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1/5/2015

Expansion at Indian Springs Resort and Spa

The new expansion at Indian Springs Resort and Spa includes 75 new rooms; a locally-inspired farm-to-table restaurant, bar and lounge; over 3500 square feet of indoor event space; and myriad outdoor event areas, including space for small weddings. The new restaurant, Sam's Social Club, will open in early 2015 with outdoor terraces, water features and fire pits. Celebrating the heritage and legacy of Calistoga and Sam Brannan, Executive Chef Kory Stewart presents rustic American Fare influenced by the Mediterranean while using only the finest local ingredients. For more information, visit www.indianspringscalistoga.com.

Media Contact:
Sandee Fenton
Fresh and Clean Media
www.freshcleanmedia.com
sandee@freshcleanmedia.com
310-313-7200


Public Contact:
Brian Rios
Indian Springs Resort and Spa
www.indianspringscalistoga.com
brian@indianspringscalistoga.com
707-709-2430
 

1/5/2015

Lost Coast Brewery Opens New Location

The Lost Coast Brewery, a quirky microbrewery in a century-old Pythian Castle in Eureka, is opening a new location in 2015. They’ll keep serving pub grub and craft beer at their Old Town landmark, but as of late spring or summer, the nation’s 33th largest brewery will cook up its tasty elixirs in a new $18 million facility a few miles south, overlooking Humboldt Bay on the outskirts of town. The change coincides with the 25th anniversary of the brewery, the oldest female-owned and operated in the nation. The new nine-acre campus is slated to open a visitors shop/tasting room and offer plant tours beginning summer 2015. Expect plenty of state-of-the art engineering, as the new brew house was built and shipped from Germany. In addition, guests will enjoy plenty of surprises, given LCB’s quirky traditions and unique décor. For more information, visit http://LostCoast.com.

Media Contact:
Richard Stenger
Humboldt County CVB
redwoods.info
lefthandedrichard@gmail.com
707-443-5097


Public Contact:
Richard Stenger
Humboldt County CVB
redwoods.info
lefthandedrichard@gmail.com
707-443-5097
 

1/5/2015

Renovations Complete at Best Western Plus Black Oak

The 53-year-young BEST WESTERN PLUS Black Oak in Paso Robles proudly opened three new additions in late summer 2014. The new fitness center offers guests the use of two treadmills, an elliptical machine and a stationary bicycle, in addition to a range of hand weights, a personal fitness station and a universal weight machine. Small meetings of 18 classroom-style or 28 seated for meals can now be accommodated in the beautiful new multi-purpose room complete with a prep and food holding area. Finally, a centrally-located elevator now makes the hotel's second floor accessible to all. For more information, visit www.bestwesternblackoak.com.

Media Contact:
Angela McKee
BEST WESTERN PLUS Black Oak
www.bestwesternblackoak.com
amckee@bwblackoak.com
805-238-4740


Public Contact:
Angela McKee
BEST WESTERN PLUS Black Oak
www.bestwesternblackoak.com
amckee@bwblackoak.com
805-238-4740
 

1/5/2015

Beach N Bay Getaways' New Condos

New 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath luxury condos located right on the harbor have recently opened in Morro Bay. Guests will enjoy amazing views of Morro Rock and a great vantage point for observing all the activity on the bay. Choose between contemporary décor in the Harbor Front Suites and European style décor in the La Roche Suites. There are six condos (two are ADA compliant, three are pet-friendly), each offering a full kitchen, fireplaces, garage parking, free Wi Fi and private balconies with a BBQ grill. There are also many restaurants, bars and shops to enjoy just steps away on the Embarcadero. For more information, visit www.BeachnBayGetaways.com.

Media Contact:
Maggie Juran
Beach n Bay Getaways
www.BeachnBayGetaways.com
Maggie@BeachnBayGetaways.com
800-613-5606


Public Contact:
Maggie Juran
Beach n Bay Getaways
www.BeachnBayGetaways.com
Maggie@BeachnBayGetaways.com
800-613-5606
 

1/5/2015

The Highlands Estate's New Wedding and Events Facility

The Highlands Estate, a romantic country property in Cloverdale, will open a wedding and events facility spring 2015. This new addition will include beautiful wedding sites set against a backdrop of vineyards and the Yorkville Highlands Valley as well as a fully heated and air conditioned barn perfect for receptions and events. Enjoy the picturesque grounds featuring six acres of vineyards, beautiful meadows, a serenity forest, a pond and a barn. Abundant wildlife including deer, wild turkeys and a wide variety of birds may be seen on the property. With easy access to Boonville and the Redwood Forest, this 21+ acre estate enables its visitors to enjoy a relaxing, convenient escape from the outside world. For more information, visit www.thehighlandsestate.com/weddings-and-events.

Media Contact:
Alison de Grassi
Visit Mendocino County
www.visitmendocino.com
alison@visitmendocino.com
707-508-6752


Public Contact:
Whitney Cookson
The Highlands Estate
thehighlandsestate.com
whitney@thehighlandsestate.com
707-894-9500 ext. 2
 

 

12/16/2014

Big Bear Welcomes New Lakefront Restaurant

The Pines Lakefront recently opened on Big Bear Lake, featuring the only waterfront dining in town. The eatery offers fine dining with an extensive seasonal menu featuring steak, seafood and pasta dishes, as well as wild game such as elk, wild boar, venison and rabbit. The restaurant boasts the only multipurpose smoker in Southern California, and will change the wood flavor according to the seasons. The Pines Lakefront also offers the largest wine list in Big Bear Lake, including 110 wines. For more information, visit www.thepineslakefront.com.

Media Contact:
Dan McKernan
Big Bear Visitors Bureau
www.bigbear.com
dmckernan@bigbear.com
909-866-6190 ext.235


Public Contact:
Reception
Pines Lakefront Restaurant
www.thepineslakefront.com
909-866-5400
 

12/12/2014

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort Offers the World’s Only Burton Star Wars™ Experience for Kids

With more than 400 inches of average annual snowfall, wind-protected slopes, incredible tree skiing, and 320 acres of backcountry terrain out the Huckleberry Gates, Sierra Resort is a bastion of the authentic California ski experience. Home to the world’s only Burton Star Wars™ Experience, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort has expanded with the Burton Star Wars™ Echo Base to offer a snowboarding program specifically designed for kids ages 7-12. The new Burton Star Wars™ Echo Base gives kids, ages 7-12, the opportunity to learn how to snowboard using terrain-based teaching, iconic Star Wars™ characters and Burton Learn to Ride technology and techniques. Young snowboarders will get the chance to “defeat the dark side” and become Jedi Knights by conquering their fears of sliding on snow. Kids will learn to snowboard in a one-of-a-kind environment unlike any other in the universe. For more information, visit www.sierraattahoe.com.

Media Contact:
Thea Hardy
Sierra at Tahoe
www.sierraattahoe.com
thardy@sierraattahoe.com
530-543-3138


Public Contact:
Thea Hardy
Sierra at Tahoe
www.sierraattahoe.com
thardy@sierraattahoe.com
530-543-3138
 

12/12/2014

New Ski Facilities, Activities and Amenities Debut in Truckee

Six Tesla charging bays are now available at the Gateway Shopping Center in Truckee. Those who prefer to travel by skis will enjoy the expanded offerings at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, which now operates the Royal Gorge Cross Country facilities, North America’s largest cross-country ski resort. The hamlet of Glenshire recently opened the Truckee River Legacy Trail, a beautiful east-west trail for jogging, walking and connecting with locals. Northstar California recently launched Family Après Snow Play, an arena of interactive snow sculptures and features, kid-centric coaching and music. The resort’s Zephyr Lodge also opened Mountain Table, featuring California-sourced cuisine and panoramic, floor-to-ceiling views of the Sierra Nevada’s Pacific Crest. Northstar also debuted a Progression Snow Park, a terrain park offering a smoother, more refined transition between beginner, intermediate and advanced ability levels. For more information, visit www.truckee.com.

Media Contact:
Anna Koenig
Switchback PR + Marketing
www.switchbackpr.com
anna@switchbackpr.com
530-550-2252


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

12/12/2014

Sierra-at-Tahoe’s New Solstice Plaza Now Open

After a $5 million investment, Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Solstice Plaza is now open. Solstice Plaza features an exciting new après scene, enhanced guest services, a new retail shop, demo center and restaurant, Solstice Eatery. Along with Solstice Eatery, Sierra is also introducing the new indoor/outdoor Corkscrew Bar with full liquor license and the Golden Bear Terrace featuring California-centric barbeque flavors based on California lifestyle and attitude, highlighting craft beers from California. Guests can enjoy these delectable new options while relaxing around fire pits on a large outdoor deck overlooking the action on the mountain and enjoying live music and events throughout the course of the season. For more information, visit www.sierraattahoe.com.

Media Contact:
Thea Hardy
Sierra at Tahoe
www.sierraattahoe.com
thea@sierraattahoe.com
530-543-3138


Public Contact:
Thea Hardy
Sierra at Tahoe
www.sierraattahoe.com
thea@sierraattahoe.com
530-543-3138
 

12/11/2014

2015 Marks 100 Years of the Napa Valley Wine Train's Rail Cars

In 2015, the Napa Valley Wine Train will celebrate the 100th anniversary of their original, 1915-iconic rail cars. Lovingly restored to their original glory with Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, etched glass partitions and plush armchairs, these rail cars are part of American history. Visitors are invited to celebrate this milestone and take advantage of this unique opportunity to see what it was like during the era of luxury train travel rather than just viewing them in a museum. For more information, visit http://winetrain.com.

Media Contact:
Kira Devitt
Napa Valley Wine Train
winetrain.com
kira@winetrain.com
707-251-5210


Public Contact:
Reservations
Napa Valley Wine Train
winetrain.com
reservations@winetrain.com
800-427-4124
 

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