Author: Jill Weinlein

Morning Hike and Spa at Miramonte Resort

Every morning should begin with a magenta sunrise silhouetting palm trees, just like the one I witnessed my first morning at the newly renovated Miramonte Resort & Spa. The sun splashing the skyline with bursts of purples, pinks, orange and yellow created an awesome moment. Another great way to start the day is to take an early morning hike with Mark Jeffrey, the General Manager of the Miramonte Resort. He enjoys bringing along his friendly yellow Labrador, Derby. Tell the front desk staff that you would like to hike with Jeffrey, and they will arrange a hike the following...

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Supermodel Cindy Crawford’s Casa Umami Burger

Back in 2001 I interviewed Jenny Crawford Malouf, the mother of supermodel, fashion icon and businesswoman Cindy Crawford. Known as part of the “Silver Foxes,” a group of celebrity parents, Malouf along with Sal Pacino (Al Pacino’s father) and Nikki Robbins (motivational speaker Tony Robbins’ mother) worked together on a few “Silver Foxes” lifestyle videos. Malouf shared with me how Cindy rose to be one of the highest paid models in the world. Born and raised in DeKalb, Illinois, her first professional cover on a magazine was during her junior year in high school. Soon after she competed for the Elite Model...

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Best Cigar and Whiskey Bars in Beverly Hills

The city of Beverly Hills offers five different club lounges designed for true cigar and whiskey aficionados. Here are five of the best bars to visit when in Southern California, to ignite a cigar, draw in the flavors and hold a snifter of whiskey in your other hand: £10 at Montage Beverly Hills Inside one of the most elegant hotels in Beverly Hills is a club bar tucked away discreetly above the recently launched Georgie restaurant. By reservation only, this lounge is one of the most exclusive in the world. £10 is dark, private and intimate with the finest handcrafted...

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Ten Luxury Hollywood Star Cars

Some of the most iconic cars used in popular motion picture and television shows are now featured at the “Automobiles in the Movies” exhibit in Los Angeles at the Petersen Automotive Museum. While admiring these familiar cars, I learned that automobiles play a key role in the plot line of many films, often adding an element of adventure, romance or comedy. Cars create some of the most memorable scenes in cinematic history. Ten of my favorites are currently on display. Who Drove this Iconic Red Ferrari? This 1982 red Ferrari 308 GYSi was driven by Tom Selleck in the...

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Spectacular San Diego Spas

The Ocean Crest Spa in Carlsbad Driving up to the coastal inspired three-story Cape Rey Carlsbad, you can see the 215-room hotel is directly across the street from the legendary Ponto surf break and Pacific Ocean. This elegant property attracts families, girls getaways, weddings and surfers. The Ocean Crest Spa offers 5,700 sq. ft of serene spa experiences, including a spacious couples suite with a tub and private outdoor relaxation area. There are separate men’s and women’s locker rooms. Across from the spa is a 24-hour fitness center with views of the pool and ocean. The spa decor features...

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