Fall Colors in Colorado | Part 1

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The fall season in Colorado is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. As the leaves change color, the expansive hillsides transform into stunning shades of orange, gold, and red. The colors of the Southern mountains reach their peak in October. Visit Telluride, Colorado and surround yourself with gorgeous scenery. The small town maintains an Old-West charm and a quiet sophistication that you won’t find anywhere else.

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Element 52 – Family Playground

Element 52 is located in historic Telluride, nestled at the base of the San Juan mountains on the San Miguel River. The property offers a unique collection of luxury vacation homes for year-round vacations. Visit during the fall to see the natural beauty of the area. Bring the family out for a fun filled vacation with the Family Playground package. It includes accommodations in a spacious two-bedroom residence, welcome beverages upon arrival, complimentary parking, and no resort fee.

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Telluride Gondola

Climb aboard the famous Telluride Gondola for a scenic adventure up to Mountain Village. The 13-minute gondola ride is the first and only free public transportation system of its kind in the U.S. Marvel at the breathtaking views from an elevation of 10,500 feet. The gondola has three stations and runs daily from 6:30 am to midnight. Disembark at the mid-mountain Station St. Sophia stop for direct access to hiking, biking, and ski trails.

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Altezza at the peaks

Altezza translates to “height” in Italian, and the scenic restaurant truly lives up to its name. The restaurant serves Indo-European inspired cuisine in addition to some of the most incredible panoramic views of Telluride. Stop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or happy hour. Stop in from 2 pm – 6 pm and try the signature Peak Burger with a draft beer or glass of wine for just $14.

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Bear Creek Falls

Bear Creek Falls is one of Telluride’s most popular and most picturesque hiking trails. It’s an easy to moderate path that takes you up to an elevation of 1,050 feet. The scenic 2.5-mile trail ends in a stunning set of waterfalls and sweeping views of Telluride. It’s a short drive away from town and offers one of the best vantage points to see Colorado’s autumn colors.

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Telluride Horror Show Film Festival

The annual Telluride Horror Show returns this weekend! It is Colorado’s first and longest-running horror film festival. The three-day event, now in its eighth year, brings together horror fans and films from around the globe. This year’s lineup includes 20 feature films and over 50 short films across multiple venues, including the Nugget Theatre, Palm Theatre, and Sheridan Opera house. You’ll experience an eclectic mix of suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, sci-fi, and more.

 

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’s National Parks | Part 2

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park is not just a national park; it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in Colorado’s southwestern corner, the park encompasses about 5,000 archeological sites and 600 cliff dwellings. The dwellings, built by Pueblo Indians and dating from 600 to 1300 AD, offer a fascinating glimpse into the past. You can tour four cliff dwellings on foot, or take the Mesa Top Loop Road, a six-mile route with multiple overlooks.

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Where to stay: Far View Lodge, located inside the park. Book the Cities of Sandstone Package to enhance your Mesa Verde visit. In addition to a two-night stay, you’ll get two tickets for the 700 Years tour, a 4-hour guided outing that explores archaeological sites and Cliff Palace.

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Travel north for the last stop on your national park tour, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The canyon, which features steep, black cliffs upwards of 2,700 feet high, was formed over two million years by the Gunnison River. The park has hiking options that vary in length and difficulty – we like the Cedar Point Natural Trail, a short, easy route that has two overlooks of the river from 2,000 feet up and a view of the Painted Wall, Colorado’s tallest cliff.

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Where to stay: Stay Wise Inns Montrose, just a short drive from the park. In addition to comfortable rooms and complimentary breakfast, the hotel is hosting a “Warm Welcome” this summer with free create-your-own Italian sodas. Book their Mid-Week ‘Hookey’ Special for a special rate Monday through Thursday.

Colorado’s National Parks | Part 1

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Colorado’s four national parks showcase the state’s natural beauty and history in their own unique way. Experience them all on a national park tour through the state!

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado’s most well-known, has 415 square miles of forests, meadows, lakes, and streams that afford endless opportunities for outdoor activities. More than 300 miles of trails make the park great for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, while pristine waters are perfect for fishing, kayaking, and river rafting. You can also take a few scenic drives – the 48-mile Trail Ridge Road has views of the Rockies and the Great Plains.

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Where to stay: The Stanley Hotel, where Stephen King got his inspiration for The Shining. The historic hotel, only a short distance from the park, is stately and charming. With the Rocky Mountain National Park Package, you’ll get a weeklong pass to the park.

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Head south to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, where you’ll see the tallest sand dunes in North America. By day, you can sand sled or sandboard down the dunes, then cool off in Medano Creek. By night, the area is great for stargazing. After you experience the park itself, drive a short distance to Zapata Falls for incredible views of the dunes as well as a 20-ft waterfall.

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Where to stay: Zapata Ranch offers ranch vacations that allow guests to truly experience the surrounding natural area. Enjoy gourmet food, comfortable accommodations, and adventures like horseback riding, overnight trips, geology tours, and wildlife watching. Their All-Inclusive package includes lodging, meals, and activities.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Island of Romance | Catalina, California

Visit Catalina, a charming island destination off the coast of Southern California. Known as the Island of Romance, Catalina is also a playground for zip line adventures, boat tours, and golf. Stroll through the main town of Avalon and take in the Mediterranean-inspired ambience, breathtaking sunsets, and sparkling beaches. The consistently sunny weather means you can plan a visit any time of year. From outdoor adventures to fine dining restaurants, there are countless activities to enjoy.

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Pavilion Hotel

The beautifully appointed Pavilion Hotel is elegantly landscaped and just a few steps away from the beach! Spend time together in the semi-private courtyard and the outdoor lounge overlooking the ocean. The hotel provides a complimentary European breakfast every morning and a wine and cheese reception in the afternoon. Book the Romance Package for an intimate getaway. It includes overnight accommodations, round-trip boat transportation, a helicopter tour of the island, and a picnic basket lunch for two.

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Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co.

Start your day with a quick breakfast and fresh brewed coffee at the Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co., a local favorite since 1980. The Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co. is a two-time winner of “Best Dessert” at the annual Taste of Avalon competition. Each of their 12 cookie flavors is an original family recipe. We recommend the Eclipse Cookie, a fudge chocolate chip cookie dipped in white chocolate. View the menu online.

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Parasailing Adventure

Soar over the ocean at an elevation of 800 feet on a parasailing excursion! Experience the crisp sea breeze along with panoramic views of Catalina and the surrounding waters. California Parasail is Catalina Island’s premier parasail operator, dedicated to providing a safe and exciting adventure. Flights accommodate two or more, so it’s the perfect activity to enjoy with a loved one. Use the discount code “Online” to save $10 per person on an 800’ flight. Browse available times and reserve your spot online.

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Descanso Beach Club

Spend your afternoon at the waterfront Descanso Beach Club. It’s a secluded beach with soft white sand. Make sure to reserve a private cabana for two, which includes complimentary bottled water, smoothies, Wi-Fi, and beach towels. Walk over to the bar and sip a cocktail as you enjoy the gorgeous ocean views. For those seeking adventure, the beach club features snorkeling, kayaking, and 32-foot rock climbing wall. If you’re in search of rest and rejuvenation, indulge in a Massage by the Sea. The trained massage therapists will pamper both your mind and body.

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Dinner and a Movie

Dress up for a romantic evening at the Avalon Grille, centrally located in the heart of downtown Avalon. The restaurant serves new American cuisine in a relaxed upscale setting overlooking the Avalon Bay. Reserve a table on the outdoor patio to take advantage of the warm California climate. The menu features regional favorites made with seasonal ingredients, as well as an extensive selection of wine, craft beer, and specialty cocktails. Be sure to try the famous Wrigley Martini, created by Major League Baseball player Philip K. Wrigley in the 1950s. It’s made with Hendrix Gin and a dash of vermouth. Dine at the Avalon Grille between 5 – 6 pm and receive a movie pass for the Avalon Theatre with the purchase of any entrée. Ask your server for details.

The Avalon Theatre is located on the lower level of the Catalina Island Casino. It’s a spacious auditorium that measures 43 feet high and seats up to 1,184 people. Renowned painter John Gabriel Beckman adorned the walls with intricate art deco-style murals. The brilliant artwork and crisp acoustics create a unique movie-going experience. Feature films are shown nightly at 7:30 pm. View the screening schedule online.