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Using the In-Room iPad at The Four Seasons

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  Site Where: 300 South Doheny Drive [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90048
August 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM | by | Comment (1)

The other week we packed our bags and headed out to the Four Seasons Los Angeles for something we never thought we'd do--a staycation.

We know, that word immediately conjures up images of post-economic collapse 2008 and the hospitality world's desperation to keep folks traveling but we were dying to get away, even if it was just 20 minutes from our house.*

Now we've covered the Four Seasons extensively here on HotelChatter--from the Culina restaurant to the renovated rooms, the pool scene, the free WiFi and even the owner's penchent for succulents so there wasn't much that surprised us during the stay.

However, we did spend a lot of time using the hotel's in-room iPad 2. And since iPads in every room is fast becoming a Four Seasons brand standard (many of their new and soon-to-open hotels have them), we thought we'd give you a run down on how to use it.

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Temecula Creek Inn Puts on an 'Artisan Wine Dinner' to Lure You Down to Temecula

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  Site Where: 44501 Rainbow Canyon Rd. [map], Temecula, CA, United States, 92592
October 9, 2009 at 3:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

We know, we know, Temecula is not as exciting a wine destination as some of California’s other regions, but sometimes Angelenos don’t have the time to zip all the way up to the Russian River Valley for dinner. For just a quick overnight stay, Temecula can be just the right distance, especially when the Temecula Creek Inn is hosting an Artisan Wine Dinner with Boorman Vineyards Estate Winery. Dare we say it's a perfect Staycation Hotel?

On Friday, October 23rd, guests can head to the Temet Grill at the 350-acre resort for a four-course meal created by Executive Chef Salvatore Giuliano, and paired with Boorman’s premium wines, like a 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, a 2007 Pinot Noir, and a 2007 Barbera.

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How to Really Save on Your Staycation

November 6, 2008 at 4:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Monterey County is known as one of California's posher coastal destinations, but as we told you in our Carmel Hotel Guide, it's perfect for a staycation and now the Monterey Travel Bureau is promising there is lots to do that doesn't break the bank.

Being the lushes we are, we're immediately drawn to wine tasting. Tastings are usually around $5 and if you really make your rounds to the area wineries, you'll really, um, get your money's worth. Also, please don't drink and drive.

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Carmel Hotel Guide :: L'Auberge Carmel is Sweet But Worth the Price?

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  Site Where: Monte Verde at Seventh [map], Carmel, CA, United States, 93921
September 17, 2008 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

We continue our Carmel Hotel Guide by looking at another luxury property in Carmel-By-The-Sea. Sure, the market's in the crapper but now, more than ever, is a good time to head to L'Auberge Carmel for some luxury pampering.

The hotel has collected an impressive amount of awards over the past couple of years from Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler. And the L'Auberge really does seem to have it all--it's four blocks from the beach, yet it's still close to all the restaurants, shops and art galleries in "downtown" Carmel.

There's also only 20 rooms at the hotel, ensuring a quiet private experience and the hotel's restaurant, Aubergine, has only 12 tables yet a 4,500-bottle wine cellar.

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Carmel Hotel Guide :: The Bernardus Lodge

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  Site Where: 415 Carmel Valley Road [map], Carmel, CA, United States, 93924
September 8, 2008 at 1:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

With staycations all the rage these days, we've decided to take a look at some of the best places in the U.S. for quick, close-to-home trips. Up first is Carmel-by-the-Sea, a small yet upscale town on the Monterey Peninsula. Known for its devotion to the arts and its celeb residents (Clint Eastwood was once mayor here), Carmel is also home to small hotels and inns galore. Enjoy.

Ok. File this one under Major Cubicle Dreamin' Destination. It's the Bernardus Lodge and we actually first heard about this place from from Perfect Escapes' Eric Jeck a few months back. And he told us to hit up the hotel as soon as possible.

The hotel is located in Carmel Valley, which is a few miles inland from town and the beaches. But if you're a wine-lover, this place is your place. The lodge has its own winery and most intriguingly, a "wine grotto mini-bar."

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Carmel Hotel Guide :: The Best Western is Right in the Middle of the Action

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  Site Where: Junipero Street between Fifth and Sixth Street [map], Carmel, CA, United States, 93921
August 27, 2008 at 5:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

With staycations all the rage these days, we've decided to take a look at some of the best places in the U.S. for quick, close-to-home trips. Up first is Carmel-by-the-Sea, a small yet upscale town on the Monterey Peninsula. Known for its devotion to the arts and its celeb residents (Clint Eastwood was once mayor here), Carmel is also home to small hotels and inns galore. Enjoy.

While the sweeping scenery of the Monterey Peninsula with its rocky coastline and cypress trees is not to be missed on a visit to Carmel nor is the historic mission, there is a lot of action in the middle of town.

"Town" begins at Junipero Avenue with the main thoroughfare being Ocean Avenue. Here you can pop in and out of touristy shops, high-end fashion boutiques, expensive jewelry stores and pricey art galleries alike.

With this cachet of stores on hand in Carmel, you may want to save your pennies for some pretty things instead of forking over hundreds of dollars just for a room with a view.

Thus if you care more about being within walking distance to the action instead of snuggling up in luxury sheets, the The Best Western Carmel Bay View Inn might be for you. Just keep in mind, that it's still a Best Western.

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Carmel Hotel Guide :: The Tickle Pink Inn Has Views That Will Tickle You Silly

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  Site Where: 155 Highland Drive [map], Carmel, CA, United States, 93923
August 25, 2008 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

With staycations all the rage these days, we've decided to take a look at some of the best places in the U.S. for quick, close-to-home trips. Up first is Carmel-by-the-Sea, a small yet upscale town on the Monterey Peninsula. Known for its devotion to the arts and its celeb residents (Clint Eastwood was once mayor here), Carmel is also home to small hotels and inns galore. Enjoy.

With a name like Tickle Pink Inn, it seems hard to take this place seriously. But this inn is all business when it comes to offering you an extraordinary vantage point of the Monterey coastline in extreme comfort.

Rated #1 by reviewers on TripAdvisor, the Tickle Pink Inn is located just off the scenic Highway 1 on Highland Drive. The inn has 35 "casually elegant" rooms and suites, all with views of either the ocean or the coves of the Carmel Highlands.

If you want to getaway to do nothing but hibernate in a cozy room and enjoy a misty view of waves crashing with occasional sunshine, then this is the place. Pack your Uggs and start driving.

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