Discovering Something Different in Los Angeles


Do you always go to the same places? Are you ready to try something new? If you are looking for an adventure around the corner, I have a few ideas for you in Los Angeles.

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Lisa Niver & Adam Seger at IPIC Westwood

1. IPIC Movie Theater: I love the movies. I especially love action movies. But I would see any movie at IPIC. It is like being on a private jet with a full service team, this really is affordable luxury. The featured photo above is from the bar at Tanzy just off the lobby at IPIC Westwood. The mixologist can make you your favorite drink or find you something new to discover. Once in your seat, you can order food and drinks on their iPad which appears almost magically at any time during your movie. You are greeted with a pillow, blanket and popcorn; I love the star treatment! If you want to extend your IPIC Westwood movie going experience into an all night affair or holiday gift, stay nearby at the Intercontinental Los Angeles and enjoy their international breakfast buffet and a spa treatment!

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Lisa Niver at LEVEL UP! Party

2. LEVEL Up! Wondering where to put your guests? Want to test out a new neighborhood?  Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) now has short term furnished apartment rentals that are hotel-style accommodation.

After success in Canada, OMNI has brought their “urban oasis” with poolside cabanas, fitness trainers to Los Angeles.

Choose from one, two, and three bedroom apartments at LEVEL Furnished living with designer furnishings and 50″ flat screen TVs. The welcome party included a Soul Cycle group of riders, Foto Booth Fun, a great DJ and fantastic food.

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NeueHouse Hollywood

3. NEUEHOUSE:  I was honored to be invited to a day of design exploring Los Angeles with Cadillac, Architectural Digest and Neuehouse. The art in front of Neuehouse on Sunset Boulevard by Dustin Yellin was incredible. I would love to see more of his work.

After breakfast at Neuehouse, we were transported by platinum Escalade to an estate above Sunset with incredible views of the city including downtown Los Angeles. The Landry Design Group created the plans for the house and led our tour. An exclusive Hancock Park Estate was next on our tour. Events were recently hosted here for Hilary Clinton and JLO. You can stay here too! Book a night with Elite Luxury Homes.

Driven by design AWARDOur tour of Neuehouse showed us the lastest in crafted collaboration. This co-working space will be open to the community and have speakers and lectures that you can attend. Thank you to whole team for my social media award.

What have you found in Los Angeles? Let me know in the comments and I might feature that next!
Thank you! Lisa

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel. From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.    Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

One response to “Discovering Something Different in Los Angeles

  1. Have you visited the Downtown Arts District? A warehouse district that is becoming LA’s hottest, hip area for young professionals and creatives. Acclaimed restaurants like Bestia, coffee shops, socially conscious boutiques, art galleries and Angel City Brewery.

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