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The Ritz-Carlton Celebrates 25 Years With $25K Fashion Package

Sep 12, 2016  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Set in a Neo-classical style landmark building in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood, The Ritz-Carlton has been a staple in the city for 25 years now. To celebrate its anniversary, the five-star hotel is offering a new $25,000 Ultimate Fashion Package.  

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6 Hotels For Any Type of Family Getaway

Sep 12, 2016  |   Contributor: Kavita Daswani

More often than not, the notion of a family reunion trip is more appealing than the reality of it. Finding a place that appeals to everyone, is relatively easy to get to, and a destination that offers something for everyone in the group from toddlers to grandparents? It can be tiresome to plan. Throw in being able to enjoy that in a luxurious and sophisticated ambience only adds to the challenge. 

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Aloft and Siri Team Up for Voice-Activated Hotel Rooms

Aug 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Hotels are getting a lot smarter nowadays, thanks to iPad check-ins, smartphone keyless entry, robot butlers and now, voice-activated rooms. Aloft has debuted two new properties that are utilizing voice commands to allow guests to ask Siri anything they’d like while in their rooms.

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Designer Vault Moves Into Carlsbad With 1,500 Pieces of Vintage Chanel

Jul 26, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If purchasing vintage Chanel is how you like to spend your Saturday afternoons, you may want to check out the Designer Vault in Carlsbad that opened this past spring. The upscale consignment shop boasts the largest collection of rare and vintage Chanel in the United States. Open Monday through Friday by appointment, the 300-square-foot store sells hard to find, like new and mint condition Chanel accessories, shoes, jewelry and bags.

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Madison on Park's Brunch Cocktails Steal the Show

Jun 28, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

San Diego’s brunch options are always improving—which is great news, considering the crowds that flock for weekend eggs and cocktails. Recently-opened University Heights hotspot, Madison on Park, has just added brunch to its Cali-Med-inspired roster, complete with a creative cocktail list.

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Race Season is Almost Here With L’Auberge's Opening Day After Party

Jun 28, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

L’Auberge Del Mar’s yearly after party following Opening Day at the Races has become the place to see and be seen. Attended by the city’s most fashionable locals, this year’s event will take place on July 15 from 5 p.m. to midnight.

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The Park Hyatt Aviara Invites You to Go Surfing With the Chef

Jun 22, 2016  |   Contributor: Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

Surf, sand, sun and good food are basically the essentials of a perfect getaway. But we’re always looking for new ways to mix up a tried and true formula, and the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club and Spa has pretty much outdone themselves with their new “Surfing with the Chef” experience. Executive Chef Pierre Albaladejo came up with the program as a way to merge his two loves—cooking and surfing—to take advantage of the resort’s prime location right on the Pacific Ocean in Southern California.

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Surf City USA Catches an Opulent New Wave

Jun 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

For the past 20 years, Hilton’s Waterfront Beach Resort and the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa have been the only four-star resorts in town, with the uber-cool, surfer-chic Kimpton Shorebreak leading the boutique pack. But this month, Surf City USA catches a hip new wave with the grand opening of Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach’s newest luxury beach resort.  

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Providence Hosts Two James Beard Award-Winning Chefs for One Night Affair

Jun 6, 2016  |   Contributor: Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

Providence, a two Michelin restaurant, has made its mark as one of LA’s premiere fine dining restaurants in its almost 11-year run. To celebrate the milestone, Chef/Owner Michael Cimarusti is hosting a collaborative, multi-course prix-fixe dinner for one night only on July 19. Cooking with Cimarusti are James Beard award-winning chefs Daniel Patterson (of LocoL Watts) and Dave Beran (formerly of Next in Chicago). 

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The Montage: Southern California's Beachside Retreat in Laguna

Jun 3, 2016  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

It doesn’t take too much foresight to build a superb resort in Southern California. Simply procure beachfront property and point the entire resort towards the expansive Pacific Ocean. The Montage Laguna Beach did just that and opened this resort on 30-acre plot of highly coveted, pristine oceanfront land in 2003. Thirteen years later, the resort remains a beloved destination for locals and well-heeled travelers from as far as China and Germany.

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BottleRock Finds Its Groove In Its 4th Year

May 31, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

On its fourth year of operation, BottleRock Napa Valley has finally gotten its bearings—and we were there to witness its resurgence and take its place among the nation's top music festivals. After its first year, which many called “disastrous,” Promoters Latitude 38 Entertainment stepped in to take over the fest from its previous owners BR Festivals. From May 27-30, 120,000 fans showed up to the Napa Valley Expo grounds to see 75 culinary and musical acts perform on four stages. 

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Surf, Ski & Spa All On One California Getaway

Apr 27, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

With so many tempting California getaway options, it can be hard to choose which vacation to choose: skiing on the slopes, sunbathing at the beach, unwinding at spas or winery-hopping? Luckily, SoCal visitors don’t have to choose with the Experience California hotel and touring packages offered by Montage Laguna Beach. The five-star beach resort’s concierge has created four white-glove offers for guests such as escorted adventures, private dining and bespoke pampering.

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The Essence of West Hollywood-Cool at the Mondrian Los Angeles

Apr 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

The roll call of notable faces who have stayed at the legendary Mondrian hotel in Los Angeles would be an article in itself. Among them are the likes of Leo DiCaprio, Madonna, Britney Spears, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and Keith Richards. The ineffably-cool Sunset Boulevard spot has been attracting A-listers ever since famed hotelier and Studio 54 founder Ian Schrager acquired the property in 1996 and brought on Philippe Starck to transform it.

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Sip the World While Sitting on the Patio

Apr 20, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

Throughout this spring and summer, the Patio on Goldfinch and the Patio on Lamont will be offering special wine dinners on select Tuesday evenings. The affairs will feature menus committed to local, seasonal and quality ingredients with high-caliber service.

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A SoCal Local's Perspective at Tower23

Apr 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

As a Travel Editor, I’m often asked about which hotels around the world are the best to visit, and this is especially true when travelers head to San Diego (where I currently reside). Having lived at the beach for the past six years, my initial response is somewhere that views out onto the Pacific. The problem is, when it comes to luxury beachside properties, there are only six that offer oceanfront locations (versus bayfront). If you want close to downtown and just steps from the beach that number gets even smaller.

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