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Montréal: A Perfect Summer Escape for Pasadena
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Montréal: A Perfect Summer Escape for Pasadena

By Monica Sanchez A packed resort at a tropical beach or visiting the island of Montréal in Québec, Canada? This summer, I chose the latter, and I’m glad I did because Montréal is the perfect summer getaway. I visited Montréal because my uncle who lives there had surgery. Naturally, our family wanted to check on…

Hanging Out in Huntington Beach
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Hanging Out in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is legendary around the world as one of the best surfing spots. Its waves and beaches are so great, it is also officially known as “Surf City.” But as I learned on a recent getaway, the town is more than just tasty swells and beautiful white sand; it also boasts gourmet restaurants, luxury, ocean-front hotels, great shopping, and…

The Bear and Star is a Hit
Dining Delights, Travel

The Bear and Star is a Hit

When was the last time that you went out to dinner with friends and were thoroughly impressed? I can attest to the fact that The Bear and Star restaurant, which is located in Los Olivos, inside of Fess Parkers Wine Country Inn and Spa, has set the bar. It was remarkable in numerous ways. When you…

Pageant of the Masters Embarks on ‘The Grand Tour’
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Pageant of the Masters Embarks on ‘The Grand Tour’

By Greg Aragon It is hard to overstate the beauty and magnificence of the Pageant of the Masters. The spectacle, held in an open-air theater in Laguna Beach, is one of my favorite annual Southern California events and something that any lover of art and culture should experience at least once. Now in its 85th…

Ultra-Luxurious Waldorf Astoria Hotel Opens in Beverly Hills
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Ultra-Luxurious Waldorf Astoria Hotel Opens in Beverly Hills

Photo and Story by Greg Aragon Los Angeles has lots of luxurious hotels, but according to developers of the new $200 million Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, the area never seen anything like their new property. “Bringing the renowned Waldorf Astoria brand to Beverly Hills has been a dream for many years,” says owner Beny Alagem,…

Tallest Building West of Mississippi Opens in Los Angeles
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Tallest Building West of Mississippi Opens in Los Angeles

Photo and Story by Greg Aragon One of the most anticipated projects in recent Los Angeles history is finally complete. Last week, the new $1.2 billion Wilshire Grand Center mixed-use development opened for business, and I can’t wait to explore the property and stay at the hotel portion. Located on the former site of the historic Wilshire Grand hotel, which closed…

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