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Eating fresh, local, sustainable food is quickly moving from niche lifestyle to commonplace practice. The next time you find yourself in Sacramento, the Golden State's capital, why not opt to learn more about produce grown around the area? It's a very special, meaningful way to become familiar with different places you travel to, and Sacramento is rich with excellent locally-sourced fruits and vegetables.
At Grange Restaurant & Bar (adjacent to The Citizen Hotel
and within easy walking distance of the state capital), Executive Chef Michael Tuohy has attracted nationwide attention for his undying commitment to regional, seasonal, and sustainable foods. Dine at Grange and plan on the best of California’s bounty paired with wines from around the state and the possibility of politico sightings. Arnold needs to eat (and eat well), too.
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The zen hideaway Gaige House in Sonoma Valley, Calif. has shifted management hands again and is now a JDV Hotel. Previously Thompson Hotels ran this joint, even earning a spot on the Conde Nast Traveler "Gold List."
But now instead of Jason Pomeranc's influence, the hotel will get NorCal native Chip Conley's sensitive touch. As you recall, JDV Hotels is a California-only Collection. So far, there doesn't look like any major changes will take place in the property aside from logo-swapping. And to announce their newest hotel additon, JDV has put together (what else?) a package.
We've always recommended JDV Hotels when visiting the San Francisco-area but the options in the Southland were few. However, now Chip Conley and co. are readying a property in surferdom, Huntington Beach, called Shorebreak Hotel. (Secretly, we wish this was called Point Break Hotel and it was located in Malibu.)
The hotel won't be open until sometime this spring but here's what it will include:
Opening in Spring 2009, Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, California – the original Surf City USA – is a showcase of modern hotel design at the cusp of lifestyle trends. Shorebreak Hotel draws its inspiration from Southern California’s cultivated yet laid-back surf culture, combining four-star touches with a penchant for fun.
Highlights include guestrooms with ocean views, exquisite furnishings, versatile event space, romantic fire pits and ready access to a variety of exciting recreational activities. Shorebreak’s Zimzala Restaurant and Bar will be a popular attraction for locals and visitors, offering rustic Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood, surf-inspired décor, and free-spirited good times.
We hope that Shorebreak includes a surfing concierge...named Johnny Utah. We can't find any rates just yet but JDV Hotels' rates are always rather reasonable. Keeping in mind, this will be a full-service, luxury hotel we say rooms will probably start around the $250 mark. For those of you who want a more pampered experience in the OC, don't forget JDV is coming to Laguna Beach.
Political cartoons on your hotel room wall are here. And we sure know you've been waiting for them! JDV's The Citizen is now up and running and yes, the unique selling point here is 40 different political cartoons spread across the 198 rooms.
Luxist agrees with the hotel's advertising pitch that it's a boutique hotel, although we think almost 200 rooms makes the boutique label a bit misleading. Similarly, we're still not sure about the name. Chip Conley promised us a very unique name but we're already mixing up this Sacramento newbie with the European CitizenM chain--perhaps Conley was just going for the "unique on this continent" tag.
Our small grumbles aside, The Citizen is a central spot for any business you might be doing in Sacramento and if you're a vacationer, then it gets a whole lot cheaper on weekends: weeknight rates are $249 and weekends sink to $149.
Oh, and if the political cartoons thing is what's attracting you to The Citizen right now, then there's even more. The lampshades are covered in text from the Californian constitution. Doesn't turn us on, but perhaps we're just not politically hip enough.
As previously reported, JDV Hotels are offering “Tax Relief for Californians,” eliminating the occupancy tax for in-state guests at all 30 JDV hotels across the Golden State now until April 15, 2009 (you know, tax day). We think that’s pretty awesome.
And to make the promo that much more appealing, JDV recently unveiled a new marketing ploy we actually sorta like. The video (above) has a fun low-budget vibe, flashing through names like Al Capone, Buster Keaton, U.S. Federal Judge Harry E. Claiborne, Richard Pryor. What do these names all have in common, the video asks? “They didn’t pay their taxes.” And some of them, as a result, slept in the slammer.
But you can have your cake and eat it too, friends of JDV. The video concludes showing all the luxe JDV hotel rooms you can sleep in without paying your taxes (uh, just the hotel occupancy ones--JDV can’t help you with the rest of those pesky taxes).
Book the deal at JDVHotels.com by entering promo code CALTAX.
JDV Hospitality and their California-only hotels have always been in our eyes a good hotel brand. For starters, they have free WiFi in all their hotels. They also have great rates and are in touch with today's modern traveler (free yoga classes anyone?) Plus, they have an eclectic collection of htoels so that any guests--budget, business, high-end- can find a hotel that suits them the most.
With their latest property, JDV is doing something a little bit different that is sure to please the charitable nature in you. It's The Good Hotel near the city's new green Federal Building.
The Good Hotel is a hip 117-room property that practices philanthropy and believes in ‘doing good' in every facet of the business. Not to be confused with 'green' or 'sustainable,' elements of this SOMA property will support environmental sustenance, but will go to an even deeper level by re-using items for everyday products and incorporating reclaimed materials for its construction.
The hotel’s décor features eco-friendly materials such as beds made from reclaimed wood and lamps made of recycled Voss water bottles and there is even a lobby vending machine that is stocked with items from ReadyMade Magazine (reused materials).
As recession fears begin to mount, we will be running Escape the Economy hotel packages. We doubt this will make you feel better about your dwindling stash of money but you might actually have a good time.
This is an awesome kind of deal if you're a resident of California. JDV Hotels are offering "Tax Relief for Californians" to their in-state guests. The deal basically wipes out the occupancy tax for guests at any of JDV's 30 hotels in California.
And the deal is good right up until tax day--April 15, 2009.
You can book directly from JDV's website which will automatically include the code CALTAX for you. Occupancy taxes are 14 percent of the room rate which for the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco was about $62 a night . That's a nice little bit of change the hotel is saving you.
However, a valid California ID is required and the deal cannot be combined with an existing reservation or negotiated or group rate.
So how does it work? Submit your photograph of any and everything in California, from the Napa vineyards and the pier in Santa Monica to surfers, deserts, and modern homes in Palm Springs, the sky's the limit -- to the hotel's online social network, California Connect.
The contest is accepting submissions now through August 31. Just opt in, and you can submit as many photos as you want. A jury of your peers will vote on their favorite image, with a winner chosen in September.
And the prizes? That entirely depends on how you categorize yourself when you submit.
Hotelier Chip Conley of JDV Hospitality, has a new hotel opening on June 1 in Santa Cruz.
Originally known as the Central Coast Hotel, JDV wanted to re-christen the place, The Dream Inn which was once the hotel's name in a former lifetime. Unfortunately, there were some trademark issues there. (Hmm...Vikram Chatwal perhaps?)
But JDV managed to work out an agreement so that the property will be called The Santa Cruz Dream Inn. You can read all about the "Naming Contest" the hotel held with locals here.
According to Good Times Weekly, the hotel will open in phases. On June 1 the renovated 100-room tower will open. On July 1, a secondary low-rise building will open.
So what's inside? Pretty standard JDV stuff, which we don't mind really.
The new guest rooms and suites will be furnished with such amenities as designer linens, down duvets and pillows, in-room binoculars, ergonomic chairs, extra-large flat screen HDTVs, CAT-5 Internet connectivity, surfboard and bicycle storage and, of course, iPod docking stations.
JDV is hoping to get a four-star luxury rating out of the renovation and will seek both business, leisure and surfer travelers a like.
JDV Hospitality has opened a new hotel in the technology capital of the U.S.--Silicon Valley. And as an ode to the tech culture, the hotel's name is Domain Hotel. And the restaurant on-site is called Bytes Restaurant and Lounge.
As with all JDV properties, there's free wireless throughout the hotel but interesting the hotel's guestrooms don't really cater to the go-go-go mentality of the tech world.
The 136 guestrooms and suites are decorated in two themes: Tranquility and Awakening, which can be customized to each guest’s individual preference and mood. Guestrooms feature flat-panel televisions, iPod docking stations, and simple, honest office workspaces that you can sleep in.
The tranquility rooms have a serene blue color scheme and are scented with lavendar. Get the tranquility executive suite which has a jacuzzi bathtub. The awakening rooms have a green "forest" design and a lemongrass scent designed to invigorate you. Again, get the executive suite with the jacuzzi.
There's also a fitness center and outdoor heated pool on site. Rates start at $219 a night during the week and at $119 on the weekends.
Tonight's the opening party for the Domain Hotel which shows you just how new this place is. But JDV already has a presence in Silicon Valley with the Wild Palms Hotel and the Google Hotel aka Hotel Avante.
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We now present you with our VIP Hotel Reviewer Series in which we hand-pick experts in the travel and media worlds and beyond to tell us what are their favorite hotels and why. Once a week, we'll feature a hotel review from said VIPs about their favorite leisure or business hotels. Pay attention: These VIPs are experts at what they do and they don't mess around when it comes to their hotels.
Our next VIP in the series is Ben Lerer, the co-founder of Thrillist.com, a daily e-newsletter for guys detailing the best in food, drinks, events, gear, services and travel. Thrillist just recently launched a San Francisco-centric edition and here's where Ben stayed on his last trip to the City by the Bay. Enjoy.
[Photo: Michael Verdi]
On my last business trip to San Francisco, I was put up in the Hotel Tomo in Japantown. I can't say I was giddy about the lodgings -- Tomo's essentially a Best Western, and Best Western isn't exactly the sexiest company out there* -- but I was completely blown away by my experience.
The property was cool, with a boutique hotel feel, the service was great, and the price was fantastic.
But recently JDV unveiled a real-live Yvette for their Hotel Matchmaker Mascot. Here she is above. Cute!
Of course we doubt her real name is Yvette and that she is a full-time hotel matchmaker but we like her better than the frumpy-lady cartoon.