Author: Jill Weinlein

Exploring the Enchanting Channel Islands from Oxnard

Share: Touring the Presidential Suite at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort in Oxnard,  I admired the 1,600 sq. ft. space that includes a spacious master bedroom complete with a king-size bed and balcony looking out to the Pacific Ocean. There is an adjoining bathroom with a large inviting whirlpool soaking tub. The second bedroom features two queen-size beds and a full bathroom with walk-in shower. The grand living room and dining area have another balcony looking out to the picturesque Channel Islands. Appreciating the views, I wanted to learn more about the Channel Islands chain that runs...

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Paris Can Wait: An Elegant Cinematic Travelogue

Share: While watching actress Diane Lane tour Southern France in Eleanor Coppola’s first motion picture, Paris Can Wait, I thought: This movie will appeals to women and lovers of good food and travel. Eleanor Coppola is the wife of Academy Award winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, and mother to filmmakers Sofia and Roman Coppola. She caught the movie-making virus from her family while in her 70s. Married to Francis for 54 years, she accompanied him with her children while he made such blockbuster films as Apocalypse Now. Later, Eleanor helmed behind-the-scenes documentaries for her husband and daughter. After telling a...

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Fun Halloween Treats at Disney’s California Adventure

Share: Now that it’s autumn, Disney has decorated their parks with happy haunting decor, selling devilishly divine treats to enhance their guests’ experiences. Get your Park Hopper ticket to experience All Hallows’ Eve Celebration at both Disney theme parks in Southern California: Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure until Oct. 31, 2017. During Halloween Time, stroll through the stores, restaurants and visit the food carts for creative themed treats that are only offered once a year. Here’s some of my favorite treats: Throughout both parks guests can purchase a souvenir Poison Apple stein drink with a choice of fresh grapes...

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The 2017 Emmy Awards Cocktail at The Governors Ball

Share: After the 69th Television Academy Emmy Award show, host Stephen Colbert and over 4,000 nominees, award winners and entertainment luminaries, walked the red carpet into the Los Angeles Convention Center for the largest after-party in Los Angeles. The room was aglow in gold for this year’s Governors Ball produced by Cheryl Cecchetto’s Sequoia Events. Award-winning bartender Charles Joly designed the signature Emmy cocktail for the Governors Ball – The Hilhaven Lodge Fireside. He handed one to Colbert celebrating his successful night hosting The Emmy Award show at the Microsoft Theater. This special cocktail is made with The Hilhaven Lodge...

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Enjoying Island Flavors on a Catalina Island Tasting Tour

Share: When in Southern California, locals and visitors can sail over to Catalina Island in one hour on a modern Catalina Express boat. Upgrade your ticket to the Commodore Lounge for special privileges that include early boarding, larger seats, a complimentary drink and snack. Once you arrive at the island take a stroll through the Mediterranean-looking town of Avalon to savor the flavors of six restaurants. The Catalina Food Tour is a three-hour culinary experience that offers enlightening cultural, architectural and historical insight about the island, while offering tastes of a variety of flavors by the bay. We met...

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