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3/9/2015

Visit California Launches Dream365TV this Spring

California is a place of inspiration; a land of dreamers and innovators who dare to try. On March 2, Visit California launched Dream365TV, an online network dedicated to California and the promise of dreaming big through inspirational video content. Primarily housed on VisitCalifornia.com, Dream365TV was conceptualized to reach today’s always on consumer in a compelling and inspirational way. The content for the network is fueled by idea that chasing dreams is a year-round pursuit in California, and that Californians see every day as an opportunity for the unexpected, the amazing, the innovative, the crazy, the cool. No dream is ever too big, and Dream365TV captures that spirit. Visitors to the network (or Visit California’s YouTube channel) can view original series such as California Dreamers, documentaries that profile people in California who are chasing their dreams and making them come true; and California, Always in Season, a Food & Wine original series that shines a spotlight on the bounty of California grown agriculture and the chefs who work their magic. In addition to created content, the network will also house curated thematic video clips that focus on experiences, from California’s amazing culinary experiences to the abundance of outdoor activities and more. Visit California’s Dream365TV invites viewers to find a dream, fuel a dream or just watch something awesome. For more information, visit www.visitcalifornia.com/dream365tv.

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


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3/9/2015

Amgen Tour of California Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Inclusion of Women's Events

This spring, the Amgen Tour of California, America’s largest and most prestigious cycling event, will celebrate its 10th anniversary by expanding to include four days of women’s events. The world’s top 20 female cyclists will showcase their cycling power to a global audience, demonstrating the passion and force women also have on a bike. The women's race will travel through South Lake Tahoe on May 8th and 9th, and conclude in Sacramento on May 10th, the same day of the overall start of the men's race, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. For eight days, the nation’s top male cyclists will race across nearly 700 miles of California’s breathtaking scenery and travel through 12 additional host cities, including Nevada City, Lodi, San Jose, Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Big Bear Lake, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, Downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena. Excited fans can cheer these competitors each leg of the way, with celebrations taking place in the host cities at each of the start and finish lines. An individual time trial will take place on May 15th in Big Bear for both men and women, giving cycling fans a chance to see them in action at the same time. For more information, visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

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


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Visit California
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3/9/2015

New Tour Company Offers Sacramento Delta Adventures

Delta HeartBeat Tours recently launched in Walnut Grove, featuring fascinating tours of the little-known Sacramento River Delta Region. The tour aims to entertain and educate guests by exploring old river towns which date back to the 1800s, built by miners who didn’t hit gold in the Sierra Foothills and moved to the Delta to farm the rich land. The tour touches on the Nine Legacy Towns of Freeport, Clarksburg, Hood, Courtland, Walnut Grove, Locke, Ryde, Isleton and Rio Vista which still stretch along the 35 mile length of the northern part of the Delta Region. Locke, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the most intriguing of these old communities, and it is the last town standing in the USA that was built by the Chinese and for the Chinese. Following the Legacy Towns, the tour moves forward in time, taking guests to the new Clarksburg Wine Appellation just 20 minutes from Sacramento. The region features 12 wineries and tasting rooms pouring more than 35 varietals, giving surprising diversity for wine lovers looking to go off the beaten path. For more information, visit www.deltaheartbeattours.com.

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Barbara Daly
Delta HeartBeat Tours
www.deltaheartbeattours.com
deltaheartbeattours@frontier.com
916-776-4010


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Barbara Daly
Delta HeartBeat Tours
www.deltaheartbeattours.com
deltaheartbeattours@frontier.com
916-776-4010
 

3/9/2015

New Hollywood Visitors App Debuts

Tourists can experience the Hollywood Entertainment District with the newly launched Hollywood Visitors Guide smartphone application, now available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play app store. The app, created by the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance (HPOA) and developed by Bar-Z, provides visitors with complete access to create the perfect vacation or outing in Hollywood. The HPOA has offered a printed map of the Hollywood area covering the past 15 years, and this launch brings that information to the digital age, giving visitors’ unlimited access in the palm of their hands. The app is designed for tourists coming from other states and countries and offers an insider’s view of the world’s entertainment capital. Visitors can easily find information on entertainment, food and beverage, lodging, tours, shopping and transportation as well as event listings and access to the HPOA’s Only in Hollywood blog which is continuously updated. For more information, visit hollywoodvisitorsguide.org.

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Devin Strecker
HPOA
onlyinhollywood.org
devin@hollywoodbid.org
323-603-9213


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Devin Strecker
HPOA
onlyinhollywood.org
info@hollywoodbid.org
323-603-9213
 

3/9/2015

Palm Springs Art Museum Opens New Architecture and Design Center

Palm Springs Art Museum just debuted its new Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion in downtown Palm Springs last November, giving architecture buffs yet another reason to visit the region. Guests can explore the world of architecture and design through fascinating exhibits and educational and community programs, such as lectures, walking tours and research/archive access. The 13,000 square-foot glass and steel building, perched above the street and boasting floor-to-ceiling windows, offers visitors a breathtaking space to enjoy the exhibits and the surrounding cityscape and San Jacinto Mountains. The main level features gallery space for architecture and design exhibitions, curatorial offices, and a store located in and around the bank vault, which retains its original door. The lower level features a study center as well as meeting and archive spaces. For more information, visit www.psmuseum.org.

Media Contact:
Chris Clemens
FG Creative, Inc
www.fgcreative.com
chris@fgcreative.com
760-773-1707


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Receptionist
Palm Springs Art Museum
www.psmuseum.org
mhinkle@psmuseum.org
760-423-5260
 

3/9/2015

New Tour Teaches Visitors to Joy-Ride on Public Transit

The Real Metro Tour recently debuted in San Francisco, showing visitors how to make the most of their visit with public transportation. In just 90 minutes, guides take guests on every form of public transit offered in the city. The tour begins with a ride on the world-famous California Cable Car to the top of Nob Hill, followed by a brief photo op outside Grace Cathedral. Guests can enjoy a fantastic rooftop view nearby before traveling downhill to Union Square on the second Cable Car ride of the tour. Guides point out popular icons along the way, sharing fascinating history and culture. At Market Street, the tour guide chooses among the city bus, F-Line streetcar and Muni Metro, and discusses how and where to use BART, taxis, Lyft and Uber. The tour also briefly stops at the Civic Center Plaza, SF Railway Museum and the Ferry Building and passes by the iconic City Hall. Tour costs $25 per person. For more information, visit therealsftour.com/the-real-metro-tour.

Media Contact:
Christopher Courtney
The Real SF Tour
therealsftour.com
info@therealsftour.com
415-254-8693


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Christopher Courtney
The Real SF Tour
therealsftour.com
info@therealsftour.com
415-254-8693
 

3/9/2015

King George Hotel Marks 100th Anniversary with $3 Million Revamp

Located just one block from Union Square in downtown San Francisco, the historic King George Hotel will celebrate its 100th anniversary by completing a $3 million renovation. By May 2015, this charming boutique hotel will boast fully renovated guest rooms and suites with an elegant, European- inspired vibe and upgraded finishes. Guests will enjoy period-inspired bathrooms with eco-friendly bath amenities and marble vanity tops, as well as modern touches such as flat- screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and iHome devices. Each room—from King down to two twin beds—features pillowtop mattresses that are triple-sheeted with high thread-count linens. The beds sit atop custom-made luggage storage “nooks” to save space in the rooms. The hotel will continue to feature popular watering hole Winston’s Lounge for people looking for a quick drink before or after dinner in Union Square. For more information, visit www.kinggeorge.com.

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Geoffrey Sarabia-Mason
Greystone Hotels
www.kinggeorge.com
gsmason@greystonehotels.com
415-249-7903


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Geoffrey Sarabia-Mason
Greystone Hotels
www.kinggeorge.com
gsmason@greystonehotels.com
415-249-7903
 

3/9/2015

The Huntington to Debut New Education and Visitor Center

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public near Los Angeles, just unveiled part of its new Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center earlier this year. Designed by Architectural Resources Group, the new center boasts 52,000 square feet of educational facilities and visitor amenities, and 42,000 square feet of underground space to house additional historical research materials. Visitors can enjoy the substantially expanded Huntington Store, the new specialty coffee shop, the new full-service admissions and membership area, and the new shady entry grove. In April, the rest of the visitor center will open, featuring a 400-seat auditorium, a large café with indoor/outdoor seating with garden views, meeting and event spaces, and an orientation gallery, all arranged amid six and a half acres of new gardens. The Huntington Library is considered one of the leading centers in the world for studies of the American West, and its art galleries include one of the most comprehensive collections of 18th- and 19th-century British and French art in the U.S. For more information, visit www.huntington.com.

Media Contact:
Lisa Blackburn
The Huntington
www.huntington.org
lblackburn@huntington.org
626-405-2140


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Public Information
The Huntington
www.huntington.org
publicinformation@huntington.org
626-405-2100
 

3/9/2015

New Luxury Open-Air Shopping Center to Debut in La Jolla

La Plaza La Jolla, a luxury open-air shopping center, will soon debut in the scenic coastal village of La Jolla, featuring a curated mix of boutique retailers, dining options and premier personal services. Slated for a late March 2015 opening, and developed by Davlyn Investments, the old Jack’s La Jolla building is undergoing a major reconstruction and renovation that will turn it into a three-story, 27,000-square-foot open-air shopping center. The décor will blend refined Spanish and Moroccan design elements with a Southern California ambience. The new center, reminiscent of a palatial villa or gracious estate, will feature extensive landscaping, a striking central plaza courtyard for gathering and an elaborate fountain at the Girard Street entry. Whisknladle Hospitality’s new Catania restaurant is the first vendor to sign up for the new center and more retailers and restaurants will soon be announced. For more information, visit www.davlyninvestments.com.

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


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

3/9/2015

Developers Break Ground on New $100 Million Hotel Downtown

Last fall, developers broke ground on the new Pendry San Diego, a 317-room hotel in the popular Gaslamp Quarter just three blocks north of the San Diego Convention Center. Boasting over $100 million in investments, the 12-story, upscale hotel is expected to open in the summer of 2016 and will include 36 suites of studio, one- and two-bedroom configurations and several restaurants and bars, including an underground ‘ultra- lounge’ nightclub. With a nod to San Diego’s reputation as America’s beer capital, the hotel will also feature a beer hall with local microbrews on tap. An outdoor pool, spa, grill and fitness area will be located on the third floor deck, and an 8,600-square-foot ballroom and various meeting rooms will cater to local and out-of-town group meeting planners. To make parking a breeze, the hotel will offer three floors of underground parking. For more information, visit www.pendryhotels.com.

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


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

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