The Bourgy Side of Public Transit: Luxury Bus Lines Hit the SF Market

Apr 23, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Having lived in San Francisco and having been a frequent user of public transit, I know full-well the pains of having to ride the MUNI day-in-and-day-out. While SF’s system works decently well (it’s no New York), the over-crowded buses and sometimes unpleasant transients onboard leave much to be imagined.

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James Beard Foundation & Celebrity Chefs Make Their Way to SD in May

Apr 16, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

San Diego is in for a serious treat come May. The James Beard Foundation has chosen The Lodge at Torrey Pines to host three days of culinary experiences overseen by celebrity chefs. Partially benefiting the foundation, the weekend’s chefs will include Food Network Star Beau MacMillan, JBF Award Winner Carrie Nahabedian and Executive Chef Jeff Jackson.

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Sunset Marquis: A Secret Garden Resort in the Heart of West Hollywood

Apr 6, 2015  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

If LA had a secret garden, it would undoubtedly be the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood. A discreet awning and a wall of cascading ivy and fauna are the only indications of this oasis found tucked away in the cul-de-sac of a nondescript residential neighborhood. I recently re-read The Secret Garden, the childhood classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett, after a recent stay at the Sunset Marquis.

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La Jolla's Café la Rue Restaurant Rightly Reimagined

Mar 30, 2015  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Have a hankering for some European fare, but can’t fit a trip across the pond into your schedule? No problem. A visit to the recently re-launched Café la Rue, nestled in the heart of San Diego’s La Jolla Cove, will give you a satisfying taste of Europe, and then some. 

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Hotel Triton Calls All Beer Lovers to San Francisco With This Hoppy Package

Mar 28, 2015  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

There’s one place in particular you need to visit if you want an insider look at San Francisco’s burgeoning craft brewery scene: the Hotel Triton. No, they’re not brewing the stuff up in the lobby, but the boutique property’s Triton On Tap package is like an all-access pass to the best of the Bay Area’s beer makers.

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Ed Sheeran & Sheryl Crow Among Performers for The Hollywood Bowl's Summer Season

Mar 24, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Get ready to pop your picnic-basket Champagne. The iconic Hollywood Bowl—again named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue in this year's Pollstar Awards—has announced its upcoming 2015/16 summer season. And it’s one of its most diverse ever, ranging from classical to jazz, and performers from Abba to Ziggy Marley.

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A Grand Ballroom Turned Presidential Suite Makes for an Unforgettable Stay

Mar 19, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

For over a century, THE US GRANT has been one of San Diego’s premier luxury hotels, attracting discerning travelers with its grandiose elegance and historic roots. The palatial property is conveniently located in the heart of downtown, just a short walk to some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment found within the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy and Seaport Village. One step inside its doors and you’ll begin to understand why it has been the recipient of numerous honors and accolades, including the AAA Four Diamond Award for the past eight consecutive years.

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Bay Ho is Home to a Local Farm-to-Table Restaurant You May Not Yet Know About

Mar 18, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you're a food lover in San Diego, you may have seen the name Kitchen 4140 gracing the pages of local food blogs and online magazines. But you most likely have no idea where it is located. That’s because the farm-to-table restaurant is situated off-the-beaten bath in a neighborhood called Bay Ho, where Clairemont, Pacific Beach and La Jolla meet.

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3 Tech-Saavy Hotels Offering Great 21st Century Amenities

Feb 23, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

While many hotels struggle to move into the 21st century—some still withholding complimentary Wi-Fi service and others furnishing rooms with outdated digital capabilities—smart hoteliers are bravely leaping into the future with their tech offerings. Here's a look at three particularly innovative luxury hotels withr high-tech amenities and services.

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Help! Mystery Couple is Captured Mid-Proposal Under a Rainbow, Photographer Launches Search to Find Them

Feb 12, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s one of those days that you’ll remember forever, recalling the events leading up to it and which words were said; we’re of course, talking about your engagement day. If you propose in San Diego, you’re more than likely going to be treated to a pink and purple sunset as your backdrop.

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Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia: The Sheer Beauty of California's National Parks

Feb 10, 2015  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial

Polished granite mountains, groves of giant sequoias and meadows of minuscule wildflowers, all beneath endless blue skies—this is California’s High Sierra mountain range. From Crescent Meadow’s colorful carpet to Mount Whitney’s windswept summit (the highest point in the 48 contiguous states), glaciers sculpt this landscape that is now home to Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Though a multi-decade Californian, it was my first time in a setting so intense. I felt like James Earl Jones should be narrating my visit.

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7 Extravagant, Sexy & Over-the-Top V-Day Hotel Packages Starting at $7K

Feb 2, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

You've got two weeks to get your Valentine’s Day plans figured out; and luckily, plenty of hotels across the globe have put together some very special packages to celebrate the holiday. This year, we're thinking it's time to really go all out for your Bae, right? If you find yourself consistently using your heart-eyed emoji, then scroll through these seven hotels to find the perfect package for you and your darling.

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Pier South Resort Sets the Stage for Imperial Beach's New Eco-Tourist Scene

Jan 27, 2015  |   Contributor: Courtney Driver

As the most south-westerly city in the United States, Imperial Beach is the one of the last stops in San Diego before hitting the San Ysidro Border going into Mexico. Not well known as a tourist spot, the area is mostly residential and fairly sleepy; a typical California beach town. And while the oceanfront does have a bit of a main “drag,” with beach bars and the new Pier South Resort, IB is really about the more natural elements: the quiet, sand, waves and nearby nature reserves. 

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Reinvented and Reopened, Nob Hill's Scarlet Huntington Feels Like a 1930s Movie Set

Jan 22, 2015  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Since the 1920s Nob Hill's Huntington Hotel has stood across from the imposing Pacific–Union Club, a second home for jet-setters, celebrities, society types and railroad barons. In 2011 it was acquired by Singapore-based hospitality group Grace International, and following a brief closure and $15 million in renovations, it re-opened last summer as The Scarlet Huntington.

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Cruise Out to Napa to Experience The Eco-Luxe Bardessono & Lucy Restaurant

Jan 20, 2015  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

On a recent excursion to Napa Valley in the brand new, sporty, luxurious and super-stylish BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé, we headed to The Bardessono, the boutique eco-luxe retreat in the heart of wine country. Located in Yountville just a few steps away from the legendary French Laundry and surrounded by vineyards, Bardessono immediately impresses with the quality and integrity of the materials used.

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