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Hofsas House – Casual elegance, personal service and traditional family hospitality

Once upon a time, a young professional named Ariel needed to get away from the stresses of her hectic work life. In addition to her full time job, Ariel had dreams of being a writer but was experiencing severe writer’s block. Desperate to reignite her artistic side and finally finish her piece, she booked a trip to the quaint town of Carmel By-the-Sea. Tucked away on the California coast approximately 5 hours outside of Los Angeles, Carmel By-the-Sea is known...

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Monday: Catalina Express Package Offer Visiting Catalina Island during off season months has many perks, from more room to roam, cooler weather to incredible savings. Now through March 28th, 2019, Catalina Express and Boat & Hotel Package Partners offer combination boat and accommodations packages at 16 hotels in Avalon as part of its popular “Best of Winter” offering.  From budget to luxury, there is a deal to fit every pocketbook and taste. Each package includes round-trip transportation on Catalina Express. Several Avalon hotels...

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Monday: The Strand House Culinary Masters Series Opening consulting chef Neal Fraser (Redbird) mans the stoves along with the Strand House’s recently appointed executive chef Austin Cobb and chef/partner Greg Hozinsky. Dine on a six-course dinner that includes dishes like sautéed Monterey Bay abalone; duck breast with black rice; and grilled lamb belly. The courses are accompanied by wine pairings from Challen Winery in Santa Barbara County; proprietor and actress Challen Cates will introduce each pairing throughout the evening. $150;...

Take Me to the Mountains

I grew up in Connecticut, so winter activities (especially skiing) should be next to walking for me, right? Far from it. Until now, I was embarrassed that I grew up in a state that had more snow throughout the year than beach days and my only talent was building a mean snowman. If I had known I would learn to ski in gorgeous Truckee, CA, I would have been ok with lack of winter activities all those years. I immediately fell in...