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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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This is How You Should Start Each Day at Coachella

Mar 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Coachella, the annual music and arts festival in Indio, California is considered one of the best in the country. It is also the fourth most-attended in the nation with around 180,000 people visiting each year. As a southern California resident, Coachella is my jam. I’ve been enough times to know that by the end the three-day weekend your body is exhausted (and a whole lot dustier). 

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Be Batman For a Day With Your Own Personal Alfred

Mar 9, 2016  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

In just a few weeks, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will hit theaters nationwide. Celebrating its release, The Keating hotel in San Diego has created a unique package for superhero lovers. The Live Like Bruce Wayne package includes a stay in the one-bedroom Macallan Suite along with a personal “Alfred” (butler) for your entire stay.

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9 Romantic Getaways in California Perfect for Valentine's Day

Feb 5, 2016  |   Contributor: Oscar Raymundo

To some, a romantic getaway involves waking up to dreamy ocean views; for others it might mean cozying up next to a crackling fireplace, or relaxing in a hidden hot tub in the woods. Regardless of your definition, California is one destination that has it all, especially during Valentine’s Day weekend.

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Casa Del Mar Revived by Celebrity Designer

Feb 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Casa Del Mar has had some work done, recently revealing new penthouse suites decorated by Rooms & Gardens, as well as new lobby lounge reimagined by celebrity designer Michael S. Smith. Offering sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, the refreshed rooms feature Venetian-inspired furnishings and have been designed to resemble stylish Italian seaside villas.

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Where the Parties Are At in Super Bowl City

Feb 2, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Enough about The Big Game matchup, we’re more interested in how we can hang bar-side with NFL players and mingle over appetizers with our favorite celebs. This week, the Bay is buzzing with millions of sports fans gearing up for Sunday’s event, and the city has plenty of ways to keep them entertained

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A Hotel for Millennials: Sofitel Los Angeles Gets It Right

Jan 28, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

There is a lot of talk about what Millennials want in a hotel and what will keep us coming back. Some properties are getting it right, others are missing the mark. We’re a mix of culturally-aware, socially-connected and eco-conscious travelers who want more than technologically-advanced rooms and complimentary Wi-Fi (is that not a given yet?). 

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Headed to The Big Game? Hotel Vitale is at the Epicenter of “Super Bowl City”

Jan 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

San Francisco is about to take the national stage when The City by the Bay plays host to Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016. And one thing’s for sure, the NFL didn’t risk its half-century showcase on a dull destination. Anthony Bourdain, the unabashed chef and TV personality recently noted, "Anyone who doesn't have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me." 

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Countdown to the New Year With a Getaway in Palm Springs

Dec 30, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Winter is the most wonderful time of year to visit Palm Springs if rest, relaxation and clear blue skies are what you’re after. It’s the perfect season for golf or tennis at any of Coachella Valley’s many prime resorts, or horseback riding and hiking through the canyons without breaking a sweat. And since the Greater Palm Springs areas covers Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Palm Desert, ​Desert Hot Springs, Indio, and Coachella, there’s plenty to keep you busy.    

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5 of San Diego's Best NYE Parties Offering More Than Just Champagne at Midnight

Dec 18, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

All right, party people, we’re officially two weeks away from New Year’s Day. Which means, NYE is right around the corner! If you haven’t made plans yet, there are plenty of fun happenings going on around San Diego on December 31. We gathered together some of our favorites to help you figure out which affair to attend. Here are six of America’s Finest City’s best New Year’s Eve parties hosted by hotels:

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