Monday, March 20, 2017

Carmel-by-the-Sea’s Only Wine Themed Hotel Fourth Birthday Promotion

Vendange is celebrating its fourth birthday this April and May!  Book 2 consecutive nights and receive two bottles of complimentary award winning Monterey County Wine to help us celebrate our Fourth anniversary.  Wine is being provided by Holman Ranch, Twisted Roots, Cima Collina and Manzoni Wines.  

To learn more about our wine partners visit: 

This package is only available Sunday – Thursday from April 1 – May 21st in the Holman Ranch, Twisted Roots, Cima Collina and Manzoni Wine themed rooms and available while supplies last. Code:LoveWine  (Wine will be selected by the manager on duty upon arrival based on availability.)  Offer note valid on holidays and black out days.  Promotional code must be entered at the www.vendangecarmel.com website for the discount to apply.)  Disclaimer:  Call  831-624-6400 to see if the promo is still available for that room type you are requesting.
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Friday, March 17, 2017

The 48 Hour Power Jaunt

The 48 Hour Power Jaunt: the solution for the globally curious traveler that is short on time but long on creativity, boldness and curiosity.

This new series of short-burst itineraries have been launched by Explorateur Journeys, best known for their authentic, immersive travel. The 48 Hour Power Jaunt mixes in the team's favorite experiences, shops, restaurants and hotels for a jam-packed, do-it-all journey that leaves the traveler feeling as though they've conquered a destination while restoring their sense of balance. Travel always feeds the soul, even if one only has a short window available.

Founder Gabriella Ribeiro has been traveling on short-burst itineraries nearly all of her life, and now with her own young daughter who's already accustomed to landing with her an a random city around the world and seeing everything she can.

Lives today are busy, vacation time is limited and travelers want to see it all. So, these have been designed such that nothing is missed, plus the team adds a dash of magic and surprise while the traveler is on the ground. The trip of a lifetime is possible, even if you only have 48 hours to spare.

48 Hour Power Jaunt itineraries to destinations around the world are available on demand. For more information on globally curious journeys, please connect with us at info@explorateurjourneys.com or visit www.48hourpowerjaunt.com
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea Announces Its Golfer’s Delight Package

Celebrating its 70th Anniversary of European hospitality at the beautiful Bavarian-inspired Hofsas House Hotel, the Theis family proudly announces its Golfer’s Delight to their valued guests. Each room has been crafted with the same minute attention to detail generations of guests have come to expect from Hosfas House Hotel and is as unique and charming as Carmel itself .

Golfer’s Delight:
The Hofsas House Hotel has partnered with one of the Monterey Peninsula’s best golf courses. Book a stay at the Hofsas House and add on a round of golf. Experience the immaculate green grasses of the historic Quail Lodge Golf Club. Play a 18-hole round of golf for two including shared cart and range balls. Cost is an additional is $ 125.00 per person or $250 for two. When booking use promotion code: HHQUAIL

About Hofsas House:
Owned and operated by the Theis Family, Hofsas House Hotel is within walking distance of everything Carmel has to offer, including a stunning beach, fine restaurants and shops and wine tasting. It provides peaceful respite and European charm just minutes from Monterey, Pebble Beach, Big Sur and Pacific Grove. The Hofsas House’s 38 spacious, one-of-a-kind rooms boast European comfort and lovely views and amenities such as fireplaces, private balconies, wet bars, kitchens and patios. Large suites provide the perfect stay for newlyweds and anyone else seeking an extra special getaway. Dutch doors in every room allow guests to welcome in the ocean air, and free WiFi enables them to stay connected — if they want to.

The Hofsas House Hotel family works to ensure every visitor's experience is special, striving to offer the highest quality personal services. Consider the continental breakfast, abundant with fresh French Roast coffee, tea, juice, fruit and pastries from a neighborhood bakery, or the personalized concierge services for guests and their families, including their four-legged family members, who are welcome as well.

For large groups — wedding parties, company meetings, family reunions and others — Hofsas House Hotel offers a spacious room equipped with a fireplace and full kitchen that can comfortably accommodate 40 people. A heated pool, dry saunas, decks with views and off-street parking are on-site as well.

Hofsas House Hotel is located on San Carlos Street, north of Fourth Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea. For more information, call (831) 624-2745 or visit www.hofsashouse.com.
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Presidio Picnic Returns Sunday, March 19

Presidio Picnic, San Francisco’s largest community picnic is back for the fifth season, Sunday, March 19. Sponsored by The Presidio Trust and Off the Grid, Presidio Picnic brings together the best of the Bay Area international food scene surrounded by the iconic beauty of the Presidio. Held on the vast seven-acre Main Parade Ground every Sunday from March 19 through October from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the family-friendly Presidio Picnic features diverse ethnic and American cuisines from celebrated local chefs with lawn games, yoga classes, music, and nature-based arts and crafts for kids - offering a little something for everyone. 

Presidio Picnic welcomes one and all, locals and tourists, to come to the park on Sundays to enjoy the sunshine, diverse food and beverage options and a safe, fun place to bring the kids. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to further explore the Presidio’s miles of hiking and biking trails, iconic Golden Gate views and a myriad of recreational opportunities.

“We are excited for the 2017 Presidio Picnic season and the occasion to welcome so many people to enjoy their national park at the Golden Gate,” says Allison Stone, Director of Park Programs for the Presidio Trust. “This year, we are so pleased that the new Presidio Visitor Center is open and we hope that Picnic goers will take advantage of this state-of-the-art center to find other ways to plug in and explore their Presidio.” “Off the Grid is proud to work closely with the Presidio Trust,” says Off the Grid Founder Matt Cohen. “We appreciate the opportunity to bring visitors and locals alike to such a quintessential San Francisco destination.”

Food Vendors
New to Presidio Picnic this year are Arepa, Belgian Frites, BiRite, Farm Stand Lemonade, Hookt Mini Doughnuts, Jackrabbit, Falcon, Marla Bakery, Ocean Oyster Company, Senor Sesig and True Jerky. Returning vendors for the 2017 season of Presidio Picnic include: Ceviche & Co., Cochon Volant, Del Poppolo, DUM Truck, Early Bird Tacos, El Sur Empanadas, Fine & Rare, Grilled Cheez Guy, Little Green Cyclo, Nopalito, Sam’s Chowder, Slightly Skewed, Tex Mex, The Whole Beast, and Wings Wings.

Presidio Picnic will also have four retail tents including Happy Moose Juice selling cold-pressed juices and nut milk, True Jerky, Farm Stand Lemonade serving freshly squeezed lemonade, and Beach Coffee Company selling their hydrating coffee brewed in coconut water. Guests can purchase Off the Grid merchandise at Off the Grid’s Mobile Retail Marketplace and Presidio merchandise at the new Presidio Visitor Center including sweatshirts, picnic blankets, reusable water bottles and more.

Activities
Unique to the city, Presidio Picnic offers a safe space for kids to run and play and many of the food vendors provide kid-friendly menus with options for even the pickiest eaters. Rotating complimentary activities such as free yoga classes, a Green Screen photo booth for “selfies” in front of one of the Presidio’s many beautiful landscapes; nature-based crafts for kids, games that provide fun for people of all ages. On the first Sunday of the month between April and September, the Presidio YMCA will provide free bike safety lessons and helmets via the Y Bike Learn to Ride program. New Wheel will also be hosting free bike valet. Additionally, new custom lawn seating the “Presidio Share Chairs” will also be available to enhance the picnic experience.

Sustainability
Picnics strive to be a zero waste event. All food containers are 100% compostable, and a free water refilling station is available in lieu of the sale of bottled water. Last season 43 tons of waste was diverted for a diversion rate of 81%. As a national park, the Presidio encourages visitors to participate in the “leave no trace” ethos, including access to the park by trail, bike or transit. Presidio Picnic is located on the Presidio’s Main Parade Ground, bordered by Montgomery Street, at Lincoln Boulevard and easily accessed from via MUNI or the free natural gas powered PresidiGo Downtown Shuttle. Regional trails and bikeways provide access to the Presidio and free Bike Valet is offered every Sunday.

Pre-ordering for Groups at Picnics
This season, groups over 10 people have the option to Pre-Order food and beverages in advance from select vendors. “We can’t think of a better way to simplify Picnic for larger groups who want to celebrate a birthday, bring a large group together for brunch in the Presidio, or just to reduce time in lines,” says Off the Grid Founder, Matt Cohen. To learn more about Pre-Order, visit www.presidiopicnic.com.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Gulliver's Gate Opens in April

Opening in April in the heart of Times Square, Gulliver's Gate is a full city block wide miniature world exhibition, offering one of the most unique attractions for visitors from across the globe. Using progressive technology and amazing artistry, Gulliver's Gate will house 300 built-to-scale models of cities and landmarks from around the world, including Russia, China, Latin America, Europe and of course, New York City. Many of these models offer interactive elements thanks to the company's use of cutting-edge technology, including 3D printing. In addition to getting lost in the miniature realm of Gulliver's Gate, guests will have the chance to create 3D models of themselves to take home as a souvenir from their visit.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

From April 17th-23rd Indulge in Spa Week’s $50 Full Service Treatments

Natural healing methods are on the rise as antidotes for an over-connected, demanding world. The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) reports that US healthcare costs are forecast to rise an average of 5.8% every year through 2025. In turn, more Americans are integrating alternative, preventative health approaches into their lifestyles. Spa Week continues its dedication of delivering the best in health and wellness year round by working with spas nationwide to transform their traditional treatments into one-of-a-kind wellness experiences for our daily lives. From April 17th – 23rd, hundreds of spas will give consumers the opportunity to explore wellness in an extraordinary and affordable way during Spa Week’s Spring 2017 Event. “A profound shift in the way people consume wellness is underway: once a luxury or “add-on”, it is now being infused into every aspect of daily life,” shares Katherine Johnston, Senior Research Fellow, GWI.

From holistic salt therapy centers to detoxify the respiratory system, to standing in a -160 degree Cryotherapy Chamber to reduce cellulite and improve circulation, these signature services - normally valued at anywhere from $100 to $500 – will be available for just $50 each. Sit back and get ready to enjoy this roller coaster ride of healthy lifestyle choices and rejuvenate with our top recommendations for Spa Week’s Spring 2017 event.

Get Salty
Looking for a natural treatment that is designed to help you purify your skin, clear your lungs and overall help you de-stress? Take a trip to visit the Hygea Wellness Co & Salt Room in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania for a Salt Therapy treatment (Spa Week $50, normally $100). There, you will bask in a quiet Salt Therapy room made of seven tons of Dead Sea salt and breathe in its surrounding salty and misty vapors. As you meditate and unwind from the outside world, the ions will draw out the pollution, infections and toxins in your body. Not only will you reap the physical benefits of improved breathing and clearer skin, you will leave feeling completely relaxed and refreshed – like a breath of fresh air.

Freezer Friendly
Does the thought of a treatment where you freeze various parts of your body leave you with chills? Well, when you stop by the Carrollton Square Spa in Texas for a 50 Minute Cryotherapy Massage (Spa Week $50, normally $100), you’ll be joining the ranks of World Champion LeBron James and actress Demi Moore in using alternative methods to improve your health and minimize your pain. Carrollton’s targeted arctic treatment uses cryosticks during the massage to remove tension, promote rapid healing, and reduce the inflammation of muscles and joints. You can also visit the RonnaSkin Day Spa in Westminster, Colorado for a 60 Minute Results-Oriented MicroNeedling Treatment with Cryotherapy (Spa Week $50, normally $107). This facial concentrates on rejuvenating and revolutionizing your skin with small icy blasts that will increase collagen production and erase wrinkles.

Face-less Facials
A facial…for your butt? Initially, we asked the same question but when we look at celebrities like J-Lo, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian and their finely crafted assets, we can’t help but want to book an appointment at NYC’s Smooth Synergy for a Fanny Facial (Spa Week $50, normally $150). This sculpting treatment begins with an exfoliating scrub to smooth your backside, and then employs small zaps of microcurrents to your butt and upper-thighs to sculpt and lift your butt. A similar effect that you would get if you went to the gym to do squats. About an hour later, you’ll be left with a perky derriere and an overwhelming confidence to flaunt your newly contoured bottom down the street.

Escape from the Man Cave
Don’t worry guys, Spa Week isn’t just for the ladies. If you’re facing a hairy dilemma, we’ve created the perfect treatment for you. The Bearded Boss Men’s Facial (Spa Week $50, normally $75) - at NYC’s very own KUR Skin Lab. There, your beard will be attended to with a series of soothing massages while the hair is thoroughly cleansed and the skin is exfoliated and moisturized. Your beard can also get the royal treatment that it needs in Indianapolis, Indiana with Pure Image’s Burly Beard Facial (Spa Week $50, normally $75). From its invigorating facial cleanse to a soothing massage, these alluring treatments are designed to build confidence and keep the beard soft and groomed – perfect for a night out on the town.

Entering the Gemisphere
What do celebrities like Katy Perry, Adele, and Robert Downey Jr. have in common? They are all harnessing the special healing properties from crystals to ward off negative energy and promote healing and relaxation. To experience this modern day treatment, head down to The Spa at CopperWynd in Scottsdale, Arizona for an Amethyst massage (Spa Week $50, normally $120). This immersive body massage utilizes the ability of the gemstone as an infused oil to block and reduce pain. You will leave feeling physically and spiritually renewed.
Joining Spa Week for the Spring 2017 event, sponsors include skincare sponsor, Peter Thomas Roth, beauty device sponsor Clarisonic and travel sponsor, Grand Fiesta Americana- Coral Beach, Cancun. The event is co-sponsored by CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) and a portion of the proceeds from the Spring and Fall Events are donated to CancerandCareers.org.

Visitors to www.spaweek.com also have the opportunity to spread the “Gift of Wellness” by conveniently purchasing the Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week. Accepted at over 9,000 spa and wellness locations across North America, the Spa & Wellness Gift Card may be used during Spa Week or any time of the year without expiration. Recipients will have the freedom to choose from thousands of locations and services, all while knowing that you have their long-term health, balance and happiness in mind. Spa Week was created and founded by Cheryl Reid, who hails from successful careers within the luxury spa industry and publishing spheres.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, Hacienda Del Mar Partners with Notable Charity for Prestigious Cheese and Wine Festival

The Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, Hacienda del Mar, announced today that they will again host their fifth annual Los Cabos Cheese and Wine Festival. On Saturday, March 25 at 6 p.m. in the Salon Hacienda, over 700 locals and visitors will come together to enjoy labels from prestigious international wineries and premium imported cheeses from the industry’s most esteemed vendors. Manuel De Luca, one of the area’s most distinguished chefs in Los Cabos and Executive Chef of the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, Hacienda del Mar, will offer a variety of his most innovative and delectable culinary creations in partnership with his talented team. The emphasis of this year’s festival is “Savor more than 100 wines and 100 cheeses”.

“We are honored to host our annual Los Cabos Cheese and Wine Festival again for the fifth consecutive year to support the notable charity, Los Cabos Children’s Foundation ,” said Renato Mendonca, General Manager of the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, Hacienda del Mar. “Our resort is home to nationally renowned fine dining restaurants and this celebration enables us to provide a superior gourmet culinary experience to our community and guests travelling from abroad in support of a wonderful cause.”

All of the proceeds from ticket sales will directly benefit the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation, a local charity that supports pediatric oncology, cardiology and intensive care programs in the area.

Tickets for the Cheese and Wine Festival are $969 MXN or about $49 USD per person, including tax and gratuity and they are available for purchase by calling +52 (624) 145-8000 or emailing hacienda.delmar@sheraton.com.

For more information about the Sheraton Los Cabos, Hacienda del Mar or the Los Cabos Cheese and Wine Festival on March 25, visit www.sheratonhaciendadelmar.com or call 52-624-145-8000.



For more information about Los Cabos Children’s Foundation, visit www.loscaboschildren.org.
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