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News, Travel, Santa Monica, Lax

LAX 14-Day Holiday Travel Period Starts Friday; 2.97 Million Passengers To Use Airport

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 8:30 am

Nearly 2.97 million passengers will pass through LAX during the 14-day holiday travel period that starts Friday and ends. Jan. 2, a 4.1 percent increase over last year, airport officials said today.

Mar’sel chef du cuisine Charles Olalia will dish up special holiday menus this Christmas and New Year's Eve.

Dining, Holiday, Travel, Rancho Palos Verdes

Celebrate Holidays In Style At Terranea Resort With Special Dining, Extended Stay Promo

Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 11:21 am

Perched on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Terranea Resort is gearing up for the holiday season with special dining options this Christmas and New Year’s.

Terranea’s signature restaurant mar’sel offers an inventive twist on California cuisine with seating indoors and out.

Dining, Travel, Ocean, Rancho Palos Verdes

Terranea Resort Serves Up More Than Just Ocean Views

Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 11:13 am

With eight unique dining experiences on its 102-acre estate ranging from formal dining restaurants with sweeping ocean views to cute cafes, Terranea Resort executive chef Bernard Ibarra leads a busy work life heading up a culinary team of more than 100 chefs.

News, Los Angeles, Travel, Santa Monica, Gas Prices

Gasoline Prices At Lowest Level For Thanksgiving Since 2009

Posted Nov. 27, 2014, 8:42 am

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County was at its lowest amount on Thanksgiving since 2009, dropping seven-tenths of a cent today to $3.104.

News, Los Angeles, Travel, Santa Monica, Lax

3.5 Million Southland Residents Estimated To Travel This Thanksgiving

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 8:24 am

More than 3.5 million Southland residents are traveling during this Thanksgiving holiday, a 3.8 percent increase over last year that the Automobile Club of Southern California attributes to lower gas prices and improved personal finances.

News, Holiday, Travel, Santa Monica, Lax

LAX Forecast To Be Nation's Busiest Airport Over 11-Day Thanksgiving Travel Period

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:11 am

Los Angeles International Airport is forecast to be the nation's busiest airport during the 11-day Thanksgiving holiday travel period which begins today.

Wine expert John Cressman invites a wine seminar participant to open a bottle of wine using a sword.

Dining, Travel, Santa Monica, Rancho Palos Verdes

Terranea Resort Celebrates 5th Anniversary With Celebration Of Food & Wine

Posted Aug. 14, 2014, 4:11 pm

As Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula continues to celebrate its fifth anniversary, it is only fitting that the luxury oceanfront property host its first-ever Celebration of Food and Wine, which is set to become an annual event for the luxury getaway just 45 minutes from Santa Monica.

The air is still and peaceful floating thousands of feet over vineyards

Travel, Santa Monica

Temecula Valley A Relaxing Nearby Getaway

Posted Jul. 13, 2014, 9:06 am

A lovely invitation arrived from the folks at Visit Temecula Valley inviting a select group of travel writers to cover their annual Balloon & Wine Festival, along with visits to some of their restaurants and award-winning wineries.

News, Travel, Santa Monica

July 4 Travel Expected To Increase To 2.88 Million In Southern California

Posted Jul. 2, 2014, 8:59 am

In spite of high gas prices, 2.88 million Southern Californians -- an increase from last year -- are expected to travel for the Fourth of July weekend, starting Thursday.

Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil is a spirited journey through an abandoned theater where an extraordinary circus comes back to life.

Theater, Travel, Santa Monica

Zarkana: A Stunning Modern Acrobatic Spectacular In Las Vegas

Posted Jun. 12, 2014, 8:27 am

Set in a world where physical ability meets the extraordinary of Cirque du Soleil, the show Zarkana has embraced its new home of ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

News, Travel, Santa Monica, Memorial Day Weekend, Aaa

Near Record Travel Expected For Memorial Day Weekend

Posted May. 22, 2014, 7:58 am

More than 2.6 million Southern Californians will travel at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day weekend, nearly 2 percent more than last year and the largest number since an all-time record of 3.2 million was set in 2005, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.

Left: Jubilee! recently celebrated its grand reopening at Bally’s Las Vegas, ushering in a whole new chapter for one of Las Vegas’ most iconic shows. Right: The meatballs at Rao’s inside Caesars Palace are must try for first time visitors to the restaurant.

Travel, Santa Monica

Jubilee Begins New Chapter After 33-Year Long History

Posted Apr. 11, 2014, 10:00 am

The longest-running burlesque show on the Las Vegas Strip – Jubilee! – reopened late March after a six-week hiatus after undergoing a major transformation.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad reopened to guests at Disneyland park on March 17, 2014.

California, Travel, Santa Monica

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Reopens With Surprises At Disneyland

Posted Mar. 20, 2014, 2:52 pm

With some new surprises and all the favorite dips and turns, Disneyland park reopened the classic ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad on Monday.

'Big B's Den' is one of 25 privately owned properties that can be rented through Big Bear Resort Town Rentals.

California, Travel, Santa Monica

Enjoy A Home Away From Home At Big Bear Mountain

Posted Mar. 3, 2014, 9:24 am

Want a home away from home experience while visiting Bear Big for a weekend? Consider looking into Big Bear Resort Town Rentals.

Big Bear Mountain Resorts offers a variety of diverse terrain for skiers and snowboarders.

California, Travel, Santa Monica

Big Bear Mountain Adds Up To 11 Inches Of Snow

Posted Mar. 3, 2014, 9:21 am

It may have been a warm winter in Santa Monica, but Big Bear Mountain Resorts (BBMR) just two hours away added nearly 11 inches of snow over the weekend from the slow-moving winter storm.

Situated just 25 miles south of Santa Monica, Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula is surrounded by sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.

Dining, Travel, Santa Monica, Ocean

Terranea Resort: A Gem On The Palos Verdes Peninsula

Posted Feb. 19, 2014, 9:21 am

If there was ever a setting that retains the essence of the unspoiled beauty of California’s coast, Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula is it.

“Jersey Boys” stars Santa Monica native Jeff Leibow (far left) at Paris Las Vegas. The other leads are Graham Fenton, Rob Marnell, and Deven May.

Seven Days, Theater, Travel, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Native Stars In Jersey Boys Paris Las Vegas

Posted Feb. 6, 2014, 8:40 am

Jersey Boys has entertained guests in Las Vegas for more than 2,000 performances since opening in 2008, and the show has performed at its current home, Paris Las Vegas, since March 2012.

The Gotham Rib Steak at Old Homestead Steakhouse, which is located inside Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

Dining, Travel, Santa Monica

Old Homestead Steakhouse At Caesars Palace An Iconic New York Outpost

Posted Feb. 6, 2014, 8:38 am

Since December 2011, Caesars Palace has become home to the Las Vegas restaurant outpost of one of New York City's most historic restaurants - Old Homestead Steakhouse.

Caesars Palace is located at the heart of the strip at 3570 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas.

Travel, Santa Monica, Hotels

No Luxury Spared At Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Posted Feb. 6, 2014, 8:29 am

Caesars Palace spans 85 acres at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, offering a diverse range of entertainment, dining, and relaxation offerings. Here's a look at 10 ways to vacation like a rock star at this Sin City hot spot.

Manta is a double-launch coaster that features a marine-life habitat.

California, Travel, Santa Monica

Manta Double-Launch Coast Thrills At Sea World San Diego

Posted Jan. 16, 2014, 7:55 am

Anyone who hasn’t been to SeaWorld San Diego in a few years will be in for a treat with the arrival of its new mega-attraction Manta, a double-launch coaster that opened in May 2012.

The MGM Grand’s “Wellness Wing.”

Health, Travel, Santa Monica, Hotels, Hot Flash

My Wellness Resolution Week 1: Las Vegas

Posted Jan. 16, 2014, 7:31 am

So I am sitting in my hotel room in Las Vegas. In the Wellness Wing of the MGM Grand. I did not specifically ask to stay in this wing. Didn’t even know they had it. The universe comes through for me – again!

Shania Twain takes fans on a journey of her life at her show currently on stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

Celebrity, Travel, Santa Monica

Shania Twain Shows She’s Still The One In Las Vegas

Posted Nov. 21, 2013, 7:36 am

Shania Twain shows she’s still the one as she returns to live performances for the first time in almost a decade at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. She is currently half way through her two-year residency that began Dec. 1, 2012.

This view over the Kalalau Valley is just of many one feasts for the eyes on Kauai.

Travel, Santa Monica, Food

Garden Island Also An Island Of Gastronomy

Posted Oct. 27, 2013, 9:09 am

There's a good reason why almost no one pays much attention to the food here on the Garden Island of Kauai:

The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn is open to guests September through May, offering comfort, class, and understated elegance. There are eight guest rooms with their own ammenities.

California, Travel, Santa Monica, Food

Step Back In History At The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn

Posted Oct. 16, 2013, 4:56 pm

Albert Einstein, Marion Davis, Clark Gable, and Carole Lombard – The Willows just two blocks from the heart of Palm Springs has hosted these luminaries through the years since it was built in 1924, and now has been meticulously restored to recreate the ambiance and elegance of their time.

La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona is the last great railroad hotel built in 1929 by the Santa Fe Railway for the Fred Harvey Company.

Opinion, Travel, Santa Monica, Columnist, History

La Posada Hotel In Winslow, Arizona Once Again Becomes Destination Hotel

Posted Sep. 14, 2013, 8:19 am

Route 66. La Posada Hotel, Winslow, AZ. Built between the railroad tracks and Route 66, La Posada Hotel was originally built in the late 1920s by the Santa Fe Railroad and the Fred Harvey Company for the people riding the Super Chief on the Chicago-Los Angeles route. Through the good work of Allan Affeldt it has once again become a destination hotel.

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