Calabasas Travel Guide

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Calabasas Things to Do

  • See Historic Leonis Ranch

    Stumble upon a ranch/museum, just minutes from the city of Los Angeles, and an hour+ from Santa Barbara!!Happy to say the Leonis Ranch, California's first official Historic-Cultural Monument, came to be due to strong effort for locals who desired to preserve historical land and culture. The land included a house of adobe brick belonging to the...

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  • Sri Venkateswara Malibu Hindu Temple

    Built in 1981 and located in Calabasas, but very near Malibu State Park in a beautiful very detailed traditional Hindu Temple. It was sort of sureal to see it in the mountains on the way to Malibu. The priest live on the grounds to keep an eye on it. The deities at the Malibu Temple include Venkateswara, Rama, Lakshman, Sita, Hanuman, Ganesh,...

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  • Enjoy the wildlife

    Mule deers are fairly common in the Santa Monica Mountains. These like to graze at Pepperdine University. I don't think it makes them smarter though.

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Calabasas Restaurants

  • Nice Italian Fare

    Part of a small chain (9) you can always count on a good meal at a reasonable price. Prices range from salads such as the chopped Italian at $8.99 or a BBQ chicken salad at $12.99, to your classic pasta dishes, lasagna, pizza, risottos, seafoods are mostly shrimp and calamari, not too much is fish or steak dishes.

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  • Classic Deli in Calabasas

    If you must have that hot pastrami sandwich, or a side of knish with gravy, then you are at the right spot. As good a deli menu as you will find anyplace. You can get our sandwich for around $11, a deli plate for $14, even fried shrimp or baked salmon. There is another Label's on Pico in West LA.

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  • Rotisserie Chicken and Ribs

    Located in the El Camino Shopping Center, Chick's has been serving rotisserie chicken, roasted over a blend of eucalyptus and avocada firewood in a copper oven since 1982. A favorite with many local families and you can regularly find LA County deputies enjoying the good foot. Not fancy, very casual, just good food.

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  • When Momma Rosa is cookin...

    Although technically not in Calabasas, it is only 15 minutes away in Malibu. The locals seem to know when Momma Rosa is in the kitchen. Continental menu. Very cosy, and some great wines on the rack. Catch a celebrity there once in a while. My favorite is the spinach salad with dates, apples and gorgonzola cheese.

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  • European feel in Calabasas

    This place is a small cafe that reminds me of the small places in Europe. It has a wonderful smell when you walk in, plus an eclectic selection of wines and cheeses.

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  • Our neighborhood sushi place

    All my friends are going never going to talk to me again for betraying the best sushi place around. A small place, small table, but great sushi The spider roll for me.

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  • Best sushi in Calabasas

    All my friends are no longer going to talk to me. I will be designated a traitor for letting out our neighborhood secret. If you are not there when it opens around 5 PM, expect a wait. Small place, small tables, but a great place for sushi. Spider roll is my fav

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  • Restaurant and Wine Bar

    Riviera opened up in late 2004 and is an upscale full service restaurant across the street from the Promenade on Calabasas Road. The dcor is nice and artsy. The service was just OK. On the plus side, you can get quality international wines by the glass. On the downside, I ordered a Bordeau and was given a very gamay flavored Cote du Rhone.

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  • Out for a nice meal

    Where else but to find venison, wild boar, all expertly prepared. For me this is one of the best restaurants in LA and is only 7 minutes (by car) from my home. It use to be a hunting lodge and has many vestiges of the old days hanging around. Like heads of former meals staring down at you. There is a dress code, i.e. no jeans, t shirts. While it is...

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Calabasas Nightlife

  • The happening place

    Fairly good food at reasonable prices gives way to the dancing and martini bar in the back. On the weekends there is usually a line to get in. However, it you have dinner you can skp the line. Good selection of Italian wines.

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  • AWW DAMN

    Ok so at the moment the club scene in L.A. is sorta weak because of a bad economy and stuff. Not that there isn't stuff to find and do that will be going off. I'm a promoter and talent manager so I have a good knowledge of things in the area. I just want everyone to know were to go that will meet your needs. From dance clubs with Drum&Bass, House...

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Calabasas Shopping

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    by Roadquill Written Jan 27, 2005

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    This little boutique shop seems to have exactly what the Malibu babes want. Although not in Calabasas, it is only 15 minutes away. They have a huge sale in January where the locals line up before the store opens.

    What to pay: A little expensive.

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Calabasas Local Customs

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    by marinarena Updated Mar 23, 2006

    Warning to all of you smokers out there who want to come to Calabasas: quit or suffer the consequence of being frowned upon in this town. This year, city government is enforcing a no smoking ban, not only inside buildings but outside in any public area. Note: different to what was though before, there WILL be some designated smoking areas put in place, in areas that are deemed away from the public!

    I swear, Calabasas may just enforce anti-breathing law one of these days! He he.. I say this not as a smoker keen on smoker's rights. I just question a bit the loss of casual freedoms at large here. Hmmm.. there is a strong smell of debate on this topic here.

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Calabasas Warnings and Dangers

  • Brush Fires are a real danger

    Especially in September and October, brush fires in Southern California are very dangerous and, as can be seen, happen very close to us. The local fire departments were able to save every home accept one. They were amazing. We have many friends that this recent fire (Sept 2005) affected.

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  • Malibu Canyon -beautiful but deadly

    Malibu Canyon between the San Fernando Valley and the Beach is beautiful and dramatic, but we lose several wonderful people every year when they fail to negotiate the turns and head over the cliff. It is tempting to speed through the canyon, but please mind the speed limits. The roadside memorial is another testimonial of driving too fast.

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  • Watch for Rattlesnakes

    Being in the Santa Monica Mounrtains, nature is only a footstep away. It is very common to find a rattlesnake in your backyard or on the front porch. If you are hiking in the hills you always have to be careful to watch your step or where you put your hand. These two were found right across the street from the Calabasas High School. In amorous...

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Calabasas Tourist Traps

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    by marinarena Updated May 13, 2005

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    Well, I admit it. I was sucked into seeing The Commons, one of the latest opulent strip malls to be created in southern California. It is more like an experience of people watching and picture snapping than shopping. The usual somewhat high-end and ultra luxury shops are here- just like at many other grand malls but the real attraction here is the overall atmosphere of the place. The Commons is built up as a republica of an elegant part of Tuscany or Northern Italy. For those here who can't afford to go to charming Italy may just love to come here.

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    Unique Suggestions: Ride the trolley that departs to Old Calabasas to discover the more authentic part of the city. (Transportation tip)

    Manage to come during the week. Weekends mean more crowds.

    Also, check out special events on the website

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Calabasas Off The Beaten Path

  • Wildlife viewing in Malibu - Zuma Beach...

    Bird viewing at Zuma Beach lagoon. During the winter storms the waves are too choppy and the water is to murky for pelicans and other seabirds. They hang by the shore waiting for a break in the weather. The pelicans act like old biddies, looking out to sea, then turning to their neighbor and complain about the damn weather. There are many other...

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  • Solstice Canyon in Malibu (Roberts)

    Just 15 minutes from Calabasas, this is a beautiful canyon complete with various trails, stream, waterfall, even a visitors center and parking. Walk up 2 miles to the remains of Roberts house (burned down in 1982) complete with bomb shelter. The remains of a palm garden are running wild. Huge Bird of Paradise plants in full bloom. This is a great...

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  • Experience that "Old country, Rugged...

    Just 22 miles from congested urban turf of downtown Los Angeles, Calabasas is a suburban escape with an old country feel, nestled in the San Fernando Valley. City leaders have made a commitment to preserving and beautifying the land. Besides the Leonis Ranch, several structures, from city hall to the library charms with Spanish-Mex ranchero...

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  • Wildlife abounds all around

    I always feel lucky when a roadrunner zips by. in the evening the owls perch on trees and chimneys and hoot away.

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  • Winter is the Best Time for Sunrises and...

    For some reason, the sunrises and sunsets are best between October and March.I missed the better shot a few minutes earlier of this recent sunrise. Sorry for the power lines, but that is a way of life here.

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