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Hotel El Ganzo


Gaga for Ganzo

With a name like Hotel El Ganzo, you’d better go big or go home. The new boutique hotel in San Jose del Cabo does exactly that. On top of its three restaurants, full-service spa, and rooftop bar, this small property hosts a film club every Wednesday night and an Artist in Residence program. It even has a recording studio, accessible through a trap door in the lobby. El Ganzo, or “The Goose,” is named for its unique shape and white color. Look for it at the base of the marina. elganzo.com



Donde Esta

The Art of Flying

Recently, the Condé Nast Traveler blog recognized San Diego International Airport as a hot spot for art, alongside cities like Paris, Chicago, and Amsterdam. (Who says we’re a cultural wasteland?) So put your jet lag aside when you land and pay attention to the rotating exhibits. If you need to powder your nose in Terminal 2, check out the new series Donde Esta…? at each bathroom entrance. By media artist Erik Carlson, the looping video clips show surfers at local beaches, behind panes of glass that cloud over in a timed pattern. Best bathroom entrance ever.



Plan Your Summer

Upcoming celebrations to mark on the calendar

Ojai Music Festival

Ojai Music Festival
June 6–9

Highbrow culture at Libbey Bowl! Classical and contemporary music, dance, discussions, and community events make up the program at this 67th annual fest. ojaifestival.org

Napa Valley Festival del Sole

Napa Valley Festival del Sole
July 12–21

Go for the concerts, Yoga in the Vineyard, a Great Gatsby-themed gala, and of course, A Taste of Napa, with 50 top wineries and food, food, food. festivaldelsole.org

Celebration of Light

Celebration of Light
July 27–August 3

On Vancouver’s English Bay, various countries—including newcomer Vietnam —compete in this free fireworks show. Italy will defend its 2012 title. hondacelebrationoflight.com

America’s Cup Summer of Racing

America’s Cup Summer of Racing
July 4–September 21

San Francisco Bay is the theater for world-class sailing. Regattas include the Louis Vuitton Cup, Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, and AC Finals. americascup.com



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