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The air is still and peaceful floating thousands of feet over vineyards

Travel, Santa Monica

Temecula Valley A Relaxing Nearby Getaway

Posted Jul. 13, 2014, 9:06 am

A lovely invitation arrived from the folks at Visit Temecula Valley inviting a select group of travel writers to cover their annual Balloon & Wine Festival, along with visits to some of their restaurants and award-winning wineries.

News, Travel, Santa Monica

July 4 Travel Expected To Increase To 2.88 Million In Southern California

Posted Jul. 2, 2014, 8:59 am

In spite of high gas prices, 2.88 million Southern Californians -- an increase from last year -- are expected to travel for the Fourth of July weekend, starting Thursday.

Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil is a spirited journey through an abandoned theater where an extraordinary circus comes back to life.

Theater, Travel, Santa Monica

Zarkana: A Stunning Modern Acrobatic Spectacular In Las Vegas

Posted Jun. 12, 2014, 8:27 am

Set in a world where physical ability meets the extraordinary of Cirque du Soleil, the show Zarkana has embraced its new home of ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

News, Travel, Santa Monica, Memorial Day Weekend, Aaa

Near Record Travel Expected For Memorial Day Weekend

Posted May. 22, 2014, 7:58 am

More than 2.6 million Southern Californians will travel at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day weekend, nearly 2 percent more than last year and the largest number since an all-time record of 3.2 million was set in 2005, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.

Left: Jubilee! recently celebrated its grand reopening at Bally’s Las Vegas, ushering in a whole new chapter for one of Las Vegas’ most iconic shows. Right: The meatballs at Rao’s inside Caesars Palace are must try for first time visitors to the restaurant.

Travel, Santa Monica

Jubilee Begins New Chapter After 33-Year Long History

Posted Apr. 11, 2014, 10:00 am

The longest-running burlesque show on the Las Vegas Strip – Jubilee! – reopened late March after a six-week hiatus after undergoing a major transformation.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad reopened to guests at Disneyland park on March 17, 2014.

California, Travel, Santa Monica

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Reopens With Surprises At Disneyland

Posted Mar. 20, 2014, 2:52 pm

With some new surprises and all the favorite dips and turns, Disneyland park reopened the classic ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad on Monday.

'Big B's Den' is one of 25 privately owned properties that can be rented through Big Bear Resort Town Rentals.

California, Travel, Santa Monica

Enjoy A Home Away From Home At Big Bear Mountain

Posted Mar. 3, 2014, 9:24 am

Want a home away from home experience while visiting Bear Big for a weekend? Consider looking into Big Bear Resort Town Rentals.

Big Bear Mountain Resorts offers a variety of diverse terrain for skiers and snowboarders.

California, Travel, Santa Monica

Big Bear Mountain Adds Up To 11 Inches Of Snow

Posted Mar. 3, 2014, 9:21 am

It may have been a warm winter in Santa Monica, but Big Bear Mountain Resorts (BBMR) just two hours away added nearly 11 inches of snow over the weekend from the slow-moving winter storm.

Situated just 25 miles south of Santa Monica, Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula is surrounded by sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.

Dining, Travel, Santa Monica, Ocean

Terranea Resort: A Gem On The Palos Verdes Peninsula

Posted Feb. 19, 2014, 9:21 am

If there was ever a setting that retains the essence of the unspoiled beauty of California’s coast, Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula is it.

“Jersey Boys” stars Santa Monica native Jeff Leibow (far left) at Paris Las Vegas. The other leads are Graham Fenton, Rob Marnell, and Deven May.

Seven Days, Theater, Travel, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Native Stars In Jersey Boys Paris Las Vegas

Posted Feb. 6, 2014, 8:40 am

Jersey Boys has entertained guests in Las Vegas for more than 2,000 performances since opening in 2008, and the show has performed at its current home, Paris Las Vegas, since March 2012.

The Gotham Rib Steak at Old Homestead Steakhouse, which is located inside Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

Dining, Travel, Santa Monica

Old Homestead Steakhouse At Caesars Palace An Iconic New York Outpost

Posted Feb. 6, 2014, 8:38 am

Since December 2011, Caesars Palace has become home to the Las Vegas restaurant outpost of one of New York City's most historic restaurants - Old Homestead Steakhouse.

Caesars Palace is located at the heart of the strip at 3570 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas.

Travel, Santa Monica, Hotels

No Luxury Spared At Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Posted Feb. 6, 2014, 8:29 am

Caesars Palace spans 85 acres at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, offering a diverse range of entertainment, dining, and relaxation offerings. Here's a look at 10 ways to vacation like a rock star at this Sin City hot spot.

Manta is a double-launch coaster that features a marine-life habitat.

California, Travel, Santa Monica

Manta Double-Launch Coast Thrills At Sea World San Diego

Posted Jan. 16, 2014, 7:55 am

Anyone who hasn’t been to SeaWorld San Diego in a few years will be in for a treat with the arrival of its new mega-attraction Manta, a double-launch coaster that opened in May 2012.

The MGM Grand’s “Wellness Wing.”

Health, Travel, Santa Monica, Hotels, Hot Flash

My Wellness Resolution Week 1: Las Vegas

Posted Jan. 16, 2014, 7:31 am

So I am sitting in my hotel room in Las Vegas. In the Wellness Wing of the MGM Grand. I did not specifically ask to stay in this wing. Didn’t even know they had it. The universe comes through for me – again!

Shania Twain takes fans on a journey of her life at her show currently on stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

Celebrity, Travel, Santa Monica

Shania Twain Shows She’s Still The One In Las Vegas

Posted Nov. 21, 2013, 7:36 am

Shania Twain shows she’s still the one as she returns to live performances for the first time in almost a decade at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. She is currently half way through her two-year residency that began Dec. 1, 2012.

This view over the Kalalau Valley is just of many one feasts for the eyes on Kauai.

Travel, Santa Monica, Food

Garden Island Also An Island Of Gastronomy

Posted Oct. 27, 2013, 9:09 am

There's a good reason why almost no one pays much attention to the food here on the Garden Island of Kauai:

The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn is open to guests September through May, offering comfort, class, and understated elegance. There are eight guest rooms with their own ammenities.

California, Travel, Santa Monica, Food

Step Back In History At The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn

Posted Oct. 16, 2013, 4:56 pm

Albert Einstein, Marion Davis, Clark Gable, and Carole Lombard – The Willows just two blocks from the heart of Palm Springs has hosted these luminaries through the years since it was built in 1924, and now has been meticulously restored to recreate the ambiance and elegance of their time.

La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona is the last great railroad hotel built in 1929 by the Santa Fe Railway for the Fred Harvey Company.

Opinion, Travel, Santa Monica, Columnist, History

La Posada Hotel In Winslow, Arizona Once Again Becomes Destination Hotel

Posted Sep. 14, 2013, 8:19 am

Route 66. La Posada Hotel, Winslow, AZ. Built between the railroad tracks and Route 66, La Posada Hotel was originally built in the late 1920s by the Santa Fe Railroad and the Fred Harvey Company for the people riding the Super Chief on the Chicago-Los Angeles route. Through the good work of Allan Affeldt it has once again become a destination hotel.

Sydney has some of the world’s top restaurants located in and around the picturesque harbor.

Travel, Santa Monica

Qantas Vacations Launches "Best Of Luxury" Campaign

Posted Aug. 5, 2013, 3:36 pm

Has Australia been on your to do list as a travel destination? If you answered 'yes,' Qantas Vacations has launched a “Best of Luxury” campaign to give North American travelers a taste of Australian Luxury.

The Star Wars X-wing starfighter is on display at Legoland California through the end of the year. It is the largest Lego model in the world.

California, Travel, Santa Monica, Youth

X-Wing Jets Into New Home At Legoland California Through End Of Year

Posted Aug. 1, 2013, 8:42 am

Legoland, which is home to more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions, has a new claim to fame: it has the world’s largest Lego model on display – the Star Wars X-wing starfighter.

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio features 250 rooms and a top level Wine Bar and Cocktail Lounge.

California, Travel, Santa Monica, Entertainment

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino: Gamble, Golf & Bowl The Weekend Away

Posted Jul. 9, 2013, 8:51 am

Finding your way to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino from Santa Monica is a piece of cake – jump on the 10 Freeway and head east for about 140 miles.

Yosemite Valley is seven miles long and less than a mile wide.

Environment, California, Travel

Nature At Its Best: Staying Inside Yosemite National Park

Posted Jul. 4, 2013, 8:37 am

Yosemite National Park is nature at its best with nearly 1,200 square miles of deep valleys, grand meadows, and ancient giant sequoias.

Beach Blanket Babylon has been entertaining audiences in San Francisco for more than 39 years.

California, Travel, Santa Monica

San Francisco: A Whirlwind Weekend Away

Posted Jun. 25, 2013, 9:12 am

Famous for scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities, and world class cuisine, San Francisco’s landmarks include the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Chinatown, Union Square, North Beach, the Castro District, and Mission Dolores.

The landmark 13,642-foot Jungfrau rises above Interlaken's main park.

Travel, Santa Monica, Columnist

Explore Switzerland's Lauterbrunnen Valley, Gateway To "Top Of Europe"

Posted Jun. 23, 2013, 8:57 am

Some things never change in the Bernese Oberland of central Switzerland, where the combination of stunning mountain scenery, glacial lakes, and easy accessibility is unparalleled.

Winemaker Emil Tedeschi explains the wines that his family makes at Calistoga in the Napa Valley.

California, Travel, Food

Napa Valley: The Land Of Plenty With More Than 400 Wineries

Posted Jun. 20, 2013, 8:21 am

Meaning “land of plenty,” the Napa Valley name was given to the area by the native Wappo Indian population.

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