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Author: Jill Weinlein

Luxury Evening Spa Experience

The spa inside the The Peninsula Beverly Hills was under construction for three weeks to elevate guests experiences and stand apart from the other spas in Beverly Hills. Not only did the spa add new products and services, but this summer they are offering unique spa experiences for this summer. Recently the Global Wellness Institute determined that the Spa economy was a $119 billion business and the global wellness industry grew by 6.4 percent annually from 2015–2017, from a $3.7 trillion to a $4.2 trillion market, nearly twice as fast as global economic growth. The newly enhanced multi-million dollar spa...

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Experience Culinary and Luxury JOY at Sea

I had no idea I would be so pampered in luxury on the revitalized Norwegian Joy during her inaugural sailing to Ensenada, Mexico. Once I presented my passport upon check in, I received a private key card to the Penthouse in The Haven Courtyard. This new, spacious and beautifully appointed concierge enclave offers the most luxurious and well-appointed accommodations. Tapping my card near the entrance on deck 17, the glass door opened to allow me into this exclusive area. A certified butler greeted me and led me to my spacious stateroom cabin 13108. The Haven offers a private bar/lounge,...

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Joachim Splichal’s Domaine De CALA

I was recently invited to celebrity chef Joachim Splichal’s Southern California home for an exquisite dinner paired with his new wines made at Domaine de Cala. We watched an informative power point presentation about how this esteemed chef purchased a run down Domaine located outside of the medieval town of Brignoles, in the  picturesque Coteaux Varois AOP in the heart of Provence.  Joachim’s culinary career began in Provence, where he worked at La Napoule and Antibes, a two and three-Michelin star restaurant. He fondly remembers visiting a truffle supplier near this area, and dreaming of one day buying a...

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Soulful Keanu Reeves Makes Hollywood history

Right before the premier of JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, celebrity actor and producer Keanu Reeves (John Wick) was invited to participate in the oldest honor in Hollywood – to sign his name and put his hands and footprints in wet cement on the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. Near the stage was International artist and painter Rob Prior, sweeping fluid strokes of colorful paint to the beat of music. His art is a mesmerizing combination of entertainment and excitement, drawing fans to watch him paint Keanu Reeves as John Wick. Soon many of Keanu’s John Wick cast...

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Weekend Fun in Bucolic Buellton

Planning a weekend getaway, we wanted to go somewhere within two hours from Los Angeles offering beauty, wine and culinary delights. After the winter rain, the Super Bloom is transforming California’s landscape into pastures of Spring wildflowers on full display. In the charming town of Buellton in Santa Barbara County, the verdant green hills are blanketed with vibrant yellow mustard flowers. We decided to investigate for a quick getaway. Buellton in Central California is an idyllic getaway for tasting some of the state’s best wines and culinary fare. It also offers some unique experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. We...

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Escape to the Luxe Andaz Scottsdale Resort

Two years ago the luxury Andaz Hotel by Hyatt took over the Cottonwoods Resort below the picturesque Camelback Mountains. They renovated each of the 185 adobe bungalows and suites, as well as built a colorful contemporary lobby and heated saltwater swimming pools. Driving up to the resort, a restored 1962 black convertible Cadillac, fondly named Nora, and complimentary Tesla house cars are parked in front of the lobby awaiting guests arrival. The friendly staff offers a glass of wine, beer or flavored water at check–in to kickoff the Andaz experience. Each of the bungalow-style adobe casitas feature stylish mid-century...

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The Magnificent Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort

Recently I attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of the oceanfront Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort. Celebrity actor Rob Lowe sat in front of me, and later walked up to the podium to thank entrepreneur and developer Rick Caruso for building this exquisite addition to the community. As a spokesman for the affluent village of Montecito, Lowe told approximately 150 invited guests, “We are so happy to have this resort up and running, to have place where we can create the kind of memories, that I had at the old Miramar, in the train car, having milkshakes, walking...

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The Ranunculus Super Bloom in Carlsbad

The city of Carlsbad in Southern California celebrates a super bloom this Spring with their famous blooming giant Tecolote Ranunculus fields. Near the center of town, the hills are ablaze with a kaleidoscope of flowers between the Pacific Ocean and LEGOLAND. The Carlsbad Ranch at The Flower Fields is located behind Armstrong Garden Center. This year the ranch offers fun props to enhance visitors photo opportunities. Guests can sit on a tractor or giant chair while posing next to rows of yellow, white, pink, purple, red, golden and salmon colored flowers. Other visitor opportunities include riding in a wagon...

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MacRostie Wines Help No Kid Hungry

Recently I sat down with Gillian Jeske Dodd from Distinguished Vineyards & Wine Partners at a Taste of the Nation LA preview dinner at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. She enlightened me about one of the evening’s sponsors, MacRostie Winery & Vineyards. This state-of-the-art winery is located on a picturesque hilltop overlooking the bucolic Russian River Valley in California. Established in 1987, Steve MacRostie Pinot-focused winery is also the home to Thale’s Vineyard, named after Steve’s wife. While pouring a glass of 2016 MacRostie Thale’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, each sip offered appealing clove, brown spice and cherry aromas, with...

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Luxurious La Prairie Spa in Beverly Hills

Taking the elevator up to the second floor, the door opens to La Prairie Spa at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Recently this 5,000 sq. ft. spa was named a Five-Star Spa by Forbes Travel Guide. It’s the first spa at a Hilton property in North America to win the award, and only the second globally. Curious why this luxury spa received such a prestigious designation, I discovered the staff incorporates the Swiss skincare’s most luxurious products and experiences. Only at the Waldorf Astoria, do they offer a multitude of treatments and three exclusive experiences. The Ultimate Radiance Experience leaves locals...

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Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna

Currently on tour is one of the most thrilling Cirque du Soleil shows – Amaluna. What makes this different from many of the other Cirque du Soleil shows, is that this is one is female intensive. Almost 70% of the cast is female and the live band is all female. The story is set on a mysterious island ruled by goddesses. It’s a coming of age story about a daughter being honored for her femininity. When a group of men arrive on the island, an epic love story is told. I sat down and interviewed one of the circus...

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Bucolic Buellton in Central California

After the winter rain, super blooms are transforming California’s landscape into pastures and hills blanketed with Spring wildflowers on full display. In the charming town of Buellton in Santa Barbara County, the verdant green hills offer vibrant yellow mustard flowers. Buellton in Central California is an idyllic getaway for tasting some of the state’s best wines and culinary fare. It also offers some unique experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. We stayed overnight at the renovated Santa Ynez Valley Marriott offering spacious wine county designed rooms. What makes this property desirable is its sparkling swimming pool. It’s the largest...

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