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It takes a lot to entertain sophisticated travelers these days, but leave it to San Francisco to translate some intriguing tidbits of history into an out-of-the-box, underground attraction that meeting planners may want to include in their off-site activity suggestions. Escape Alcatraz is a drop ride and show simulating an escape from the infamous prison, including a (safe) jump off “The Rock.”

Presented by Merlin Entertainment at the new San Francisco Dungeon on Jefferson Street in the Fisherman’s Wharf district, it’s housed in a 25,000-square-foot, below-sealevel space. Visitors check in as “prisoners” and get a 60-minute, interactive, highly theatrical show in which actors posing as gamblers, thieves, harlots and hoodlums lead them through elaborate, 360-degree sets while relating tales of the prison and the Barbary Coast. Guests then strap into nine-passenger gondolas for the simulated “escape,” a 33-second experience with a sudden, 11-foot drop. 

Escape Alcatraz previewed on Halloween weekend. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10 or more.  

Both Luxe Hotels in Los Angeles offer two completely different experiences. The Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel is the only hotel on Rodeo Drive, with easy access to dozens of designer stores, while the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel has some of the best pool facilities on LA’s Westside.

Now, the two are teaming up to bring Rodeo Drive to the pool. All guests at the Rodeo Drive hotel will have access to the pool at Luxe Sunset Boulevard with any booking.

 

A $16 million redesign has been announced at Stanford Court, a tech-centric hotel located atop the San Francisco landmark Nob Hill. With a slated completion of spring 2018, the renovation will touch everything from the hotel's lobby to their guest rooms, fitness center, meeting and event spaces and hotel amenities. The hotel will remain operational throughout the entirety of the project.

 

It’s not easy to get the press to brave the traffic of midday Hollywood and show up for the launch of a bottled tomato sauce. But when Rao's Homemade introduced their latest flavor—Tomato Herb—they had a full house of food writers and bloggers. And everyone left happy.