5 Best LA Wine-Tasting Tours

Southern California is home to some of the world’s most scenic wine country. Having offered wine-tasting tours throughout the region for over twenty years, we know the ins and outs of about every SoCal vineyard. From the tasting rooms in the city to the green rolling vineyards of the countryside — these are our top picks for best wine-tasting adventures in Southern California!



5. Los Angeles wine tours

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Airport sedan at Downtown’s San Antonio Winery

Although not home to any vineyards per say, tasting rooms are endless in the City of Angels. Maybe the most popular tours for our airport sedan and LA limousine services include the wineries of Downtown LA, including the San Antonio Winery, the oldest still producing winery in the city. San Antonio also offers daily behind-the-scenes tours of its winery, and is also one of few wineries to offer food. Many smaller independent wineries are found throughout the Greater LA Area, including St. James Spirits in Irwindale, Rancho De Philo Winery in Alta Loma, Galleano Winery in Mira Loma and Joseph Filippi Winery in Rancho Cucamonga. Orange County is home to numerous great tasting-rooms and wineries popular for limousine and party bus riders, including Anaheim’s O.C. Custom Wine, Sierra Madre Vineyard in Placentia, Stewarts Vineyards in Yorba Linda and the Departure Wine Company in Orange. Several of these wineries are only open for scheduled appointments, make sure to research opening times or contact our limo services to set up your wine tour itinerary.



Prefer party bus brewery-hopping with beer-tastings?



4. Santa Barbara wine tours

limo-in-santa-barbara-limousineYou don’t have to venture out in the backcountry to experience great tastings. There are numerous great tasting-rooms located within the city of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara wine tours to the Deep Sea Tasting Room on Stearns Wharf have become increasingly popular and offers gorgeous 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. One of the unique qualities of wine-tasting tours in Santa Barbara is the close proximity between the various tasting-rooms. A short walk separates over ten wineries in the city, including tasting-rooms such as the Corks n’ Crowns Tasting Room, Riverbench Santa Barbara Tasting Room, Kalyra by the Sea, Lafond Winery and Fox Wine Co. A great tour worth researching is the Sustainable Vine Wine Tours with behind-the-scene experiences at various wineries, including Ampelos Cellars, Demetria- and Alma Rosa Wineries. The Santa Barbara Winery is a must, which is the oldest winery in the county. A great start to a wine-tasting experience on the American Riviera is to watch the movie Sideways (2004). Featuring many of the county’s most popular wineries, watching Sideways will inspire and excite all wine-lovers.

3. Malibu wine tours

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Live music at Malibu Family Wines

Maybe despite what you might think, the inland Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu is home to nearly fifty vineyards with numerous great wineries and tasting rooms. Furthermore, Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio is a tasting-room for those who prefer tastings by the sea! Located just across the PCH from Topanga Beach is where we find Rosenthal, which often offers live music, outdoor movie screenings and standup comedy shows to accompany the wine-tasting. Further inland is where we find Cornell Winery & Tasting Room, Malibu Family Wines and SIP Malibu Grapes, three additional tasting rooms located in the beautiful Malibu Canyons and hidden away from the busy freeway. While picnicking is popular for limo- and party bus customers at Malibu Family Wines, while Cornell Winery & Tasting Room is situated right next-door from the Old Place Restaurant where one can easily combine a meal to the wine tour. It’s a lot of great live entertainment at both Malibu Family Wines and Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio. Make sure to check out their itineraries online to combine your wine-tasting tour with the entertainment of your choice.

2. Santa Ynez wine tours

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Sunstone Vineyards & Winery in Santa Ynez

One of Southern California’s most scenic and picturesque vineyards can be found in the Santa Maria- and Santa Ynez Valleys of Santa Barbara County. Conveniently located within a short drive from cities such as Santa Barbara and Ventura, these valleys of ever-green rolling hills and beautiful winery-mansions make for the ultimate Southern California wine-tasting adventure. Bordered by the Purisma Hills, Santa Ynez Mountains and San Rafael Mountains, the Santa Ynez Valley consists of over 40,000 acres of vineyards and is considered one of SoCal’s most unflawed and idyllic wine-growing regions in California. Some of the most popular wineries for limo services are the Sunstone Vineyards and Winery, Bridlewood Estate Winery, Firestone Vineyards, Kalyra Winery, Brander Vineyard and the Gainey Vineyard. Bridlewood makes for a quintessential tastings adventure and is surrounded by beautiful vineyards which are ideal for picnicking in the natural beauty of the valley. Both Bridlewood- and Sunstone Wineries are worth a visit solely because of its gorgeous architecture. While Bridlewood has an equestrian architecture, Sunstone is built after an European estate. Bring your picnic basket along and enjoy an outdoor lunch at Kalyra- or Bridlewood Winery!

1. Temecula wine tours

best-wine-tours-santa-barbaraArguably the most gorgeous vineyards in the nation can be found the famous Temecula Valley of Riverside County. Here you will find over 30,000 acres of vineyards and more than fifty wineries spread throughout the valley. With a tourism industry that accumulates over half a billion dollars per year, Temecula Valley is a tremendously popular limousine destination for both local Californians as well as tourists visiting the region. Located 85 miles south of Los Angeles, Temecula can be visited by taking a 90-minute ride south or by being combined with Palm Springs, which is relatively close by. Some of the most visited wineries by our limousine clientele include the Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard, Mount Palomar Winery, Miramonte Winery, Leoness Cellars and Hart Family Winery. While Leoness Cellars and Mount Palomar Winery offer dining on location, the beautiful vineyards at Wilson Creek is also popular make for great picnicking. Live music and entertainment can be enjoyed at the Miramonte- and Mount Palomar Wineries. Tastings at Leoness Cellars are often served in the combination with food pairings such as cheeses and more. The beautiful palace and natural beauty surrounding the South Coast Winery Resort & Spa can make for a great getaway, complete with its own hotel, shops, restaurant, spa and more.

We serve all Southern California vineyards — from the Malibu Canyons to the Santa Ynez Mountain and down to the Temecula Valley. So for whatever kind of wine-tasting adventure you’d like to experience, contact us today at toll-free number (866) 319-LIMO to reserve your wine-tasting trip!

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NEW: Introducing LA Pokemon Go Tours! | Click To See Best Los Angeles Pokéspots & Discounts!

pokemon-go-los-angeles-limo-services-2016-la-city-tours-by-blackhawkBecause of the high number of people requesting limo tours in order to catch Pokemons, we at Blackhawk have made a list of some of the most popular and best places for Pokemon Go in LA. Every Pokemon Go player will know that there’s nothing more annoying than watching all those rare Pokemons just fly by on the side of the freeway with no possibility of being caught. Of course playing on your cellphone is also incredibly dangerous while driving, which makes it even more annoying that most Pokemons seem to appear while driving fast down a street or road. But the perfect solution is here – for kids, teenagers, birthday parties, friends night’s out or for any other occasion, – Blackhawk is now proud to be able to offer chauffeured Pokemon hunts to some of the region’s most popular Pokemon spots.

Tips for Discounts & Deals!

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Look for water type Pokemons by the ocean

Did you know several places throughout the City of Angels offer discounts for Pokémon Go players? If not, check this out! Not only do Pokémon Go players get 50 % off the admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art, but can also enjoy the $5 drinks at Santa Monica Pier’s Rusty’s Surf Ranch exclusively for those playing Pokémon Go. Tag a photo of a Pokémon inside the Skirball Cultural Center and upload it to social media in order to get the chance of winning free tickets for up to four people. The number of places offering special deals for Pokémon Go players are rapidly increasing, people booking limos for rent on their hunt can ask the restaurant or other destination in advance of possible discounts for Pokémon Go players. Looking for a place to stay? Why not take advantage of Hilton Los Angeles’ in Universal City with its 3 pokéstops and a gym? Swing by Silver Lake’s El Cid for a weekly Pokemon Go happy hour every day from 4-6 PM with drinks for only $5 for all Pokemon players. Also take advantage of a 20 percent off at Hollywood’s Yamashiro. The city metro has also recently launched its own Twitter page for Pokemon Go players with info on pokéstops and more, check out @PokemonGOMetro on Twitter! Going to the airport? Ordering LAX sedan services will allow you to actually visit the abundance of pokéstops located throughout the terminals. Ask the driver to go slowly, or stop by each pokéstop!

Best Places for Water Pokemons

santa-monica-pier-2016-on-a-pokemon-go-city-tour-with-la-limoWhile most go to the Santa Monica- and Venice Beaches on their hunt for water Pokemons, there are many additional places that might be just as fun and rewarding. Both the Santa Monica Pier and many areas in Venice have pokéstops, which makes it easy to refill pokéballs while still looking for new ones. A recent birthday party of kids in a Ventura party bus ventured down to Santa Monica Beach for three reasons: 1) They had heard extremely rare types such as Dratini and Electabuzz are prevalent here, 2) The Santa Monica Pier has three Pokéstops, and 3) In order to catch water Pokemons. For the adult players, remember to go by the Rusty’s Surf Ranch on the pier for an exclusive $5 drink deal for Pokémon Go players. Looking for a place for water Pokemons while dining? The beautiful Cheesecake Factory on the beach in Marina del Rey might be your best shot. Not just a pokéstop with gym nearby, with its location on the beach it draws an incredibly huge amount of rare Pokemons. Many limousine rental riders have caught Pokemons such as Seel, Shelldeer, Squirtle, Hitmonlee, Gloom, Kabutops, and so many more at this location. Just a short walk from the ocean shore, go for a stroll at the beach in between refilling for pokéballs at the pokéstop for an even bigger chance of catching a water type.

Pokehunting & Rollercoasters

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Theme parks are meccas for PokéStops, gyms, and Pokemons!

Universal Studios Hollywood might be our number one recommendation for best places for Pokemon Go in LA. Our gamer clientele have told us there are “way more than twenty pokéstops here,” and many rare Pokemons have been caught here. Similarly, we recently transported Santa Barbara limo clientele from Montecito to Disneyland because of the theme park’s abundance of Pokemons. “Nearly all rollercoasters are also pokéstops,” a satisfied mother told the chauffeur after their day of rides and pokéhunting in Disneyland. If you end up heading to Universal, make sure to take a stroll along Universal CityWalk for a great chance of seeing rare Pokemons and discovering many pokéstops in addition to CityWalk’s two gyms. As far as inside Universal Studios, you can enjoy 20 pokéstops at the Studio tours and visit the park’s numerous gyms. Not to forget, the studio tours are also a great way of getting your eggs to hatch early! Don’t forget to go by the Transformers ride for not just a gym, but two pokéstops.

Pokemon Go Malibu Wine Tours!

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This old vehicle at Malibu Family Wines is also a PokéStop.

Malibu Family Wines is the best place for enjoying a wine tour while still catching Pokemons. Not only does this winery offer a gym, but also two pokéstops, which can make a visit here a lot of fun! By their private safari tours further up the Malibu Canyons there isn’t just an additional pokéstop, but people of all ages will love their safaris featuring animals such as buffalos, camels, zebras, giraffes, alpacas, turtles, and more. If you arrive on your own, this is also the place where you will be parking your vehicle before jumping on one of their many shuttles going back to the winery. One of the major reason limousine rental clients fall in love with this place is their great weekend entertainment, featuring karaoke nights, movie screenings, standup comedy, concerts, and much more! Many visitors here combine their tours with visits to the Malibu Café, where you can also find numerous pokéstops as well as a gym. The Malibu Café also has a gorgeous creek running by which increases your chances of catching water types. Come by after dark for a higher chance of witnessing rare and desired Pokémon types. Other Malibu wine-tasting venues include Cornell as well as Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio. Clientele booking Malibu wine tours to Rosenthal love that it’s right across from the Pacific Ocean, increasing the chances of catching water types. Being a gym, Ladyface Alehouse in Agoura is popular for many renting our Ventura party bus vehicles and limousines for mixing wine-tasting with poké-hunting.

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There are countless PokéStops and Pokemons at LAX.

Prefer traveling by public transport? The Twitter app @PokemonGOMetro can help you discover the many pokéstops and gyms located at most metro trail stations in LA. Furthermore, Downtown’s Union Station with its many significant landmarks and paintings is home to numerous pokéstops and gyms, making it a mecca for many utilizing limos for rent in search of Pokemons. Prefer walking? As both the Grove and the Pan Pacific Park are home to numerous pokéstops and gyms, go for the quick walk and get the most of your visit to the mall! Whether you are searching for a Santa Barbara limo for pokehunting on Santa Ynez wine tours, or a party bus for a Pokemon themed birthday or gathering, Blackhawk is your choice for LA and LAX sedan services, limos, buses, SUV’s and other luxury vehicles. Call us today for a free quote, or to hear more about the exclusive price match guarantee for all new clients.

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5+ Best LA Theme Parks!

southern-california-2016-theme-parks-best-top-by-la-limo-services-and-lax-limousine-service-at-the-airportDid you know that LA is home to America’s fastest rollercoasters? The Greater Los Angeles Area is home to countless theme parks, carnivals and amusement parks with activities for the whole family. Whether to experience the nation’s fastest rides or the original Disney theme park, our limo services is a top notch choice for all destinations. For many tourists, booking a stretch Hummer limousine is a perfect beginning for a vacation at the Disneyland Resort. For locals, booking stretch limos for Universal Studios or Magic Mountain can make the adventure a little more exciting. Birthday parties are for good reason often celebrated at local theme parks with limousines for transportation. Why not combine a birthday party, a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm, and an awesome limo excursion? We do offer a price rate guarantee, but the increasingly expensive costs of admission to the parks can be a pain. Smaller theme parks aren’t just less costly to visit, but offers generally speaking less time waiting and more time for fun. From some of the world’s largest – to some of the local hidden gems – here are our bets for the best Southern California theme parks.

Happiest Place on Earth

disneyland-limo-services-in-los-angeles-party-bus-and-limousine-rental-LACreated by Walt Disney in the mid 1950’s, the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim is the original Disney theme park and also Southern California’s most visited tourist attraction. With over 16 million visitors per year, the Disney theme park is also the sixth most visited tourist attraction in America. With millions of tourists visiting the park every year, we are offering daily LA airport transportation and limousines for clients vacationing in Southern California. Disneyland was established in 1955, while the more recent newcomer, the Disney California Adventure opened in 2001. Main Street U.S.A. is a must with its shops and cafes, while Tomorrowland is another attraction worth experiencing. Looking to spend a few days at Disneyland? Many clients order their Los Angeles party bus for their ride there, then stay for a few nights, and call us for the rides home. Some of the most popular hotels include the Disneyland Hotel on Magic Way, Disney’s Paradise Pier on Disneyland Drive, and the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel on South Disneyland Dr. With over sixteen million people visiting each year, the wait lines can be long and sometimes even intolerable. Order a fast pass ticket to reduce the time waiting in lines for each ride. Whether you are in need of sedans, limousines, party buses or LAX sedan service, American Luxury Limousine is the only Disneyland limo service offering a price match guarantee!


LA’s Entertainment Capital

entrance-to-universal-studios-hollywood-with-LA-limos-for-rent-in-los-angeles-ca-2016Maybe the most signature Southern California experience is a visit to the Universal Studios Hollywood. Besides popular rides such as Jurassic Park, Shrek, the Mummy and Simpsons, the studio tram tours are maybe the most popular ride here. On the studio tour, limousine rental clients can enjoy multiple sets from their favorite movies and television series, including sets from the airport scenes in War of the Worlds (2005), the famous Bates Motel in Psycho (1960), Whoville in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Amity Island in Jaws (1975), and the Mysteria Lane neighborhood in Desperate Housewives. Accompanied with one of our limos for rent, featured for example in the Bachelor, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Meet the Kardashians, everyone will feel like a big shot when visiting the studios! With over five million visitors per year, Universal Studios Hollywood is also the most visited tourist attraction in Los Angeles County, and one of America’s top ten most visited amusement parks! When they are done with the rides, many using our limos for rent go for a stroll along the adjacent Universal CityWalk. Here you can enjoy great restaurants, shopping, bars, and more. Most rides here are named after various best selling movies, including the Revenge of the Mummy the Ride, Terminator 2 3D, Jurassic Park the Ride, King Kong 360,  Shrek 4D, and more. People from all over Southern California use our Ventura-, LA- and Santa Barbara limo services for their transfers to and from Universal Studios. So wherever place in SoCal you are, we will be able to assist your transportation needs!

America’s Fastest Rollercoasters

lax-limo-and-la-airport-sedan-rentals-and-limos-for-rent-los-angelesWith some of the world’s fastest rollercoasters, including the Riddler’s Revenge and Tatsu, Six Flags Magic Mountain is the perfect choice for those seeking a thrill. Especially recommended for teenagers and adults alike, we get daily calls for LA limos and LAX sedan service for transportation to Magic Mountain in Valencia. The over 250-acre park has rides such as Scream, X2, Deja Vu, Goliath, Viper, Superman, and many more. Just 30 miles north of LA, we have weekly clients ordering their limousine rental from us in order to head to Magic Mountain. While X2 is a 5th dimensional rollercoaster, Viper reaches for the skies at nearly 190 feet in the air. Colossus is the fastest wooden rollercoaster in the Western U.S., while the Riddler’s Revenge is the world’s fastest standup rollercoaster. Full Throttle is the world’s fastest looping rollercoaster which goes through a 160 feet loop. Whether you’re in Santa Barbara, Ventura or LA, contact us for your LA airport transportation, city- and wine tours, birthday parties, proms, or any other event.

Best SoCal Waterparks

universal-studios-on-tour-with-american-luxury-limousine-los-angeles-california-2016With more than ten major water theme parks, the greater Los Angeles Area can be a difficult place to pick a water park to visit. With its beautiful sunny Mediterranean weather, it may be no surprise that water parks are popular destinations for our LA-, Ventura- and Santa Barbara limo services. Whether you prefer the larger parks such as Knott’s Soak City, Raging Waters Los Angeles or Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, or smaller water parks with less waiting lines, Southern California has it! While Raging Waters is the largest park, occupying 45 acres, the water slides might be the best at the more famous Hurricane Harbor and Knott’s Soak City. Raging Waters is located in Boneli Regional Park, Soak City in Buena Park, and Hurricane Harbor is next door to Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA. Several of the smaller parks, such as Great Wolf Lodge by Anaheim, offers cheap pricing and less waiting. For example could a daily entrance ticket to the Great Wolf Lodge be found for $15, while adults are $7 at the Seaside Lagoon Redondo Beach! Other great water parks worth checking out include The Cove Water Park in Redondo, Los Angeles’ Stoner Park Splash Park, Sigler Park Splash Pad in Westminister, and the Buccaneer Bay Splash Water Park in La Mirada. While Malibu may not have a lot of theme parks, combining a day at the beach with a visit to the Malibu Wine Safaris on a Malibu wine tour might be just as fun!

Cheaper & Less Crowded

With so many great large and famous LA amusement parks, it is easy to mistakingly believe theme park admissions have to cost a fortune. But there are also several minor amusement parks throughout SoCal, where our Los Angeles party bus clients have told us the waiting lines are shorter and the price is cheaper at for instance Knott’s Berry Farm. You can expect half the prices and half the wait lines at Knott’s. Tickets here are $56.99 and with over 160 attractions, you will unlikely go through them all. Ghost Town and its Ghost Rider is a must. So is panning for gold here. Looking for a thrilling rollercoaster? You’ll find them too here. Check for instance out the Jaguar or Montezooma Revenge with its 75 foot loop. Other great rides worth checking out are the Xcelerator, the Boomerang, the Pony Express, Riptide, and many more. Cool off in the even more affordable next door water park, Knott’s Soak City, where the entrance is $21.99 for children. Enjoying a day at the beach? Head by the Pacific Park for the original pier theme park experience if you’re by Santa Monica, or head to on a safari and Malibu wine tour if you’re by Malibu! Exploring the Balboa Peninsula and Balboa Island? Visiting the Balboa Fun Zone is a must for anyone in Newport Beach.

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