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Author: Jill Weinlein

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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Spa Day at the Waldorf Astoria 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. The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills opened in June 2017. The beautifully appointed 119 deluxe rooms and 51 suites are part of a world-class Art Deco influenced design created by renowned interior design firm Pierre Yves Rochon, Inc. World-class dining is overseen by award winning French chef Jean-Georges...

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Barceló Karima is a “10”

Actress Bo Derek running on the beach in Blake Edwards movie “10” instantly put Manzanillo, Mexico as one of the most popular vacation destinations. This trend-setting film in 1997 was one of the biggest box-office hits. Near this beach is Barceló Karmina, an all-inclusive 324-room resort, that has earned  a 5-star and distinguished 4-diamond AAA resort. The Mayan inspired designed lobby offers a soaring ceiling with an impressive wall of glass windows. Looking out one sees tropical gardens, pools interconnected by waterfalls and a private beach.  It’s a 2.5 hour non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Manzanillo. Arriving at the small...

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A Peek Inside a Celebrity Gifting Lounge

Red Carpet Events LA invited Grammy’s nominees, presenters, select celebrities, stylist and media last week to the The InterContinental Los Angeles Century City. It was a  star-sightings at the gifting lounge in the hotel’s Glass Lounge Room and garden. Both areas were filled with an an array of beauty and wellness products, fashion, jewelry, art, trendy gifts. snacks and accessories. Over 30 sponsors met Red Carpet Events LA invitees including Aneliese Van Der Pol, Sheri Pedigo, Maria Conchita Alonso, Antonio Zamudio, Gabriel Ellis, KEA, Farrah Fawx and Ryan Beatty. Celebrities received a trip to Hawaii by one of the main sponsor’s...

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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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