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9/2/2014

New Day Club Opens in Palm Springs and Coachella

The Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club is a new concept to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. This new day club offers a pool that is open to the public with no swim club fee or additional admission charge to use the pool, except when ticketed events are taking place. Visitors and residents can join in daytime activities of lounging in the pool, listening to top entertainment acts programmed by Goldenvoice, or enjoying the restaurant’s regional Mexican cuisine menu and three bars. For more information, visit www.haciendacantina.com.

Media Contact:
Reggie Cameron
reggie@everydia.com
760-383-1877


Public Contact:
The Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club
www.haciendacantina.com
reggie@everydia.com
760-778-8954
 

 

9/2/2014

Three New Restaurants Debut in Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach in now home to three new restaurants: Tortilla Republic, Driftwood Kitchen and Slapfish. Serving a modern take on Mexican comfort cuisine, Tortilla Republic’s recipes feature farm fresh ingredients and organic products, and are free of lard and processed additives, with all sauces made in-house. Driftwood Kitchen is a new seafood restaurant and bar right on the Pacific Ocean that offers classic cocktails with an emphasis on bourbon and whiskey. Helmed by Executive Chefs Andrew Gruel and Jethro Naude, Slapfish elevates the fish shack experience with a focus on sustainability. Previous Slapfish locations have been featured on the Food Network. For more information, visit www.tortillarepublic.com, driftwoodkitchen.com and www.slapfishrestaurant.com.

Media Contact:
Lana Johnson
Johnson Media
lanajohnson@me.com
949-212-1499


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Lana Johnson
Johnson Media
lanajohnson@me.com
949-212-1499
 

9/2/2014

South Lake Tahoe Welcomes New Dining Options this Fall

South Lake Tahoe’s dining scene is bustling with the addition of several new restaurants schedule to be open this fall season. Azul Latin Kitchen, a new Mexican restaurant, will be joining Heavenly Village in late summer. Located in the heart of town, the Cold Water Brewery will open this fall and join the ranks of local favorites Blue Dog Pizza and Scusa Italian Ristorante. Meanwhile, the lakefront Beach Retreat & Lodge is currently undergoing renovations to remodel the lobby and add a new on-site restaurant. The property already owns and operates The Boathouse restaurant, which is walking distance from the property and boasts a prime location – it’s the only place where you can dine on the pier. The Boathouse has recently revamped its menu to offer creative cocktails, a variety of hearty appetizers, seafood entrees and classic favorites.

Media Contact:
Jenn Boyd
Weidinger Public Relations
www.tahoesouth.com
jennifer@weidingerpr.com
775-588-5900


Public Contact:
Carol Chaplin
Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
www.tahoesouth.com
info@ltva.org
775-588-5900
 

9/2/2014

The Palm Springs Art Museum Unveils New Architecture and Design Center

The Palm Springs Art Museum will open its new Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, in downtown Palm Springs on Nov. 9, 2014. The building will be the hub of the museum’s exploration of architecture and design, and will house related exhibitions and educational and community programs, as well as research space and a storage area for the museum’s growing architecture and design collections and archives. When completed, the A+D Center will be the country’s first historic structure to be transformed into a free-standing architecture and design museum that is housed in a modern building. For more information, visit psmuseum.org.

Media Contact:
Chris Martello
FG Creative
chris@fgcreative.com
760-773-1707


Public Contact:
Palm Springs Art Musuem Architecture and Design Center
Edwawrds Harris Pavilion
www.psmuseum.org
info@psmuseum.org
760-322-4897
 

9/2/2014

Oakland's Jack London Square Welcomes plank Restaurant

The latest addition to the expanding dining and entertainment options at Oakland’s Jack London Square, plank is an energetic new restaurant, beer garden and entertainment destination located just steps from the picturesque waterfront setting of the Port of Oakland. With more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, plank features over 50 handcrafted local beers, 18 lanes of state-of-the-art bowling, and 40 flat-screen HDTVs for sports viewing, with a menu of fresh, diverse cuisine including char siu burritos and braised short ribs. For more information, visit www.jacklondonsquare.com or plank's Facebook page.

Media Contact:
Kimberly Sanders
Andrew Freeman & Co.
afandco.com
kimberly@afandco.com
415-675-1347


Public Contact:
Kimberly Sanders
Andrew Freeman & Co.
afandco.com
kimberly@afandco.com
415-675-1347
 

9/2/2014

“@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz” Exhibit Coming This Fall

Alcatraz Island will feature “@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz” beginning Sept. 27 and run through April 26, 2015. The exhibit will feature a series of seven site-specific installations by the Chinese political activist and artist Ai Weiwei, offering a new cultural lens through which to experience the notorious military and federal penitentiary turned national park. Presented by the FOR-SITE Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, the exhibition explores urgent questions about human rights and freedom of expression while responding to the potent and layered history of Alcatraz as a place of detainment and protest. The large-scale sculpture, sound and mixed-media works will be installed in the two-story New Industries Building, where privileged inmates were permitted to work; the main and psychiatric wards of the hospital; the A Block cells, the only remaining section of the military prison that was constructed in the early 20th century; and the dining hall. With the exception of the dining hall, these spaces are usually off-limits to visitors, but all will be open to the public throughout the run of the exhibition. For more information, visit www.alcatrazcruises.com.

Media Contact:
Molly Blaisdell
Hook, Line & Thinker
hooklineandthinker.com
molly@hooklineandthinker.com
925-300-7252


Public Contact:
Alcatraz Cruises
Alcatraz Cruises
alcatrazcruises.com
info@alcatrazcruises.com
415-981-ROCK (7625)
 

9/2/2014

California Wine Month Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

This September, California is celebrating the 10th anniversary of California Wine Month, a month-long celebration of festivals, events and demonstrations showcasing California’s wine bounty. While California’s wine harvest season occurs every fall, this September marks a decade of statewide collaboration, making this year the year to visit. Kicking off Labor Day weekend and running through September, winegrowers and winemakers are pulling out all the stops, offering visitors even more opportunities to explore California’s vast wine country. From personalized wine making and bottling experiences to weekend-long wine-and-dine festivals and events, destinations up and down the Golden State are joining forces to offer visitors the “best of” wine experiences. California certainly knows its wine, boasting more than 3,500 wineries and accounting for roughly 43% of all wineries in the U.S. Whether visitors decide to CRUSH the weekend away or simply SAVOR the Central Coast like a native, California’s immense wine scene is calling. So raise a glass – of California wine, of course – and plan your next wine-inspired getaway. For more information, visit www.discovercaliforniawines.com/californiawinemonth.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Sweeney
Visit California
media.visitcalifornia.com
jsweeney@visitcalifornia.com
916-233-0255


Public Contact:
Visit California
media.visitcalifornia.com
info@visitcalifornia.com
916-444-4429
 

8/29/2014

Kayak Nature Tours Now Available in San Luis Obispo County

Zipline tour company Margarita Adventures is now offering guided kayak nature tours of San Luis Obispo County’s Santa Margarita Lake Natural Area, which spans several thousand acres and is home to a variety of wildlife including eagles, hawks, herons, pelicans, deer and more. The four-hour, three-mile tours are designed to be vigorous yet relaxing excursions appropriate for all ages. The tours include kayaking instruction and a picnic lunch at the midway point. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday starting at 10 a.m. and cost $79 for adults and $59 for children 14 and younger. For more information, visit www.margarita-adventures.com.

Media Contact:
Malei Weir
Mooncatcher
www.mooncatcher.com
mw@mooncatcher.com
805-239-0020


Public Contact:
Margarita Adventures
Margarita Adventures
www.margarita-adventures.com
contactus@margarita-adventures.com
805-938-3120
 

8/29/2014

"A Whole New Velocity" for Jasper's Corner Tap

If you’re familiar with the gastropub scene in the Tenderloin and Theater Districts of San Francisco, you’ve heard of Jasper’s Corner Tap and Kitchen. Jasper’s has long been a laid-back favorite of locals, but this summer, it turned a corner. With a no-holds-barred launch of what the bar is calling “a whole new velocity for Jasper’s,” frequenters now enjoy more than signature drinks and crazy good beer - they’re treated to pajama parties, Brewmaster dinners, sports-themed extravaganzas, live music from local artists, and so much more. In addition, Jasper’s legendary American comfort food menu with a trendy twist has been re-built by brand new Head Chef Taylor Smith. His talents, paired with those of new Mixologist Steve Middler, are bound to turn some heads. For more information, visit www.jasperscornertap.com.

Media Contact:
Loir Metze
Serrano Hotel
lmetze@inciteresponse.com
720-369-1237


Public Contact:
Carina Thomas
Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen
www.jasperscornertap.com
carina.thomas@serranohotel.com
415-351-7625
 

8/29/2014

Fairmont Miramar Unveils Bungalow One

After a million-dollar redesign, the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows recently unveiled its brand new Bungalow One, a customized three-bedroom suite designed by L.A.-based interior designer Michael Berman. The fully tailored three-bedroom, three-and-three-quarter-bath retreat includes a 1,000-square-foot private patio with private access to the Miramar gardens and pool, and reflects the sophisticated bungalow-style beach house that is quintessentially Santa Monica. Bungalow One is available as an entire suite or as a one-bedroom or two-bedroom for more intimate overnight stays. Those staying at Bungalow One have the luxury of enjoying all of Fairmont Miramar’s on-site amenities: FIG Restaurant, Exhale Mind Body Spa and The Bungalow lounge. For more information, visit www.fairmont.com/santa-monica.

Media Contact:
Jackie Alvarez
Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.SantaMonica.com
Jalvarez@santamonica.com
310-319-6263


Public Contact:
Jackie Alvarez
Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.SantaMonica.com
Jalvarez@SantaMonica.com
310-319-6263
 

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