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Author: Jill Weinlein

Seeing Rainbows in Oahu, Hawaii

The island of Oahu should be named the “Rainbow Island,” because every time I visit the third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, it’s rains once or twice and rewards its residents and visitors with a colorful rainbow. Like the colors of the rainbow, the diversity of Hilton Hotels in Honolulu and Waikiki Beach offers accommodations for every budget. One of the most iconic luxury vacation destinations is the Rainbow Tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach. Set on 22 acres, the beachfront rooms and suites are located near tropical swimming pools, a salt-water lagoon, 20 restaurants and bars and...

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Suite-Life on the Regent Seven Seas Mariner

Walking onboard the Regent Seven Seas Mariner before it set sail from Los Angeles, through the Panama Canal to Miami, each guest received a flute of sparkling wine before receiving their suite key card. The Seven Seas Mariner was constructed as the first all-suite, all-balcony ship in 2002. During the summer months, she sails along the coast of Alaska in comfort and style. Other months, she takes guests on longer sailings to some of the most fascinating ports in the world. With over 350 suites, measuring from 301 to 2,002 sq. ft., guests sleep European king-size Slumber Bed with a padded...

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The Re-Imagined InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

There are three ways to arrive to the newly re-opened InterContinental Hayman Island Resort: by helicopter, seaplane or onboard a luxury yacht sipping flutes of sparkling wine, while enjoying light canapés. Fly into Sydney Airport and connect to Hamilton Island Airport. Each mode of transportation immerses guest in the breathtaking natural beauty of the Whitsundays, part of the Cumberland Islands, located off the coast of Queensland. Guest have a choice of staying in a luxury room, suite or villa located in one of three wings located at the beach, lagoon or pool. One of the most stunning accommodations is the three...

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Harvest Wine and Culinary Tour Through Temecula

During Harvest season, winemakers Jon McPherson and Javier Flores wake up before colorful hot air balloons fly right over their grapevines at the boutique Carter Estate Winery and Resort in Temecula Valley. In mid to late September they wake up around 2:30 a.m., when it’s cool and crisp, to select and collect their finest grapes to make their award winning wines. Temecula Valley offers more than 40 boutique to grand estate wineries, 9 different breweries, and some extraordinary artisan restaurants and shops. Located about 22 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the days are warm in the summer and cooler in the...

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Pampered Pooch at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Visiting Los Angeles with your four legged friend can be expensive with deposit and pet fees. At the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, west of Downtown Los Angeles and in-between Beverly Hills and Hollywood, the ten story hotel allows well behaved pets to stay for free with no additional charge or deposit taken at reservation or check-in. While humans receive a glass of champagne upon arrival, dogs are welcomed at the front desk and receive treats from the concierge desk. Popular pet-friendly rooms are the luxury patio rooms offering a spacious outdoor patio and seating area. While humans sleep...

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Elevate your Fashion Island Hotel Experience

Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach transports guests to a tropical paradise that reminds one of a luxury Hawaiian hotel, yet it’s only 60 minutes from downtown Los Angeles.Guests staying at the stylish Orange County resort can renew, repair and rejuvenate during their vacation by upgrading to the Island Club up on the 20th floor. Enter with your key card into a comfortable lounge offering various flat screen televisions, dining tables, iMac computer work area, a variety of nerwspapers, and a wall of windows looking out to the Fashion Island Shopping and Entertainment Center, Balboa Island and Pacific Ocean...

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Girlfriends Getaway at Pechanga Resort

Meeting friends for a Girl’s Weekend Reunion at Pechanga Resort nestled in Temecula Valley, this destination that offers a multitude of activities that appeals to everyone. Besides the 20,000 square foot gaming casino, there is an event theatre showcasing sell-out concerts. This Las Vegas style resort has a water oasis featuring four-acres of pools, waterslides, a swim up bar, restaurants and spacious cabanas. Next door is a world-class spa facility, and fitness center. Recently, Pechanga recently completed a $300 million expansion, nearly doubling its guest-rooms. The new luxury Pechanga’s Tower offers spacious Junior Suites. The bedroom offers a king or two queen...

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71st Emmy Awards Governors Ball

This weekend the Television Academy is hosting the 71st Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. After the televised award show, the stars and guests will walk on a long red carpet to one of Hollywood’s largest dinner party. Cheryl Cecchetto and Sequoia Productions have created a gorgeous “Brilliance in Motion” theme for the Governors Ball inside the L.A. Live Event space. The multi-layered design dazzles in red, coral, magenta and eggplant colors. On tables and throughout the event, Kevin Lee and his floral team from L.A. Premier enhance the dining and lounge areas with thousands of blooms in four different...

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Catalina’s Premier Hotel Atwater

The newly renovated three story Hotel Atwater on Catalina Island is now one of the island’s premier lodging destinations. Owned by the Catalina Island Company, they spent 18 months completely restoring the hotel’s nostalgia and historic past. Built in the 1920’s by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr., the hotel’s namesake Helen Atwater Wrigley, loved three things about Catalina Island: fresh flowers, the beautiful ocean views and a glass of champagne every evening before bed. The Catalina Island Company are honoring this stylish woman by offering her favorites to guests. Some guest rooms have ocean views, a split of Napa Sparkling...

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Pali Wine Tasting Room in Santa Barbara

Walking along The Urban Wine Trail in Santa Barbara into the Funk Zone, you soon come upon 10 blocks filled with an eclectic mix of galleries, shops, restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Converted warehouses are decked out as wine tasting rooms for local wineries in the Santa Barbara County and Central California. We stopped inside the Pali Wine Co., which is located just two blocks from the ocean and Santa Barbara train station.   Once inside, we selected two tasting flights of five wines each, the Pali Wine Taste and Tower 15. Tim Perr and Scott Knight co-founded Pali Wine...

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Wellness Month at the Elegant Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Resort

Many people resolve every new year to look and eat healthier. During the summer, it’s a good time to evaluate yourself to see if you are on track, or if you have slipped a little and need to recharge. In 2018 I was invited to learn how to look my best during the summer at the luxury Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Resort. As I took an elevator up to the Secret Rose Garden for a special Wellness Month preview. Lisa Michaelis, CEO & Founder – Live Love Spa and founder of Wellness Month guests and said, “For the entire...

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Santa Barbara’s Newest Elegant Hideaway

There’s a new boutique bed and breakfast for discerning travelers, blending “old world” charm with “new world” comfort at Hideaway Santa Barbara. Located in the West Beach area on Montecito Street, it recently opened in June, 2019. The Kirkwood Collection, known for their special destinations in San Luis Obispo, Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, recently acquired a 1908 California craftsman with a carriage house under a canopy of trees, which they later converted into nine unique guest rooms, some with fireplaces and sitting areas. Founder and president Alex Kirkwood is excited about this new property. “We are delighted to present Hideaway...

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