Holidays in the Big Apple | New York, New York

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There’s no better place to celebrate the holidays than the city that never sleeps. From snowy streets to sparking city lights, New York City is an urban winter wonderland. There’s the famous tree in Rockefeller center, extravagant holiday displays on 5th avenue, and lavish decorations wherever you go. It’s also a culinary hotspot with everything from Michelin star restaurants to hole-in-the-wall favorites. Whether you’re traveling alone or with the whole family, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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Westhouse Hotel New York

Relax in luxury at the Westhouse Hotel New York, a timeless property that strives to be your home away from home. It’s beautifully designed with touches of 1920’s glamour and classic New York flair. Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, it’s just steps away from the famous tree in Rockefeller Center! Book the Celebratory Package and toast to the holidays with a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered treats upon arrival. You’ll also receive a complimentary 2:00 pm late checkout.

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Bryant Park Winter Village

Bryant Park’s Winter Village is the quintessential place to experience the holiday season in New York City. Residents and visitors alike flock to the city block packed with seasonal shops, food, performers, decorations, an ice rink, and plenty of holiday cheer. There are countless events every day, so browse the online calendar to plan your trip. Bundle up and take in the sights and sounds of the most wonderful time of the year!

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Rolf’s restaurant is a New York City staple located in Gramercy Park. The neighborhood favorite serves up traditional German fare that’s especially comforting in the chilly winter months. Every year, the restaurant literally decks the halls with dazzling holiday décor. Lights, ornaments, tinsel, and vibrant colors line the walls and ceilings, creating a dining experience unlike any other. It can get pretty packed, so try stopping by on a weeknight before the dinner rush. And no matter what you order, be sure to pair it with their signature spiced eggnog.

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New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden is truly a living museum, home to some of the most diverse and expansive gardens in the world. Wintertime at the NYBG is especially remarkable, with seasonal events and exhibitions that the whole family can enjoy. Children will love the Holiday Train Show, featuring enchanting model trains that travel through intricate landmarks. This year’s exhibition showcases Midtown Manhattan, with its famous skyscrapers, under the glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Grownups will love the Bar Car Nights series. The gardens are open for extended nighttime hours and guests can enjoy a drink from one of many seasonal bars, relax by the fire pit, and enjoy an after-dark viewing of the Holiday Train Show.

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Mace Cocktail Bar

End your evening with a delicious concoction from Mace Cocktail Bar in New York’s East Village. The talented mixologists created the menu with inspiration from their travels around the world. The carefully crafted cocktails let you enjoy diverse flavors without ever leaving the city. Each of the 12 signature drinks is named after a spice, and they all carry distinct flavor combinations that make them truly unique. Try the bar’s namesake cocktail, Mace, made with Aperol, aquavit, beet juice, orange acid, young Thai coconut cordial, and mace mist.

Holidays in the Windy City | Chicago, Illinois

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As one of the most populous cities in America, Chicago is a bustling destination that’s full of charm. While many travelers flock to warmer climates in the winter, the holiday season is one of the best times to visit the famous windy city. Explore the sights, soak in the culture, and marvel at the stunning architecture. 

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Kinzie Hotel – Explore Chicago Package

The Kinzie Hotel is a stylish boutique property that puts you in the heart of Chicago’s downtown hub. Situated along the iconic city skyline, you’re just minutes away from incredible dining, world-class museums, and popular attractions. Unwind in your chic guestroom and take in sweeping views of the city. The hotel offers a free continental breakfast each morning and a cocktail reception in the evenings. Discover the city’s unique culture and flavor with the Explore Chicago Package. It includes a CityPASS to Chicago’s famous museums, local Fannie May Chocolate and Garrett Popcorn, and free Wi-Fi for unlimited devices.

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Art Institute of Chicago

Founded in 1978, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the largest and oldest art museums in the country. Its permanent collection spans nearly 300,000 works and they host over 30 special exhibitions a year. The museum is open year-round, but the holidays are even more spectacular. The famous lion statues out front are decorated with festive wreaths, and special holiday exhibitions are on display. See the elaborately decorated Holiday Thorne Rooms in Gallery 11. The miniature displays are decked out with beautifully detailed seasonal decorations.

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Millennium Park/Ice Rink

No visit to Chicago is complete without a trip to the renowned Millennium Park. The modern park is full of state-of-the-art architecture and stunning outdoor art. During the holidays, the park transforms into a winter wonderland complete with decorations, caroling, a lavish tree, and a free ice-skating rink! Stroll around the park and spend your afternoon people watching, then pick up a snack and quench your thirst at the Goose Island Beer Garden.

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Revival Food Hall

Revival Food Hall is a lively, all-local dining concept that highlights the best of Chicago’s culinary scene. Find the 24,000 square foot marketplace on the ground floor of The National in the center of Chicago’s business district. Eat your way through 15 fast-casual stalls featuring some of the city’s favorite neighborhood eateries. Don’t miss the “All Hall Happy Hour” every afternoon, where select vendors offer discounted specials. Warm up with Mindy’s famous hot chocolate at HotChocolate Bakery, the perfect treat for the holiday season.

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360 Chicago and the Signature Lounge

Make your way to the top of the John Hancock Building to experience the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. The observatory is located on the 94th floor and offers unmatched views of the city and Lake Michigan. While you’re up there, visit The Signature Lounge on the 96th floor and unwind with a drink as you gaze over Chicago. They serve a variety of specialty cocktails, wine, craft beer, and small bites.

 

Luxurious Weekend Escape | Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas is known around the world for its extravagant resorts, vibrant casinos, and non-stop nightlife. It’s the perfect destination for a quick escape from everyday life. One of the best things about the city is that there are countless activities and attractions that are open all year round. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, special occasion, or just need an indulgent weekend, you can always treat yourself to a lavish Las Vegas vacation.

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ARIA Las Vegas

Aria Las Vegas is the pinnacle of luxury casino resorts. You can appreciate the property’s award-winning design as soon as you walk into the lobby. The hotel’s countless amenities offer anything you can possibly need during your stay, including mobile check-in, spas, three pools, a fitness center, and an on-site salon. Elevate your experience with the Tower Suites VIP Package. The add-on includes round trip luxury airport transportation, two welcome cocktails at the lobby bar, an in-suite welcome amenity, and in-suite breakfast for two. 

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JEWEL at Aria

If you’re looking for Las Vegas’ hottest nightlife destination, look no further than JEWEL Nightclub at Aria. The upscale club is just over a year old and is the latest addition to the famous Hakkasan Group’s portfolio. It spans over 24,000 square feet of precisely designed space with multiple floors and the latest in sound and lighting technology. View the event calendar to see the rotating roster of world-class DJs and performers.

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Head over to the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace, known as “The Shopping Wonder of the World.” It’s Las Vegas’ definitive shopping destination, comprising over 160 retailers, restaurants, and attractions. Its high-end roster includes Louis Vuitton, Versace, Valentino, Gucci, and many more. Visit the giant 50,000 gallon aquarium, watch the Fall of Atlantis animatronic show, and gaze upon the ornate architecture as you walk from store to store.

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Qua Baths & Spa

After a long day of shopping, relax and rejuvenate at Qua Baths & Spa inside Caesar’s Palace. This elegant sanctuary has been ranked 28th among the top 100 resort spas in the world. The expansive 50,000 square foot paradise offers unmatched amenities and a holistic approach. There are three Roman baths that harness the ancient healing powers of water, and a snowing Arctic ice room that’s the only one of it’s kind in the world. Browse their wide range of services online.

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Alizé

Alizé is Michelin-starred, multiple award-winning contemporary French restaurant with one of the best views in Las Vegas. Located on the 56th floor of the Palms Casino & Resort, it offers remarkable cuisine, a world-renowned cognac collection, and a 2-story wine tower. Executive Chef Joshua Bianchi has literally and figuratively taken Las Vegas dining to new heights at Alizé. Order the 7-course tasting menu to get the full experience. They also offer a pre-theater prix fixe menu for early diners if you plan to watch one of Las Vegas’ famous shows.

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No Vegas trip is complete without a show! “O” is an aquatic masterpiece presented by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil. The performance weaves together artistry, surrealism, and theatrical romance inspired by the concepts of infinity and water. The talented acrobats, swimmers, and divers put on a truly one-of-a-kind experience, showing exclusively at the Bellagio.

 

Culture and Cuisine in San Francisco, California

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San Francisco is West Coast icon and one of the most well known cities in the United States. The urban metropolis is brimming with people, art, and a personality all its own. It’s also one of the most renowned culinary destinations in the country – at any given time, there are more than 3,500 restaurants open in San Francisco! Here are a few places you won’t want to miss on your next trip to the Bay Area.

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Hotel Fusion

Stay at Hotel Fusion, an urban boutique hotel located right outside of Union Square. You’ll be in the heart of the city, just steps away from some of the best shopping and dining options in the area. The property blends classic Asian design with a contemporary San Franciscan flair. Hotel Fusion also includes upscale dining and drinking options. Taste on Ellis restaurant and bar offers Hawaiian and Hispanic fusion cuisine with a modern twist, while the stylish Infusion Lounge boasts a 6,500 square foot dance floor with VIP rooms and bottle service options. Book the Food & A Flick Package to make the most of your stay. It includes overnight accommodations for two, dinner for two at Taste on Ellis, and a $30 gift card to the ultra-modern Metreon movie complex.

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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), is a short 10-minute walk from the Hotel Fusion. SFMOMA is a nonprofit organization that carries an internationally recognized collection of contemporary artworks. The current collection includes over 33,000 pieces in various mediums spanned across 170,000 square feet of exhibition space. Be sure to check out Noguchi’s Playscapes, on display now through November 26, 2017. Artist Isamu Noguchi explores themes of art, education, and humanity through playgrounds and play structures. The exhibit includes models, sketches, set designs, and archival images.

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Ferry Building Marketplace

San Francisco’s famous Ferry Building Marketplace is the perfect place to stop for a quick lunch. The expansive building comprises multiple eateries, vendors, restaurants, and a bustling farmers market that’s open 3 days a week. With so many choices it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so we recommend taking a few minutes to stroll through the marketplace and browse your options. Our favorite is Gott’s Roadside, a casual diner that’s been serving upscale classics since 1999. Order the California Burger, a 1/3 pound Niman Ranch beef patty piled high with Swiss cheese, bacon, arugula, balsamic onions, and a fried egg. Pair it with a hand-spun ice cream shake for the perfect meal.

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de Young Museum

The de Young Museum was founded in 1895 and is an integral part of San Francisco’s culture. Located in Golden Gate Park, the state-of-the-art facility brings together art, architecture, and nature from all over the world in one inspiring destination. Beyond the Surface: Worldwide Embroidery Traditions displays a unique collection of costumes and accessories from around the globe. The exhibition explores the distinguished craftsmanship and cultural traditions multiple countries.

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The Progress

The Progress is a new American restaurant that serves family-style dishes with seasonal ingredients and intriguing flavor combinations. The restaurant recently earned a Michelin star, and it’s no surprise why. Everything from the inviting staff to the artfully designed interior is truly remarkable. The building was originally a theatre built back in 1911 and the restaurant retains that same historic charm. The rotating menu changes frequently, so don’t hesitate to ask your server for recommendations. Reservations are accepted up to 30 days in advance. Be sure to book a table prior to your visit!

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The Forgery

End your night at The Forgery, a San Francisco staple known for “modern cocktails and classic craftsmanship.” What is now a 2,000 square foot bar was previously home to a printing press and glass blowing studio in a building that’s been a part of San Francisco’s history for many years. Today, the historical space features an open-air layout with floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed brick, and natural wood. It’s one of the cities best cocktail bars and carries over 300 different spirits along with beer, wine, and non-alcoholic selections. Ask your bartender about the featured Forgery Punch Bowl, a rotating recipe that serves 4 guests.

 

Colorado City Life | Denver, Colorado

While Colorado has plenty of natural beauty (four national parks, 42 state parks, and eight national monuments to be exact), it also has its fair share of arts and culture. Enjoy an urban getaway in Denver, where there’s always something going on. Here are the best spots to check out in the Mile High City.

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The Crawford Hotel

Located inside trendy Union Station, The Crawford Hotel incorporates Denver’s rich history into newly renovated spaces. Each floor showcases a different era of Denver’s past, with styles ranging from Victorian to art deco. The unique hotel has views of the Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains. Add even more excitement to your stay with the Stranahan’s Curated Special. In addition to a two night stay, the package includes a tour of local distillery Stranahan’s (with Tesla chauffeur service), a bottle of whiskey, and two tasting glasses.

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Union Station

First established as a train station over a century ago, Union Station was recently renovated and transformed into “Denver’s Living Room,” a collection of local restaurants, bars, and shops. Be sure to stop by Milkbox, where you can choose from 16 flavors of local ice cream and a selection of boozy milkshakes – we recommend The Dignitary, with Coconut Almond Fudge and rum. To learn more about Denver’s past, you can tour Union Station. Tours include information about the building’s art and history and culminate in your choice of beer or wine at the Terminal Bar.

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Denver Botanic Gardens

The Denver Botanic GardensYork Street location provides natural beauty in the midst of central Denver. Stroll through dozens of gardens featuring both local and international plants. Be sure to see (and smell) the Fragrance Garden, a collection of flowers and herbs that stimulate the senses, and the Victorian Secret Garden, inspired by the tropical gardens popular in the 1800s. Right now you can also see Calder: Monumental, a collection of sculptor Alexander Calder’s bold, geometric creations.

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Denver Art Museum

Famous for its variety of exhibitions and iconic architecture, the Denver Art Museum is one of the city’s best attractions. See everything from European paintings to bamboo carvings to interactive installations. La Musidora, on through October 29th, features colorful wicker rocking chairs that double as musical instruments – simply sit and rock in them to create your own music. Admission to the Denver Art Museum is free on the first Saturday of each month.

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Fiction Beer Company

Fiction Beer Company was created by a book lover and a beer lover that merged their interests and created “liquid literature.” Their brews are inspired by their favorite books, and categorized into “genres” including Classics, Adventure, and Fantasy. Try Old Bums and Beat Cowboys, a pale ale with citrus and tropical fruit flavors that was inspired by Kerouac’s On the Road, a novel that prominently features Denver.

Humphreys Half Moon Inn and Suites | Day 2 | San Diego, California

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Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites on Shelter Island is centrally located in close proximity to Highway 5 and downtown San Diego. With easy access to numerous attractions, shopping, and dining options, you’re only minutes away from all that America’s Finest City has to offer. Discover the beautiful beaches, cultural exhibits, and natural beauty of the area. Humphreys is the perfect place to begin your San Diego adventure.

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On-site Breakfast

Head down to Humphreys Restaurant for a delectable breakfast. We recommend the traditional Eggs Benedict; it’s a hearty meal that will fuel you up for a day full of adventure. Have a seat by the window and watch the boats sail across the San Diego Bay. Don’t forget to bring your Humphreys Passport for exclusive savings. Receive a $50 daily dining credit and a free room upgrade when you book the Good Enough to Eat Package.

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Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites makes it easy to explore the area. Skip the hassle of picking up a car and call Enterprise Rent-a-Car to have a vehicle conveniently dropped off to you at the resort. The promo code in your Humphreys Passport gets you 10% off the rental.

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Cabrillo National Monument

Drive to the nearby Cabrillo National Monument to get a glimpse into San Diego’s historic past, along with dramatic views of the ocean and city. The monument honors Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European explorer to discover what is now the California coast. Cabrillo anchored his ship on the shores of Point Loma back in 1542. Today, the park is home to hiking trails, an original lighthouse, a whale watching lookout point, and natural tide pools. These small tide pools are habitats for various species of plants, fish, and other sea creatures that kids and adults will enjoy exploring up close. The park is mostly self-guided, with ranger-guided tours and a Visitor Center available.

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In-N-Out Burger

Grab a quick bite at this California staple. Located at 3102 Sports Arena Blvd, In-N-Out Burger is only minutes away from Cabrillo and Shelter Island. This West Coast favorite has been open since 1948, serving American classics with “Quality You Can Taste.” The no-frills menu offers hamburgers, cheeseburgers, French fries, and milkshakes. Ask for your burger served “Animal Style” and you’ll get a mustard grilled patty, pickles, grilled onions, and a generous helping of their secret sauce. Pair it with a Neapolitan shake – a combination of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla milkshakes swirled together.

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Torrey Pines

To see more of San Diego’s coastal landscape, head north on the 5 up to Torrey Pines. Look for the South Beach entrance and you can park in the adjacent lot. The Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a 2,000-acre coastal stretch of undeveloped land, home to pristine beaches and hiking trails with maritime chaparral and rare Torrey pines. We recommend the Guy Fleming Trail. It’s a pleasant 2/3-mile loop that features scenic overlooks with panoramic views. As you hike down the path, keep an eye out for the native wildflowers, ferns, and cacti.

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La Jolla

Head south on Torrey Pines Road and you’ll find yourself in the beautiful coastal city of La Jolla. The popular La Jolla Shores is a sparkling, mile-long strip with soft sand and gentle waves. It’s a local gathering spot for families, sunbathers, and surfers. There are fire pits and volleyball courts right on the beach, and a playground and grassy picnic areas at the nearby Kellogg Park. For exciting water activities like kayaking, snorkeling and cliff jumping, visit La Jolla Cove. The quaint, picture-perfect beach is truly one of San Diego’s hidden gems. It’s situated on beautiful natural caves and is known to be one of the most photographed beaches in San Diego. The waters of La Jolla Cove are calm and ecologically protected, so surfing and boogie boarding are strictly prohibited. The area is home to various colorful fish, rays, small leopard sharks, and sea lions.

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Belmont Park

For a fun-filled, family-friendly adventure, visit Belmont Park near Mission Bay. The colorful beachfront amusement park has thrilling rides, carnival games, and tasty treats. Park in any of the free public lots surrounding the park and stroll down the boardwalk. Climb aboard the famous Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, a high-speed attraction that was built back in 1925. Younger children will love the Liberty Carousel. Individual ride tickets are available, or you can purchase unlimited day passes. Sit down for dinner at Draft, an open-air grill and bar serving up over 60 beers on tap. It’s the perfect place for a casual beach side meal and brew with a view. Last but not least, don’t leave Belmont Park without visiting the Dole Whip stand. The refreshing dessert famously sold in Hawaii and Disneyland is now available in San Diego. Try the pineapple soft serve for a true taste of paradise.

 

Humphreys Half Moon Inn and Suites | Day 1| San Diego, California

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Experience a Hawaiian island vacation in Southern California. A tropical paradise awaits you at Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites on San Diego’s Shelter Island. The newly renovated resort features modern rooms, suites and amenities, with amazing views of the San Diego Bay. Palm trees and lush greenery create a peaceful atmosphere. With an outdoor pool, on-site spa, award-winning restaurant, and live entertainment, there is no shortage of things to do. The nearby marina offers boat rentals, kayaking, jet skiing, and stand-up paddle boarding. Everything you need for a memorable vacation is within reach on Shelter Island. Book the Good Enough to Eat Package for a daily $50 dining credit and a free room upgrade!

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Grand Marina Suite

You can bring the whole family or invite all your friends for an unforgettable getaway when you book the expansive Grand Marina Suite. At 1,050 square feet, the suite sleeps up to eight guests and includes a separate bedroom, living room, dining room, and fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy your own private, furnished patio or balcony overlooking the sparkling marina or tropical gardens.

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Humphreys Brunch

Begin your day at Humphreys Restaurant. Their award-winning Sunday Brunch is served from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and features mouthwatering dishes and flowing champagne. From chef’s specialties to traditional morning fare, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to sample the wide selection of fresh seafood. We love the Canadian Sinku Oysters. Call 619.224.3577 to reserve your table.

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Pure Body Spa

If you’re in need of relaxation and rejuvenation, treat yourself to a massage with Pure Body Spa at the onsite Massage Room. Your Humphreys Passport includes an exclusive discount for 10% off a 50-minute massage treatment or 15% off an 80-minute treatment. Choices include deep tissue, reflexology, aromatherapy, and Swedish massage services.

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Bike Rentals

Take advantage of on-site complimentary bike rentals and cruise around Shelter Island. Your Humphreys Passport allows you two free hours of bike rentals. The gentle breeze and swaying palm trees make the perfect setting. Ride along the coast and watch the ships go by, or discover various pieces of public art throughout Shelter Island. Make your way down to the water and get ready for a day on the San Diego Bay.

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Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

Try stand-up paddle boarding at The Paddle Republic California. It’s a fun adventure for the whole family. Stand-up paddle boarding involves a large, stable “surfboard” that fully supports your weight as you stand upright and glide across the water with a long canoe paddle. Paddle Republic offers rentals, lessons, and tours. Humphreys guests can rent a paddle board for one hour and get an additional 30 minutes free.

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Wind Down in the Afternoon

Late afternoon is the best time to hang out by the pool or watch the sunset. After a long day, relax in the outdoor pool area, where you can reserve a lounge chair. Indulge in the poolside bar and sip on a refreshing cocktail. End your day at one of the many secluded outdoor seating areas along the marina; it’s the perfect place to watch the sunset over the water.

 

Discover Downtown San Diego | San Diego, California

San Diego is famous for its pristine beaches and year-round perfect weather. In the heart of the city, however, you’ll find a vibrant urban paradise. It’s filled with historic landmarks and popular attractions including the bustling Gaslamp Quarter, home to hotels, boutiques, restaurants, and evening hotspots. Stay in Downtown San Diego and immerse yourself in the culture of this beautiful Southern California city.

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Omni San Diego Hotel

The Omni San Diego Hotel is a 21-story luxury property in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. It’s steps away from the San Diego Convention Center and offers stunning views of the San Diego Bay and the downtown skyline. Enjoy the sunshine on the outdoor terrace, complete with a pool, fire pits, and rooftop lounge. The hotel also is connected to Petco Park by a convenient sky bridge. Experience a Padres game with extra touches of luxury and convenience when you book the Beer, Bratwurst, and Baseball Package. It includes deluxe accommodations, Upper Infield or Field Box tickets to a San Diego Padres game, two beers and two bratwursts at Zumbido, overnight valet parking, and complimentary peanuts and crackerjacks.

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Petco Park

No visit to downtown San Diego is complete without catching a Padres game! Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres, is a stunning baseball stadium that’s also a popular venue for concerts and events. The recently renovated park includes a new HD video board, additional seating areas, and a multitude of restaurants and breweries. San Diego is famous for its booming craft beer scene, and Petco Park lets you sample some of the city’s finest brews in one place. On the field level, you’ll find plenty of delicious eateries to fill up between innings. Phil’s BBQ is a San Diego staple serving up legendary barbecue with their tangy, signature sauce. For dessert, stop by Baked Bear, a local chain that’s known for their ice cream sandwiches made with fresh baked cookies. View the Padres schedule and purchase tickets online.

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When the sun goes down, downtown San Diego turns into an after-hours playground. Omnia San Diego delivers the ultimate nightlife experience with rooftop cabanas, a modern lounge area, and a vibrant dance floor. Owned by the Las Vegas-based Hakkasan Group, Omnia Nightclub brings high-end style to the Gaslamp Quarter. The recently opened venue boasts an impeccable design and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. Omnia San Diego boasts a rotating roster of world-class DJs, including Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, and The Chainsmokers. The nightclub celebrates its 1-year anniversary this month with a three-day celebration beginning on May 19th. Purchase a VIP Bar Package online to receive expedited entry and a $50 credit to use at the bar.

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The Mission

Recover from your night on the town with brunch at The Mission. The local eatery offers hearty, health-conscious dishes at affordable prices. The original location opened in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood and grew from a coffeehouse to a full-scale restaurant. Now with three locations across San Diego, The Mission remains a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The menu focuses on simple, fresh ingredients with playful presentations. We love their signature Mission French Toast made with cinnamon bread and topped with fresh berries. Dine on the patio to take advantage of the beautiful weather.

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Horton Plaza

After brunch, treat yourself to an afternoon of shopping at Horton Plaza, a colorful outdoor mall in the middle of the Gaslamp Quarter. The five-story structure is known for its whimsical design with mismatched levels and colorful architecture. Browse the diverse selection of over 130 department stores, designer boutiques, and souvenir shops. Stop by the food court for a quick lunch, or grab a healthy snack from Jimbo’s, a San Diego grocery chain that offers locally grown, non-GMO products. After shopping, sit back and enjoy a show at the adjacent Balboa Theatre.

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Balboa Theatre

The extraordinary Balboa Theatre has been a San Diego landmark since 1924. After several changes in ownership, the property was nominated for the National Register of Historic Places before closing for over twenty years. This historic theatre reopened in January 2008 with beautifully restored finishes and modern interior renovations. Since then, the Balboa Theatre has received numerous awards and accolades. It was recently named one of the “15 World’s Most Spectacular Theatres” by CNN Travel. View the online calendar for the full schedule of upcoming shows.

Style and Culture in Los Angeles | Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles is a popular tourist destination and one of the largest cities in California. Explore the expansive metropolis and you’ll come to find that each neighborhood has its own distinct personality. Though widely recognized as the center of America’s film and television industry, Los Angeles is also home to incredible museums and cultural attractions. Locals and visitors alike gather at the world-class institutions to experience L.A.’s thriving art scene. Check out our recommendations for a weekend full of art, culture, and style in the City of Angels.

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W Hollywood

The chic W Hollywood is a boutique hotel located under the iconic Hollywood Sign. The property is known for its modern design that captures the glamour of Hollywood. Enjoy upscale restaurants, a rooftop pool and bar, and the luxurious Bliss Spa without ever leaving the hotel. It’s close to several LA landmarks, including the Hollywood Bowl, Universal Studios, and the TCL Chinese Theatre. At the W Hollywood, you’re steps away from the entertainment capital of the world! Live like a celebrity with the Suite Treats Package. It includes a VIP upgrade to a Marvelous Suite, complimentary Wi-Fi, and champagne upon arrival.

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The Getty

The Getty is one of the largest art organizations in the world and comprises two separate venues in Los Angeles, the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. Admission is free for both locations.

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Visit the Getty Center at the top of Los Angeles to see world-class art and architecture. The expansive campus incorporates unique design elements and includes beautiful vistas and peaceful gardens. The Getty Museum contains various European paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photography. The Getty’s collection features famous works such as Van Gogh’s Irises as well as impressionist pictures by Manet and Monet. Don’t miss In Focus: Electric! on display through August 28, 2016. The exhibition showcases historic photographs with a focus on artificial illumination from renowned photographers including Bill Brandt, Alfred Stieglitz, and Andreas Feininger.

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The Getty Villa in Malibu takes you back to ancient Greece and Rome. Opened in 2006, the museum and educational center is dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The Villa currently houses almost 44,000 works of art, including antiquities that date back to 6,500 B.C. Peruse their collection of Roman mosaics recovered from Italy, North Africa, Southern France, Turkey, and Syria. Our favorite area is the Outer Peristyle, the largest garden on the site. Hedge-lined pathways and circular stone benches surround a stunning 220-foot-long pool. Keep an eye out for the numerous bronze sculptures scattered throughout the garden. They are replicas of statues found at the Villa Dei Papiri, a private house in the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum.

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The Standard, Downtown LA

The Standard combines contemporary style with Los Angeles’ distinct personality. It’s an architectural wonder situated right in the center of vibrant Downtown Los Angeles. Originally built as the headquarters of Superior Oil Company, it now houses 207 spacious guest rooms, a rooftop pool and beer garden, a 24-hour diner, and trendy nightlife options. Book the Now Checking In: MOCA Package to immerse yourself in the culture of Los Angeles. The package includes deluxe accommodations, free admission for two and member privileges at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and a special souvenir gift at the MOCA store.

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Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles presents avant-garde art pieces, emphasizing modern expression and the changing definitions of art. They collect, present, and interpret pieces created after 1940, preserving the work for future generations. There are three different locations throughout Los Angeles: MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemprary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center. Each one features unique exhibitions and educational programs. We recommend Hito Steyerl: Factory of the Sun at MOCA Grand Avenue. The futuristic video installation is an immersive experience set in a motion capture studio. Admission to MOCA Grand Avenue is free every Thursday from 5 – 8 pm.

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Viceroy Santa Monica

Stay at the elegant Viceroy Santa Monica for a beachside getaway. The property embodies classic sophistication with a modern flair. With ocean views, state-of-the-art amenities, dining and nightlife options, it’s perfect for business or pleasure. There are two outdoor pools, an on-site lounge and restaurant, a fully equipped fitness center, and complimentary Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and common areas. Book the perfect weekend getaway with the Plan Your Escape Package. Save up to 20% on deluxe accommodations and receive two complimentary cocktails and $10 off valet parking.

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LACMA

Founded in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum on the West Coast. It’s located in the heart of Los Angeles, spanning 20 acres across Hancock Park. Their collection includes roughly 130,000 pieces that represent the history of art and the extraordinary diversity of Los Angeles. LACMA boasts an extensive collection of Asian and Latin American art, as well as one of the most prominent collections of Islamic art in the world. Millions of visitors flock to their numerous exhibitions, public programs, and research facilities every year. One of our favorite exhibitions is the Miracle Mile by Robert Irwin. It’s an exploration of light, material and color that consists of 66 fluorescent tubes suspended across a gallery wall. Buy tickets online.7

 

Discover the Beauty of Monterey | Monterey, California

If you’re in need of a revitalizing vacation, escape the bustle of the city and retreat to Monterey, California. Located right on California’s central coast, it’s surrounded by picturesque scenery. There are plenty of parks, trails, and outdoor activities to explore. It’s the perfect setting to de-stress from work and enjoy a peaceful weekend getaway.

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InterContinental The Clement Monterey

Relax beside the waters of Monterey Bay at InterContinental The Clement Monterey. The luxurious resort is centrally located on Cannery Row, just steps away from various restaurants, shops, and attractions. Take a stroll down the pier or unwind in the outdoor Pacific Courtyard. The property features modern amenities including a heated outdoor pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Rejuvenate your mind and body with the Spa Vacation Package. It includes deluxe accommodations, overnight valet parking, breakfast for two, and two 30-minute Coastal Express Massages.

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 Fort Ord Dunes State Park

Start your day with a morning hike at the recently opened Fort Ord Dunes State Park, a 130-acre site right off the Pacific coast. The panoramic views of Monterey Bay are truly breathtaking. Follow the scenic foot trail to appreciate the beauty of the landscape, then make your way through sand dunes down to a secluded beach. There are eight educational panels throughout the park that display information about Fort Ord. You can go on a self-guided cell phone tour to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the area. Download the brochure to learn more.

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Pebble Beach Golf Links

GolfDigest has named Pebble Beach Golf Links the Greatest Public Golf Course in America every year since 2003. Once you visit the 18-hole course, it’s easy to understand why. The site is nestled right along the coast, providing open vistas and scenic fairways. Casual players, spectators, and golf legends have frequented the course since its opening in 1919. Many prestigious tournaments have taken place at Pebble Beach Golf Links, including five U.S. Open Championships. The U.S. open will return for the sixth time in 2019. Visit their website for reservation information or take a virtual course tour.

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The Bench Restaurant

After a round of golf, enjoy a satisfying lunch or a glass of wine at The Bench Restaurant. They’ve received Wine Spectator’s Best Of Award of Excellence since 2013. The comfortable yet sophisticated dining room overlooks the 18th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links. The Bench Restaurant features a full bar, a glass-enclosed patio, and outdoor seating with fire pits. The eclectic menu showcases wood roasting and open-flame cooking techniques elevated with international flavors. We recommend the Grilled Swordfish served over Forbidden Rice with soy, cilantro, and ginger-sesame aioli.

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Bixby Bridge

Drive south on scenic Highway 1 through Big Sur to find Bixby Bridge, an iconic landmark built over a vast canyon along the coast. Completed in 1932, the bridge hovers 260 feet over Bixby Creek and provides incredible views of the ocean and surrounding cliffs. Pull over at one of the many turnouts along the south end to watch the sunset.

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Cannery Row Brewing Company

End your day with a hearty meal and a cold beer at the Cannery Row Brewing Company. Located in the heart of the historic Cannery Row, it’s frequented by locals and visitors alike. Neon lights, vintage décor, and communal outdoor fire pits create a casual and sociable atmosphere. The family-friendly eatery boasts the second largest number of beers on tap in Northern California. Enjoy a cold one with their signature CRBC Burger, wood-grilled and served on a house-made poppy seed bun. Customize it with tasty topping choices like applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, or a fried egg. They also host trivia nights and live music performances. Browse the full event calendar online.