We were lucky enough to be invited on the Virgin America's maiden air voyage to Puerto Vallarta this past weekend, and we can safely say that PV is poised to become one of the friendliest, most welcoming destinations for Bay Areans who need a quick tropical getaway to cleanse themselves of winter blues or real life jitters.
On New Year’s Eve 2012 Saturday, December 31st 2011, venerable local artist collective and Pink Mammoth will be completely taking over and transforming the entire Phoenix Hotel to create a whimsical “The Pink Hotel.” Pink Mammoth resident Djs Gravity, JDubYa, Markie B, Moe Moe, and RawC will be spinning PM’s signature deep, disco, funky, and Latin house sound in both the outdoor heated poolside and patio area, and inside Chambers Eat + Drink, San Francisco’s newest addition to the bar/lounge/restaurant scene.
The whimsical world of Lady Gaga has come to life at Barney's for a very special holiday project called Gaga's Workshop. Their online store has been transformed into an interactive fashion carnival bursting with limited-edition, exclusive products created by Gaga herself, Nicola Formichetti, and the artists Eli Sudbrack and Hamaide Pierson of assume vivid astro focus.
It's a total wonderland of wild, crazy and chic items. Here, we choose a few we'd love to find under the tree on Christmas Day:
We've told you before how excited we are that Virgin America is launching its exclusive SFO-only leg to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on December 2nd, especially now that the air outside is getting a little nippy. We can't think of any better remedy for the winter blues than enjoying their in-flight amenities en route to somewhere special. To celebrate in style, they're offering major travel discounts through their fun Viva La Vacación tournament.
When it comes to gorgeous wedding locales, few areas beat Lake Tahoe. Whether its amongst the winter wonderland snows or beneath the warm summer skies (that means sunsets to die for!), the region is amazing. Luckily one of our favorite lakeside Tahoe resorts Edgewood Tahoe provides a luxurious setting for wedding parties year-round.
Ideal for weddings of 40 guests or more, Edgewood Tahoe is now offering a Winter Wedding Special through April 2012 that includes complimentary wine, champagne and house draft beers for your entire event. Talk about hard to beat!
We've written about the Ritz-Carlton's upcoming eatery Parallel 37, helmed by famed chef Ron Siegel, from the inspiration behind its menu to the design details of the revamped space. This week, we're bringing you the tidbits about the restaurant's bar program, which will be masterminded by Camber Lay, formerly of Townhall and Epic Roasthouse.
One of the best things about living in the Bay Area? We're never at a loss for amazing, inspiring art to brighten up our lives. Just across the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito is the historic, landmark Industrial Center Building, which is home to some of our region's most creative visual artists. Their annual free Open Studios event begins on this weekend on December 3rd which, for art lovers, is the perfect time to scope out these exceptional artists (including 100 painters, sculptors, fabric artists, jewelers, photographers, and multimedia producers) in their natural habitats–not to mention their works of art! Here are eleven creative minds to keep your eyes on.
Celebrate the season with California’s best wines and food pairings.
Sledgehammer Cabernet Sauvignon is a Cab so big we had a hard time fitting it in the bottle. It's a Cab drinker’s staple with deep red color and a bold, full bodied structure. This is what happens when you take a sledgehammer to Cabernet grapes – an explosive wine that packs a powerful punch to the palate. Enjoy it's fully integrated flavor that is truly ground breaking.
If you had a chance to cut a rug for one more night in 2011, where would you go? We'd hit up FRINGE in a heartbeat, the best dance night in the city, where DJs Blondie K & subOctave spin the best modern indie rock and electro pop from Daft Punk to The Strokes to The Rapture. And it doesn't stop there–they do it up with giant video projections, which means for one night a month, you can pretend the glory of MTV never died. For only the second time this year, it takes over DNA Lounge, which means more dance floor square footage, more mind-bending projections and more drinks to go around.
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