How About a Luxury Cruise to Antarctica?

For those of you who love luxury cruises to exotic places so you can see things that most people never will then a cruise to Antarctica by way of Argentina and the South Georgia Island is the trip for you this January. Truly get away from it all with this trip and enjoy the ultimate [...]


Take a Cruise on the Mexican Riviera

It’s vacation time again, and what better way to spend your time than on a luxurious cruise ship hitting destinations on the Mexican Riviera? Set sail aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s biggest ship ever for an eight night trip that will see you travel straight from Los Angeles to some of Mexico’s most pristine locations. The [...]


Get to Rollin on the River, and Have The Time of Your Life

  What’s better than all inclusive? Especially when it is a trip on a river cruise through the heart of Europa that allows you to view, and experience, the best of times while rolling down those lazy European rivers. Marjorie Schmitt, a.k.a Ms Travel Planner, tells us that river cruises are an ideal and affordable [...]


What is a Travel Designer, and How Can They Help You Make Your Travels Fabulous?

Do people like Rick Steves, and Anthony Bourdain, have you thinking that maybe, when you plan your vacation, that it shouldn’t be the same ol’ same ol’? Do you long to do something different, exciting, and more down to Earth, but are daunted by the shear number of choices to make, and plans to forge? [...]


California Baseball’s Northern Heaven

Here is the inside tip, baseball fans. The Dodgers will play arch-rival San Francisco Giants for three games at the very end of September. Can you think of a better reason to plan a quick getaway to one of the most beautiful cities in the world? We traveled earlier this season to San Francisco on [...]


Travel the Blue Danube with the Pasadena Chamber Informational Meeting

Cruise the Danube with Jet Vacations aboard a 5-star luxury riverboat from Budapest to Nuremberg from October 20 to October 28, 2015. The price of $3,699 per person includes airfare from Los Angeles, transfers to your luxury cruiser, meals, drinks and more. See Bratislava, Vienna and more as you enjoy the food, people and sights [...]


Langham Hotels & Resorts Recognized with Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Award

  Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards with five hotels in The Langham Hotels & Resorts portfolio named as amongst the best in their respective cities or regions, specifically: • The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue – #2 out of 40 hotels in New York City • [...]


Mission San Juan Capistrano to Host First-Ever Christmas Tree Lighting Kicking Off New December Holiday Programming

Mission San Juan Capistrano will celebrate this holiday season by holding its first-ever Christmas Tree Lighting program as part its long-standing annual Christmas at the Mission event. The December 1st event will usher in more than 37 days of tree lighting and holiday experiences for the public, ending January 6, 2019. The Mission’s annual holiday [...]


7 Thousand Islands Equal One Great Vacation, Pasadena

From Top Clockwise: Bohol’s Tarsier, Twin Lagoons Coron, Aguinid Falls in Samboan Cebu, Whale Sharks in Oslob Cebu, the Chocolate Hills of Bohol If you haven’t been to the Philippines and sat on one of their pristine, white sandy beaches, or been to Kawasan Falls and experienced the thrill of jumping off the cliffs into [...]


Visit the New Hilton Pasadena $25M Renovation Completed

Looking for an escape or a staycation with your family? Well, the new and improved Hilton Pasadena may be just the place for you or your family. After 16 months of redesign and renovation the hotel had new amenities, including new guestrooms, public common spaces and meeting rooms. Relax and enjoy all the beauty around [...]


Hollywood Burbank Airport Offers Travel Tips for the Busy Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving week kicks off the winter holiday travel season, and passengers traveling through Hollywood Burbank Airport between Monday, November 20, and Monday, November 27, will experience higher-than-normal passenger traffic. We expect upwards of 125,000 travelers that will pass through the Airport during this eight-day Thanksgiving holiday travel period. The busiest travel days will be Tuesday [...]


Langham Hotels & Resorts Recognized with Conde Nast Traveler’s 2017 Reader’s Choice Award “#1 Hotel in New York City”

Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Langham Place, New York – soon to be The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue – being recognized as the #1 Hotel in New York City with a score of 98.22. As a result of this distinction, The Langham in New [...]


Fun is a Choice. So Make Your Choice and Have Some Fun

Fun is something that everyone has a right to. The right to get away from all the work, home, and family-related stresses that can get heavy from time to time. Occasionally people need a little fun, and the choice is yours to make with finding something just right for you. Ms. Travel Planner, Marjorie Schmitt, [...]


The Pride of America Lives in Hawaii

Who doesn’t want to go to Hawaii for some great times on great beaches amongst great people eating native foods and enjoying native drinks? The Pride of America has a magic time in store for you, and all you need to do is make the call – and you’re on your way. Ms Travel Planner [...]


Wouldn’t You Like to Visit the Land of the Pharaohs?

Everyone should visit the pyramids once in their life if they can, and now you have the perfect opportunity to go and see the magnificence that is one of the seven wonders of the world. This will definitely be something to tell the grandkids about. Ms Travel Planner is offering a unique trip to the [...]


Coming Home to King George

One of the things we love about San Francisco is that, though we travel there often, we see and discover new things every time we go. At just over 46 square miles, the city-county is overflowing with views, experiences and adventures. From the spectacular homes and hotels on Nob Hill, to sushi in Japantown, to [...]


The Langham Huntington, Pasadena Takes Leadership Position in Sustainable Practices in North America

The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is the first luxury hotel on the west coast of the U.S. to achieve the coveted EarthCheck Gold Certification. Gold Certification recognizes five consecutive years of commitment to environmental and social sustainability. The EarthCheck Program is widely regarded as the world’s most scientifically rigorous and provides a framework, which includes requirements [...]


A Quick Getaway to the Hotel Wilshire and Another World

The Front of the Hotel Wilshire, Photo: Hotel Wilshire I don’t know about you but I don’t get out to the West Side of Los Angeles very often, maybe once a year…..maybe. So when I was offered the opportunity to go to the West Side but stay there I jumped at the chance. Kimpton’s Hotel [...]


Visit Cuba and Take the Kids for Free

Not much is better than getting something good for free, especially if it is a valued item like taking the kids on a great vacation for free. Imagine enjoying a luxury cruise with your family where everyone will enjoy great fun, food, and adventure during your trip to see places like Havana, Cuba. In Havana, [...]

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In Carmel: A Hotel with a History and Two Restaurants with a View

It’s not often that one has the opportunity to stay in a 70-year old inn that is still independently run by the family of the original owners. But that is exactly what I did at the Hofsas House in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Currently operated by Carrie Theis, the Hofsas was founded by her grandmother Donna Hofsas in [...]

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Clement Palo Alto Taking All-Inclusive to All-Luxury

All-Inclusive, we’ve heard the words before. The Clement Palo Alto has taken this concept and applied it to a luxury hotel with all the trimmings, and stunning results. You sign in upon arriving and that’s it. Want a glass of wine? No problem, just order it. Got a hankering for a cheese platter? It’s there [...]

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If You Love Golf “Boy, Do We Have Some Great Vacations for You”

Click to enlarge Does having a vacation filled with golf at prestigious venues and beautiful courses filled with uniquely placed sand traps and water hazards you will have to navigate with your golf ball sound great to you? It does to us, too — so we turned to Marjorie Schmitt of Ms. Travel Planner to [...]

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Hotel Urso: A Place to Fall in Love and Feel at Home

In a busy week of reacquainting myself with old haunts, riding the Metro like a local, and leapfrogging between Madrid hotels, AirBnBs, and cozy apartments, one thought kept singing out to me, as I coursed through one of my favorite cities in the world: “Urso Hotel Thursday….Urso Hotel Thursday…” I arrived in the early afternoon [...]

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Have Food? Will Travel!

Ok, I fess up, my husband and I plan our travels around food! There I said it. We are foodies, that is, according to our definition of what a “foodie” is, which is not just about being at the “it” or snooty or Instagrammable place, it’s about the whole experience! There’s nothing like traveling to [...]

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Plan Your Romantic Getaway with Cruise Planners

Looking to plan a romantic trip this Valentine’s Day? Let the professionals at Cruise Planners do the work for you. Cruise Planners not only plans cruises, but ground vacations as well. According to Cruise Planners travel agent Marjorie Schmitt, Valentine’s Day is very popular for vacations this time of year. “It depends on where people [...]

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Who will You Wanderlust With?

“We should go on a food trip to Italy next year!” Does that sound familiar? How about, “Let’s start crossing things off our bucket list and go on that Pilgrimage.” Or, “Kids, we’d like to enjoy your inheritance traveling with you than saving it for later.” And so it goes, over the holidays, around family or friends, these [...]

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Hilton Pasadena to Complete Multi-Million Dollar Makeover this November

The new and improved Hilton Pasadena will wow West Coast travelers this November, with the completion of a $25 million dollar redevelopment. After 11 months of redesign and renovation, the hotel will unveil its newest amenities, including new guest rooms, public common spaces and meeting rooms. Most noteworthy will be the opening of the hotel’s [...]

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Catalina Express Bids Fond Farewell to ‘Birthday Ride’ Promotion and Gives Thanks to Its Many Birthday Island Partners

On its 30th anniversary in 2012 Catalina Express launched its “Birthday Ride” promotion and its “Birthday Island” partnership. Since then, the ferry company has been proud to continue the promotion for six years, which has resulted in nearly 500,000 registrations and 200,000 round-trip voyages. As with all good things, the popular birthday promotion — which [...]

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A Girlfriends Retreat at The Oaks at Ojai

Sometimes you just need some girlfriend time. Time to laugh, cry, and relive some of the moments that brought you together in the first place. How about some pampering and focusing on just you? The Oaks at Ojai gives you the opportunity to do all these things in a welcoming atmosphere that is made up [...]

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Roommate Alicia: Gee, it is Like Staying with a Friend

We spent about a week in and around Madrid this summer, traipsing from hotel to Airbnb to Airbnb and back again, but it wasn’t until we arrived at the RoomMate Alicia hotel, that we truly felt at home. Nestled into a chic corner of the Santa Ana Plaza about a half-mile walk from the teeming [...]

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A Santa Barbara Vacation in a Greek-Style Villa

Blue skies, ocean breezes, swaying palm trees, and the vast blue Pacific are just some of the things that await visitors to Santa Barbara. What if there was also your very own multi-level vacation villa waiting there to? What? You don’t own a vacation villa in Santa Barbara? Well, with InvitedHome you can rent one. [...]

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Picturesque Pismo Beach

An easy three hour drive up the 101, sits the picturesque town of Pismo Beach. With sand dunes and rugged cliffs, Pismo Beach is a perfect place for a short weekend or a leisurely stay. Surrounded by Central Coast wineries, it’s also a convenient home-base for a wine tasting vacation. The Cliffs Resort was our [...]

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Hyatt Regency LAX: A Room With a View

Who says you can’t have a view when staying at the airport? At the Hyatt Regency LAX, the closest hotel in proximity to the airport, a beautiful view is just what you’ll get. I had a room overlooking the colored pilings and a great view of take-offs and landings. The 580 room hotel offers large [...]

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