When the temperatures start to rise, few things are better than hopping in your BMW or Mini and taking off on an adventure. When you’re in the mood for some exciting fun in the sun, there’s certainly no shortage of things to do in Malibu. Here are a few of our favorite summertime hotspots.
Few things are more stressful than when you notice your vehicle starting to make an unfamiliar noise. While Mini Coopers are notoriously reliable, they do have some common problems. This simple troubleshooting guide will help you diagnose that funny sound and figure out exactly what your Mini is trying to tell you.
Santa Monica is a haven for tourists, and with good reason. From the Santa Monica Pier to Third Street Promenade, there’s no end to the fun things visitors can do. As a local, though, you’ll eventually hit a point when you just can’t take another minute of touristy-fun. Are you ready to step away from the obvious and explore a whole new side of Santa Monica? We’ve got you covered! Here are five awesome, non-touristy activities to add to your summertime to-do list.
After a day of enjoying adventures behind the wheel of your BMW or Mini Cooper, there are few things better than indulging in a decadent dinner at one of the hottest new restaurants in Beverly Hills. While there’s no shortage of great places to eat in the area, a few spots truly stand out. Check out these five awesome eateries that actually live up to the hype.
The luxury of driving a BMW or Mini is enough to make you want to plan an epic road trip every weekend. Sometimes, though, the most exciting things to do are right in your own backyard.
Want to plan an unforgettable getaway without having to fill up your gas tank? Look no further than the bustling city of Burbank. From a first-hand look into the most popular Hollywood productions to vintage shopping and gourmet foods, there’s no shortage of exciting things to do. Here are five of our favorite ways to spend the day in Burbank.
Warner Brothers VIP Studio Tours
You can’t get the full Burbank experience without the Warner Brothers VIP studio tour. You’ll get to visit backlots and sound stages for today’s hottest movies and television shows, check out the exhibits dedicated to Batman, Harry Potter, and DC Universe, and get up-close and personal with the Friend’s Central Perk set. It’s something every local and visitor should do at least once.
Shopping at Magnolia Park
For a more low-key way to spend your day, head on over to Magnolia Park and check out the many unique shops, boutiques, and eateries. We love to shop for vintage clothing at Hilary’s Vanity and search for treasures at retro retailer Bearded Lady Vintage. Whether you’re looking for clothing, gifts, art, or that unique purchase you just can’t resist, you’re likely to find it at Magnolia Park.
Lunch at Porto’s Bakery
After you’re done shopping, plan to stick around for lunch at Porto’s Bakery. The Porto family has been delighting visitors since they opened their first restaurant in 1960 after relocating to California from their native Cuba. They’re well-known for their delicious tamales, meat pies, empanadas, and pastrami sandwiches. It’s also not uncommon to find people lined up around the block waiting to get their hands on some of Porto’s famous baked goods. Make sure you save room for dessert because it’s definitely worth it!
Cocktails at The Green Room
The Green Room is one of Burbank’s best-kept secrets, but it’s also one you won’t want to miss. This upscale bar is hidden inside Castaway, so only those who are “in the know” are likely to find it. One of the area’s best places to see and be seen, The Green Room offers immersive cocktail experiences, unique bites, VIP service and one of the best views of the city you’ll find anywhere. A dress code is enforced and reservations are required, so plan this visit ahead of time!
An Evening at Flapper’s Comedy Club
If you love a good laugh, you’ll definitely want to check out Flapper’s Comedy Club. This one-stop-shop features three separate spaces so you’re sure to find the atmosphere that’s right for you. Spend your time in the bar, the main room, or the Yoo Hoo room. This club pulls in top talent and offers over 40 shows every week. Even better, you can enjoy a full dinner along with the show.
Burbank’s Premier BMW Service Center – The HAUS
Located just a short 15-minute drive from the city of Burbank, The Haus is your go-to destination for BMW and Mini service and repair. Check out our special offers, then give us a call to schedule an appointment with one of our certified mechanics. Once you’ve experienced our quality, service, and low prices, you’ll understand why The Haus is Southern California’s preferred repair shop.
There’s no vehicle on the market that compares to the Mini Cooper. These luxury economy cars are adorable, trendy, and FUN TO DRIVE! They’re so unique, it’s no surprise that they’ve earned a large following of loyal and passionate owners. One thing you’ll find when you buy a Mini is that you’ll feel an immediate camaraderie with other owners and enthusiasts. Whether you own a new Mini Cooper or a classic model or are still thinking about buying one, there’s a group of friendly owners who are more than happy to share their experiences with you. Here are some of the most popular local Mini Cooper clubs for you to check out.
SoCal Mini Maniacs
A friendly and casual social club, SoCal Mini Maniacs welcomes all Mini Cooper enthusiasts. The club is very active, with some type of event or meet-up happening almost every weekend. Examples include breakfast meetings, canyon runs and track days, and even multi-day road trips along the back roads of California. There’s truly something for everyone, and many of the events are even pet-friendly! Although there are always plenty of events to choose from, there’s no obligation for members to attend anything. Your initial membership cost of $35 gives you a club patch and ID cards, access to the group Facebook page, and discounts on MINI merchandise from dealerships and supporting vendors. The ongoing annual cost is $20 per year, making this club a great value and an excellent way to make new friends!
Los Angeles Mini Cooper Car Club
The Los Angeles Mini Cooper Car Club gives Mini owners access to exclusive discounts on service, parts, window tinting, and accessories from participating dealers. There’s no application process and no ongoing contract, so it’s easy to join at any time.
Once you’ve signed up and paid your first monthly payment of $9.99, you’ll receive a club badge that can be used for discounts at Mini of Valencia, Mini of Universal City, Go Badges, NFC Performance, and many other local restaurants and businesses. Members who want to organize rides or meet-ups can also submit their information to the club, which will promote the event on their website.
Mini Owners of America Los Angeles (MOALA)
A non-profit club dedicated to both classic and new Mini car enthusiasts, Mini Owners of America Los Angeles supports friendship, education, sport, and charity. This is a very active group that regularly hosts events including car shows, runs, breakfast clubs, holiday parties, and more. You don’t have to own a Mini to join this club, but there’s a good chance that after spending time around these passionate owners, you’ll decide to buy one of your own.
Only Trust Your Mini to the Very Best Service
When it comes to caring for your Mini Cooper, it pays to demand the very best. That’s why so many owners in the West Los Angeles area trust their vehicles to The Haus of Minis. Our professional certified technicians offer world-class service and ensure that your Mini is repaired correctly the first time. Contact us today to discuss our maintenance programs and repair services.
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With a handful of thoughtfully-chosen changes and much-needed improvements made for this season, the 34th annual, FREE, and all-ages cool concert series held at the world-famous Santa Monica Pier is booked and ready to launch in September.
Every once in a blue moon, a truly iconic vehicle is designed so distinctly differently from every other vehicle that it creates a space all its own in the automotive industry. Throughout the decades since it was first unveiled, the MINI Brand is one such mainstay..
MINI Cooper From The Beginning
In the late 1950s when fuel prices were skyrocketing, Alec Issigonis – the top design engineer at the Morris Company – was asked to draft and build a fuel-efficient little vehicle that could comfortably hold four adults and be affordable for just about everyone. The creative challenge was embraced with enthusiasm! In 1959, the first two-door, 4-cyclinder engine MINI (Mark I) was launched. Issigonis had designed a small vehicle with plenty of room in the front – due to his ingenious idea to strategically place the vehicle’s wheels all the way to the corners, and with plenty of room in the back– due to his clever idea to turn the engine sideways (which also gave the mini vehicle more stability in tight turns).
From Central to Southern California, there are countless places to explore in your BMW.
Sand Dollar Beach in Big Sur
As you venture down the central coast of California in your Bimmer, you’ll want to pull over and spend some time in the rugged, mountainous, and stunningly-scenic section known as Big Sur. Although this national treasure of undeveloped coastline offers many beaches that seem hard to access (either because they are blocked by private properties or require precarious hikes to get to), there are some Big Sur beaches you can access, including Sand Dollar Beach. Located along the southern Big Sur coast about half-way between Cambria and Big Sur Station, the long and wide sandy Sand Dollar Beach offers a nice picnic area and great place to watch hardcore surfers ride the waves. While sand dollars are not ever-present along the shores, you can find some beautiful jade stones and rounded sea rock. This destination on your BMW road trip is perfect for fishing, picnicking, or simply beachcombing – and it’s dog-friendly, so feel free to bring Fido. While there are plenty of diverse places to eat in Big Sur, you’ll want to patronize The Big Sur Bakery. Beloved for their credo to “slow down and come to your senses” you’ll enjoy their fresh, homemade pastries and pizzas.