Category Archives: Hollywood on Holiday

Newt’s Paradise – Apple Valley’s Spectacular Hilltop House

A few months ago I did a post on the historic Apple Valley Inn and was delighted with the response it generated from both those who knew and loved the Inn in its heyday and those who had never heard … Continue reading

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High Glamour in the High Desert – The Apple Valley Inn

Even at the giveaway price of $2.75 an acre, most people probably thought Bernard “Bud” Westlund and Newton T. “Newt” Bass were crazy when they began buying up some 22,000 acres of “worthless” high desert land to the east of … Continue reading

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Incident at the Hotel Arcadia

When it opened with a gala ball on the evening of January 24, 1887, the elegant Hotel Arcadia became Santa Monica’s first luxury hotel and the second largest, next to Pasadena’s Raymond, in all of Southern California. Built at the … Continue reading

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