Shira Steiger discovered the smileinducing fun of Segways—those self-balancing, electric-powered transportation machines—a decade ago when she tried one for a tour in San Francisco and got hooked. Now, with a fleet of 16 Segways, she’s introducing corporate groups and leisure travelers to the “human transporters” through her company, Segway Tours of Healdsburg. Two tour options are available: one that visits a pair of boutique Russian River wineries (Viszlay Vineyards and Foppiano Winery) and another on which participants glide from the wine country town of Guerneville to nearby Armstrong Redwoods State Park for a foray and picnic among towering trees.

“People love Segways. They come to our area and seek them out,” Steiger says, noting that the tours are especially popular as an off-site activity for corporate groups. 

Savvy planners and DMCs see to it that some of those groups arrive at the Segway staging point in high style, via Healdsburg Tours’ lavish fleet. Company owner Jonathan Garner wanted his custom wine tour company to be “something besides a regular limo service” so he converted two Mercedes Sprinter vans into eight-passenger luxury salons replete with leather captain’s chairs, hardwood floors, a flat-screen TV, Bluetooth connectivity and USB ports. Even showier is the company’s Tesla Model X SUV with falcon-wing doors. It’s designed for one couple but can accommodate three adults comfortably, while two more of small stature can squeeze into the third row. “It gets a lot of looks,” says Garner, who loves to show off features like the vehicle’s self-parking capability. 

PartyWith is a new kind of group experience that’s described as a “walkable photo shoot” and “Instagram feed IRL.” Visitors to the pop-up at the Westfield Santa Anita Mall in Arcadia can interact with 15 different installations or “dream spaces” featuring illuminated disco balls, an infinity rainbow, giant peaches and eggplants, neon, chrome and more.

 

The Tahoe conference center has something for everyone. 

 

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).