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4/18/2014

Din Tai Fung Coming to South Coast Plaza

One of Taiwan’s most celebrated restaurants will join Costa Mesa’s South Coast Plaza in August 2014. Din Tai Fung, famous for its delicately steamed dumplings, was founded in 1958 in Taiwan, and currently operates in 82 locations worldwide with strong Pan-Asian representation in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Korea. For more information, visit www.southcoastplaza.com.

Media Contact:
Shari Theresia
Purry Communications Group
shari.theresia@purry.com
310-410-0300


Public Contact:
Shari Theresia
South Coast Plaza
www.southcoastplaza.com/
info@southcoastplaza.com
714-435-2000
 

4/18/2014

Taumata Racer at SeaWorld's Aquatica

SeaWorld's new high-speed racing water slide called Taumata Racer® is opening Memorial Day weekend 2014 at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s WaterparkTM in Chula Vista. 'Taumata' is from a Maori word for a famous hill in New Zealand. The new attraction in south San Diego County will zoom riders down a 375-foot slide, around a 180-degree swooping turn, and in and out of tunnels before racing them across the finish line. This head-first mat-racer water slide is a unique blend of competitive racing and high-speed thrills, featuring six side-by-side lanes. For more information, visit aquaticabyseaworld.com/en/sandiego/media-room/press-releases/active/taumata-racer/.

Media Contact:
Sarah Weinberg
San Diego Tourism Authority
www.sandiego.org
sweinberg@sandiego.org
619-557-2838


Public Contact:
Sarah Weinberg
San Diego Tourism Authority
www.sandiego.org
sweinberg@sandiego.org
619-557-2838
 

4/14/2014

Monterey Bay Aquarium Launches “Evenings by the Bay”

This summer the Monterey Bay Aquarium will host “Evenings by the Bay,” with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The program will offer visitors a chance to see the aquarium in a whole new light with fewer people in the galleries. Plans to add live music and on-site wine options are in the works. For more information, visit www.montereybayaquarium.org.

Media Contact:
Mika Yoshida
Monterey Bay Aquarium
www.montereybayaquarium.org
media@mbayaq.org
831-644-1069


Public Contact:
Mika Yoshida
Monterey Bay Aquarium
www.montereybayaquarium.org
media@mbayaq.org
831-644-1069
 

4/14/2014

Major Renovations at the Beverly Garland Hotel

The Beverly Garland will reopen as North Hollywood’s newest boutique hotel this summer, the Garland, after the completion of a $20 million, multi-phase redesign and renovation project. The new property will feature a retro-cool California style designed by Forchielli Glynn, known for their work with hotels such as Miraval Resort and the Peninsula Beverly Hills, and Rossi Architecture, who designed the remodel of the Riviera Palm Springs. Renovations include the transformation of all 242 guest rooms, 14 suites and public spaces; the addition of a new outdoor garden and event space; and a complete redesign of the property’s restaurant. The latter will be known as the Front Yard and will feature a menu of classic Los Angeles cuisine created by Executive Chef Warren Schwartz. More information is available at www.thegarland.com.

Media Contact:
Hillary Preece
J Public Relations
thegarland@jpublicrelations.com
619-255-7069


Public Contact:
Hillary Preece
J Public Relations
thegarland@jpublicrelations.com
619-255-7069
 

4/14/2014

New Sonoma County Wine Country Walking Tours

Wine Country Walking Tours is adding three new itineraries to its guided fine wine and food adventures in Healdsburg and Geyserville this summer. Designed for the gourmet who enjoys exploring on foot, the new tours give participants a total of four different choices to suit their interests. Itineraries range from the two-and-a-half hour “Taste of Geyserville” tour, to a comprehensive, five-hour “Sip, Savor & Stroll” tour of Healdsburg, and include the “New Flavors of Healdsburg” and “Healdsburg Wine & Gourmet Food Lovers” four-hour tours. Each tour is limited to eight participants to ensure an intimate experience, with reservations accepted in advance, and same-day bookings upon availability. For more information, visit www.winecountrywalkingtours.org or call 707-758-4725.

Media Contact:
Kirsten Jones
Wine Country Walking Tours
www.winecountrywalkingtours.org
kirsten@winecountrywalkingtours.org
707-758-4725


Public Contact:
Kirsten Jones
Wine Country Walking Tours
www.winecountrywalkingtours.org
kirsten@winecountrywalkingtours.org
707-758-4725
 

4/14/2014

Surf-Inspired Hotel Opens in Oceanside

Oceanside has a new beach retreat just in time for summer vacation. The new 149-room SpringHill Suites San Diego Oceanside/Downtown recently opened and enjoys an enviable location just one block from the beach and pier. The hotel resembles a chic beach retreat with incredible ocean views and a host of “local” touches including a custom art collection featuring up-and-coming Oceanside and Southern California-based artists. Rooms are spacious and feature balconies, many with water views. Other amenities include a rooftop pool with panoramic coastline views, fitness center, complimentary breakfast, game room and second floor lounge with a fireplace. Designed to LEED silver certification standards, the hotel is the first coastal property to open in Oceanside since 2008 and offers visitors an incredible value in a coastal vacation. For additional information, visit www.shsoceanside.com.

Media Contact:
Shae Geary
Shae Geary Communications
shsoceanside.com
shae.geary@sbcglobal.net
760-815-8617


Public Contact:
Kathleen Maola
SpringHill Suites Oceanside
kathleen.maola@sagehospitality.com
248-703-3310
 

4/11/2014

Harvest on the Coast Weekend

Enjoy the transcendent sights, scents and flavors of this signature season as we present our annual Rockin’ Harvest Celebration, a rambunctious extravaganza of local food and wine from Nov. 7-9, 2014! The main event is an outdoor grand tasting and auction on Saturday featuring wine tasting, artisan foods, live music from local artists and our very own winemaker's band, the CrushTones! The auction features a broad selection of rare wines, culinary treats and SLO Wine Country destination experiences. Along with the array of wine and lifestyle packages, you'll have a chance to raise a paddle and support local non-profits during the fund-a-need live auction lot. The festivities unfold throughout the weekend with winemaker dinners on Friday evening and winery open houses on Sunday. For more information, visit slowine.com.

Media Contact:
Heather Muran
SLOWINE
slowine.com
heather@slowine.com
805-541-5868


Public Contact:
Heather Muran
SLOWINE
slowine.com
heather@slowine.com
805-541-5868
 

4/11/2014

Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Factory Coming to SLO

Coming this summer to the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Factory is the first interactive, themed ice cream parlor in the country. Doc's has been working with a multitude of entertainment industry professionals, from companies such as Disney and Universal Studios, to create a truly one-of-a-kind ice cream experience with interactive gadgets mounted on walls and giant fiberglass cartoon sculptures. For more information, visit docburnsteins.com.

Media Contact:
Lynne Biddinger
San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce
www.slochamber.org
Lynne@slochamber.org
805-786-2763


Public Contact:
Terry Crowe
Doc Burnsteins Ice Cream Factory
slo@docburnsteins.com
(310) 382-4916
 

4/11/2014

Meritage Resort Completes Major Renovations

Renovations are now complete at Napa’s Meritage Resort, and as part of the $8 million project, all the guest rooms in the main building now feature a new, modern design, including new carpeting, bedding, desks, chairs and tables. In addition to revitalizing the 157 rooms and suites, three were converted into Bella Suites, with a studio setup designed for brides and bridal parties offering a full-length mirror, steamer and other amenities. These upgrades come just 18 months after the resort opened its expansion that included 165 new rooms, Crush Ultra Lounge, Blend Café and additional meeting/event space. For more information, visit themeritageresort.com.

Media Contact:
Andrew Bradley
The Meritage Resort and Spa
themeritageresort.com/
andrew@resonatepr.com
510-910-3443


Public Contact:
Front Desk Front Desk
The Meritage Resort and Spa
themeritageresort.com/
reservations@themeritageresort.com
707-251-1900
 

4/11/2014

Tull Family Tiger Trail

The 5.2-acre Tull Family Tiger Trail opens at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Memorial Day weekend. The forested habitat will include three separate yards for the Safari Park's six Sumatran tigers with rocks for climbing, ponds for swimming, deadwood trees to use as scratching posts and tall grasses for catnaps. The area will offer up-close views of the tigers, including a birthing den with outdoor space. Conservation efforts for the species will be highlighted throughout. Visit www.sdzsafaripark.org/tiger trail for a virtual tour, Tiger Trail the game, and the Stripe Yourself app, where you can turn yourself into a tiger!

Media Contact:
Christina Simmons
San Diego Zoo Global
www.sdzsafaripark.org
publicrelations@sandiegozoo.org
619-685-3291


Public Contact:
Christina Simmons
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
www.sdzsafaripark.org
publicrelations@sandiegozoo.org
760-747-8702
 

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