Travel News, Properties, and Getaways
Half Moon Bay, Nobu Hotel, and more
Food isn’t just a meal—it’s a destination.
Goddesses of the Grape
November 7 and 8
For the first time in 31 years, female vintners will get their own two-day session during the Ahwahnee’s Vintners Holidays (November 4 to December 6). Meet California winemakers, taste small-production and private vintages, and top ’er off with a candlelit dinner.
Five-Star Edibles from the Wild Repast
In addition to twice-weekly field trips into the forest and other activities during ‘shroom season, the hotel’s winery and restaurant will celebrate chanterelles, porcini, and more with a five-course tasting menu.
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
Starts November 22
The Thanksgiving Grand Buffet and post-meal Turkey Trot kick off the season. Chef Chad Minton offers regular Thursday night cooking classes and sources food from the hotel’s three-acre garden.
Half Moon Bay
Need a break from all the holiday shopping madness? Half Moon Bay is a quaint seaside town about 30 minutes south of SFO airport. Stay: The Ritz-Carlton is perched among the rolling hills of two golf courses. Request a room with a fire pit, and bring the fixings for s’mores, or watch the sunset from Gazebo Lawn, overlooking the dramatic seascape and 18th green of the Old Course. When the temp turns NorCal-brisk, ask the staff for a fleece blanket, and flag down the man with the hot chocolate cart. Play: At Half Moon Bay Golf Links, the newer Ocean Course offers a true links golf experience, with wide-open fairways. Every hole boasts a view of the water. The tree-lined Old Course, designed by Arnold Palmer, finishes with one of the most beautiful signature holes we’ve ever seen. Ever. Eat: Before the back nine, grab lunch at Mullins Bar & Grill. For dinner, try Navio, which has a new chef and nice selection of wines made in nearby Santa Cruz. Spa: Four words: Vichy shower, Ritz-Carlton.
Zen Out in Vegas
Can’t escape the crowds and slot machines fast enough? The so-new-it’s-not-even-open-yet Nobu Hotel will skip the check-in process and whisk guests right up to their room, where a signature hot tea welcome service and iPad registration take the edge off and get the job done. Nobu Hotel is the “first celebrity chef-branded hotel venture.” Fancy! Make rezzies now for stays beginning February 4, 2013. nobucaesarspalace.com
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