One-way starting at $99
This week, Southwest announced a new nonstop route between Detroit and Las Vegas. To promote the route between Motor City and the City of Sin, Southwest is offering a sale on one-way fare for $99 starting from now through February 27, for travel between September 30 and November 2.
If booked before February 28
American Airlines is offering special rates (if you can be really flexible) on flights to and from Miami, between February 29 – June 9, if you book before February 28. International airfares begin at $93 dollars from certain locations. Pricing availability is limited, blackout dates apply, and reservations must be made 2 – 3 weeks before travel. Read More
As a cruise can provide an intoxicating getaway – so can a bottle of wine. Celebrity Cruises, provider of wine-focused voyages, is expanding its wine program on nine ships in its fleet. Introducing more than 100 new selections of wines by the bottle with 20 additional half-bottle selections and 13 new wines by the glass, Celebrity Cruises now boasts a total offering of over 300 different wines. Read More
The Hilton Palacio del Rio on the River Walk in San Antonio is offering 29% off any additional stay during 2012 to returning guests if you book a room on February 29 during their 2012 Leap Year Promotion. 200 South Alamo, San Antonio, TX, 78205. 210-270-0773.
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City is offering 33% off all food and beverage purchases from now through Labor Day to guests who arrive between Thursday through Saturday. A $150 gift card will be available for $100 at check-in and is valid at any hotel dining establishment including the Breeze Restaurant, Lobby Court & Patio and Xbar. 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067. 310-228-1234.
A new meaning to frequent flyer
Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 28 through May 23, 2012 JetBlue Airways will be offering Go Packs for the frequent intrastate California flyer. With pre-purchased packages of 10, 20 or 30 one-way trips between Long Beach Airport (LGB) and San Francisco (SFO), Oakland (OAK) or Sacramento (SMF) International Airports, these frequent flyers are still privy to access to every available seat on every flight with no blackout dates, and can book travel up to 90 minutes prior to departure for travel between March 1 and May 23, 2012. Read More
While most vacations involve a train or cab getting you where you need to be, Wine Country Trekking introduces the “San Francisco Bay and Islands Trek“ – an inn-to-inn walking vacation. An experience for travelers who want to explore the history and scenery of the San Francisco bay area on foot, without traffic, taxis, or any other forms of unfamiliar transportation. Read More
'Food and Wine Bootcamp'
A “trust fall” can help you learn to work more efficiently with your teammates, but just in case your insurance doesn’t cover those types of accidents, Harvest Inn, located in Napa Valley, is introducing its Food and Wine Bootcamp. This four-hour event presents a different spin on company meetings by offering an interactive cooking class designed to focus on team-building and creative thinking. Read More
Bodega Bay in the Russian River Valley
If you’re looking to avoid the hustle n’ bustle of the city on Valentine’s Day, Sonoma Coast Villa and Spa is offering a one-night stay in a Country Room ($695) or Deluxe Villa ($750) on February 14 as part of their Valentine’s Day package. Early check-in starts at 1 PM. Couples will receive a bottle of champagne, a dozen roses, chocolates, as well as a 75-minute massage and complimentary parking. If that’s not enough, a private 90-minute horseback ride for two along coast ($250) can be arranged as well.
The package also includes a three-course dinner, served in your private villa or the dining room, and a breakfast for two. Main course choices include grilled filet Mignon with rosemary or fresh Halibut with lemongrass served with portabella mushroom, organic vegetables, and saffron risotto, or organic rack of lamb with mint sauce.
Reservations can be made by calling 877-314-1711 or a visit to scvilla.com. 16702 Coast Highway One, Bodega, CA 94922.
Join the 1% club
Virgin Atlantic has announced details of its new 10,000 sq. ft. clubhouse at JFK, due to open in early March of this year. The clubhouse, designed by Slade Architecture, features an “Uptown” themed space and invites upper class passengers to relax and enjoy themselves before flying. The new space will have a mix of private members club, boutique hotel lobby, bar and restaurant service, and a private spa, complete with hair salon. The lounge will be located next to the Virgin Atlantic gates, giving passengers more time to enjoy the clubhouse. Read More
In East Vail, CO
Okay, ignore the photo of chef Paolo Busi‘s Tiramisu from Alpine Tavern for now. You’ll get to eat it after a day at the Vail Racquet Club Resort. For $899, a couple can get a one-bedroom condo for two nights including two massages and use of the resort’s health club facilities, which include a 25 meter swimming pool, 3,000 square foot fitness center, steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs, and yoga studio.
The “Romantic Interludes” package also includes a five-course dinner for two at the Alpine Tavern. The menu includes: homemade calamari; dinner salad of mixed greens or Caesar; a light preparation of pasta served in a creamy leek sauce; Trout Almondine (Colorado trout filet, white wine lemon sauce sautéed almonds) or Poulet de Fraises (breast of chicken, white Wine Sauce, strawberries, rosemary, touch of cream) or Veal Marsala (veal Scaloppine, Marsala wine, fresh herbs, wild mushrooms); and Chef’s homemade Tiramisu (pictured above). Call 970-476-4840 for reservations. 4695 Vail Racquet Club Dr., Vail, CO 81657.
The best things in life are free, but you can keep them for the birds and bees
The Langham in Pasadena, CA is offering the “Ultimate Romance Package” for $30,000. Here’s the perfect solution for those that messed up last Valentine’s Day or those that want to create a V-Day memory that they’ll never be able to live up to again.
The hotel package includes: limo transfer to and from hotel (it’s also available on call during your stay); accommodations inside the Tournament of Roses suite (with early arrival and late check out); 80 minute couple’s massage at the spa; bottle of Champagne, five dozen roses and chocolate covered strawberries; rose petal turn-down and breakfast in bed; private dinner featuring a five course meal with wine pairings from The Royce; and a custom-created diamond jewelry piece from Single Stone on Mission Street (valued at $20,000). Package is valid February 2012. For reservations call 626-568-3900. 1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106.
A deal to celebrate Australia Day
Qantas is letting everyone know about Australia Day with their Celebrate 2012 in Sydney from $2012 package. Book your trip by February 29, 2012 for travel between April 15 – June 8, 2012 and July 15 – September 21, 2012 for a six day, five night experience of Australia. The trip includes: roundtrip Qantas Economy flights from Los Angeles to Sydney, five nights in Sydney at a 3-star hotel (upgrades available from $100), Sydney City Sightseeing tour, Sydney Harbour lunch cruise, World Heritage Blue Mountains full-day sightseeing tour, entry to Wild Life Sydney and air taxes.
Visit Qantas.com for more details and check out their auction section at the bottom.
Making love was just for fun, those days are gone
The Hotel Wilshire is offering two Valentine’s Day packages. One for those with someone, and another for those without (it’s okay you’ll find someone). For $395 per night or $445 for a junior suite, the “Make Out on Miracle Mile Package” (available from February 10 – 19) features two specialty cocktails and a three course dinner at The Roof on Wilshire. Guests who book the package will get a voucher for a 50% discount on next year’s Valentine’s Day promotion, only if you bring the same date.
The second is the “Break-up and Move On Package” (available on February 14) including two complimentary specialty cocktails and an appetizer, a copy of the book “Its Not Me, Its You: The Ultimate Break-up Book”, and a brownie sundae or a pint of Haagen Daaz. Rooms are $285 per night and $335 the junior suite. They also have half off rooms if you book after 10 PM (based on availability). 6317 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048. 323-852-6000.
That's a good thing!
Skip over the the typical buffet style cruise ship dining and join chef Nobu Matsuhisa on-board Crystal Serenity of Crystal Cruises this May for the ultimate foodie cruise experience. Departing May 24th, chef Nobu Matsuhisa will be traveling with Crystal Cruise guests for a 12 day western European/Mediterranean voyage serving as the on board and in person Executive Chef in Silk Road and the Sushi Bar. Read More
Stay at the Inn, make wine at Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery
Unfortunately most of us can’t turn water into wine with one touch, which is okay, because the whole wine-making process can be enjoyable. Temecula Creek Inn in Temecula, CA is offering the “Ultimate Experience for Wine Lovers” package where guests will have the chance to participate in three different wine making processes at the Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery: pruning on February 3; harvesting on September 28; and finally blending on November 9.
Each package includes a one-night stay, bottle of Palumbo wine with engraved glasses, a two hour seasonal tour on Friday, complete with wine tastings and catered lunch overlooking the vineyards and limo transportation to and from the winery. A discount is offered when booking all three days at $409/event (two people) or $459/event (two people) for single days. 44501 Rainbow Canyon Rd., Temecula, CA 92592. 877-517-1823.
Five nights in an 'Ocean View' room
Spend five nights for $2,039 (double occupancy) in Maui at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel, a 432-room beachfront resort. The “Island Romance Package” includes: 5 nights accommodation in an Ocean View room; daily compact rental car with valet parking; daily breakfast buffet for two; 25 minute massage or facial for two; one dinner for two at the Tiki Terrace Restaurant or Sunday Champagne Brunch; choice of one optional activity for two (Hawaiian Luau, Evening Dinner Cruise, Kupanaha Magic Dinner Theater, or surfing lessons); ‘Ohana Welcome Breakfast and Farewell Lei Ceremony. Package valid from now until January 3, 2013. 2525 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761. 800-262-8450.
Roses are red, violets are blue ...
Starting now until January 31, tweet your love poem to Santa Monica’s environmentally-conscious hotel (@ShoreHotelSM) and you’ll be entered in the “Love Poems by the Shore” contest. The person with the “most unique and creative poem” will win a night stay during the month of February. Winner to be announced on twitter on February 1. Here is our poem (under 140 characters): love cures all, unless diabetes, then insulin. 1515 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401. 800-599-1515.
Photography provided by Ryan Gobuty, Gensler
Because money ain't a thang!
For $1465 per couple per night, or $2290 per couple for two nights, you and your loved ones (or someone you care enough for) can spend time at the Auberge du Soleil hotel in Rutherford, CA. The “Heart & Soul Package” includes: Garden View King Room; bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries on arrival; Valentine’s Dinner for Two, Champagne Greeting (Additional alcoholic beverages not included); romantic turndown (fireplace lit for your evening return, romantic music playing, votive candles); breakfast for two each day; Romantic Napa Valley Book, An Insider’s Guide for Couples. 180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford, CA 94573. 707-963-1211.