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May 29, 1994
Europe--Kevin O'Connor, Los Angeles: "I've had two marvelous trips in England and Asia with San Diego State professor Leon Rosenstein. He is now planning tours in Greece, including a week-long island cruise ($3,569), and the Pyrenees ($3,396). Contact him at (619) 594-6586." California--Ruth Kaye, Calabasas: "Simpson House Inn, 121 E. Arrellaga St., Santa Barbara 93101; (800) 676-1280. A romantic hideaway. Full breakfast and evening hors d'oeuvres."
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December 2, 2010 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times Assistant Travel Editor
The Montage Laguna Beach , a luxury hotel that opened in 2003 along the Orange County coast , has fallen from the AAA Five Diamond firmament. After two years on the widely followed roster of top-rated lodgings that is issued annually by AAA, the Montage does not appear on the 2011 list, which was released this week by AAA's local affiliate, the Automobile Club of Southern California. Jeffrey Spring, a spokesman for the Automobile Club, said the Montage will appear on the Four Diamond list to be issued next week.
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BUSINESS
November 14, 1997 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Simpson House Inn is not a certain notorious Brentwood mansion now on the real estate market. It is a stately 123-year-old home in Santa Barbara that has become the first bed and breakfast establishment ever to earn the coveted five-diamond rating from AAA. Five other hotels and two restaurants have been added to the AAA five-diamond list this year, bringing the total to 57 lodging establishments and 40 restaurants. The awards were presented Sunday at ceremonies in Palm Beach, Fla.
BUSINESS
November 14, 1997 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Simpson House Inn is not a certain notorious Brentwood mansion now on the real estate market. It is a stately 123-year-old home in Santa Barbara that has become the first bed and breakfast establishment ever to earn the coveted five-diamond rating from AAA. Five other hotels and two restaurants have been added to the AAA five-diamond list this year, bringing the total to 57 lodging establishments and 40 restaurants. The awards were presented Sunday at ceremonies in Palm Beach, Fla.
NEWS
December 2, 2010 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times Assistant Travel Editor
The Montage Laguna Beach , a luxury hotel that opened in 2003 along the Orange County coast , has fallen from the AAA Five Diamond firmament. After two years on the widely followed roster of top-rated lodgings that is issued annually by AAA, the Montage does not appear on the 2011 list, which was released this week by AAA's local affiliate, the Automobile Club of Southern California. Jeffrey Spring, a spokesman for the Automobile Club, said the Montage will appear on the Four Diamond list to be issued next week.
TRAVEL
August 21, 1994
The American Bed and Breakfast Assn. has just released results of its annusal inspections of B&Bs and inns throughout North America. Of 450 properties inspected this year, here are the top 16: Bay Beach B&B Sandwich, Mass. (508) 888-8813 Blantyre Lenox, Mass. (413) 637-3556 Breakwater 1904 Bar Harbor, Me. (207) 288-2313 Canyhon Villa B&B Sedona, Ariz. (602) 284-1226 Capitol Hill Mansion Denver, Colo. (303) 839-5221 Glasbern Fogelsville, Penn. (215) 285-4723 Hidden Crystal Inn Hiddenite, N.C.
TRAVEL
May 13, 2001 | KELLY SCOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's possible to spend a weekend here on a budget, but if you're willing to drop some cash--and Santa Barbara makes you want to--a great place to do it is the Simpson House Inn, the only bed-and-breakfast in North Amer-ica to receive a five-diamond rating from AAA. Bed-and-breakfasts aren't for everyone--the overdecorating, the forced conviviality with other guests, the potential for an overload of cute. But the Simpson House pulls it off with elan.
HOME & GARDEN
December 5, 2009 | By Valli Herman
To make holiday guests feel at home, borrow the trade secrets of innkeepers who know how to make visits feel so personal. Suggestions from some of California's most regarded inns: 95Milliken Creek Inn & Spa, Napa: Milliken Creek Inn & Spa, Napa: The 12-room luxury inn creates a homey atmosphere by engaging the senses, says general manager Connie Gore. The inn plays music, lights candles and offers a small but elegant snack during a twilight "magic hour." "We set up a display of cheese, olives, tapenade and crackers and a vintner pairs local wines with the cheeses," Gore says.
BUSINESS
March 2, 1994 | CAROL SMITH, CAROL SMITH is a free-lance writer based in Pasadena
The boom in bed and breakfast innkeeping has had a spinoff effect for business travelers. As the number of inns has mushroomed to between 15,000 and 20,000, from fewer than 1,000 a decade ago, competition has increased, and a growing number of inns are looking for ways to attract midweek business travelers to help boost their occupancy rates.
TRAVEL
May 29, 1994
Europe--Kevin O'Connor, Los Angeles: "I've had two marvelous trips in England and Asia with San Diego State professor Leon Rosenstein. He is now planning tours in Greece, including a week-long island cruise ($3,569), and the Pyrenees ($3,396). Contact him at (619) 594-6586." California--Ruth Kaye, Calabasas: "Simpson House Inn, 121 E. Arrellaga St., Santa Barbara 93101; (800) 676-1280. A romantic hideaway. Full breakfast and evening hors d'oeuvres."
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August 13, 1989 | ALAN C. MILLER, Times Staff Writer
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine into trees. --John Muir Amid the many celebrated images of California dreaming, the play of light on spectacular natural stages was the undisputed star, such as at dawn when the sun's rays filtered through the pines of the Giant Forest at our Sequoia National Park campground. By midday we stood before Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park, awed by the blue, yellow, red, orange and purple hues of a rainbow dancing in the mist.
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