Standing Among Giants

Three and half hours or so north of LA, the trees rise out of the earth like skyscrapers and everywhere you look, there is enough beauty to ride out a lifetime of memories.

Hyatt Regency Suites Rebrands to Hyatt Palm Springs

Formerly known as Hyatt Regency Suites, today the hotel announced the completion of its rebranding to Hyatt Palm Springs. Hyatt Palm Springs joins the growing number of Hyatt hotels operating under the Hyatt brand throughout the world. The rebranding heralds a series of improvements, the enhancement of local expertise and newly customizable amenities and experiences. [...]

A New King at Pantai Inn

Dallas King, former assistant GM at the Marriott Courtyard/Marriott Residence Inn in Carlsbad, has been announced as the new General Manager at Pantai Inn in La Jolla. The Balinese-themed luxury boutique inn, managed by R.A. Rauch & Associates, Inc. (RAR), has also added 12 new suites to its ocean front hotel. According to Robert Rauch, [...]

Travel Eco Friendly – 7 Quick Tips For Making Your Travel Plans More Environmentally Friendly

If you have led your family to live a greener lifestyle over the past year, it’s only fitting that you give your vacation a green makeover as well. People are becoming more and more environmentally conscious, so it’s no wonder that eco-friendly family vacations are growing in popularity. Eco-friendly vacations are affordable and fit a [...]

Pala Starts Construction of $5 Million Renovation

Pala Casino Spa & Resort has started a $5 million construction project that will add new venues to the property and renovate several existing restaurants. It also will add a permanent outdoor stage to Pala’s popular Starlight Theatre. All elements are slated to be completed and open to the public just ahead of the Memorial [...]

Langham Extends its Reach

The Langham Hospitality Group, owners of Pasadena’s historic Langham Huntington, Pasadena, have announced an agreement with DAS Real Estate to manage The Langham resort in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Scheduled to open in 2015, the 323-room resort is the group’s first foray into the Middle East and the first resort in the Hong Kong-based company’s [...]

Surf the Skies

Imagine flying back and forth between LA and the Bay Area, Santa Barbara, and Palm Springs as much as you want, whenever you want, for one basic fee. That’s the basic idea behind Surf Air, the nation’s first membership-only “All you can fly” airline. Here’s how it works: Members pay a $1650 monthly membership fee, [...]

New Year for a New You From the Oaks at Ojai

It’s that time of year again when resolutions for getting fit, losing pounds and eating healthy are made and, many times, broken after the first few months. The Oaks at Ojai destination spa has long been considered a place to kick start and healthy lifestyle while sharing tips on how to stay on the path [...]

The SAD Journey: When Taking a Vacation is Essential to Your Health

For the tenth day in a row – or the twentieth, or thirtieth – you wake up and the sky looks like death leaking out of a giant, overturned bowl. That putrid gray haze could be eight in the morning, or three in the afternoon. Same difference, you think, like the day doesn’t even matter. [...]

Celebrity Cruises Announces Highest Number of Departures from Port of Los Angeles in Company’s History

The Southern California cruise industry is making waves as Celebrity Cruises, one of the industry’s most innovative players, announces the greatest number of departures from the Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro) in its history. Beginning March 2014, Celebrity Cruises will launch a total of eight round-trip sailings from Los Angeles to Pacific Coast ports, [...]

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 [...]

Golden Sunlit Days and Balmy Nights: A Get-Away to Palm Springs

  Most of us from SoCal have been to Palm Springs, but were we really staying in Palm Springs? Located right in the middle of Downtown on Palm Canyon Drive sits the Hyatt Palm Springs (previously Hyatt Regency Suites), now that’s Palm Springs. With walkable-distance shops and dining to the right and left of the [...]

The Perfect Summer “Staycation”

A family vacation can be the most magical time of your life. Fun, enjoyment, excitement, and adventure. However, they can also be very expensive. A staycation is the vacation package that doesn’t cost the Earth, yet allows you to enjoy all the benefits that you would normally derive from a family vacation. Simply put, a [...]

The Best Travel Deals

The global recession, and economic chaos around the world has presented us with many opportunities, especially if you are looking to do some international traveling. Even though the Dollar is not very strong right now, there are many countries, who’s currencies have fallen much more, or the economic conditions that are present, have made traveling [...]

Travel Industry Rebounds; Hollywood Hotel Gets Facelift

Jeff Zarrinnam, hotel director of Hollywood Hotel, is one of Hollywood’s foremost experts on the destination, its history and one of the most active and visionary leaders in the area. Jeff was born in Hollywood at Kaiser Permanente Hospital more than 50 years ago and makes his home in Hollywood. Jeff also works in Hollywood, [...]


San Diego Rocks

As with all the Hard Rock restaurants and hotels, the Hard Rock San Diego is part museum, part hangout, and part boutique hotel. Original rock artifacts from guitars to costumes line the lobby and halls. Rock and roll lyrics decorate the walls by the rooftop pool. Rock on.


The dusitD2 Dazzles

The Thailand-based Dusit Hotel chain is making its US debut with this property, and by our accounts, it’s quite the success. The luxury boutique hotel features 136 rooms, including 12 suites.


The Luxurious Solitude of La Casa Del Zorro

Built in 1937, the 43-acre resort is a very quiet, very luxurious and very out-of the-way spot to enjoy the huge night sky and the daytime desert, especially in the winter, when the weather is mild. Summers can admittedly be a whole different thing here, as in hotter-than-you-know-where.


Pasadena Chamber Invites You to Travel in Style

It’s never too early to plan your travel destinations for next year and cross out more lines on those bucket lists. The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is already offering 3 exciting travel packages for Pasadenas this 2015, with great discounts if you are to book as early as now. If you’ve ever wondered what it [...]


Autumn Among the Pines of Cambria

  With its coastal bluffs, windswept beaches and towering pines, Cambria is a summer choice for a weekend get away for many Southern Californians. But what about the Fall? Fewer crowds and less traffic are two majors reasons to consider Cambria in the fall, but the weather is also a draw. As those of us [...]


Fall into Lake Tahoe

Ahh Lake Tahoe. If you’ve been there then I’m sure you will agree it is one of the most beautiful spots in California. If you’ve never been then what’s stopping you? Generally known for its winter sports and summer activities, Fall may be one of the best times to visit this gorgeous spot if you [...]


Pala Casino, Resort and Spa: Let Them Entertain You

Upcoming entertainment includes: The Stylistics on 9/20, Neil Sedaka on 10/11 and Aaron Lewis on 11/14  More than just a glitzy casino, the Pala Casino, Resort and Spa adds some class to an industry full of glittery establishments. When I realized it had been years since I’d visited Pala, I decided a return trip was [...]


Bodacious Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay Lodge, Photo: Bodega Bay Lodge   It’s hot, it’s humid and just generally uncomfortable. Southern California beaches are crowded, so in the immortal words of Horace Greeley, “Go West, young man” well, actually northwest. Bodega Bay lies on the Sonoma Coast about one hour north of San Francisco. The drive takes about seven [...]


10 Tips to Avoid Pickpockets While Traveling

For many, vacation time is right around the corner and the thought of the perfect getaway does not include being a victim of crime. While most vacations will go as planned, some will fall victim to petty theft: mainly purse snatching and pickpockets. Thieves target tourists because they are the ones with the money. In [...]


An Enchanted Trip to Santa Barbara

  Balmy weather, blue skies and  gentle breezes greeted our arrival in Santa Barbara a mere 90 minutes from Pasadena. Anacapa Island rose gently from the Pacific while the sun danced golden on the water. If I had ordered it myself, I could not have asked for a better day. We were booked in at [...]


From the Crown of the Valley to the Jewel of the Sea

The view from our balcony at the Pantai Inn It’s February in Pasadena and I’m packing for a trip to La Jolla and wondering if I need a sweater…ah the joys of winter in Southern California. It’s off to the Pantai Inn, a boutique hotel with a Balinese flair located on the stunning shores of [...]


More Fun Along the 101: Avila Beach

  In the shadow of Pismo Beach sits a beach town that time forgot: Avila. Located about three miles off the 101 it is a secluded town, surrounded by hills and a harbor. When Pismo Beach is cloudy and overcast, Avila can be clear and sunny. On this mid-October day the temperature hovered around 75 [...]


Four Days of Bliss Along the 101

  Two hundred miles; we Californians can do that in our sleep. But that golden two hundred miles up the 101 brought my companion and me to a town that left us feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and was infinitely enjoyable. Paso Robles (or Paso as the locals call it), the town you drive through to get [...]


Orient-Express Hotels Introduces a Modern-Day California Classic as El Encanto Opens in Santa Barbara

It is a recipe for a California Classic: Take one hotel with a star-studded Hollywood past, add stylish American Riviera décor with one knock-out ocean view, and combine with a sprinkling of art created with diamond dust, California coastal dining at its very best (with the help from one very pampered cow) and seven years [...]