June 29, 2012 |
The city of Monterey celebrates the Fourth of July with rock and R&B bands and of course fireworks at night. The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa at 400 Cannery Row offers this special during the holiday week: a 40% discount off a four-night stay. The deal: If you are out to make the midweek holiday a real vacation, the waterfront hotel offers chill time at its roof-top spa, free valet parking and Wi-Fi, and a great central location to explore the city and its beaches. The July 4th 40% Off requires a four-night minimum stay.
June 28, 2012 |
Celebrity and fashion photographer Mark Liddell has listed a house in the Hollywood Hills West area at $2.325 million. The serial remodeler redid the one-level contemporary, which sits with a swimming pool and spa on a third of an acre at the top of a sweeping driveway. The 2,652 square feet of living space include a living room, family room, formal dining room, a kitchen with breakfast area and two master suites for a total of four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Outside are patios, lawn, a built-in barbecue and an outdoor fireplace.
June 12, 2012 |
Cars Land opens Friday at Disney California Adventure Park -- and the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa is ready. The hotel offers a four-night family package that comes with two-day Disneyland Park Hopper passes to see the new "Cars" themed area (as well as both parks), bicycling, breakfast and other summer activities. The deal: The Five Best Days of Summer comes with two-day Disneyland Park Hopper passes for two adults and two children that provides access to Disneyland and California Adventure ($776)
June 4, 2012 |
One of the most popular hotels in Hollywood is being acquired by Loews Hotels & Resorts, which plans a $26-million renovation of the inn at Hollywood & Highland Center. The Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa will be rebranded as the Loews Hollywood Hotel after the sale closes this month. Terms of the sale by landlord CIM Group were not disclosed, but hospitality industry experts familiar with the property valued the deal at about $165 million. Renovations will take place in phases over the next year to minimize disruptions for guests, Loews said.
May 29, 2012 |
Former Dodger Eric Davis has sold his home in Calabasas as a short sale for $1.8 million. Built in 1994, the Mediterranean-style house sits on a half-acre lot with a swimming pool, spa and half basketball court. The 7,239-square-foot home contains a media room with a wet bar, an office, four bedrooms and six bathrooms. The retired center fielder, 50, played for the Dodgers in the early 1990s and ended his playing career with the San Francisco Giants in 2001. The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer, who played there from 1984 to 1991, is a roving instructor for the team.
May 27, 2012 |
Intro: Let wine snobs snicker when they hear you spent a weekend at a vineyard in Temecula. I took a friend for an overnight stay at the South Coast Winery Resort & Spa (34843 Rancho California Road;  587-9463, http://www. wineresort.com ), a 39-acre slice of nirvana where relaxation is inescapable. Twenty-four hours wasn't nearly enough time to enjoy the premises. The bed. I could tell you all about the 76 villas (rooms start at $209) at South Coast and how most come with a fireplace, private patio and a wet bar with a mini-fridge.
May 26, 2012
I felt as if I had my own private hacienda overlooking the historic grounds of the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, along the Santa Cruz River and Anza Trail in Arizona. If you want peaceful luxury, this is it. A real plus is the easy access to the Southwestern art shops of Tubac. Doubles from $114 midweek, depending on the season. Tubac Resort & Spa, 1 Avenue de Otero Road, Tubac, Ariz.; (520) 398-2211, http://www.tubacgolfresort.com/. D. Kay Renick Ventura
May 13, 2012 |
If you know anything at all about Del Mar, it's that the seaside town north of San Diego is the place to play the ponies. The horses aren't the only thoroughbreds in the track's history; you'll hear it connected to such names as Bing Crosby, W.C. Fields, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, jockey Willie Shoemaker and, my favorite, Seabiscuit. But I'd encourage a Del Mar visit any time except the July 18-Sept. 5 racing season, just for the peace and quiet. The bed. I was here for a family wedding at L'Auberge del Mar Resort & Spa (1540 Camino del Mar; 
April 20, 2012 |
Music producer Terry Lewis and his wife, Indira, have listed their Malibu estate for sale at $4.5 million. The one-acre property includes a Spanish-style house, open and covered patios, a sports court, a swimming pool with a spa and gardens. The 6,710-square-foot open-plan home, built in 2001, includes a media room, five bedrooms and 51/2 bathrooms. The ocean-view master suite features a sitting area and two walk-in closets. Lewis is part of a songwriting and production team with Jimmy Jam. The Grammy-winning Jam and Lewis have produced hits for singers including Janet Jackson, Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey.
April 19, 2012 |
Prepare to dream. The Conde Nast Traveler's 2012 Hot List of new hotels, resorts, spas and restaurants is out -- offering lots of travel fantasy fodder. Editors, not travelers, compiled the list of the best 121 new (which includes the seriously renovated) hotels in the world. These in the West made the cut: -- Hotel Bel-Air , 701 Stone Canyon Road, L.A., which just emerged from a two-year renovation. Its Prairie spa also won a best-spa mention. -- Mr. C Beverly Hills, 1224 Beverwil Drive, L.A., scored high marks for its high-rise style.