Santa Monica

Event Snapshots: 2nd Annual “Go All-in” Chrysalis Poker Night

There have been festivities galore in Los Angeles. At the 2nd Annual “Go All-in” Chrysalis Poker Night, held at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, nearly $100,000 was raised for the nonprofit that’s dedicated to helping the homeless and low-income men and women find steady employment. The theme of the evening was “The 1960s Golden Age of Travel.” 

San Francisco Proper Hotel Debuting in Flatiron Hotel Building

Opening in August 2017, the San Francisco Proper Hotel is transforming a flatiron hotel building into a luxury lifestyle hotel on the corner of 7th and Market. With San Francisco as its muse, the hotel helps resurge the area with its design as a culturally connected hangout in the up-and-coming rebuild of the neighborhood.

A New Outdoor Kitchen at Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar

It’s hard to resist a smile when you’re offered spiked lemonade in a plastic pouch presented by servers on a silver tray that also holds inflatable pink flamingos. And so there were grins all around last week when Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica kicked off their summer dinner series at The Kitchen, the new poolside dining and entertaining space located at The Miramar Pool Club.

Viceroy Santa Monica Welcomes New Hires

Viceroy Santa Monica has revealed the hiring of three new employees: Nijad Fares as hotel manager; Jakub Skyvara as director of restaurants and banquets; and Lance Robinson as hotel concierge.

In his new role, Fares will be responsible for managing all operational aspects at the boutique property, including sales, marketing, food and beverage and future growth efforts. Previously, Fares served as the director of food and beverage at Cliff Hotel San Francisco. He’s also worked for The St. Regis Monarch Beach; The Westin San Diego; The Westin Maui; and The Sheraton San Diego.

Meet Danny Roman, Bikes and Hikes LA

At the busy intersection of Santa Monica and San Vicente Boulevards in West Hollywood, tour buses wait to make a left turn at a notoriously long stoplight while passengers crane their necks in hopes of catching a glimpse of someone, anyone, famous.

Just down the block, at the Bikes and Hikes LA shop, owner Danny Roman can be found convincing visitors that there’s a better way to see Los Angeles. Roman and his staff organize independent, guided tours on bike, foot, sailboat and kayak.

Culinary Walkabouts Offer Mouthwatering & Team-building Delights

California's cities are so rich in culinary treasures, there aren’t enough meals in a day to give visitors a fair taste. Food tours offer a solution, allowing groups to experience a half-dozen or more gastronomic options, while learning about the destination’s history and landmarks. A plus: Food is a universal language. Tacos, pizza and chocolate are some of the most e ective means of bringing together people of di erent cultures, job types and ages. Here are six delicious adventures, from San Diego to Sacramento.

Room With a View: Mr. C Beverly Hills Updates its Rooftop Ballroom

The 137-room Mr. C Beverly Hills embodies Venetian style. Teak floors, nautical architectural details and white-jacketed waiters are among the hallmarks of the property from Venice, Italy’s famed Cipriani family of hoteliers. Recently, the hotel’s 12th-floor, 5,000-square-foot Starlight Ballroom (50-350 capacity) received a palette redo ensuring a view-rich, blank canvas for events. Flooring is now neutral, walls are a fresh brilliant white and designer sconces complete the décor upgrades.

Signature Drink - The Aguacatero

This year, mescal—the smoky, mysterious agave-based cousin to tequila—is hot, hot, hot, popping up on cognoscenti cocktail lists throughout California. At the hip new Santa Monica restaurant Tacoteca, mixologist Gilbert Marquez (who is also brand ambassador for Ilegal Mezcal, and heads up the bar program for SoCal’s annual Taste of Mexico event) creates the restaurant’s most talked-about mescal cocktail, the Aguacatero. It’s also the venue’s most Instagrammed and shared drink on social media.

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