Run­ning in the Hol­ly­wood Hills

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There are the sprawl­ing es­tates of Jen­nifer Anis­ton (when she was mar­ried to Brad Pitt), Tom Cruise (when he was mar­ried to Katie Holmes), Michael Jackson (where he over­dosed), Elvis (in his hey­day) and Mick Jag­ger (when he was get­ting some sat­is­fac­tion).

With some ex­er­cise un­der our belts, we re­ward our­selves with lunch at Gra­cias Madre, a ve­gan Mex­i­can restau­rant on Mel­rose Av­enue, where we or­der the jack­fruit tacos and an enor­mous mar­garita for two.

Then, there's more pool time at The Lon­don be­fore head­ing out to Luc­ques' ivy-cov­ered court­yard for pan-roasted bar­ra­mundi fish paired with Gruner Velt­liner wine from Santa Barbara County.

The next morn­ing, to ef­fort­lessly work off the in­dul­gence, we drop by the West Hol­ly­wood out­let of Shape House – an ur­ban sweat lodge.

We're wrapped in in­frared blan­kets and heated to 77 C for an hour while we sip al­ka­line wa­ter and watch re­peats of That '70s Show on TV.

The pro­fuse sweat­ing pro­motes weight loss, re­duces stress and sore­ness and gives you a big meta­bolic boost for 36 hours.

In­vig­o­rated, and armed with the prom­ise of faster me­tab­o­lism, we Uber to out­door mall The Grove for some shop­ping and lunch be­fore more pool time back at The Lon­don and din­ner at Tesse on the Sun­set Strip.

At Tesse, I'm sure we oblit­er­ate all the ben­e­fits of our sweat by gorg­ing on caviar on toast, lob­ster sausages with French fries dou­ble fried in duck fat and choco­late souf­fle. Oh well, I went for a run the next morn­ing to re­pent, zig-zag­ging up and down streets in the Hol­ly­wood Hills to soak in the palm-tree scenery and say good­bye to Cal­i­for­nia be­fore re­turn­ing to Canada's up­com­ing win­ter.

Air Canada flies to Los An­ge­les from Toronto, Mon­treal, Cal­gary and Van­cou­ver.

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PHOTO BY STEVE MAC­NAULL

Our Bike and Hikes LA Celebrity Tour ped­dles down palm-treed Bed­ford Av­enue in Bev­erly Hills.

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