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10/28/2016

Post Ranch Inn Unveils Organic Gallery

Post Ranch Inn, recognized as one of the top luxury resorts in the country and located atop Big Sur’s 1,200-foot-high cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, recently debuted The Post Gallery. In keeping with the resort’s environmentally sustainable ethos, the gallery’s organic architecture aims to make guests feel like they’re a part of nature, using wood, stone and glass. While visiting, guests can view original artwork, photography and exclusive designer goods. They can also view changing exhibitions, such as one about legendary photographer Ansel Adams, now on display through early 2017. The special curated show will feature two of Adams' Portfolios (II & IV) in conjunction with the inn’s sister property, Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito. Portfolio IV, “What Majestic Word, in Memory of Russell Varian,” featuring limited-edition images, moves to Cavallo Point in fall 2016, and then Portfolio II (currently at Cavallo Point) comes to The Post Gallery through early January 2017. For more information, visit www.postranchinn.com.

Media Contact:
Kelsey Gummow
Graham & Associates, Inc.
www.graham-associates.com
kgummow@graham-associates.com
415-986-7212


Public Contact:
Jeff Rubenstein
Passport Resorts, LLC.
www.passportresorts.com
jrubenstein@passportresorts.com
415-788-7870, ext. 111
 

10/28/2016

Autry Museum Unveils New Galleries and Show

This fall the Autry Museum of the American West will unveil 20,000 square feet of new indoor and outdoor gallery space that is shown to advantage by an elaborate exhibition, “California Continued.” Through immersive storytelling, “California Continued” shares how traditional ecological knowledge gained through centuries of experience can help present-day residents understand and care for the Golden State’s environment. Drawing on a combination of Native cultural materials, firsthand perspectives, and contemporary artwork, this project connects Native Californian history, traditional ecological knowledge, and cultural practice to address ecological issues facing Californians today. For more information, visit www.theautry.org/exhibitions/california-continued.

Media Contact:
Keisha Raines
The Autry
theautry.org 
kraines@theautry.org
323-495-4370


Public Contact:
Keisha Raines
The Autry
theautry.org
communications@theautry.org
323-667-2000
 

10/28/2016

Catch a Lyft Rideshare at Sonoma County Airport

Travelers at the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport (STS) can now get a safe, affordable ride to and from the airport from Lyft, the first rideshare service offering pickups and drop-offs from the STS terminal. Founded in June 2012, Lyft is the fastest growing rideshare company nationwide, and is available in more than 200 cities. Located in the heart of wine country, the airport offers direct flights on Alaska Airlines to Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, and on Allegiant Air to Las Vegas and Phoenix-Mesa. For more information, visit www.sonomacountyairport.org.

Media Contact:
Gina Stocker
Sonoma County Airport
www.sonomacountyairport.org
gina.stocker@sonoma-county.org
707-565-7241


Public Contact:
Charles M Schulz
Sonoma County Airport
www.sonomacountyairport.org
airport@sonoma-county.org
707-565-7240
 

10/28/2016

Mammoth Lakes Tourism Launches New Fall Colors Microsite

Mammoth Lakes Tourism recently debuted its Fall Colors page on their website, aiming to inspire leaf peepers to check out their hidden gem destination. When visiting Mammoth Lakes—known for its hiking, biking, skiing and watersports—in the fall, outdoor recreational activities take on a whole new hue. Visitors can wander up to the Mammoth Lakes Basin, or out to local meadows for brilliant oranges, golds and reds. The web page features a variety of video tips on these and other Fall Colors hikes and drives, which are optimally experienced from late September to the peak period in mid-October. Since this timing can change in any given year, the web page is a good source for the latest information. For more information, visit www.visitmammoth.com.

Media Contact:
Lara Kaylor
Mammoth Lakes Tourism
www.visitmammoth.com
lkaylor@visitmammoth.com
760-934-2712, ext. 1303


Public Contact:
Jessica Kennedy
Mammoth Lakes Tourism
www.visitmammoth.com
jkennedy@visitmammoth.com
760-934-2712, ext. 1220
 

10/28/2016

USS Midway Restores and Opens Combat Information Center

Last May the USS Midway Museum opened its fully restored Combat Information Center (CIC), one of the most exotic locations on the 2,000-room aircraft carrier in downtown San Diego. Guests can enter the darkened six-room complex, bathed in blue light, and look down upon dozens of radar and sonar consoles whose constant sweeps reveal air and surface contacts, flashing lights, and luminescent flight status boards. Originally the combat nerve center of the carrier, the CIC was where the most difficult decisions were made. Over the past three years it was restored to exactly how it functioned during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, when Midway was the flagship for naval air operations. The exhibit also features engaging docents eager to share stories and who encourage visitors to sit at the various consoles and imagine the combat decisions that had to be made as recently as 1991. CIC is the latest addition to the USS Midway Museum, the most-visited ship museum in the world. Admission also includes a self-guided audio tour narrated by Midway sailors (available in six languages) and access to the museum’s Battle of Midway Theater. For more information, visit www.midway.org.

Media Contact:
Sarah Weinberg-Scalo
San Diego Tourism Authority
www.sandiego.org/members/attractions/uss-midway-museum.aspx
sweinberg@sandiego.org
619-557-2838


Public Contact:
Sarah Weinberg-Scalo
San Diego Tourism Authority
www.sandiego.org/members/attractions/uss-midway-museum.aspx
sweinberg@sandiego.org
619-557-2838
 

10/28/2016

Universal CityWalk Undergoes Major Revitalization

Universal CityWalk, Los Angeles’ landmark urban entertainment center, recently began a major update that includes new restaurants, shopping experiences and a state-of-the-art movie theatre renovation. CityWalk’s revitalization will elevate the Universal Cinemas to new heights as the 18 screen and IMAX 3D theatre gets the most technologically advanced sight and sound technology, as well as deluxe recliner seats reminiscent of Hollywood screening rooms. A stylish second level bar-lounge, flanked by the upper level theatres, adds to the movie experience with pre- and post-flick fun. Another key element of CityWalk’s makeover includes a facelift to the iconic, dancing water fountain by the designers of Las Vegas Bellagio hotel’s spectacular water art. This new, modern and impressive display incorporates over 230 individual power jets projecting streams of water choreographed into the air, complemented by programmable colorful LED lights for round-the-clock entertainment. New four-star restaurants to the complex include: LudoBird™ featuring world-renowned and award-winning Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s famous fried chicken; Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, the fast-casual and artisanal pizza place; Dongpo Kitchen, serving authentic Sichuan and traditional Chinese fare in its first U.S. casual dining concept; and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville will bring the musician’s celebrated Caribbean-themed restaurant, club and music enclave—its first-ever Los Angeles-based locale. These and other changes will be debuted over the next few months, with the full renovation scheduled for completion in early 2017. For more information, visit www.nbcumv.com/parks/universal-studios-hollywood.

Media Contact:
Crystal Williams
Universal Studios Hollywood
www.universalstudioshollywood.com
crystal.williams@nbcuni.com
818-622-9410


Public Contact:
Guest Relations
Universal CityWalk
www.citywalkhollywood.com
citywalkopsadmin@nbcuni.com
818-622-9841
 

10/28/2016

New Tasting Rooms Introduce Innovative Pours

Two new Sonoma County wine tasting rooms recently opened, pouring in inventive ways that prove wine tasting doesn’t have to be stuffy or traditional. Instead of pouring from bottles, staff from Kivelstadt Cellars Tasting and Taproom in Glen Ellen serve the wine straight from kegs in a friendly, unpretentious atmosphere. This unconventional approach amps up the fun of enjoying wine while eliminating packaging waste and wine spoilage. Tasting room guests can still buy Kivelstadt’s small-lot Rhone varietals in traditional bottles under a cork, or at a discount in refillable packaging (growlers). Over in Healdsburg, the new Spicy Vines Tasting Room features creative wine cocktail libations made with the winery’s flagship spiced wines, including Sangria made fresh daily. A small-plate menu features dishes that often use spiced wine as an ingredient. The casual and stylish tasting room also hosts live acoustic music from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, visit www.sonomacounty.com.

Media Contact:
Tina Luster
Sonoma County Tourism
www.sonomacounty.com
tluster@sonomacounty.com
707-522-5818


Public Contact:
Sonoma County
Tourism
www.sonomacounty.com
info@sonomacounty.com
707-522-5800
 

10/28/2016

Specialty Winemakers Open New Tasting Room and Wine Bar

Visitors to Paso Robles wine country often feel that any time of day is “wine o’clock,” which makes the launch of Wine O Clock tasting room and wine bar particularly apropos. Created by specialty local winemakers Denis Degher of Domaine Degher and Enrique Torres of Diablo Paso Wines, this new downtown wine destination features pours of Degher’s Rhone varietals and cabernet made in a French style along with Torres’ Spanish varietals. Wine O Clock showcases the best of the Paso Robles wine region, pouring Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/wineoclockpasorobles.

Media Contact:
Danielle Lees
Travel Paso Robles Alliance
www.travelpaso.com
dlees@augustineagency.com
916-774-9600


Public Contact:
Danielle Lees
Travel Paso Robles Alliance
www.travelpaso.com
dlees@augustineagency.com
916-774-9600
 

10/28/2016

National Park Resort Hosts Ansel Adams Exhibit

Cavallo Point Lodge—an upscale, environmentally sustainable resort set within Golden Gate National Parks—recently unveiled a new exhibition from legendary photographer Ansel Adams in the Mercantile and Art Gallery. The special curated show will feature two of Adams’ Portfolios (II & IV), in conjunction with the lodge’s sister property, Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur. Portfolio II, called “The National Parks & Monuments,” is one of seven limited-edition portfolios produced by the famed photographer and will be on display for the general public at Cavallo Point through the fall before moving on to sister property Post Ranch Inn’s new Post Gallery through early January 2017. Then Portfolio IV, currently at The Post Gallery, will relocate to Cavallo Point. Released by Adams in 1950, Portfolio II contains many of Adams’ most iconic images from national parks all over the country. For more information, visit www.cavallopoint.com.

Media Contact:
Kelsey Gummow
Graham & Associates, Inc.
www.graham-associates.com
kgummow@graham-associates.com
415-986-7212


Public Contact:
Leigh Vogen
Cavallo Point Lodge
www.cavallopoint.com/art-gallery.html
mercantile@cavallopoint.com
415-339-4740
 

10/26/2016

Carmel-by-the-Sea Celebrates Centennial with Hotel Updates

For 100 years, Carmel-by-the-Sea has been lauded as one of America’s favorite small towns, inspiring visitors with its spectacular Pacific views, quaint inns, charming boutiques and gourmet restaurants. As it celebrates its Centennial this year, Carmel is amplifying its historic charms with hotel facelifts. Dolphin Inn just completed a dramatic renovation, followed by a rebrand and reopening. Acquired by Classic Hotels & Resorts, which also owns La Playa Carmel, the property is once again known as Hotel Carmel and features fully refurbished guest rooms and an inviting garden courtyard. The Hideaway, most recently named The Cobblestone Inn, was purchased earlier this year by The PlumpJack Group and Meriweather Companies. The inn underwent a series of updates and renovations to preserve the property’s inherent charm, while adding modern comforts and amenities. For more information, visit www.hideawaycarmel.com.

Media Contact:
Kristen Hunter
Visit Carmel
www.carmelcalifornia.com
khunter@hunter-pr.com
831-375-1747


Public Contact:
Monta Potter
Carmel Chamber of Commerce
www.carmelcalifornia.org
monta@carmelcalifornia.org
831-624-2522
 

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