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9/9/2014

Santa Rosa Welcomes Two New Restaurants

Santa Rosa recently welcomed two new restaurants: The Pullman Kitchen and Chicama Peruvian Grill. The Pullman Kitchen is located in Historic Railroad Square and serves inspired, fresh and locally sourced cuisine. Owner Darren McRonald worked at the famed Le Cirque in New York City and Chez Panisse and most recently was part of the team at Chindy's Backstreet Kitchen. Chef John Trunk graduated with honors from the CIA Hyde Park and most recently was Executive Chef at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen in St Helena. Chicama is owned by Steve & Gilda Loveday and serves authentic Peruvian Cuisine. The restaurant is located in the Palms Hotel Santa Rosa. For more information, visit The Pullman Kitchen's Facebook page or Chicama's Facebook page.

Media Contact:
Brad Calkins
Visit Santa Rosa
visitsantarosa.com
bradc@visitsantarosa.com
707-524-2116


Public Contact:
Brad Calkins
Visit Santa Rosa
visitsantarosa.com
bradc@visitsantarosa.com
707-524-2116
 

9/9/2014

Planes of Fame Research Library Now Open

After a year of hard work, the Planes of Fame Research Library was recently opened in Chino, California. The vast collection of books was organized and catalogued by our loyal volunteer librarians under the direction of David Landier, and made a huge job look easy. It was with the greatest excitement that we opened our doors with over 1,200 boxes of historical content, actively preserving the history of aviation for visitors to enjoy. For more information, visit planesoffame.org.

Media Contact:
Harry Geier
Planes of Fame Air Museum
planesoffame.org
harry.geier@planesoffame.org
909-597-7576


Public Contact:
Planes of Fame Air Museum
Chino, CA Headquarters
planesoffame.org
909-597-3722
 

9/5/2014

New San Francisco Bus Tours

The popular Local Tastes of the City Tours recently announced the addition of its Insider Bus Sightseeing Tours of San Francisco at 1 p.m. everyday, with pickup from most downtown and San Francisco area hotels. The daily small bus tours will show you all of the sights of the City with a local’s point of view, and will include lots of great stops for photographs. And of course, along the way we’ll enjoy great pizza, pasta, tea and more. Local Tastes of the City Tours will continue to offer daily behind-the-scenes walking food tours of North Beach/Little Italy and Chinatown (at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.). Same day reservations are available for all of our tours. For more information, visit www.sffoodtour.com.

Media Contact:
Tom Medin
Local Tastes of the City Tours
sffoodtour.com
tmedin@sffoodtour.com
415-665-0480


Public Contact:
Tom Medin
Local Tastes of the City Tours
sffoodtour.com
tmedin@sffoodtour.com
415-665-0480
 

9/5/2014

Renovations at the Paso Robles Inn

On the eve of the 125th Anniversary of Paso Robles, the Paso Robles Inn is winding down an extensive two year renovation. To kick off the renovations, this historic boutique hotel launched a unique partnership with local wineries and dedicated 18 deluxe mineral spa rooms to the project. Not only were the rooms renovated from top to bottom - including updated furnishings, amenities and new spa tubs, but the winery partners provided representative touches in art, furniture and accessories. Next, the lobby and foyer of the Grand Ballroom building received new carpeting and the guest rooms were renovated with new luxury furniture and décor. Finally, the gardens were expanded to the front of the Inn to provide continuity with the park across the street and the beautiful gardens behind the lobby building. During the renovation, Martin Resorts worked to preserve the historic charm of the Paso Robles Inn but also found new, unique ways to offer a more luxurious, boutique hotel experience for guests. For more information, visit www.pasoroblesinn.com.

Media Contact:
Lori Keller
Martin Resorts
www.martinresorts.com
lorik@martinresorts.com
805-547-2711


Public Contact:
Lori Keller
Martin Resorts
www.martinresorts.com
lorik@martinresorts.com
805-547-2711
 

9/5/2014

Blue & Gold Fleet's New Audio Tour

Blue & Gold Fleet recently launched a new multi-language audio tour for their San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure and Escape from the Rock cruises. The tour is now available in nine languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, French, Japanese, Korean, German and Taiwanese. Guests can access the audio tour using their own smartphone, tablet or any other Wi-Fi enabled device. For more information, visit www.blueandgoldfleet.com.

Media Contact:
Alissa Fiset
PIER 39
www.blueandgoldfleet.com
afiset@pier39.com
415-705-5562


Public Contact:
Alissa Fiset
PIER 39
www.blueandgoldfleet.com
info@blueandgoldfleet.com
415-705-8200
 

9/5/2014

Holiday Inn Express Renovation Complete

Bakersfield's Holiday Inn Express recently announced the completion of its extensive multi-million dollar renovation, elegantly designed for the convenience and comfort of the modern day traveler. Located at the 99 freeway and White Lane, the hotel boasts 105 meticulously designed guestrooms and Jacuzzi suites featuring new bathrooms, furnishings and world-class artwork. The lobby has been transformed into one large open space that flows in to the Great Room where the innovative Fresh Start breakfast is served every morning. The meeting spaces and fitness room have also been revitalized with new seating and equipment. Other renovated hotel facilities include a newly furnished boardroom with video conferencing capabilities, a large conference room, a self-service laundry center, a sweet shop and a business center, which has two touch screen computers and complimentary printing. For more information, visit www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/bakersfield/bkrex/hoteldetail.

Media Contact:
Mike Raja
Holiday Inn Express Bakersfield
www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/bakersfield/bkrex/hoteldetail
mikeraja@gmail.com
661-833-3000


Public Contact:
Misty Glasco
Bakersfield CVB
visitbakersfield.com
mglasco@visitbakersfield.com
661-852-7282
 

9/5/2014

El Capitan Canyon Introduces New Corrals

El Capitan Canyon, the only comfort camping destination to offer such a wide range of all-season nature lodging accommodations in the U.S., recently added 13 new Corral Cabins. These contemporary rustic cabins are located west of seasonal El Capitan Creek, set amidst a grove of California oaks and sycamore trees. The cabins are appointed with separate living areas that include a fireplace, kitchenettes with a full-size refrigerator, and full bathrooms with a tub and shower. In addition, each cabin has a king bedroom and separate sleeping loft that sleeps up to three children. The Corral Cabins are heated and furnished in Western décor, and feature soft beds and down-style duvets. For more information, visit www.elcapitancanyon.com.

Media Contact:
Cristina Padilla
Graham & Associates, Inc.
www.graham-associates.com
cristina_padilla123@hotmail.com
415-986-7212


Public Contact:
Cristina Padilla
Graham & Associates, Inc.
www.graham-associates.com
cristina_padilla@hotmail.com
415-986-7212
 

9/5/2014

Westfield Valley Fair Adds More Luxury Brands

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Westfield Valley Fair is the destination for visitors looking to indulge and savor luxury, fashion and cuisine. Valley Fair, part of Westfield’s signature Luxury Collection, recently deepened its ever-expanding luxury, high-end fashion offerings with new shops including Giorgio Armani and Balenciaga, CH by Carolina Herrera and Saint Laurent Paris. Visitors of Valley Fair can also now enjoy the property’s new Dining Terrace, where guests can relax and dine in style with a diverse range of culinary delights. For more information, visit www.westfieldtravelcollection.com.

Media Contact:
Susan Wilson
Westfield Travel Collection
www.westfieldtravelcollection.com
susanwilson129@gmail.com
903-345-9096


Public Contact:
Vineetha Pathrose
Edelman Consumer Marketing
www.westfieldtravelcollection.com
Westfield@edelman.com
415-486-3258
 

9/5/2014

Westfield San Francisco Centre's New App

Visitors shopping at the iconic Westfield San Francisco Centre can now take advantage of Westfield Dine on Time; a new food delivery and pick-up experience created by Westfield Labs. Via the iPhone app, online or mobile web, simply schedule a pick-up or have an order delivered to a nearby hotel from one of the renowned fine dining restaurants in The Restaurant Collection Under the Dome or the popular eateries in the Food Emporium. With the touch of a fingertip or click of a mouse, visitors can have the most convenient, time-saving, epicurean experience, making Westfield Dine on Time the latest way Westfield San Francisco Centre is transforming the everyday shopping experience. For more information, visit www.westfield.com/sanfrancisco.

Media Contact:
Vineetha Pathrose
Edelman Consumer Marketing
www.westfield.com/sanfrancisco
westfield@edelman.com
415-486-3258


Public Contact:
Vineetha Pathrose
Edelman Consumer Marketing
www.westfield.com/sanfrancisco
westfield@edelman.com
415-486-3258
 

9/5/2014

New Tasting Room for The Workshop

The Workshop, an Urban Wine Collective, recently opened a tasting lounge at 2885 S. Higuera in San Luis Obispo. The Workshop is a boutique custom crush facility specializing in high end winemaking for artisan winemakers, and features some of their clients' very best wines. For more information, visit www.theworkshopslo.com.

Media Contact:
Jo Armstrong
The Workshop
www.theworkshopslo.com
jo@theworkshopslo.com
805-784-0472 x203


Public Contact:
Jo Armstrong
The Workshop
www.theworkshopslo.com
jo@theworkshopslo.com
805-784-0472 x203
 

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