Author: Merilee Kern

The Ambrose Hotel Santa Monica Mastering Boutique Hospitality

Share: There’s just something about a boutique hotel. Maybe it’s the quaint locales or the stylish upscale accommodations. Perhaps it’s the extraordinarily personalized level of service or the charming and unexpected touches that make it abundantly clear you’re not at a cookie-cutter chain operation.  It’s these things and more that draw me to boutique properties time and time again, especially when I’m in a baroque beach town like Santa Monica—Los Angeles’ beachfront haven of fun and fabulosity. Well known for serving as the backdrop for hundreds of movies and a hub for all sorts of creative media companies that...

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Enchantment Aboard the Spirit of New York Dinner Cruise

Share: Whether you’re a tourist seeking adventure in the Big Apple or are a long-standing resident of New York City celebrating a special occasion—or just looking for a fabulous night out, the Spirit of New York dinner cruise along the New York Harbor offers a truly memorable experience afloat. The frivolity starts the moment you arrive at Chelsea Pier and step on board the vessel—a three-deck, climate-controlled party yacht that can accommodate up to 600 guests year-round. Although spring and summer cruises are always popular, the specialty holiday season cruises like the “Holiday Lights Dinner Cruise” that I recently...

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Alan Thicke Talks Private Planes and Other Perks of the Profession

Share: One has to assume that entertainment industry veteran Alan Thicke is no stranger to luxury living. Amid an esteemed career through which he has earned a Golden Globe “Best Actor” nomination, seven Emmy Award nominations (five for writing, two for acting) and induction to Canada’s Walk of Fame, among other career honors, Thicke has lived an exciting, adventurous and privileged life rife with recognition. With the success of his popular sitcom reality, Unusually Thicke, having enjoyed its sophomore season on Pop TV in both the United States and Canada, it seems there’s no stopping this enduring actor and...

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Celebrity Chefs to Convene at the 13th Annual San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

Share: There are few annual events that get me as excited as the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival—a week-long extravaganza showcasing the best of San Diego’s flourishing food scene and the talented chefs (and other skilled food and beverage purveyors) that make it all happen. As one of the largest wine and food events of its kind in the United States and the largest in all of Southern California, the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival (now in its 13th year) is an action-packed week brimming with cooking classes, tasting panels, celebrity chef dinners and multiple...

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Via Veneto Santa Monica Dishing Star-Caliber Italian Cuisine

Share: Los Angeles is a city known as much for its distinctive award-winning eateries as it is for its celebrity residents. In fact, many of the city’s restaurants—particularly those frequented by Hollywood’s elite—often become as revered as the star clientele, themselves. One such establishment is Via Veneto in Santa Monica, which enjoys its fair share of celebrity patronage. From David and Victoria Beckham’s joint birthday party to distinguished diners the likes of Madonna, Sean Penn, Eva Longoria, Harrison Ford and Duran Duran’s Warren Cuccurullo, who is actually one of the restaurant’s investors, this locale has received more than its...

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