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Hyatt Regency San Francisco Invites Guests to Extend the Weekend, Explore City

August 23, 2014
The Hyatt Regency San Francisco is offering its popular Explore Package in conjunction with a series of free walking tours, especially designed for those who want to take a long weekend getaway to discover San Francisco’s many outdoor attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco is offering its popular Explore Package in conjunction with a series of free walking tours, especially designed for those who want to take a long weekend getaway to discover San Francisco’s many outdoor attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco, a luxury property on the city’s waterfront, is offering its popular Explore Package in conjunction with a series of free walking tours, especially designed for those who want to take a long weekend getaway to discover San Francisco’s many outdoor assets. 

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco’s Explore Package includes overnight accommodations in newly renovated guestrooms, 15% off food and beverage at Eclipse Restaurant located in the Guinness Book of World Records largest atrium lobby and two San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) passes, which provide unlimited daily use on the iconic cable cars, historic street cars, busses and trolleys.  Rates start at $229 with further discounts available for those that extend their weekend into Sunday and Monday nights.

And, for those who want to extend their stay in San Francisco through Sunday and Monday nights, there are many diversions, including free concerts at Sigmund Stern Grove, better ticket availability for such popular attractions as Beach Blanket Babylon, better chance of snagging last-minute passes for the Alcatrz Cruises’ prison tour, fewer crowds at some of the city’s most popular attractions, like for such museums/attractions as Academy of Sciences; ExplOratorium; Hyde Street Pier; PIER 39; Cable Cars; walking or biking across the Golden Gate Bridge; Japanese Tea Garden; and greater access to some of the most celebrated restaurants, such as restaurants, including:  Boulevard, La Mar, Water Bar, Plouf, Butterfly, Chaya Brasserie, Piperade and Slanted Door.

Walking San Francisco’s Most Beloved Destinations

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco is ideally situated to explore the City-by-the-Bay. with free, self-guided walking tours:

Lands End: Sometimes considered the wildest, rockiest corner of San Francisco, Land’s End is a historical hike that begins at Point Lobos and is an ideal location to watch the spectacular sea lions bark on the rocks below.  This is a nice retreat from the busy city life where outdoor enthusiast can get lost in the dramatic cliffs, open terrain and 30-mile, panoramic views of the California coast. While here, hikers can also visit the ruins of Sutro Baths, a large public bathhouse that was constructed in 1896. There is also a Labyrinth, shipwreck remains and the Palace of the Legion of Honor to round out the adventure. This relatively easy hike is roughly 3.4 miles long and normally takes 1-3 hours. For more information, check out http://www.everytrail.com/guide/lands-end-san-francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge Walk: The Golden Gate Bridge is the icon of San Francisco and is considered to be one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Luckily, visitors have the opportunity to walk across the 1.7 miles span of this bridge, which opened to the public on May 28, 1937 at a cost $35 million dollars. For those that want a longer walk, there is a trail up to Hendrik Point, which features a phenomenal view of the bridge and the San Francisco skyline. For more information, check out http://www.everytrail.com/guide/walking-the-golden-gate-bridge.

One Perfect Day in San Francisco: San Francisco may be as diverse a city as they come. The city boasts vast culture, art and history. For one perfect day, enjoy this 7.1 mile tour that will highlight  the locals’ favorite diversions. It begins at Tartine Bakery, which is one of the best bakeries-cafés in town. Next, Stow Lake, where adventurers can rent rowboats and paddle boats. For lunch, walk a short few blocks to check out the vicinity surrounding UCSF at Irving Street & 9th Ave where there’s a diverse group of several ethnic restaurants. Then, return to Golden Gate Park for a visit to The Academy of Sciences Museum, a world-class science museum that has visitors lost for hours. Finally, finish at Haight-Ashbury, which takes visitors back in time to the hippie culture of the 60s. For more information, check out http://www.everytrail.com/guide/one-perfect-day-in-san-francisco.

Downtown Architecture Walk: For those interested in a walking tour through the heart of downtown San Francisco, check out Crocker Galleria, Hallidi Building on 150 Sutter St, Wells Fargo Banking Hall, 111 Sutter St, City Group Center Greenhouse, The Crown Zellerbach Paper Co. Building and Shell Building. These buildings offer unique architecture that are not found anywhere else, and are considered to be some of the most important buildings in the world. Even though it’s only a half a mile walk, architecture buffs can get lost here for hours just admiring the beauty this historic area. For more information, check out http://www.everytrail.com/guide/san-francisco-downtown-architecture-walk.

Touring Chinatown: Tourists and locals alike are drawn to the irresistible charm that Chinatown has to offer. The entryway to this historic neighborhood features a green-tiled gate at the intersection of Grant and Bush streets at which point visitors are drawn into one of North America’s most populated Asian communities with the authentic ambiance of shops, restaurants, grocery stores, delis, bakeries, fortune cookie factory, tea and herbal shops, galleries, souvenir haunts and more. At 1.2 miles long, it’s the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. For more information, check out http://www.everytrail.com/guide/chinatown-san-francisco-walk.

Union Square and SoMa: Built in 1850, with a history from the Union troops of the Civil War, Union Square is the place to gravitate to for shopaholics, theater enthusiasts and people watching addicts. Some of the most reputable retailers include Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany’s, Williams-Sonoma, Nike and Neiman Marcus. Or, for those that enjoy the more exclusive boutiques, head to Maiden Lane for the more intimate, chic boutiques and cafes. Before or after shopping, take the cable car or head to south of Market Street (SOMA) to enjoy museums, park life, a great variety of food and drinks and several family-friends sites. To properly prepare for this outing, prepare for a half-day with a 1.6 mile long journey. For more information, check out http://www.everytrail.com/guide/san-francisco-s-union-square-amp-soma.

The Explore Package is available through December 30, 2014 (with the exception of blackout dates) and is based on availability.  Rates vary according to dates of reservations (best rates available on Sunday and Monday nights). For reservations and additional information, visit www.sanfranciscoregency.hyatt.com or call (800) 233-1234.

About Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Situated on the Embarcadero Waterfront, across from the iconic Ferry Building Marketplace, with ferries to Sausalito, Tiburon and Alameda, Hyatt Regency San Francisco is the city’s most accessible hotel.  The hotel is at the beginning of the California Street Cable Car line and is also in close proximity to the Embarcadero Center’s shops and restaurants, Financial District, Downtown, Chinatown, North Beach, Union Square, South of Market, AT&T Park (home of the SF Giants) and Embarcadero’s waterfront walking and jogging trail.

The city’s largest luxury waterfront hotel, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco boasts 804 newly refreshed rooms and suites. Guest services and amenities include Wi-Fi service throughout the hotel, 24-hour automated business center and 24-hour StayFit @ Hyatt Fitness Center. Situated in the soaring atrium lobby of the hotel, amidst magnificent trees and trellises that create a serene and relaxing environment, Eclipse Restaurant and Lounge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring classic interpretations of local cuisine. In addition to the physical attributes of the hotel, Hyatt Regency San Francisco has also been distinguished as one of The Best Places to Work in the Bay Area, according to the San Francisco Business Times.

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Haiyi Hotels Offers Family-Friendly “San Fam-cisco” Package at 5 Hotels in San Francisco

August 23, 2014
All five Haiyi Hotels in San Francisco are offering a family-friendly getaway “San Fam-cisco” Package,” through May.

All five Haiyi Hotels in San Francisco are offering a family-friendly getaway “San Fam-cisco” Package,” through May.

All five Haiyi Hotels in San Francisco are offering a family-friendly getaway. aptly named “San Fam-cisco” Package.” Available through May 31, 2015,, with rates starting at $349 per night, the package includes:

Accommodations for two adults & two children

Tickets for two adults & two children to the brand new San Francisco Dungeon OR Madame Tussauds

Four one-way passes on a world famous San Francisco Cable Car

Complimentary Overnight Parking

Haiyi Hotels’ Souvenir Tote Bag

Ghirardelli Chocolate Sampler

Souvenir “San Francisco-opoly” Board Game

The five Haiyi Hotels – Americania Hotel, Carriage Inn, The Good Hotel, Hotel Metropolis and Hotel Vertigo – are all ideally located just steps away from the city’s attractions, restaurants and theaters.

Children must be 12 years old or younger. Advance reservations are required. For reservations, call 800.736.3766 or visit www.haiyi-hotels.com.

Founded in 2010, Haiyi Hotel (pronounced “hi-YEE”) is a collection of distinctive accommodations for travelers seeking a conscious departure from the predictable and ordinary. The portfolio consists of five boutique hotels all centrally located in San Francisco, adjacent to local attractions, corporations, major retail, arts and renowned dining, including Americania Hotel, Carriage Inn, The Good Hotel, Hotel Metropolis and Hotel Vertigo. The name “Haiyi” comes from a combination of the Chinese words “HAI” for ocean, and “YI” for leisure, meaning “an ocean of leisure and relaxation.” The idea behind the name is for each guest to have such a seamless experience, that his or her stay is akin to floating upon a vast, warm, and calm sea.

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Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Presents Special Packages for ‘Pageant of the Masters’

June 19, 2014

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is presenting two extraordinary overnight experiences for the 2014 Pageant of the Masters season – Behind the Velvet Rope and The Art Detective, available July 9 through August 30, 2014.

As a long-time Pageant sponsor, the resort’s offerings include excellent seats in the center loge section for the world-famous performance.

With the Behind the Velvet Rope experience, guests can rub elbows with fine artists on a guided docent tour and then experience the thrill of being back stage just before show time. The Behind the Velvet Rope experience starts at $1,475 per couple, per night and includes:

The Ritz-Carlton Club Level Ocean View Accommodations

Backstage tour of the Pageant of the Masters

Two Premier Loge Center tickets to the Pageant of the Masters

Admission for two to Festival of Arts

Guided Docent Tour of Festival of Arts

Resort Fee

Welcome Amenity and Pageant Program Guide

 

The Art Detective experience starts at $645 per night and includes:

Overnight Accommodations

Two Premier Loge Center tickets to the Pageant of the Masters

Admission for two to Festival of Arts

Resort fee

Welcome Amenity and Pageant Program Guide

 

Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach’s world-famous celebration of art in “living pictures,” enters its ninth decade with the theme, The Art Detective. The history of art is filled with whodunits, unsolved mysteries and tales of discoveries that changed the way we look at the world. This year’s Pageant will feature such works of art as Manet’s ‘Olympia,’ Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch,’ Botticelli’s ‘Primavera’ and ‘Madame X’ by John Singer Sargent. The Pageant will also revisit the world’s most costly, as yet unsolved, art heist of 1990 when thieves stole a Vermeer painting and several other priceless works from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California 92629, Reservation:  800-241-3333, www.ritzcarlton.com/lagunapageant.

 

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Hotel G Opens in Heart of San Francisco’s Union Square Captures City Vibe

May 7, 2014
Hotel G, San Francisco

Hotel G, San Francisco

The Hotel G is opening after an extensive two-year renovation of an early 20th century building, bringing a fresh, reimagined perspective to the innovative spirit of San Francisco. This “ideal lifestyle” hotel combines residential sophistication with a laid back, authentic local vibe complemented by tailor-made services.

Boasting a great location in the center of San Francisco’s fashionable Union Square, the energy of the city is just outside the door. From first-class shopping and world-renowned dining to award-winning theater, a bustling arts district and even a ride on a historic cable car, the options for guests to experience the city are endless.

“San Francisco is an intellectual city with history and modern-day style and our end goal is for Hotel G to channel each of those qualities,” said General Manager Steve Rizzo. “The guest experience will emphasize a comfortable lifestyle with a design that is simple yet functional and complements the building’s unique architectural elements.”

With 153 guestrooms on 13 floors, Hotel G provides a natural home base for downtime between work and play, welcoming leisure and business travelers with a natural aesthetic, calming design and relaxing accommodations.

 

Originally built in 1908 as The Fielding Hotel, much of the emphasis of the hotel transformation was about staying true to the historic design of the building. Many of the original features were carefully restored, including wood and concrete flooring in the guestrooms and hallways, and the building’s original façade.

Redesigned by New York-based Hun Aw Studio to bring a visually stimulating fusion of contemporary and classic, the hotel features fog-colored walls, wood finishes and earthy fabrics and textiles juxtaposed with clean lines, pops of color and fair-trade accents and art. Furnishings are crisp, simple and functional, providing a natural, almost frontier aesthetic that pays homage to the hotel’s past. Pieces include Victorian settees, vintage schoolhouse chairs, banker’s lamps and mid-century writing desks.

Also, Hotel G has partnered with San Francisco-based Creativity Explored, a nonprofit arts center for developmentally disabled adults, to curate, showcase and sell artwork. A diverse mix of abstract paintings, intricately detailed pen and ink drawings, colorful ceramics, folk textiles, digital prints, collages, and mixed-media sculpture will adorn guestrooms. All of the artwork is available for sale with proceeds going directly to the artist.

Amenities honor today’s modern necessities with flat-screen SMART TVs, docking stations, Nespresso coffee makers and complimentary WiFi. Additional conveniences include a meeting room for casual get-togethers or formal board meetings and a Technogym opening this summer.

Upon arriving in the sleek entryway, guests will be welcomed by “G-Hosts,” who will deliver an unparalleled personal experience. Two minimalistic brass-wrapped reception desks are complemented by a vintage courthouse bench, while plush, colorful armchairs provide nooks that invite visitors to congregate or relax.

For more information about Hotel G, call 877-828-4478, visit www.hotelgsanfrancisco.com or follow the hotel on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HotelGSanFrancisco.

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Meritage Resort & Spa Celebrates Napa Valley’s Arts in April with ”Meritage Masterpiece Art of Relaxation’ Package

March 26, 2014
The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California, is offering its 'Meritage Masterpiece: The Art of Relaxation' package in conjunction with Napa Valley’s Arts in April.

The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California, is offering its ‘Meritage Masterpiece: The Art of Relaxation’ package in conjunction with Napa Valley’s Arts in April.

The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California, is embracing all that the Napa Valley has to offer by creating a true “Meritage Masterpiece” with The Art of Relaxation package. The package is being re-launched in coordination with Napa Valley’s Arts in April.

The Art of Relaxation package allows guests to dream big and paint their own masterpiece. Easels, canvas, paints and brushes, for two, are provided at check-in along with overnight hotel accommodations in a superior guest room or suite and multiple spa treatments. Experiencing The Meritage Resort and Spa goes well beyond its plush guest rooms. With nightly turndown service, a bottle of sparkling wine and a Spa Terra Welcome Amenity, guests will leave feeling rejuvenated. After a day of walking through the resort’s hillside vineyards or lounging in a cabana by the adults-only pool, guests can relax with two 50-minute spa treatments at Spa Terra which are included in this package. Choosing from a Terra Massage or a European Facial, guests will find themselves in a spa that is truly in the heart of the earth: the Estate Cave at The Meritage Resort. The award-winning spa includes a variety of treatment rooms including couples treatment rooms, a serenity lounge, his and her private lounges with steam grottoes and whirlpools, all within the hushed atmosphere of this one-of-a-kind environment. (See additional information about the package.)

“The Art of Relaxation package and Napa Valley’s Arts in April are both designed to allow guests to experience the true beauty of the Napa Valley,” said Sheri Thomas, director of sales and marketing for The Meritage Resort and Spa. “This package gives guests the opportunity to create their own art and soak in the spectacular views that are all around them during their stay. From walking in our hillside vineyards to visiting one of the hundreds of wineries throughout the valley there are plenty of ‘paintable moments’ and opportunities to make ‘Meritage Masterpieces.’ The best part though rests in the relaxation with a signature massage or facial at Spa Terra located in the ‘heart of the earth’ in the resort’s Estate Cave.”

The Meritage Resort and Spa is a four-diamond Napa Valley luxury resort set against a hillside vineyard. A destination unto itself, it features 322 Tuscan-inspired guestrooms and luxury suites, seasonal farm-to-table cuisine at the Siena Restaurant and wine tasting in the Estate Cave featuring Trinitas Cellars. Regain a healthful balance with curative treatments at Spa Terra—a lavish underground spa with steam grottoes, soaking pools, treatment alcoves and tranquil walls of water. The resort boasts the most comprehensive event and meeting space in the wine country, including the two largest ballrooms in the Napa Valley, the Estate Cave and three covered terraces. Crush Ultra Lounge offers guests a chance to relax with a full bar, sports entertainment and six bowling lanes. Far more than a place for relaxation, our unique property is an Old World escape from the ordinary. The Meritage Resort and Spa experience is the perfect blend of gracious hospitality, unrivaled amenities and peerless personal care. The Meritage Resort and Spa, We are Napa. TheMeritageResort.com.

The Meritage Collection is a new life and style collection from Pacific Hospitality Group, which includes independent hotels, resorts, wineries and golf courses. The Meritage Collection offers exceptional travel and one-of-a-kind experiences in four of California’s most spectacular locations—La Jolla, Napa Valley, Newport Beach and Santa Barbara. These design-focused properties are stylish yet welcoming, with creative restaurants, relaxed lounges and inviting social spaces. Experience hospitality in a whole new light. For more information about the Meritage Collection, visit MeritageCollection.com.

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Westin St. Francis Celebrates 110th Anniversary Throughout 2014 With Special Packages

February 27, 2014
The iconic Westin St. Francis in San Francisco is offering special packages throughout 2014 to  celebrate its 110th anniversary.

The iconic Westin St. Francis in San Francisco is offering special packages throughout 2014 to celebrate its 110th anniversary.

March 21, 2014 marks the 110th anniversary of the legendary Westin St. Francis, San Francisco’s most iconic hotel. Originally opened in 1904 to international acclaim, the hotel quickly became the center of the west coast’s social, theatrical and business life. Commissioned by Charles T. Crocker and his affluent circle of friends, their vision of making San Francisco the “Paris of the West” and the St. Francis Hotel the flagship came to life after two years of construction and $2.5 million, a hefty sum for that time period. The opening of the historic St. Francis Hotel set a new echelon for innovation and opulence in San Francisco.

Throughout the entire year, The Westin St. Francis is offering two 110th Anniversary overnight packages.

  • TheCable Car Package” – with the famous San Francisco cable cars just right outside the front door, this package is a convenient way for guests to enjoy the city. The package includes overnight accommodations, two cable car tickets, two historic cocktails in Caruso’s and complimentary Internet access. Rates start at $249. Valid Jan 1-Dec 31, 2014.
  • Perfect for pet lovers, the “Francis the Dog 110th Anniversary Package” celebrates Francis, a small terrier who survived the 1906 earthquake and fire, and was found in the basement of The Westin St. Francis. Dogs and their owners will enjoy gourmet dog treats, homemade giant chocolate chip cookies and two bottles of VOSS water with a silver drinking bowl, overnight accommodations complete with a Westin Heavenly Dog Bed and a miniature duvet, and the keepsake “Francis: The Earthquake Dog” GUND plush toy as a special memento of the hotel’s history. Please note: the silver drinking bowl, Westin Heavenly Dog Bed and miniature duvet are for use during stay only. Rates start at $259. Valid Jan 1-Dec 31, 2014.

For reservations, call (888) 627-8546 or visit www.westinstfrancis.com. All packages exclude tax and are based upon availability.

Opened more than a century ago on March 21, 1904, The Westin St. Francis still today maintains its preeminence as San Francisco’s center of social, theatrical and business life. Renowned for luxury accommodations and excellent service, The Westin St. Francis continues to preserve its rich history and elegance while enhancing the guest experience with fresh, innovative concepts. The only hotel located on San Francisco’s famous Union Square, The Westin St. Francis is just steps from world class shopping, dining, theatres and art galleries. The St. Francis is part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts (www.starwoodhotels.com). For reservations and more information, call (415) 397-7000, toll free (800) 917-7458 or visit www.westinstfrancis.com.

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Half Moon Bay Coastside is Place Go for Romance

February 9, 2014
The Half Moon Bay Coastside, a beautiful coastal region approximately 40 minutes South of San Francisco, comes together to celebrate the month of love with romantic getaway packages, kayaking adventures and an opportunity to create a glass blown heart to commemorate the weekend.

The Half Moon Bay Coastside, a beautiful coastal region approximately 40 minutes South of San Francisco, comes together to celebrate the month of love with romantic getaway packages, kayaking adventures and an opportunity to create a glass blown heart to commemorate the weekend.

The Half Moon Bay Coastside has long been considered one of the most romantic places in the world so what better place than to celebrate Valentine’s Weekend? The Half Moon Bay Coastside, a beautiful coastal region approximately 40 minutes South of San Francisco, comes together to celebrate the month of love with romantic getaway packages, kayaking adventures and an opportunity to create a glass blown heart to commemorate the weekend.

Below is a sampling of the Valentine’s Day merriment along the Half Moon Bay Coastside. Visit www.visithalfmoonbay.org for everything needed to plan a visit including information on cozy inns and luxury coastal resorts, renowned restaurants, farm visits, golfing, wine tasting, fishing, whale watching, surfing and much more.

– ROMANTIC ADVENTURES –

Romance in the Sky
See Half Moon Bay from an entirely new vantage point with a romantic airplane tour. Take in the aerial views of the dramatic Pacific coastline or fly up to see the Golden Gate Bridge in this once in a lifetime experience. The U-Fly Adventure SkyTour puts guests in the pilot seat and lets “U-Fly” the airplane for 95% of the flight. The professional pilots will take care of the takeoff and landing while ensuring that their co-pilots have a fun and safe experience. Each flight can accommodate up to two passengers. Flights depart from the Half Moon Bay and San Carlos Airports. Check website for pricing and to book your next flight. (650) 804-0665,  www.flybayarea.com.

Hearts & Wine
During the month of February, why not create your very own hand blown glass heart for the one you love? During one of Half Moon Bay Art Glass classes, students learn the art of glass blowing by creating a one-of-a-kind glass heart. Following the class, wander next door to neighboring La Nebbia Winery for some wine tasting. Class is $60 per student and hearts are available the next day for pickup or can be shipped for a small fee. Half Moon Bay Art Glass at La Nebbia Winery, 12341 San Mateo Road on Hwy 92, (650) 283-5626, www.hmbartglass.com.

Whale Watching
For a romantic adventure, hit the high seas to witness the annual migration of the gray whales. Through the months of February and March, approximately 15,000 gray whales swim south from the icy waters of the Arctic to mate and nurse their young in the warm, shallow lagoons along Magdalena Bay in Baja, California. Gray whales move at a steady speed of about five miles per hour, and most can be spotted in an area that extends from the kelp beds (about 3/4 miles from the shoreline) out to the horizon.

Several local companies offer whale-watching excursions:

Kayak Pillar Point Harbor
There may be nothing more romantic than paddling through the gorgeous Pillar Point Harbor on a tandem kayak with the one you love. Discover the world of sea kayaking in a dynamic and diverse environment. Paddle amongst seals, birds, and other marine life in protected Pillar Point Harbor or for the more adventurous couple, head into the wild blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Guests can choose from single, double, and triple kayaks. Half Moon Bay Kayak, 2 Johnson Pier, (650) 773-6101, www.hmbkayak.com.

– INDULGE IN VALENTINE’S INSPIRED DISHES –

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Known for their award-winning, handcrafted beer and sustainable coastal cuisine, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is planning a special Beer & Dessert Pairing Menu for Valentine’s Day that is sure to light the fires of romance! In addition to a delicious selection of Oysters Rockefeller and flat iron steak with blue cheese, dessert lovers can indulge in items such as  “beeramisu” and a Mavericks Chocolate Porter Ice Cream Sandwich with chocolate ganache and beer vanilla sauce, both paired with special housemade brews. Available from February 7-17. On Valentine’s Day children under 12 dine for free from the healthy kids menu with the purchase of an adult entrée. 390 Capistrano Rd., (650) 728-2739, www.hmbbrewingco.com. Media Contact: Caitlin Sandberg (530) 400-9207, caitlin@ellipsespr.com.

La Costanera
Known for their contemporary Peruvian cuisine and breathtaking views of the Pacific, La Costanera is celebrating Valentine’s Day in culinary style by offering a special prix fixe menu with some of Chef Altamirano’s special dishes such as lobster bisque, tuna tartare and Scallops Carlitos, along with eight delicious entrees ranging from pan roasted swordfish to grass fed Creekstone Black Angus New York steak. The Valentine’s Day dinner is $85 per person. 8150 Cabrillo Hwy, Montara Beach, (650) 728-1600, www.lacostanerarestaurant.com.

Navio at The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
Spend Valentine’s Day at Navio savoring a taste of the sea at its most authentic while basking in the aromas from the smoky, wood-fire oven. Romance seekers will enjoy their choice of a five-course Champagne Dinner or a Valentine’s Brunch.

  • Valentine’s Champagne Dinner- Experience a five-course dinner with offerings such as beet cured salmon, house made ricotta ravioli, beef tenderloin or olive oil poached mero bass. End the evening with a citrus passion dessert and a chocolate gift box for each couple. Dinner is offered February 14- 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. The dinner is $165 per person with wine pairing; $125 per person without wine pairing.
  • Valentine’s Brunch- Enjoy brunch at Navio on February 15 or 16. A chocolate lover’s dessert room will enhance the award winning brunch. Valentine’s Brunch is $98 per person and seatings are available at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Reservations are required for all Valentine’s weekend dining events and can be made by calling 650-712-7000. 1 Miramontes Point Road, (650) 712-7000, www.ritzcarlton.com/hmb. Media Contact: Deanne French, (949) 240-5088, Deanne.French@ritzcarlton.com.

The Observatory Room at The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
A Valentine Jazz and Romance Dinner awaits guests during an unforgettable evening which includes a four-course prix fix menu with selections such as seafood platters, pumpkin and roasted chestnut ravioli, surf and turf (beef tenderloin and main lobster), along with wine pairings and a gift box of chocolate truffles to share (one per couple). Live jazz music will entertain guests throughout the evening. Dinner is priced at $280 per couple and is offered Friday, February 14 with seatings available at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 650-712-7000. 1 Miramontes Point Road, (650) 712-7000, www.ritzcarlton.com/hmb. Media Contact: Deanne French, (949) 240-5088, Deanne.French@ritzcarlton.com.

Sam’s Chowder House 
Known for fresh, off-the-boat seafood and stunning views of the Pacific, Sam’s is featuring their first Wine Lover’s Lobster Clambake Night on February 12 with complimentary wine tasting by Franciscan Estate Winery. On Valentine’s Day, indulge in culinary specials such as lobster bisque and ?. Cap off the evening with palate pleasing chocolate “Blackout” cake with raspberry mousse or a chocolate ganache. 4210 North Cabrillo Highway, (650) 712-0245, www.samschowderhouse.com. Media Contact: Julie Shenkman, (650) 726-1005, julie@julieshenkman.com.

Moss Beach Distillery
Famous for their stunning ocean view dining and great local seafood, Moss Beach Distillery will offer a three-course prix fixe Valentine’s menu featuring Filet Mignon, Pesto Stuffed Salmon, Roasted Vegetable Lasagna, Chicken Marsala and Linguini Di Mare. Before or after dinner, cozy up under a blanket on the outside patio while gazing at the ocean. Price is $75 per person and includes a special gift for the ladies. 140 Beach Way, Moss Beach, (650) 728-5595, www.mossbeachdistillery.com.

– STAY IN LOVE –

S’mores Package and Spa Romance
Known for their breathtaking vistas and soft ocean breezes, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay provides an intimate setting for couples to enjoy a Valentine’s celebration.

  • Experience S’more Romance – Guests are invited to rekindle romance and passion at the Northern California coastal resort with the “S’more Romance Package” that includes accommodations in a Terrace Fire Pit guest room, a $200 daily spa credit, a s’mores kit for two to enjoy by the fire, full daily breakfast for two in Navio or in-room dining and the resort fee. For added pampering, couples can enjoy a Romance Bath. Glowing candlelight and soft music set the stage for a luxurious bath filled with bubbles, infused with alluring essential oils, and topped with fresh rose petals. Luscious shea butter moisturizer and hand-made soap complete the experience. S’More Romance Package starts at $1,115 and the Romance Bath is $75.
  • Romance in The Spa – Ideal for couples, the Romancing the Stone” massage treatment includes the resort’s signature couples massage with the use of hot stones for warmth and to help melt away tension. Following the treatment, couples will enjoy a glass of champagne or sparkling cider. Romancing the Stone is available for 60 or 90 minutes and starts at $415 per couple.

One Miramontes Point Road, (650) 712-7040; www.ritzcarlton.com/hmb. Media Contact: Deanne French, (949) 240-5088, Deanne.French@ritzcarlton.com.

It’s Amore Package
Seal Cove Inn, a serene hideaway set amongst a meadow of wildflowers and bordered by cypress trees, has partnered with It’s Italia Restaurant to celebrate the month of love. The “It’s Amore Package” includes a one night stay at Seal Cove Inn, a bottle of bubbly at check-in and dinner at It’s Italia ($100 value). For true romance and relaxation, be sure to take advantage of an in-room massage for an additional $120 per person. Subject to availability from February 1 – 28. Packages starting at $350. Must call the Inn directly for reservations. 221 Cypress Avenue, Moss Beach, (800) 995-9987, www.sealcoveinn.com.

Love is in the air at Oceano Hotel
With a spectacular location overlooking picturesque Pillar Point Harbor, this luxurious seaside locale is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love! Guests can enjoy the serene coastside from their private balcony with a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates. Head to dinner with a $75 voucher for a local restaurant (Miramar, Moss Beach or Flavor) and the following morning indulge in breakfast for two in the lounge or delivered in-room. Packages are available for one or two nights and start at $415. 280 Capistrano Road, (650) 726-5400, www.oceanohalfmoonbay.com.

Champagne  at Goose & Turrets
Goose & Turrets Bed & Breakfast in historic Montara is planning a special Valentine’s breakfast of champagne and souffles. Guests spending the night on February 13 or 14 will enjoy this romantic breakfast at no extra charge. In addition, owners Raymond and Emily Hoche-Mong will add some romantic French touches that they learned during their three-month stay in Chinon, France. Packages start at $175 plus tax. 835 George Street, Montara, (650) 728-5451, www.gooseandturretsbandb.com.

Half Moon Bay Coastside

The Half Moon Bay Coastside is a charming seaside respite located approximately 35 minutes south of San Francisco. Nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, this breathtaking region consists of four distinct areas – the North Coast, Half Moon Bay, the South Coast and the Redwood Region. Featuring the best of Northern California all in one place, visitors will enjoy miles of white sandy beaches, redwood forests, a historic downtown filled with local artisan shops, beautiful state parks, fields of wild flowers, and trails along ocean bluffs and mountain ridges as far as the eye can see. A sampling of activities includes horseback riding on the beach, farm fresh dining, shopping, biking, hiking and world-class golfing and surfing.

For more information on Half Moon Bay, download Half Moon Bay’s free app iCoastside, visit www.visithalfmoonbay.org or call (650) 726-8380. For the latest news on the area, visit www.visithalfmoonbay.org/blog, join Facebook www.facebook.com/visithalfmoonbay and follow on Twitter www.twitter.com/visithmb and check out YouTube www.youtube.com/visithmb

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Love Abounds in North Lake Tahoe, California With Lodging, Dining, Spa Specials, Events Around the Lake for Valentine’s Day

February 4, 2014

North Lake Tahoe, California hotels, restaurants and attractions are preparing for Valentine’s weekend by offering couples an array of packages. Here’s a round-up of top Valentine’s Day events, specials and packages.

Diamond Peak
Couples who enjoy wine, skiing and Tahoe can soak up the views with Diamond Peak’s special Valentine’s Day Last Tracks event. Catch the last chairlift up to the mid-mountain Snowflake Lodge and enjoy wine and appetizer pairings by Francis Ford Coppola Winery. After enjoying views from the lake and sunset, guests will ski down the freshly groomed run. The event begins at 4:10 p.m., but Last Tracks tickets can be picked up at 2 p.m. to get some runs in before the event. Space is limited, so reserve your spot online today or contact Guest Services at (775) 832-1253.
Cost: $34, includes lift ticket (valid 2-4 p.m.) and Last Tracks event.

Homewood Mountain Resort
Homewood Mountain Resort offers adventurous couples looking to get married on Valentine’s Day an unforgettable backdrop for their special day. Homewood’s “I do, with a view” wedding ceremonies will take place at mid-mountain, just below the resort’s iconic Big Blue View Bar – a location that provides for panoramic Lake Tahoe views unrivaled in the Tahoe basin. Three packages are available for couples that ski and/or snowboard and wish to take profess their love on the slopes. All guests attending must ski and ride to the ceremony site. All packages include on-mountain service provided by local Minister Christa Deane, a marriage license and certified license copy.
Cost: Starts at $300.

Granlibakken
Enjoy a relaxing time with your valentine at Granlibakken’s Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Weekend. This package touts plenty of quality time and includes two nights of lodging, complimentary hot breakfast each morning, an outdoor heated pool, hot tub, sauna, ski/sled/snow play hill, as well as the fireside Surf and Turf Valentine’s Three-Course Dinner for two.
Cost: Starting at $325.

Tahoe Cross Country
The Tahoe Cross Country Yurt Dinner is a dining experience truly immersive of North Tahoe culture. Begin with a moonlit ski or snowshoe hike in the wooded Pine forests where hot mulled wine awaits next to roaring fires. The warm glow of a yurt will light the horizon where a three-course dinner, catered by As You Wish is served. All money raised benefits the Winter Discovery Program. This magical evening is for adults only.
Cost: $70 per person

Northstar California
For the competitors at heart, enjoy the Cupid’s Course Valentine’s Fun Race throughout Valentine’s weekend. Challenge your loved one to a head-to-head Valentine’s race and find out who gets bragging rights for the next year! Skiers and riders of all levels are welcome to participate in this fun race at our Epic Mix Race Venue.
Cost: Donations, 50% of all donations are given to the Tahoe SAFE Alliance.

Full Moon Snowshoe Tour
Join Tahoe Adventure Company for a full moon guided snowshoe trek through the brisk mountain air of North Lake Tahoe’s forests.  Throughout the journey, guides will discuss natural history and astronomy. Enjoy a stop mid-hike to enjoy the views, snacks and a warm beverage. As you travel by moonlight knowledgeable guides will discuss Natural History and Astronomy topics.
Cost: $65 per person.

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
The Rekindle Romance Package provides offers two guest a private and rejuvenating mountain retreat. Indulge in each other’s company with a couples massage in a romantically illuminated spa suite and enjoy an evening at a signature restaurant or breakfast in bed with a $100 resort credit during your stay. Have no worries about jumping out of bed early, a late check-out of 2 p.m. is offered on the day of departure.
Cost: Starting at $399 USD per night.

Hyatt Regency, Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino
The 20,000 square foot Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Regency, Lake Tahoe offers Valentine’s Specials all month long for couples looking to relax and rejuvenate.

The “I Love Me” package includes a 50 minute Stillwater massage, a 25 minute Lushly scrub, Moroccan Oil™ Shampoo & Blowdry, a complimentary champagne toast and when you spend $50 or more on retail, you will receive a $25 retail gift card.
Cost: $225 ($345 value).

The “I Heart You” package includes a 75 minute couple’s escape massage, a 25 minute Moroccan Oil™ scalp massage and conditioning treatment, a complimentary champagne toast and when you spend $50 or more on retail, you will receive a $25 retail gift card.
Cost: $425 ($625 value).
Packages do not include 20% service charge or taxes where applicable.

Resort at Squaw Creek
The Resort at Squaw Creek’s “Light My Fire” package includes a guest room with a fireplace, a “Sparkles and Sweets” champagne amenity, spa turndown, room service breakfast for two and complimentary valet parking. This special offer is available year-round with rates beginning at $299 per night.

Tahoe Donner
Head out on the Valentine’s Day Snowshoe at Snowplay, a wintery outing with romantic sunset views. The tour traverses through open meadows to the Glacier Point overlook above Donner Lake. Enjoy a panoramic view of Mt. Rose to the east and Castle Peak to the west.
Cost: $7.50 with your own snowshoes or $15 including snowshoe rental.

Add something special to your snowshoe adventure with the full moon ski and snowshoe tour and dinner at the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center February 14 from 5 – 8 p.m. The tour includes watching the moon rise from the trails, dinner and wine tasting.
Cost: $45 adult, $30 for 12 and under.

For more Valentine’s Day deals in North Lake Tahoe check out the “Cool Deals” tab on, www.gotahoenorth.com.

For more information about North Lake Tahoe, visit www.gotahoenorth.com. And for the best bargains, including lodging, check out the “Cool Deals” tab, which is updated daily.

North LakeTahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. Visitor information centers are located at 100 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village.

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5th Annual Wine, Waves & Beyond: Central Coast Longboard Surf Classic Returns to San Luis Obispo April 30-May 4

January 28, 2014

The 5th Annual Wine, Waves & Beyond: Central Coast Longboard Surf Classic returns April 30-May 4, 2014 to Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, and San Luis Obispo. This four-day event includes a Surf Movie Night, Rabobank’s Barrel to Barrel grand tasting, Hops & Hogs Throwdown, Central Coast Longboard Surf Contest, and the 805 Classic BBQ featuring the Firestone Walker Brewing Company & Vintage VW Display.

This classic surf and wine event celebrates the best of San Luis Obispo County. Combining the fun, laid back atmosphere of our wine country and unique surf culture, it is four days of unforgettable events evoking the magic of wine and waves that take place at numerous scenic venues throughout San Luis Obispo County.

Wednesday, April 30, 6:30pm at the historic Fremont Theater in SanLuis Obispo, kicks off this 4-day event with Surf Movie Night featuring Taylor Steele’s “MISSING.”  Taylor puts ASP World Champion, Mick Fanning, in some of the most radical places on the planet alongside his good friends John-John Florence, Jordy Smith, Matt Wilkinson and Tom Curren. This epic movie night is filled with community, culture, surfing, and prizes from original art & custom boards, to dinner at SLO county’s finest restaurants, plus tickets to weekend Wine Waves & Beyond events.

 

Friday May 2, 2014, 5-8pm at the Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach, is Rabobank’s Barrel to Barrel grand tasting event. Held on the ocean front lawn of Pismo Beach’s premier classic resort, guests will enjoy tastings from over 35 visiting wineries and breweries, cuisine samplings from the best local restaurants, live music, and a breathtaking panoramic ocean view.

 

Saturday, May 3,2014, Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort in Avila Beach, hosts the Hops & Hogs Throwdown. This lively cooking competition features six distinguished Central Coast chefs who will face off to create spectacular dishes paired with local craft beers. Guests in attendance will sample outstanding cuisine, sip specialty craft brews and have a chance to vote on their favorite pairing. Cap the evening off by dancing under the stars to live music by Occasional Mustache. Featured breweries include; FirestoneWalker, Figueroa Mountain and Central Coast Brewing.

 

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 7:00am in Pismo Beach at the Pier, the 5thAnnual Longboard Surf Contest begins with both men and women’s heats, a Challenged Athletes division, and once again, the highly anticipated local Winemakers/Brew Masters heat.

 

Additionally, on May 4, in Pismo Beach at the SeaVenture Resort, is the 805 Classic & VW Display. Just minutes from the surf contest is the Vintage VW Display and the 805 Classic, a social and savory Central Coast BBQ featuring the brews of local favorite Firestone Walker Brewing Company, on the beach in front of the SeaVenture Beach House.

 

Proceeds from Wine, Waves & Beyond are donated to the Association of Amputee Surfers (AmpSurf), an organization that strives to promote, inspire, educate, and rehabilitate those with disabilities, especially veterans, through adaptive surfing and other outdoor activities.

For a complete listing of events and more information, visit www.winewavesandbeyond.com 

Boutique Hotel Collection

Located half-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco, in San Luis Obispo County, the Boutique Hotel Collection properties are gateways to pristine beaches, golfing, family activities, shopping, artisan villages, classic beach communities, quaint towns, festivals, an array of cultural events, countless outdoor adventures, the world-renowned Hearst Castle. San Luis Obispo County is also now widely considered one of the finest wine regions in the world, with over 300 wineries from Paso Robles to Edna Valley.

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Win Trip to San Francisco with ‘Magic Hour’ contest for best San Francisco Holiday Memories

December 6, 2013

Holiday memories of San Francisco can not only warm the heart, they can be worth a trip to the city by the bay.

The San Francisco Travel Association invites those with holiday stories and photos of “magic hours” spent in the city to submit them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and tag them with #MagicHourSF.   Entries must be posted between Dec. 2, 2013 and Jan. 2, 2014.   Details are available at http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/magichoursf.

Some posts will be selected by a panel of judges to appear on San Francisco Travel’s social media pages, www.facebook.com/onlyinSF, https://twitter.com/onlyinsf and http://instagram.com/onlyinsf.

The three best posts will win San Francisco prize packages.

 

“Magic Hour” Grand Prize –

Two nights at the Hotel Diva (subject to space availability)

Two adult tickets and two youth tickets to the Exploratorium

Two tickets to the Asian Art Museum and a $50 gift card from the museum

Two tickets to the San Francisco Ballet’s performance of Giselle, Jan. 25 – Feb. 2, 2014

Two San Francisco CityPASS booklets

A $100 Levi’s gift certificate

 

“Starry Hour” First Prize

$50 gift card from the Exploratorium Store

Two tickets to the Asian Art Museum and a $30 gift card from the museum

Two tickets to the San Francisco Ballet’s performance of Giselle, Jan. 25 – Feb. 2, 2014

Two San Francisco CityPASS booklets

 

“Happy Hour” Second Prize

Two tickets to After Dark at the Exploratorium

Two tickets to the Asian Art Museum and a $20 gift card from the museum

Two tickets to the San Francisco Ballet’s performance of Giselle, Jan. 25 – Feb. 2, 2014

Two San Francisco CityPASS booklets

 

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