The Sherman HotelStaff Picks

Discover top area attractions for outdoor activities, family-fun, and live entertainment by reading through our blog. Our local Staff Picks page showcases our favorite finds in LA and lets you know what’s happening around town.

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    A History of Sherman Oaks

    April 06

    7,000 years ago, Sherman Oaks was home to the Tongva Native Americans. They called the place Siutcanga, and the heart of their village was just west of present-day Sherman Oaks.

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    Spring into Wellness

    March 02

    Spring is a beautiful time in SoCal—winter rains have brought fresh greens to our parks and canyons, and exercising outside in mild weather feels like a dream. Less than 5 miles from The Sherman, there are a number of beautiful parks for getting moving outdoors.

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    Date Nights in Sherman Oaks

    February 03

    No one needs an excuse for a romantic night out—whether it’s with yourself, with friends, or with someone special. Sherman Oaks has no shortage of tantalizing food in charming settings. Below are a few local dining spots known for an amorous atmosphere.

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    Meet me at the Mall, or the Movies

    January 06

    After the holiday season, a welcome lull returns to America’s shopping malls. When in sunny SoCal, an al fresco shopping experience is one of the delights of a winter getaway.

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    Lights in the Valley

    December 02

    The Valley has no shortage of holiday spirit during the month of December. Catch three different special light displays that represent varying faiths and traditions.

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    ET, Jurassic Park, or the Library?

    November 01

    The Valley is a naturally nostalgic place, with Tinseltown nearby and so much cultural lore. The holidays often bring bouts of childhood nostalgia, and what better way to confront it than to dive right in? This month, you can relive the films classics of decades past.

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    Calabazas in Calabasas

    October 01

    This month, cruise through the Santa Monica Mountains for a breath of fresh air and a more rustic Halloween experience. From October 3 to November 3, the whole family will be welcome at the scenic King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas—just a 25-minute drive from The Sherman.

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    Hike Your Heart Out

    September 03

    September is a beautiful time to get outdoors in the Valley as the summer sun mellows out and the days are still long enough to enjoy sweet sunset hikes. The Sherman is perfectly located to enjoy some of the area’s most beloved walking and hiking trails, many of which aren’t as heavily Instagrammed as Runyon Canyon.

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    Cinematic Sunsets

    August 01

    Bring a bit of Hollywood to the valley with an outdoor cinematic experience. The month of August is perfect for an alfresco screening, as you’ll be sure to have the year’s warmest evenings and a backdrop of the lingering sunset.

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    Celebrate Independence Day at the Hollywood Bowl

    July 01

    Celebrate Independence Day the City of Angels way at the Hollywood Bowl! From July 2 through July 4, you and your party will want to plan your visit around the Hollywood Bowl’s July 4th Fireworks Spectacular.

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    Join the LA Community in Celebrating Pride

    June 03

    Not only is the official start to the summer season right around the corner, but this month also welcomes back the annual LA Pride Parade! One of the largest pride events in the country, the LA celebration attracts nearly half a million attendees each and every year to support and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in LA and beyond.

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    Visit the Sherman Oaks Farmers Market for Fresh Produce

    May 06

    Is there anything better than eating fresh, farm-focused food? In California, not much. Experience the Golden State like a true local by visiting the Sherman Oaks Farmers Market.

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    Fight Off the Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios

    April 01

    Experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood like never before. Beginning this month, the Dark Arts are taking over Hogwarts Castle in a stunning projection experience. 

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    Where to Eat on St. Patrick's Day in LA

    March 04

    With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, you’ll want to plan ahead to make sure you’ll be dining on only the best Irish fare all day long.

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    Guide to Little Tokyo

    February 19

    Hi – I’m Audrey and I’m half of the duo behind Southern California’s favorite boba Instagram, @bobabitchess. Even though our Instagram revolves around mostly boba, we’re also food fanatics and try to share our favorite eats through our Instagram story. Today, I’m excited to team up with The Sherman Hotel to take you on a tour of one of my favorite food meccas in Los Angeles – Little Tokyo!

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    Discover Art at Its Finest at the Getty

    February 04

    The diverse and vibrant artistic community here in LA is one of the many things that makes this city so iconic. Reigning as one of the most popular museums in the world, the Getty is an expansive, inviting look into the incredible works and exhibits from artists all over the globe. 

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  • Student Friendly LA

    January 09

    We get it – as a student you want to travel, but traveling can cost a lot of money. That’s where we come in. We offer some of the lowest rates in the LA area, while still being close to the action (we’re just steps away from Ventura Blvd). We’re also here to give you some of the least expensive/student friendly activities in the area.

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  • Best Museums in LA

    January 08

    Los Angeles is home to some of the world’s best museums ranging from natural history to science and art. Whether you’re looking to see a world renown museum or looking for something a little bit off the beaten path, LA has it all.

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  • Celebrate New Years Day at the Rose Parade

    January 01

    To start your new year off right, you’ll want to make the thirty-minute drive to Pasadena for an LA—and nationwide—tradition: the Rose Parade.

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  • LA Desserts

    December 12

    If there’s one thing we love, it’s desserts and LA has some of the best desserts out there from Korean true milk soft serve to decadent cakes and more. We could go on and on about all the great dessert places in LA, but we’ve narrowed it down to the musts.

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  • Ice-skate and Check Out Holiday Lights Around Los Angeles

    December 03

    We may not have snow in southern California, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fully immerse ourselves in the holiday season! With new, exciting events happening every night, there’s no shortage of merry celebrations to enjoy the season Los Angeles-style.

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  • Cheers to the Start of the Holiday Season in Beverly Hills

    November 05

    The holidays are back in Beverly Hills! All throughout the month and into December, welcome the festive season BH-style with the BOLD Holiday celebrations.

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  • Welcome in Fall at the Sherman Oaks Street Fair

    October 01

    With the fall season rolling in comes one of the area’s most popular events—right here in Sherman Oaks. The 28th Annual Sherman Oaks Street Fair is back on October 21 for an entire day of Southern California fall fun! 

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  • Have Fun with Friends at the Santa Monica Pier

    September 03

    Your trip to Los Angeles won’t be complete without a stop to the iconic Santa Monica Pier. The bright, lively pier has remained one of the most notable landmarks of Southern California since its formation, over 100 years ago. 

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  • Catch Ed Sheeran at the Rose Bowl

    August 06

    Just because the summer is winding down doesn’t mean the fun has to! LA’s summer of amazing concerts continues strong with Ed Sheeran’s North American Tour stop to the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on August 18th. 

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  • Fun Dining, Shops, and Shows Await at Third Street Promenade

    July 02

    Dive into the buzzing scene of Downtown Santa Monica with an afternoon at the Third Street Promenade. A lively mix of shops, eateries, and street performers, the Promenade always has something exciting going on just waiting for you! 

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  • The Annual LA Pride Parade Returns June 9 - 10

    June 04

    June not only marks the start of the summer season but also welcomes one of the biggest pride events in the country. The annual LA Pride Parade, June 9 – 10, attracts thousands—nearly half a million—of visitors every year to show support and celebration of the LGBTQ+ community.

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  • Stargazing at the Griffith Observatory

    May 03

    We’re always heading straight for the stars at the Griffith Observatory. This L.A. landmark is southern California’s dreamy gateway to the cosmos where visitors can study telescopes, explore exhibits, and enjoy all things galaxy.

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  • A Walk Down Memory Lane Awaits on Sunset Boulevard

    April 02

    Add a bit of Hollywood magic to your trip with a walk down the historic Sunset Boulevard. Beginning in the bright lights of Downtown and ending all the way down in dreamy Malibu, Sunset has remained an iconic street in film, television, and in the eyes of all those looking for the California dream.

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  • A Vibrant Meeting Place for Shopping, Dining, and More

    March 05

    The Galleria offers a lively and diverse open-air space for friends, families, and visitors to connect through food, shopping, entertainment, and more.

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  • A Day Exploring the Beauty of Malibu

    February 01

    Experience the true southern California lifestyle with a visit to peaceful Malibu.

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