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BY Janet Fullwood


New Venue: The Broad

Downtown Los Angeles has another stunning new landmark, The Broad, a museum as contemporary and daring as the art within its distinctive honeycomb- like exterior.

The Broad is a $140 million showcase for philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad’s 2,000-piece contemporary art collection. Visitors can reserve or wait in line for free admission to the permanent collection, which includes art world luminaries such as Jasper Johns, Cindy Sherman, Ed Ruscha, Jean- Michel Basquiat and Robert Rauschenberg.

Engage & Connect at Hotel Irvine, A New Lifestyle Hotel

Bold shades of orange and red greet guests at the completely renovated 536-room Hotel Irvine (a former Hyatt), located in a 405-freeway convenient office park in Irvine, a fast shuttle ride from the John Wayne Airport. From the Irvine Company, owners of the Island Hotel Newport Beach and The Resort at Pelican Hill, the remade property is designed to keep guests engaged.

3 Luxury Properties Provide High-End Options for C-Suite Retreats

When the board of directors or the top brass at a company gathers for an off-site retreat, you want to make sure you’ve chosen a place where every detail will be taken care of impeccably. Here are three properties where you can rest easy while your C-suite clients relax in luxury.

L’Auberge Del Mar

Venue Spotlight: Santa Catalina Island's Catherine's Terrace

Imagine a semitropical island escape barely an hour from Los Angeles. All it takes is a speedy 15-minute helicopter ride or a catamaran ferry ride to reach Avalon on Santa Catalina Island, where an ongoing $40 million revitalization plan by the Santa Catalina Island Company has upgraded vintage venues and added the Hamptons-esque, state-of-the-art Catherine’s Terrace event space at the scenic Descanso Beach Club.

Off the Beaten Path San Diego: Hilton Mission Valley Hotel and Stone Brewing, Liberty Station

A late spring rain is unusual in San Diego but on a recent visit—characterized by a deluge—the payoff was spectacular: clear blue skies dotted with clouds and a glistening downtown across Mission Bay. Most who visit for meetings and events cluster around the downtown San Diego Convention Center (home to Comic-Con International, July 9-12) and the Gas Lamp District’s many hotels. San Diego’s less touristy neighborhoods offer top-notch hospitality alternatives to the congested downtown area.

Room with a View: The Plaza Del Sol, Santa Barbara

There’s a lovely expansive feel to The Fess Parker Santa Barbara. The property, A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, sits on 24 beachfront acres. The 360 rooms are spacious, each with its own balcony or patio. Nowhere is the luxury of space more striking than in the 20,000-square-foot circular Plaza Del Sol, which is the largest outdoor event space in Santa Barbara. When combined with the Upper Rotunda terrace, there’s seating for 1,200.

New Venue Spotlight: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

There’s a new vibe on Lake Tahoe’s south shore—and lots of new meeting space to go with it. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opened on January 28 in the shell of the former Horizon Casino Resort, just across Highway 50 from Montbleau and next door to Harveys Lake Tahoe. A $60 million top-to-bottom revamp has changed the look of everything in the building, from the 539 guest rooms (including an Elvis suite) to the 14,300 square feet of meeting and convention space.

A Retreat Right Next Door: The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey

I recently spent two lovely days and a night at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, and it was the perfect staycation. My mini getaway provided the bracing feeling of renewal I was craving, and, with its waterfront location—on one of the world’s largest man-made recreational marinas--the property made me feel like I was a plane ride away from home, rather than just a few miles.


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