• Castaway Burbank Vistas Stretch from the San Fernando Valley to Downtown LA

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

    Room With a View

  • Castaway Burbank Vistas Stretch from the San Fernando Valley to Downtown LA

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

    Room With a View

People who might be surprised to learn that Burbank offers stunning views have never been to Castaway. First opened in 1962, the iconic restaurant reopened this spring after a $10 million renovation. Perched high in the Verdugo Hills, just above the DeBell golf course, the restaurant now has multilevel seating on its sprawling patio, a wraparound bar, floor-to-ceiling windows in its banquet rooms and a gazebo courtyard. All will leave you gasping at the unexpected beauty of the San Fernando Valley. With a full-service events team and eight outdoor and indoor event spaces, Castaway can accommodate groups from 20 to 1,000. Wi-Fi and valet parking are complimentary, the A/V equipment is state-of-the-art and shuttle service is available. Executive chef Perry Pollaci oversees a wide-ranging seasonal menu with a steak-forward focus; there’s an in-house aging room with walls made of Himalayan salt blocks. 

Perhaps your attendees have hopped on those electric bikes and e-scooters that are scattered all over metropolitan areas throughout California. That’s old news, no question. Yet it’s a sure bet they’ve never been on a Vintage Electric Cruz Bike, because only 250 of them ever have been made. Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop in Carmel has a fleet of these smile generators, as well as a fleet of knowledgeable guides to lead scenic group tours. 

 

 

The wildly popular Magnolia Brewery in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood has a new addition: Magnolia Hall, a 6,500-square-foot private event space
connected to the always-bustling brewery and taproom. Just a 10-minute walk from Oracle Stadium, where the Giants play, it’s perfect for a pre- or post-game function and for more formal events, too.

 

Simply the best city hotel I have ever experienced, the Moxy San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter is fun and different in so many ways. You check in at the bar and the super friendly staff hands you a cocktail. What could be more welcoming than that?