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Margerum Harvest Lunch and Grape Stomp

Posted on  October 10, 2017
You’ve probably seen the “I Love Lucy” episode where Lucy rolls up her pants and stomps grapes! Well if you’re a wine enthusiast who has always wanted the opportunity to follow in Lucy’s footsteps and help in making their...
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Midnight Haunted Ghostship Sailing to Chicago

Posted on  September 25, 2017
The air is beginning to chill, the leaves are beginning to fall and football is back. This can only mean one thing- that Halloween is right around the corner! Are you and your friends tired of going to the same crummy bars every year? Then on October 28 check out the third annual
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Chicago Navy Pier’s 3rd Annual Halloween Haunted Ball

Posted on  September 18, 2017
As the night air chills and leaves turn color, the time has come to start searching for the perfect Halloween costume, purchase your tickets and dance the night away in spooky style at “Nightmare” Navy Pier’s third annual

Oktoberfest Chicago

Oktoberfest Chicago

Posted on  September 4, 2017
Autumn is upon us and with it comes the one holiday when Americans near and far proudly celebrate their 1/16 of German ancestry- Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest Chicago is returning to St....
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Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet

Posted on  August 28, 2017
Do you eat to live or live to eat? The answer to this question will determine just how excited you are for Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet. If you identify with the latter half of the question, then this foodie’s paradise is right up your...
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Chicago Whiskey Festival

Posted on  August 21, 2017
Are you a whiskey, bourbon or scotch aficionado? Then the Chicago Whiskey Fest is the place for you! On Saturday, September 16 from 1pm-4pm, the

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Jazzin’ at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium

Posted on  August 17, 2017
This evening of drinks, views and music takes the term ‘party animal’ to the next level. Enjoy the balmy night air in the company of good friends and 32,000 aquatic animals at the
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Boisterous Boystown: Northalsted Market Days

Posted on  July 25, 2017
Boystown will come alive for the 2017 Northalsted Market Days. Now in it’s 36th year, this massive outdoor street festival is the largest in the Midwest and promises to be bigger and better than ever!...
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2017 Edgewater Edgefest in Chicago

Posted on  July 12, 2017
Celebrate all things North Side at this weekend full of live music, vendors, and food! On Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6 the historic Edgewater neighborhood will be transformed into Edge Fest. Now in its fifth year, Edge...

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El Mercado Del Norte in Santa Barbara

Posted on  July 7, 2017
The hallmarks of summer are conveniently combined into this one Santa Barbara event. El Mercado Del Norte mixes rides, food, music, and the traditional street festival vibes into one at Mackenzie Park. From carnival rides to adult...
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Taste of Lincoln Ave

Posted on  June 22, 2017

If you’re looking for the ultimate food and music experience all in one weekend, the Taste of Lincoln Avenue is for you. This festival has been going strong since 1984 and will be in full-swing again on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30.  

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Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk

Posted on  June 14, 2017
Green-thumbed garden enthusiasts and music lovers unite at this unique event in Chicago's Sheffield neighborhood. The 49th annual Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk allows visitors to explore over one hundred of the...

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Taste of Chicago

Posted on  June 2, 2017
Nearly 70 restaurants and food trucks will converge on Grant Park for the world’s largest food festival. Since 1980, food, music & cultural activities have made this one of the most looked-forward to events of the summer! This 5-day...
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Chicago Pride

Posted on  May 22, 2017
What does the month of June, 750,000 people and the colors of the rainbow have in common? PRIDE! This June 17-18 and June 25, head to Chicago and celebrate Pride Month by attending one of the largest LGBT gatherings of the year,
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Santa Barbara Zoo Sunset Sips

Posted on  May 15, 2017
Sit back, unwind and enjoy a refreshing glass of wine on June 15 at the Santa Barbara Zoo’s Sunset Sips. With a relaxing train ride to the Zoo’s...

Ribfest Chicago

Ribfest Chicago

Posted on  May 8, 2017
Have you ever seen a really amazing event or location on TV and wished that you could go there? Well, now you can! This June 9, visit Chicago for the annual Ribfest. Ranked by USA Today as one of the 10 best fests and featured...
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Lincoln Park Wine Fest

Posted on  April 17, 2017
Inhale the sweet scent of aged grapes and be transported to far away vineyards at this year’s Lincoln Park Wine Fest in
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8th Annual Beer Under Glass

Posted on  April 10, 2017
As the breeze in the Windy City starts to warm up, locals and visitors alike know what’s approaching- Craft Beer season. Travel to the Garfield Park Conservatory on May 18 to celebrate the beginning of Craft Beer Week with the...

Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show

Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show

Posted on  April 5, 2017
Creamy sweet and velvety smooth, chocolate of every color and variation is coming to the
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Baconfest Chicago

Posted on  March 6, 2017
Whether crispy or juicy, lean or greasy, crumbled or whole, everyone loves bacon no matter its shape or size. For generations bacon has been a salty staple in countless dishes, and this year is no exception. On Friday, March 31 through Saturday, April 1 head to the
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Food Truck Bazaar at the California Heritage Museum

Posted on  February 15, 2017
Do you love trying new food, but hate sitting in stuffy, overcrowded restaurants while attempting to enjoy your meal? Then you may want to explore the world of food trucks- and don’t worry about trying to track one down in Santa...

Chinese New Year in Chicago

Chinese New Year Celebration in Chicago

Posted on  February 2, 2017
Chicago is known for its many festivals and celebrations but one of its largest citywide events is the Chinese New Year celebration. With a massive parade full of colorful displays and eclectic performances,
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Chicago Beer Festival Returning to Field Museum

Posted on  January 23, 2017
When you hear the word Chicago, several associated ideas are probably conjured within your mind like Chicago Cubs, deep dish pizza or theater. Yet, while the Windy City is famous for many things, it is also undoubtedly known for its large and successful craft beer festivals. Whether you are a...
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Explore The Chicago Auto Show

Posted on  January 16, 2017
If you love cars, then you have to get to Chicago this February for the Chicago Auto Show. Taking place February 11th through the 20th this event is the perfect way to spend your day in the Windy City. Just a...

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The 6th Annual Winter Wine Classic

Posted on  December 21, 2016
Do you love wine? Californians sure do, and in Santa Barbara they celebrate it as they should! Make the trip to The Pacific coast this January for the 6th...
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Santa Monica Restaurant Week

Posted on  December 7, 2016
Across the country one thing is for certain; we all love good food. From steaks and seafood to pasta and chicken, a well-cooked meal is something everyone can support. For those of you who’d like to celebrate food the way it deserves to be,
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New Year’s Eve in Chicago

Posted on  November 23, 2016
New Year’s is time of rejuvenation. As the clock strikes midnight, a whole new year begins as another ends. The holiday brings a sense of accomplishment for the past year and optimism for the future. It is a time for celebration, and cities across the...

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Santa Monica Rep Presents “A Christmas Carol”

Posted on  November 18, 2016
Santa Monica Rep is proud to present A Christmas Carol at the Miles Memorial Playhouse. Spend a weekend by the beach highlighted by the Charles Dickens...
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Santa Barbara Parade of Lights at The Harbor

Posted on  November 16, 2016
The Santa Barbara Parade of Lights is an event like no other, and a must-see this holiday season. Watch as Santa Barbara Harbor is electrified with lights, lasers and fireworks! Located just 2 miles up the coast, Broughton Hotels’...
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ZooLights at Lincoln Park

Posted on  November 7, 2016
Truly a sight to see, ZooLights at Lincoln Park is sure to place you and yours in the Christmas state of mind. Travelers come from around the country to view this...

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Christkindlmarket Chicago

Posted on  October 28, 2016
Christmas and shopping go hand-in-hand like Frosty and snow. Don’t settle for a boring shopping mall experience. Christkindlmarket in Chicago’s
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Hospitality Night in Cambria

Posted on  October 24, 2016
‘Tis the season for Cambria’s annual Hospitality Night. For this town open house, the streets fill with holiday joy for you and your family. Located just six miles from Cambria city...
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Ice Skate in SoCal

Posted on  October 17, 2016
Stroll the Santa Monica beach. Stroll the outdoor mall. Enjoy patio dining. Then grab ice skates and enjoy beachside skating, thanks to ICE in Downtown Santa Monica. Located a half-mile from ICE,

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The 3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Fest

Posted on  October 10, 2016
Chicago, are you ready? The biggest, coolest, greatest, tastiest, cheesiest event of the year is making its return to the windy city! The Mac & Cheese Fest will be back for its third...
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Wine Riot Chicago 2016

Posted on  September 14, 2016
Learn about and taste over 250 wines from around the world at Wine Riot Chicago 2016! Located just 6-miles form the event, The Willows Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of October 14th-15th.  

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2nd Annual OFF THE HOOK Seafood Festival on the Santa Monica Pier

Posted on  September 1, 2016
Celebrate National Seafood Month at the 2nd Annual OFF THE HOOK Seafood Festival on the iconic Santa Monica Pier! Located less than 1-mile from the pier, Broughton’s boutique Georgian Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of October 1st.  

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2016 Chicago Gourmet in Millennium Park

Posted on  August 17, 2016
There is so much to do and so much to taste at Chicago Gourmet 2016! Located less than 6-miles from Millennium Park, Broughton’s boutique Majestic Hotel is the perfect place to stay the weekend of September...
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Santa Barbara Glow in the Park

Posted on  August 10, 2016
Watch in awe as hot air balloons illuminate the night sky at Santa Barbara Glow in the Park on Saturday, September 10th in Elings Park! Located just 5-miles from the event, the Inn at East Beach is the perfect place to stay for your California weekend...
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Los Angeles’ Times The Taste 2016

Posted on  August 8, 2016
Labor Day weekend just got tastier! Experience California’s most talked-about restaurants and the chefs behind them at Los Angeles Times’ The Taste 2016. Book your stay at Broughton’s boutique Georgian Hotel now for September...

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68th Annual Cambria Lions Pinedorado Labor Day Weekend

Posted on  August 3, 2016
“Celebrate the Past, Serve the Future” at the 68th Annual Cambria Lions Pinedorado Labor Day Weekend! Conveniently located just 4-miles up California’s breathtaking Highway 1 from the Pinedorado Grounds, the...
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14th Annual Wrigleyville Summerfest

Posted on  July 12, 2016
Indulge in Chicago’s favorite bands, food and fun at the 14th annual Wrigleyville Summerfest! Located less than 2-miles from the festival, Broughton’s boutique Majestic Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the...
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The 40th Annual Festival of Chariots in Los Angeles

Posted on  July 11, 2016
Immerse yourself in Indian culture and celebrate Lord Jagannatha, the Lord of the Universe at the 40th annual Festival of Chariots in Venice Beach! Located less than 3-miles from the festival, Broughton’s boutique Georgian...

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Lollapalooza at Grant Park

Posted on  June 30, 2016
Throw on your sunglasses and fringe and come to Chicago to experience Lollapalooza! Conveniently located just 5-miles from the music festival, the Willows Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of July...
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28th Annual Santa Barbara French Festival

Posted on  June 17, 2016
Celebrate Bastille Day and all things French at the 28th Annual Santa Barbara French Festival in Oak Park! Located less than 5-mile from the festival, Broughton’s boutique Inn at East Beach is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of July...
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Fourth of July at the Navy Pier

Posted on  June 16, 2016
Celebrate Independence Day at the historic Navy Pier! Located less than 5-miles from the festivities, Broughton’s boutique Majestic Hotel is the perfect place to stay this Fourth of July weekend.  

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Spend the Fourth of July in Santa Monica

Posted on  June 15, 2016
What better place to celebrate your freedom than in the beautiful city of Santa Monica? Spend your holiday at the Georgian Hotel, conveniently located less than half a mile from the Santa Monica Pier and less than 6...
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Chicago Ale Fest: A Chicago Craft Beer Festival

Posted on  May 17, 2016
Celebrate American craft beer in the heart of Chicago and join us at the historic Grant Park for the Chicago Ale Fest! Located just less than 5-miles from the event, Broughton’s boutique
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Ribfest Chicago

Posted on  May 10, 2016
Voted Reader’s Choice #1 Best Food Fest by Chicago Reader 3-years in a row, Ribfest Chicago is back for a weekend of ribs and more! Located less than 3-miles from the festival, Broughton’s boutique Majestic Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of June...

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Zoo Brew at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Posted on  May 2, 2016
Join the herd and enjoy tastings from 30+ of your favorite breweries at the annual Zoo Brew hosted by the Santa Barbara Zoo! Only a 4-minute walk from the event, Broughton’s boutique Inn at East Beach is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of June 4th.  

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Mother’s Day Poppy Picnic at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Posted on  April 18, 2016
This Mother’s Day, treat your mother to a unique Poppy Picnic in a wildflower meadow at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden! Located less just 5-miles from the garden, Broughton’s boutique
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The Chardonnay Run: National 5K Wine Racing Series Comes to the Santa Monica Pier

Posted on  April 8, 2016
The Chardonnay Run is returning to Los Angeles! Race then taste at this national 5k wine racing series on Saturday, May 7th at the Santa Monica Pier. Only an 8-minute walk from the Pier, Broughton’s...

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Mother’s Day Weekend Cruises in Chicago

Posted on  April 4, 2016
Spend Mother’s Day on Lake Michigan enjoying the magnificent views of downtown Chicago aboard a Spirit Cruise ship! Book your stay at The Willows Hotel now for the weekend of May 8th and...
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Baconfest Chicago

Posted on  March 23, 2016
Express your love for America’s favorite cured meat with Chicago’s best chefs and brilliant bacon dishes at Baconfest Chicago! Located less than 8 miles from the event, Broughton’s boutique Willows Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend...
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Cambria’s Annual Chili Cook-Off, Car & Motorcyle Show

Posted on  March 14, 2016
Come to Cambria the weekend of April 16th for hot chili, cool cars, and lots of beer at the Annual Cambria Chili Cook-Off, Car & Motorcycle Show! Located less than 5-miles from the event, Broughton’s boutique hotel The Morgan is the perfect place to stay for a weekend of...

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¡Latin Food Fest!

Posted on  February 18, 2016
Celebrate America’s largest and most attended annual Latin food, wine, and spirits celebration in Los Angeles at the ¡Latin Food Fest! Located less than 4 miles from the festival, Broughton’s Hotel Normandie is the perfect place...
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Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2016

Posted on  February 13, 2016
This St. Patrick’s Day, drink green beer, eat corned beef, and watch the Chicago River turn green on Saturday, March 12th at the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Book your stay now at Broughton’s boutique City Suites Hotel and...
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4th Annual Cider Summit Chicago

Posted on  January 24, 2016
The region’s largest cider tasting returns to the historic Navy Pier on Saturday, February 27th for the 4th Annual Cider Summit Chicago. Located just 4 miles from the...

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5th Annual Winter Wine Classic

Posted on  January 20, 2016
Spend a weekend in the capital of Southern California’s wine country for one of the largest gatherings of California’s ultra-elite winemaking masters at the 5th Annual Winter Wine Classic. Located less than 1 mile from the event, Broughton’s
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2016 Bock Fest Winter Beer Festival

Posted on  January 7, 2016
Send winter off with a bang and a brew at the 2016 Bock Fest Winter Beer festival in Los Angeles! Located less than 5 miles from Bock Fest, Broughton’s boutique Georgian Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of February 6th.  

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Mardi Gras Crawl at the Navy Pier

Posted on  January 6, 2016
The World’s Largest Indoor Bar Crawl presents Mardi Gras Crawl: Wander the historic Navy Pier with a drink in hand while never stepping foot outside! Located less than 5 miles from the Pier, City Suites Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of February...

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2nd Annual Blendfest on the Coast in San Simeon

Posted on  January 2, 2016
Come to San Simeon for a weekend of unique wine blends and breath taking views at the 2nd Annual Blendfest on the Coast! Book your stay at Broughton’s boutique hotel The Morgan now for the weekend of February 19th-21st.  

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7th Annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl

Posted on  December 1, 2015
Escape the cold and indulge yourself in food and drink specials under the palm trees at the 7th Annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl! Be right in the middle of the action and book your stay at the Georgian Hotel for the weekend of...
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Taste of Santa Barbara Tour

Posted on  November 9, 2015
Walk the streets of Santa Barbara and eat your way through the city one bite at a time on the Taste of Santa Barbara Tour! The starting point for the tour is an 8-minute walk (0.4mi) from the Spanish Garden...

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Santa Monica Rotary Club’s 8th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival

Posted on  October 14, 2015
Enjoy an afternoon of exquisite food and wine with live jazz music at the 8th Annual Wine and Jazz Festival hosted by the Rotary Club of Santa Monica. Located less than 5 miles from the Broughton’s Georgian Hotel, book your stay for...
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2015 West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

Posted on  September 21, 2015
Put on your best costume and join 500,000 others to celebrate at the world’s largest Halloween street party at the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval on Santa Monica Boulevard. Located less than 2 miles from the Moment Hotel, book your stay for October 31st and get ready to celebrate...
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Off the Hook: Santa Monica Seafood Festival

Posted on  September 14, 2015
Experience the iconic Santa Monica Pier and the city’s best seafood restaurants at the first ever Off the Hook: Santa Monica Seafood Festival. Located less than 1 mile from the Georgian Hotel, book your stay now and take a bite; it is sure to be off the hook!  

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15th Annual St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest in Chicago

Posted on  August 31, 2015
Eat bratwursts, drink beer, listen to music and celebrate the German heritage at the fifteenth annual Oktoberfest hosted by St. Alphonsus Church in Chicago, IL. Located less than 2 miles from Broughton’s boutique hotels, book your stay at The Majestic...
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34th Annual Taste of the Town Santa Barbara

Posted on  August 17, 2015
  Taste of the Town Santa Barbara is the perfect way to experience the best food and drink the city has to offer. Taste of the Town is a culinary event that showcases over 80 restaurants and wineries. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy...
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Spend a Relaxing Evening at Harmony Cellars Winery

Posted on  July 16, 2015
Live music, an outdoor venue, local food and great wine. What else do you need for a relaxing and enjoyable summer evening? Make this ideal summer night come true with a trip to Harmony Cellars Winery just outside of Cambria,...

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Santa Barbara is the Place to be in July!

Posted on  June 30, 2015
Santa Barbara is one happening place during the month of July! If you're looking for something to do, here are some fun July festivals that make great weekend excursions.  

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Enjoy a Family Friendly 4th of July with Cambria’s “Picnic in the Park”

Posted on  June 29, 2015
  There are plenty of places to get a drink and have a nice dinner on the Fourth of July, but if you're looking for a more family friendly all-day event, Cambria's Picnic in the Park is your best option by far!   Picnic in...
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Old Spanish Days Fiesta 2015

Posted on  June 29, 2015
At Old Spanish Days Fiesta, "mi casa es su casa!" Santa Barbara is proud to once again welcome one of the most anticipated and beloved cultural festivals to its community August 5th through 9th.   Old Spanish Days is a volunteer run and community...

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Celebrate Independence Day at Chicago’s 2nd Annual Freedom Fest

Posted on  June 29, 2015
Nothing says Independence Day like fireworks! Get into the spirit of America with one of Chicago's best 4th of July fireworks displays at Navy Pier overlooking Lake Michigan.   The Navy Pier's fireworks display is a...
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San Simeon Landmark to Host Twilight on the Terrace 2015

Posted on  May 28, 2015
Enjoy a relaxing evening of dancing, wine and scenic views at Twilight on the Terrace. Set at the iconic Hearst Castle on the evening of June 6th,  this memorable event lets you experience Hearst Castle the...
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Chicago Craft Beer Week 2015

Posted on  April 23, 2015

Craft beer is bigger than ever!  According to Google’s search trends, April 2015 marked the most popular month of all time for number of searches for the term "craft beer." Once only known among hobbyists and beer...

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Cambria Chili Cook-Off, Car and Bike Show

Posted on  March 27, 2015
Chili is one food that tends to bring out a competitive spirit in people. From Texas, where they claim to have originated the dish, to the unique variation from Cincinnati, regional chili rivalries exist all over the country. Why people get so defensive about their...
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The Santa Monica Pier: A Must-See Attraction since 1909

Posted on  February 27, 2015
  Since 1909 Santa Monica's pier has been a key part of the city's landscape. For over a century the pier has been a center of social life, fishing, amusement and great memories for many of the town's inhabitants. In 2015 the pier...
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CicLAvia is coming to the Valley on March 22nd

Posted on  February 25, 2015
  Can you imagine a world without cars? It would definitely have drawbacks like slower transportation and less convenient travel. But you have to admit there would also be some benefits like cleaner air, healthier people and quieter...

Pacific Coast Wine Trail Passport Weekend!

Posted on  January 28, 2015
  Did you know that having too many choices can make you unhappy? It might sound backwards, but truth is people feel more satisfied with their decisions when they have fewer choices. Think about the stress that goes into evaluating the pros and cons of each option...
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Chicago Restaurant Week 2015

Posted on  January 16, 2015
Ever visit a city but just can’t seem to get your fill of local food? If only there were "come try our food holidays" where you were specifically encouraged to focus on a destination's food. Well, you're in luck because Chicago's annual "restaurant week" brings that...
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Check out Hollywood’s 6th Annual Taste Awards

Posted on  December 15, 2014
Every wonder why your favorite cooking show or fashion program isn’t getting the recognition it deserves? Maybe it is, and you're just looking in the wrong place! Skip the Emmys and Golden Globes and check out the The Taste Awards this January, an...

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How to Ring in the New Year in Los Angeles

Posted on  November 26, 2014
For a great New Year's Eve and first day of 2015 you can't go wrong with the official Hollywood New Year's Eve Block Party followed by the Tournament of Roses on January 1st. The two events combine perfectly for a memorable celebration of...
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Calistoga Hosts 19th Annual Holiday Tractor Parade

Posted on  November 19, 2014
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Chicago Christmas Crawl

Posted on  November 18, 2014
  Chicago has plenty of options when it comes to local cuisine. Really, the only problem with it is figuring out what to try first! For the holiday season, you can get a wonderful sampling of some local restaurants and bars with Chicago’s Christmas...

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Get Excited about the Holidays with a trip to Santa Barbara!

Posted on  November 12, 2014
  "There is no question that booking directly with our hotel offers the best room, best service and best rate” - Christine Piper Director of Sales and Marketing at the Spanish Garden Inn.   Okay, so you have the where to...
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Napa Valley Film Festival 2014

Posted on  October 15, 2014
  Popcorn, candy and soda are practically essential for watching movies. But what if you could enjoy a film while sipping fine wine and tasting exquisite cuisine? If that sounds too good to be true think again, because it's exactly the kind of...
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Sunset at Hearst Castle Reception Event

Posted on  August 29, 2014
Though today it's known simply as "Hearst Castle", William Randolph Hearst's estate is formally titled "La Cuesta Encantada" or the Enchanted Hill.  Find out why the castle deserves such a  fairytale-like description with Sunset: Savor the Central...

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Step Aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train for a Night of Murder Mystery

Posted on  August 21, 2014
Who doesn’t like a good mystery? If you’re a fan of crime novels or mystery movies, imagine being part of the story itself! The Napa Valley Wine Train’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre is an...
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2 More Reasons to Visit Chicago this Summer!

Posted on  July 11, 2014
If you’ve read the  Innformer before, you probably know there is no shortage of things to do in Chicago. However, if you’re still not convinced, here are...
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Enjoy the best of Santa Barbara with Old Spanish Days Fiesta!

Posted on  July 8, 2014
At Old Spanish Days Fiesta, mi casa es su casa! Santa Barbara is proud to once again welcome one of the most proclaimed and beloved cultural festivals to its community July 30th through August...

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Take a Bite out of the World’s Largest Food Festival!

Posted on  June 17, 2014
Taste of Chicago 2014 is so much more than just a food festival. It's a party, concert event, and all out celebration of everything great about the city of Chicago!    

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6 Great Santa Barbara Festivals to check out in July!

Posted on  June 11, 2014
As one local hotel's director of sales and marketing put it "July is THE month for festivals in Santa Barbara", and that certainly is no exaggeration.   The amazing thing about these festivals is the sheer...
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Experience the Best of Santa Barbara’s Culinary Offerings

Posted on  May 30, 2014
Savor Santa Barbara Food Tours is a great way to explore Santa Barbara while experiencing the best food and drink it has to offer. This summer,the food tour will be taking participants through the unique neighborhoods of...

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Experience the best of Hearst Castle at Twilight on the Terrace

Posted on  May 29, 2014
Enjoy a  relaxing evening of dancing, wine and scenic views at Twilight on the Terrace. Set at the iconic Hearst Castle on the evening of June 14th, Twilight on the Terrace is a great way to experience this national...
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Chicago’s 45th Annual Pride Celebration

Posted on  May 28, 2014
  The 45th Annual Pride Celebration showcases the diversity, culture, and vibrancy of the LGBT community right in the heart of Chicago.  The Celebration encompasses cheering crowds and parades of participants, which...
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Enjoy Chicago’s Summer Festivals!

Posted on  May 19, 2014
Chicago is a great summertime city, with plenty to do. One of the best ways to get the most out of a summer trip to the windy city is to experience one of the many summer festivals the city has to offer. The following four  festivals are great...

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Best Outdoor Food and Beverage Venues in Chicago

Posted on  May 1, 2014
  The sunny days of summer are right around the corner, plan on spending them outside! Chicago's Lakeview community has highly acclaimed outdoor dining and drinking locations throughout the districts of Wrigleyville and Boystown. Here...
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Purchase Tickets for BottleRock Napa 2014 Today!

Posted on  May 1, 2014
One of the best parts about holding a music festival in Napa Valley is the access to great wine and food. BottleRock Napa, like the name suggests,is the perfect way to enjoy the exclusive wines and cuisine of...
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National Restaurant Association Show 2014

Posted on  April 21, 2014
If you work in the food or lodging industry you need to attend the National Restaurant Association Show 2014. The NRA show is the best way to connect and network with industry professionals, learn about the latest food service developments and fulfill...

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Napa Valley’s Arts in April!

Posted on  March 28, 2014
If you're the kind of person who enjoys wine with a side of culture, Napa Valley’s Arts in April® is perfect for you!  
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There’s Plenty to do in Napa Valley this Time of Year

Posted on  February 28, 2014
It’s release party season in Napa Valley! The time of year when wineries show off new wines and host wine barrel tastings. Take a trip to Napa Valley, try some new wines and be sure to check out some of these other great events as...
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Enjoy Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade!

Posted on  February 23, 2014
There’s always something to do at the Third Street Promenade in Downtown Santa Monica! Located just minutes from the beautiful coast of the Pacific Ocean, this first-rate complex has an abundant amount of stores, multiple movie theaters,...

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What is Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone?

Posted on  February 20, 2014
The Funk Zone is a unique section of Santa Barbara that has become a must visit for anyone who plans a trip to the city. Part art community, part neighborhood and part business district, the Funk...
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Take your Valentine to Napa Valley!

Posted on  January 16, 2014
What could be more romantic than spending Valentine’s Day with the one you love in Napa Valley? This picturesque region not only provides beautiful scenery but many events that include wine, food and even trains. Here is a list of romantic events...
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Chateau Montelena House Party

Posted on  December 31, 2013
Chateau Montelena will be hosting its 3rd Annual House Party on January 25th. This event allows guests the complete Napa Valley experience at the Chateau, including full reign of the grounds and delicious local cuisine options....

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Cambria’s Annual Art and Wine Festival 2014

Posted on  December 27, 2013
Cambria’s Annual Art and Wine Festival is coming around again on January 24. The event starts Friday morning and ends Sunday evening and offers food, wine, live entertainment, gallery showings, shopping specials and more.   Local...
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Chicago Restaurant Week 2014

Posted on  December 27, 2013
If you’re in Chicago between January 24th and February 6th, have a passion for food and a taste for local cuisine make sure to take advantage of Chicago Restaurant Week.  
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Julefest in Solvang

Posted on  November 27, 2013
Solvang has been ranked as one of the top ten "Most Christmas-y towns in America" by TIME magazine. This picturesque town certainly lives up to that ranking each year with its Julefest celebration.   Julefest is a celebration of the holiday season that runs...

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Southport Corridor: The Best Shopping Destination in Chicago!

Posted on  November 27, 2013
Look no further than the Southport Corridor in Chicago for all of your shopping needs this holiday season!   Though the Windy City has plenty of great shopping spots, Southport...
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What to do over the Holidays in Chicago

Posted on  November 18, 2013
The holiday season is upon us and the Windy city is abuzz with holiday events and cheer! From lights at the zoo to a traditional German holiday market, don’t miss out on any of Chicago’s great holiday events.   Zoo Lights (November...
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Napa Valley Film Festival

Posted on  October 28, 2013
If you're looking for things to do in Napa Valley this time of year, The Napa Valley Film Festival is a great choice. The event combines great wine, food and film with the unique backdrop...

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How to Enjoy Halloween in Santa Monica

Posted on  October 7, 2013
There is always plenty to do in Santa Monica and Halloween is certainly no exception! Here is a collection of some great events to check out if you are planning an end of the month visit!  
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Breugala Buellton

Posted on  September 27, 2013
All the beer you can drink, traditional German food, and an atmosphere that can only be described as merry! If this sounds like a good time to you, mark you calendar for Bruegala Buellton.   Beer Lovers...
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It’s Harvest Season in Napa Valley

Posted on  September 20, 2013
September begins harvest season in Napa valley wine country, which extends into October. This time of year is when wine makers begin picking and processing grapes and start...

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Taste of the Town Santa Barbara 2013

Posted on  September 6, 2013
Taste of the Town Santa Barbara is the perfect way to experience the best food and drink Santa Barbara has to offer. Taste of the Town is a culinary event that will showcase over 80 restaurants and wineries. It’s a great opportunity to...
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Meet Your Makers

Posted on  August 14, 2013
The growing move towards locally produced, sustainable goods is alive and well in Santa Barbara with Meet Your Makers, a collection of independent, environmentally conscious makers. It’s a market where independent sellers with shared values can sell to...
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Old Spanish Days Fiesta 2013

Posted on  July 24, 2013
  Santa Barbara celebrates its Spanish heritage at Old Spanish Days Fiesta.     At the first Old Spanish Days Fiesta, mayor Charles M. Andrea declared, “The spirit of old Santa Barbara shall be lived again and again and the new Santa...

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Taste of Lincoln Avenue 2013

Posted on  July 23, 2013
  Taste of Lincoln Avenue is back for its 30th anniversary.     Since 1984, the Taste of Lincoln Avenue has given guests much more than a “taste,”—it’s actually a full-featured entertainment event. This year there are four...
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Through the Grapevine

Posted on  July 11, 2013
Ever wonder what happens before a winemaker catches lightning in a bottle? LESLIE A. WESTBROOK looks behind the foliage—and beyond the romance—into the real lives of some of Santa Barbara County’s finest crushers, tasters, managers, and marketers.  
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Cheers to Chappellet

Posted on  July 11, 2013
Scion of a celebrated winemaking family. Supporter of the Central Coast Wine Classic. Renaissance woman. Meet Carissa Chappellet—and add author to her lengthy list of accomplishments. By Mark Storer     When Carissa Chappellet sat down to...

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Chef’s Table

Posted on  July 11, 2013
Bradley Ogden raises the culinary bar in Solvang First came the wine. Then the movie about wine, and the wine-soaked crowds scrambling to connect with the Santa Ynez Valley. Now chef Bradley Ogden launches Solvang into the New World of cuisine. A contemporary space in the heart of...
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Chinatown Summer Fair

Posted on  July 10, 2013
A colorful celebration of Chinese culture.     Want to experience authentic Chinese culture? You don’t have to hop on a 14-hour flight around the world to do so. The Chinatown Summer Fair, held next Sunday in Chicago’s...
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Destination Food Tour Presents Taste of Santa Monica

Posted on  July 9, 2013
  Explore Los Angeles’ favorite beach town!     Destination Food Tours’ Taste of Santa Monica invites guests to “Come hungry and ready for a fun time”, as they experience the best beach town in Los...

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TASTE OF CHICAGO

Posted on  July 8, 2013
Known as the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing Chicago's diverse dining community, Taste of Chicago is springing back into action July 10 through 14.   Taste of Chicago returns to Grant Park this week and is setting the scene with local...
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Windy City RibFest

Posted on  July 2, 2013
Get “saucy” with some of the best local and national barbecue ribbers!     We all love to go outside and barbecue during the summer. But what if you had local and national barbecue experts grilling together in one place for three whole...
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Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival

Posted on  June 25, 2013
Experience local eats, drinks, music and art from the surrounding Lincoln Park community!     In the spirit of Chicago summer street festivals, the Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival has returned for the...

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Hearst Ranch Winery

Posted on  June 12, 2013
San Simeon has a number of unique attractions—from discovering the history of Hearst Castle to watching to elephant seals nestle along the beaches or relishing the charms of the quaint Cambria Village, nothing tops a beautiful day in San Simeon like a...
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22nd Annual Santa Monica Festival

Posted on  May 30, 2013
Experience a festival filled with an eclectic mix of music, dance, visual arts, food, information and shopping.     The Santa Monica Festival has returned for its 22nd consecutive year! According to its official website, “The Festival is a...
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Chicago’s Cinco de Mayo Festival

Posted on  May 1, 2013
Enjoy a festive celebration of South-of-the-Border culture that’s enjoyed worldwide—Cinco de Mayo!     Come celebrate one of the biggest Mexican festivals in the Midwest with tons of food, music dancing and more at the...

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Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival Weekend

Posted on  April 16, 2013
Enjoy a long spring weekend with wine, food, live music and more!     Whether you’re near or far, the annual Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival weekend attracts wine lovers from all over for an...
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Local Artisans Market

Posted on  March 27, 2013
Come explore artisan foods and crafts.     Not even three months old yet, the Local Artisans Market in Santa Barbara is making California history by being the first cottage food fair in the state. Established on January...
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Easter Brunch in Chicago

Posted on  March 27, 2013
Easter Sunday is hopping up on us in a few days! And one thing that’s always guaranteed to be a tradition is Easter brunch. So gather your family together and head out to the Windy City for a delicious taste of local cuisine. Whether it’s...

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21st Annual Taste of Solvang

Posted on  March 8, 2013
Enjoy five days of culinary exploration!     Celebrate Solvang’s rich culinary and cultural heritage at the 21st Annual Taste of Solvang Food & Wine Event, an event that features locally grown foods,...
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The Tasty Cupcake and Wine Tour

Posted on  February 27, 2013
Enjoy cupcakes, a wine tasting and a deli style lunch at a local winery—experience The Tasty Cupcake and Wine Tour!     Love cupcakes? Love wine? Then it’s safe to say that you are going to love this Santa Ynez tour. Savor...
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Solvang Third Wednesday Wine (and Beer) Walk

Posted on  February 21, 2013
Enjoy wine tasting while strolling through the Village of Solvang each month on the Third Wednesday.     Did you know that the Village of Solvang is host to many award-winning tasting rooms? From Italian varietals to the Rhone Valley to the French Bordeaux, Solvang is the...

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Cambria Farmers Market

Posted on  February 10, 2013
Get fresh, local produce year-round every Friday afternoon.     Typically when we grocery shop, we run in and out of the store to get what we need for the week and experience very little interaction with the people around us. Well,...
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Chicago Restaurant Week 2013

Posted on  February 2, 2013
Come discover why Chicago is a top destination for foodies.     Foodies, rejoice! One of the tastiest weeks in Chicago has returned!   Organized by Choose Chicago, Chicago Restaurant Week is a member-based...
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Gourmet Food Trucks at The California Heritage Museum

Posted on  January 9, 2013
Enjoy local gourmet food in one place … The California Heritage Museum lawn!   There are many food trends out there, but one that has seemed to stick over the last few years has been the food truck. Don’t want...

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A Taste of Green

Posted on  December 20, 2012
Reds and whites have gone green in Santa Barbara County, where Sustainable Vine Wine Tours offers a biodiesel-powered cruise through the region’s eco-friendly vineyards. By Matt Kettmann Photo by Lars Wanberg   Keep abreast of the appropriate astrological alignments....

Solvang Farmer’s Market

Posted on  November 15, 2012
Get fresh produce and flowers every Wednesday, rain or shine!   Going to the grocery store is a part of your weekly routine. How about shopping outside in the fresh air and picking up some locally grown produce, flowers and foods? Step outside...

Food & Wine Chef Showcase

Posted on  November 14, 2012
The Food & Wine Festival returned for the 14th year for its annual Chef Showcase   With all of its culinary events, it is no doubt that Chicago is a city for foodies—so it only makes sense that Food &...

Vintage Sonoma

Posted on  October 9, 2012

A mellow alternative to nearby Napa.

 

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Despite her glittery sneakers, her granite-stern countenance and fixed gaze reveal a seriousness of intent. She is three—almost three-and-a-half, she’d tell you. Her foot...

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Desert Wines

Posted on  October 9, 2012


A purist approach to wine in the Temecula Valley.

 

By Mark Storer

 

The Temecula wine country don’t get no respect. It’s a matter of upturned noses and heated conversation that Temecula’s wine country is a tourist trap, a sort of marketing circus that appeals to desperate housewives, Orange County 20-something surfers...

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Chicago Touring With a Twist

Posted on  October 9, 2012

From bikes to boats, gangsters to greeters, writer ROBERTA SOTONOFF offers an insider’s rundown of unique ways to explore the Windy City

 

You are not the average tourist. Sure you like to eat at some nice...

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