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Four Seasons Chef Fest on the Big Island of Hawaii

  One of the most luxe Hawaiian culinary events of the year is the annual Chef Fest Food and Wine Festival on the Big Island Hawaii. Hosted by the esteemed Executive Chef Thomas Bellec at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, this unique Hawaiian experience is from November 13 through November 16, 2019. This year the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai has partnered with The Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport to ensure Chef Fest guests begin their luxury moment as soon as they arrive at the airport. The Private Suite provides guests with a personalized lounge including snacks, blankets...

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Luxe Epicurean ‘Cookie Good’ Delights

You know that feeling when you receive a package and unwrap it? Well what if inside the package is a stack of beautifully colored cookies. You take your first bite of a perfectly baked cookie and you detect a slight crunch through that crisp exterior and then enjoy the chewy center. It’s that little buttery essence with slightly sweet and salty notes that tantalize your taste buds and make you take a second and third bite. This sensation floods your brain with happiness and feeds your soul, putting an instant smile on your face. This is what the founders...

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Walk in the footsteps of Hawaiian Royalty at Oahu’s Gunstock Ranch

According to the United Nations aviation division, carbon emissions from air travel are on track to triple by 2050 if no action is taken. Travelers are becoming more aware of this responsibility and are seeking experiences to become better citizens of the world. Hilton Hotels in Hawaii offer a list of ecotourism activities to help guests give back to the islands. Many are located at farms and ranches located about one hour from Waikiki Beach. Either rent a car of hire Charley’s Taxi Charter to drive through the center of the third largest Hawaiian Island, to see a more exotic...

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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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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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