The Napa Valley Experience: HALL Wines Reveals Slate Of Events For Novice To Wine Aficionado


Travel Spotlight: A jewel found in Napa Valley, California, each of HALL’s state-of-the-art winemaking facilities and tasting rooms combine modern art and architecture matched with spectacular settings. Owned by Craig and Kathryn Walt Hall, its vineyard collection features five Certified Organic estates producing classic Bordeaux varietals. The Napa Valley Experience: HALL Wines Reveals Slate Of Events For Novice To Wine AficionadoHALL Wines has announced the launch of new experiences at both its St. Helena and Rutherford locations that appeal to a diverse group of visitors to the Napa Valley. From the novice wine drinker to the aficionado, modern art lovers to foodies, […]

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Florida Bound: TCM Classic Cruise Returns To The High Seas November 2015


Travel Notes: Florida bound? TCM Classic Cruise Returns To The High Seas November 1-6, 2015 The Disney Magic Will take movie lovers away on a luxury cruise!  Now in its fifth year, the TCM Classic Cruise has hosted special guests including Ernest Borgnine, Tippi Hedren, Eva Marie Saint, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney and Richard Dreyfuss. A highlight reel of past TCM Classic Cruise’s can be viewed hereTurner Classic Movies (TCM) will set sail on the high seas for a fifth time with the 2015 TCM Classic Cruise returning on November 1-6 aboard the Disney Magic, the Disney Cruise Line ship […]

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Universal Orlando’s 2015 Mardi Gras Concert Schedule Kicks Off Feb. 7

Universal Orlando Resort officially opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Ð Diagon Alley today, July 8, at Universal Studios Florida.

Travel spotlight: Head to Orlando, Florida for Universal Orlando’s 2015 Mardi Gras Celebration Kicks Off This Weekend Four-Time Grammy Award-winner Olivia Newton-Johnkicks off a run of great bookings for the theme park that has the baddest badass rides of them all, our favorite being the Harry Potter Forbidden Journey Ride.But get those beads out, polished and ready to fling as Universal Orlando’s 2015 Mardi Gras celebration begins this Saturday, February 7, featuring a live performance by Australian singer-songwriter Olivia Newton-John.With more than 100 million albums sold, Newton-John has won 10 American Music Awards and four People’s Choice Awards throughout her […]

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Real McCoy: California Ski Oasis Mammoth More Than Meets The Eye


The story of California’s jewel of the Eastern Sierra mountain chain, Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding mountains, is one born of a vision by a pioneering Los Angeles hydrologist, Dave McCoy, who in the late 1930s was enough of an innovator to create a sporting destination and permanent home for many people who loved the outdoors, skiing and nature in an area with no viable road access.  McCoy, now at age 99, is still going strong with his wife, Roma, of 73 years.  Only recently he has stopped skiing, a sport that helped to put his small town on the […]

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Common Errors to Avoid On The Slopes from Sought-after Ski Instructor


Holiday Travel Alert: 4 Misconceptions That Won’t Help When You Hit the Slopes This SeasonAs the season gets underway and skiers of all levels journey to the snow capped mountains, chances are that a great many of them will do some things that won’t help their cause, says world-class ski instructor Chalky White. For many years, Chalky White has been a professional ski instructor who is highly regarded for being able to help develop the skill of balance for skiers of all levels, including experts. Through his business, Seven Secrets International Ski Services LLC, he has taught students in the […]

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ScotsFestival & International Highland Games, The Queen Mary Feb. 14-15


Travel Spotlight: ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXII Celebrates The Queen Mary’s Heritage Feb. 14-15 Experience Scottish History with Highland Athletics & Dancing, Whisky & Beer Tastings and Authentic Music and FoodFestival Kicks Off with Rock Yer Kilt Concert Feb. 13The Queen Mary announced the annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXII February 14-15 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Experience the rich culture and history of Scotland first hand through an array of authentic activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment and cuisine in ode to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy.If it’s not Scottish, it’s CRAPEighty-four years ago, in the quaint seaside town of […]

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Napa Holiday: HALL Winery Inks Celebrity Chef MikeC. For “A Taste of HALL”


Napa California Spotlight: HALL Wines, a premier portfolio of luxury wineries and tasting rooms located in Napa Valley, has announced plans to kick off a unique culinary offering at its St. Helena winery featuring celebrity chef MikeC. Chef MikeC. has owned cooking schools, was the chef/host of the final season of the long running PBS cooking show series “Organic Living with the Hippy Gourmet” and is the executive chef of the wine bar, La Botella Republic.  The program, A Taste of HALL, will include an interactive and seasonal monthly course designed to engage and inspire both local and visiting foodies […]

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Michael Gaffney’s Flower Design Holiday Wreath Making Classes In New York City, Details!


Have you ever wanted to learn how to properly construct a wreath?Seasonal and holiday wreaths can be exquisite of Costco overwrought nightmares, and having the know how to make a beautiful decorative centerpiece or hanging wreath is a life skill that will serve you well and save loads of money. The set of the Home and Family Show (Airing on the Hallmark Channel) is where we have enjoyed watching decorating tips on evergreen wreaths and table decor with Mr. Gaffney. Founder of 8 flower design schools across the United States, Michael showed hosts Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines how to […]

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Richard Gere Visits The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

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On Oct. 25, 2014, award-winning actor Richard Gere visited the all-new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort.During his hosted visit, Gere boarded the iconic Hogwarts Express and enjoyed a unique journey as he traveled between King’s Cross Station and Hogsmeade Station. Gere is best known for his roles in such blockbuster films as “Chicago,” “Pretty Woman” and “An Officer and a Gentleman.” The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley opened July 8, 2014, bringing even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life at Universal Orlando Resort.   Located at the Universal Studios […]

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Greg Nicotero with AMC’s The Walking Dead Visits Halloween Horror Nights 24

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Love AMC’s The Walking Dead?Thank the great efforts of makeup designer-turned Executive Producer Greg Nicotero of KNB EFX, ewho graced Orlando with a visit this past weekend. Greg Nicotero, Co-Executive Producer and Director of Special Effects Make-Up for AMC’s The Walking Dead, found himself surrounded by a horde of walkers at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 24. During his visit to the event on October 25, Nicotero experienced the real-life terror of his own undead creations inside AMC’s The Walking Dead: End of the Line haunted house.The Walking Dead: End of the Line – the biggest house in Halloween Horror […]

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Tasting Menu from Tam O’Shanter Paired with Charbay Whiskey and Bear Republic, October 16

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Culinary adventure awaits at the Tam O’Shanter in Los Angeles on October 16. On Thursday, October 16, the Tam O’Shanter will host a very special dining event featuring a four-course meal created by acclaimed Chef Mark Kalenderian with select whiskey pairings for each dish from the award-winning Charbay Artisan Distillery & Winery. A representative from Charbay will be on hand to talk about the distillery’s history and craft.Based in Napa Valley, California, Charbay is an independent family business owned and managed by Miles and Susan Karakasevic. They work side by side with their son Marko and his wife Jenni to […]

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Planning to Travel? VueVoyage It First For Valuable Intel


Traveling? Do your homework first for a pleasant time and less stress. A good travel site take a lot of the guesswork out of the equation and allow real people to share experiences so that you are as well informed as you can be prior to plunking down cold hard cash. A new cool website based on photo reviews that helps travelers explore interesting sites in their favorite or bucket list cities. Their website has already garnered national and international press via The Los Angeles Times and TNT Travel Magazine in the UK.Think Instagram meets Trip Advisor… Meet: VueVoyage!In a […]

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Descanso Gardens ‘Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns’ – Los Angeles Premiere Oct. 4


October event spotlight: Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns LA Premiere will see the likes of Ali Landry, Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), Derek Hough (Dancing with the Stars), Chiara and Bianca D’Ambrosio (Young & the Restless), Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family), Benjamin Stockham (About A Boy). Michael Harney (Orange Is the New Black) and many more, converging on one of the most beautiful places in Los Angeles on October 4th! Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns Los Angeles Premiere Event 2014 is at the Descanso Gardens – 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada, Flintridge, CA 91011 on Saturday, October 4th. The family friendly, […]

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Oldest Restaurant in Los Angeles, Tam O’Shanter, Gets New Sign


Los Angeles’ historic restaurant Tam O’ Shanter got a bit of a sign makeover this autumnal equinox. The famed Atwater Village landmark eatery, which melds Scottish cuisine and culture with American, has a new sign on the boulevard.Read: Los Angeles Spotlight: Festive Scottish Heritage at Tam O’Shanter, Glenmorangie Scotch Dinner, Sept. 25As the sun sets on September 23, the Tam O’Shanter, a member of the Lawry’s family of restaurants and one of Los Angeles’ oldest eating establishments, will illuminate a distinctive new neon sign for the first time. Featuring a dramatic red lightning bolt and fanciful off-kilter lettering, its design […]

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Review: Halloween Horror Nights 2014 at Universal Studios Orlando Is Scaretastic


Take a step into the world of Universal Studios Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 24 and terror will take its hold in the most unexpected ways! You know it’s not real, but the terror you feel, even for a moment, is palpable.Universal’s mission is to up the ante every year for their HHN haunted maze experience. This year’s edition – being only the second I’ve attended at Orlando – has raised this bar substantially.Though the HHN experience is incredible at both Universal Hollywood and its Orlando locations, the Horror Nights’ edge is most certainly awarded to Orlando because a theme park […]

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Universal Studios Hollywood HHN 2014 Inspired By Classic TV and Film, Preview

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  Halloween Horror Nights creative director John Murdy has the coolest job in Tinseltown.Murdy gets to collaborate with the creatives of the most iconic films and TV series in the horror genre and reimagine and interpret them for an immersive maze/house experience directing a crack crew of craftsmen, engineers, electricians, carpenters, scareactors and art department types who dress several exhibits for Universal park end users to relive key moments that were forever emblazoned in their minds from the big and small screen. And then when it’s over, do it again.Southern California’s Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights is the top attraction […]

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Los Angeles Spotlight: Festive Scottish Heritage at Tam O’Shanter, Glenmorangie Scotch Dinner, Sept. 25


Travel Spotlight: Los Angeles celebrates fall 2014 with the festive Scottish Heritage celebration at the historic restaurant Tam O’Shanter with Glenmorangie Scotch at a special Dinner, September 25. Tam O’Shanter, a member of the Lawry’s family of restaurants and one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles, is hosting a fall Scotch dinner event featuring unique pairings and amazing single malt scotches from the master of malt, Glenmorangie Distillery.Delighting diners for over 90 years, the Tam O’Shanter is Los Angeles’ oldest restaurant operated by the same family in the same location. Guests enjoy good cheer, warm hospitality and exceptional food […]

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Bourbon, Chefs, Craft Beer, Food and Rock Converge in Louisville for Louder than Life, Details


Travel Destination: Louisville Kentucky for the Louder Than Life Festival. There are destination music festivals all over America – but few that can claim a destination quite like Louisville. It might just be the “Best Town Ever” — Outside Magazine’s September 2014 cover story rates Louisville as one of “The 16 Greatest Places To Live In America.”The weekend rock music and camping festival features over 30 of the biggest bands in hard rock and metal, and it is set for October 4 and October 5, 2014 at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky.The inaugural food, drink, and rock fest will celebrate […]

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Michael Myers At Halloween Horror Nights 24, Universal Orlando Resort


Theme Park Spotlight for Fall 2014:  Orlando, Florida sees Universal Orlando Resort bring horror icon Michael Myers to Halloween Horror Nights 24 !Monsters and Critics will be there live reporting from the Scarezones, make sure to follow our theme park reporter @Kieran_JohnM and @monstersandcrit for updates and features, interviews and reviews of HHN14! Michael Myers is Coming Home…To Halloween Horror Nights At Universal Orlando Resort! For the first time ever, John Carpenter’s horror classic comes to life as a haunted house at Universal OrlandoOn September 19, Universal Orlando brings to life John Carpenter’s classic horror film “Halloween.”The classic 1978 slasher […]

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¡Viva México! Festival Los Angeles September 13 and 14


Travel spotlight: Promoting a mosaic of Mexico’s rich culture by developing an international appreciation, ¡Viva México! Festival has arrived to Los Angeles September 13 and 14 La Plaza de Cultura y Artes and Grand Performances.The¡Viva México! Festival, has established itself as one of the international festivals that showcases the richness and cultural diversity of Mexico, by promoting Mexican culture to the world in a manner that has had great cultural impact, touristic, educational and that has generated new spaces for Mexican artists. Featuring Fernando de la Mora, Mariachi Sol de México, Descartes a Kant, Ceci Bastida, Omar Torrez, Dream Quartet […]

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Slash Composes Original Score for Clowns 3D Maze at Halloween Horror Nights


Grammy Award-winning musician, Slash, hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time by Time magazine, is joining forces with Universal Studios Hollywood to compose an original score for the theme park’s hypnotizing new 3D maze, “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH” at “Halloween Horror Nights,” beginning Friday, September 19, 2014.While partnering with top recording artists has become a signature of “Halloween Horror Nights,” this collaboration with prolific guitarist, Slash, marks the first time a musician has created an original maze score for the popular event. This inspired effort comes at a demanding time for SLASH, whose […]

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Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights Stay Game Plan


It’s time, make the reservations now so you aren’t scrambling last minute for the best vacation packages for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 24! The Nation’s Premier Halloween Event – 8 Terrifying Haunted Houses – Multiple Spine-Chilling Street Experiences – Outrageous Live ShowsSpecial Offer Vacation Packages And Tickets for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 24 On-Sale NowWill you survive the nation’s best Halloween event?In less than two months’ time, the country’s best Halloween event –Halloween Horror Nights – will return to Universal Orlando Resort on September 19, with more nights than ever before and terrifying experiences based on some of […]

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Las Vegas Star Stalking: Where The Cool People Hang Out

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You save up and plan your vacation, and you want to know: Where DOES Brad Garrett go when he wants to get his nosh on?Understandable. Or where does David Copperfield go to order some Fois Gras and chillax, and not conjugate anything for a few?We get it. You want to see the Vegas stars in relaxed mode, not with the bright lights in their faces, but where they want to enjoy the city that last century’s notorious mobster Bugsy Siegel helped to build with mob money and a dream of a Hollywood experience in the desert.Where do Las Vegas celebrities […]

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Chez Bon Bon Back In Business At Fontainebleau Miami Beach


Everything old is new again in Miami, as Magic City rolls out the delectable food porn of yesteryear as Chez Bon Bon’s sweet seductive re-launch at Fontainebleau Miami Beach is officially here! The reinvention of the hotel’s original coffee and patisserie shop pays homage to the golden era that the iconic hotel is known for in a truly delicious way.Paying homage to its rich history, Fontainebleau Miami opened the doors to Chez Bon Bon on 6, 2014 in the former Solo space, offering a complete sensory experience, including live-action stations where guests can watch, smell and taste confectionary magic, purchase […]

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‘An American Werewolf in London’ HHN Universal Studios Hollywood, Details!


Fall is coming, and that means Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, here in Hollywood and for the East coast people, Universal Studios Orlando too! “An American Werewolf in London” Takes A Bite Out Of “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood In An All-New Sinister Maze Inspired By Universal Pictures’ Academy Award Winning FilmUniversal Pictures’ Academy Award-winning and genre-defining film, An American Werewolf in London, written and directed by John Landis, will be unleashed upon guests at Universal Studios Hollywood in an all-new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, beginning Friday, September 19, 2014.The experience will recreate legendary scenes from the […]

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