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 [...]

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 [...]

An Artsy Weekend Getaway in Costa Mesa

If the phrase ‘weekend getaway’ conjures images of hopping on a personal plane and jetting to a far-off destination filled with arts, food and relaxing afternoons, you’re not alone. Luckily, you can still spend a relaxing weekend away without owning your own plane. Costa Mesa, in Orange County, is just a hop skip and jump [...]

A Land of Smiles: Thailand’s Earthly Heaven

Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles, because of the cheerful, friendly nature of its people. I spent a wonderful week in the south of Thailand, trying to absorb as much of the local culture as possible. Flying into Phuket, the largest island in Thailand, with 541 miles of beach on the Andaman Sea [...]

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, [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Palm Springs and Indian Wells: A Tale of Two Deserts

A trip to the Palm Springs area is always an adventure; close enough to drive but far enough away to make you feel like you’ve gone somewhere. And you can choose your adventure too, it’s not all about lying by the pool or golfing anymore. With the resurgence of downtown Palm Springs there are all [...]


Carmel-by-the-Sea at 100: It Doesn’t Look a Day Over 40

As the 100th anniversary of Carmel-by-the-Sea approaches (it’s officially on October 31, 2016) not a lot has changed in this sleepy little village of under 4,000 souls. Houses and businesses still have no addresses, the streets are still cobbled and there are no street lights. Okay, I exaggerate but Carmel-by-the-Sea is still a quaint little [...]


Off is On in Avalon

How could you not love Avalon on Catalina Island? Beautiful blue water in a circular harbor with hills adorned with quaint cottages, it’s all good. But in summer the crowds can be overwhelming. Why not try the off-season. Lodging is cheaper, restaurants are not as full but often the weather can be just as stunning. [...]


A City for Any Reason

It occurred to us as we arrived in San Francisco and the wind blew down California Street last weekend, that this city must simply have been built strictly for one’s viewing pleasure. Streets look like postcards from little cable car windows, the fog rolls in just in time, and like Pasadena putting its best outfit [...]


A Trip Back in Time: Santa Cruz Island

Ever wonder what California looked like before roads, cars, smog and people? You can’t travel back in time but a visit to one of the Channel Islands will give you a good idea. Most of us have been to Catalina but the Channel Islands? Now that’s a different story. Our island trip was to Santa [...]


The Time for King’s Canyon is Now

It’s one of the great parks of the world. Magnificent trees, the dramatic Kings’ River and newly renovated   Cedar Grove Lodge  make Kings’ Canyon the perfect spot for a quick getaway or a leisurely stay. And you can leave right now. Normally open Memorial Day weekend, the Cedar Grove Lodge opened on May 8 this year. [...]


Living it Up in Oceanside

  The best vacations are the ones you take when you really, really need them. Like this one. We’ll travel for just about any reason, but when the invitation arrived to visit The Marriott Springhill Suites in Oceanside, we jumped at the chance. Clearly, it had been a busy few months in the land of [...]


Magical Moments in Monterey

Whenever I feel the weight of the world pressing down on me it’s to the water I go. So I was off to Monterey Bay for a breath of sea air, a sight of great beauty, the sound of the waves caressing the rocks and a taste of the ocean. Monterey Bay is an easy [...]


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 [...]