Halloween Cruise

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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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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Camping Tech

Posted on  June 27, 2017
Ah, the great outdoors. Nothing but the open air, mountains, and roughing it in the wilderness. Camping is one of the best ways to reconnect with nature, but that doesn’t mean that you have to live like a caveman for a weekend or more. In 2017, there...


4th of July in Santa Barbara

Posted on  June 7, 2017
O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light—fireworks! While that’s not how Francis Scott Key originally penned “The Star-Spangled Banner”, fireworks are definitely a staple of Independence Day festivities. What could be better than enjoying the bursts of red, white & blue over a darkened sky on a beautiful summer night? How about on a boat or on the beach!  


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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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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...

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Walker Stalker Convention Coming to Chicago

Posted on  February 13, 2017
If you cringe anytime someone says “zombie” when referring to a walker or if hearing the name Glenn makes you tear up a bit, then you might be interested in going to a convention made just for people like you- the
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St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago

Posted on  February 6, 2017
As the color green begins to invade the city of Chicago, natives and visitors alike know that St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching. This year, the festivities will kick off with the annual dyeing of the Chicago River, however the most anticipated...
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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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Brick by Brick Lego Exhibit

Posted on  January 6, 2017
People young and old have a love for LEGOs. An entire subculture of video games, movies and even theme parks have made their way to mainstream over the decades. It goes as no surprise that the Museum of Science...
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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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The Bulls Take On The Heat at The United Center

Posted on  December 19, 2016
There will be Heat in Chicago this January. Well, the Miami Heat. Be in attendance as the Chicago Bulls’s Dwyane Wade squares off with his former team at The United Center on January...

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The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival

Posted on  December 12, 2016
Chicago gets cold in January. Really cold. There’s no hiding it. So why not come to enjoy the warmth of a good laugh? The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival is back for its 16th year and everyone is invited. After a night of hilarity,...
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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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What’s Happening at The Art Institute of Chicago

Posted on  November 25, 2016
Works of art are the gifts that keep on giving. From paintings to sculptures, art can inspire people across many generations. The Art Institute of Chicago has no shortage of breathtaking artwork and makes a great weekend getaway...

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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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The Wallet You’ll Never Lose

Posted on  October 31, 2016
Losing your wallet is never a good thing. Whether misplacing it around your house, losing it at a restaurant or leaving it at a hotel, it presents a big inconvenience. Have you ever wished for a way to prevent this headache-inducing occurrence? Well...
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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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The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

Posted on  October 26, 2016
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City isn’t the only big parade to take place on the fourth Thursday of November. In Chicago, McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade is proud to be celebrating its...
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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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Why Walk Through the Airport When You Can Ride Your Carry-On?

Posted on  September 26, 2016
“What is that?” “Is he riding his luggage...?” “Where can I get one of those?!” These are all questions you may find yourself asking the next time you are at the airport. Why might you be asking...

2016 Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade

Posted on  September 19, 2016
October is approaching, and that means that Halloween is right around the corner! Last year, over 200,000 people made their way down to the Chicago Cultural Mile to take in the sights and sounds of the inaugural Halloween Gathering Festival and...
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Technology and the Future of Air Travel

Posted on  August 22, 2016
Sleeping pods, supersonic planes, self-cleaning lavatories and floating airports- what do astronomical leaps in technology mean for the future of air travel?  

Coming Soon..

It’s the year 2016 and technological advancement is...

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Stay Comfortable and Incognito at a Hotel-Within-A-Hotel

Posted on  August 1, 2016
While you check into your room at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Florida you overhear the couple standing next to you checking into the Flagler Club. Confused, you watch the concierge hand over the keys and tell the pair that...
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Take a Trip This Summer: Lowest Airfares Since 2009

Posted on  June 30, 2016
Have you caught the travel bug? If so, we have good news for you!   According to the airfare prediction app
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Enjoy a Night of Sanctified Sleep, Go “Champing!”

Posted on  June 1, 2016
Do churches creep you out? What about the thought of sleeping in one?   If you answered no to both questions, then you’re in luck!

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Grand Opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” At Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted on  March 7, 2016
Hogwarts is finally coming to Hollywood on Thursday, April 7th and you definitely don’t want to miss it! Located less than 7-miles from Universal Studios Hollywood, Broughton’s Hotel Normandie is the perfect place to stay for a magical getaway at
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Wireless Charging Highway: Charge your Car as you Drive

Posted on  December 29, 2015
If you drive an electric car, Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research has good news for you: That long road trip you’ve been wanting to take may become a reality with...

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.  

Goleta Fireworks Festival

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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...

Sunsets and Whale Watching Make a Perfect Combination in San Simeon

Posted on  February 18, 2015
San Simeon, California, is well-known for its scenery and sightseeing opportunities. One of the town’s especially scenic spots is the Piedras Blancas Light Station. This 140-year old lighthouse is an attraction in itself and...

Enjoy Coastal Discovery Month at San Simeon

Posted on  December 29, 2014
Did you know there are approximately 1000 miles of beaches in California?   California’s coastline is an awesome natural resource that we can  all learn to appreciate a little more. Make a resolution for the new year to take...


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...

The 3 Best Holiday Shopping Spots in Santa Barbara

Posted on  October 29, 2014
How’s your holiday shopping going? Good, not so good... barely started?  Maybe it’s procrastination; maybe you just can’t find the perfect gift for that hard to shop for person, unfortunately whatever the reason, the longer your holiday...
Chicago Thanksgiving Parade

Check out Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Posted on  October 27, 2014
In 1934, Chicagoan Walter Gregory had a problem.  Like most of the country, the Windy City’s economy was in a rough spot and as President of Chicago’s State Street Council; Gregory was at least partially responsible for fixing it.   One of the...


Cambria gets a Whole Lot Scarier! (For Birds)

Posted on  September 30, 2014
  Hodmedod, Murmet, Hay-man, Momment, Mawkin… do you have any idea what these words mean? They’re actually used in the United Kingdom to describe scarecrows! While we may not have such creative names for them here in The States, events...

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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4 Great Reasons to Visit San Simeon’s Coastal Discovery Center!

Posted on  June 25, 2014
“Ocean in View! O! The Joy!”   These were the words William Clark used to describe seeing the Pacific Ocean for the first time after he and Meriwether Lewis finished their yearlong journey across the...


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...

The IPW Convention is coming to Chicago

Posted on  March 13, 2014
Get ready Chicago, The U.S. Travel Association’s IPW Convention is coming to town! While it may be classified as a trade show, the IPW Convention is so much more than that.   On April 5th, Chicago will welcome...

Broughton Hotels of Chicago Unveil Renovations

Posted on  March 12, 2014
  On March 1st Broughton Hotels unveiled stunning renovations to its three boutique Chicago properties. The Majestic Hotel, The Willows and City Suites Chicago each...

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Visit Hearst Memorial State Beach

Posted on  February 28, 2014
This charming location is a great getaway for a day of fun in the sun. Classified as one of California’s best beaches, this State Park is a popular spot for travelers looking to enjoy the coast of San Simeon.   William R. Hearst Memorial State...

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...

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...


The Grove: LA’s best Shopping Destination

Posted on  November 21, 2013
The Grove in LA makes a great argument for being the best shopping center in California. Featuring a wide variety of shops, great dining establishments, a movie theatre and even a trolley, a trip to The Grove  is the perfect way...
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The Morgan is Pet-Friendly!

Posted on  September 30, 2013
No one should have to leave a pet behind when traveling. Putting your pet in a kennel or in the care of someone else can be quite the heartbreaking experience. So why not bring them along? Well, we all know finding a hotel that accepts your furry friend is not always...

Geothermal Pools: Soak Up The Benefits

Posted on  September 27, 2013
Man invented the wheel. Man invented the slinky. Man did NOT invent spa therapy. Nature pioneered spa therapy in the form of hot springs, which have provided man with a soothing sanctuary for ages. Unfortunately, geography discriminates; only certain regions of...

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Architectural Walking Tours of Santa Barbara

Posted on  August 20, 2013
Santa Barbara’s unique architecture is a can’t miss attraction for anyone visiting the city. One of the best ways to enjoy the historic buildings of Santa Barbara is through the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara’s Walking...
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Chicago Match Cup & Tall Ships Chicago 2013

Posted on  July 29, 2013
  It’s a Nautical Celebration at Navy Pier!     The sport of sailing will take over Navy Pier this month, and whether you’re interested in maritime history or want to watch modern match racing, there’s...
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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...

Starline Tours

Starline Tours Gives Travelers Options

Posted on  July 17, 2013
Let Starline be your guide.   Figuring out the best way to experience a big city, let alone the cultural epicenter of Los Angeles can be a daunting task. Starline Tours, the oldest sightseeing tour company in Los Angeles, should be on the...
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Chicago Bike Week

Posted on  June 11, 2013
Celebrate Chicago’s commitment to being the best city for bicycling!     “More and more people are biking on our streets and lakefront path, whether it is to ride to work, to the store, or just for fitness,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel...
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CycleMAYnia 2013

Posted on  May 1, 2013
Celebrate all things cycling!     Santa Barbara is the perfect location for cycling. Professional cyclists come from all over the world to Santa Barbara every year to train! “But you don’t have to be of the ‘Tour’ caliber to enjoy our...

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Famous Landmark: Morro Rock

Posted on  April 23, 2013
Staying at The Morgan? Never been to the San Simeon area, and looking for local landmarks to visit? You must see Morro Rock, a 581-foot volcanic plug located just offshore from Morro Bay, California, at the entrance to Morro Bay...
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1st Thursday

Posted on  April 3, 2013
An award-winning program highlighting local arts, culture and entertainment.     Downtown Santa Barbara always loves the start of a new month. With a local event like 1st Thursday, who wouldn’t?   Held on the first...
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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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Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Posted on  January 23, 2013
Experience the 28th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by     This week, tons of movie fanatics and film connoisseurs are heading to Park City, Utah to attend...

Madame’s Magnum Opus

Posted on  January 14, 2013
Socialite. Opera singer. Collector. The ever capricious Madame Ganna Walska poured herself into everything she did, including the whimsical botanic garden at Lotusland—her 37-acre fantasy of botany and Buddhism. Here, curator VIRGINIA HAYES takes us on a stroll through the fertile...
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Solvang Annual Christmas Tree Burn

Posted on  January 2, 2013
See this powerful spectacle ignite the New Year!   Sigh…the holidays are over. As much as we don’t want to, it’s time to take the holiday decorations down.   Did you chop down a real tree this for the living room...

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The Fourth Annual Rink at Wrigley

Posted on  January 2, 2013
Come skate at the fourth annual Rink at Wrigley!   Take me out to the … ice rink? You read right! The fourth annual Rink at Wrigley is bringing winter fun for locals and visitors alike in the Lake View...
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FROM THE LA TIMES: California: Is this Hollywood’s big Moment? New hotel hopes so

Posted on  December 21, 2012
By Mary Forgione
Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal bloggerDecember 5, 2012
  The Moment sounds like a name someone in a movie would make up for a hotel....
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Watch Elephant Seals in San Simeon

Posted on  December 20, 2012
Enjoy watching the Elephant Seals on the beaches of San Simeon   Want to experience California nature like never before? This is an activity you don’t want to miss this time of year.   The Northern Elephant Seal is an...


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....


Posted on  December 20, 2012
An icon to life outside the box—way outside the box—Nitt Witt Ridge in Cambria provides a striking counterpoint to nearby Hearst Castle.   By Kathy Chin Leong Photos by Gary and Pierre Silva   In 1919, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst transformed a...
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It’s Time for the Moment….A New Hollywood Boutique Hotel on Iconic Sunset Blvd. Opening February 1, 2013

Posted on  December 19, 2012

39 Guest Rooms, 2000 Square Foot Moment Bar & Deck, 24/7 Room Service  


On Track at Bergamot Station

Posted on  November 3, 2012


A masterstroke of development transforms a sprawling industrial complex into a Santa Monica landmark and one of L.A.’s primary cultural...


Behind Closed Doors

Posted on  November 2, 2012


A glimpse into a Palm Springs mid-century modern home fit for a king—and his bride


By Kevin Wierzbicki




If there’s any...


Life on the Edge

Posted on  November 2, 2012


Rugged coast and new age enclave, Big Sur retains its quirky charm six decades after the Beat Generation made this the hub of bohemian hedonism


By John Gottberg


The Big Sur coastline is one of the most stunning on the North...


Castles in the Sand

Posted on  November 2, 2012

A trip down the road less traveled reveals one of Santa Barbara County’s hidden treasures


Words and photos by Chuck Graham



An interesting thing happened to me while driving along the central California coast...


E=ps2 – Genius Takes a Holiday

Posted on  October 9, 2012

Writer SHARON MCDONNELL explores the incongruous relationship between Albert Einstein and sunny Palm Springs


The photographs are striking: the grinning world-famous scientist with his unruly shock of graying wavy hair, palm...


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...


Darkness Falls on the Desert

Posted on  October 9, 2012


Spring is in the air. Flowers are blooming, snow is melting, and in the perpetually sunny arts haven of Palm Springs, film noir returns to cast its eerie shadow. 


By Sharon McDonnell


“The Cliff...