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Right In Our Own Backyard…Shimmering Hotel Pools and Patios In Newport Beach

 

Here’s a summer newsflash! Let’s agree to put the car keys away and not book those airline tickets. We can stay right here in Newport Beach and enjoy some of the best “resort” experiences one could dare to imagine. An impromptu stay-cation can be the perfect recipe for enjoying a carefree summer getaway with the family, or perhaps a romantic respite for just the two of you. Here we have sleuthed our way around town to find hotels with newly renovated pools, resort games...

Craving A Summer Poolside Concert? Or Perhaps A Stay-Cation in Carlsbad?

This article focuses on two wonderful summer events…1) Summer Concert Series By The Pool, and 2) A Stay-Cation at a gem of a resort in Carlsbad!

Whether it’s just for a two-hour poolside concert, or a quick overnight getaway, you can resort to some incredible fun at the Cape Rey Carlsbad- A Hilton Resort! Listen up Southern California! You might be a local from North County, downtown San Diego, or a nearby visitor from Orange County and...

Los Angeles Travel Show— Today Sunday 2/28/16 in Long Beach!

The Los Angeles Travel Show this weekend in Long Beach. I attended all day Saturday and it is open all day today Sunday as well. Dance performances, Cooking Demonstrations, Panel Discussions, and Presentations from some of my favorite travel talents---Rick Steves, Samantha Brown, and today Sunday Peter Greenberg! Always full of great insights I will be writing up some notes I jotted down while Rick Steves was speaking.

There are over 150 booths from people all over the world. Cruise...

Discovering The “Hidden Gems” Of Newport Beach

Like shiny pebbles found in the sand, this town is glistening with hidden gems. Discover some of our favorite spots that make Newport Beach truly a “one-of-a-kind” destination. From fine dining to exceptional shopping, premier service and natural wonders of the sea & shore, this town is a fine balance of elegance, charm, and iconic local flavors.

With lovely weather as its beacon for travelers, and with ten miles of pristine coastline, Newport Beach is a flurry of activity...

Island Hotel Newport Beach Unveils An Elegant Club Lounge

Island Hotel Newport Beach Unveils An Elegant Club Lounge
For Busy Travelers Who Enjoy The Finer Things In Life

Island Hotel Newport Beach is showcasing a new luxury hotel “club lounge” experience.  The 2,000-square-foot Island Club lounge is on the hotel’s 20th floor offering expansive views of the Newport Bay and Fashion Island below.  This venue is designed to reflect the needs of today’s traveler in a sophisticated and professional environment....

Farm, Food & Wine Oct. Weekend Trip To Central Coast

Join Chef Debbi Dubbs In Cambria & the Central Coast Oct 11 - 13, 2013, for a customize tour and fun! Enjoy a special wine country weekend during harvest season. We have an entire weekend with personalized farm tours, visit to a winery, cooking and so much fun you will not want to come back! Everything is arranged and you just sit back and enjoy this culinary adventure. Enjoy the beautiful gardens of the B&B as we are nestled in the pines on the hill above Cambria by...

Dining Options Galore! Make Your Reservations Now!

Orange County - With two different Restaurant Weeks over the next month, this is the time to enjoy dining out, and most importantly, to try something new. This is your chance to get out there and test the waters. Here is a brief run down, and all restaurants have menus on-line for you to peruse and plan your outings. Valentine’s week is coming, but who needs a special holiday to eat out and have fun!!

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KFWB Remote With Chef Jamie

Chef Jamie Gwen ~ Live Remote at Bristol Farms

It was an early breakfast call on Sunday December 9th as we settled in to watch the magic happen here at Bristol Farms in Newport Beach. Somewhere between a living room and studio setting---observe as we did.  The food was parading out to welcome early arriving guests, Melissa's Produce booth----check. Eighty or so chairs are huddled on the sidewalk and parking lot adjacent to the Bristol Farms entry. Yes, they are on it! Fans quickly begin to fill. Front and center,...

Spectacular Spa Retreat In North San Diego…..So Many Ways To Spa!

Framed by the majestic Palomar Mountain Range of northern San Diego County, this Four-Diamond award winning Resort is a lovely enclave, cradled in an idyllic location just an hour from Orange County, CA. Traveling along Highway 76, I passed by horse farms, open space and fruit-stands on a leisurely traverse through the countryside. The Resort welcomed my arrival with a cascading waterfall, crisp air and bright blue skies above. But what I noticed instantly was the sheer quiet. I knew...