Portillo's Hot Dogs to Mulholland Hwy - Google Maps
Saturday I want to go to Cars and Coffee in Irvine, heard it was awesome. Then do the Lotus lunch at Portillos at noon! Then I want to check out the road where people drive in the wrong lane and fly off the cliffs, and where jay leno drives, that's mulholland right? On sunday, we are free - so what other fun things can my wife and I do? Gotta fit shopping somewhere in there, haha!
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Perhaps you would be better off doing Mulholland Highway on Sunday morning. The drive from Buena Park to The Snake on Mulholland Highway is at *least* an hour and a half. Could be longer depending on Saturday afternoon traffic. If your lunch is only one hour long and you leave promptly at 1, you *could* make the snake by 2:30, but more likely 3pm. And that's not allowing time to actually drive any of the roads, just get there. Sunset in LA next weekend will be about 4:45pm. You will have some seriously long shadows at 3pm, cooler temps, and the local deer population becoming more active (they are most active at sunrise and sunset). And if you are interested in driving Tuna Canyon, you'll definitely want to allow more time. It would be tempting fate (aka dangerous) to try at that time of day.
Not saying, "Don't do it!" but you might consider if there is something else you want to do instead on Saturday in the OC (shopping at South Coast Plaza or Fashion Island; drinks out on Balboa.) and hit the Snake on Sunday morning instead. And that is the day that Leno is usually out, if he's out driving. If that is actually important to you. And there will be cool cars at the Overlook, and cooler motorcycles at the Rock Store, if you're interested in that. If you go Saturday at 3pm, there will be none of that on Mulholland Highway.
As an aside, be sure not to confuse Mulholland Highway and Mulholland Drive. Two different roads. The former is great. The latter becomes a dirt road.
I know Malibu pretty well. I can suggest roads with very detailed directions and commentary that will save you a lot of hassles and get you to all the cool spots. If I haven't got other commitments, I'm happy to show you the roads.
Aside: I don't own a Lotus at this time. I'm shopping though. Seeking a 2007 Elise. Presently still in an '07 S2000.
PS Regarding places to stay: If you want to be near C&C, consider booking in the South Coast Metro area in one of the hotels that normally caters to business travelers. On weekends they are generally dead and have excellent rates and availability. Just locate South Coast Plaza on the map and find local 4 star hotels near there. Alternatively, there are hotels near Fashion Island as well. Just depends on what you are seeking. Avoid Santa Ana. No, not all of Santa Ana is bad, but if you don't know the area, you can land in a less than favorable location so it's easier to avoid and stick to Irvine and Newport.