After years of taking an annual trip on my birthday, I’m well aware that travel in February comes with some built-in pluses and minuses.
A major plus: Cheaper airfares and hotel rates.
And the obvious minus: The weather is at its most uncertain.
I learned that again in a big way this year when my early-February trip to Los Angeles happened to coincide with a massive weather front that brought drenching rain all along the Pacific coast.
So, while my weekend getaway was packed with fun experiences, the top take-away may have been “what to do in LA in the rain.”
And, it turns out there’s plenty to keep you busy in the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” regardless of the weather.
I can’t say I had any up-close encounters with major movie stars on my rainy birthday weekend to Los Angeles, but I did experience a number of show-biz moments – from an actress playing the “star card,” to a veritable runway-show of fur coats, to a sweet aspiring comedian/singer waiter.
I also took in a Broadway legend performing in Hollywood, ate some amazing California seafood, and got to dip my toes in the Pacific Ocean. Not bad for a rained-out weekend!
On the downside, I saw a bit of sobering tragedy along the way – another lesson of life in this frenetic city that never seems to sleep.
Here are 11 of the top lessons from my weekend birthday getaway to Los Angeles: