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Lunar New Year at Disneyland

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park now through Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Guests have the opportunity to experience multicultural treats and drinks with the 2019 Lunar New Year Sip and Savor Pass. The pass costs $36 for annual passholders, and $39 for non-passholders. You receive a big laminated card attached to a lanyard to wear it around your neck. On the card are six tags that one tears off when ordering small plates and beverages. Guests may purchase items a la carte too.   While walking through Disney’s California Adventure, visitors can listen to live entertainment and...

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Elegant Vegan Sweetheart Chocolates

For Valentine’s Day, designer chocolatier Chef Phillip Ashley Rix is making Sweetheart chocolates for those with dietary restrictions. The elegant Sweetheart gift box is filled with vegan and gluten free handcrafted chocolate made with the finest, plant based ingredients and single orgin dark chocolate. Flavors include Spiced Whiskey, Lavender Eart Grey Tea, Passion Fruit Vanilla Bean and Habanero Mango. What makes these chocolates so special and unique are the printed messages that include “Be Mine,” “Forever” and “Say Yes”. It’s a more delicious take on the Sweethearts or conversation heart-shaped sugar candy. Phillip Ashley Rix also makes non-vegan hand-crafted milk,...

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Death Valley’s Luxury Resort

I was curious to visit Death Valley during the government shut-down. Would all the sites be closed? I knew The Oasis at Death Valley was open and recently completed $100 million in renovations. Both The Inn and The Ranch at Death Valley are celebrating a renaissance in 2019. Located a little over four hours from Los Angeles or a two-hour drive from Las Vegas, is an oasis in the middle of the vast desert of Death Valley National Park. Driving from Los Angeles, we stopped at the Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station to pay our $30 entrance fee. We noticed the self-pay...

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The Estate Yountville in Napa Valley

There are two refreshed luxury resorts in Napa Valley. Hotel Villagio’s updates were just finished in summer 2018, while The Vintage House was modernized into a sophisticated wine country style hotel last October 2017. Both reside on Washington Street and are part of The Estate Yountville. The resorts are located between V-Marketplace and four of celebrity chef Michael Chiarello’s eateries: Bottega Napa Valley for fine dining Italian cuisine; Ottimo Italian eatery and market for breakfast, lunch, picnic fare and wine; Platform 8, an upscale burger cafe and Platform 8 Ice Cream Lab. Across the street are Michelin-starred restaurants, wine-tasting rooms...

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Ultimate Southern California Luxury Gift

If you’re looking to treat your special someone to a luxury weekend getaway this Valentine’s Day, or simply just because…head to southern California! The ultimate luxury gift is a President’s Weekend getaway filled with Champagne, luxury accommodations, decadent meals, polo matches and meeting polo legend Guillermo “Memo” Gracida Jr. This four-day and three-night experience starts in Beverly Hills at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, then moves on to being transported on a private charter BLADE helicopter to Empire Polo Club. Check in on Friday, February 15, 2019 before enjoying an 8-course chef’s tasting menu for two at Jean-Georges Beverly Hills before staying overnight...

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Cabo’s Most Elegant Wedding Destination

My Quivira Los Cabos vacation started two days before my trip to the luxurious, adult-only Pueblo Bonito Pacifica. My personal butler, Leopoldo, emailed me, introducing himself and welcoming me before my arrival. In the email he asked if I had any dietary restrictions and what time my flight landed. Once my airport shuttle arrived at Pueblo Bonito (Beautiful Village in English) Pacifica, Leopoldo, dressed in uniform, was awaiting my arrival at the entrance of the lobby. After greeting me with a refreshing beverage, he escorted me to my room and pointed out highlights at the resort. Checking into The...

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The Best Holiday Displays in California

During the holidays, some of the most luxurious hotels in California have constructed the largest and most spectacular gingerbread houses and holiday displays that are featured throughout the lobby and hotel.  Here are the best of the best: Montage Beverly Hills Guests and visitors at the Montage Beverly Hills are dazzled with multiple brightly lit trees, a menorah, and life-size sleigh with mistletoe above to sneak a memorable kiss. Life-size nutcracker soldiers made of fondant stand at attention in the lobby of the hotel. The Montage Beverly Hills is offering special programs for the entire family. Younger guests can...

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Yountville’s Fascinating Art Walk

For the past eight years the town of Yountville in the Napa Valley wine country, has displayed an exquisite outdoor art collection by local and U.S. artists. Over 30 colorful pieces of art enhance Washington Street, strategically placed along the one main street. Some are in front of trendy restaurants, others near luxury hotels and charming inns, wine tasting rooms, a spa and a museum. Gordon Huether partnered with Yountville Arts to create the Yountville Art Walk. With his guidance and willingness to lend four sculptures, the Yountville Art Wall was born. Tourist can pick up an Art Walk map at...

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The Trendy Duniway Hotel Portland

What makes The Duniway Portland, a Hilton Hotel special is their friendly and thoughtful staff, especially Concierge Extraordinaire John Conway. Stepping into the warm, eclectic, living-room style lobby, one admires the trendy furniture and tchotchkes on the wall behind the reservation desk. There is a glass-encased Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the Ghostbusters franchise, an iconic camera, and a record player with a stack of vinyl records to play. Curated books from the largest independent book store Powell’s are on display. Conway is usually one of the first people to welcome guests. He stands near nostalgic items that include an old typewriter,...

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SHARE by Curtis Stone on Princess Cruises

Walking on-board the Emerald Princess, I admired the 19 deck cruise ship with almost 900 glass balconies attached the 1,539 guest rooms. What makes this ship extra special is Executive Chef Curtis Stone’s fine dining restaurant SHARE. It’s featured on only three Princess Cruises ships, to provide passengers an celebrity chef culinary experience while at sea. Chef Curtis Stone creates an inviting dining room with walls of glass windows for ocean view dining in an opulent setting. Inside a private dining room are photos of Stone and memorabilia, including his first recipe Orange Cake that he wrote out in...

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Celebrate the Holidays with Chandon

While up in the culinary town of Yountville in Napa Valley, I met Pauline Lhote, one of the top California winemakers and Director of Winemaking at Domaine Chandon. She and her team are excited to debut two new festive, limited-edition Brut bottles – one in silver and gold and the other in hot pink and gold. JW: These new bottles are so pretty and perfect for the holidays. Was that your plan? CHANDON: The Chandon Brut enhances a tablescape for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Eve celebration. It’s elegant gold foil neck and effervescent label takes any holiday gathering to a new...

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Exploring Washington D.C. from The Wharf

There are so many places to see and stay at while visiting Washington D.C. Recently a new neighborhood opened in the Southwest section of D.C. that offers luxury accommodations, an award winning culinary scene and fun water activities along the Potomac River. Staying at the red brick, metal and glass waterfront InterContinental Hotel for one night, I enjoyed the lively rooftop bar and sparkling pool looking out at the harbor, river and National Mall. The elegant beige, gold, brown and nautical blue rooms offer contemporary maritime decor, high-quality cotton linens and down and non-allergenic foam pillows. Guests can relax in...

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