The 20 Best Event Venues for Your Next LA Celebration

Celebration is in the air as the holiday season unites colleagues, friends and family alike to enjoy all that Los Angeles has to offer. With a diversity of neighborhoods and atmospheres to experience, choosing the right space to hold your next event can be an overwhelming task. These hot options will make your social gathering a hit no matter the occasion.

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Catch

Following in the footsteps of its New York predecessor, Catch LA is fit to be the hottest rooftop in West Hollywood. Unparalleled views of the city will give your guests a feast for the eyes as they take in the rustic charm of this new dining destination.

 

Photo: Catch

Photo: Catch

Malibu Rocky Oaks

Surround yourself with scenic views of California greenery at this lush vineyard in Malibu. The stone-built estate sits atop volcanic soil, creating a one-of-a-kind environment for flavorful wines. With an atmosphere fit for royalty, your guests won’t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy the 37-acres of beautiful landscapes.

 

Photo: Malibu Rocky Oaks

Photo: Malibu Rocky Oaks

Madame Siam

One of the newest to join the Houston Hospitality family, Madame Siam in Hollywood has plenty of space for dancing, drinking and enjoying the whimsical circus-themed décor. Carnival games and a house psychic are just a few of the draws for people to come see the sideshow.

 

 

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Photo: Madame Siam

DAMA

The Latin-inspired cuisine mixed with the kitschy tropical interior makes Dama a great place for an energetic celebration. The sophisticated setting with indoor and outdoor space will give you plenty of options to make your event worthwhile.

 

Photo: DAMA Los Angeles

Photo: DAMA Los Angeles

Doheny Room

This stylish, hot spot features a two-level bar and lounge perfect for holding receptions of any kind. With two full-service bars and a DJ booth ready for action, the party will last all night in this elegant, West Hollywood space.

 

 

Photo: Doheny Room

Photo: Doheny Room

E.P. & L.P.

The Hollywood Hills will be the backdrop to your party if you treat your guests to a celebration at this rooftop space. The EP dining level and LP terrace, complete with a private nook for smaller events, feature an Asian fusion menu with modern décor to match their creative cocktails.

 

Photo: E.P. & L.P.

Photo: E.P. & L.P.

The Mondrian Hotel

This classic Sunset Boulevard hotel has a multitude of spaces to host a lively gathering. Skybar features one of the most breathtaking pool views in Los Angeles, while Ivory on Sunset will bring mid-century sophistication to any affair.

 

 

Photo: Skybar

Photo: Ivory on Sunset

The Nice Guy

Known for its exclusivity and photo-free atmosphere, this upscale lounge is the perfect place for a cozy West Hollywood get-together. Clink glasses with an intimate group and spend the night taking in the stylish dining and 60s-inspired design.

 

Photo: The Nice Guy

Photo: The Nice Guy

Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

A charming eatery by day and elegant party destination by night, Hyde Sunset caters to your event needs with a spacious, open-air design surrounded by the bustle of Hollywood. With the ability to accommodate close to 400 guests, the California cuisine and fresh, craft cocktails are perfect for day or nighttime revelry.

 

 

Photo: Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

Photo: Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

Republique

Any occasion will be memorable at this modern French dining location, complete with a wine room and bakery. With a variety of rooms and seating styles, you’re guaranteed a unique experience whether it’s for a small, private dinner or a vivacious reception.

 

Photo: Republique

Photo: Republique

Toca Madera

This trendy, West Hollywood restaurant features creative Mexican dishes that accompany a lively, club-like ambiance. In their front room, the marble bar and matching DJ booth keep the party going all night, while a skylight brings in a natural element to dining in their garden room.

 

Photo: Toca Madera

Photo: Toca Madera

Mama Shelter

Bring your most playful guests to Mama Shelter, as their stylish pool tables and tabletop chess add to the artsy, vintage feel of the restaurant. If you prefer your event with a breeze, the Rooftop will have your guests enjoying LA’s signature sunshine amidst the vibrant daybeds and décor.

 

Photo: Mama Shelter

Photo: Mama Shelter

Warwick

If your group is ready for a night out on the town, Warwick will undoubtedly impress with their rotating theme of seductive furnishings. Be prepared to dance the night away with an energetic crowd and DJ, or sip drinks from above at the cozy second-level lounge.

 

 

Warwick Hollywood

Photo: Warwick LA

Photo: Warwick LA

The London West Hollywood

Your next poolside event will make a lasting impression at The London’s relaxing rooftop pool. Airy cabanas overlooking the sparkling water will give your event a touch of serenity. The London’s new rooftop dining option, Boxwood, is also memorable with its enclosed glass patio and fire pits.

 

Photo: The London West Hollywood

Photo: The London West Hollywood

Eveleigh

Just around the corner from Sunset Plaza, Eveleigh stands out with its rustic decor and garden-like seating environment. The open-air style of the restaurant’s design brings in a bit of nature, creating an atmosphere where your guests can enjoy a breezy LA gathering.

 

Photo: Eveleigh

Photo: Eveleigh

71Above

New to the restaurant scene, 71Above is located on the top floor of Downtown’s OUE Skyspace LA building. With an unforgettable 360-degree panoramic view of the skyline, guests can enjoy a private dining experience in the tallest building on the West Coast. The artistic, contemporary furnishings create the perfect ambiance to drink and dine among the clouds.

 

Photo: 71Above

Photo: 71Above

Nobu Malibu

With a reputation for their decadent dining and shoreline views, Nobu Malibu can act as the stunning backdrop to your social gathering. The private dining rooms give your group an intimate place to enjoy yourselves with Malibu’s breezes accompanying the space.

 

Photo: Nobu Malibu

Photo: Nobu Malibu

The Penthouse at The Huntley Hotel

Rise to the 18th floor of The Huntley Hotel to enjoy contemporary design and a view of Santa Monica’s ocean landscape at The Penthouse. Any reception will feel elegant with white curtains flowing throughout the restaurant, complementing the enticing California cuisine.

 

Photo: The Penthouse

Photo: The Penthouse

Perch

This French, rooftop bistro provides the perfect place for your guests to absorb the heart of Downtown LA with their intimate indoor and outdoor seating. The antique furnishings and décor bring an element of classic sophistication great for both formal and informal celebrations.

 

Photo: Perch

Photo: Perch

Ysabel

Indulge in festivities at this mid-century modern restaurant located in the heart of West Hollywood. With a contemporary American menu, paired with mixology-inspired craft cocktails, you can choose from one of their many patios to toast with friends and family surrounded by trees decorated in twinkling lights.

 

Photo: Ysabel

Photo: Ysabel

 

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A New Age in Advertising with Experiential Marketing

In an era where ads are considered more of a nuisance than informative, companies are exploring more creative avenues to reach their consumers in effective ways. One approach that has gained traction in recent years is experiential marketing—events where consumers have hands-on and in-person experiences with brands. These experiential events allow direct engagement that inspires an emotional connection to users.

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It has become a recognized trend that millennials tend to spend more of their income on experiences in comparison to the product-oriented generations that came before them. With their eyes constantly seeking new activities, they invest their free time in taking trips, going to events, and socializing in public places. This modern pool of highly active individuals sets up a foundation for experiential marketing to be extremely effective for brands. The continuously growing social media landscape has also become a large aspect of why experiential marketing is so useful. The unique and artistic spaces created for events are often prime photo-ops for attendees. Interactive activities can inspire hundreds of pictures which users voluntarily post to their social media channels. Experiential marketing events often will include a custom hashtag promoted in marketing materials and signage that allow attendees’ photos to be grouped online to make them easily viewed by others.

 

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Experiential marketing campaigns can also provide a way for brands to learn more about their consumers. Analyzing consumer data and KPIs are a significant part of marketing and with experiential events, consumers are often willing to provide relevant information about themselves in exchange for the opportunity to experience a fun event. These events act as a modern re-imagination of the classic focus group style of market research that proves to be more effective as it generates both in-person and online engagement while making a positive impact on the participant.

 

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Ultimately the most beneficial part of experiential marketing is the personal connection consumers are able to make with a company and more specifically, their brand. These events help illustrate the brand’s narrative and integrate consumers into the story. Their in-person memories of experiencing the event are far more impactful than a billboard they pass on the street or an ad before an online video. These opportunities for direct engagement create a relationship where after attending an experiential event, the consumer is more likely to develop brand loyalty than through traditional means of advertising. This two-way relationship where both brand and consumer are learning about each other is an invaluable method that has plenty of space to flourish within the marketing industry.

 

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Hit the Winter Slopes with The Ski Week

From the same people that brought you The Yacht Week, there’s a new adventure to experience with The Ski Week. Snow lovers will have a blast snowboarding and skiing the slopes alongside partying with their fellow travelers during the week-long excursion. Whether you’ve chosen Japan, Canada, Austria or Aspen, know what to expect on your trip with some helpful tips for The Ski Week.

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Destinations

Each of the four routes for The Ski Week is different, but they are all chosen for their picturesque mountainsides packed with fresh powder ready to be carved up by visitors. The Austrian route will take you to Obertauern, a city with breathtaking landscapes and a party-friendly atmosphere where your ski boots will double as dancing shoes. Sign on to explore Niskeo and experience some world-renowned, fresh powder at Japan’s number one skiing locale. The peaks of Colorado will be your home for the three-day Aspen route where you can experience one of the best winter destinations in the US. If you’re a fan of being on the move, get a tour of British Columbia on the Canadian route that travels by RV through some of the coolest resorts in the region.

 

Photo: The Ski Week Austria

Recommendations

There are plenty of details to keep in mind when preparing for an exciting Ski Week. The friends you bring along on your adventure will be the key to having an exciting excursion on the slopes. The Ski Week requires an equal gender ratio for the week so check out their website to see how many guys and girls you’ll need in your group. You’ll have three options of booking your stay depending on which Ski Week you choose. Book a Room or Flat to mix and mingle with your own friends and other attendees, or pile your friends into a Ski Week RV for the rugged Canadian experience. If you’re in need of a few extra friends to fill your crew, the Ski Week Crew Finder will do the trick in matching you up to fill your open spots.

 

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Activities

Each of the routes has a different set of events to look forward to that will make your trip worthwhile. In Japan you’ll be able to do things like ice fishing and a snowshoe hike through the Japanese magic forest. The Austrian route comes complete with a 270-person mountain banquet dinner and partying as the sun sets in a man-made Snow Fort bar. The slopeside pool party in Aspen will definitely be an Instagram-worthy occasion along with the torchlight ride where travelers descend down the mountain lighting the way with burning torches. The variety of Canadian activities are sure to keep you entertained from line dancing, ice hockey competitions and heli-skiing drop-ins from a helicopter above the clouds.

 

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Photo: The Ski Week – Fabian Webster

Photo: The Ski Week

Photo: The Ski Week

Photo: The Ski Week

 

15 of the Best Brunch Spots in LA

The people of Los Angeles have a reputation for laid back work schedules and a weakness for a midday brunch outing. If you’re in town and looking for a spot to quiet your half-breakfast half-lunch craving, the range of options in LA are sure to satisfy. Some of the best brunch hot spots are known to turn your average meal into a necessary social event.

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Pearls Liquor Bar

Climb the stairs to Pearl’s for a seat overlooking the busy Sunset Boulevard below as you create your own sparkling concoction with their DIY mimosa kit.

 

Photo: Pearl’s Liquor Bar Mimosa Kit

Photo: Pearl’s Liquor Bar

Rossoblu

This Italian eatery is a great destination for brunch when you’re in Downtown LA. The breakfast plates and mouth-watering burgers supply you with everything you need to recover from the previous night’s adventures.

 

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Photo: Rossoblu

State Social House

State Social House’s prime West Hollywood location will give you the best American eats along with bottomless mimosas and build-your-own Blood Marys.

 

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Photo: State Social House

Gjusta

This sprawling Venice bakery and restaurant offers up a mouth-watering brunch menu of savory bites. Their fresh ingredients sourced from Southern Californian farms ensure a fresh-tasting dining experience to put a quality touch on your day out.

 

Photo: Gjusta Venice

Photo: Gjusta Venice

Cliff’s Edge

This nature-inspired destination has plenty of greenery to surround your day with good vibes. The intimate seating puts the cherry on top of a delicious menu and makes for a great brunch date spot.

 

Photo: Cliff’s Edge

Photo: Cliff’s Edge

Eveleigh

This rustic West Hollywood location has a bright outdoor space to make sure you take in Los Angeles’ envious weather. Their seasonally-shifting menu ensures that only the best ingredients are a part of their dishes, and mimosa pitchers promise a buzz with your meal.

 

Photo: Eveleigh

Photo: Eveleigh

Republique

This innovative brunch destination will put you in a food coma with their filling dishes of sandwiches, chicken and waffles, pastries and anything else you can think of that’s required for tasty afternoon eats.

 

Photo: Republique – Fashion by Ally

Photo: Republique

E.P. & L.P.

Dine from EP’s unique Asian-fusion Sunday brunch menu and enjoy their bottomless mimosas before heading to the LP rooftop patio to take in the Los Angeles sun.

 

Photo: E.P. & L.P.

Photo: EP & LP

Little Doms

Head to the Eastside to get a taste of everything that’s best about brunch—the in-house deli at Little Dom’s provides all the best meats along with breakfast pizza that will fulfill your Italian brunch dreams.

 

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Photo: Little Dom’s

Kismet

For a Middle Eastern twist on your brunch outing, Kismet in Los Feliz provides a delicious spot for filling up on homemade breads and satisfying egg dishes. Their Turkish-ish breakfast is a signature choice for starting off your day right.

 

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Photo: Kismet

Sqirl

This Silver Lake hot spot is known for putting together a tasty selection of unique dishes. The long line will be worth the wait as their signature seasonal spreads are sure to bring something sweet to your afternoon.

 

Photo: Sqirl – Brunchographers

Photo: Sqirl

Neighbor

This hidden Abbott Kinney newcomer boasts a bright outdoor patio for you to take in the breeze as you dine. Their granola is a popular treat to get your day started after recovering from a busy weekend.

 

Photo: Neighbor Venice

Photo: Neighbor Venice

Salts Cure

The mouth-watering eats at Salt’s Cure come from a collection of ingredients locally sourced from California. Their in-house butchering gives dishes fresh cuts that will make your mouth water.

 

Photo: Salt’s Cure

Photo: Salt’s Cure

Sunny Spot

Make a reservation at Venice’s Sunny Spot for a lively Caribbean-inspired brunch in their indoor/outdoor space. Choose from bottomless mimosas or rum punch to give a kick to your daytime outing.

 

Photo: Sunny Spot Venice

Photo: Sunny Spot Venice

Huckleberry

Waiting in line at Huckleberry is just a part of the experience, but sitting down to dine on their delicious eats makes it all worth it. Their freshly baked pastries are a must-try as the fresh, local ingredients make it easy to indulge.

 

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Photo: Huckleberry Santa Monica

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7 Tropical Winter Holiday Getaways

Sometimes the best way to spend the holidays is to escape the cold by staying inside during dropping temperatures. However if you’d really like to get away, escape altogether by choosing a tropical destination for a warm-weather winter. Spend the holiday season having some fun in the sun during a beachy winter vacation.

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Antigua

Slowly becoming a star in the Caribbean Islands, Antigua’s selection of modern and luxurious resorts will have you forgetting all about the brisk winter back home. Their impressive Hermitage Bay Resort gives you options of a beachside suite or hillside cabana depending on your preferred landscape for relaxation.

 

Photo: Hermitage Bay Antigua

Photo: Antigua

Australia

Fly across the Pacific to Queensland, Australia and experience their unique Lizard Island Resort. Located right on the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll have the ultimate privacy to spend quality time celebrating your holiday. The island also boasts some of the best snorkeling in the world, so prepare for some underwater exploration to get the most out of your stay.

 

Photo: Lizard Island Resort – Conde Nast

Photo: Great Barrier Reef – Iborisoff/Istock

Indonesia

Any tropical escape should include palm trees and a clear blue ocean—head to Indonesia for the best of the best when it comes to a serene vacation. Bali is a popular hot spot for crystal-clear waters and white, sandy beaches. Book a room at The Mulia to relax and take in infinite views of the sun setting over the horizon.

 

Photo: The Mulia – Bali

Photo: Bali, Indonesia

Fiji

Travel to the South Pacific and explore Wakaya Island in Fiji for a holiday getaway to remember. The Wakaya Club & Spa is a secluded locale filled with outdoor gardens growing fresh vegetables and herbs, and finely decorated interiors that will place you in the lap of luxury.

 

Photo: The Wakaya Club & Spa

Photo: Wakaya Island

Mexico

Who needs a white Christmas when you have a private blue plunge pool right outside your villa? If you book your stay at the Viceroy Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen you’ll be able to rejuvenate as you get some sun on your private deck, or take on an adventure with diving lessons and horseback riding.

 

Photo: Viceroy Riviera Maya

Photo: Viceroy Riviera Maya

Dominican Republic

Since the holidays are a time for family, The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real may be the right resort for you if you book a trip to Punta Cana. Their luxury yet family-friendly space offers restaurants, spa and yoga amenities along with babysitting services to ensure some well-needed private time.

 

Photo: The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real Resort

Photo: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Anguilla

This small island is considered one of the best in the Caribbean for any time of year, but their 80-degree winter temperatures make it a go-to for those seeking warm weather. If you book your stay at the Frangipani Beach Resort on Meads Bay, you’ll have an intimate holiday getaway overlooking the sparkling blue ocean.

 

Photo: Villa, Frangipani Beach Resort

Photo: Anguilla

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The 10 Best Restaurants for Fine Dining in Las Vegas

While the ever-popular nightlife scene in Las Vegas will always be what the city is known for, those with a refined appetite will have a blast dining at the city’s selection of extravagant restaurants. From lavish French cuisine to sophisticated steakhouses, there are a variety of ways to splurge on a luxury Vegas dining experience. Make a reservation to wine and dine at these hot spots and indulge in a palate-pleasing meal in Sin City.

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Joël Robuchon

This elaborate destination is the picture of opulence with a space where renowned “chef of the century” Joël Robuchon presents the best of French cuisine. The many elegant dining rooms create an aesthetic of 1930s Paris as guests are spoiled by Chef Robuchon’s culinary works of art.

 

Photo: Joël Robuchon

Photo: Joël Robuchon Vegas

SW Steakhouse

The Wynn is home to Chef David Walzog’s restaurant for unparalleled American steakhouse dishes. The terrace overlooking the Lake of Dreams gives guests a spectacular view as they dine on seasonal and sometimes exotic ingredients brought to life through the Chef’s decadent menu.

 

Photo: SW Steakhouse

Photo: SW Steakhouse

Yui Adomae

For an upscale sushi experience to remember, Yui Adomae is a fine dining destination with a modest setting but offers fresh seafood flown in directly from Japan. The omakase meal takes a minimalist perspective to ensure you savor each flavor of the specially-crafted menu.

 

Photo: Yui Edomae

Photo: Yui Edomae

Picasso

Inspired by the artist himself, this two-Michelin star French and Spanish menu by Executive Chef Julian Serrano will give you the once-in-a-lifetime experience of dining surrounded by Pablo Picasso’s original artwork. The patio view of the Bellagio’s fountain will be the cherry on top when you make a reservation for this innovative Vegas destination.

 

Photo: Picasso

Photo: Picasso

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

One of the best steakhouses in the city, CUT offers up a variety of menu options that are sure to please your palate. From American and Japanese Wagyu to prime corn-fed steaks, there’s something for everyone at this Wolfgang Puck hot spot.

 

Photo: CUT by Wolfgang Puck Las Vegas

Photo: CUT by Wolfgang Puck Las Vegas

Twist

Three-star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire brings his talents to Las Vegas to take classical French dining and give it a modern “twist.” Overlooking the Strip from the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, the stunning space filled with floor-to-ceiling windows serves innovative dishes made with seasonal ingredients that are sure to impress.

 

Photo: Twist Vegas

Photo: Twist Vegas

é by José Andrés

This ultra exclusive eight-seat fine dining experience inside Jaleo will have you buzzing with delight at the rotating menu of delicately-crafted dishes. The library-themed space boasts a tasting menu of whimsical Spanish plates bursting with vibrant flavors.

 

Photo: é by José Andrés

Photo: é by José Andrés

Restaurant Guy Savoy

A reflection of its Parisian sister location, Restaurant Guy Savoy brings French tastes to Vegas through delectable, traditional cuisine made for any true food enthusiast to enjoy. The sophisticated style and rich flavors surpass expectations while offering guests beautiful views of the Las Vegas Strip in a luxurious, modern space.

 

Photo: Restaurant Guy Savoy

Photo: Restaurant Guy Savoy

Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

Bazaar Meat isn’t your ordinary steakhouse with its lavish setting and José Andrés’ signature innovation in breaking the mold of Spanish dining. From ceviche and tartares to foie gras and real Kobe beef, any meat lover will be right at home at this SLS Las Vegas hot spot.

 

Photo: Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

Photo: Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

Le Cirque

Take a trip to “the circus” for French fine dining from Chef Wilfried Bergerhausen. The inventive plates of both classic and modern French fare are served in a playfully sophisticated space themed like a colorful circus that overlooks the Bellagio fountain.

 

Photo: Le Cirque

Photo: Le Cirque

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Artsy Vacation Spots for an Inspired Escape

For lovers of all things artistic, travelling can be the perfect way to spark your inspiration as you indulge in the life of another culture. While more popular vacation destinations can be fun, sometimes taking the road less traveled will lead you to enlightening adventures in artistic expression. Take a unique trip to an art-centric locale to gain some inspiration on your next getaway.

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Sedona, Arizona

While many tourists head to the Grand Canyon, only those in the know will travel south to stop by Sedona for a retreat into a rich history of indigenous American artistry paired with a breathtaking landscape of natural red sandstone rock formations.

 

Photo: Sedona, Arizona – Zocha Group

Photo: Sedona, Arizona – Zocha Group

Berlin, Germany

This city’s mix of old world masterpieces and contemporary creations makes it the perfect place to take in the urban landscape of street art, murals, museums, and a signature alternative music scene.

 

Photo: Berlin, Germany

Photo: Berlin, Germany – Zocha Group

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

A rugged city perfect for a winter escape, Jackson Hole is worth visiting for its ski resorts, art and performance venues, and a National Museum of Wildlife Art home to pieces by Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keeffe.

 

Photo: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Photo: National Museum of Wildlife Art – Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Havana, Cuba

Havana’s rich culture has been left untouched for decades and is now a hot spot for those looking to learn about Cuba’s colorful history through museums, architecture, and murals found throughout the city.

 

Photo: Havana, Cuba – Zocha Group

Photo: Havana, Cuba – Zocha Group

Portland, Oregon

A hub for all things ‘weird,’ Portland boasts an eccentric identity tied to its population of creatives that have cultivated a lively art, music, and theater scene in addition to a growing craft beer and coffee industry.

 

Photo: Portland, Oregon – Zocha Group

Photo: Portland, Oregon – Zocha Group

Tulum, Mexico

The bohemian vibe of Tulum draws in visitors who aim to experience the serene landscapes and chic social scene. The hippie-inspired boutiques, creative restaurants and nearby ancient Mayan ruins will have you living in paradise in this cultural getaway.

 

Photo: Tulum, Mexico – Zocha Group

Photo: Tulum, Mexico – Kelly Ella Maz

Sumba Island, Indonesia

While many jet setters flock to Bali for an escape, the up-and-coming sister destination of Sumba Island offers beautiful landscapes and picturesque beaches alongside villagers who create a range of crafts such as handwoven ikat clothing.

 

Photo: Sumba Island, Indonesia

Photo: Sumba Island, Indonesia – Ikat Clothing

Lund, Sweden

The university town of Lund is vibrant with culture as its rustic, cobblestone streets lead to kitschy cafes, open-air museums and contemporary art galleries along with a burgeoning performing arts scene.

 

Photo: Lund, Sweden

Photo: Lund, Sweden – Skissernas Museum

Marfa, Texas

This unassuming town with less than 2,000 residents may not seem like much, but with world-renowned art installations, multiple galleries and an annual Marfa Myths Music Festival, there’s plenty to see and do in this Texas desert destination.

 

Photo: Marfa, Texas

Photo: Marfa, Texas – James Evans

Seville, Spain

You’ll have a rich cultural experience as you walk the streets of Seville with its classical baroque and Gothic architecture mixing with a vibrant nightlife scene that highlights the city’s history of flamenco music.

 

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Photo: Seville, Spain

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A Luxury Stay in Los Cabos

No matter where you’re coming from, a destination with a sparkling blue ocean, tropical scenery and luxury accommodations sounds like a dream vacation. That dream becomes a reality when you visit the lush paradise of Los Cabos, Mexico. Their lavish hotels are the epitome of relaxation with the nearby ocean waves letting you drift off into the serene landscape. Los Cabos’ best resorts will have you feeling right at home as you settle into your Mexico getaway.

Photo: Esperanza Resort, Cabo

 

One&Only Palmilla

No other resort in Los Cabos measures up to One&Only Palmilla, located in San Jose del Cabo. Every aspect of the hotel has been given the utmost attention to place you right in the lap of luxury. Each of the four restaurants offers an elegant dining experience with award-winning chefs to create flavorful dishes. The two refreshing swimming pools and stone-carved spa create a dreamlike escape into the picturesque surroundings. The luxurious rooms are decorated with a mix of modern and traditional Mexican details paired with unique accommodations such as aromatherapy, fresh fruit delivery, and luggage unpacking services.

 

Photo: One&Only Palmilla

Photo: One&Only Palmilla

Thompson Cape

This contemporary, upscale destination provides a scenic experience with a view of the point break and rooms to overlook the El Arco and Bahia Cabo San Lucas horizon. A surfer’s paradise, the secluded hotel sits right on the beach but also has two pools for guests to take a dip. The renowned Los Cabos hotel has over 160 rooms along with multiple restaurants and bars that each present a different view of the luxurious property. Inside the rooms, guests are treated to a private cocktail bar, hot tub and balcony for their own unique vantage point of the shores below.

 

Photo: Panoramic Corner Suite at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Photo: Surfers Villa at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Marquis Los Cabos

This all-inclusive resort at the southern tip of the Baja peninsula brings forth beautiful desert and ocean landscapes that come together to create an atmosphere of serenity. Suites at the Marquis come complete with balcony views of Mar de Cortes that you can view from your private plunge pool. You’ll have no problem filling your days as the three swimming pools, full-service spa and activities like archery and live entertainment will round out your vacation. The five restaurants and hotel bar act as the ultimate treat where you can indulge in quality Los Cabos cuisine with a spectacular view of the sparkling ocean.

 

Photo: Marquis Los Cabos

Photo: Marquis Los Cabos

Esperanza

The welcoming atmosphere of Esperanza can’t be beat as the mix of intimate and modern makes for a romantic getaway. The scenic location will have you mesmerized as the soft ocean waves are picture-perfect from the open view in your living space. The thoughtful décor and rustic accents create an ambiance of serenity throughout the property. A spacious infinity pool is the star of the resort as it seems to disappear into the ocean in the distance. The hotel restaurant La Palapa is well-known for its fresh ingredients and authentic taste of Mexican cuisine. With activities such as tequila tasting, yoga classes and a weekly fiesta on the patio, you’re sure to enjoy the diversity of elegant amenities Esperanza has to offer.

 

Photo: Esperanza Resort, Cabo

Photo: Esperanza Resort, Cabo

Chileno Bay Resort

Positioned on a protected cove, Los Cabos’ Chileno Bay stands as a lavish and modern hotel experience for you to embrace relaxation. The natural surroundings inspire the décor with a seaside touch to the property’s aesthetic. Rooms come complete with floor-to-ceiling windows to relish in the breathtaking views of the ocean, along with a deep soaking tub for ultimate relaxation. Their dining venues include a restaurant, bar and café that each take care of your every need with menus of impeccable dishes made with local ingredients. You can also take a break from life’s stresses with a visit the spa to unwind and rejuvenate in the salt room, reflexology pool or ice fountain.

 

Photo: Chileno Bay Resort

Photo: Chileno Bay Resort

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Photo: One&Only Palmilla

Photo: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Photo: Marquis Los Cabos

Photo: Esperanza Resort, Cabo

Photo: Chileno Bay Resort

 

The Top 15 Essential NYC Restaurants

New York City is filled to the brim with quality places to wine and dine. With a diversity of cultures bringing unique flavors to the restaurant landscape, there are a number of options for where to indulge in a satisfying meal during your time in the city. Your cravings will be satisfied as you experience some of the best NYC restaurants.

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Olmsted

The fun and fresh menu at Brooklyn neighborhood restaurant Olmsted will make your visit worthwhile with whimsical dishes to enjoy in their back garden for a touch of greenery.

 

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Photo: Olmsted NYC

Alta

The airy ambiance of Atla comes from the bright and trendy Noho environment filled with healthy Mexican dishes for a casual yet refined dining experience.

 

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Photo: Alta NYC

Llama Inn

Head to Llama Inn to take in their quirky design elements fit for the Williamsburg neighborhood as you dine from the Peruvian-inspired menu of delicious and adventurous bites.

 

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Photo: Llama Inn NYC

I Sodi

For pasta and lasagna that will make your mouth water, I Sodi’s minimalist approach to Italian dining makes the delicious food stand out in this cozy West Village destination.

 

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Photo: I Sodi NYC

Oxomoco

The wood-fired oven at Oxomoco adds to the vibrant flavors of their Mexican cuisine served up in the rustic yet modern dining room or the pleasantly intimate front patio.

 

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Photo: Oxomoco NYC

The Grill

The landmark Seagram Building has gotten an upgrade with The Grill’s menu of chophouse classics drawing in guests for a lively meal amongst the eye-catching interior.

 

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Photo: The Grill NYC

Lilia

A pasta lover’s dream, Lilia is a shining star in Williamsburg for the innovative menu of Italian cuisine in a sophisticated industrial-inspired setting.

 

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Photo: Lilia NYC

Wildair

Don’t be fooled by the unassuming wine bar concept—Wildair delivers a small plates dining menu that will surpass expectations from the memorable tartare to the mouth-watering desserts.

 

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Photo: Wildair NYC

La Vara

Cobble Hill’s La Vara boasts a Michelin-star rating for its Spanish and Jewish influenced cuisine fit for both traditional palates and adventurous tastes.

 

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Photo: La Vara NYC

Flora Bar

After visiting the Met Breuer in the Upper East Side, you’ll have to stop by Flora Bar—a restaurant that oozes cool serving up seafood small plates in an upscale, casual environment.

 

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Photo: Flora Bar NYC

Win Son

With a selection of Taiwanese dishes with an American twist, Win Son is a lively choice for a restaurant that mixes tradition with innovation in its trendy Brooklyn locale.

 

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Photo: Win Son NYC

Le Coucou

A restaurant inspired by classic elements of French dining, the warmth of Le Coucou can be felt through its stylish yet comforting décor paired with an extravagant selection of tastes.

 

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Photo: Le Coucou NYC

Aldea

This Michelin-starred destination remains approachable and enjoyable as its Portuguese fare and modern setting impresses guests to return again and again.

 

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Photo: Aldea NYC

Uncle Boons

Head to Uncle Boons for a creative menu of flavorful (and often spicy) Northern Thai cuisine with an eclectic environment inspired by vintage Thai artistry.

 

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Photo: Uncle Boons NYC

The Pool

The former Four Seasons’ iconic pool dining room has been re-imagined through The Pool—a contemporary spot for lavish seafood plates and an impressive wine list.

 

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Photo: The Pool

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