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7/30/2014

Endless Summer Yoga Retreat at Granlibakken Tahoe

 The summer’s energy is winding down and already we are preparing for fall, but time still remains for you to give your Self the rest, relaxation and adventure that you deserve and you don’t have to travel far to receive it! This year, indulge in a weekend retreat from Aug. 29-31 at Granlibakken’s Endless Summer Yoga Retreat and offer your body, mind and spirit blessings of nature, yoga, health and music.

The retreat includes yoga classes every day, including two live music performances; a nature hike to one of Lake Tahoe’s most adored trails and beach spots; ayurvedic counseling with a specialist; a final stand-up paddleboard tour as the sun ascends the clear blue skies OR a spa treatment for an additional fee;  two nights accommodation with fellow retreat participants at the splendid Granlibakken Tahoe, nestled deep in private forested acres; and meals that are tailored to the retreat, including kombucha.
 
For more information about the retreat, visit www.granlibakken.com/yoga-retreat.php.
 
Media Contact:
Connie Anderson
The Abbi Agency
775-323-2977
 
 
Public Contact:
Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge
877-552-0185
7/9/2014

2014 Amgen Tour of California Expands Women's Events

The cyclists who competed in the ninth annual Amgen Tour of California raced through more than 700 miles of scenic California terrain from May11-18, 2014. This year, teams from seven countries rode through Cambria, Folsom, Monterey, Mount Diablo State Park, Mountain High, Pasadena, Pismo Beach, Sacramento, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita and Thousand Oaks. These host cities offered a variety of amenities and recommendations for the event’s attendees. As the cyclists raced from Monterey to Cambria, spectators could enjoy picturesque ocean views, lighthouses and fresh seafood. Meanwhile, race attendees and riders alike experienced history firsthand as they passed the Colorado Street Bridge and famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena. For the first time in the race’s history, women cyclists from the world’s top teams competed in both a circuit race and a time trial. The respected green Sprint Jersey was awarded to the cyclist with the most bonus points and was sponsored by Visit California, which welcomed the 2014 Amgen Tour participants, supporters and spectators who make this annual event America’s Greatest Race.

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


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

7/9/2014

Visit California Launches "24 Hours. 24 Dreams"

In a first-of-its-kind global campaign in four countries, Visit California took over YouTube with “24 Hours. 24 Dreams” – a collection of videos intended to inspire and celebrate Californians who have fulfilled their dreams in the Golden State. The YouTube takeover began at midnight PST on Feb. 28 in the U.S., with a new video released every hour showcasing California dreamers and over-the top experiences statewide – from skater Bob Burnquist’s epic skate ramp on Lake Tahoe to a first ever Dream Gig with Band of Horses high above Hollywood. “24 Hours. 24 Dreams.” was the initial campaign launch effort for Visit California’s new Dream-365 Project, which shares a collection of inspiring, quirky, cool and adventurous content including videos, memes, tweets, time-lapses, photos and more. The collection highlights the abundance of iconic, as well as off-the-beaten-path, experiences for travelers to explore in California. You can experience the Dream365 Project at dream365.visitcalifornia.com.

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


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

6/2/2014

Hyatt Place UC Davis Expansion

Hyatt Place UC Davis recently expanded to include 52 new rooms. The hotel is conveniently situated on the beautiful University of California, Davis campus. Surrounded by a variety of local art museums, lavish shopping districts, scenic golf courses and award-winning wineries, this college town location is only a short distance from California’s state capital and the San Francisco Bay area. For more information, visit www.ucdavis.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html.

Media Contact:
Tiffany Dozier
YoloCVB
www.discoveryolocounty.org
Tiffany@yolocvb.org
530-297-1900


Public Contact:
Kapi Hart
Hyatt Place
www.hyattplace.com
Kapi.hart@hyatt.com
530-756-9500
 

5/28/2014

Juniper & Ivy Restaurant in San Diego

In March 2014, ‘Top Chef’ winner Richard Blais opened Juniper & Ivy, a “left coast cookery” with cuisine focused on locally curated products. The venue offers unique spaces for groups or private functions, in addition to an open main dining room with a variety of seating configurations from booths to tables for two. The innovative menu is divided into several categories including snacks, raw, toast and pasta in addition to plates, both large and small. Additionally, a four-course tasting menu, comprised of four small bites and four small plates, is available with an optional wine pairing. For more information, including menu highlights, visit www.juniperandivy.com or www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/feb/26/top-chef-blais-juniper-ivy-restaurant.

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
 

5/23/2014

Santa Barbara Public Market is Open

Offering handcrafted, regionally sourced and sustainably made food and wine, the LEED certified Public Market is part of the Alma del Pueblo mixed-use development in the heart of Santa Barbara. Focusing on local farms and artisanal ingredients, the Market offers a commissary kitchen that features programs such as cooking classes and winemaker dinners. Crazy Good Bread Co., Empty Bowl Noodle Bar and Santa Monica Seafood are just some of the gourmet vendors who set up shop when the Market opened this spring. For more information, visit sbpublicmarket.com.

Media Contact:
Michelle Rodriguez
Visit Santa Barbara
michelle@santabarbaraca.com
805-966-9222


Public Contact:
Michelle Rodriguez
Visit Santa Barbara
michelle@santabarbaraca.com
805-966-9222
 

5/23/2014

Hotel Santa Barbara Renovation

Hotel Santa Barbara’s all new guest rooms feature classic custom furnishings and contemporary amenities with design details that pay homage to this historic boutique hotel’s rich history. The renovation created a stylish urban retreat within a bustling downtown. Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the Mediterranean lobby, take advantage of the free Wi-Fi throughout, and walk to nearby shops, restaurants and beaches. For more information, visit www.hotelsantabarbara.com.

Media Contact:
Michelle Rodriguez
Visit Santa Barbara
michelle@santabarbaraca.com
805-966-9222


Public Contact:
Michelle Rodriguez
Visit Santa Barbara
michelle@santabarbaraca.com
805-966-9222
 

5/23/2014

Truckee River Legacy Trail Expansion

The final expansion phase for the Truckee River Legacy Trail project was completed spring 2014. This trail connects Donner Memorial State Park to the Glenshire neighborhood, a majority of which parallels the beautiful Truckee River. The trail is a paved Class 1 system that allows residents and visitors to bike, walk or stroll along the town’s most exquisite natural features. With this expansion, the trail now stretches for 2.25 miles. Over 130 miles of trails and bikeways are in development throughout the town of Truckee, making it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Difficulty levels range from easy to intermediate, ensuring unique adventures for all skill sets. For more information, visit www.truckee.com.

Media Contact:
Brinn Talbot
Switchback PR + Marketing
www.switchbackpr.com
btalbot@switchbackpr.com
530-448-2774


Public Contact:
Lynn Saunders
Truckee-Donner Chamber of Commerce
www.truckee.com
lynn@truckee.com
530-587-8808
 

5/23/2014

Blue Tavern Restaurant

Chef Ricardo Zarate of Chef Zarate Restaurant Group recently opened Blue Tavern on State Street in Santa Barbara. Zarate, a 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chef and two-time James Beard Foundation semifinalist showcases his natural talent for blending cultures and exotic flavors. Blue Tavern, the group’s fourth restaurant, features quintessential Californian fare, such as pizza, pasta and grilled meats, envisioned through the culinary lens of a native Peruvian. For more information, visit bluetavernsb.com or www.santabarbaraca.com.

Media Contact:
Michelle Rodriguez
Visit Santa Barbara
michelle@santabarbaraca.com
805-966-9222


Public Contact:
Michelle Rodriguez
Visit Santa Barbara
michelle@santabarbaraca.com
805-966-9222
 

5/19/2014

Solvang Hotels Raising the Bar

Upgrades, renovations and changing hands are top news in this hopping hospitality gem on California’s Central Coast. The 4-diamond AAA rated trendy Hotel Corque added private cabanas, fire pits and a resort bar to woo elegant pool and spa guests; Santa Barbara hotel maven Karen Jacks purchased the Mirabelle Inn B&B; new owner-operators SIMA Group will give the 4-diamond Petersen Village Inn a glamorous Danish facelift in 2014; and famed South Miami Beach boutique hotelier Victor Azria (designer Max Azria’s brother) bought the Kronborg Inn. More than 18 wine tasting rooms, 35 eateries and five authentic Danish bakeries lure overnight visitors to this undeniably Northern European-flavored town. For more information, visit www.SolvangUSA.com.

Media Contact:
Laura Kath
Mariah Marketing
www.solvangusa.com
laura@mariahmarketing.com
805-344-1717


Public Contact:
Tracy Farhad
Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau
www.solvangusa.com
tracy@solvangusa.com
805-688-6144
 

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