Melding elements of architecture, cuisine, design, art and performance, the 4th Annual Venice Design Series kicks off April 28 with the Venice Dinner Party with chef Josiah Citrin of Melisse & Charcoal. Nancy Griffin and architect Steven Ehrlich host the dinner at their home. The following day, the Magical Malibu Tour takes in the famous Malibu Wing House designed by architect David Hertz, built from a decommissioned Boeing 747 airliner. On May 5, the Venice Architectural Tour allows participants to get an inside view of a selection of historic, cutting-edge contemporary homes in Venice, with lunch prepared by chef Todd Barrie at the century-old black Craftsman home of Laura and Jim Maslon, overlooking the Marina Channel.
The Gems of Pacific Palisades & Rustic Canyon tour takes place May 12. The expedition is led by landscape designer and event founder Jay Griffith, followed by a luncheon at a compound in Rustic Canyon. On May 19, the Downtown Los Angeles Artists’ Studio Tour takes participants into the studios of a selection of artists, led by art collector Cecilia Dan. Finally, May 19, the Hancock Park Art Tour & Dinner Party unfolds with a private tour of the Marciano Art Foundation, a former Masonic Lodge now the home to the Marciano Brothers’ vast collection of Hollywood memorabilia. The dinner party will be held at a Palm Beach-style mansion, hosted by Griffith and architect Kulapat Yantrasast.
There’s an aspirational rustic chic/farm-to-table restaurant genre often associated with Northern California’s wine country. When you drive down the main street of Napa, Sonoma or any of the other towns, it appears there are as many of them as there are vineyards. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this genre, as the quality of the food is consistent and ambitious chefs earnestly endeavor to elevate home-style dishes to a higher standard.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco announced a new amenity for guests in collaboration with Porsche. Porsche electric vehicle charging stations will now be located in the valet area of the hotel’s parking deck, allowing guests and visitors to top off the batteries of electric vehicles while enjoying a cocktail at Top of the Mark, enjoying farm-to-table fare at Nob Hill Club or staying overnight at the property.
American Cruise Lines announced its fleet of four classic paddlewheelers will undergo a redesign, refit and rebranding. As the paddlewheelers are brought to American’s newest design standard, the names will change to include American, like other ships in the fleet. The paddlewheelers will now be American Splendor, American Heritage and American West. American Pride will retain its name.
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
Cathay Pacific Airways and the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF announced the Change for Good in-flight fundraising program raised a total of HK$1.56 million, or about $200,500, over the 2020 program period.
During the 1990s, domestic and international travel increased dramatically in almost every region of the world. But when COVID-19 hit the travel industry in early 2020, airport managers gazed at empty terminals and parking lots and either stopped all construction work or took advantage of the suddenly quiet, traffic-free landscape to speed up expansion projects. For many airports, working through the pandemic meant they were able to complete their new runway and terminal projects, which included installing colorful new artwork that greeted millions of passengers in summer 2021 when TSA lines and flight schedules returned to pre-pandemic levels.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
This is a tale of two visits, one when I was just coming for a late lunch by myself and the other time returning as a five-night guest. The hotel used to be the jewel in the Kessler crown, but since the opening of JW Marriott Plant, it feels like the Mansion is an afterthought. Check-in and valet service are always superb at the Mansion; when I was there as a restaurant guest, I had a “big old pickup truck” — well, not old, as it was a rental from Hertz — and I could not have received nicer treatment. In fact, the pickup was out front and remained there as I had lunch — no charge, either! As a guest, I still received very kind care, but service was slower; maybe more people were there. Check-in was swift, but water seemed to be at a premium, and we had to secure this from the front desk daily — which I felt was inconvenient. I often found myself running down to secure a few bottles at the end of the day. The hotel has some impressive artwork throughout which is really interesting and helps set a fun mood.