiple staircases into one-to two-hour self-guided strolls, these urban treks will delight the tourist, newly arrived Berkeley undergraduate, and veteran Bay Area resident alike. The circular walks, each calibrated by length, difficulty, and duration—and each accompanied by a detailed, easy-to-follow map—are sprinkled with fascinating facts about the his toric staircases, the historic homes around them, and the famous Bay Area characters who gave them their names. Walk the walks of Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and John Muir! Climb Berkeley’s massive Fred Herbert and Tamalpais Paths, hike Easter Way, and summit Sunset Trail! Mount Oakland’s Oakmore stairs, then tackle the hills of Upper Rockridge and Crocker Highlands via the public staircases. And do it all within easy walking distance from BART or bus stops, free parking, and excellent Bay Area cafés.

Secret Walks

Author: Charles Fleming
Publisher: Santa Monica Press
ISBN: 1595808213
Size: 56.52 MB
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Secret Walks: A Walking Guide to the Hidden Trails of Los Angeles is a sequel to the popular Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles, and features another collection of exciting urban walks through parks, canyons, and neighborhoods unknown and unseen by most Angelinos. Each walk is rated for duration, distance, and difficulty, and is accompanied by a map. The walks, like those in Secret Stairs, are filled with fascinating factoids about historical landmarks—the original Bat Cave from Batman, the lake where Opie learned to fish on The Andy Griffith Show, or the storage barn for one of L.A.’s oldest wineries. The book also highlights the people who made the landmarks famous: the infamous water engineer William Mulholland; the convicted murderer and philanthropist Colonel Griffith J. Griffith; Charles Lummis, who walked from Cincinnati to Los Angeles to take a job on the L.A. Times; and tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney, who dug canals to drain the marshes south of Santa Monica and create his American “Venice.” Written in the entertainingly informed style that has made Secret Stairs a Los Angeles Times best-seller, Secret Walks is the perfect book for the walker eager to explore but tired of the crowds at Runyon Canyon or Temescal Park.

Birnbaum S United States 1993

Author: Alexandra Mayes Birnbaum
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780062780546
Size: 74.43 MB
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Birnbaum travel guides are "excellently organized for the casual traveler who is looking for a mix of recreation and cultural insight" (Washington Post) and "the information they offer is up-to-date, crisply presented" (New York Times). "No other guide has as much to offer . . . a pleasure to read".--Today Show.

Here Comes The Guide

Author: Lynn Broadwell
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781885355034
Size: 55.49 MB
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If you're looking for the perfect location for a wedding or special event, you've picked the right book! This is the only book with real solutions to finding the perfect site. From San Luis Obispo to San Diego, and from Santa Monica to the Inland Empire, "Here Comes The Guide" puts many of Southern California's most beautiful, extraordinary and unusual places for weddings, receptions and special events at your fingertips: Hotels, Restaurants, ResortsYachts, Private Clubs, MuseumsPrivate Estates, Gardens, LandmarksChapels, Wineries, InnsThere's also a service directory highlighting Southern California's best event professionalsCaterers, PhotographersFloral Designers, InvitationsDisc Jockeys, CoordinatorsEntertainers, Videographers "Here Comes The Guide Southern California" has everything you need to evaluate and select an event site or service: an illustrated description of each location, including details about fees, capacities, services and site amenities; Valuable tips on how to plan your event, and save time and money; a screened selection of event professionals you can trust.