2004 Annual General Meeting

Jane Austen Society of North America

October 7-10, 2004
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles, California

Anne Elliot in the City: Interior and Exterior Worlds


(Please note that we have scheduled some companion tours for times during which AGM events are occurring.  If you or your companions would like additional or different tours, you may book them through Special Events Services as well.)

Getty Center

Getty Center
Disney Hall

Disney Hall
Norton Simon

Norton Simon Museum

Thursday, October 7, 2004 Departs Biltmore 10:00 a.m. returns 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 10, 2004 Departs Biltmore 1:00 p.m. returns 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 12, 2004 Departs Biltmore 10:00 a.m. returns at 4:00 p.m.
$42.00, $32.00 Child (3-11)

Discover one of Southern California’s most popular new attractions.  You will experience breathtaking views of the city, mountains and ocean, tranquil gardens and masterpieces of the Getty collections.  The centerpiece of the 110-acre complex is the museum and its collections of pre-20th century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculptures, decorative arts and photographs.  Lunch is optional.


1. Inside Contemporary Downtown LA
Friday, October 8, 2004 Departs Biltmore 9:00 a.m. returns 10:30 p.m.
Monday, October 11, 2004 Departs Biltmore 9:00 a.m. returns 10:30 a.m.
$29.00, $25.00 Child (3-11)

Los Angeles has become a world center for contemporary art and architecture as evidenced by an amazing array of important works in and around Downtown LA.  Stars of the worlds of art and architecture, such as Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, David Hockney and Robert Graham, call Los Angeles their home. On this tour you will visit Modernist sites such as the Los Angeles Music Center, Colburn School, Well’s Fargo Center and DWP Building, Post-Modern edifices (The Library Tower (the tallest building on the west coast), Gas Company Tower, MoCA and California Plaza, and more recent creations such as Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall.  You’ll also see artwork by Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, Joan Miro, Robert Rauschenberg and Frank Stella, to name a few.

2. Inside Historic Downtown LA Walking Tour
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 Departs Biltmore 2:00 p.m. returns 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 10, 2004 Departs Biltmore 2:00 p.m. returns 3:30 p.m.
$29.00, $25.00 Child (3-11)

This tour explores a cityscape virtually unchanged since the golden era of Hollywood.  You won’t believe all the historic, cultural and architectural treasures that are waiting to be discovered.  In the heart of Downtown’s “Historic District” is the “Broadway historic Theatre District”- the largest historic theatre district in the United States.  Your guide will lead you INSIDE some of America’s most beautiful original picture palaces and you will be transported back to the 1930”s.  You’ll visit the Grand Central Market (a European style food hall), the opulent ballrooms of the Biltmore Hotel, Central Library, Clifton’s Cafeteria (an inspiration for Disneyland), the Art Deco landmarks Edison and Title Guarantee Buildings, and the Bradbury Building.  Downtown Los Angeles is often used as a movie “back lot” for turn-of –the-century New York or Chicago because of pre WW2 architecture.  Films shot here include Bladerunner, The Sting, Ghostbusters, Chaplin, Pay it Forward, Vertigo, Arthur, and 48 Hours.

Friday October 8 Departs Biltmore 9:00 a.m. and returns 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday October 12 Departs Biltmore 9:00 a.m. and returns 5:00 p.m.
$54.00, $49.00 Child (3-11)

Spend a day you will long remember experiencing the art collections and botanical gardens of the famed Huntington Library with its Gutenberg Bible, famous works of art such as Blue Boy and Pinkie, and its 11 different types of gardens.   At the Norton Simon Museum you will view a collection of European art from the Renaissance to the mid-20th Century, including works by Botticelli, Rubens and Van Gogh. Your group will be escorted by a special docent..  Lunch is optional.
Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive

La Brea Tar Pits

LA Co Art Museum and La Brea Tar Pits
Olvera Street

Olvera Street, Old Los Angeles

Saturday, October 9 Departs Biltmore 9:00 a.m. and returns 5:00 p.m.
$59.00, $49.00 Child

Experience famed art treasures, artifacts and a glimpse into the historical evolution of  civilization as we know it at the Los Angeles County Museum.  Then continue on to the unique Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, one of the world’s most famous fossil locations.  Now for a change of pace, you’ll visit the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage that offers a collection of art and artifacts depicting the historical and fictional history of the American West from the 16th century to present.  Arrangements will be made to have your group escorted by a special docent.  Lunch is optional.

Sunday, October 10 Departs Biltmore 2:00 p.m. returns 7:00 p.m.
$45.00, $39.00 Child (3-11)

On this tour you  will visit the harbor of Marina Del Rey and explore exotic shops and boardwalk cafés with panoramic views at Fisherman’s Village.  You’ll continue to Venice Beach with its happy atmosphere and street performers along the Ocean Front Walk.  Then stroll along the 3rd Street Promenade, with its unique shops, and amble along the Santa Monica Pier.  Dinner is optional.

Monday, October 11 Departs Biltmore 9:00 a.m. returns 5:00 p.m.
$45.00, $39.00 Child (3-11)

Visit Hollywood, the famous Hollywood Bowl, the Graumann’s Chinese Theater, Hollywood Boulevard, the Highland Center and the celebrated Sunset Strip.  See exciting Rodeo Drive, one of the world’s most famous shopping addresses.  You’ll have time for lunch at the popular Farmer’s Market with its unique shops and restaurants.  Enjoy Little Tokyo and Chinatown and see the birthplace of Los Angeles in historic Olvera Street.  The Music Center, Disney Center and Griffith Park provide additional attractions.  Lunch is optional.

Monday, October 11 Departs Biltmore 9:00 a.m. returns 5:00 p.m.
$84, $69.00 Child (2-9)

Who could visit sunny Southern California and not go to Disneyland? At Disneyland Park, fun and adventure await in eight theme lands with classic Disney characters, favorite attractions, live entertainment and parades down Main Street U.S.A.  The Resort encompasses more than 60 major rides, 50 shops and 30 restaurants. Admission is included.

LA POWER SHOPPING-Fashion District and Jewelry Mart
Monday October 11, 2004 Departs Biltmore 10:00 a.m. and returns 4:00 p.m.
Adults $39.00 Child (3-11) $29.00

You’ll depart the Biltmore Hotel in a deluxe motor coach with a knowledgeable tour escort for a short ride and tour of the hottest shopping area in town.  See all the locations in the Fashion/Garment District and Jewelry District, which offers fantastic savings on designer cloths and Jewelry items; sometimes as much as a 50% savings off of retail shopping mall prices.  We’ll then visit Olvera Street, the birthplace of Los Angeles, which offers many options for Lunch and souvenir shopping. After lunch, we’re back to the Garment/Jewelry District, equipped with a map that describes the locations and types of merchandise available…then your out on your own so you can shop till you drop.  Your motor coach will be waiting at 3:30pm to take you back to your hotel.  Lunch is not included.    


Reservations for tours should be made directly with the tour company. Thirty days notice to Special Events Services is required to accommodate disabled access or other special needs on tours. The company Special Events Services may be contacted at: (800) 738-6739.

Or you may wish to register for tours online at: www.specialeventsservices.com