The Alluring Charm of Carmel-by-the-Sea

Oct 17, 2016  |   Contributor: Beth Graham

Carmel-by-the-Sea, a quick drive from Monterey, is a tiny village along the Pacific Coast. The streets are pedestrian-friendly, lined with art galleries, wine tastings, performing arts venues, and cafés. There’s so much packed into this one-square mile enclave that you’ll need a few days to take it all in. And you won’t need a car, just comfortable shoes and a relaxed state of mind.

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Chef Craig Strong Dishes on His Award-Winning Laguna Beach Restaurant

Oct 7, 2016  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

The multi-award-winning Studio restaurant is located inside the Montage Laguna Beach, and is the kind of place that immediately puts you in a California state of mind. Situated on a cliffside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Studio offers an ever-changing 
à la carte menu inside an artistic, Craftsman-style venue. We recently visited the eatery to check out its menu and speak with its Executive Chef Craig Strong.

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Park Hyatt Aviara Brings Baja Up the Coast

Sep 27, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

On September 25, Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe made its way north to the Park Hyatt Aviara's Masters of Food & Wine series. Diners were introduced to the region’s bounty through a four-course dinner presented outdoors in the hotel’s courtyard. Chefs Pierre Albaladejo, Miguel Angel Guerrero, Javier Plascencia and Cristophe Rull created dishes that paired with wines made by local winemakers. Vinters included Adobe Guadalupe, Lomita, Torres Alegre and Monte Xanic.

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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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