DETOUR | FREE Self-Guided Audio Walking Tours

We're excited to share with you wonderfully narrated and ingeniously navigated, self-guided tours of Downtown LA via the DETOUR app!

Click here to download the app onto your phone.
Your first tour is FREE and tours are only $5 each after!
There are tours of other parts of LA and major cities around the world!

These immersive audio walking tours are narrated by notable voices and "insiders" and the ingenious app uses GPS to navigate you through each detailed step.

So far, we've tried the Disney Hall: The City's Better Angels and Downtown: Gateway to the City of Angels tour and highly recommend them!

If you would like to join our group to experience one of the tours, we're meeting on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 6:00pm to experience the Old Bank District's Historic Core tour. Click here for details and to RSVP.

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Taste of Grand Central Market – Secret City LA Tour

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Thanks to everyone who joined us on Wednesday, April 5th for Secret City LA's Taste of Grand Central Market Tour! We had a wonderful time meeting new friends, learning about Grand Central Market and tasting deeeelicious foods from 7 different vendors!

Tastings for this tour:

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Sarita's Pupuseria offers handmade pupusas with the option of a dozen different fillings, accompanied with pickled cabbage.

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Belcampo Meat Co. is a full-service butcher shop and eatery featuring organic, grass-fed meats.

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Golden Road Brewing's counter at GCM offers 20 beers on tap, along with pierogi and snacks, like the vegan buffalo "chicken" made from artichokes!

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For Thai comfort food, check out Sticky Rice and you'll find popular Thai dishes like Khao Soi, Tom Yum Soup, Pad Thai, Pad See Ew, Panang Curry, and Mango Sticky Rice (pictured) all made from organic, free-range, and locally sourced ingredients.

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Tacos Tumbras a Tomas is one of the older vendors at GCM and they offer traditional tacos, burritos, and tortas in giant portions at incredibly economical prices.

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Olio Wood Fired Pizzeria features hand stretched 10" personal sized wood fired pizzas.

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Check out Secret City LA for this Taste of Grand Central Market tour and other food tours in LA!
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54 Reasons to Shop DTLA!

Brigade LA released its updated field guide to shopping the freshest apparel and accessories in Downtown LA! The map and directory lists the best independent, contemporary apparel and accessories retail that they've hunted down!

For their 7th edition of the map, they have revisited, researched and mapped the best from the Arts District, Little Tokyo, Historic Core, Downtown Center, Fashion District, and South Park. While exploring these stores you will discover great cafés, galleries, spas, restaurants and bars as well as beautiful historic buildings along the way!

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Metro Art Moves Tour of Union Station

On the morning of Saturday, August 22, 2015, DTLA Rendezvous had a private Metro Art Moves tour of Union Station.  Here is a brief recap and some photos of what we explored.

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Our tour started at the Information booth, just inside the Alameda Street entrance.

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The original ticket lobby of Union Station has 62-foot high ceilings and a 110-foot ticket counter (on the right). The doors to the left are currently closed off, but they used to be the  main entrances to Union Station. This area is generally closed off to the public but open for filming, tours, and special events.

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Union Station opened in May 1939 as the “Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal" and is currently the main railway station in Los Angeles and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States serving 110,000 passengers a day. (History on Metro.net)

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We had the most fun exploring the Fred Harvey Room, originally the Harvey House restaurant. It is located in the southern area from the main building and is also closed off to the public.

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Speakers on each side of the Fred Harvey Room announced train arrivals and departures.

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Kitchen area for Fred Harvey Room, which will hopefully soon be renovated and back in action. According to The Source, Metro's blog, the Metro Board of Directors is considering a lease for the space by Cedd Moses and Eric Needleman of 213 Nightlife. "If the lease is approved by the full Metro Board at its October 2nd meeting, the new restaurant would be the first to occupy the Fred Harvey Room at Union Station since the original Harvey House restaurant closed in 1967." (Gastropub proposed for Fred Harvey Room at Los Angeles Union Station!, The Source)

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Check out the Harvey House restaurant menu from Friday, August 20, 1943!
A cocktail was 40¢ and a glass of wine was 25¢, there's prune juice and boysenberry juice on the menu, and they observed "meatless days" on Tuesdays and Fridays! What would you order?

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The Colonel John V. "Jack" Foley Courtyard in front of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California headquarters has a fountain with a snake-like pattern. There are chairs and tables in the courtyard generally used by workers in the area to enjoy lunch and/or a break.

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Union Station has a few courtyards.

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The underground passageway from the West to East portal is where you'll find the ramps to the Amtrak and Metrolink long distance trains as well as the Metro Gold Line to Pasadena, and in the future, to Azusa and Montclair.

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This selection of photographs in the passageway, titled In the Ether (2015), by Joyce Campbell documents the flora from two local sites: Crown Coach Yard, a 40-acre industrial brownfield in downtown Los Angeles, and the canyons around the artist’s home in Glassell Park. The artworks expand upon Campbell’s ongoing series LA Botanical, which presents a photographic archive of the functional plants that inhabit Los Angeles. (In the Ether, 2015 on Metro.net)

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These artworks are part of a Metro Art Photo Lightbox Series exhibition on view through spring 2016 in the passageway connecting Union Station East and West.

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Accessible ramps to long distance trains.

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"In the wake of a series of natural and human disasters in the City of Los Angeles, here at the site of our City's historic core, City of Dreams/River of History hopefully will contribute to a sense of reaffirmation in a City that becomes aware of its past, of the accomplishments of its present, and of the possibilities of its future— its dreams." -- Richard Wyatt

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In the East Portal of Union Station, you'll find the "City of Dreams" 80-foot mural, the "Riverbench" clad in rocks from the LA River and Tujunga Creek and artifacts that were excavated from the original Chinatown, and a 7,500 gallon aquarium with etches of LA's historical figures executed by artists Richard Wyatt, May Sun, and Paul Diez. (City of Dreams/River of History, 1996 on Metro.net)

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Look up to see the gorgeous glass ceiling of the East Portal rotunda.

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Union Station East Portal.

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From the East Portal, take the escalators or stairs up and out to the Patsaouras Transit Plaza (bus station) and the Metro Headquarters.

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In the main lobby of the Metro Headquarters, you'll find James Doolin's "Los Angeles Circa 1879" in the center and "Los Angeles Circa 1910 & 1950" off to each side.

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Head on up to the 3rd floor for James Doolin's "Los Angeles Circa after 2000".

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DTLA Rendezvous with docent, Maurine Kornfeld.
Thank you, Maurine, for a fantastic tour!

Links
Photo gallery with a few more photos.
Metro Art Moves - overview and tour schedules.
Union Station on Wikipedia.
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Oh, the places we go!

When I meet new people and tell them about DTLA Rendezvous, one of the many questions I get is, "What type of events do you do? Where do you go?" I usually answer, "We don't just go to Happy Hours, we also go to Sunday Sessions, Grand Openings, and other events in Downtown." Somehow, I seem to get stumped because I don't even know where to start! So, I thought I'd go through all the past events on Meetup and make a list.

Here is a list of places & events DTLA Rendezvous has been to in the last 2 years!
A Day on Broadway
Autumn Nights @ Pershing Square
Angel City Brewery
Annual Los Angles Burning Man Decompression Arts & Music Celebration
Annual Public Safety Appreciation BBQ
Architects of Air | EXXOPOLIS
Artisan House (The Goonies for movie night)
Beelman's Pub
Boo's Philly Cheesesteaks (special field trip to Koreatown)
Border Grill
Brigade LA
Broadway Bar
Bronzed Aussie Grand Opening
Canvas LA
Chynna Dim Sum + Bar
City Target @ FIGat7th
City Tavern DTLA @ FIGat7th
Create Your Health Teas, Healing Herbs & Spices
CrossFit 213
Curio Los Angeles
DLANC Board Candidate Forum
Donating Backpacks & School Supplies for the Children of Skid Row
Downtown Art Walk
Downtown Dog Day Afternoon
Downtown Flea
Downtown Independent Theater
Downtown Women's Center
DTLA Night Market
DTLA Nights
Ebanos Crossing
Etchea Cafe & Bakery
Exchange LA
FIGat7th
Firecracker Run in Chinatown
Fold Gallery & Curio Shop
Fu-Ga Izakaya & Bar
General Assembly's DTLA Launch Parties & Happy Hours
Giant Robot Biennale 3 @ Japanese American National Museum
Gladys Park
Gloria Delson Contemporary Art Gallery
Grand Central Market
Grand Park
Guisados DTLA
Indie Desk
Industry DTLA
KaleCart Dinner Parties
Kyoto Gardens
LA Opera Newcomer Kick-Off Party @ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
LAPD Headquarters
Lawry's Carvery at L.A. LIVE
Le Ka
Levi's Commuter Workspace LA - Launch Party
Local Table
Los Angeles Brewing Company
Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC)
Love on San Pedro
MADE by DWC Cafe & Gift Boutique and Resale Boutique
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Million Dollar Theatre
Mindful Meditation @ Los Angeles Central Library
MKD Dentistry Grand Opening Open House
Nicholas Bowes
ONYX Lounge
Opodz
Pale Violet
Pattern Bar
Peking Tavern
Pershing Square
Public School 612
R.A.D.D. Bike Ride & Arts District Neighborhood Watch Walk
Renegade Craft Fair @ Grand Park
Roosevelt
Rowan Lofts
Salon || Eleven
Salon On Main
Salvage Bar & Lounge
Shoe Drive with Interwoven LA @ Les Noces Du Figaro
ShopWalk DTLA
Silo Vodka Bar
Soiree et Style
Spark of Love Holiday Toy Drive
SPiN LA at The Standard DTLA
Spring Arts Collective
Suede Bar & Lounge
Sunday Sessions @ Grand Park
Summer Nights in the Garden @ Natural History Museum
TAKAMI Sushi & Robata Restaurant
Thanksgiving Meals for the Homeless
The Association
The Belasco Theater
The Black Sheep Gastropub
The Continental Club
The Crocker Club
The Edison
The Falls Lounge
The Hive Gallery & Studios
The Lash
The Last Bookstore
The Line Hotel (special field trip to Koreatown)
The Minimalists: "Everything That Remains Tour"
The Well
Umami Burger Broadway
Unique LA
United Way Homewalk
Urban Radish
Verge Collective
Villain's Tavern
Wolf & Crane
Women in Business Workshop by (No Subject) & General Assembly
Women in Games International 6th Annual E3 Party
X Lanes
YAS DTLA
Your Neighborhood Studio DTLA

Charities that we have supported & donated to:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles
Downtown Women's Center
Fun Zone Reading Club
Los Angeles Mission
School on Wheels
Spark of Love
United Way

I must say that I am pleasantly thrilled at seeing this long list! It reminds me of all the adventures we had and the great people we've met along the way! Thanks to everyone who have participated and supported DTLA Rendezvous events!

How many events/places have you joined us at? How many places did you discover through DTLA Rendezvous? Which event(s) has been your favorite?

I'm anxiously looking forward to exploring an discovering more places with you!

The best way to join us in exploring Downtown Los Angeles and meeting wonderful DTLA neighbors, workers, and friends, is to join us on Meetup.com. You can also return to this website's EVENTS page for some listings.

Subscribe to our email list to get updates on Downtown news & upcoming events.

Sunday Funday with ShopWalk DTLA, August 3rd!

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This Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 from 12-7pm, 50+ businesses in the Historic Core are offering sales, deals, and in-store events for you to enjoy a full-day in DTLA!

Don't miss the fun stuff like a kiddie pool to keep cool, complimentary spiked lemonade & popsicles, and organic churned cotton candy for $3 at Buttons & Bows and Flamingo Vintage, ping pong at Peking Tavern (opens at 5pm), DJ Dynomyte and ice cold beers at Soleil Beuaty Salon! And of course, ShopWalk is all about the sales & discounts! Enjoy 30% off store-wide at Sub_Urban Riot, 25% off at Pale Violet, 25% off all merchandise and hair products at Industry DTLA, and much much more!
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Interested in a Sunday Fundy bar crawl?!?! Try the $7 ShopWalk DTLA cocktail at Bar Ama and the specials and Happy Hours at Beelman's Pub, Cole's, Crane's Bar, King Eddy Saloon, Peking Tavern, Silo Vodka Bar, Spring St. Bar, The Gorbals, and Umami Burger Broadway!

Click here to check out the Merchant Directory for ALL the deals!
Pick up a map from any participating business or at the ShopWalk hubs: Ace Hotel (front desk), Grand Central Market (info desk), and the Historic Core's Farmers Market.

Not familiar with Downtown LA? Check out these lists/walking guides created with Google map.  Hover over the circles to the left of each destination and click and drag to change your routes.
Bar Crawl
Hombres (men's clothing & accessories)
Fashionistas (women's clothing & accessories)
Fit & Healthy
Foodies (restaurants & eateries)

On FB and want to share with/invite your friends? Click here for the FB event.

Want to meet with some DTLA neighbors for lunch to start your day? Join us at Beelman's Pub, 600 S. Spring Street & 6th Street at 12pm. Ask for Carrie or the DTLA Rendezvous group.

ShopWalk DTLA returns on Sunday, August 3, 2014!

Explore the bustling street scene and great architecture of Downtown Los Angeles' Historic Core and enjoy great deals during ShopWalk DTLA on Sunday, August 3, 2014! The all-day quarterly event features discounts, sales, and in-store specials at 50+ local retailers, restaurants and bars.

Click here for the Merchant Directory for a full list of participating businesses and their special offers for the day.

Stay updated on InstagramFacebook, and/or Twitter for maps, details, and more to come!

Join & share the event on Facebook logo and/or Meetup logo.

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Exploring New Developments | 03.15.14

We started our Saturday afternoon checking out the brand new Barker Block Warehouse No. 1 in the Arts District of Downtown LA. The open house was for the 2nd release of 20 of the 68 adaptive re-use lofts that included 1- and 2-bedroom units and 1- and 2-story lofts ranging from 650+ to 2,000+ square feet with pricing starting at $500K. This is the final phase of Barker Block.

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Part of the model that shows the Barker Block properties and surrounding area. Photo features the first phase on the left and the final phase, Warehouse No. 1, on the right.

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View from the rooftop of Barker Block's 1st phase building.
Unfortunately, I was too busy having fun exploring the amazing units that I didn't take many photos. For more info: www.barkerblock.com

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On our drive home from the Arts District, we drove through the Fashion District and on 8th Street & Santee Street, we noticed that this building was being prepared for occupancy. Looking up and into the windows, we could see that there are frames already set up for walls/rooms. I've been told that these will be residential units.

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Meanwhile, the 22-story residential project on 8th and Hope,  is just about complete. If you were wondering what was stopping traffic on 8th Street starting on Grand Ave in the last 4 days, it was because they have been removing the final parts of the construction crane in the building.

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View looking southwest down Hope Street.
8th and Hope will feature 290 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, 6 floors of parking, and 5,000 sq. ft. of retail space at street level. (Info from MATT Construction.)

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8th & Hope is expected to be completed later this year.

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There is a ton of construction and development happening in Downtown LA! In the photo above, on the bottom left is the 700-unit project that will include Whole Foods on the ground level. On the top right is a 32-story apartment tower at 9th and Olive, 888 S. Olive Street. Even the parking lot in the bottom right corner will soon turn into a construction site for yet another building.

It's an exciting time to be a resident in Downtown LA and witness all these changes and developments. I'm looking forward to welcoming more residents into the neighborhood an showing them around. ;D

Valentine’s Day 2014

Mid-February and a GORGEOUS 80 degree-sunny day in LA! Perfect for a lunch break at Grand Park and a neighborhood walk in Downtown LA.IMG_3534The Broad on Grand Avenue - expected to open in mid-2014.

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The shiny & shimmery Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by architect Frank Gehry, and celebrating its 10th year anniversary this year.

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Grand Park hosted a special Valentine's Day lunchtime concert with DJ Phyz Ed spinning all LOVE tunes. DJ Phyz Ed is a local DTLA DJ and I always enjoy his selections of tunes and he always gets me groovin'!

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GORGEOUS day in DTLA!
I'm originally from NYC and most of my family and friends still reside there. My FB feed was full of updates of the snowstorm and frigid weather. Meanwhile, I enjoyed a sunny day in LA in a t-shirt & jeans while my lunch-date, Jessica, of The Fashionistas Blackbook and my partner for Soiree et Style events, was in a tank top & shorts!

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On our walk home, we stopped by Big Man Bakes so that I could pick up some cupcakes for J. He LOVES their carrot cake & I also picked up their special Valentine's day Pink Velvet cupcake. Yum!

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Then, we popped into one of my favorite shops in the Historic Core of DTLA, Create Your Health Teas, Healing Herbs and Spices, and saw these adorable piggie salt & pepper shakers! They make a perfect little gift and they're just $5! DTLA Rendezvous members save 10% off your entire purchase at CYH Teas when you use your member card! (More DTLA Rendezvous discounts listed here.)

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LOVE CYH Teas' new shelves that nicely display their jarred teas, herbs, & spices!

It was a lovely (long) lunch break, but it was back to work when I got home and when my day was done, I went to the gym. Just as I got to the gym, J text me to tell me that he had a surprise for me and "don't make any plans" and if I did to "cancel them."

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J booked a 1-night staycation for us at the new The Line Hotel in Koreatown, easily accessible from Downtown LA on the Metro Purple Line to Wilshire/Normandie (just 4 stops from the 7th Street/Metro Center station). What I love about The Line Hotel is the Sydell Group's concept of "sharing, collaborating, and encouraging the creative process to create unique hotels deeply rooted in their location and architecture."

One of their main collaborators is Roy Choi, famous chef and creator of the gourmet Korean taco truck, Kogi, and owner of Chego in Chinatown in DTLA. (Chego's Leafy-T bowl highly recommend for vegetarians). Choi will open eateries Pot and Commissary in the hotel.

Another collaborator at The Line Hotel is Poketo, the husband and wife team that has a brick & mortar shop/gallery in the Arts District of DTLA.

So, even though we were in K-Town, I still felt connected to DTLA. ;D

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Good morning from The Line Hotel - room-view facing Wilshire Blvd.
(Foodie tidbit: Boo's Philly Cheesesteaks - delicious, authentic Philly Cheesesteaks - is just up the block in the Brown Derby Plaza. ;D )

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We went to the lobby to check-out and leave, and there was complimentary continental breakfast offered to hotel guests! Yay! And yes, another connection to DTLA is that breakfast was by Le Pain Quotidien, which is soon opening a location at the PacMutual later this year!

Hope you liked this blog post, it's been a while since I've written one and felt I had some photos and info to share. Did you find it informative? Did you like it? What would you like to see more of?

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Tree Lighting & Tour | 12.04.13

Wednesday, December 4, 2013. DTLA Rendezvous Premium Members visited the Millennium Biltmore Hotel for Happy Hour, their annual tree lighting ceremony, and a special private tour of the hotel.

Members met at Bugis Street Brasserie, the hotel's Singaporean-Chinese Restaurant, between 5-5:45pm to enjoy their Happy Hour.
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Above: Some members had the Roasted Duck Tacos and Chicken & Shrimp Siu Mai as well as the Shrimp Tempura (not in photo). Everyone enjoyed the food they ordered and I personally enjoyed the $3 wine on Happy Hour.
Bugis Street HHBugis Street Brasserie Happy Hour Menu as of 12.04.13.
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We then walked over to the Lobby of the hotel to catch their annual tree lighting ceremony and enjoyed some complimentary cookies, hot chocolate, and cider!
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We had a great turn out of old & new members for the event!
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Our extensively knowledgeable tour guide, Steve!

Steve has worked at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel for 20+ years and you can tell he just loves it! He told us so many stories about the hotel and each room we visited. He even brought his own materials to share with us! If you stop by, keep an eye out for him in the Lobby/public areas and feel free to ask him some questions about the hotel.
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Our 1+ hour tour was absolutely amazing and everyone enjoyed it! We can't wait to return to the hotel for more Happy Hours, afternoon tea, and next year's tree lighting ceremony!

Click here to view some more photos from our tour.