Category Archives: California

Mammoth Mountain Celebrates 60 Years With New Enhancements

Mammoth Mountain is getting ready for the 2013/2014 winter season // (c) Janeen Christoff
Mammoth Mountain is getting ready for the 2013/2014 winter season // (c) Janeen Christoff

I am so happy to hear that one of my favorite ski destinations is celebrating 60 years and that June Mountain will be reopening this season. With so much going on in Mammoth this year, it makes me wish we had purchased season tickets. Regardless, we will definitely be spending a lot of time in the Eastern Sierra when the snow starts to fall…Let the condo searching begin.

In addition to the reopening of June Mountain, Mammoth’s winter air service now includes L.A., San Diego, San Francisco and Orange County. The mountain will also be a training ground for U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. snowboard teams, which means that youngsters heading to the mountain have a chance to see some amazing athletes in action – it also means that Unbound and Adventure Zones will be in top form.

Guests will have an enhanced experience at the Mammoth Mountain Inn as well as new culinary adventures. Both foodies and winter sports enthusiasts alike are treated to an array of new options including celebrated chef Mark Estee’s CAMPO restaurant in The Village at Mammoth. Estee’s original CAMPO, located in Reno, was recently named one of Esquire’s best new restaurants in America. The Lakefront Restaurant has a new chef as well and has partnered with local, organic farms to offer a new seasonal menu.

Late-night entertainment will also be renewed with the opening of the Underground Lounge. Music is the focal point of the Lounge, which accommodates a live music venue along with a bar, lounge, and VIP area. A contemporary menu features signature cocktails and Provencal comfort food highlighted by “tappatizers,” Chef Frederic Pierrel’s unique blend of tapas and appetizers.

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The Walking Dead to Visit Halloween Horror Nights

Hollywood Horror Nights // (c) 2013 Universal Orlando Resorts
Hollywood Horror Nights // (c) 2013 Universal Orlando Resorts

As a fan of zombies and zombie movies, I’m thrilled that cable network AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead‘ will once again be resurrected at Universal Studios Hollywood And Universal Orlando Resort‘s’ Halloween Horror Nights.

Fans can walk in the footsteps of human survivors when Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort debut all-new terrifying mazes inspired by season three of the critically acclaimed television series beginning Sept. 20.

While not a good fit for families with younger children, teens who love a good scare will be terrified by the eerily authentic and disturbingly real maze experiences. Universal Orlando is also dedicating its entire “Halloween Horror Nights” street experience to “The Walking Dead” — making this the first time ever that all of the scare zones throughout the park will be themed after a hit television series.  Guests brave enough to walk the streets of Universal Studios Florida will encounter iconic scenes from all three seasons of the hit show — including the perilous city of Atlanta and Hershel’s dismal barn — and fleets of blood-thirsty walkers who are hungry for their next victim…

A Hotel Deal for Parents in San Francisco

Galleria Park Hotel // (c) 2013
Galleria Park Hotel // (c) 2013

Sometimes the family-friendly hotel deal isn’t all about the kids. At the Galleria Park Hotel in San Francisco, kids can check their family for the weekend with the Kids ‘R VIP & Parents Stay Free package this summer.

Kids 12 and under will receive a travel backpack, a $10 Apple iTunes card to download popular music or games, a certificate for breakfast for two at nearby Bread and Cocoa, a chocolate amenity and inviting accommodations for the whole family.

Starting at $189 plus tax, Kids ‘R VIP offers a combination of value (50 percent off rack rate) and fun this summer. Based on availability, the package is available now through Sept. 2.

Everyone will appreciate the inviting new look of the historic hotel, complimentary wine and juice each afternoon and the hotel’s outdoor Park Terrace where children can play and parents can admire the San Francisco skyline.

Movie Night at Rancho Bernardo Inn

Grab a pool noodle and dive in! It’s movie night at Rancho Bernardo Inn!


New ‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ Will Debut at Disneyland in November

Disney's World of Color - Winter Dreams // (c) Disney
Disney’s World of Color – Winter Dreams // (c) Disney

So excited for a new World of Color at Disneyland Resort this holiday season. Today, the Disneyland Resort announced that “World of Color − Winter Dreams,” an all-new holiday version of the popular “World of Color” after-dark spectacular, will debut at Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, Nov. 15, kicking off the Holiday Season.