Kurt Cobain package offered in Seattle

     Planning to take in the
Seattle Art Museum’s Kurt Cobain exhibit this summer?  Start

by calling the Inn at Harbor Steps, where the new “Art
Across the Steps” package gets you tickets to Kurt,
dinner at a popular local eatery, and a room at a contemporary boutique hotel right across the street from the museum.

Grunge music is arguably
Seattle’s greatest cultural export of the past
20 years, and Kurt Cobain was that movement’s central figure,” says
Darling, The Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
at the
Seattle Art Museum. “During and after his brief career, his life and
work have
reverberated across the globe. Kurt celebrates that influence, in
particular the effect he had on the creative lives and thought processes
artists. Kurt Cobain symbolized the ideals, aspirations and
disappointments of
the ’90s generation, and a diverse array of artists have incorporated
his image
into their work to comment on those issues.”

in scope, the works on
view in Kurt range from portraiture to pieces that show a more
assimilation of Cobain’s ethos and idealism in a broad range of media.
     Across the street from the Seattle Art Museum, art
will find the Inn at Harbor Steps to be the most convenient place to
stay, and
the hotel’s Kurt package a good value.  The package includes
one night, two VIP tickets to the Seattle Art
including the Kurt exhibit, with cell
phone tour and podcast ($30 value), dinner for two ($50 dining
certificate) at
one of Seattle’s Tom Douglas restaurants (Dahlia Lounge, Lola, Etta’s,
Kitchen or Serious Pie), Four Sisters Inns’ signature breakfast, and
wine and hors d’oeuvres.
for the “Art Across the Steps” package range from $245 to $295, per
couple (not
per person), depending upon the room selected. All guest rooms for this
have fireplaces, perfect for cool Seattle summer nights, and some rooms
have jetted
spa tubs.
     The package is offered Sunday through Thursday nights, now through Sept. 6.  Please note that the Seattle
Art Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays when making travel plans.
For reservations
or more information, call the Inn at Harbor Steps at 888-728-8910.

Still room for a campfire at Camp-California.com

It’s not too late to book reservations for
campgrounds, RV parks and resorts for July 4th weekend. Camp-California.com has compiled a listing of nearly 70 parks that have
yet to fill up.

“There are privately owned campgrounds, RV parks and
resorts all over the state that still have a few spots left for 4th of
July weekend,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California
Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which operates

As of Friday, in fact, there were close to 70
campgrounds, RV parks and resorts that still had sites and cabins
available for the holiday weekend.

For the most up to date listing,
please visit www.Camp-California.com for the latest information and for
online reservations. However, you may also want to call parks of
interest to you directly for reservation inquiries.

Lights on the Lake this Fourth of July at Lake Tahoe

“Lights on the Lake,” Lake Tahoe South Shore’s (http://www.TahoeSouth.com)
July 4th Fireworks extravaganza is one of the most
Independence Day celebrations in the West with 100,000 plus
onlookers. The
event has received national media exposure in USA Today, Travel
and ForbesTraveler.com as one of the nation’s top
Fourth of July weekend festivities.

The display includes memories for a lifetime:
magnificent backdrop of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada; the
mountain air
and scent of pines; a billion stars visible in the clear sky; kids
wide-eyed wonderment; and goose bumps with the traditional close of
“American the Beautiful.” 

Holiday weekend visitors can expect the
fireworks show
to explode into unusual and whimsical shapes such as jellyfish,
butterflies, and smiley faces around 9:45 p.m. This annual family
is choreographed to music and broadcast on local radio stations
93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490. “Lights on the Lake” is sponsored by the
Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.

The fireworks are launched from offshore barges
and can
be seen from all corners of town. South Shore offers convenient
access to
viewing areas via public transportation, paved bike trails, and
nearby park
and walk venues. 

Vantage points include:

South Lake Tahoe’s two paddle
wheelers, the Tahoe

and M.S.
Dixie II
; both offer dining/viewing packages

Nevada Beach State Park has a
soft, sandy
shoreline equipped with barbecues and picnic tables

Regan and El Dorado Beaches offer
front row
seating that fills up fast

Bijou Community Park is set back
from the
shoreline and boasts many amenities such as a skate park, disc golf
dog park, golf course, and playground to keep the whole family
while holding your ideal viewing spot

The Tallac Historic Site, off
Emerald Bay
Road, has an east-view perspective with nearby Baldwin Beach and its

For the more adventurous, hike to
the top of
Mount Tallac for a bird’s eye view of the fireworks extravaganza,
don’t forget your headlamp for the trek back down

A Fourth of July favorite is Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course’s 4th
of July Celebration. This setting offers front-and-center
viewing of
Lights on the Lake from Edgewood’s private beach and an
all-you-can-eat buffet www.edgewoodtahoe.com.

South Shore’s Independence celebration, July
also provides scenic beauty, countless indoor and outdoor activities

even skiing and snowboarding at Kirkwood Mountain Resort. With the
El Nino winter, Kirkwood still has enough snow to reopen, July 2-4,
summer skiing, riding, and mountain bike access. For schedule of
times and details: www.kirkwood.com

DowntownLA.com offers happy hour finder and kids resource page

Happy Hour is a great -and affordable–way to
sample Downtown L.A.’s best restaurants, bars and hot spots. And now
finding the perfect spot to unwind from a hard day’s work just got a
whole lot easier.

The Downtown
Business Improvement District
recently launched its Happy Hour Finder
its website, DowntownLA.com, so
seekers can search by day, time and neighborhood to find the best happy
hour to
hit the spot. 

No heavy lifting – or searching, rather – is
required, since the site is constantly updated with the latest deals.
use the tools and begin your happy hour adventure. 

And there’s more good news: Happy Hour Finder is
of the new mobile site: mobile.downtownla.com,
which automatically detects your mobile device and serves up the best
all in the palm of your hands.  Discover quick-loading access to the
Business Directory, Events Calendar, important street closure
information, and
other popular content – or plan an impromptu bar crawl. 

If parenting has taken the place of your
happy hour, relax, DowntownLA.com
something to make your life easier too.  Its new Kids & Families

page offers details about fun-filled activities for children and parents
plus helpful information about convenient access to daycare, schools and
special services in Downtown L.A.

Max Weinberg Opens Hyatt Summer Jazz Series in Newport Beach today

Cool ocean breezes and blue waves highlight one of the nation’s most vibrant summer jazz destinations. Newport Beach
will host two jazz events this summer.

In its 18th
year, the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Jazz Series is the
longest-running in the U.S. It is joined by the Sunset Jazz at Newport, a
new 8 week jazz series hosted at the Marriott Newport
Beach Hotel & Spa.

Max Weinberg who
will open the Hyatt series on June 25. Weinberg, the long-time drummer
for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and Conan O’Brien’s lead band
drummer since 1993 will make his first appearance since leaving the
Conan O’Brien show.

Every Friday night through Oct. 1, with a special show on the Fourth of July, a diverse collection of jazz
musicians will entertain audiences. It takes place at the resort’s
intimate outdoor amphitheater. In addition to Max Weinberg Big Band,
other top acts include David Sanborn, Bobby Caldwell Fourplay and Steve

The Sunset Jazz at Newport Series entertains every Wednesday evening from July 7 to Aug. 25. The series will
feature some of the most popular
artists from the long-running West Coast Jazz Party, also in Newport

The producers of the very successful West Coast Jazz Party,
together with the nation’s #1 jazz station- KJAZZ, have converted their 4
day jazz party into an eight week series.

Rose Garden of the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa sets the stage
for talent such as Houston Person, Ken Peplowski, Byron Stripling and
Graham Dechter.

Call the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach box office
at (949) 729-6400. Dinner packages, reserved seats, sky boxes and
overnight accommodations are available. Room reservations can be booked
directly with the hotel at (949) 729-1234, or (800) 223-1234 or via
their website. Call (949) 759-5003 for full list of performances and
ticket information.

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa is
offering a special rate of $119 per night for this special event
(based on availability). Reservations can be booked directly with the
hotel at (949) 640-4000 or via their website.

Taste of Gaslamp district in San Diego this weekend

Taste of Gaslamp

$30 per person per day

The seventeenth annual Taste of Gaslamp presented by Samuel Adams will
be held Saturday and Sunday, June 26-27, from 1 to 4 p.m. on
the streets of the historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego.

Participating Gaslamp Quarter restaurants will showcase their house
specialties with a 2 to 4 ounce sample for each ticketed patron.

guest will receive a numbered ticket and walking map so they can
navigate the Gaslamp Quarter establishments on foot at their own pace
throughout the day.

More information about the Taste of Gaslamp can be
found at www.gaslamp.org or by calling 619.233.5227. Tickets are only
$30 per person per day, and are available for purchase at

Ski, ride and golf all on the same day on Mammoth Mountain

Mountain Ski Area
is offering an opportunity for diehard snow skiers still dreaming of hitting the
slopes, fat
tire fans who want to challenge Mammoth’s network of trails and golfers
who are up for an afternoon round on California’s highest course –
all on the same day.

From Friday, June 25 through Monday, July 5, two
become one when visitors take advantage of the
Challenge Ski, Ride
and Golf Package

only $99, outdoor enthusiasts can experience the ultimate Mammoth
The $99 package features a one-day ticket that gives guests unlimited
access to
the ski slopes, the mountain bike park and nine holes of afternoon golf
Sierra Star after 1 p.m.  Anyone who attempts conquering all three
activities in one day will be entered in a drawing to receive a
RZ140 mountain bike, a full set of TaylorMade R9 golf clubs, a pair of
K2 skis
with bindings or a Burton snowboard with bindings.

so much to do in one day, guests who want to stay close to the outdoor
can take advantage of
Night Free
Lodging Package

at Mammoth Mountain. Guests receive one free night of lodging for every
nights booked at the Mammoth Mountain Inn, The Village Lodge, Juniper
Resort or Tamarack Lodge.

to a bountiful winter, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area still has a snow base
of four
to eight feet at the upper elevations as of mid-June.  Much of the lower
elevation snow has melted, allowing mountain bikers to enjoy world-class
suited to all abilities at the
Mountain Bike Park
. Sierra
Star Golf Course
, the highest golf course in
California at 8,000 feet above sea level, is also snow-free and ready
Three-Way Challenge participants. 

for the first time ever guests also have the option to fly to Mammoth
summer thanks to
from LAX on Horizon Air.
Flights start from only $59 each way.

more information or to book the Three-Way Challenge Ski, Ride and Golf
please call 800.MAMMOTH or visit

No mystery to great hotel deals in San Jose

Need a little mystery this summer? Check out
the Winchester Mystery House Package at Doubletree Hotel San Jose,
which includes an overnight stay and two admission tickets. The
mysterious mansion, once home to Winchester rifle heiress Sarah
Winchester, is now an architectural marvel.

It is believed that, upon
the advice of a psychic, she continuously built additions onto the home
to confuse the spirits of rifle victims. Tour through 110 of the 160
rooms and look for the bizarre phenomena that gave the mansion its name;
a window built into the floor, staircases leading to nowhere, a chimney
that rises four floors, doors that open onto blank walls, and upside
down posts.

Additional tickets can be purchased directly from the
Winchester Mystery House. To reserve this package Call 1-800-222-Tree
or visit online at www.sanjose.doubletree.com click on hotel specials.

to heat up your romance this summer? Rendezvous with Doubletree Hotel
San Jose and enjoy the Sweet Romance Getaway. Relax and indulge with accommodations for two, a bottle of sparkling wine awaiting
arrival, and full in-room breakfast the next morning. Guests who add
additional nights will receive a “buy one lunch or dinner entre and get
a second one of equal or lesser value free” offer. To reserve this
package call 1-800-222-Tree or visit online at
www.sanjose.doubletree.com click on hotel specials.

Stay Hotels in the San Jose area are offering $20 off a minimum 2-night
stay at any of their five local hotels. Book the deal at http://www.extendedstayhotels.com
and use promo code “GAME” to receive the discount.

Visitors can “Go
Green” with Extended Stay Hotels as most of these locations are near the
VTA light rail, giving easy access to all San Jose Bay area adventures,
including The Tech Museum, San Jose Art Museum, Winchester Mystery
House, and parks galore. Light rail passes may be purchased at the
front desk at 25 percent savings off the regular VTA transportation
cost. Good now through the fall.

The Fairmont San Jose is
offering a Discover Summer in San Jose package. Located in the heart of
Silicon Valley, the Fairmont combines high-tech excitement with the
elegance of Fairmont Summertime style.

Discover San Jose by experiencing
two of San Jose’s premier destinations: The Winchester Mystery House
and the Tech Museum. Package Includes: One night room accommodation in a
luxurious Fairmont room; two tickets to the world-famous Winchester
Mystery House; and Two tickets to the Tech Museum of Innovation.

Starting at only $209 night, based on double occupancy, this
deal is offered through fall and is based on availability. All rates are
based on availability and do not include tax or gratuity. To make hotel
reservations, please call (408) 998 1900 or (800) 257 7544.

De Anza, Downtown San Jose’s Four Diamond luxury, boutique hotel is
offering a Summer Wine Tour Weekend Package, featuring a great weekend
of relaxing and a luxurious limo ride on a tour of South County

Guests can check into their room Friday evening, where
they will be welcomed with a complimentary bottle of wine and locally
made Schurra’s chocolates. After check-in they can visit their
award-winning restaurant, La Pastaia for a Tour of Italy, an
introduction to the wines and culture of Italy.

Guests will receive a
$50 gift certificate toward dinner for 2 in La Pastaia, valid either
Friday or Saturday. Before etiring they can relax in the classic
art-deco elegance of the Hedley Club Lounge where they will be treated
to live jazz music.

Visitors with the late-night munchies can enjoy
“Raid Our Pantry!” where they can build themselves a free snack. In
the morning, enjoy a continental or full hot lavish breakfast
before leaving for a day of wine tasting.

The limo will depart for the
Wineries of the South County at 9:30 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. A picnic
lunch will be provided to enjoy at the guests’ leisure during the day.

Visit its website (www.hoteldeanza.com) for more information, or
to make a reservation call 800-843-3700 ext. 7039. Prices start at
$439 per person, based on double occupancy. Discounts available for groups of 6 or more. Call for pricing.
Based upon availability. Limo Tax and Gratuities are included.

Hotel Valencia is also
offering a “Stay 2 Nights, Get 3rd Free,” promotion July 1-July 5, 2010.
Book two nights during the upcoming holidays and receive a third night free.

Experience extraordinary shopping and dining on Santana Row. This
special promotion includes: stylish accommodations for two, continental buffet breakfast at CITRUS restaurant and cocktails for two
at the ultra-hip Vbar.

Rates from $189 per room, per night, double
occupancy, exclusive of tax and subject to availability. Complimentary
night can be applied to current stay or used for a future reservation
(gift certificate to be provided by hotel at check-out). For
reservations, visit www.hotelvalencia.com and enter promo ID PROHOL or
call toll free 866.842.0100 and mention the Stay 2 Nights, Get 3rd Free

Hitting the highways this summer? The Sainte Claire hotel is offering a 20
percent discount for AAA members as well as a $25 gas card now through
Aug. 31. Blackout Dates May Apply. To secure the deal click on
the following link: https://reservations.synxis.com/xbe/rez.aspx?hotel=11365&chain=5175&promo=SJAAAGAS10.

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort opens in Carlsbad

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort opened today
Designed in the Spanish colonial style, Park Hyatt Aviara is
set off by
palm trees, expansive gardens, rolling hills, and views of the Pacific Coast

spans 205 acres set on the northern shore of the Batiquitos Lagoon, one
of California‘s untouched wetlands with more than 130 species of birds and 24
varieties of flowering plants. 

“We are
thrilled to be
managing one of California‘s
beautiful resorts,” said Chuck Floyd, chief operating officer, North
America, Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Four restaurants, range from a poolside
caf to an airy bistro and a contemporary steakhouse. An elegant dining
room serves a regional Italian menu.

Guestrooms feature a marble bathroom with a huge bathtub. 
Of the 329 rooms, 44 are suites and all rooms have a private balcony or a
landscaped terrace.

A signature spa covers 15,000
square feet with 20 treatment rooms and fitness center.  The 18-hole
championship golf
course is ranked as one of the top courses on the West Coast. Designed
by Arnold Palmer, it features exceptional practice facilities and a
Spanish colonial clubhouse. 

Club-fitting and instruction are offered at
acclaimed Kip
Puterbaugh Aviara
Golf Academy

and TaylorMade Performance Lab.

The six tennis courts, managed by Peter
International, include two clay courts and four hard courts.

There are
square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. 

resort’s outstanding natural beauty is a rare find, and the property
comes with many traditions that are already beloved,” said Mark
general manager, Park Hyatt Aviara.

Park Hyatt Aviara also
features a Beach
Butler who provides complimentary transportation to the beach (a 10minute
and all the amenities: chairs, beach umbrella, towels and

The Beach Butler
can also recommend
locations and contacts for kayaking, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing and
aquatic activities. 

For those guests choosing to remain on property, an
game room features traditional billiards, foosball, ping pong tables,
games and air hockey. 

A recreation center features
open space
for sports activities including sand volleyball, lawn bowling,
croquet and half-court basketball.

Orange County ‘Walking on Sunshine’

The Anaheim/Orange
County Visitor & Convention Bureau has launched its new dynamic
destination video, Walking on

This fast-paced, upbeat film set to the
catchy 80’s tune “Walking on Sunshine,” showcases more than 25 diverse
Orange County locations and features more than 60 people soaking up its
brand of SoCal fun, all in less than two minutes.

It highlights
an eye-catching collection of iconic Orange County experiences and its
sunny, casual ‘feel good’ lifestyle, that make it a Southern California
classic destination.

This video film is part of a new destination image
campaign that shines the light on the array of light-hearted and iconic
experiences found in Anaheim and Orange County. Future elements include a
“Walking On Sunshine” essay contest and photo contest, as well as
vacation packages.

“We are excited to share
a slice of the Anaheim and Orange County’s lifestyle with people around
the world through this new video. It is a great way for us to kick-off
the summer by showcasing all there is to see and do in our region and
giving people more reasons to discover the place where sun is always in
season,” said Charles Ahlers,
president, Anaheim/Orange
County Visitor & Convention Bureau.

Just a few of the highlights of this year’s summer
line-up in Anaheim/Orange County include: “Summer Nightastic!” at the Disneyland
Resort, featuring the brand new and amazing “World
of Color!
” nighttime spectacular as well as nightly fireworks, new
attractions and live entertainment.

The Orange County Fair, a
perennial summertime favorite returns July 16 — Aug. 15, and the
awe-inspiring live art re-creation show Pageant of the Masters also
comes to life July 7 — Aug. 31.

the latest discoveries on places and to go, things to do and people to
see in Anaheim and Orange County, go to anaheimoc.org