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Ring in 2012 in Style at the Julia Morgan Ballroom

Can you believe it's already time to start planning what you'll be doing at the very end of 2011 and the very beginning 2012? Make sure New Year's Eve is an decadent one by heading to the Julia Morgan Ballroom for "A Night of Opulence."

It's a swanky affair high above California Street that you'll want to don your best cocktail attire for and take advantage of their premium drink selection, champagne and appetizer reception, treats to satisfy your sweet tooth and dance music spun by DJ Katz.

Puerto Vallarta: A Dose Of Paradise Only Three Hours Away

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.

Win Tickets to Pink Mammoth's New Year's Eve Party at the Phoenix Hotel

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.

Items We Love from Lady Gaga's Workshop at

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:

Vote in Virgin America's Viva La Vacación Tournament & Get 20% Off Travel

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.

Edgewood Tahoe's Wedding Wonderland

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!

Nob Hill's Parallel 37 Unveils Bar Details

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.

ICB Artists Winter Open Studios: 11 Artists to Keep Your Eyes On

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.

Teatro Zinzanni's "On The Air" Captures the Glory Days Of Radio

There was a time when radio was glamorous, full of drama and dynamic shows that kept families on the edges of their seats as they listened. San Francisco's premiere dinner cabaret show Teatro Zinzanni breathes new life into those long-gone days with their show On The Air.

Holiday Wine Buying Guide: Sledgehammer Cabernet Sauvignon

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.

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