When the culinary team at the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City learned that LeBron James was a fan of Fruity Pebbles cereal, they knew they had the ingredients for a unique way to welcome the basketball great to Los Angeles and the LA Lakers. Bar Manager Scott Allen created a Fruity Pebble Martini, available at Copper Lounge, while pastry chef Gail Romulo whipped up Fruity Pebbles Layer Cake (available with 48-hour notice at the signature restaurant Mari).

The 363-room hotel offers guests many other amenities, including complimentary use of a Tesla Model X car service for jaunts to nearby spots, including the Westfield Century City shopping mall, and a 24-hour fitness center with steam room, outdoor pool and sundeck. With 16,650 square feet of meeting space, including the Grand Salon Ballroom, Glass Lounge and Outdoor Garden, and 13 breakout rooms, the InterContinental Los Angeles can accommodate groups of all sizes for meetings and special events.

California is officially out of its drought, thanks to a very rainy winter, and among the many wonderful benefits is a spectacular flower season. Nowhere is this more resplendently in view than at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. I recently spent a couple of gorgeous hours touring the 50 acres of the working farm that are devoted to the Tecolote Giant Ranunculus, also known as the Persian Buttercup or Ranunculus Asiatic.

 

Scott Hermes is bringing innovation and deep knowledge of the meetings industry to his new role.

 

This island oasis, just 22 miles from LA, is packed with amenities and adventures for unforgettable meetings.