The pandemic has caused hotel occupancy rates to plummet and forced countless changes with regard to travel. But some small boutique hotels and bed and breakfast inns in California have found a silver lining with hotel reservations: a rise in direct bookings. Instead of booking a hotel room with a few clicks with an online travel agency (OTA) website like Booking.com or Expedia, more travelers seem to be contacting hotels directly to book their rooms. The California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) has compiled a list of top five reasons to consider booking your next reservation directly with a boutique hotel or B&B.
Mobile Passport will celebrate World Tourism Day on September 27, 2019 by offering its app for $9.99. For each upgrade to the Mobile Passport Plus paid app, $5 of that $9.99 will then be donated to nonprofit Tourism Cares' disaster recovery fund to support Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts. This will apply to all new Mobile Passport Plus purchases on Friday, Sept. 27's flash sale. Read on for next steps!
Recently discovered this app and website called Table8, which can be used to find and book restaurant reservations and discover new food and drink experiences. Looked up Indian and Italian restaurants near Los Angeles where I live and received quote a few options that I was able to sort not just by date, time and number in my party but also by price range, type of cuisine, distance, etc.
The company has been around a while but they also launched a new restaurant perks program for Dining Club Members at select partner restaurants in LA as well as the 12 other cities across the U.S. where they operate. These special perks are complimentary and range from a welcome cocktail or amuse bouche to a signed menu from the chef or wine cellar tour with the sommelier. Sounds interesting, how fun!
Looks like a perfect way to impress for date night or maybe with family members when taking them to dinner, especially over the holidays. Its an extra special touch, and exclusive in that you have to know of the app and reserve though there. Some of the perks in LA include:
Now if that doesn’t sound like a unique experience to make you and your guests feel special! The app itself is free to download on your phone or use online through their website but the Dining Club Membership costs $95. If you want to sign up asap, then just click on the image above and it should take you directly to the sign-up page. Have you tried the app or are you in a city where the service is available? Would love to hear your experience in the comments below!
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With National Cappuccino Day tomorrow in time for the elections here in the U.S, and National Espresso Day coming up shortly after on the 23rd, there is a fair chance you will see me sipping on one of those drinks as the beautiful Fall weather takes over here in Hollywood.
With a love of travel, more and more people are finding that they want to take more trips more often. When you have a job, it can be tricky to get the time off. Which is why more and more people are choosing to have weekend city breaks over anything else. You don’t need to take as much time off work, but you can still see a lot of sights in that time. So what are the things to consider when planning a city break? How can you maximize the time? Here are a few tips and ideas.
Come along with me on my top picks for museums I enjoyed visiting in the few destinations that I've been. Why 14? Because nobody does a list with that number apparently! Picture up top is from my visit to MOMA in San Francisco. I always make time for a museum visit in one of the cities I am visiting, I enjoy the experience and always learn something new. Besides, most museums are architectural beauties in their own right so I love discovering these concrete monuments and enjoy their offerings! Here we go, in no particular order...
We all love a good holiday. But sometimes getting a good price and planning where to go and what to do can take a long time. Instead of all that planning, why not just take a last minute holiday?
Taking a spur of the moment holiday can be one of the best ways to get out there and relax for a few days. All you need is a weekend or a few days off work and you can go somewhere you never thought of before. Here are five quick steps to taking a holiday last minute...
This is a US-based site, but there are plenty of viewers from all over the world here. Many of you will be looking to visit the US at some point in your lifetimes, so here are some pointers to make things just a little easier for you!
Summer brings along many reasons to rejoice - one of them being dineLA Restaurant Week when you can enjoy 14 whole days of eating fabulously with specially priced set menus for lunch and dinner offered at LA hotspots. Lunches begins low as $15 per person and dinners can range in the $95+ end but you have a variety of restaurants to pick from based on neighborhood and cuisine. Entire menus are available online to peruse your culinary choices even before you head out the door.
Presented by the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, dineL.A. Restaurant Week is a 14-day dining event that takes place twice a year and showcases Los Angeles as a premier dining destination while highlighting the diversity of culinary experiences L.A. has to offer. More than 300 restaurants are participating in this event where no tickets or passes are required. Simply dine out at a participating restaurant, try a new dish or enjoy an old favorite. Advance reservations are strongly recommended - there will be many takers on deals this good! Prices and meal periods vary by restaurant, and exclude beverages, tax and gratuity.
Gyu-Kaku - Beverly Hills, Public School 310 - Culver City, Demitasse Roastery & Kitchen - Hollywood, OTUS Thai Kitchen & Coffee - West Hollywood, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar - Sawtelle, Le Cellier - Marina Del Rey are sone of the restaurants participating. Get online now and map your dineLAexperience!
Whether you’re planning on traveling for a few days, weeks, or months, here are a few things you can do to make this trip one of the best yet. from culture and food, to meeting locals or strangers, here are some suggestions to have a truly enjoyable experience!