California

Tips and Articles in California

We talk about Kimpton Hotels a lot around here: the brand, recently acquired by IHG, is busy growing its portfolio and upping the ante on affordable hotels with highbrow design. One thing that’s oft overlooked, however, is Kimpton’s golden touch w...
If you’ve been stalling on a trip to Napa in hopes of experiencing the currently-closed bastion of California fine dining, it’s time to book those tickets: The French Laundry is reopening on April 7. Among the reasons to act now? OpenTable is curr...
It was only a matter of time before the family that gave the world Mama Shelter hotels brought their egalitarian vision of cool stateside—and what better place than anyone-can-be-a-star Hollywood? The idiosyncratically hip hotel brand turned heads...
Can’t wait for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to re-open in 2016? Get a sneak peek of the museum’s new collection when its American Icons exhibit opens at the Grand Palais in Paris this April. Marking the international debut of SFMOMA O...
Calling all future Leslie Knopes! Visiting America’s National Parks is about to get a little easier. Last week, President Obama announced a new “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, which grants fourth-graders and their families free admission to Nati...
In 1921, a middle-aged Frank Lloyd Wright had already established himself as the progenitor of the Prairie School of architecture, having flood the Midwest with horizontal lines, hipped roofs, and overhanging eaves. The style, regimented and iconi...
Hotels love a good attention-grabbing amenity, especially one that involves health and wellness. We looked at some of the latest offerings to see which are worth your time. At many JW Marriott properties worldwide, turndown service includes a v...
The hippest hotels now have juice bars. Kimpton is serving fresh-pressed blends at its U.S. properties. Miami’s Metropolitan by Como specializes in an anti-bloating concoction (so you can rock your bikini with confidence). And at the Ace Hotel Dow...
David Kaplan and Alex Day, the cocktail geniuses who rewrote the book on bartending at New York’s renowned Death & Company, are now conquering Los Angeles with a trio of bars: Honeycut, and the recently opened Normandie Club and Walker Inn. We ask...
January 31 is the perfect day to get a dose of culture in Los Angeles, when the city is hosting the tenth annual Museums Free-For-All program. More than 20 museums will offer free general admission, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Cr...
The Chateau. The Pink Palace. The Riot Hyatt. L.A.’s big and buzzy glamour-puss hotels have served as sceney backdrops for the indiscretions of nearly a century’s worth of A-listers. But now that paparazzi lenses and cell-phone cameras rule the ro...
THE HILLS ARE FRAGRANT WITH EUCALYPTUS, the lavender-scented valleys planted with row after row of grapevines. It's little wonder visitors are drawn to California's Napa and Sonoma valleys. They come to eat well at beautiful bistros and sleep well...
It’s rare that anyone actually enjoys being in airports these days, but if you’re obliged to wait out, say, a seven-hour layover, you’ll likely find it far more pleasant to do so overseas than in some bleak U.S. terminal. Consider your options abr...
“We have a circus and sideshow mentality to the way we do business,” says Brandon Hodge, owner of the retro-inspired Big Top Candy Shop in Austin, TX. “When customers walk in they can have a few minutes where time stands still.” The yellow and ...
For Radmila Karlić, a day’s work means leading her dogs into the dense Motovun forest of Istria, Croatia, to hunt for truffles. She carries a small shovel, ready to dig up the edible treasures the dogs sniff at the roots of the towering oak trees....