Every girl needs to just getaway from the day-to-day routine sometimes. Being a mom, working full-time and the wife of a Navy sailor can stretch you to your fullest limits sometimes. This is why I jumped at the opportunity to getaway for a weekend trip to LA for the BET Experience.
Now note, I attended the BET Experience and had no intentions of attending the actual award show. I’m not one for a lot of glitz and glamour and to be honest, just didn’t want to be bothered with the crowds.
The weekend before Essence Festival in New Orleans, the BET Experience is a wonderful, economical alternative. The events were all FREE except for the evening concerts and comedy show. And there was something for every one of all ages.
We opted to stay at the L. A. Hotel Downtown by Hyatt which was about a mile from the Convention Center. Although it was a little further away from the main events, it was close enough to be able to walk to the expo if you so desired. The cost was phenomenal! We paid $120 per night, which is unheard of in downtown Los Angeles. The view was okay and the room was comfortable and a great value for the price.
The event was fun packed and I was in awe to be able to get up close and interact with some of my favorite celebrities. Just when I thought I had seen all I could see, I stumbled upon The Acoustically Speaking mini concerts. Although I didn’t purchase a ticket to the main concerts, I was able to go and enjoy Faith Evans, Taleb Kwali, and Tank. It was a great intimate setting, the sound was amazing! And I thoroughly felt I got my money’s worth. It was after all… FREE!
Next, I went and sat in on the “Genius Talks” with Boris Kodjoe and Will Packer. What a treat! (And not just because Boris is as flawless in person as he is on TV.) But the discuss was great and the audience interaction added to the conversation.
All in all, it was an amazing weekend getaway and I enjoyed the LA Backdrop. In fact, I think it made me even more excited to get home to watch the actual BET Award Ceremony. So I opted to leave early Sunday so I’d be home in time to watch it live. Although they had a free “Watch Party” at the event. I wanted to be home before dark and be able to relax and prepare for work on Monday.
As an early birthday gift to myself and as a prelude to my birthday celebration in a few weeks, I stopped at my new favorite seafood spot, Crab Hut and enjoyed some crab legs, a wonderful cocktail, and the New Orleans ambiance!