Mammoth looking forward to fall colors


Mammoth is a great spot in California to see the beauty of the
fall foliage. Every year you can explore canyons awash with
yellow, red, orange, auburn and green.

Fall colors can
be seen in the Mammoth Lakes area from Sept. 1 – Oct. 31 every year. To see the seasons change The Westin
Monache Resort in Mammoth is offering a special package.

The Fall Colors Package includes:

  • Rates from $189 per night
  • One breakfast per registered guest at Whitebark Restaurant
  • A map with driving directions for great fall colors locations

Reserve your stay online, or call 1-866-716-8137 and mention rate plan PKGFALLC.

Millbrae hosts Art and Wine Festival on Sept. 4-5

Summer may be winding down but festival season is just starting to hit
its stride with many of the best events ahead. For some sun-splashed,
Mardi Gras-style fun this Labor Day weekend, head over to lively
downtown Millbrae for the big, really big Art & Wine
coming up September 4-5, this year celebrating
its 40th anniversary.

Every year, the last unofficial weekend of summer brings massive
crowds to Millbrae for the Bay Area’s biggest Labor Day weekend bash,
transforming its delightful downtown streets into a resplendent sea of
people and colorful tents. Stroll, browse, relax and enjoy a friendly
and vibrant street fair with two days of stellar live music, gorgeous
handcrafted work by 250 talented artists, fabulous food and wine, an
organic and green products showcase, a new microbeer tasting tent, the
“Classically Cool Car Show”, artisan specialty food makers, home
and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays, and a host of
amusements for kids. The festival takes place on Broadway (1 block
west of El Camino Real) between Victoria and Meadow Glen. Hours are 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free.
This year’s music lineup is top notch once
again with nine fabulous bands playing everything from classic rock ‘n
roll, rhythm and blues, and Motown to jazz, reggae, pop and party
music — sure to be a real treat for music lovers. The lineup
includes The Cheeseballs, Lovefool, The Eye Witness Blues Band,
Sonic Strut, Fito Reinoso, Erica Sunshine Lee, Emerson, Shabang, and
HeartStrings Music
. The festival will also feature a special
performance by the Mills High School Dragon Team doing a traditional
Dragon Dance to open the festival.

Festivalgoers will find thousands of
handcrafted items by California’s top artists and craftmakers on
display at this juried show. Chat with and buy from 250 exhibitors
showing their latest original work. Featuring ceramics, glass, fine
art, jewelry, leather, textiles, and wood the festival is considered
among the top arts and crafts shows in the Bay Area. Vases, flatware,
clocks, dishes, wall and table decorations, paperweights, stained and
beveled glass, etchings, sculptures, photography, oil and watercolor
paintings, beadwork, gold and silver jewelry, vests, handbags, hats,
wallets, footwear, windchimes, and waterfalls are among the thousands
of one-of-a-kind items available.
The Kids’ Stage features the return
of the wildly successful Streets Filled With Talent Music and Dance
starring talented, up and coming performers, maybe the
next American Idol, from the Bay Area. Action-packed Kids’
will fascinate kids with endless amusements. Among the
exciting attractions are a full-size Ferris Wheel, Boomer’s Magic
Circus, the 120′ tall Super Slide, face painting, temporary tattoos,
Mobile Rock’s challenging 24-foot climbing wall, kiddie train rides,
the Great Crab Grab, Helicopter and Berry-Go-Round amusement rides and
several themed inflatables including a Dr. Seuss-inspired Cat-In-The
Hat bounce house, Tsunami Tidal Wave slide and Escape From Alcatraz
obstacle course — a boundless lineup of activities to entertain

Makers of artisan specialty foods will be
on-hand with spices, herbs, beef jerky, olive oil, dessert sauces,
spices, dips, salad dressings, balsamic vinegars, flavored almonds,
tea, scone mixes, fruit butter, chutney, fudge sauces, fruit jams,
honey, flavored mustard, salsas, marinades, and barbecue sauce among
the mouth-watering offerings to sample and buy.

Festival eateries will be dishing up hearty
servings of garlic fries, teriyaki chicken skewers, made-to-order
crepes, fresh corn-on-the-cob, Philly cheesesteaks, quesadillas, jumbo
hot dogs, gourmet sausages, calamari with cilantro lime sauce, zesty
gyros, fried zucchini and artichokes, veggies over rice, wraps, smoked
turkey legs, and tri-tip sandwiches. There’s plenty of kid-friendly
fare like kettlecorn, frozen yogurt, giant Brooklyn style hot
pretzels, spanish pastry churros, fresh fruit smoothies, cotton candy
and ice cream bars.

Complementing the food will be a selection
of exceptional wines, refreshing margaritas and mojitos, and tasty
brews. The popular Cantina, a shaded oasis to sit down and take a
break, returns to host the “Classically Cool Car Show” featuring
vintage touring cars, custom hot rods, sleek sports cars, super cool
low riders and more. New to the festival is a Microbeer Tasting Tent
featuring delicious, seasonal brews from a dozen small, craft
The festival runs September 4-5,
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Broadway (one block west of El
Camino Real) between Victoria and Meadow Glen. Free round trip shuttle
service will be available from the Millbrae BART/Caltrain station
every 20 minutes. Admission is free. For information, call
650-697-7324 or check out 

Sale offers $39 flights and rooms in Mammoth

For less than the price of a tank of
gas, summer travelers can fly to Mammoth Lakes for the ultimate summer
getaway. Budget-minded travelers

can take advantage of this deal for easy access to an extensive mountain biking and
trail system, golf, spectacular scenery and world-class shopping, dining and
lodging, plus nearby Yosemite National Park.


  • $39 flights
    are bookable from Aug. 24-31, 2010
  • Valid for
    travel from Sept. 7 – Dec. 15, 2010
  • 14-day advance
    purchase required.
  • Valid for
    travel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.

are available at or by calling 800.MAMMOTH.

a limited time, Mammoth Mountain will be offering hotel rooms starting at only
$39 per person per night. Bookable from Aug. 24-31, 2010 and valid for travel
from Sept. 7 – Dec. 15, 2010. 14-day advance purchase required. To take
advantage of this deal, call 800.MAMMOTH or visit

 *Each way. Plus
applicable taxes and fees.

**$39 per person, per
night based on double occupancy. Blackout dates and other restrictions may
apply. For details, go to

Lake Tahoe lights up Labor Day with fireworks display

The end of summer – are you kidding? Labor
Day at Lake Tahoe South Shore (
is the kickoff to Indian Summer season with fireworks, two more months of
warm weather and a multitude of events and entertainment.


A special pyrotechnics display highlights the weekend.
The fireworks are visible throughout town with numerous vantage points
including the Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II paddle wheelers, Edgewood Tahoe
Golf Course, Regan, El Dorado and Nevada

A simultaneous broadcast to music will be featured on local
stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490. Launched from three offshore
barges, the display will ignite the alpine sky Sunday, Sept. 5 at
approximately 8:30 p.m. 

With the average high temperature for September in the
70s and plenty of sunshine, Indian Summer in South Lake Tahoe boasts all of
summer’s glory, with lighter crowds and value-added packages with
area attractions.

Visitors as well as locals have several opportunities to
explore the outdoors by biking, running, kayaking or swimming around the
lake all while observing the Aspens transform into magnificent orange, red
and gold.

The 8th annual Tour de Tahoe Bike Big
will have participants circumnavigate the Lake, Sunday, Sept. 12,
celebrating the end of summer on the roadways with spectacular scenery.

For ladies only, work all you got. The Aflac Iron
Girl Triathlon
, Sunday, Sept.19, includes a 400 meter swim, a 24
kilometer bike to Cave Rock with return to the casino corridor and a 5
kilometer run circumnavigates upper and lower Loop Road, near Stateline. 

Run, walk, swim, paddle, peddle or golf during one of
the many Lake Tahoe Marathon
events, Sept. 22-26. All of the runs are point-to-point and scenic from
start to finish. Both the half and full marathons are along the west shore
of Lake Tahoe and feature the challenging hills near Emerald Bay.

The 10K,
which begins at Inspiration Point above Emerald Bay, is 99% downhill and
covers the most spectacular portion of the route. Complementing the
traditional run is an Extreme Golf competition and a kayak-bike-marathon triathlon.

The inaugural Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week, Sept. 5-12, offers pre-fixe
menus for $20, $30 and $40 at 29 restaurants around the Lake. Participating
South Shore restaurants include: 19 Kitchen Bar, Aprs Wine Company, Beacon
Bar & Grill, Chart House, Ciera Steak + Chop House, Edgewood
Restaurant, Fresh Ketch Restaurant, Friday’s Station, Gi Fu Loh,
Latin Soul and the Sage Room.

Camp Richardson Resort hosts several affordable, educational and
entertaining annual events and festivals in conjunction with the Tahoe
Tallac Association. The resort kicks-off the fall season, October 3-4, with
the Kokanee Salmon Festival, where visitors can view the colorful
Kokanee swimming up Taylor Creek near the resort.

The Kokanee Salmon Run
includes a Kids Fun Run, 5k, 10k and half marathon along the trails near
Fallen Leaf Lake where Aspens are changing color reflected in glass-like
water. A post-run tradition includes devouring a bratwurst and beer at the
annual Oktoberfest with authentic food,
live music, a Kid’s Carnival, and the famous Beer and Wine Garden
or 530-542-6550.

This time of year, headliners still rock South Lake
Tahoe’s stages at Stateline where casinos offer around-the-clock
nightlife, gaming and entertainment:

 The 2010 Harveys Outdoor Summer Concert Series continues on a high note
with Chickenfoot: Sammy Hagar,
Joe Satriani, Chad Smith and Michael Anthony, Sept. 11. The South Shore
Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Labor Day weekend features Abbacadabra – The Ultimate
ABBA Concert,
Sept. 3, 4 and 6. The fall entertainment line-up
includes: Manny Pacquiao & Band Live, Sept. 11; Straight No
, Sept. 18; Harvest Moon & the Prize Master – Eric
, Sept. 25; Emmylou Harris, Sept. 30; Chef Elizabeth
, Oct. 1; Anthony Bourdain, Oct. 2; Foreigner,
Oct. 8 and Rock Sugar, Oct. 30.
or 800- HARVEYS.


At MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Fat Joe with Too
will be the “life of da party” rappin decades of
hits, Sept. 3. Bad Company former lead singer Brian Howe who’s
regarded as one of rock’s legendary voices takes the stage, Sept. 4. Tech
, one of the most successful independent artists in
contemporary rap and hip-hop music,
will drop the beats, Sept. 5.
The Cake Boss: Buddy Valastro brings an interactive evening of cakes,
stories and fun, Nov. 18.
or 888-829-7630. 

is offering passes to the Labor Day Fireworks private beach party at
Edgewood to include beach front seating, dinner, two drinks and
transportation to and from the beach. Tickets are $75 for adults and $35
for kids 10 and under.
or 775.588.3515.

San Luis Obispo ready to kick off California Wine Month

Wine Month
kicks off  the harvest wine season. San Luis Obispo will offer wine connoisseurs many tasting events, winemaker dinners,
or harvest celebrations in September and throughout the fall.

Visitors can begin planning their tasting itineraries at
where they’ll find wine event
listings, a printable
wine country map,
and details on 37 hotels
that provide centrally located jumping off points to the county’s
prestigious wine country.

Downtown hotels–which include B&Bs, larger chain hotels and economy
lodges–lie just minutes away from Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande
appellation wineries (such as recent San
Francisco Chronicle
standouts Baileyana and Chamisal) while several
hotels offer tasting and touring packages to the entire area wine country.

example, Sands Inn & Suites offers a Vineyard
Limo Tour Package
, Courtyard Marriott offers a Wine
Tasting with Wine Line Tours Package
and the Embassy Suites
offers a Wine
Wrangler Tour Package.

downtown hotels also provide proximity to major wine country events like the
Taste of San Luis (September 15, 2010), and
Sunset’s “Savor the Central Coast” featuring the Sunset’s Western Wine Awards (September 30- October 4, 2010).

September “California Wine Month” kicks
off harvest wine season stretches into November and features numerous
individual winery events such as barrel tasting, winemaker dinners, blending
seminars, and grape stomping, as well as county and appellation-wide
celebrations. A selection is highlighted below; find a more comprehensive
listing of wine country events at


September Wine Events:

September 3, Tolosa Winery “Friday Focus Tasting: Pinot

September10 – 12, Edna Valley Vineyard’s 30th Anniversary

September 11, Eberle Winery, Paso Robles, Bocce Ball Tournament:

September 11 & 25, October 9, Talley Vineyards “Pinot Noir

September 15, Taste of San Luis, San
Luis Obispo

September 19, Taste of the Central
, Arroyo Grande:

September 19 – 20, Pallet to Palate, Shell Beach:

September 30 – October 3, Savor the Central
Coast, San Luis Obispo County:

Throughout September, Robert Hall Winery, Paso Robles, 15% off
purchases and complimentary tasting for California


Harvest Wine Events:

October 9, Annual Wine and Roses Bike Race, Templeton:

October 15 – 17, Harvest Wine Weekend, Paso Robles:

October 22, CRAVE wine event, Paso Robles:

November 5 – 7, Harvest Celebration Weekend “SLO Wines
Rock,” San Luis Obispo:


Find More
Individual Winery Events at

New Kauai Marriott offers Free for Fall rate

new Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach was reintroduced last
month with a special ceremony including a traditional Hawaiian blessing,
hula dancers and musicians, following a nine-month, $50-million
renovation that touched all hotel areas.

356-room resort is located on one of the island’s most picturesque
beachfronts, only minutes from Lihue Airport.
The project included the refurbishing of a casual open-air restaurant, a
newly built children’s pool to complement its signature 26,000
square-foot swimming pool, nearly 20,000 square feet of indoor meeting
space and 60,000 square feet of outdoor event space in ocean, garden and
pool settings.

help commemorate the completion of the renovation, the new Kaua’i
Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach is offering a special “Free For Fall”
rate. Starting at $209, guests will enjoy:
  • Free Internet access
  • Free room upgrade to pool view
  • Free golf for children with a paying adult at the premier Kauai Lagoons
  • Discount coupons to retail stores and outlets on property

This offer is valid through December 25, 2010. Use promo code “FLP.” For more information visit the Kauai Lagoons Golf Club at or call 800.634.6400.

Dance the night away at Orange County Great Park

hottest DJs and the world’s hottest dancers heat up the Great Park
this weekend as Flights & Sounds Summer Festival celebrates contemporary dance.  Join in the fun as DJ Casey Conner and DJ
Hapa move the turntables and rock the crowds. 
Then, catch the acrobatic moves of Korean b-boying break-dancing
sensation Last for One


It’s a DJ House Party at the
Orange County Great Park on Friday, August 20th at 8:00 p.m. where
you will want to dance to the beats of today’s most in-demand DJs.   DJ Hapa has rocked the hottest clubs and
events across the world, and is the DJ for the KTLA morning show.   DJ Casey Conner’s dynamic approach to
spinning the turntables has made her one of the most sought after celebrity
DJ’s in Hollywood.  Come early and get ready to dance with a
little help from Great Park dance instructors at 7:30 p.m. DJs start spinning
at 8:00 p.m.


Come back to the Great
Park on Saturday, August 21st at 8:00 p.m. to see Last for One, the Korean
hip-hop break dancing crew that has helped bring mainstream attention to an
underground art.  Last for One are the
winners of the 2005 International Battle of the Year, and have since become
internationally recognized b-boy kings. 


Before Saturday’s performance, visitors can enjoy the Great Park
Comedy Corner at 7:00 p.m. featuring Dante with special guests Rebekah Kochan
and David Marley.
Admission to Flights & Sounds Summer Festival dance and concert
series is free, and parking is just $10.


2010 summer performers include a wide variety of first-rate artists, featuring
five-time Grammy Award-winning Blind Boys of Alabama,
local surfing champion and artist Donavon Frankenreiter, Hector del Curto’s Eternal Tango Quintet and Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys.


Flights & Sounds Summer Festivalis
presented by the Orange County Great Park Corporation in partnership with Irvine Barclay Theatre. Concertgoers can
watch the show from chairs provided in a temporary concert pavilion or bring
their own chairs to listen to the music from the Great Park Lawn.


Before each performance, Hangar 244 is transformed into the Hangar
Caf, a lounge-like dining area serving up everything from snacks to full
dinners, along with refreshments. The menu features themed items inspired by
the global mix of musicians, and visitors can choose to also pre-order their
picnics by visiting


The Orange County Great Park is located off the 405 or 5 Freeways
at Sand Canyon and Marine Way in Irvine.
is to Flights & Sounds Summer Festival dance and concert
series is free, and parking is just $10.

Mountain View holds Art and Wine Festival

If a sun-splashed festival featuring art by 600 of
America’s top artists, stellar live music on stage and street
throughout downtown, fabulous food and drink, the new Comcast Pigskin
Party Lounge with giant screen TV, home and garden exhibits, health
and wellness displays, an organic and green products showcase, a
special remembrance ceremony to honor the heroes from 9/11, and tons
of fun for kids sounds good to you, head to downtown Mountain
for the 39th Annual Art & Wine Festival, Sept. 11-12.

One of America’s top art shows, the festival has a well-deserved
reputation as a world-class event. Stroll downtown’s cool Castro
Street and experience a vibrant, multicultural scene, an authentic
feast for the senses.

One of California’s largest two-day festivals, throngs of art lovers are expected to pour into Silicon Valley’s
epicenter for this “Cultural Community Celebration” presented by
the Chamber of Commerce Mountain View. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
both days. Admission is free.

This year, the festival will feature a lineup of artists
and craftmakers with fresh, new work and a variety of affordable prices. Festivalgoers will find 600
booths featuring original work in glass, ceramics, metals, fiber,
leather, wood, jewelry, and fine art.

Beautiful vases, clocks, dishes,
wall and table decorations, paperweights, stained and beveled glass,
etchings, sculptures, photography, oil and watercolor paintings,
beadwork, gold and silver jewelry, vests, handbags, hats, wallets,
footwear, and waterfalls will be among the thousands of one-of-a-kind
items available.

Thirteen big-name bands will  play a
wide-ranging musical mix. The
lineup includes The Groove Kings, Department of Rock, Bump City,
Mustache Harbor, Off The Record, Zoo Station, Emerson, Kaweh, Shabang,
Bob Culbertson, Aryeh Frankfurter, HeartStrings Music and Ancient

In Kids’ Park, YOU become the rock star
playing DJ Hero and Guitar Hero 5, interactive
gaming experiences, on theMicrosoft School of Rock Stage before adoring fans and paparazzi while competing to win an Xbox

Action-packed Kids’ Park will also feature a NASA exhibit,
hands-on art booths, a 24-foot climbing wall, cool body art, the
Froghopper, Berry-Go-Round and Helicopter amusement rides, inflatable
bounces,  monster slides, whimsical sand sculptures, and
thrilling virtual reality motion theater.

The festival will be held on September
11-12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Castro Street between El Camino Real
and Evelyn Avenue in Mountain View, California. Admission is free.
For festival information, call 650-968-8378 or visit

Bounce back for a Hyatt stay for free

A new “bounce-back promotion” from Hyatt allows guests to save on future trips this year.

who stay at participating Andaz, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency and Hyatt
hotels in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean now through Sept. 8, will receive a stay certificate valid to use on a return stay between
Sept. 13 and Dec. 30 at any of the 95 participating hotels.

must book return stays with offer code BBCK10 and present the original
stay certificate at the time of check-in.

Guests will receive a stay
credit based on the number of nights booked, which can be applied to
charges posted to the room on the return stay, including hotel dining,
spa offerings or other hotel services.
– $75 credit with two-night return stay
– $125 credit with three-night return stay
– $150 credit with four-night or longer return stay

may be made by visiting or calling
1-800-233-1234. Full terms and conditions are available at as well.

Sun, sailing and special events at Monterey Bay Aquarium

At the
Monterey Bay Aquarium, special summer activities offer great ways for children,
adults and families to experience the wonders of the ocean. Visitors can go
behind-the-scenes with aquarium experts, take part in a sailing excursion
aboard a 65-foot research vessel, put their kids in SCUBA gear for a
diver’s-eye view of marine life, feed an abalone or a sea urchin, scoop
plankton from the bay using the same tools as scientists, and sleep under their
favorite exhibits with friends or family members.

All that
and more are part of the many exciting “Aquarium Adventures” programs
available throughout the 2010 summer. A full schedule and online tickets for all
Aquarium Adventures is available online at

Back by
popular demand this year, the public can attend a “Family Seashore
Sleepover” on August 28 and November
20. Aquarium fans can sleep under their favorite exhibits and experience the
aquarium after hours.

Special presentations, feeding opportunities, a midnight
snack and continental breakfast are all part of this exclusive evening. “Youth
Group Seashore Sleepovers” are available for youth groups on three other
nights through September.

tours, offered several times daily throughout the year, give visitors an inside
look at the nation’s No. 1 aquarium. Each 50-minute tour is different, depending
on what’s happening that day.

All tours show what it takes to care for
animals and exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and occasionally include an
opportunity to feed the fish. Regular Behind-the-scenes tours are for ages 6
and up.  Tour times vary daily and cost $12 for the general public, $10 for
members, plus aquarium admission. 

New this summer at 11:30 a.m. daily is a “Family
Tour” designed specifically for families with young children (8 and under).
Each tour combines hands-on experiences mixed with fun animal stories.

Adventures” expeditions return again this year. Visitors can choose between
two distinct Sailing Adventures aboard the eco-friendly Derek M. Baylis, a 65-foot research
sailboat. During “Day Sails” visitors work alongside aquarium
naturalists gathering plankton, observe seafloor animals and learn about the
intricate Monterey

participant takes a turn at the helm, steering the boat and learning about
navigation and sailing, while fellow sailors keep an eye out for migrating
whales, rafts of otters and pods of dolphins.

On summer evenings, “Sunset
Sails” participants relax on the elegant ship while sipping wine,
enjoying hors d’oeuvres and watching the bay come to life as evening
approaches. Seals, sea lions, otters, dolphins and whales are common in Monterey Bay. Sunset Sails programs run through
September 5 and cost $45 for aquarium members and $55 for the general public. 

popular “Underwater Explorers” surface SCUBA experience for kids 8
to 13 resumes in mid-June and continues through early September. “Morning
Rounds” behind-the-scenes feeding tours happen on select days year round.

hours return this summer with
more time to enjoy
the aquarium on summer weekends during “Evenings by the Bay.” Each
Saturday and Sunday through September 5, visitors will have two
additional hours – until 8 p.m. – to commune with their favorite
exhibits, including the most popular special exhibition to date, “The
Secret Lives of Seahorses.” The evenings include live music, wine
samplings and a front row seat to favorite exhibits.

 Most Aquarium
Adventures programs run through September; some are offered year-round. Costs
vary per program; aquarium members receive a discount.

Visit for
program details, previews and tickets (a detailed list of Aquarium Adventures
is included below).

Advance registration is recommended; register by calling
866-963-9645 or stop by the Aquarium Adventures Desk or Member Desk in the main
lobby of the aquarium.

aquarium admission is
$29.95 adult; $27.95
senior (65+) and student (full-time college, with I.D.); and $17.95 children
3-12 and the disabled. Children under 3 are admitted free of charge. Discounted
tickets for members of the military and their families can be purchased in
advance at many California and Nevada installations.

The aquarium is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in summer months
and extended hours until 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through September

2010 the Monterey Bay Aquarium celebrates more than 25 years of inspiring ocean