Friday, June 27, 2014

Family Fun in the Desert at La Quinta Resort & Club

La Quinta Resort and Club, located in La Quinta, CA, offers guests a classic dessert escape to relax and unwind or to be active outdoors while soaking up the sun and being pampered.

The sprawling 45-acre resort, one of Hilton Worldwide’s Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts, has been a popular retreat for Hollywood royalty since 1926 and continues its tradition of offering guests accommodation in charming casitas, a multitude of on-property dining, and a full array of amenities.
Guests can lounge by any of the 41 pools and 53 hot spas, get a luxury treatment at Spa La Quinta, or polish their skills at one of the five championship courses, 23 tennis courts, or attend a variety of fitness classes.

A Variety of Rooms at La Quinta Resort and Club

Guests can select to stay in one of 719 guestrooms that include casitas, suites and spa villas to suite their needs.
Most rooms offer the following complimentary amenities:

   Inviting interiors featuring early California-style décor
   Flat-screen televisions
   High speed Internet access; two telephones with dual lines/data port
   Private patios with garden, mountain or pool views in most rooms
   Fireplaces in select rooms
   Luxurious bathrooms with oversized tubs, separate showers, double sink vanities, top quality bath amenities and lighted make-up mirrors
   Plush terry bathrobes
   Refreshment center, wet bars in suites
   In-room safes
   Coffee service, iron, hairdryer

Suites may feature:
·   Hospitality kitchens
   Accommodate up to 14 people with connecting guestrooms
   Wood-burning fireplaces
   Eight suites also showcase private spas
   Five luxury suites include both a private pool and spa

Keep in mind that although guests can request non-smoking rooms, smoking is allowed in the outdoor patios surrounding the pools. Sharing a pool with neighbors could mean swimming with a chain smoker, bachelorette party, or partying college kids.

There is an adult-only pool, which lures the party crowd with music pumping and drinks flowing. This could make the smaller pools more family friendly.

On-Property Dining La Quinta Resort and Club

TWENTY6, named after the year the resort was established, 1926, is a modern bistro that offers causal updated versions of traditional dishes prepared with the freshest seasonal ingredients. Marketed as “vintage comfort food redefined,” the menu includes creative items such as the Pickled Purple Cauliflower ($2.26), Mandarin Orange & Cashew Salad with pea tendrils, crisp won tons, and sweet sesame soy dressing ($13.50), or the Reverse Root Beer Float made with root beer ice cream and vanilla cream soda ($7). The chef might also surprise you with a sample of items that are not on the menu, such as pancakes stuffed with bacon and topped with chocolate sauce or sweet potato tater tots with marshmallow dip. TWENTY6 also offers a breakfast menu that includes hotcakes, waffles, omelets, seasonal fruit and more. A popular dish is the Everything And The Kitchen Sink that includes corned beef, potatoes, peppers, onions, two cheeses and eggs ($17.26).
For authentic Mexican dishes, Adobe Grill offers a menu that features traditional dishes, as well as signature menu items such as table-side guacamole ($12.95), hand-made tortillas, award-wining tamales and more than a dozen hand-crafted margaritas including the Pepino Diablo with Tanteo jalepeno-infused tequila, or the Red Bull Margarita. Specialty dishes include the Camarones with Fideo – large pan-seared Mexican white shrimp sautéed with jalapeno, garlic tomatoes and cilantro served over angel hair pasta and vegetables ($23) or the Drunken Mahi Mahi blacked and glazed with El Jimador 100% agave tequila served with potato hash, fire roasted corn and pineapple jalapeno salsa ($26).
For a glamorous evening out, Morgan’s In the Desert provides a contemporary American cuisine with rustic farm-to-table menu items.
Also available are in-room dining (available poolside too), poolside dining at the Centre Court Café located at the main pool, To-Go menu items at the Coffee Market and a handy frozen margarita and snack cart that cruises the premises.
Family-Friendly Activities at La Quinta Resort and Club

Families will enjoy the many activities the property provides, including many pools (including shallow kiddie pools), bike rentals and nearby bike path, putting green, croquet, playground, nearby hiking trials, and movie nights at the main pool. There is also a candy shop, a kid’s clothing store, and babysitting services available. To really spoil the kids, check out the junior spa treatments for kids 10-17 years old.

Guest Services at La Quinta Resort and Club
The following services are offered:
   The full-service Spa La Quinta and state-of-the-art fitness center
   An executive business center and services
   A pet-friendly program, Paws La Quinta
   In-room dining
   24-hour concierge service
   Enterprise Rent-A-Car, located in the main lobby
   Airport and transportation services
   Babysitting, available through the concierge on a reference-only basis
   Complimentary self-parking and valet parking 

Fall Renovation 
This fall/2014 marks the first milestone of a phased multi-million dollar restoration of the 45-acre
bespoke escape, which includes 620 guest casitas and suites plus 98 one-, two- and three-bedroom
villas. Preserving the inspiration and historical significance of the 1926 property, the resort-wide
renovation will encompass enhancements of all guest casitas and villas, a redesign of the main lobby
and public spaces as well as re-imagine the pool experience.

Contact Information
La Quinta Resort & Club
49499 Eisenhower Drive
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 564-4111

Thursday, June 26, 2014

OSEA Adds Blemish Balm to Skin Care Line

OSEA, which stands for Ocean, Sun, Earth, and Atmosphere, has added a Blemish Balm to their line of safe cosmetics. Founder Jenefer Palmer strives to provide customers with the highest quality, naturally-sourced skincare that is vegan, gluten-free and biodegradable.

“I want to leave this planet a cleaner place than when I arrived,” says Palmer. "I also want women to be able to use the safest cosmetics possible. Remember seventy percent of what you put on your body can be absorbed into your bloodstream. I want to raise the consciousness of women so they use safe cosmetics, it's not just about beauty - it's about their health.”

The Blemish Balm is an organic, lightweight, non-greasy, antiseptic moisturizer that helps reduce blemishes, prevent future breakouts, and keeps skin shine-free without clogging pores.

The unique blend includes pure cypress, rosemary, and juniper essential oils in OSEA’s proprietary base of three different seaweeds (including Gigartina seaweed, which is hand-harvested in the pristine waters off the coast of Patagonia). The Balm is loaded with skin-loving multivitamins, anti-aging properties, and mineral peptides that nourish and aid in skin repair. OSEA's seaweed is certified USDA organic.

The Blemish Balm ($42), has become a best seller, along with the Ocean Cleanser, Advanced Protection Cream, Eyes & Lips and Vitamin Sea Serum. OSEA has partnered with luxury destination resorts and day spas worldwide. Their line of products can be found at their spa partners or online at

Monday, June 2, 2014

Celebrity Cruises' Land-Based Wine and Food Festival

Celebrity Cruises hosted their first-ever land-based Great Wine Festival on May 31, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Great Park in Irvine, Calif. Attendees were able to sample wine from more than 40 wineries including Kendall Jackson, beers from craft breweries including Stella Artois and unique spirits such as sparkling tequilla from TeQava. Food samples were also available from the Celebrity Cruise Executive Chef John Suley, as well as top Orange County restaurants including Laguna Beach-based Maro Wood Grill.
Celebrity Cruises is know for its gourmet wine and food offering about their ships. Recently 10 of its restaurants received Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence."
Scott Clifton, director of sales, said, “Celebrity’s love affair with the culinary arts continues to flourish. We saw this opportunity to introduce food and wine aficionados to culinary experiences they can enjoy while on a Celebrity ship, as well as restaurants and beverages they have yet to try.”
Ticket prices were up to $100 with proceeds benefiting LegalAid of Orange County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides free and low-cost legal services to individuals of Southern California who might otherwise be denied access to justice.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hotel del Coronado Keeps it Green

Built more than 120 years ago on the beach of Coronado Island in San Diego, California, the luxurious Hotel del Coronado has long been a favorite resort of locals and out-of-towners alike. This National Historic Landmark provides visitors with a feeling of old world glam, but in a casual beach environment. Families will feel especially welcome with accommodations that cater to kids and pets and activities the entire family will enjoy. 

The Victorian-era resort recently finished an extensive $13 million, two-year renovation encompassing the original Victorian guestrooms, Beach Village villas and cottages, common areas and dining venues. This May the resort will unveil the new "Del Beach" that will include beach cabanas, food and drink service, and beach toys.

Green Initiatives

The Hotel del Coronado is a resort that families can feel good about. It is one of only three San Diego resorts that is Green Seal Certified, which means the resort takes pride in waste minimization, energy conservation and management, management of fresh water resources, waste water management, pollution prevention, and environmentally sensitive purchasing. 

Seaside Rooms at the Hotel del Coronado

Part of the renovation includes new Blue Dolphin family suites in the Ocean Towers. The suites feature a newly renovated master king bedroom and sitting parlor along with a beach-inspired kids’ bedroom, complete with sand-colored carpet, linens and playful artwork as well as bean bag chairs, crisp white bunk beds, an Xbox gaming system and a treasure chest filled with toys.

Most rooms offer the following complimentary amenities:
  • The Del’s signature line of personal care and bath products
  • Plush terry robes
  • 26 television channels, including HBO
  • Voicemail
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • In-room Keurig coffee maker
  • In-room safe
  • 24-hour in-room dining service
  • Turndown service, upon request
  • Daily newspaper available in the lobby
For large families who want a private get-away with extra amenities, the Beach Village has 78 luxurious custom cottages and villas with up to three bedrooms, spacious dining and living rooms, gourmet kitchens, private terraces that have therapeutic spa hot tubs, and fire pits. There is also a pool for Beach Village guests only that includes private cabanas. Beach Village guests get access to private dining at the Windsor Club Cottage, including complimentary breakfast served daily. Feel like staying in for dinner? Not a problem. Del Chefs can prepare your family's favorite meal in the comfort of your cottage or villa, or you can have the concierge pre-stock the kitchen with your favorite ingredients if you want to cook yourself.

On-Property Dining at the Hotel del Coronado

The Hotel del Coronado has about a dozen eateries on site, from the upscale signature restaurant 1500 Ocean to the poolside Splash Bar & Deli. Families might enjoy the casual ocean-front dining at the Sun Deck Grill with patio fire pits (dogs allowed) or the artisan pizza at Eno. For special treats, the kids are in luck. There's MooTime Creamery that offers handcrafted ice cream (and great place to visit while waiting for check in), for a wide variety of candy and sweets, and for dessert, don't miss out on s'mores on the beach. Reservations are taken for 6:30 or 8 p.m. and include unlimited marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers along with roasting sticks and beach chairs, plus an attended to tend the fire. It's the perfect way to end the day.

Outdoor Activities at the Hotel del Coronado

There is plenty to keep the kids busy at the Hotel del Coronado:
  • Treasure Hunt: Upon check-in be sure to pick up your kids' Adventure Pack that includes a map, compass, whistle, and magnifying glass. The map leads kids to clues hidden under the golden crowns around the property. Solve the mystery and win a prize!
  • Bike Rentals: There is a conveniently located bike rental shack on the property. Guests can rent a variety of bikes, including a Surrey that can hold up to six passengers. Follow the bike path along the ocean and through the town of Coronado. Kids love to ring the bell to warn pedestrians to watch out!
  • Swimming: The main pool is the perfect place for kids to splash and adults to relax while taking advantage of the typically sunny Southern California weather. Pool towels, kick boards and water toys are provided.
  • DelVenture Kids Program: Kids ages four to 12 will love the activites that the Kids Program offers, such as safaris, ocean learning, mosaics, junior photographers, beach olympics and more. Plus, it gives parents some time to enjoy the resort alone.
Guest Services at the Hotel del Coronado

The following services are offered:
  • Concierge
  • Childcare
  • Transportation
  • Rental Car
  • Valet Parking
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Guest Email & Fax
Contact Information
Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Health and Fitness at The Oaks at Ojai

Located in the heart of Ojai, California, The Oaks at Ojai is a health spa for those looking to get fit or to just relax. With 15 exercise classes daily, calorie conscious meals, and a full-service spa, guests with health and wellness in mind will enjoy this all-inclusive resort. The Oaks at Ojai is a wonderful place to unwind and have time to yourself, or get a group of girlfriends together to enjoy the experience. The typical guest is a fifty-year-old woman. No children under 16 are allowed.

Meet Founder Sheila Cluff
The Oaks at Ojai was founded by health activist Sheila Cluff. Now in her 70s, after 40 years as an internationally known fitness expert, Sheila is still an inspiration to her guests and leads fitness activities several times a week at the resort. As an  fitness expert, Sheila prides herself of being an example to her guests and practices what she preaches. In addition, she is a philanthropist and finds joy in giving back. Her motto is, "It's not where you live, it's what you give."

Renovated Rooms at The Oaks at Ojai
The resort, which has 46 rooms, including private rooms and courtyard suites, double lodge rooms and double cottage rooms, was recently renovated to upgrade the interior of the guest rooms, the dining room, and the lobby.

Healthy Meals at The Oaks at Ojai
Included in the daily rate are three healthy meals and snacks per day that total about 1,000 calories -- all made without additional salt, refined sugar, or artificial sweeteners. If you are looking for rich gourmet food...this is not the place. These meals are simple and delicious, but light. The typical menu includes breakfast, mid-morning broth, lunch, mid-afternoon veggies and dip, dinner, and light evening snack. Meals can be catered to fit dietary needs. An on-site health advisor is available to answer any questions. Fruit and non-alcoholic, low-calorie beverages are available throughout the day. Alcohol is not served on property. If you enjoy your meals and want to make them at home, stop by the gift shop and pick up one of the cookbooks featuring recipes from the resort. Meals can be eaten in the modest dining room, at the poolside patio, or in-room.

Evening Lectures at The Oaks at Ojai
Healthy lifestyle lectures are given by experts most evenings and include topics such as seasonal cooking (with demo), healing touch, living your dreams, and more. Alternatively, entertainment nights include movies, live music, or bingo.

Fun and Fitness at The Oaks at Ojai
Not only does the resort offer cardio, strength training, and stretching classes throughout the day in the fitness studio, but there are also daily guided hikes in nearby Los Padres National Forest, water aerobics in the pool, or bike rentals for those wanting to take the paved 14-mile trail into Ventura. The exercises in the group classes are challenging but can be adjusted for any age, ability or fitness level. A current schedule of classes is available upon check in.

Relaxing Spa Experience at The Oaks at Ojai
The Spa offers a full range of treatments including Body Treatments such as River Rock Massage or Thai Table Massage, Skin Care Treatments such as Collagen Regeneration Facial or Ojai Olive Oil Body Soufflé, or Salon Services such as manicure or haircuts. The spa area is for women only until 6 p.m. and includes an indoor whirlpool, eucalyptus steamroom and redwood sauna. Services are offered daily until 10 p.m. Spa appointments cannot be booked prior to arrival.

Guest Services at The Oaks at Ojai
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Indoor and outdoor hot tubs
  • Guest orientation offered twice a day
  • Cell phone use is discouraged
  • Non-smoking facility
Contact Information
The Oaks at Ojai
122 East Ojai Avenue
Ojai, CA 93023