The Magic Castle

Last weekend we whisked away to Hollywood for the night with Danny and Jolene to celebrate both Matt and mine's 9th anniversary and Jolene's birthday.  Jolene's Dad has a friend who is a magician and he got us into the Magic Castle in Hollywood.  We booked a suite at the hotel next door (The Magic castle Hotel), and stayed the night out there.  We arrived on Friday around 3:30 and relaxed and enjoyed hanging out in our hotel room before walking next door to the Magic Castle. 

The Magic Castle is really cool.  It was built in 1906 as a private residence and modeled after Kimberly Crest in Redlands.  In the 60s it was sold and became the Magic Castle.  This place is super unique.  You can only get in if you somehow know a magician who is a member... or know someone who knows one :)  They have an amazing resatuarant, tons of little bars, and lots of rooms/small theaters where you watch different people performing magic.

We were fortunate to receive a tour from Jolene's friend and he gave us the rundown as well as the history of The Magic Castle.  It was very interesting.  We enjoyed a suburb meal. I had lamb with an amazing mint cream sauce, it was symphony of flavors in my mouth.... seriously delicious.  From there we saw a couple of shows and watched a couple of people do up close magic.  The magicians were awesome and I never could figure out any of their tricks.

We had to take all of our photos before entering the Castle as they do not allow any photos inside... lest you start snapping pictures and try to figure out a magician's tricks :)  I only had my point and shoot along anyhow.

Here we are all snazzy in our hotel room.  They will not let men inside the Magic Castle without a suit and tie.  It was fun to get all dressed up.

Strike a pose!!

Danny and Jolene lookin' all spiffy

 Danny got all crazy and pulled shank on me...
he said "no more pictures!"

We had to snap a pciture of all of us in front of the Magic Castle... before we had to put our camera away~

Me and my honey...
celebrating 9 years of marriage! 
Next year we hope to be celebrating 10 in Maui (the same place we honeymooned).

Danny and the birthday girl

 This was at the end of the night... I think it was shortly after midnight.
Not too bad of a picture for being that late!
 Our dapper men :)

It was so nice to be able to stay out late and then just walk next door to our hotel instead of having to drive over an hour home... especially since it was the middle of "Carmegeddon"!  lol.  Seriously, traffic was amazing that weekend because everyone stayed home.  We got home without a hitch.

The next morning we lounged around and got ready then headed on out.  A trip to Hollywood would not be complete without driving around Beverly Hills and oogling a couple of mansions :)  We found the Playboy Mansion and I think I might have seen the corner of the roof.... lol.  Seriously it had some serious hedges around the entire property.  We drove down Rodeo Drive and saw a Bugatti Veyron parked on the street (that is a car that costs around 1.5 million!!!!).  It was funny because all kinds of people were stopping to take pictures in front of it.  We got back home around 24 hours after leaving :)

Thank you for taking us along on such an amazing little trip Danny and Jolene!  It was truly unforgettable :)



Teresa DiMillo said…
Jess, you are so cheesy, I LOVE it!
Christy said…
ahhhh happy 9th you guys! So proud of you. God is good and you both are so blessed to have each other. Can't wait to see pictures of your 10 year. You gave me a good idea of for our 15th anniv. coming up in feb.

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